Spr. Norman Thompson MM

(S/N 1896266)

Spr. Norman Thompson, formerly of the Royal Engineers, served in No.1 (later becoming No.101) Troop of No.6 Commando from 1940 (in Scarborough) until, at least, 13th March 1942 when the Troop was transferred from No.6 Commando to become No.2 Special Boat Section (2-SBS).

Spr. Norman Thompson was later promoted to Lance-Corporal and then Sergeant within 2-SBS, and was awarded the Military Medal.  The citation read:

‘During recent months No.1896266 Sgt Thompson, Royal Engineers has taken part, as an NCO in the Special Boat Section of the Special Services Brigade, in operations concerned with the marking of the beaches for operation ‘Torch’, the landing of agents in enemy territory and in two operations on the east coast of Sardinia designed principally to mislead and deceive the enemy.

He has proved himslef utterly reliable in action and he has been reported by Admiral of the Fleet Sir Andrew Cunningham, Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean, as having displayed initiative, devotion to duty and bravery in the operations mentioned above and as having set a fine example to other ranks of the Special Boat Section.

I most strongly recommend that Sergeant Thompson be awarded the Military Medal in recognition of his services and of the extremely high standard he has set over a long period of operational activity.’