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Commando Memorial photo by AH Stevens ex No 4 Cdo.jpg (43589 bytes) Click to enlarge photo.
 
Commando memorial in Scotland. Photo by Lieutenant Colonel A.H. Stevens, who had served with No. 4 Commando in 1943.

Number 4 Commando was one of over a dozen such units created by the British Army in World War II. 

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Wilkinson made (and marked) Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife issued to my father A.H. STEVENS ST. CATHARINES, ONT. while he was serving with No. 4 Commando in 1943. The Adjutant gave him a chit to take to Wilkinson's in London, and the clerk there asked if he wanted his name on the blade. 

They took the name "Commando" from the Boer word "Commando" in the Boer War (circa 1899-1901).

Combined Operations patch issued to Lieut. A. H. "Pete" Stevens in 1943 while he was attached to No. 4 Commando.

No. 4 Commando is of special interest to me as my father, lieutenant Arnott Hume ("Pete") Stevens was attached to them in the summer of 1943 and he was wounded while serving with them on a small raid in September 1943 near St. Pierre Eglise on the Cherbourg Peninsula. 

No. 4 Commando was involved in the Raid of Dieppe (in France) in August 19, 1942. Their part in the raid went so well that a training manual was published 7 months later to help other British and Allied soldiers.

Here is the complete manual from the Colin Stevens' Collection. 

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Photo: Group One Beach I
 
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Photo: Looking west from Beach I
 
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Photo: Group Two Beach II Mouth of River Saane.
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Photo: Group One Beach I 
Varengeville
 
Inside rear cover:
Map VARENGEVILLE showing Beach One and Beach Two.
 
 
 

No. 4 Commando was also involved in the fighting in Europe from June 1944 to the end of the war. 

The Commando Association used to be located on Sloane Street, London but appear to have closed their office and are closing the Association down in the Fall of 2005. 

We will remember them!

 
Copyright Colin Stevens Updated: August 24, 2008
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