Captain Richard Henry 'Dickie' Hooper MC. No.2 Commando. He took part in the raids on Vaagso and on St Nazaire (i/c of an assault squad on ML156)
He was awarded the MC : Operation Blackcock Sicily 16th August 1943
Captain Hooper led his troop, No.6, with great gallantry and determination in the street fighting in Scaletta village in the early morning of the 16th August 1943, which resulted after the Commando landing just North of this village. In this action with German troops, he was wounded in the shoulder by a rifle bullet. After his area of the village was cleared, he continued to lead his troop to its correct position, three miles further down the coast. Later the troop was ordered to march North on the road to Messina, Captain Hooper again leading until restrained by the medical authorities, and removed to the casualty clearing station.
Captain Hooper also took part in the Commando raid at Vaagso, and St Nazaire where he was badly wounded. (L.G.18.11.43)
Citation details from the book Commando Gallantry Awards of WW2 by George A. Brown
Photo courtesy of Mrs Desiree Roderick and posted by Pete R.