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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.

BABB, Ronald Benjamin

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
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]
 
Extract from the Western Morning News - Thursday 12 October 1950

BAINES, James

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
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].
 

BAKER, Roy

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
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.

BARNES, Charles Ernest

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
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. Sergeant Barnes received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service with 41 Independent Commando, Royal Marines, in operations in Korea. 
 

BRAMBLE, George

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
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].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 39230, page 2749.
[2] London Gazette 39660, page 5208.
[3] British Casualties Korean War 1950-53.

BROWN, W.E.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
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

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
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

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
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].
  • 18 September 1961 commissioned from QuarterMaster Sergeant to 2nd Lieutenant [2]. 
  • October 1970 Lieutenant at the CTCRM [3].

CULLY, J.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM

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

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

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

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
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].
  • Korean War (Quartermaster Sergeant with 41 Independent Commando RM) awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for distinguished service in operations in Korean waters. [2].

FELLOWS, R.E.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM

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
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

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.

GRANT, Ferris Nelson

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
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
[1] London Gazette 40253 page 4684.
[2] London Gazette 44210, page 2.
 

HAYES, L.A.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM

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

Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

HICKS, F.S.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM

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

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

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

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

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
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.
 

JONES, Peter Raymond

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
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

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
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.
 

LANSDOWNE, Arthur John

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
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.

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
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.
  • He remained in military service taking part in operations at Borneo, Suez, and Aden. He retired with the rank of Brigadier.
Sources
London Gazette 39230, page 2749.
British casualties, Korea 1950-1953.

MARTIN, B.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM

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
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.
Korean Vets. Assn. website / Devon Heritage website.
 
Notes

McKEE, C.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
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.
 

MOON, Sidney James

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

MURPHY, P.D.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM

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

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.

Marine Reuben Nicholls, an Assault Engineer, was taken prisoner by Chinese forces in the Korean War in 1950. On New Years Day 1951 he wrote a letter to his parents. That was the last they heard from him. Over the next three years correspondence from Government Departments variously indicated that he was alive, dead, and died on this or that date.

OGLE, R.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
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

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]

PARKINSON, P.J.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM

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.

PAYNE, J.S.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM

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

Marine J. Pepper 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

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
Lieutenant Edgar George Derek Pounds was an instructor at the Commando Basic Training Centre in 1945 [1].
 
Captain Edgar Pounds, 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 [2].
 
He later received a MiD for for distinguished services in operations against terrorists in Cyprus serving with 45 Commando RM. [3]. 
 

RICHARDS, G.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM

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

ROBERTS, Frederick

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Marine Frederick Roberts received a Mention in Despatches during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service [1]
  • 29 November 1950 wounded during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea [2].

SOUTHWORTH, Ronald

41 Ind. Cdo. RM

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.

STOCK, E.J.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM

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
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]
  • 23 April 1952 Lt. (Local Capt.) A. Stoddart to relinquish the rank of Local Captain [3].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 39215, page 2389.

STRAIN, Eric

41 Ind. Cdo. RM

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.

Notes
His 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, Korea, in an attempt to relieve allied forces at Hagaru-ri.  This was during what later became known as the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.

STRAY, Dennis Wilfred

41 Ind. Cdo. RM

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.

Notes
His 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, Korea, in an attempt to relieve allied forces at Hagaru-ri.  This was during what later became known as the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.

TATE, John Arnison

41 Ind. Cdo. RM

Acting Petty Officer John Tate 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

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

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

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

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.

WALKER, William Arthur

41 Ind. Cdo. RM

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

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

WHITING, John

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Sergeant John 'Jack' Whiting was awarded the US Bronze Star with Combat 'V' decoration bestowed by the President of the United States of America, for gallant and distinguished service during operations in the Korean War.

WILSON, J.M.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM

Marine J.M. Wilson 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

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

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

Notes 
His 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, Korea, in an attempt to relieve allied forces at Hagaru-ri.  This was during what later became known as the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.

WYETH, Kenneth

41 Ind. Cdo. RM

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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