41RM Commando ROH

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ALDIS, Alec George

Lieutenant Alec Aldis MM died during operations at Normandy on D Day [1]
  • 1942 (Corporal) (Temporary Sergeant) awarded the Military Medal for "gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East." [2].
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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.
 

BARCLAY, David Lovat

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.
 

BELCHER, Ernest John

Regimental Sergeant Major Ernest Belcher died during operations at Normandy on D Day. The announcement of his award of the BEM (Military Division) was made 2 days after his death. 
 
Source
CWGC.
London Gazettes Supp. 36544, page 2594.
 

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 Marine Harry 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 died 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, M.M., died 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.
 

RATCLIFF, Kenneth Leslie

Marine Kenneth Ratcliff drowned during operations at the River Maas.
 
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. Kenneth Ratcliff,  Charles Brandon, and David Williams were sent across the river to do so. 
 

SMITH, John Alexander

Marine John Alexander Smith from Londonderry, died during operations in Normandy.
 
Extract from the Londonderry Sentinel Saturday 26 August 1944
There will be sincere regret among the wide circle of friends, by whom he was held in high esteem, of the death in German hands from wounds received in Normandy of Royal Marine Commando John Alexander (Jack) Smith, youngest son of Mr. Richard Smith and the late Mrs. Rebecca Smith, 22, Charlotte Street, Londonderry.

STREAMS, Albert Edward

Marine Albert Streams, A.M., died during operations at Sicily.
 
Albert Streams enlisted on the 12th April 1921 with the RM Light Infantry, Plymouth Division. He was awarded the Albert Medal for his gallantry as a crew member on board HMS Devonshire on the 26th July 1929 after a massive explosion in one of the gun turrets on the ship.  Although injured himself in the blast he remained behind to help evacuate the wounded and dying.
 
Extract from London Gazettes

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.

TAYLOR, Ernest

Marine Ernest Taylor died in Holland.
 
Werkendam Protestant Cemetery
Werkendam is in the Heusden-en-Altena region, which is bordered by the Brabant bulrush wood. Throughout the German occupation, particularly in the winter of 1944-1945, this wood was a favourite "hide-out" for airmen and soldiers trying to escape capture by the enemy. There was an emergency hospital in Werkendam where the wounded were cared for, and those who died there are buried in the village cemetery. (Source: CWGC.)
 

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
"Commando Marine Killed :-  Mrs Thomson, 12 Walton Street, Dundee, has received intimation that her husband, L/Cpl. Hugh Thomson (34), Royal Marine Commando, has been killed. He was reported missing over a week ago.

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

Marine David Williams drowned during operations at the River Maas. 
 
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.
 

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 Mention in Despatches for "distinguished services in Sicily."​​
 
Sources
CWGC.
London Gazettes Supp. 36454, page1557.
 

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