Formed 14th February 1942 as The RM Commando, it was briefly known as "A" RM Commando before being designated 40 RM Commando. It was the only Royal Marine Commando formed entirely from volunteers as with the Army Commandos. Early training was on the Isle of Wight with the RM Commandos billeted in homes at Shanklin, Sandown and Ventnor.
HMS Fidelity was sunk by torpedoes during a U Boat attack (U435) on the 30th December 1942 off the Azores. The U-boat reported a large number of survivors on rafts and in the water. All drowned in the rough seas as the weather deteriorated. The only survivors were a few who had launched a motor boat from the ship before the attack. Among the casualties were 53 members of 'T' Company 40 RM Commando who were on board. The letter 'T' was never used again by 40RM Commando for a Company.
All Casualties are listed by the CWGC as dying on the 1st January 1943.
Entry from the 40 RM Commando war diary(Source: National Archive file ref ADM 202 / 87)
15 July 19431300hrs -arrive SYRACUSE harbour
Mne Alexander was killed during operations at Dieppe.
The CWGC shows his unit as 40RM Commando which is technically correct at the time of the raid. However it should be pointed out that we have an Image of a Signals Intelligence Unit formed for the raid at Dieppe which operated covertly on on this raid as a platoon of 40RM Commando. On that image Mne Alexander is named as a member of the unit.
Mne. Altringham was killed during operations at Lake Comacchio.
Sgt. Maj. Bain was killed during operations at Sarande, Albania.
Mne. Barrington died in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Termoli.
Mne. Bates was killed during operations on the enemy held island of Brac, Yugoslavia.
Sgt. Beesley was killed during operations at Dieppe.
Mne. Bishop was killed during operations in Sicily whilst aboard the HMS Queen Emma during a bombing raid.
Bari War Cemetery
Mne. Bluck was killed during operations at Anzio.
Mne. Bone was killed during operations on the enemy held island of Brac, Yugoslavia.
Mne. Bremner was killed during operations at Lake Comacchio.
Mne. Bryce was killed during operations on the Dalmatian Islands.
The Naval history website record him as dying of wounds. 7 days before his death his Commando were engaged in Operation Flounced, an attack on the enemy held island of Brac.
Mne. Burfitt was killed during operations at Termoli.
Mne. Burgess was killed during operations at Anzio.
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