40RM Cdo. Roll of Honour

The Fallen from No. 40 Royal Marine Commando
The following personnel await confirmation, or otherwise, of Commando service.
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Below is an A-Z view of the Roll of Honour with information about each of the Fallen. Displaying 1 - 210 of 210


Marine John Moir Alexander 40 Commando
Marine John Alexander died during operations at Dieppe. He has no known grave.
Extract from the Dundee Courier
"Royal Marine Commando J. M. Alexander, 58 Mains Road, Dundee, has been reported missing whilst on combined operation.  Aged 21, he joined up three years ago. His brother William is in the Royal Navy." 
[1] CWGC.

CALLOW, Arthur John

Marine Arthur Callow died during operations at Dieppe.
Escalles Churchyard
Escalles is a village and commune on the coast road (N.40) from Calais to Boulogne, 8 miles (14 kilometres) south-west of Calais, whence there is a bus service. The British grave is in the southern part of the churchyard, some 20 yards south of the main path. (Source: CWGC.)

EPHRAUMS, Michael Jarvis

Captain Michael Ephraums MC died during operations at Termoli, Italy. He had previously been awarded the M.C. [2] for gallant and distinguished service whilst commander of 'A' troop at the Pachino Peninsula on the 10th July 1943 [3].
[1] CWGC
[2] London Gazettes Supp. 36229; Page: 4812.
[3] National Archives file WO373/47/133.

HILL, Henry William

Henry William Hill 40RM Commando
Sergeant Henry Hill died during operations at Lake Comacchio. He received his MiD for "gallant and distinguished service while operating with the Army in Italy."
London Gazettes Supp. 36676, page 4010.

HOBBS, Victor Frederick

Marine Victor Hobbs died during operations at Lake Commachio, Italy.
An account by Ron Perry of the action
In the beginning of 1945, at the end of the Italian campaign, we made our last break-through for the 8th Army. I was in Y troop of 40 Commando, Royal Marines, the leading troop in this action. We met some resistence by a canal near to what is now Lake Como. We were detailed to take two bridges and a power plant, which was our particular objective. This was along a spit of land alongside Lake Como.


Marine Joseph Humphries was taken prisoner in the Dieppe Raid. He was one of a work party at Lamsdorf POW Camp who escaped and were shot. The headstone at his Grave states "Royal Marines" followed by "Commando".
In March 1946 it was announced In London Gazettes that he had received a posthumous award of Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field.
London Gazettes Supp. 37499, page 1368


Marine John Hurst died during operations in Italy.
At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations to cross the River Garigliano.


Marine Peter Jaggard died during operations in Italy.
At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in Operation Ferdy at Vibo Valentia, known at the time as Porto San Venere.


The full circumstances of the death of Marine Thomas Leonard are not known to this archive.
At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in policing operations in liberated Corfu.

LONGLAND, Norman Harry

Lieutenant Norman Longland died of illness during operations in Italy. 
Extract from the book 'The Light Blue Lanyard'
"Lt N.Longland, a replacement for Lt Laidlaw who had been wounded at Termoli, contracted Hepatitis, from which he failed to recover."
The Light Blue Lanyard (p77) author  Jeffrey Charles Beadle.


Company Sergeant Major George Malcolm MM died during operations in Italy to cross the River Garigliano. He had been awarded the MM for his gallantry on the day prior to his death [1].
Recommendation for Award
22nd January 1944 Crossing of the Garigliano.

MARSHALL, Lionel Guy Bradford

Capt Marshall 40rm commando
Captain Lionel Marshall MC and bar died during operations in Albania.*
  • Awarded the MC for "gallant and distinguished services in operations leading to the capture of Termoli."
  • Awarded a bar to his MC for "courage, leadership and resource in operations which led to the crossing of the Garigliano River in the face of determined opposition, from the enemy."
MC: LG Publication date: February 1944 ; Supplement 36367; Page: 687


The full circumstances of the death of Corporal George McKenna are not known to this archive. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in policing operations in liberated Corfu. He received a Mention in Despatches for "devotion to duty during operations in the Mediterranean theatre covering a period from 1st April to 10th September, 1944."
London Gazettes Supp. 36979, page 1386.


Corporal Vernon Swatton D.S.M., died along with the rest of  'T' Company 40RM Commando, when the ship they were on board, HMS Fidelity, was torpedoed and sunk.
In 1940 he was awarded the DSM whilst a Marine on HMS Nelson for "gallantry and devotion to duty during operations in Norway."
London Gazettes Supp. 34961, page 5878.

TRASK, Walter Albert Henry

Lieutenant Walter Trask died along with the rest of  'T' Company 40RM Commando, when the ship they were on board, HMS Fidelity, was torpedoed and sunk.
Extract from the Western Morning News Saturday 01 January 1949.
Roll of Honour
TRASK, W.A.H. -  In treasured and loving memory of our devoted only son, Wally, Lieut., Royal Marine Commandos, H.M.S. Fidelity, killed in action Jan 1. 1943, aged 19½ years. Remembering also his gallant Royal Marine comrades who died with him.

WALLACE, Gordon Peter

Mne. Wallace died during operations at Anzio [1].

Extract from the Fulham Chronicle - Friday 21 April 1944

"Many Fulham friends will learn with regret that Gordon Peter Wallace has died from wounds received in action with the Royal Marine Commandos . He was the younger son of Mr . W. O. Wallace, 34 Ellaline Road, Fulham Palace Road, and he would have been 21 next month." [2]

WARD, George

Mne. Ward was killed during the period that 40RM Commando were used to reinforce the infantry line held along the River Garigliano near Lorenzo.
(Source: The Green Beret by Hilary St George Saunders)

WHITE, Charles Henry Patrick

Cpl. White died in Italy. 

Bari War Cemetery
The site of Bari War Cemetery was chosen in November 1943. There was no serious fighting in the vicinity of the town, which was the Army Group headquarters during the early stages of the Italian campaign, but it continued to be an important supply base and hospital centre, with the 98th General Hospital stationed there from October 1943 until the end of the war. At various times, six other general hospitals were stationed at Trani and Barletta, about 48 km away. (Source: CWGC)

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