41 Independent Commando RM

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41 Commando RM

In October 1942 the 8th RM Battalion was disbanded and those who volunteered for, and passed the training, formed a new 41RM Commando. At the end of the war 41 RM Commando was disbanded.

In 1950 a new 41 Independent Commando was formed at Bickleigh before deploying to the war in Korea. Awarded a United States Presidential Unit Citation for services with the 1st Division United States Marine Corps at the Chosin Reservoir,  North Korea, Nov/Dec. 1950. The Commando returned to Bickleigh to be disbanded there in 1952.

41 Independent Commando RM

In October 1942 the 8th RM Battalion was disbanded and those who volunteered for, and passed the training, formed a new 41RM Commando.  The Commando saw service in WW2 at Sicily and Salerno, Normandy and Walcheren, and the advance through Holland into West Germany. At the end of the war 41 RM Commando was disbanded.

BAINES, James

Acting Quartermaster Sergeant James Baines B.E.M. was awarded the M.M. during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service with 41 Independent Commando, Royal Marines, in operations in Korea. [1].
 

BAKER, Roy

Corporal Roy Baker, 41 Independent Commando RM, was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat 'V' decoration bestowed by the President of the United States of America, for gallant and distinguished services during operations in the Korean war.

BRAMBLE, George

Marine George Bramble was awarded the M.M. during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service  in operations in Korea. [1]. He later also received a MiD for distinguished service in operations in Korean waters. [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 39230, page 2749.
[2] London Gazettes Supp. 39660, page 5208.
 
Notes

CRUSE, Ernest

Corporal Ernest Cruse was awarded the M.M. during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service with 41 Independent Commando, Royal Marines, in operations in Korea. 
 

DODDS, Reginald Roy

Sergeant  Reginald Dodds was awarded the M.M. for gallant and distinguished services in Palestine during the period 27th March, 1948 - 30th July, 1948. [1]. He later served in the Korean war as Quartermaster Sergeant with 41 Independent Commando RM, and was awarded the D.S.M. for distinguished service in operations in Korean waters. [2].
 

GRANT, Ferris Nelson

Major Ferris Grant, 41 Independent Commando RM, was awarded the Legion of Merit, Degree of Officer, decoration bestowed by the President of the United States of America, for gallant and distinguished services during operations in the Korean war.
 
In H.M. The Queen's birthday honours of January 1967 the then Major General Ferris Nelson Grant was appointed C.B.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 40253 page 4684.
London Gazettes Supp. 44210, page 2.
 

HINE, Malcolm

Marine Malcolm Hine was awarded the M.M. during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service with 41 Independent Commando, Royal Marines, in operations in Korea. 
 

JONES, Peter Raymond

Mne. Jones was killed during an amphibious landing from the USS Perch on the coast above Hungnam and west of Tanchon.
 
The operation, the first by by a troop of the Commando, was to destroy an enemy railroad installation which they achieved in doing. However in a firefight that ensued when guards were alerted Mne. Jones was killed.  Later, at a solemn ceremony on board the USS Perch his body was committed to the deep with full military honours.

KNOCK, Douglas Alexander

Surgeon Lieutenant Douglas Knock was attached to 41 Independent Commando RM at the time of his death in Korea. He was killed whilst the Commando were engaged in operations with US Forces as part of Taskforce Drysdale, named after their Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Douglas B. Drysdale , heading out from Koto-ri in an attempt to relieve allied forces at Hagaru-ri.  This was during what later became known as the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.
 

LANGTON, Henry

Corporal Henry Langton was awarded the M.M. during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service with 41 Independent Commando, Royal Marines, in operations in Korea. 

LANSDOWNE, Arthur John

Marine Arthur Lansdowne, 41 Independent Commando RM, was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat 'V' decoration bestowed by the President of the United States of America, for gallant and distinguished services during operations in the Korean war.

MAILL, Joseph Jeremiah

Sergeant Joseph Maill, 41 Independent Commando RM, was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat 'V' decoration bestowed by the President of the United States of America, for gallant and distinguished services during operations in the Korean war.

MARSH, Leslie George

Captain Leslie Marsh, a veteran of service with 40RM Commando in WW2, was awarded the M.C. during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service in operations in Korea. He remained in military service taking part in operations at Borneo, Suez, and Aden. He retired with the rank of Brigadier.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 39230, page 2749.
Obituary in the Daily Telegraph 25 June 2005.
 

MOON, Sidney James

Sergeant Sidney Moon, 41 Independent Commando RM, was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat 'V' decoration bestowed by the President of the United States of America, for gallant and distinguished services during operations in the Korean war.

NICHOLLS, Reuben

Mne. Nicholls died whilst attempting to escape having been taken Prisoner of War in Korea.

The following entry is from the RMA on their Facebook page

REUBEN NICHOLLS RM, 1925-51 Award of the Elizabeth Cross.

OVENS, Patrick John

Lt PJ Ovens

Lieutenant Patrick Ovens served  for a period at the CBTC and is shown in a photo entitled "Commando Basic Training Centre - Officers Mess - 1945." 

He joined 46RM Commando shortly before it was disbanded.

Post war he served as a Captain with 41 Independent Commando RM in Korea being awarded the Military Cross in 1951 for " gallant and distinguished service".  [1]

TWIGG, Richard

Marine Richard Twigg was awarded the M.M. during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service with 41 Independent Commando, Royal Marines, in operations in Korea. 

VARDY, Stanley

Marine Stanley Vardy received a MiD during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service with 41 Independent Commando, Royal Marines, in operations in Korea. 
 

WHITING, Jack

Sergeant Jack Whiting, 41 Independent Commando RM, was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat 'V' decoration bestowed by the President of the United States of America, for gallant and distinguished services during operations in the Korean war.

WYETH, Kenneth

Mne. Wyeth died wilst a prisoner of War having been captured during operations at Chosin on the 29th November 1950.
[AFM ROH / Admiralty announcement in The Times published 14th April 1951 / BKVA website]
 

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