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From the Jack Crane collection:
Front row: Prior A, Pearson M
Back row: Kedge, Dargan, unknown, Stewart J, Harbud R
 

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Brand, David
Lieutenant (and wife)

Distinguished Service Cross

Paddled from Sicily to Malta 1943 Read more details

 

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Clark, Paul Wilson
Lieutenant Commander, RN

Distinguished Service Cross and bar

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Cooke, E. Sergeant

Shown here in one of the canoes, Margaret May, named in tribute to the women he and his ops partner, Jack Crane, had left behind in Britain

 

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Crane, Jack. Major

Was part of the COPP 1 re-commission which served in the Far East (Sri Lanka, Burma, India) from November 1944 to September 1945. Was also in Burma in COPP 4 led by Lieutenant DH Mackay
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Dargan Fish, E A
Petty Officer

Galwey, Geoffrey
Lieutenant

Wrote his war memoirs as "Geoff's Opus"

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Harbud, Robin Frederick Andrew
T/Sub Lieutenant, RNVR

Distinguished Service Cross

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Hastings, Nicholas Patrick Comyns
Lieutenant Commander

Mention in Despatches

Hawkin,
Sapper, RE

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Kedge RNW (1949872)
Lance Corporal, RE

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No Image Moorhouse, Leslie Hugh
Lieutenant Commander

Mention in Despatches

   

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Ogden Smith, Bruce Walter
Sergeant

Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal

Reconnoitred Gold Beach prior to D Day - Read more details

   
  Ranked no 37 in Lord Ashcroft's 50 Great Heroes - see the list here and below are the medals of Bruce Ogden-Smith in Lord Ashcroft's medal collection in the Imperial War Museum. Read Lord Ashcroft's book about Special Forces Heroes which includes Bruce Ogden Smith    
       
     

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Pearson, Michael
Sub Lieutenant RNVR
   

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Prior, A (P/JX 19124)
Able Seaman
 
       

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No Image Richey
Corporal, SBS
   

 

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Scott Bowden, Logan. Major

Distinguished Service Order, Military Cross

Reconnoitred Gold Beach prior to D Day - Read more details

   

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Smith, Philip Robert Gilmer. Lieutenant

Distinguished Service Cross

Paddled from Sicily to Malta 1943

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Stewart John Michael
Leading Seaman

Mention in Despatches

White, David
Sub Lieutenant, RNVR

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Wild, Peter Grenville
Lieutenant, RNVR

Distinguished Service Cross, mention in Despatches (twice).

Also in COPP 6


On the left with Rollo Mangnall of COPP 4

Sailing a Mark III canoe

Peter Wild's log Read his log for April to September 1943
       

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Wilkins
Leading Stores Assistant (P/MX 59960)
Willmott H Nigel C
Lieutenant Commander

D.S.O.,D.S.C.and bar, Mention in Despatches (twice)

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