42RM Commando

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42RM Commando

Formed as No. 42 Royal Marine Commando, Royal Marines, on the 1st August 1943 from the disbanded 1st RM Battalion.  Those from the Battalion not selected for the Commandos were posted primarily to Landing Craft duties. On the 5th October 1943 the unit attended the CBTC for Commando training.

BAVIN, Richard Julian Ebblewhite

Lieut. Colonel Richard Bavin OBE was killed whilst on board a US Marine Corps transport plane that crashed into Mount Tobin, Nevada during a snowstorm.  18 US servicemen also died in the crash.  He was serving as the UK Royal Marines representative at the Quantico Education and Development Centre.
He had previously served in 42RM Commando during WW2 *, and was a member of the Commando Association. On the 8th June 1963 the then Major Bavin had been appointed OBE.

CHAPPELL, Aubrey Bertram

Marine Aubrey Chappell was awarded the M.M. for daring, initiative and resource whilst operating on the Japanese occupied Elizabeth Island in the Bay of Bengal in November, 1944.
London Gazettes Supp.37505, page 1440.
National Archives file WO 373/101/243.

CUTTING, Vincent

Colour Sergeant Vincent Cutting

Colour Sergeant Vincent Cutting RM was from Little Hulton, Greater Manchester. He also served in 41 and 45RM Commando [1].

His son Gunner Robert Steven Cutting, 29 Commando Regiment RA, was killed on active service in Northern Ireland [View ROH entry] [2].

[1] Commando Association newsletter 114 issued March 2002.
[2] + [image] His daughter Sandra Kennedy.

JONES, Jack Garner

Lieutenant Jack Jones was killed during operations at Kangaw. He received a posthumous MiD for gallant and distinguished service.
London Gazettes Supp. 37318, page 5181 and 37338, page 5402 [errata]

SCOTT, Thomas Veitch

Marine Thomas Scott was killed during operations at Myebon.
The 42 RM Commando War Diary and the CWGC both record only one commando from 42 as dying on this day. The entry in the War Diary reads as follows:
“Date 12 Jan 1945.
Place - Akyab Island Myebon

SNOW, Henry Thomas

Lance Corporal Henry Thomas Snow [see notes], R.A.M.C., attached to 42 RM Commando, was awarded the M.M.[2] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services at Myebon, Burma, on the 15th January 1945 [1].

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