40 Commando RM

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40 Commando RM

Formed on the 14th February 1942 as The RM Commando, it was briefly known as "A" RM Commando before being designated 40 RM Commando. Served in Dieppe, St Benere, Termoli, Anzio. Comacchio during WW2.

40 RM Commando, and the slightly later formed 41RM Commando, would be the only RM Commando units to consist entirely of volunteers. All Army Commandos were volunteers.

40 RM Commando was disbanded early in October 1945, before reforming as 40 Commando RM when 44 RM Cdo was disbanded and redesignated. 

BIRDSALL, Steven James

Marine Steven Birdsall

Mne. Birdsall was killed during operations in Afghanistan. 

During the late afternoon of Sunday 13 June 2010, Bravo Company was providing security to Royal Engineers who were reinforcing the defences at one of the UK Check Points in Sangin. At approximately 1629hrs local time, Marine Birdsall received a gunshot wound and was immediately evacuated to Camp Bastion's Role 3 Hospital where his condition was listed as critical. On 14 June 2010, he was transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where, at 1229hrs on 14 June 2010, Marine Birdsall sadly died of his wounds. [Source: MOD]

BROWN, Adam Robert

Marine Adam Brown

Mne. Brown was killed during operations in Afghanistan. 

He was conducting a reassurance patrol as part of 3 Troop, Alpha Company 40 RM Cdo., to provide security for the locals in the area. At approximately 1750hrs on Sunday 1 August, there was an explosion in the vicinity of his patrol base and he was killed instantly in the blast. [Source: MOD]

CATTELL, William Howard James

Marine William Cattell from Birmingham was found shot dead in South Vietnam whilst absent from his unit in Plymouth since April.  He was found on Highway 555 leading to Quang Tri city. 

Sources
AFM ROH
Birmingham Daily Post - Thursday 03 August 1972
British Newspaper Archive (website britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board.
 

DICK, Louis Timothy Mylius

Lieutennt Louis Dick was killed in Paphos when a bomb was thrown into his vehicle as reprisal for the Governor’s refusal to commute the death sentences passed on two convicted terrorists who would be hanged next morning May 10 and after which EOKA would in revenge immediately ‘execute’ two other British servicemen.
 

DON, Ronald

Marine Ronald Don died of injuries received on the 17th May when a plane crashed at Luqa airport, Malta. The Valleta aircraft of 70 Sqn. landed onto the grass next to the runway when its aileron jammed, hit the runway control caravan, and burst into flames. 
 
Also killed
Marine Derek Edward Burtenshaw

HARRISON, Christopher Lewis

Cpl. Harrison 40 Commando

Cpl. Harrison, Bravo Company, was part of a patrol alongside the Afghan National Army in order to help provide security for the local population of Sangin. At approximately 0620 hours local time on 9 May 2010, south of Patrol Base Shuga, Corporal Harrison was fatally wounded in an explosion.

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