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ABRAHAMS, Robert Sydney

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant Robert Abrahams was reported missing presumed killed during operations in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy.

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

ABRAM, John Arthur

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Acting Temporary Colour Sergeant John Arthur Abram received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service whilst attached to the Allied Armies in the Mediterranean during the period 1st January to 31st March, 1945 [1].
  • 2 January 1950 (Sergeant) (Acting Quartermaster Sergeant) awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) [2].

BAILLIE, Archibald

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Archibald Baillie died of wounds at No.2 British Field Hospital at Otok, Vis Island.

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

BARNETT, David Soloman

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain David Barnett was awarded the Military Cross for outstanding courage, determination and devotion to duty in operations during the campaign in Italy [1].
  • Mentioned in Despatches for good services during operations in Italy [2]
Sources
[1] London Gazette 37170, page 3562.

BLAKE, John Philip

Capt Blake MC 43RM Commando
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain John Blake MC died [1] during operations against the enemy held island of Brac. He had earlier been awarded the Military Cross [2] for leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty while serving with Royal Marine Commandos in the ca

BROOKES, James Alfred

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine James Brookes died during a raid on the Island of Brac, Yugoslavia. Initially buried with others on Brac near Nerezische, their remains were later reinterred in a collective grave at Belgrade War Cemetery.

Those buried with him are Marines Hopper, Pickering and Tarrant of 40RM Commando, and Marines Cooper, Hurst, Ivens, and Williamson of 43RM Commando.

CAMPBELL, John

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine John Campbell died during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/128.

CASEY, Patrick

43RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Leeds.

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

CATCHPOLE, Frank Ernest

Frank Catchpole 43 Commando
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Acting Regimental Sergeant Major Frank Catchpole received a Mention in Despatches for services in Italy 1st April to 8th May 1945. 
 
Sources
London Gazette 37505, page 1441.
Navy Lists (see Linked Content below).

COOPER, William George Albert

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine William Cooper died during a raid on the Island of Brac, Yugoslavia. Initially buried with others on Brac near Nerezische, their remains were later reinterred in a collective grave at Belgrade War Cemetery.
Those buried with him are Marines Hopper, Pickering and Tarrant of 40RM Commando, and Marines Brookes, Hurst, Ivens, and Williamson of 43RM Commando.

DURNFORD-SLATER, John Frederick

No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Bar to the Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches

On the 28th June 1940 Captain J.F. Durnford-Slater was appointed Lieut. Colonel and ordered to raise and command No 3 Commando after volunteering for Special Service whilst Adjutant of the 23rd Medium and Heavy Training Regt., RA.

FOWLER, Harry

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Harry Fowler died during operations in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy.

Sources
CWGC.
CWGC Graves Registration Form.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.
 

GALLON, Thomas Christopher Dennison

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Sergeant Thomas Gallon was awarded the Military Medal for great courage and exemplary behaviour whilst carrying out commando operations under heavy enemy fire off the Yugoslavian coast.
Recommendation
Operation Flounced, ref Map Yugoslavia 1/100000 sheet 109.
Night Attack on Pt.622 (0960) 3 Jun.44.

GARSON, Andrew

43RM Commando
royal ma
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Andrew Garson died in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Lake Comacchio and Argenta.

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

GOODRICH, Kenneth John

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Kenneth Goodrich died during operations in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito. He has no known grave.

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

GOSLING, John Jones

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal John Gosling died during operations in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito. He has no known grave.

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

GOURLAY, Basil Ian Spencer

Basil ian spencer Gourlay
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Acting Captain Basil Gourlay was awarded the Military Cross whilst serving with 43RM Commando in WW2. 
 
Post war he served in 45 Commando Royal Marines 1945-1948, Brigade Major 3 Commando Bde Royal Marines 1955-1957; OC 42 Commando Royal Marines 1963-1965, ultimately being appointed Commandant General Royal Marines from 1971-75 after which he retired.

GREEN, Arthur

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Marine Arthur Green, Transport Section, originally from Burbage near Leicester, received a Mention in Despatches for services in Italy between 1st April and 8th May 1945. 
 
Source
London Gazette 37505, page 1441.
Commando Association newsletter 80 issued March 1985.

GREGORY, Donald

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Donald Gregory died during operations in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy.

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

HANCOCK, Frank Holgate

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Frank Hancock died during an air attack on Vis, their base of operations against enemy held Dalmatian Islands.
 
The 43RM Cdo. War Diary entry for 28th March 1944 states " Enemy aircraft attacked Vis town , and bombs also fell in Podselje . A direct hit was scored on the Cdo Orderly room,resulting in the death of Ty. Lt. F.H. Hancock and two marines."

HEY, Richard

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Richard Hey died in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Lake Comacchio and Argenta.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/132.

HOOK, Ross Sydney

40RM Commando
43RM Commando
Military Cross (MC)
Reverend Ross Sydney Wood was awarded the Military Cross (periodic) [1][2] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service with 40RM Commando from April 1944 [3] and later wiith 43RM Commando [2].
Recommendation

HOOPER, Arthur William George

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Arthur Hooper died during operations In Yugoslavia. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in a raid on the enemy held island of Miljet.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/132.

HOVERD, Robert Henry

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Robert Hovered died during operations on the enemy held island of Brac, Yugoslavia.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/132.

HURST, Cecil

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Cecil Hurst died during a raid on the Island of Brac, Yugoslavia. Initially buried with others on Brac near Nerezische, their remains were later reinterred in a collective grave at Belgrade War Cemetery.
Those buried with him are Marines Hopper, Pickering and Tarrant of 40RM Commando, and Marines Brookes, Cooper, Ivens, and Williamson of 43RM Commando.

IVENS, Frederick Charles

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Frederick Ivens died during a raid on the Island of Brac, Yugoslavia. Initially buried with others on Brac near Nerezische, their remains were later reinterred in a collective grave at Belgrade War Cemetery.
Those buried with him are Marines Hopper, Pickering and Tarrant of 40RM Commando, and Marines Brookes, Cooper, Hurst, and Williamson of 43RM Commando.

JEAL, Percy William

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Percy Jeal died during an air attack on Vis, their base of operations against enemy held Dalmatian Islands.
 
The 43RM Cdo. War Diary entry for 28th March 1944 states " Enemy aircraft attacked Vis town , and bombs also fell in Podselje . A direct hit was scored on the Cdo Orderly room,resulting in the death of Ty Lt. F.H. Hancock and two marines."

JEFFS, R.

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
First name possibly Ronald *.
 
Sources
RM Prisoners of War / National Archives file ADM201/111. 
* German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/196/161 (Closed until Jan 2022).
 

JENKINS, William Glyn

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)

Lieutenant William Jenkins was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service displayed in the Italian campaign when taking part in the operations in April, 1945, north of the Reno and west of Argenta.

LASKEY, Cyril

Cyril Laskey 43 Commando
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Cyril Laskey, 'A' Troop, died during operations at Lake Comacchio and Argenta, Italy.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.
'A' Troop image in Gallery.

LEACH, Norman

43RM Commando
Royal Marines

Served in HQ Troop. Post war member of the Commando Association.

Sources
Commando Association list of RM Commando members.
Commando Association newsletter 93 and 111.

MacLEAN, Alexander

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Alexander MacLean died during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/134.

MAIDWELL, Percy Scott

Percy Maidwell 43 Commando
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Troop Sergeant Major Percy Maidwell, 'D' Troop, received a Mention in Despatches for outstanding service while operating with the Allied Armies in Italy.
 
Sources
London Gazette 36903, page 518.
CVA Photo Gallery images.
 

MCCARTNEY, George Johnstone

George McCartney 43 Commando
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Temporary Company Sergeant Major George McCartney, 'F' Troop, received a Mention in Despatches for services in Italy 1st April to 8th May 1945. 
 
Sources
London Gazette 37505, page 1441.
Image of senior NCO's of 43RM Cdo in Gallery.

MCCAUGHEY, Henry

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Henry McCaughey was reported missing presumed died. He has no known grave. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. He received a Mention in Despatches for "outstanding service while operating with the Allied Armies in Italy."
 
Sources
CWGC.

MORRIS, John Frederick

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Temporary Lieutenant John Morris received a Mention in Despatches for services in Italy 1st April to 8th May 1945. 
 
Sources
London Gazette 37505, page 1441.
Navy Lists (see Linked Content below).

MUNRO, Neil Gordon Macleven

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Major Neil Munro received a Mention in Despatches for good services during operations in Italy [1]. 
  • He received a second Mention in Despatches for courage, tenacity, and skill whilst serving with the Allied Armies in the Mediterranean [2].

NICHOLLS, Charles

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Marine Charles Nicholls was awarded the Military Medal for great courage and exemplary behaviour whilst carrying out commando operations under heavy enemy fire off the Yugoslavian coast.
Recommendation
Operation Flounced, ref Map Yugoslavia 1/100000 sheet 109.
Night Attack on Pt.622 (0960) 3 Jun.44.

NUNNS, Malcolm Reeve

Malcolm Nunns 43 Commando
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)

Captain Malcolm Nunns, 'B' troop Commander, was awarded the Military Cross  for gallant and distinguished service displayed in the Italian campaign when taking part in the operations in April, 1945, north of the Reno and west of Argenta.

ODENDAAL, Jacobus Russell

40RM Commando
Royal Marines
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Acting Sergeant Jacobus Odendaal, 40RM Commando, was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) for bravery in saving the life of two airmen when an aircraft crashed in a wood on the Isle of Wight [1][1a][Linked Content below].
  • 23 July 1943 listed as Lieutenant [2].

OLIPHANT, Albert Maxtone

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Albert Oliphant from Dundee died during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives files ADM 104/135.
Obituary announcement in the Dundee Courier and Advertiser published 11 April 1945.

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.

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.

PICKERING, Kenneth Richard

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Kenneth Pickering was awarded the Military Medal for great courage and exemplary behaviour whilst carrying out commando operations under heavy enemy fire off the Yugoslavian coast.
Recommendation
Operation Flounced, ref Map Yugoslavia 1/100000 sheet 109.
Night Attack on Pt.622 (0960) 3 Jun.44.

PRESTON, Martin Luther

43RM Commando
South African Union Defence Force
Military Cross (MC)

Captain Martin Preston, S.A.U.D.F attached to 43RM Commando 'A' troop, was awarded the Military Cross for outstanding courage, determination, and devotion to duty in operations during the campaign in Italy.

PROCTOR, Bert

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Died on active service

Corporal Bert Proctor died at the 59th General Hospital in Italy after an accidental gunshot wound to the left side of his neck.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives files ADM 104/135.

RAVEN, Henry Hollies

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Henry Raven died during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy.

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

RICHES, Ian Hurry

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Acting Lieutenant Colonel Ian Hurry Riches, G.S.O.1 Special Service Group, was appointed Officer Commanding 43RM Commando in November 1944 [1][1a] .
10 July 1945 appointed Companion of the Distinguished Service Order outstanding courage, determination and devotion to duty in operations during the campaign in Italy [2].

ROBERTS, David Lister

43RM Commando
43 Cdo. RM
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain David Roberts received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service whilst serving with 43RM Commando in the Mediterranean during the period 1st January to 31st March, 1945 [1] [2].
  • 27 April 1951 (Captain) (40 Commando RM) Mentioned in Desptaches for distinguished service in operations in Malaya [3] [4].

ROBSON, Thomas

45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Died in service
Marine Thomas Robson died of accidental drowning at Kowloon whilst deployed to Hong Kong. He was attached to HM Motor Fishing Vessel 1044 at the time. He had previously received a Mention in Despatches for "outstanding service while operating with the Allied Armies in Italy."
 
Sources
CWGC.

SAUNDERS, Samuel John Albert

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Samuel Saunders died during an air attack on Vis, their base of operations against enemy held Dalmatian Islands.
 
The 43RM Cdo. War Diary entry for 28th March 1944 states " Enemy aircraft attacked Vis town , and bombs also fell in Podselje . A direct hit was scored on the Cdo Orderly room resulting in the death of Ty Lt. F.H. Hancock and two marines."

SCHOOLEY, Ralph Gerald

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Ralph Schooley, 'B' troop, died during operations on the enemy held island of Brac, Yugoslavia. He received a Mention in Despatches for "outstanding service whilst operating with the Allied Armies in Italy."
 
Sources
CWGC.
London Gazette 36903, page 518.

SIDDALL, Ernest

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Marine Ernest Siddall received a Mention in Despatches for courage, tenacity, and skill whilst serving with the Allied Armies in the Mediterranean.

Sources
[1] London Gazette 37136, page 3191 dated 19 June 1945.
[2] Obituaries - Commando Association newsletter 113 issued September 2001.

SIMISTER, Charles Arnold

Cpl Charles Simister MM 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
43RM Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)

Corporal Charles Simister, attached to No 2 Commando from the RAMC, was one of the Commando contingent on board ML 307 during the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942.  He was one of those evacuated back to the UK after the raid. [1]

SIMMONDS, R.W.B.

43RM Commando
Royal Marines

Lieutenant Colonel R.W.B. Simmonds, Officer Commanding 2nd Battalion Royal Marines since 1942, was appointed Commanding Officer 43RM Commando on its formation in August 1943. He remained as such until September 1944.

Sources
Navy Lists.
Nothing Much to Lose, author Michael McConville.
 

SMITH, Clifford William

43RM Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal  Clifford Smith, RAMC, attached 43RM Commando, was wounded on 22 September 1944 [1].  He was wounded a second time (remaining on duty) with 43RM Commando on 18 April 1945 at Lake Comacchio, Italy [2]

SMITH, Roy Montague

Cpl. Roy M. Smith 43RM Commando
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Roy Smith, 'A' troop, died in the blast from two enemy 88mm shells whilst leading his section during operations at Lake Comacchio and Argenta, Italy.
 

SNOWDEN, Fred

Marine Fred Snowden 43 Commando
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Fred Snowden died during operations on the enemy held island of Brac, Yugoslavia. 
Extract from the Stirling Observer Thursday 22 June 1944.

SQUIRE, John Robert

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Marine John Squire was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service displayed in the Italian campaign in April 1945.
Recommendation
Op. 16-20 Apr. Advance North between R. Reno and Canals West of Argenta.
Ref. Maps Italy 1:25,000 - Sheets 88 I NW and NE.

TAYLOR, George

George Taylor 43 Commando
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine George Taylor died during operations in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. 
He received a Mention in Despatches for "outstanding service while operating with the Allied Armies in Italy."  

TUGWELL, Arthur

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Arthur Tugwell died during operations in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. He received a Mention in Despatches for "outstanding service whilst operating with the Allied Armies in Italy."
 
Sources
CWGC.

WAKELING, James Dennis

James Wakeling 43 and 40 Commando
40RM Commando
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Major James Wakeling, 40RM Commando, was awarded the Military Cross for great courage and exemplary behaviour whilst carrying out commando operations under heavy enemy fire off the Yugoslavian coast [1][2].
Recommendation
"3/4 June 1944 Brac.

WILLIAMSON, Fred

43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Fred Williamson died during a raid on the Island of Brac, Yugoslavia. Initially buried with others on Brac near Nerezische, their remains were later reinterred in a collective grave at Belgrade War Cemetery.
Those buried with him are Marines Hopper, Pickering and Tarrant of 40RM Commando, and Marines Brookes, Cooper, Hurst, and Ivens of 43RM Commando.


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