TSM. Peter J. Berrisford MM

(S/N 910524)

TSM Peter J. Berrisford MM, formerly of the Stafford 241st Artillery Battery, Royal Artillery (Field), served with No.4 Troop of No.6 Commando from July 1940 until 1945.

He was noted as having spent four days alone on Djebel El Azzag (Green Hill) after the aborted attack on 30th November 1942. During that time he lay by himself on the plateau observing the location of the German machine gun positions, returning to the Commando on 3rd December 1942 at Sedjenane. 

He was awarded the Military Medal for his service in North Africa on 26th September 1943.

He was appointed Troop Sergeant Major and on the return to the UK he was recommended for commission. He passed out as ‘best cadet’ at the OCTU and after rigorous selection at the Commando Holding Unit (Wrexham) and the ‘Officer’s Course’ (Achnacarry) he was retained as an instructor at the CBTU there.

Picture courtesy of Mr. Harry Dennant.

Picture taken pre-embarkation for Operation Torch (1942)