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GARLAND L. E. A, Lance Sergeant, 6012353, Essex Regiment and 2/2 Commando: ML 447

GARRATT Arthur Ernest, Lance Corporal, 5338655, Royal Berkshire Regiment and 2/2 Commando: ML 447 (age 22)

GIBSON William, Lance Sergeant, 2879864, Gordon Highlanders and 6/2 Commando: ML 268 (age 22)

GILLING Edward J (‘Ted’), Correspondent, Exchange Telegraph Company: ML 307

GOODE Frank, Rifleman, 7016236, Royal Ulster Rifles and 3/2 Commando: HMS Campbeltown

GOSS Leonard George William (‘Lenny’), Fusilier, 6459167, Royal Fusiliers and 6/2 Commando: ML 192 (age 36)

GRIEF G. V, Lance Corporal, 5949085, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment and 1/2 Commando: ML 177

GROSE William Ernest, Guardsman, 2617390, Grenadier Guards and 2/2 Commando: ML 447 (age 25)

GWYNNE John Edward Herbert, Private, 2929834, Cameron Highlanders (Liverpool Scottish) and 5/2 Commando: HMS Campbeltown (MiD) (age 21)

HAILES Stan, Lance Corporal, 4620600, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment (the West Riding) and 3 Commando: ML 307

HAINES George Ernest, Troop Sergeant Major, 6141513, East Surrey Regiment and 5/2 Commando: ML 177 (DCM)

HANNAN Thomas Gerard (‘Gerry’), Private, 3654970, South Lancashire Regiment and HQ/2 Commando: HMS Campbeltown

HARDING Philip Victor, Private, 5189003, Gloucestershire Regiment and 1/2 Commando: ML 177 (MM)

HARKNESS Peter, Lance Sergeant, 2879689, Gordon Highlanders and 6/2 Commando: ML 268 (age 26)

HARRINGTON Jack Lonsdale, Lance Corporal, 7014698, Royal Ulster Rifles and HQ/2 Commando: MGB 314 (MM)

HARRISON Maurice (‘Boy’), Lance Sergeant, 6896247, King’s Royal Rifle Corps and 6/2 Commando: ML 192 (age 20)

HAY William, Lance Corporal, 325315, Royal Armoured Corps and 2 Commando: ML 267 (age 21)

HEATHER William Bernard, Lance Corporal, 6400817, Royal Sussex Regiment and 2/2 Commando: ML 447

HEERY Jack, Lance Corporal, 1889465, Corps of Royal Engineers and 6/2 Commando: ML 443

HEMPSTEAD Stanley, Sergeant, 6014969, Essex Regiment and 2/2 Commando: ML 262 (age 22)

HEWETT Herbert Edward (‘Ted’), Troop Sergeant Major, 6013031, Essex Regiment and 2/2 Commando: ML 447

HODGSON Eric Stewart (‘Bertie’), Captain, 75234, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment and 1/2 Commando: ML 446 (age 23)

HOLLAND William Anthony (‘Dutch’), Private, 3602596, Border Regiment and 3/2 Commando: HMS Campbeltown (MiD)

HOLMAN John Northcott Gordon, Correspondent, Exchange Telegraph Company: MGB 314 (MiD)

HOLMES Frederick Lewis, Sapper, 1876041, Corps of Royal Engineers and 2/2 Commando: ML 443

HOLT Frederick, Corporal, 2929875, Cameron Highlanders (Liverpool Scottish) and 5/2 Commando: HMS Campbeltown

Cpt. 'Bertie' Hodgson

Owing to an engine-failure outside the estuary, Captain Bertie Hodgson's Assault Party had to transfer from ML 341, to the 'spare' launch, ML 446.

Although the transfer was completed swiftly, it still left this crucial Assault team at the rear of the port column, rather than in the van where its much-needed fire-power might have swung the battle of the Mole in the raiders' favour.

As it was, ML 446 entered the battle at its height and suffered accordingly before damage and a growing casualty list obliged her to withdraw - along with the Commando force's primary medical party.

Scuttled at sea, the survivors of the ML were taken on board a British destroyer: sadly the 'charming and unflappable' Bertie, who had been killed early in the action, was not to be numbered amongst them.

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