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DUNN-BUTLER Eric, Lance Sergeant, 5048390, North Staffordshire Regiment and 3 Commando: ML 307

DUNCAN Ronald, Lance Corporal, 2032723, Corps of Royal Engineers and 9 Commando: ML 268 (age 27)

DURRANT Thomas Frank, Sergeant, 1874047, Corps of Royal Engineers and 1 Commando: ML 306 (age 23) (VC)

ECKMAN W. J, Private, 3772667, King’s Regiment (Liverpool) and 4/2 Commando: ML 306

EDWARDS Denis Gold, Private, 5253147, Worcestershire Regiment and 5 Commando: HMS Campbeltown

ELDRIDGE Leonard Frederick, Sergeant, 6461633, Royal Fusiliers and 2/2 Commando: ML 447 (age 20)

ELLIOTT A. J, Private, 3773017, King’s Regiment (Liverpool) and 3/2 Commando: HMS Campbeltown (MiD)

ETCHES William Whitson, Lieutenant, 112866, Royal Warwickshire Regiment and 3 Commando: HMS Campbeltown (MC)

EVANS E. M, Corporal, 3959724, Welch Regiment and 1 Commando: ML 306

EVANS F, Private, 5617635, Devonshire Regiment and 2/2 Commando: ML 262

EVERITT Thomas, Private, 7264371, Royal Army Medical Corps and HQ/2 Commando: ML 446

EWENS George, Lance Corporal, 6460277, Royal Fusiliers and 3/2 Commando: ML 156

FAHY J, Private, 3771871, King’s Regiment (Liverpool) and 4/2 Commando: ML 177

FARQUHAR B, Private, 2821551, Seaforth Highlanders and 9 Commando: ML 443

FERGUSON William, Lance Sergeant, 1426074, Royal Regiment of Artillery and 5 Commando: HMS Campbeltown (age 36)

FERGUSON W. J (‘Fergie’), Corporal, 7903097, North Irish Horse and 12 Commando: HMS Campbeltown

FIELD W. F, Lance Corporal, 5337375, Royal Berkshire Regiment and 1/2 Commando: ML 457

FINCH V. W. C (‘Nicky’), Corporal, 6012717, Essex Regiment and 3/2 Commando: HMS Campbeltown

FISHER Norman Lucas, Corporal, 6896443, King’s Royal Rifle Corps and 6/2 Commando: ML 192 (age 22)

FITCHETT John, Private, 3780278, King’s Regiment (Liverpool) and 4/2 Commando: ML 443

FOWLER H. F, Lance Corporal, 6019554, Essex Regiment and 2/2 Commando: ML 443

FREEMAN B (‘Ginger’), Lance Corporal, 5989934, (Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment?) and 1/2 Commando: ML 446

FURSSE Reginald Henry, Corporal, 6896471, King’s Royal Rifle Corps and 6/2 Commando: ML 156

FYFE C. A (‘Jock’), Lance Corporal, 2591013, Royal Corps of Signals and HQ/2 Commando: HMS Campbeltown

GALLAGHER J, Lance Sergeant, 3768318, King’s Regiment (Liverpool) and 4/2 Commando: ML 306

GARDNER John A, Private, 3598488, Border Regiment and 3/2 Commando: HMS Campbeltown

Sgt. Tom Durrant VC

A member of Lieutenant Swayne's Demolition Team tasked with destroying targets in and around the New Entrance lock, Tom shared in the general disappointment when their ML 307 failed to achieve a landing and sailed instead for the open sea, and home.

Outside the estuary they encountered a German destroyer flotilla and were engaged by the German ship Jaguar at which Tom, manning the ML's Lewis Gun mounting, continued to fire in spite of numerous, and ultimately mortal, wounds.

At the conclusion of the action it was actually the Captain of the Jaguar who suggested that Tom be awarded his country's highest honour - the Victoria Cross.

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The Commando Charioteers