29 Commando Regiment RA
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The first Army Commandos were raised by a Gunner, Lt Col John Durnford-Slater RA in June 1940, following the defeat ending with the evacuation at Dunkirk, The Commandos struck at the German forces at a time when Britain was otherwise powerless. Raids were made on the coasts of Norway, France and the Mediterranean. By the time of the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944, the Commando forces were of a considerable size and had played a vital part on operations in all theatres of war.
Gunner Robert Cutting, aged 18, from Blackley Manchester, was shot dead at 4am whilst on foot patrol at the junction of Lepper Street and Stratheden Street, in the New Lodge area of Belfast. This was a blue on blue incident.
A chronology of the Northern Ireland Conflict September- October 1972 entitled The Troubles issue 17 describes the tragic incident and states a Marine was also seriously injured after 2 patrols mistook each other for gunmen.
Bdr. James Dane was killed during operations in Aden.Sources AFM ROH Commando Gunner website.
Lance Bombardier James Dwyer died whilst on a patrol in Southern Helmand province when the vehicle he was driving struck an anti-tank mine. [Source: MOD]
Lance Bombardier Llywelyn Carl Evans died when a a US Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter crashed south of the Kuwait border with US and UK personnel aboard; there were no survivors. Eight personnel from 3 Commando Brigade died in the accident, along with four US aircrew. [Source: MOD]
WO2 Kieran Farragher was serving with the SAS when he was killled in a climbing accident in Botswana. He had joined the SAS in 1973 having previously served in 95 Commando and 29 Commando Regt RA.Sources AFM ROH Special Forces ROH website (+ image) Commando Gunner website
Sergeant Les Hehir died when a a US Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter crashed south of the Kuwait border with US and UK personnel aboard; there were no survivors. Eight personnel from 3 Commando Brigade died in the accident, along with four US aircrew. [Source: MOD]
Lieutenant Aaron Lewis was fatally wounded when the gun position he was commanding in Gereshk came under attack. [Source: MOD]
Lieutenant Eoghan McCardle was killed in a road traffic collision. He was the Gun Position Officer (GPO) of 8 Alma Bty.Sources AFM ROH Commando Gunner website
Lance Bombardier Richard Odams, born in West Hartlepool Durham, was killed in a boating accident whilst serving with 8 Bty.Sources AFM ROH Commando Gunner website CVA Forum message in his name
Captain James Philippson served in 29 Commando Regiment RA for 3 years as his first tour and left 29 for 7 Para RHA. He died during operations in Afghanistan with 7 RHA.Sources AFM ROH Website in his name www.captainjim.org/jimstory.html
Trooper Adrian Powell died in a road traffic collision whilst serving with the SAS. He had previously served with 7 and 148 Btys. of 29 Commando Regt. RA, and 7 RHA. He died when the vehicle in which he was travelling overturned while on way to training exercises near Nairobi in Kenya.
Also killed in this collision was 24648153 SSgt. Martin Halls, SAS, formerly Royal Engineers.
LBdr. William Priddy died in a road traffic collision when his land rover overturned on the A346 near Marlborough.Sources AFM ROH BBC News online report
Lieutenant Charles Roffey died in road accident in Johore Bahru Malaysia.Sources AFM ROH Commando Gunner website/3845 Gnr Wilson I.F
Gunner Philip Russell, 7 Bty., was killed in a road traffic collision.Sources AFM ROH Commando Gunner website.
Capt. Seath, died of a cardiac arrest whilst taking part in the 2016 London Marathon. He was a fire support team commander for 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, based in Plymouth.
David Seath completed two master's degrees at the University of Aberdeen before attending the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2009. He was commissioned Lieutenant on the 14th August 2010 with seniority from 11 February 2009. Captain Seath served in Afghanistan in 2012.
Lance Corporal Dean Shams, REME, died whilst serving with 29 Commando, 79 Kirkee Cdo Bty. Fitter section in Belize. He slipped and fell into one of the chutes at the falls near Baldy Beacon. No one had seen him fall. He was missing for 8 days before the water level dropped and his body found trapped amongst rocks. There is a memorial plaque for him in 29 Workshops. Dean had been recently married and had been promoted to L/Cpl at the time of his death.
Gunner Kevin Smith, 79 Bty., was killed in a fall from the wall of Mosta magazine in Malta.
"Whilst the rest of the detachment waited for transport up to the main magazine Smudger decided to climb up, he nearly made it when he unfortunately slipped and fell about 100 feet." *Sources AFM ROH Commando Gunner website * 29 Cdo Veteran via CVA Facebook page.
Sgt. Swain died during operations in Northern Ireland.
Ivor Swain was a well respected Sgt in 8 Alma Commando Battery, 29 Commando RA. He was killed when his Land Rover patrol was called out to investigate a reported incident. They drove into a blacked out articulated lorry which had been deliberately parked across the road with a white stripe painted up the side so that it looked like the road itself.*Sources AFM ROH * James Walton, 95&29 Cdo.
Bdr. Steven Walmsley, 23 HQ Bty, 29 Commando, died at the Royal Citadel shortly after receiving his promotion.Sources AFM ROH Media online wigantoday.net
Lance Bombardier Douglas Will, 8 Alma Bty., died in a road traffic collison.Sources AFM ROH Commando Gunner website.