42 Commando RM
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Formed in August 1943 from the disbanded 1st RM Battalion, the Commando saw service in India and Burma. 42 RM Commando took part in the Battle of Kangaw on the 31st January 1945.
Redesignated 42 Commando RM early in 1946, having been 42 RM Commando (Light) since August 1945. Postwar, the Commando operated across the Globe with combat operations in Malaya, Suez, Borneo and Brunei, Northern Ireland, the Falklands, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
42 Commando Royal Marines have been based at Bickleigh Barracks just outside Plymouth, Devon, since the 16th September 1971.
Lieutenant Oliver Augustin and Marine Alexander MC of 42 Commando RM were killed by an Improvised Explosive Device whilst on patrol in the Loy Mandeh area of the Nad-e Ali district in Helmand province, Afghanistan. [Source: MOD]
BEVAN, Christopher J, Marine, P040432F,
Extract from the Daily Mirror - Saturday 22 February 1964
Marine Paul Collins died following the crash of a Lynx helicopter in Basra City on Saturday 6 May 2006.
Company Sergeant Major Horace Colwill died in Egypt.
Corporal Michael Davies died in service, cause unknown to this archive.
Marine Christopher Donnan died in service, cause unknown t this archive.
Marine Neil Dunstan was killed by an explosion in the Garmsir District of southern Helmand, at 1647 hrs local time, while operating as part of Task Force Helmand's Information Exploitation Group. He was taking part in a routine joint patrol with soldiers from the Afghan National Security Forces when his Jackal vehicle was struck by an explosive device.
- 1 January 1965 (Major) appointed O.B.E. .
- 17 December 1972 promoted Brigadier 
- 18 February 1974 (Brigadier) appointed an Aide-de-Camp to The Queen .
- 11 June 1977 (Major General) appointed C.B. .
- 7 April 1978 (Major General) to retired list .
Lance Corporal Anthony Evans died in service, cause unknown to this archive.
Marine Tony Evans died during operations in Afghanistan. He and Marine Georgie Sparks, both of J Company, had been conducting a foot patrol to the north-west of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. Marines Evans and Sparks had moved on to the roof of a compound when, at around 0900 hours, there was an attack by insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades and they were badly wounded. Both received immediate medical attention and were moved to a secure location before being put on a helicopter to be transferred back to Camp Bastion.
Sergeant Cecil Foster died whilst deployed overseas with 42 Commando RM.
Marine Dale Gostick died whilst serving as a Viking operator in 3rd Troop, Armoured Support Company, at the Sangin crossing of the Helmand River, southern Helmand province, Afghanistan. His troop were returning to their Forward Operating Base, after providing essential support to 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA) Battle Group, when the Viking he was driving struck a suspected mine. Sadly, despite the best efforts of the medical team on site, Marine Gostick was pronounced dead at the scene.
Marine Alan Goulden died in service, cause unknown to this archive.
- M.C. (A/Captain 43RM Commando) for gallantry, zeal and skill during the attack on Sarande and the seizure of the Island of Solta. [1 +2].
Corporal Rowan Hannah died whilst deployed overseas with 42 Commando RM.
Lance Corporal Nigel Higgins died in service, cause unknown to this archive.
Marine James Holloway was found dead on board the RFA Fort Rosalie which was moored in Dubai.A Royal Navy spokesman said: "We can confirm that Marine James Holloway died aboard RFA Fort Rosalie. The cause of death is still under investigation, however we can confirm it was not as a result of operational activity. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends at this sad time.” [Sources: AFM ROH / BBC online, Sun online newspaper, and other media outlets.]
Marine David Howard, from King's Lynn,
Colour Sergeant Ian Jackson died in service, cause unknown to this archive.
Captain Leslie Jole was awarded the M.C., for gallant and distinguished services in Malaya during the period 1st July to 31st December, 1951.
Marine James Jones was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished service with 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June, 1952.
Colour Sergeant Colin Kite died in service, cause unknown to this archive.
Marine Kenneth Laws died in service cause unknown to this archive. He is believed to have served with 40 Commando RM in the Brunei and Borneo campaigns c.1962-1966. [Sources: AFM ROH / royal-marines.net website]
Marine Luther Leeves died in Egypt.
 London Gazettes Supp. 43009, page 4693.
Extract from the Birmingham Daily Post - Friday 29 March 1974Marine James Macklin. aged 28, who was wounded in a terrorist ambush a week ago, died last night in a Belfast hospital. He was shot in the head in Belfast's Antrim Road when gunmen operating from both sides of the street raked a vehicle carrying a patrol from 42 Commando Royal Marines. His mother was flown from her home in Milton, Glasgow. to his bedside and was with him when he died.*
- 1951 (Lieut. Col. 42 CommandoRM) appointed O.B.E. for gallant and distinguished services in Malaya .
- 1957 (Brigadier 3 Cdo. Bde. RM) appointed D.S.O. for gallant and distinguished services in the Operations in the Near East, October to December 1956 .
Extract from the Dundee Courier - Monday 25 January 1954
- 1948 (Major) Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in Palestine during the period 27th March, 1948 - 30th July, 1948 .
- 1 January 1954 (Lieutenant Colonel) Appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) .
- 30 June 2011 promoted Lieutenant Colonel .
Marine Bernard Price, from Cardiff,
Marine Reginald Proctor died in service, cause unknown to this archive.
Marine Benjamin Reddy, 'K' Company, died when his unit came under enemy fire during a deliberate clearance operation in the Kajaki area of Helmand Province. He joined the Royal Marines on 18 April 2005 and deployed with K Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in September 2006. [Source: MOD]
Marine Stewart Rhyce-Rees died during his Commando training.
Extract from the Daily Mirror - 06 June 1955
The death at the weekend of an eighteen-year-old Royal Marine who collapsed on Dartmoor during training is to be investlgated by a court of inquiry. Marine Duncan Rhyce-Rees, of Dudley Road, Birmingham was on a Commando march.
Marine Mark Ridley died in service, cause unknown to this archive.
Corporal William Rowe died whilst deployed on operations in Malaya, cause of death unknown to this archive.
- in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2001 to 31st March 2002 .
- in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2007 to 31st March 2008 .
Marine Brian Short, From Poole,
Marine Timothy Simmons died in service, cause unknown to this archive.
Extract from the Aberdeen Evening Express - Monday 14 April 1952
Lieutenant Ian Smith died in service, cause unknown to this archive.
Corporal Jeremy Smith died during operations against enemy forces on Mount Harriet, Falkland Islands.
Marine Georgie Sparks died during operations in Afghanistan. He and Marine Tony Evans, both of J Company, had been conducting a foot patrol to the north-west of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. Marines Sparks and Evans had moved on to the roof of a compound when, at around 0900 hours, there was an attack by insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades and they were badly wounded. Both received immediate medical attention and were moved to a secure location before being put on a helicopter to be transferred back to Camp Bastion.
Marine Scott Summers died in a traffic accident that occurred on the 4th February after he had volunteered to drive in a routine convoy in Helmand province. He received initial treatment in Afghanistan before being transported back to a specialist unit in the UK where he died on the 21st February. He joined the Royal Marines in January 2005 and deployed to Afghanistan in October 2006, and had been driving a Pinzgauer vehicle when the accident happened. [Source: MOD].
Marine Clive Taylor died in service, cause unknown to this archive.
Colour Sergeant Richard Walton was serving at RMDIV Leconfield at the time of his death.
Richard Walton joined the Royal Marines in 1985 and served 2 days short of 20 years. During his career he served at Poole, 40 Commando, Commando Logistics Regiment, 42 Commando, CTCRM, and SBS. [Sources: AFM ROH / Navy News issue 1st June 2005.]
- 1992 New Years Honours (Warrant Officer 1) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) .
Marine Walter Wellington died whilst deployed overseas with 42 Commando RM.
Corporal Brian Wemyss died in service, cause unknown to this archive.
Marine Robert Wright died of encephalitis in Malaya.Buried at Batu Gajah, later exhumed, cremated at Sek Keng Cheng Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur and ashes returned to the UK. [Sources: AFM ROH / Malaya Historical Group]