Service at the Commando Memorial, Spean Bridge - 29
Owner: Peter Rogers
No.5 Commando 4 troop , pre 1942
High resolution troop picture of No.5 Cdo pre 1942 courtesy of Terry Rowe, son of Pte Ernest Albert Rowe. If you can help with any information please let me know. Posted by Pete R.
Info from Terry Rowe : "Photo was taken in Falmouth at Greenbank most likely at back of the Hotel. 5 Commando HQ was down by the harbour in a large building. The men while training in Scotland were known as the Special Service as shown on my fathers wedding certificate in 1941. It was changed to 5 Commando in Falmouth.
back row: 1. 'Tiny' ; 6. Fred Thorley
2nd from back: L-r: 7. Andy Dalziel
3rd from back L-r: 3. Ernest Albert Rowe (Berty) Served in Duke Wellington Regiment (Catterick) before transfer to Special Service; 6. Des Crowden (with moustache);
3rd from front L-r:4. Pat 'paddy' Wiggins(see comments below)
2nd from front (seated) L-r: 4. Lt. Stuart Chant (awarded MC at St Nazaire); 6 Paddy Tommy Ludlow; 7. Sgt Frank Carr (awarded DCM at St Nazaire);8. Hunter; 9. Ted Stuart
front row (squatting) L-r:
Photo updated 1/08/10 by Pete R. The following information comes from Andy Dalziel (jnr) " My father, Andy Dalziel, you already have as well as my godfather, Paddy (Tommy) Ludlow. Third row down and six from the left, with the little moustache, is Des Crowden, Des was a Londoner who after the war worked for Paddy Ludlow in the TV and radio rental he set up, DER. My father died in 1974, Des in the early 1990s as I recall. The photo was taken in the gardens beside the Greenbank hotel where they mustered every morning. "
Update 28/10/10 by Pete R. This info from Neil Stuart " My father Ted Stuart, who died in 2006, is in this photo (He is on the extreme right of the second row from the front). I have a copy of this photo and a list that someone has made of the names in the photo. The list is not in my father's writing and I suspect was sent to him by someone no more than twenty years ago. Some of the names seem to match the information you already have, others do not. I apologise if some of the names may be incorrect due to my inability to read all of the writing correctly. The list is from left to right, starting with the back row:
BACK ROW: Addiscot / Boggis / Williams / Currie / Hay / Fred Thorley* / Mundin / John Skipper* / Hunter
2ND FROM BACK: Martin / Rowe / Spragg / Little / Keller / Little / D.L. (probably unable to recall how to spell Dalziel *) / Murning / Anderson / Mackie
3RD FROM BACK: Pringle / Maxwell / Mutch / McIver/ Dinsdale / Linton / Adams / Brooks / Price
3RD FROM FRONT: Ludlow* / Hicks / Bebbington / Stobie / Butler / Byrne / Patterson / Crutchley / Rollers / Underhill / Fleming / Ferguesen
2ND FROM FRONT: McKerr / Fisher / Black / Chant* / Munsford / Bell / Carr* / Crosby / Stuart*
FRONT ROW: Jones / Bottomley / Gunn / Blair / Menzies / Rhind / Killen
I cannot vouch for the accuracy of any of the names apart from my father."