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ARMSTRONG, A.

Post war Bob Armstrong served for a period as President of the Yorkshire branch of the Commando Association before moving to East Anglia.
(Source: CA Newsletter 74 of 1982)
 

BAXTER, Richard Fraser

Captain Richard Baxter served in 45RM Commando and during 1945-6 on the staff of the CMWTC.
 
Post war he was ordained Reverend and was appointed OBE in the 1964 New Years Honours List "for public services in Nyasaland."
 
Sources
CA Newsletters 38 and 98.
London Gazettes Supp 43200, page 23.
 

BEADLE, Ian Nigel Neville

Major Ian Beadle MC 45RM Commando
Formerly Captain of 'E' troop, Ian Beadle was awarded the MC in 1945, whilst Acting Temporary Major with 45RM Commando for " distinguished service while operating with the Army in NW Europe."  (Source: London Gazettes Supp. 36947, page 998, and Supp. 36992, page 1507.)

BELL, Robert

Marine Robert Bell died during operations in Normandy.
 
Extract from the Bo'ness Journal, and Linlithgow Advertiser - Friday 15 August 1952
In Loving Memory of our dear son, Marine Commando Robert Bell, killed in action.
We were not there to see you die,
Perhaps it's just as well,
We never could have said goodbye,
To the son we loved so well,
We think of you in silence
And often speak your name,

BENNETT, Henry

Acting Company Sergeant Major Henry Bennett was awarded the Military Medal [1] for gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe whilst serving with 45RM Commando [2]. Post war he remained in service and in 1954 was serving as a Sergeant with 40 Commando RM [3]
 

BROCKBANK, Maurice Chester

Captain Maurice Brockbank, 'C' troop, died during operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf. He had previously received a MiD whilst with 40RM Commando for "outstanding service while operating with the Allied Armies in Italy."
 
Sources 
London Gazettes Supp. 36903, page 518
RM Officers 1939-45 www.unithistories.com
The book A Plain Russet-Coated Captain by Capt. John Day 45RM Cdo.
 

BROWN, Albert

Sergeant Albert Brown was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army during the successful landings in Normandy.
 

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CAIGER, H.J.

TSM Caiger 45RM Commando
H.J. 'Ted' Caiger was Troop Sergeant Major of 'E' Troop in 1944. Captain John Day, 'E' Troop, describes him in his book [1] as " a reservist whose rather quiet manner belied the toughness and courage he was to show later in action."
 

Extract from the book "The Story of 45 Royal Marine Commando

CASPER, Peter

Lieutenant Peter Casper was killed by enemy gunfire during operations across the bridgehead between Stolzenau and Leese. 
 
Capt. John Day 45RM Cdo. records in his book A Plain Russet-Coated Captain

COCKS, John Sidney

Corporal John Cocks died during operations in Holland. 
 
At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting at Maasbracht and Brachterbeek. (Source: 1 Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.)
 

CONATY, Alan Craba

Marine Alan Conaty died on the day his Commando crossed the River Maas at Gennep. By evening they had entered Afferden where they encountered enemy shelling. Captain John Day, 45RM Commando, records that 'B' troop had one man killed.
 
Sources
CWGC.
The book 'A Plain Russet-Coated Captain' by Capt. John Day.
 

CULLEN, Michael

Marine Michael Cullen died in service whilst deployed to Hong Kong.
 
Source
CWGC
 
Notes
Commando Unit as per CWGC entry. The title was redesignated to 45 Commando RM this year.

DAVIS, Kenneth William John

Marine Kenneth Davis died during the operation to take the enemy held coastal resort of Franceville Plage which had been given the local codename of Piccadilly. At the Northern end of Piccadilly the enemy had a strong point which included pillboxes. Kenneth Davis was part of 'E' Troop's Piat team that advanced to try and destroy it.  They came under heavy enemy fire and he was killed. Soon after another group moved forward with the C.O. and they also came under fire from an enemy anti tank gun. RSM Grimsey and Cpl.

DAY, John Eddy

Captain John Eddy Day received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe.
 
Source
London Gazettes Supp. 37464, page 910.
The book Four Five, author David Young.
 

DUCHAN, John Joseph

Original grave of Cpl Duchan 45RM Commando
Corporal John Duchan died during operations in Holland.
 
At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting in the area of Bell Island (Osen) and Brachterbeek. (Source: 1 Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.)
 

EVANS, Humphrey Ap

Captain Humphrey Evans, Royal Artillery Forward Observation Officer attached to 45RM Commando, was awarded the M.C. [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during the River Rhine crossing on the 23/24 March 1945 [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 37172, page 3591.
[2] National Archives file WO 373/ 54/714.
 

GEORGE, Rex

Marine Rex George died during operations at Normandy. He received a Mention in Despatches for good services with the 21st Army group.
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazettes Supp. 37251, page 4441.
 

GREEN, Norman

Mne Green MM 45 RM Commando
Marine Norman Green was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army during the successful landings in Normandy [1]. 
 
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GRIMSEY, John Henry

Regimental Sergeant Major John Grimsey died during the operation to take the enemy held coastal resort of Franceville Plage which had been given the local codename of Piccadilly. At the Northern end of Piccadilly the enemy had a strong point which included pillboxes.  An attempt by the Piat team of 'E' troop to destroy this resulted in the death of Lance Cpl. Davis.  The C.O. and his party moved forward to assess the situation and came under fire from an enemy anti tank gun. R.S.M.

HARRISON, Thomas

Sergeant Thomas Harrison was awarded the MM for bravery, determination and great devotion to duty whilst serving with the Allied Armies in the assault over the Rhine.
 
Sources
National Archives file WO/373/47/69.
London Gazettes Supp. 37136, page 3191.
 

HAVILLE, John

Marine John Haville received a MiD for gallant and distinguished service in NW Europe.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 37464, page 911.
The Story of 45 Royal Marine Commando.
 

LAING, James Hardie

Corporal James Laing died during operations in Holland.
 
At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting in the area of Bell Island (Osen) and Brachterbeek.  (Source: 1 Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.)
 

LAY, Gordon

Marine Gordon Lay died during the period his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf.
 

MCNULTY, Herbert

Original grave of LCpl. McNulty 45RM Commando
Lance Corporal Herbert McNulty died during operations in Holland.
 
At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting in the area of Bell Island and Brachterbeek. (Source: 1 Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.)
 

MOSLEY, Claude

Original grave of Mne. Mosley 45RM Commando
Marine Claude Mosley died during operations in Holland.
 
At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting in the area of Bell Island and Brachterbeek. (Source: 1 Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.)
 
Notes
The CWGC show an initial of 'C' not a forename. The forename source is the Naval History website.
 

PEARCE, William Harry

Marine Pearce 45 Royal Marine Commando
Marine William Pearce 45 RM Commando
Marine William Pearce was shot and killed by a sniper when his Commando crossed the River Weser at Stolzenau to take the town of Leese.
 
Sources
CWGC
[Image] 2nd cousin Mike Pearce.
Family account of death.
Historical timeline: The Story of 45RM Commando published 1946.
 
Notes
His age is recorded wrongly on the CWGC entry as 24. 

ROBSON, Thomas

Marine Thomas Robson died in an accident whilst deployed to Hong Kong. He had previously received a MiD for "outstanding service while operating with the Allied Armies in Italy."
 
Sources
CWGC.
Royal Marines Association.
Naval History website.
London Gazettes Supp. 36903, page 518.
 

SMITH, Hugh Norman

Captain Hugh Smith, R.A.M.C., attached to 45RM Commando, was awarded the M.C. [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during operations at the Merville, Normandy, on the 7th June 1944, and later at Breville on the 12th June 1944 [2]
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 36961, page 1177.
[2] National Archives file WO 373/51/363.
 

TATE, Alan

Lieutenant Alan Tate was awarded the M.C. [1] for courage and great devotion to duty during operations at the River Maas near Roermond on 27/28 January 1945 [2].
 
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TIMMINS, John Robert

John Robert Timmins 45 Commando
Marine John Robert Timmins from Gateshead died during operations in Holland.
 
Sources
CWGC.
[image] Newcastle Evening Chronicle - Friday 09 February 1945 © Trinity Mirror. Image created courtesy of The British Library Board.
 
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