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AIRD Michael Derrick, Private, 3772603, King’s Regiment (Liverpool) and 4/2 Commando: ML 268 (age 24)
ALDRED J, Lance Corporal, 1892443, Corps of Royal Engineers and 2 Commando: ML 443
AMOS R, Private, 5343009, Royal Berkshire Regiment and 1/2 Commando: ML 446
ANDERTON Harold, Guardsman, 2629580, Grenadier Guards and 1/2 Commando: ML 446
ASHCROFT Arthur, Private, 2929623, Cameron Highlanders (Liverpool Scottish) and 5/2 Commando: HMS Campbeltown
ASPDEN Jack, Lance Bombardier, 318595, Royal Regiment of Artillery and 9 Commando: ML 267
BARLING Mike, Captain, 306036, Royal Army Medical Corps and HQ/2 Commando: ML 446
BARRON Robert James (‘Robbie’), Sergeant, 2877629, London Scottish Regiment and 1/2 Commando: ML 446
BASSETT-WILSON Paul, Second Lieutenant, 165718, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and 12 Commando: ML 443
BAYLISS Leonard, Sergeant, 6467968, Royal Fusiliers and 3/2 Commando: HMS Campbeltown
BEARDSELL John Clifford, Rifleman, 6912677, Rifle Brigade and 3/2 Commando: HMS Campbeltown
BELL William W (‘Dingle’), Fusilier, 6461342, Royal Fusiliers and 6/2 Commando: ML 192
BELLRINGER R, Lance Sergeant, 5342397, (Royal Berkshire Regiment?) and 1/2 Commando: ML 446
BEVERIDGE Robert, Sergeant, 4534228, West Yorkshire Regiment and 5 Commando: HMS Campbeltown (age 31)
BIRNEY David Leslie, Captain, 75991, Rifle Brigade and 2/2 Commando: ML 447 (age 27)
BISHOP Ivor, Lance Corporal, 1/2 Commando: ML 446
BISHOP R. C, Private, 5627758, Devon Regiment and 1 Commando: ML 306
BLOUNT Arthur Harvey, Corporal, 3972221, South Wales Borderers and 12 Commando: HMS Campbeltown (age 26)
BLYTHE William, Lance Corporal, 2930644, Cameron Highlanders (Liverpool Scottish) and 5/2 Commando: ML 177
BONVIN John Alexander, Lieutenant, 6 Commando: ML 443
BORGMAN Robert Bernard John, Lance Corporal, 7911119, Royal Armoured Corps and 4 Commando: ML 268 (age 25)
BOYCE John Douglas, Private, 5952406, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment and 3 Commando: ML 262 (age 23)
Capt. David Birney
The first of the port column of troop-carrying Motor Launches was number 447, captained by Lieutenant Platt, RNR. His task was to come alongside the Old Mole and disembark a 14-man Assault team drawn from 2 Troop 2 Commando and led by the Troop C.O. Captain David Birney.
The seizure of the Mole was critical to the success of the re-embarkation plan, and it was David's job to knock out its gun positions, form a bridgehead around it and establish an aid post at its base, in the old Pilotage building.
By the time they arrived at the Mole, ML 447 had already sustained many casualties and all attempts to force a landing came to an end when the ML was finally set ablaze.
Sadly David did not survive the raid, being numbered amongst the 8 men of his small party never to return.
The Commando Charioteers