Private 5836791 W. Tipper was one of the fist to volunteer for ‘Special Service’ joining No3 Commando in March 1940 from his original parent regiment (The Suffolk Regiment) where he had enlisted in 1937.  No3 Commando (originally No4 Special Service Battalion) was actually the fist such unit to be raised so W. Tipper was right there at the beginning.  No3 Commando would go on to take part in some of the most iconic and daring raids of WWII, so in all likelihood Tipper and of course this, his personal First Pattern was right there with him.  From Lofoten, Dieppe, North Africa, Sicily and of course D-Day, No3 Commando fought right through until the cessation of hostilities.  A First Pattern with such provenance and war record is exceptionally rare.

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