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'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.

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.

AHERN, Gerard

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Died on active service
Marine Gerard Ahern, from Darwen Lancashire, died whilst a prisoner of war in Korea.
Extract from an article in the Lancashire Telegraph 28th January 2004

ALDRIDGE, Dennis Leolin Samuel St Maur

Dennis Leolin Samuel St Maur Aldridge Royal Marines
44RM Commando
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Bar to the Military Cross
Silver Star (USA)
7 January 1949 Captain Dennis Aldridge, who had served during the war with 44RM Commando [1], was appointed MBE (Military Division) for gallant and distinguished services with 40 Commando RM in Palestine during the period 27th March, 1948 - 30th July, 1948. [2]

BABB, Ronald Benjamin

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Ronald Babb died [1] in the Korean war during a raid on the night of 6th/7th October, when two troops of the Commando landed under the command of Major D. L. St. M. Aldridge, R.M., at Churonjang.  A rail and road tunnel was blown up with two tons of explosive and completely blocked [2]
 

BAINES, James

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Bronze Star (USA)
Acting Quartermaster Sergeant James Baines B.E.M. was awarded the Military Medal during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service with 41 Independent Commando, Royal Marines, in operations in Korea. [1].
 

BARNES, Charles Ernest

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Charles Barnes, 'B' Troop, died during operations at Hodo Pando, Korea. He was part of a raiding party that landed by canoe and were engaged in a daylong firefight.

BRAMBLE, George

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine George Bramble was awarded the Military Medal during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service. [1]. He later also received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service in operations in Korean waters. [2].
  • 29 November 1950 wounded during operations at Chosin Resevoir [3].

BROWN, W.E.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Marine W.E. Brown was reported missing during operations in Korea, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.
 

CONDRON, A.M.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Marine A.M. Condron was reported missing on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir Korea. He was later found to be a prisoner of war

Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

COX, William Clive

William Cox 41 Independent Commando
41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Marine William Cox was reported missing on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir Korea. He was later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Extract from the Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press - Friday 9th March 1951.
"Codnor Marine Prisoner in Korea.

CREECH, Charles, R.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM

Able Seaman Charles Creech, attached to 41 Independent Commando, was wounded on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir Korea.

Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.
Membership Directory of the US 1st Marine Division Association (FMDA). 
 

CRITCHLEY, Evan

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Distinguished Service Medal (DSM)

Leading Sick Berth Attendant Evan Critchley was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal during the Korean war for distinguished service with 41 Independent Commando RM in operations in Korean waters. 

CRUSE, Ernest

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
CTCRM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Ernest Cruse was awarded the Military Medal during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service with 41 Independent Commando, Royal Marines, during operations in Korea [1]
  • 29 November 1950 wounded during operations at Chosin Reservoir Korea [1a].

CULLY, J.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Marine J. Cully was wounded on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir Korea.

Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

CURD, E.J.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Corporal E.J. Curd was reported missing on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir Korea. He was later found to be a prisoner of war

Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

DARBY, T.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Marine T. Darby was reported missing on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir Korea. He was later found to be a prisoner of war

Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

DAY, J.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Quartermaster Sergeant J.Day was reported missing during operations in Korea. He was later found to be a prisoner of war

Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

DODDS, Roy Reginald

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Distinguished Service Medal (DSM)
Sergeant  Roy Dodds, 40 Commando RM*, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in Palestine during the period 27th March, 1948 - 30th July, 1948. [1].

DRYSDALE, Douglas Burns

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Silver Star (USA)
Acting Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Drysdale assumed command of 44RM Commando on the 23rd April 1945. Formerly the Brigade Major he replaced Lt. Colonel Stockley who had been appointed to a position within Brigade HQ.*

FELLOWS, R.E.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Marine R.E. Fellows was reported missing and then found wounded on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir Korea.

Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

GARNER, Ivan

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Ivan Garner died during operations at the Chosin Reservoir, Korea.
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.
Korean Vets. Assn website.
Devon Heritage website.
 

GOODMAN, J.E.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Marine J.E. Goodman was reported missing on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir Korea and later found to be a prisoner of war.

Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

GRAHAM, John Lewin

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine John Graham died during operations at the Chosin Reservoir, Korea.
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
British Casualties , Korean War 1950-1953.
Korean Vets. Assn website.
 

GRANT, Ferris Nelson

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
Legion of Merit (USA)
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 [1].
  • January 1967 (Major General) appointed C.B. [2].
Sources

HAYES, L.A.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Marine L.A. Hayes was wounded on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir Korea.

Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

HAYHURST, Frederick, C.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Marine Fred Hayhurst was wounded on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.

Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.
Membership Directory of the US 1st Marine Division Association (FMDA). 
 

HEARD, Lewis Anthony

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Died on active service
Marine Lewis Heard died of dysentery while a POW at Camp 10 Kaggye, Korea. He had been reported missing during operations on 29 November 1950 at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.
 

HICKS, F.S.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Marine F.S. Hicks was reported missing during operations in Korea. He was later found to be a prisoner of war.

Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

HIGGS, R.K.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Marine R.K. Higgs was wounded on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.

Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

HINE, Malcolm

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Marine Malcolm Hine was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service during operations in Korea. 

Sources
London Gazette 39230, page 2749.

HURD, D.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Marine D. Hurd was wounded on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.

Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

IRISH, W.G.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Marine W.G. Irish was wounded on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.

Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

JAMES, Reginald William David

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Reginald James was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service during the Korean War [1]
  • 29 November 1950 wounded during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 39230, page 2749.
[2] British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

JOHNSTON, S.C.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Corporal S.C. Johnston was wounded on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.

Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

JONES, Peter Raymond

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Peter Jones died [1] during an amphibious operational landing from the USS Perch on the coast above Hungnam and west of Tanchon [2]. This raid was against enemy railway communications North East of Shako [3]

KING, G.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Marine G. King was wounded on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.

Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

KNOCK, Douglas Alexander

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Surgeon Lieutenant Douglas Knock RN 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.

LLOYD, J.P.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM

Petty Officer J.P. Lloyd, attached to 41 Independent Commando, was wounded on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.

Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

MARSH, Leslie George

40RM Commando
41 Ind. Cdo. RM
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
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.

MARTIN, B.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Marine B. Martin was reported missing on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea. He was later discovered to be a prisoner of war.

Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

MCCOURT, Joseph

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Joseph McCourt, from Hamilton Scotland, died during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea. 
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.
Report in The Scotsman 8th December 1950, page 5.

McKEE, C.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Marine C. McKee was reported missing during operations 29 November 1950 at Chosin Reservoir Korea, later reported as Prisoner of War.
 
Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.
 

MURPHY, P.D.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Marine P.D. Murphy was reported missing during operations 29 November 1950 at Chosin Reservoir Korea, later reported as Prisoner of War.
 
Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

NICHOLLS, Reuben

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Reuben 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.

OGLE, R.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Marine R. Ogle was reported missing and then a prisoner of war during operations in Korea.
 
Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.
 

OVENS, Patrick John

Lt PJ Ovens
46RM Commando
41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Commando Basic Training Centre
Royal Marines
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Military Cross (MC)

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.

PARKINSON, P.J.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Marine P.J. Parkinson was reported missing 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea, and later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

PARKINSON-CUMINE, Ralph Nicholas

Capt Ralph Parkinson-Cumine RM
41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Captain Ralph Parkinson-Cumine MC, 'B' troop, was reported missing presumed killed during operations in Korea. His Commando were engaged in operations with US Forces as part of Taskforce Drysdale, named after their Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Douglas B.

PAYNE, J.S.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Marine J.S. Payne was wounded on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.
 
Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

PEPPER, J.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Marine J. Pepper was wounded on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.
 
Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

PERKINS, S.P.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Marine S.P. Perkins was wounded on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.
 
Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

PESKETT, J.W.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Corporal J.W. Peskett was reported missing in 1950, and then prisoner of war,  during operations in Korea.
 
Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

POUNDS, Edgar George Derek

Edgar George Derek Pounds
41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
Mentioned in Despatches
Bronze Star (USA)
Edgar George Derek Pounds enlisted with the Royal Marines in 1940 and was awarded the King’s Badge as the outstanding recruit of 384 Squad. To date he is the only King’s Badgeman to have reached General rank [1].
  • 21 August 1942 (Lance Corporal) commissioned Second Lieutenant [1a].   

PRESCOTT, C.H.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Marine C.H. Prescott was wounded on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.
 
Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

RAINE, Denis

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Leading Sick Berth Attendant Denis Raine RN was attached to 41 Independent Commando RM at the time of his death in Korea.  He had volunteered to accompany Surgeon Lieutenant Knock and was taken prisoner at Chosin . He was killed whilst attempting to escape.
 

RICHARDS, G.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Marine G. Richards was reported missing on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.
 
Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

SOUTHWORTH, Ronald

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Ronald Southworth died during operations in Korea. He had been reported missing on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.

Sources
AFM ROH.
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.
Korean Vets. Assn. website.
Devon Heritage website.

STANLEY, J.A.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Marine J.A. Stanley was wounded on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.

Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

STOCK, E.J.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Marine E.J. Stock was wounded on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.

Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

STODDART, Anthony

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Anthony Stoddart received a Mention in Despatches, announced in April 1951, in recognition of distinguished service in operations in Malaya [1].
  • Captain Anthony Stoddart served with 41 Independent Commando RM during the Korean War and in August 1951 was Commander of 'D' Troop [2]

STRAIN, Eric

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Eric Strain died during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.

Sources
AFM ROH.
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.
Korean Vets. Assn. website.
Devon Heritage website.

STRAY, Dennis Wilfred

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Denis Stray died during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.

Sources
AFM ROH.
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.
Korean Vets. Assn. website.
Devon Heritage website.

TATE, John Arnison

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds

Acting Petty Officer John Tate RN died during operations in Korea. He received a postumous Mention in Despatches for "gallant and distinguished service with 41 Independent Commando, Royal Marines, in operations in Korea." 

TODD, R.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Corporal R. Todd was wounded on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.
 
Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

TOGOOD, A.V.H.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Marine A.V.H. Togood was reported missing and wounded on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.
 
Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

TREAGUS, Donald

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Corporal Donald Treagus was reported missing on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea. He was later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.
Report in the Worthing Herald, Friday 25 September 1953.

UNDERWOOD, J.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Marine J. Underwood was reported missing on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea. He was later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

VARDY, Stanley

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Stanley Vardy received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service during operations in Korea. 
 

WALKER, William Arthur

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine William Walker died in Korea. He had been reported missing on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea

Sources
AFM ROH.
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.
Korean Vets. Assn. website.
Devon Heritage website.

WEBB, E.H.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Corporal E.H. Webb was wounded on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.
 
Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

WILSON, J.M.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Marine J.M. Wilson was wounded on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.
 
Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

WOODWARD, K.A.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Marine K.A. Woodward was wounded on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.
 
Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.
 

WOOLDRIDGE, Royston

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Royston Wooldridge died during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.

Sources
AFM ROH.
British Korean Veterans Assn. website.
Devon Heritage website.

WYETH, Kenneth

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Died on active service

Marine Kenneth Wyeth died wilst a prisoner of War having been captured during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea on 29 November 1950.

Sources
AFM ROH.
Admiralty announcement in The Times published 14th April 1951.
British Korean Veterans Assn. website.


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