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40RM Commando

Formed at North Barracks, Deal on the 14th February 1942 as 'The RM Commando'.
In October 1942 it was redesignated briefly as 'A' RM Commando after a second RM Commando unit was formed. Shortly afterwards it was redesignated as No. 40 Royal Marine Commando, Royal Marines. This was the only Royal Marine Commando formed entirely from volunteers as with the Army Commandos.
 

40RM Commando - HMS Fidelity

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.
 

40RM Commando - HMS Queen Emma

 
On 17th July 1943 HMS Queen Emma was in Augusta Harbour Sicily with 40 Royal Marine Commando on board when there was a bombing raid on the harbour. This caused numerous casualties and damage on board when concussion and shrapnel from a bomb caused a box of grenades to go off on the mess deck. 
 

Entry from the 40 RM Commando war diary

(Source: National Archive file ref ADM 202 / 87)
 

15 July 1943

1300hrs -arrive SYRACUSE harbour

AINSWORTH, Richard Harold

40RM Commando
Richard Ainsworth was awarded the British Empire Medal whilst an Acting T/ Corporal in 40 RM Commando, for gallantry in helping the wounded, in spite of his own injuries, when the ship in which he was serving, HMS Queen Emma, was attacked from the air.
 
The death of "Sgt. Richard Harry Ainsworth (40 & 47 RM Cdo) of Farlington, York", was announced in Commando Association newsletter 96 issued March 1993.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp 36259, page 5141.

ALEXANDER, John Moir

Marine John Moir Alexander 40 Commando
40RM Commando
Marine John Alexander was reported missing presumed killed during operations at Dieppe. He has no known grave [1][1a].
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" [2].
 
Sources
[1] CWGC.

ANGUS, David Charles

40RM Commando
Captain David Angus was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry, zeal and skill during the attack on Sarande and the seizure of the Island of Solta.
 
The death of Captain Angus MC of St. Ninian, Stirling, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 98 issued March 1994.
 
Source
London Gazette 37013, page 1791.
 

BARCLAY, David Lovat

41RM Commando
Major David Barclay was killed during operations at Normandy on D Day [1].
 
Born in May 1920, Dave Barclay entered the Corps in September 1938. He served in H.M.S. Norfolk for over two years and was appointed to 40th RM Cdo., subsequently transferring to the 41st Cdo. [2].
 
Sources
[1] CWGC
[2] Extract from the  RM Globe and Laurel Nov. 1944 edition.
 

BEADLE, Jeffrey Charles

40RM Commando
Temporary Lieutenant Jeffrey Charles Beadle was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry, leadership and outstanding determination whilst serving in Commando operations in the Adriatic, June, 1944, specifically the attack on Brac Island [more....] [1].
  • 1967 (Major) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in the New Year's Honours list [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 37387, page 6085.

BEAVEN, Harwood Frederick George

TSM Harwood Beaven MM
40RM Commando
45RM Commando
Troop Sergeant Major Harwood Beaven was awarded the Military Medal for bravery and great devotion to duty whilst operating with the Allied Armies in North-West Europe.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37127, page 3090.
Cdo. Assoc. Newsletter 65 issued Sept 1977.
Image: A Plain Russet Coated Captain author Capt. John Day
 

BEESLEY, Jack

40RM Commando

Sergeant Jack Beesley died during operations at Dieppe.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/127.

BISHOP, Arthur

40RM Commando

Marine Arthur Bishop died during operations in Sicily whilst aboard the HMS Queen Emma during an enemy air attack on the vessel. 

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/127.

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BLAKE, Albert Henry

Albert Henry Blake
40RM Commando
Corporal Albert Blake died during operations in Italy. He is also listed in the personnel files of the S.O.E.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/127.
Special Operations Executive (SOE) personnel file in his name at the National Archives ref. HS/9/161/6 [more....].

BLUMSOM, George Richard

40RM Commando

Service History
11 July 1939 enlisted Royal Marines, London, aged 17 years
20 February 1942 posted the RM Commando (later designated 40RM Commando).
1 October 1942 promoted Lance Corporal.
18 June 1943 promoted Corporal.
4 September 1943 reverts to rank of Marine.
17 September 1943 promoted Lance Corporal. 
December 1943 posted 'A' Troop.
18 January 1944 wounded in action.
1 March 1944 promoted Corporal.
12 November 1948 - 11 May 1952 Royal Fleet Reserve.

BONE, Percy James

40RM Commando

Marine Percy Bone died during operations on the enemy held island of Brac, Yugoslavia.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/128.

BOSTOCK, Stanley

40RM Commando
Staff Sergeant Stanley Bostock was awarded the B.E.M. (Military Division) in the 1946 New Years Honours [1].  He had previously been attached to 40RM Commando [2].
 
He also received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy [3].
 
The death of "S/Sgt. Stanley Bostock, BEM. (40 RM Cdo) of Wollaton, Nottingham" was announced in Commando Association newsletter 66 issued March 1978 [2].
 
Sources

BRADSHAW, Leslie Charles

Marine Les Bradshaw
40RM Commando
Marine Leslie Bradshaw, 10 Platoon, 'X' Coy, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe. He later served in 30 Commando.
Recommendation
Operation Jubilee (Dieppe Area) 19th August 1942.

BREEN, Terence Edward

40RM Commando
Marine Terence Breen was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe on 19 August 1942 [1][2].  
Recommendation
During the approach to White Beach in LCA under a continuous and withering fire, Marine Breen took up a position with his bren gun on the port side of his craft.

BREMNER, Alexander

Alexander Bremner 40RM Commando
40RM Commando

Marine Alexander Bremner died during operations in Italy (Lake Comacchio).

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/128.

[Image] The War Illustrated magazine.

BROCKBANK, Maurice Chester

45RM Commando
Captain Maurice Brockbank, 'C' troop, died during operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf. He had previously received a Mention in Despatches whilst with 40RM Commando for "outstanding service while operating with the Allied Armies in Italy."
 
Sources 
CWGC.
London Gazette 36903, page 518.
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Major J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.

BROWN, Jack

40RM Commando
Marine Jack Brown died during operations at Italy (Anzio).
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/128.
 

BROWN, Stephen Thomas Frederick

40RM Commando
Marine Stephen Brown died of wounds at the 97th General Hospital, near Bone, North Africa. He was originally buried in Borgel Cemetery (Military Plot),  but was re interred at Medjez-el-Bab Cemetery on 17 August 1944.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/128.
 

BROWNBRIDGE, Robert William

40RM Commando
Marine Robert Brownbridge 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 received a MiD " for courage and devotion to duty during the withdrawals from Boulogne and Calais."
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazettes Supp. 34941, page 5441.
 

BRYCE, William

40RM Commando

Marine William Bryce died of wounds at the 2nd Field Hospital which was located at Otok, on Vis Island, Yugoslavia.  Seven days before his death his Commando were engaged in Operation Flounced, an attack on the enemy held island of Brac.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/128.

CALLOW, Arthur John

40RM Commando
Marine Arthur Callow died during operations at Dieppe.
 
Notes
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.)
 

CAPES, Edward Albert

40RM Commando
Lance Corporal Edward Capes died in Italy from injuries sustained as a result of a grenade accident.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/128.
 
Notes
Bari War Cemetery

CONVERY, John James

40RM Commando
Sergeant John Convery, 'Q' Troop, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] for gallant and distinguished services in operations leading to the capture of Termoli.
 
Citation
Termoli 3/10/43.

COOPER, Charles

40RM Commando
Marine (Temporary Corporal) Charles Cooper received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service while operating with the Army in Italy in 1944 [1].
 
The following year, now a Sergeant, Charles Cooper was awarded the M.M. [2], for gallant and distinguished service displayed in the Italian campaign when taking part in the operations in April, 1945, north of the Reno and west of Argenta [3].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 36676, page 4010.

COPE, Herbert James

40RM Commando
Marine Herbert Cope died at 98 British General Hospital in Italy of cardiac failure from acute peritonitus and appendicitis.
 
Sources
CWGC.
British Armed Forces And Overseas Deaths And Burials (Registers of reports of death - Naval ratings).
National Archives file ADM 104/129.
 

CORNISH, Arthur Henry

40RM Commando

Colour Sergeant Arthur Cornish died on board H.M.H.S. St. David. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Sicily.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/129.
Registers of Births in Kent Oct/Nov/Dec.1916.

CRAIG, John Henry

40RM Commando

Marine John Craig died during operations at Anzio, Italy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/129.
Registers of Births - Newcastle on Tyne - July/Aug/Sept. 1920.
 

DAY, Albert Ernest

40RM Commando
Marine Albert Day died during operations in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations to cross the River Garigliano.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/129.
 

DAY, Reginald

40RM Commando

Marine Reginald Day died at the 66th British General Hospital, Italy. At the time of his death his Commando was engaged in operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/129.

DELAP, Peter

40RM Commando
Captain Peter Delap, M.B. (R.A.M.C.), attached to 40RM Commando [1], was awarded the MC in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field [2].
 
Sources
[1] Commando Association newsletter 118.
[2] London Gazettes Supp. 36983, page 1427 published 15March 1945.
 

DENMARK, Robert Mclelland

Graves of Marines Wise, Porter, Denmark and Spencer
40RM Commando
Marine Robert Denmark was one of five commandos who died from injuries sustained in the accidental explosion of an ammunition truck in Sicily. He is buried in a collective grave with Marines Albert Wise, Ernest Porter, and Frank Spencer.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/129.
Linked Content below.
 
Notes

DOWSON, Harry

40RM Commando

Marine Harry Dowson died at 151 Field Ambulance during operations at Sicily.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.

ECREPONT, Edward William

40RM Commando
Captain Edward Ecrepont was awarded the Military Cross for leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty on the 22nd January 1944. After the crossing of the River Gargliano, Italy, he led two troops in seizing the essential feature to the North of Mount Castellucio and successfully holding it for 36 hours until relieved despite repeated counter-attacks  [1][2].
 

EPHRAUMS, Michael Jarvis

40RM Commando
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].
 
Sources 
[1] CWGC
[2] London Gazettes Supp. 36229; Page: 4812.
[3] National Archives file WO373/47/133.
 

EVANS, George Albert

40RM Commando
Marine George Evans died of wounds inflicted during operations in Italy.
  • Mentioned in Despatches for outstanding service with the Allied Armies in Italy *.
Sources
CWGC.
Westminster Abbey Commando Roll of Honour file ref. National Archives DEFE/2/843.

FALLAS, Robert Scott

40RM Commando

Lance Corporal Robert Fallas died at sea whilst aboard the HMS Queen Emma during an enemy air attack on the vessel in Sicily.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.

FINCH, Ernest Edward

40RM Commando

Sergeant Ernest Finch died during operations in Italy.

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.
[3] Registers of Births England Oct/Nov/Dec.1925.

Notes
Year of birth confirmed as 1925 by source [3].
 

FISHER, James

40RM Commando
Corporal James Fisher died during operations in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations to cross the River Garigliano.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.
 

GEE, Donald Percy

40RM Commando

Marine Donald Gee died during operations against the enemy held Dalmatian island of Brac, Yugoslavia (now Croatia).

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/131.

GORMAN, James John Thomas

40RM Commando

Corporal James Gorman was awarded the MM 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.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36474, page 1777.
National Archives file WO 373/47/155.
 

GORRIE, William Young

40RM Commando

Marine William Gorrie died in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Lake Comacchio.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/131.

GREY, Thomas Patrick

40RM Commando
Marine Thomas Grey died during operations in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations to cross the River Garigliano.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/131.
 

HAMSTEAD, Edward Oliver

40RM Commando
Marine Edward Hamstead died during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy. He had earlier received a Mention in Despatches for outstanding service while operating with the Allied Armies in Italy, rank shown as Marine (Acting Temporary Corporal)*.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/131.
*London Gazette 36903, page 518 published 23 January 1945.
 

HANLON, Walter

Walter Hanlon 40RM Commando
40RM Commando

Marine Walter Hanlon from Hartlepool, reported missing after the Dieppe raid, was later found to be a prisoner of war in Stalag 344, Poland. Post war member of the Commando Association.

Sources
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/7.
Article with image in the Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail 01 September 1942.
Article in the Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail 01 October 1942.
Obituaries in Commando Association Newsletter 82 issued March 1986.

HARVEY, William Joseph Alphonso

40RM Commando
Colour Sergeant William Harvey, a veteran of the Dieppe raid, died during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy. 
 
Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/131.
[2a] Births registered in Helston Jul, Aug, Sept. 1921.
[3] 40RM Commando War Diary Oct'42 (Reports on Events after Dieppe).
 
Notes

HASTINGS, Frank Reginald

40RM Commando
Lance Corporal Frank Hastings died during operations in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations to cross the River Garigliano.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/131.
Records of Births registered April, May, June 1920 (Haverfordwest Pembrokeshire)
 

HAWKINS, Kenneth Scott

40RM Commando
Acting Company Sergeant Major Kenneth Hawkins was awarded the Military Medal for leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty during operations at the crossing of the Garigliano River, Italy, on 22 January 1944 [1][2].  He later became prisoner of war and was transported to Germany [3].
Recommendation

HEATH, Albert Stuart

40RM Commando

Corporal Albert Heath died at Rouen, France after the Dieppe raid.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/132.

Notes
Many of the Dieppe raid casualties were taken to hospitals in Rouen.
 

HELLINGS, Peter William Craddock

40RM Commando
On the 6th September 1940 it was announced that Lieutenant Peter Hellings RM had been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for courage and devotion to duty during the withdrawals from Boulogne and Calais [1]
  • 1943 (Acting Major)(40RM Commando) awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished services in operations leading to the capture of Termoli [2]
  • 12th February 1946 (Captain)(Acting Lieutenant Colonel) received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in NW Europe [3].

HERYET, George William

40RM Commando

Corporal George Heryet died during operations in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations to cross the River Garigliano.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/132.

HILL, Henry William

Henry William Hill 40RM Commando
40RM Commando
Sergeant Henry Hill died during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy. He received a Mention in Despatches for "gallant and distinguished service while operating with the Army in Italy."
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/132.
London Gazette 36676, page 4010.
 

HOBBS, Victor Frederick

40RM Commando
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.
 

HOOK, Ross Sydney

40RM Commando
43RM Commando
Reverend Ross Sydney Wood was awarded the Military Cross (periodic) [1][2] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service with 40RM Commando from April 1944 [3] and later wiith 43RM Commando [2].
Recommendation
"Before his service with this Cdo., the Rev Hook had served some months with 40 (RM) Cdo. and had been into action with them several times, including one operation on the Island of Brac, where the Cdo. suffered very heavy casualties.

HOPE, William Morgan

40RM Commando
Sergeant William Hope was awarded the Military Medal [1] for gallantry, leadership, and  outstanding determination during Operation Impact [more....] in Italy on 11/12th April 1945. The award recommendation concludes with the following words "Throughout the entire action this S.N.C.O. displayed the utmost bravery and complete disregard for his own life. His devotion to duty and encouragement to his section on the death of his section officer was an inspiration to all around him." [2].
 

HOPPER, Norman Charles

40RM Commando

Marine Norman Hopper died during a raid on the Island of Brac, Yugoslavia. Initially buried with others on Brac near Nerezische, their remains were later reinterred in a collective grave at Belgrade War Cemetery.
Those buried with him are Marines Pickering and Tarrant of 40RM Commando, and Marines Brookes, Cooper, Hurst, Ivens, and Williamson of 43RM Commando.

HOUGHTON, Robert Dyer

Robert Houghton 40 Commando
40RM Commando
Acting Major Robert Houghton, Second in Command of 40RM Commando, was awarded the Military Cross for bravery, endurance and inspiring devotion to duty whilst serving in Commando operations in the raid on Dieppe, 19th August, 1942, and later as prisoner of war in

HUMPHRIES, Joseph

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.
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazettes Supp. 37499, page 1368

HURST, Desmond

40RM Commando

Acting Temporary Sergeant Desmond Hurst received a Mention in Despatches for services in Italy 1st April to 8th May 1945. 
 
Sources
London Gazette 37505, page 1441.
Forum message in his name posted by his nephew.

HURST, John

40RM Commando
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.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/132.
 

HUTCHINSON, James

Marine James Hutchinson 40 Commando
40RM Commando
Marine James Hutchinson died along with the rest of  'T' Company 40RM Commando, when the ship they were on board, HMS Fidelity was torpedoed and sunk.
 
Sources
CWGC.
[Image] Mark H. (via CVA forum message).
 

JACKSON, Thomas

40RM Commando
Lance Corporal Thomas Jackson died during operations at Anzio, Italy.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/132.
 

JAGGARD, Peter

40RM Commando
Marine Peter Jaggard died during operations in Italy.
 
Notes
At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in Operation Ferdy at Vibo Valentia, known at the time as Porto San Venere.
 

JAMES, George Henry

40RM Commando
Lance Corporal George James died at 214 Field Ambulance, Italy. At the time of his death his commando were engaged in operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/132.
 

JOCKAM, George Frank Forbes

40RM Commando
Marine George Jockam* received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service while operating with the Army in Italy.
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 36676, page 4010.
[2] The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C.Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
 
Notes
* Surname spelt as in LG entry; spelt as JOCKHAM in source @ [2].
 

JOHNSON, Ronald

Marine Ronald Johnson was killed during operations in Sicily whilst aboard the HMS Queen Emma during an enemy air attack on the vessel. 
 
Note
Awaits confirmation of Commando service.

JONES, John

40RM Commando

Marine John Jones died at 151 Light Field Ambulance, Syracuse, Sicily.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/132.

KENDRICK, Roy

40RM Commando
Marine Roy Kendrick died in Italy from injuries received as a result of a grenade accident.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.
 
Notes
Bari War Cemetery

KENNEY, Howard

40RM Commando
Marine Howard Kenney died at the 98th General Hospital, Bari, Italy, from accidental stab wounds of the abdomen.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.
Births Registered in April, May, June 1922 in Blaby, Leicestershire.
 

KILBRIDE, Joseph

40RM Commando
Corporal Joseph Kilbride died on board the Hospital Carrier St. David during operations at Sicily. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.
 
Notes

KLINCKE, Edward Sydney

40RM Commando

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

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.

LEONARD, Thomas

40RM Commando
Marine Thomas Leonard died at the Civil Hospital, Corfu, Greece.  3 weeks before his death his Commando were engaged in a successful operation to liberate the island.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.
 

LONGLAND, Norman Harry

40RM Commando
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."
 
Sources
CWGC
The Light Blue Lanyard (p77) author  Jeffrey Charles Beadle.
 

MALCOLM, George

40RM Commando
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.

MANNERS, James Calvert

40RM Commando
Lieutenant Colonel James Manners DSO, Officer Commanding 40RM Commando, died during operations on the enemy held island of Brac, Yugoslavia.
He had been Commanding Officer since just after the Dieppe raid and was appointed D.S.O. for gallant and distinguished services in operations leading to the capture of Termoli. *
 
Sources
CWGC
* London Gazettes Supp. 36367, page 687 [8/2/1944].
 

MARSH, Leslie George

40RM Commando
41 Ind. Cdo. RM
45 Cdo. RM
Captain Leslie Marsh, a veteran of service with 40RM Commando in WW2, was awarded the Military Cross during the Korean War for gallant and distinguished service. 
  • 29 November 1950 (41 Independent Commando) wounded during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.
  • He remained in military service taking part in operations at Borneo, Suez, and Aden. He retired with the rank of Brigadier.
Sources
London Gazette 39230, page 2749.
British casualties, Korea 1950-1953.

MARSHALL, Lionel Guy Bradford

Capt Marshall 40rm commando
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."
Sources
CWGC.
MC: LG Publication date: February 1944 ; Supplement 36367; Page: 687

MATTHEWS, Frederick Gordon

40RM Commando
Corporal Frederick Matthews died during operations in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations to cross the River Garigliano.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/134.
 

MAUDE, Neil Stanley Eustace

40RM Commando
Lieutenant Neil Maude joined 40RM Commando on 17 February from the Holding Battalion at Deal [1].
  • 17 December 1943 promoted Acting Major and  second in command [2].
  • Mentioned in Despatches for distinguished services in the successful landing operations in Sicily, the Messina Straits, Salerno and Normandy [3].
  • 1962 (Lieutenant Colonel) Commanding Officer 45 Commando RM [4].
  • 27 July 1969 Brigadier N. S. E. Maude, R.M., appointed an Aide-de-Camp to The Queen [5].

MCKENNA, George

40RM Commando
Corporal George McKenna died in Corfu.  At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in policing operations there after recently liberating the island. 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."
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/134.
London Gazette 36979, page 1386.

MORGAN, Timothy Dennis

 Lt Col. Timothy Morgan © IWM (MH 30869
40RM Commando
Commando Basic Training Centre
Temporary Lieutenant Timothy Morgan, 40RM Commando, was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished services whilst leading a patrol at Pizzo, Italy, near Vibo Valentia, in September 1943 [1].
Partial extract from the Obituary in the Globe and Laurel July/August 1992
  • 1945 (Spring) posted as instructor at the Commando Basic Training Centre.
  • 1947 - 50 (Acting Captain) Troop Commander 42 Commando RM.
  • 1952 (Spring) (Captain, O.C. Royal Marines) HMS Indefatigable. 

MUSGROVE, Douglas James

40RM Commando

Marine Douglas Musgrove died during operations at Anzio, Italy.

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/134.

Notes
Source [1] shows age 20;  Source [2] shows born 12.11.1922.
 

NASH, Alec

40RM Commando

Marine Alec Nash died during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/134.
Births Registered April, May, June 1921 in Clutton, Somerset.

NEALE, Raymond

40RM Commando
Lieutenant Raymond Neale received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service while operating with the Army in Italy.
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 36676, page 4010.

NUNN, Sidney Donald

40RM Commando
Marine Sidney Nunn died during operations in Sicily whilst aboard the HMS Queen Emma during an enemy air attack on the vessel.
 

Extract from a report in the Essex Newsman - Saturday 02 October 1943

O'BRIEN, John Patrick Joseph

40RM Commando

Captain John O'Brien was awarded the Military Cross 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.

Sources
London Gazette 36474, page 1777.
National Archives file WO 373/47/153.

O'CALLAGHAN, Frank John

40RM Commando
Marine Frank O'Callaghan was killed [1] by a sniper while attached to 30 Commando AU during operations at Normandy. He had previously served with 40RM Commando [2].
 
Sources
[1] CWGC
[2] The book Attain by Surprise edited by David Nutting.
 
Notes

ODENDAAL, Jacobus Russell

40RM Commando
Acting Sergeant Jacobus Odendaal, 40RM Commando, was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) for bravery in saving the life of two airmen when an aircraft crashed in a wood on the Isle of Wight [1][1a][Linked Content below].
  • 23 July 1943 listed as Lieutenant [2].
  • October 1944 listed as serving with 43RM Commando [3].
  • 21 May 1946 (Lieutenant) promoted Acting Captain [3].
Sources

PANTER, Howard Denis

Marine Howard Denis Panter
40RM Commando
Marine Howard Denis Panter died along with the rest of  'T' Company 40RM Commando, when the ship they were on board, HMS Fidelity, was torpedoed and sunk.
 
Sources
CWGC.
[Image] BBC online WW2 People's War archive, article ID:A7804820, credit John Kinross-Purser [view....].
 

PATRICK, Neil

40RM Commando
Corporal Neil Patrick was awarded the Military Medal  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 [1][2].
  • 8 September 1945 posted to 4 Commando Brigade [3].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 36474, page 1777.

PICKERING, Alfred George

40RM Commando

Marine Alfred Pickering died during a raid on the Island of Brac, Yugoslavia. Initially buried with others on Brac near Nerezische, their remains were later reinterred in a collective grave at Belgrade War Cemetery.
Those buried with him are Marines Hopper and Tarrant of 40RM Commando, and Marines Brookes, Cooper, Hurst, Ivens, and Williamson of 43RM Commando.

PLATT, John Henry

40RM Commando

Marine John Platt from Manchester was reported missing presumed died during operations at Anzio, Italy. He has no known grave.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Death - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/135.
In Memoriam article by family in the Manchester Evening News 21 June 1946.
 

PORTER, Ernest William

Graves of Marines Wise, Porter, Denmark and Spencer
40RM Commando
Marine Ernest Porter was one of five commandos who died from injuries sustained in the accidental explosion of an ammunition truck in Sicily. He is buried in a collective grave with three others, Marines Robert Denmark, Frank Spencer, and Albert Wise.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives files ADM 104/135.

Precise location shown on National Archives file ADM 104/137 (Mne. Spencer).
Linked Content below.

ROBSON, Thomas

45RM Commando
Marine Thomas Robson died of accidental drowning at Kowloon whilst deployed to Hong Kong. He was attached to HM Motor Fishing Vessel 1044 at the time. He had previously received a Mention in Despatches for "outstanding service while operating with the Allied Armies in Italy."
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/136.
Royal Marines Association.
London Gazette 36903, page 518.

ROSS, John

John Ross 40 Commando
40RM Commando
Marine John Ross died during operations in Sicily whilst aboard the HMS Queen Emma during an enemy air attack on the vessel.
 
Extract from the Yorkshire Evening Post

RUSSELL, Geoffrey Mellanby

40RM Commando
Acting Temporary Captain Geoffrey Russell received a Mention in Despatches for services in Italy 1st April to 8th May 1945. 
 
Sources
London Gazette 37505, page 1441.
Navy Lists (see Linked Content below].
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj.J.C. Beadle MBE, MC.
 

SANKEY, Robert Woodall

Lieutenant Colonel Sankey RM
40RM Commando
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Sankey was appointed Officer Commanding 40 Royal Marine Commando on the 1st July 1944 after the death in June of Lieutenant Colonel  James C. Manners, DSO [more....] [1].
  • 1943 Commanding Officer 11th RM Bn. [2].
  • July 1943 (Temporary Captain) (Acting Temporary Major) received a Mention in Despatches for good service in operations in the Middle East [3].

SMALE, Kenneth William Ridley

40RM Commando
Lieutenant Kenneth Smale was awarded the M.C., for bravery, endurance and inspiring devotion to duty whilst serving in Commando operations in the raid on Dieppe, 19th August, 1942, and later as prisoner of war in Germany, August 1942—May 1945.
 
Source
London Gazette Supp. 37387, page 6085.
 

SMITH, Harold

40RM Commando
Sergeant Harold Smith was awarded the M.M. (periodic) [1] for gallant and distinguished service shown during operations in Italy at Anzio, Sarande, and Lake Comacchio, and on the enemy held Dalmatian Island of Brac [2].
 
He also received a Mention in Despatches for services in Italy, 1st April, 1945 to 8th May, 1945.[3].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 37440, page 582.
[2] National Archives file WO 373/47/89.

SPENCER, Frank

Graves of Marines Wise, Porter, Denmark and Spencer
40RM Commando

Marine Frank Spencer was one of five commandos who died from injuries sustained in the accidental explosion of an ammunition truck in Sicily. He is buried in a collective grave with Marines Robert Denmark, Ernest Porter, and Albert Wise.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/137.
Linked Content below.

Notes
War Diary records location of Commando as Messina; ADM104/137 file records explosion at Cannizaro.
 

SWATTON, Vernon

40RM Commando
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."
 
Source
CWGC
London Gazettes Supp. 34961, page 5878.
 

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