2nd battalion lincolnshire regiment ww2
Brother John Pax Cuthbert Alcazar, Lt(A) FAA killed . This unique record of the Army Commandos owed more than anything to the fact that every man was a volunteer.Many of these men went onto action in Norway almost immediately with little training.Lt Col Dudley Clarke, who was then Military Assistant to the Chiefs of the Imperial General Staff, is generally credited with the initial outline plan of their formation. Further volunteers came from all sections of the Field Army.ABBOTT, ALOYSIUS JOSEPH Initials: A J Nationality: Jamaica Rank: Aircraftman 2nd Class Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Date of Death: 25/12/1946 Service No: 713170 Additional information: Son of Herbert Clarence and Berna Ann Abbott, of Cross Roads, Jamaica. A summary of the decorations awarded to officers and men of the Army Commandos gives some indication of their prowess.But these were only the most famous of countless fights in which these units played their part.
40 and the later 41RM Commando would be the only two RM Commando Units raised initially from volunteers as with their Army Commando counterparts.On their return Winston Churchill wanted his own Corps of ‘shock troops’ to start afresh. A majority of volunteers for the Independent Companies went onto join the newly raised Army Commandos."The thirty-eight Battle Honours awarded to the Army commandos serve as a Prologue to this brief history of their five years’ Active Service.Those who failed for one reason or another to measure up to the most exacting standards of training, discipline and conduct under fire, could be Returned to Unit without more ado. Eight won the Victoria Cross; thirty-seven the Distinguished Service Order, with, in addition, nine Bars to that award; one hundred and sixty-two Military Crosses, with thirteen Bars; thirty-two Distinguished Conduct Medals; and two-hundred and eighteen Military Medals.
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