41RM Cdo. Roll of Honour

                                         The Fallen from No. 41 Royal Marine Commando
Major   D.L.  BARCLAY
Major   K.  BRIND-SHERIDAN
Major   J.R.  EDWARDS
Major  G.J.  McCANN
Capt.   H.T.J.  CLARK
Capt.   P.C.  DIXON, RA
Capt.   F.O. FORD
Capt.   P.H.  HAYDON
Capt.   P.T.  HOWES-DUFTON
Capt.   R.M.  STOTT
Lieut.  A.G.  ALDIS
Lieut.  R.S.  BATE
Lieut.  M.G.  HARVEY
Lieut.  J.S.  HAWKARD
Lieut.  J.W.  HOLMES
Lieut.  D.C.  LLOYD
Lieut.  A.J.  PARR
Lieut.  J.C.  PEARSON
Lieut.  P.D.  ROBINSON
Lieut.  L.R.  SCOTT
Lieut.  P.F.H.  WRAY
RSM.  E.J.  BELCHER
Acting  RSM.  N. TIERNEY
TSM.  H.E. ELSOM
TSM.  J.S.  LEES
C/Sgt.  P.R. NEWHAM
C/Sgt.  J.T.  TWIGGER
Sgt.  G.E.  ALLISON
Sgt.  D.C.  BULLOCK
Sgt.  T.E.  CARR
Sgt.  T.E.  CHRISTIAN
Sgt.  R.  FIELDING
Sgt.  J.F.M.  HAMMOND
Sgt.  A.U.  HEY
Sgt.  H.W.  HEYWOOD
Sgt.  J.  MURRAY
Sgt.  F.W.  PRYOR,
Sgt.  A.E.  RUSH
Sgt.  H.H.  STALKER
Sgt.  R.F.  STRADLING
Sgt.  E.H. STREDWICK
Cpl.  S.J.  ANDREWS
Mne.   P.J.  CUFF
Mne.   W.  DABBS
Mne.   W.H.  DENNANT
Mne.   H.  DOANE
Mne.   K.H.  DREW
Mne.   A.R.H.  DREW
Mne.   J.  EGAN
Mne.   G.H.  EYRES
Mne.   R.W.  FELSTEAD
Mne.   G.E.  FINNEY
Mne.   E.  FISHER
Mne.   H.  GARLICK
Mne.   K.W.  GILBERT
Mne.   A.  HARRIS
Mne.    J.  HAY
Mne.   H.  HOLT
Mne.   R.E.  HORSTED
Mne.   A.D.  HOWARD
Mne.   E.  HOWARTH
Mne.   C.L.  HUNTER
Mne.   R.C.  ISTED
Mne.   W.   JACKSON
Mne.   J.G.  JACKSON
Mne.   R.B.  JOHN
Mne.   E.    JOHNSON
Mne.   J.T.  JONES
Mne.   A.   KENNEDY
Mne.   W.  LEES
Mne.   E.H.  LOWLES
Mne.   B.   MOSES
Mne.   R.F.  NICHOLSON
Mne.   R.H.  NUNNEY
Mne.   K.W.J.C.  O'BRIEN
Mne.   H.  PAGE
Mne.   J.A.  PARKINSON
Mne.  W.  POPE
Mne.  R.  POULTNEY
Mne.  K.  PRICE
Mne.   J.A.W.  PRICE
Mne.   J.W.  PROCTOR
Mne.   K.L.  RATCLIFF
Mne.   A.G.A.  RAYNER
Mne.   J.W.  READ
Mne.  R.  READER
Mne.  F.A.  REYNOLDS
Mne.  J.B.  ROBERTSON
Mne.  J.  ROBINSON
Mne.  J.  ROGERS
Mne.  W.C.  SCOTT
Mne.  C.J.  SHANNON
Mne.  G.  SHEPHERD
Mne.  J.A.  SMITH
Mne.  R.  SMITH
Mne.  E.  SPENCE
Mne.  A.E.  STREAMS
Mne.  A.  STILES
Mne.  K.  SUMMERS
Mne.  H.T.W.B.  SWINDALE
Mne.  W.  TAAFFE
Mne.  E.   TAYLOR
Mne.  H.  THWAITES
Mne.  P.  TONER
Mne.  P.J.W.  TROLLEY
Mne.  S.  UTTON
Mne.  A.N.  VICKERS
Mne.  G.  WASSALL
Mne.  E.C.  WELHAM
Mne.  E.G.  WHITE
Mne.  E.T.J.  WHITMAN
Mne.  R.D.  WILKINSON
Mne.  D.  WILLIAMS
Below is an A-Z view of the Roll of Honour with information about each of the Fallen.

ALDIS, Alec George

Lieutenant Alec Aldis MM was killed during operations at Normandy on D Day. He was awarded the MM in 1942 whilst a Temporary Sergeant for his "gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East."
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazettes Supp. 35477, page 1054.
 

ALLISON, George Edwin

Sergeant George Allison died of natural causes during war service.
 
Sources
CWGC
RM Historical Society booklet "A Register of Royal Marines War Deaths 1939-1945.
 
Notes
In the book They did what was asked them" the author records that Sgt. Allison died in an accident.
 

BRANDON, Charles

On February 5th 1945 a raid was planned across the River Maas to snatch a German prisoner from behind the German lines. Bad weather forced the mission to be abandoned but a collapsible canvas boat used was left behind on the far bank. The boat was ordered to be retrieved and Mne's.

BULLOCK, Donald Charles

Sergeant Donald Bullock DCM died during operations at Salerno, this date being that of the action on the hills by the village of Dragonea, above Vietri sul Mare. He had earlier been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty while serving with Royal Marine Commandos in Italy. [1]

DIXON, Peter Cory

Captain Peter Dixon, a Royal Artillery Forward Observation Officer attached to 41RM Commando, was killed during an enemy air attack on the Commando HQ.
 
Sources
CWGC
The book "They did what was asked of them’ author Raymond Mitchell.
 

HAYDON, Peter Hillyard

Captain Peter Haydon, DSO, was killed during operations at Walcheren.
 
He had earlier been awarded the DSO for conspicuous gallantry and leadership in driving off repeated attacks by the enemy on the road from Salerno to Naples, though he was wounded and his men outnumbered by the enemy.*
 

HOLT, Harry

The cause of death of Mne. Holt is not known by this archive. At the time of his death his Commando were in Belgium preparing for the planned attack at Walcheren.

LEES, James Sykes

Company Sergeant Major James Lees MM, 'B' Troop,  died as a result of an accident. He had been awarded the MM for bravery, skill, and devotion to duty whilst serving with the Allied Forces during the campaign in the Low Countries, over a period from January to April, 1945.
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazettes Supp. 37318, page 5181.
The Westminster Abbey Commando Roll of Honour database file.

MURRAY, John

Sergeant John Murray was killed during operations at Normandy.
 
Son of John and Jane Rankine Murray; husband of Agnes Murray, of Barrhead, Renfrewshire.
 
Notes
This man may be identical with Jack Murray who was a former goalkeeper with Greenock Morton FC.
 

PRYOR, Frederick William

Sergeant Frederick Pryor MM was killed during operations in Normandy. He was awarded the Military Medal for leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty while serving with Royal Marine Commandos in Italy.

Sources
CWGC
London Gazettes Supp. 36583, page 3040.
National Archives file WO 373/47/163.
 

SMITH, John Alexander

Marine John Alexander Smith from Londonderry was killed during operations in Normandy.

Extract from the Londonderry Sentinel Saturday 30 December 1944

"Royal Marine Commando J.A. Smith, Charlotte Street, died in German hands from wounds received in action."
 
Sources
CWGC
Londonderry Sentinel
British Newspaper Archive (website britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board.
 

TAAFFE, William

Marine William Taaffe died during operations at Salerno, this date being that of the action on the hills by the village of Piegolelle (or Piegolette in English.)

His brother also Fell -  C/KX 152295 Stoker 1st Class Geoffrey Taaffe,  aged 20, H.M. Submarine Usurper. 12th October 1943. Chatham Naval Memorial.

THOMSON, Hugh

Lance Corporal Hugh Thomson 6 Commando
Lance Corporal Hugh Thomson died [1] during operations at Salerno, this date being that of the action on the hills by the village of Piegolelle (or Piegolette in English.) [2]
 

Extract from the Dundee Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 13 October 1943

TIERNEY, Norman

Acting Regimental Sergeant Major Norman Tierney died during operations at Salerno, this date being that of the action in the valley south of La Molina and the nearby hills close to Vietri.
 
He received a postumous MiD "For gallantry and undaunted devotion to duty in leading a successful counter-attack against a strongly held enemy position in Italy. He did not return from the attack. " 
 

WILLIAMS, David

On February 5th 1945 a raid was planned across the River Maas to snatch a German prisoner from behind the German lines. Bad weather forced the mission to be abandoned but a collapsible canvas boat used was left behind on the far bank. The boat was ordered to be retrieved and Mne's.

WRAY, Peter Francis Hugh

Lieutenant Peter Wray died during operations at Salerno, this date being that of the action on the hills by the village of Piegolelle (or Piegolette in English.)

He received a MiD for "distinguished services in Sicily."​​
(Source: London Gazettes Supp. 36454, page1557.)
 

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