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3 Commando Brigade, Burma Operations

Saturday, January 1, 1944

Location

Myanmar
21° 54' 50.274" N, 95° 57' 22.4028" E
The reports at the foot of this page relate to the operations of the Commando Units attached to 3 Commando Brigade that took place after the 1st January 1944.
 
Link of interest
There were a large number of casualties in the Burma Campaigns, both battle and illness.
Lieutenant Colonel R. Wigglesworth, M.B., B.S. Lond., Royal Army Medical Corps, wrote an excellent article titled

42RM Commando

Formed as No. 42 Royal Marine Commando, Royal Marines, on the 1st August 1943 from the disbanded 1st RM Battalion.  Those 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.
 

ADAMS, Frank, M.

42RM Commando
Royal Marines

Served in 'A' Troop. Post war member of the Commando Association from Sandy, Bedfordshire.

Sources
Commando Association newsletter 93.

Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 115.

ANDERSON, Hamish Alexander

42RM Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Doctor Hamish Alexander Anderson was commissioned Lieutenant 4 September 1943 [1]. Attached from the R.A.M.C. to 42RM Commando and also served in 1/5 Commando [2]. Promoted Captain R.A.M.C. 3 March 1949 with seniority from 4 Sept. 1944 [3].
 
Sources

BALLANTYNE, George

42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal George Ballantyne died during operations at Kangaw.

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/127.
[3] 3 Commando Brigade Jungle Book issue 9 [see Linked Content below].

BANGAY, Lionel Arthur

42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Lionel Bangay died during operations at Kangaw, Burma.
 
Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/127.
 
Notes

BATEMAN, Walter

42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Walter Bateman died during operations at Kangaw, Burma.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/127.

BAVIN, Richard Julian Ebblewhite

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Died in service
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.
 

BEAMAN, Thomas Edward

42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Thomas Beaman died of wounds during operations at Kangaw, Burma.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/127.

BENNETT, Phil (42RM Cdo) writes home after Hill 170

Type: Letters
Author: Philip Bennett 42RM Commando
Year of Publishing: 2019
Keywords: kangaw, hill 170,42 commando, 3 commando brigade, royal marines, burma

This is a transcript of a letter sent by LCpl. Philip Bennett 42RM Commando to his wife recounting recent actions at the battle of Hill 170 at Kangaw. Courtesy of his son Chris Bennett who also provided the photo which has been added to the letter.

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BENNETT, Philip

Philip Bennett 42 Commando
42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Philip Bennett served in 'X' troop of 42 RM Commando and particpated in operations in the Far East including the battle for Hill 170.
 
Source
Documents and images from his son Chris Bennett.
 

BENT, James

42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal James Bent died during operations at Kangaw, Burma.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/127.
Registers of Births Jan, Feb, March 1919 / General Register Office UK.
 

BOURKE, Edward

42RM Commando
Royal Marines
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Colour Sergeant (Acting Sgt. Maj.) Edward Bourke was awarded the British Empire Medal for distinguished service during the war in the Far East.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 37603, page 2882 dated 11 June 1946.
Commando Association newsletter 17 issued September 1953.
 

BROWN, John Herbert

42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Died on war service
Marine John Brown died from natural causes at The Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital, Herne Bay, Kent.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/128.
 

CARLYLE, Edmond

42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Edmond Carlyle died during operations at Kangaw, Burma.

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/128.
[3] Registers of Births in England - Easington District, April, May and June 1923.

COX, Robert

Corporal Robert Cox 42RM Commando
42RM Commando
Royal Marines

Corporal Robert Cox was awarded a Certificate of Gallantry during the period after 9 November 1944 when 42 Commando came under the command of 25 Indian Divison and took over a section of the line South of Maungdaw.

Sources
Report by Major D.B. Drysdale, BM, 3 Cdo Bde.[see below].
[Image] Glenda Stephenson (niece).

CRACKNELL, Frederick George

42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Frederick Cracknell died during operations at Kangaw.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/129.
Registers of Births _Hartismere, Suffolk July/Aug/Sept. 1919.
 

CRILLEY, John Henry

42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal John Crilley died during operations at Kangaw, Burma.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/129.
 

CUTTING, Vincent

Colour Sergeant Vincent Cutting
41RM Commando
42RM Commando
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

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].

DOWSE, William James

42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant William Dowse received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service whilst attached to the Allied Land Forces South East Asia, announced in Gazettes 23 October 1945.

EVERETT, Walter George John

42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Sergeant Walter Everett received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service whilst attached to the Allied Land Forces South East Asia, announced in Gazettes 23 October 1945.

Sources
London Gazette 37318, page 5181.
Awards in 3 Cdo. Bde. Jungle Book issue 9.

FENTON, Ernest

42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Ernest Fenton was awarded the Military Medal for bravery and undaunted devotion to duty during operations in Burma.
Recommendation

FOWKE, Roger Mansergh

42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Died in service

Marine Roger Fowke died at the 28th Imperial General Hospital, Hong Kong, of head injuries sutained as the result of a car accident.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/130.

GOWER, Herbert George

42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Died in service

Marine Herbert Gower died at Lymington Hospital, Hampshire, of self inflicted gunshot wounds three weeks after the formation of the Commando.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/131.
 

GRAY, George Sharp

42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Lance Corporal George Gray received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service whilst attached to the Allied Land Forces South East Asia, announced in Gazettes 23 October 1945.

Sources
London Gazette 37318, page 5181.
Awards in 3 Cdo. Bde. Jungle Book issue 9.

GROVES, John

Marine John Groves 42 Commando
42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine John Groves died during operations at Kangaw, Burma.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/131.

HOGAN, J.J.

42RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Liverpool.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 119.
 

JACQUES, Henry

42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Henry Jacques died of wounds inflicted on the 31st January during operations at Kangaw, Burma.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/132.
Issue 9 of the Third Jungle Book.
 

JONES, Jack Garner

42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Jack Jones died during operations at Kangaw. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service.
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazette 37318, page 5181 and 37338, page 5402 [errata]
 

LANGLEY, Eric

42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Captain Eric Langley was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of his gallant and distinguished service at Myebon [1].
 
Recommendation

MELLOR, Peter Joseph

42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Marine Peter Mellor was awarded the Military Medal for distinguished service during the war in the Far East [1][2]. Post war resided in Portsmouth [3].
Recommendation
"Mne. Mellor, throughout the period of the Unit's fighting in Burma, has shown himself a brave, reliable and resourceful, fighter.

PENNIE, A.

43RM Commando
Royal Marines

Also served 42RM Commando. Post war member of the Commando Association.

Sources
Commando Association list of RM Commandos
Commando Association newsletter 93.

POVEY, H.

45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Also served 42RM Commando. Post war member of the Commando Association from Hattersley.

Sources
Commando Association newsletter 93.
Commando Association list of RM Commandos.

RAWLINSON, James

42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal James Rawlinson died during operations at Kangaw, Burma.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/136.
 

RICHARDSON, James

42RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Fleetwood, Lancashire..

Sources
Commando Association list of RM Commando members.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 115.

ROSSER, Albert

42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Died on active service
Marine Albert Rosser died at Maungdaw, Burma.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/136.
See Linked Content below.
 

SCOTT, Thomas Veitch

42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Thomas Scott died during operations at Myebon, Burma.
 
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

SHERMAN, George

42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine George Sherman died during operations in Burma.

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/136.
[3] See Linked Content below.

SMITH, Albert

42RM Commando
Royal Marines

Corporal Albert Smith was awarded a Certificate of Gallantry during the period after 9 November 1944 when 42 Commando came under the command of 25 Indian Divison and took over a section of the line South of Maungdaw.

Sources
Report by Major D.B. Drysdale, BM, 3 Cdo Bde.[see below].

SNOW, Henry Thomas

42RM Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal Henry Snow, RAMC attached to 42RM Commando, was awarded the MM  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Burma.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 37040, page 20180.

SNOW, Henry Thomas

42RM Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)
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].
 
Citation

WATSON, Maurice

42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Died in service
Marine Maurice Watson died of injuries sustained in a road accident in Hong Kong.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/138.
 

WELSH, Albert James

42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Company Sergeant Major Albert Welsh, 'X' troop, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for bravery and undaunted devotion to duty during operations in Burma. 
 

WHITEHEAD, John

42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal John Whitehead died during operations at Hill 170 in Burma.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/138.


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