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45RM Commando

Formed at Burley in the first week of August 1943 as No. 45 Royal Marine Commando, Royal Marines, from the disbanded 5th RM Battalion.  Their first Commanding Officer was Lt. Col. N.C. Ries. There followed hard training with those unfit or unsuitable being removed to other duties. In September the Commando moved to billets at Ayr.

On formation there were five fighting Troops - 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D' and 'E' Troops.  'F' Troop was the Heavy Weapons Troop. 'H' Troop was the Headquarters troop which included Signals and Intelligence sections , Motor Transport and Administration. 

45RM Commando E Troop 1944

Type: Nominal Roll
Author: Unknown
Year of Publishing: 2020
Keywords:
From the collection of Marine Bob Yaxley, 45RM Commando, courtesy of his son Clive.
Notes
The author of this document is not known. It is not an 'official' nominal roll of all who served but likely a document put together from memory by a veteran and should be taken as such in respect of precise accuracy. Refresh/reload the page if the image below does does not display, or download from above.

ABRAHAMOWICZ, Richard George

No 10 Commando
Richard Abrahamowicz was of the Jewish faith and served in 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop,  of the inter allied commando under the alias of Richard Arlen. He was killed assaulting an enemy machine gun position during operations with 45RM Commando at Franceville Plage, Normandy. 
 
Sources:
10 Commando, author Ian Dear
Jewish Virtual Library.
 

AHERN, Patrick

45RM Commando

Sergeant Patrick Ahern, 'E' Troop, died of wounds inflicted during operations on 23rd January 1945 to take Maasbracht and Brachterbeek, specifically when his Troop were ordered to attack and obtain a bridgehead on the Montforterbeek Dyke. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
The Story of 45RM Commando (published for Veterans in 1946).
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/127.

ARMSTRONG, A.

45RM Commando
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)
 

ATKINSON, Jacob

45RM Commando
Sergeant Jacob Atkinson died from natural causes (paralysis of respiration) at EMS Hospital, Hurstwood Park, Haywards Heath.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/127.
 

BAILEY, J.W.

45RM Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association from Rainham.

Sources
Commando Association, list of RM Commandos.

Commando Association newsletter 93.

BAKER, Leonard

45RM Commando

Marine Leonard Baker died at sea during operations at Normandy on DDay.

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

BAXTER, Richard Fraser

45RM Commando
Training Centres
45RM Commando and Commando Mountain Warfare Training Centre during 1945-6.
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 Gazette 43200, page 23.
See Linked Content below.
 

BEADLE, Ian Nigel Neville

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

BEAVEN, Harwood Frederick George

TSM Harwood Beaven MM
40RM Commando
45RM Commando
Troop Sergeant Major Harwood Beaven was awarded the Military Medal for bravery and great devotion to duty whilst operating with the Allied Armies in North-West Europe.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37127, page 3090.
Cdo. Assoc. Newsletter 65 issued Sept 1977.
Image: A Plain Russet Coated Captain author Capt. John Day
 

BELL, Robert

45RM Commando
Marine Robert Bell died during operations at Le Mesnil, 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

45RM Commando
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]
 

BENSON, John

45RM Commando

Marine John Benson died during the period his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf, Germany.

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

BIDMEAD, Arthur

45RM Commando

Corporal Arthur Bidmead died of wounds at the 6th Canadian General Hospital, France.

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

BONIFACE, William George

45RM Commando
Lance Corporal William Boniface, 'A' troop,  died during operations in Germany. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf, Germany.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/128.

BOOTHROYD, Gordon

45RM Commando
Marine Gordon Boothroyd, 'E' Troop, died during operations in Normandy, France.  
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/128.
 
Notes
Son of Edgar and Mabel Boothroyd, of Huddersfield. His brother Geoffrey serving with 40RM Commando also died in the war. 
 

BROCKBANK, Maurice Chester

45RM Commando
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 Mention in Despatches whilst with 40RM Commando for "outstanding service while operating with the Allied Armies in Italy."
 
Sources 
CWGC.
London Gazette 36903, page 518.
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Major J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.

BROWN, Albert

45RM Commando
Sergeant Albert Brown was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army during the successful landings in Normandy.
 

Citation

BURROWS, Derrick Trevor

46RM Commando
Lieutenant Derrick Burrows, 'Y' troop, No. 46 RM Commando, was killed whilst administering morphia to a wounded marine during operations at the River Aller.  He received a MiD for good service with the 21st Army Group.
 
Sources:
The Story of 46 Commando Royal Marines by Capt. P.K.W. Johnson RM.
MiD: London Gazettes Supp. 37251, page 4440.
 
Notes

CAIGER, H.J.

TSM Caiger 45RM Commando
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

CAMPBELL, Finlay David

45RM Commando

Marine Finlay Campbell died during operations at Normandy.

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/128.
[3] National Records of Scotland - Statutory Registers of Births 504/B 2 - Parish of Ardgour and Kingairloch, County of Argyll.

Notes
CWGC only have initial D for middle name. Confirmed at source [3] above as David.
Source at [2] above shows 'Died at Sea'.
 

CANN, Bernard Lawrence

45RM Commando
Marine Bernard Cann, 'E' Troop, died during operations in Germany. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Stolzenau and Leese (River Wesser crossing).
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/128.
The Story of 45RM Commando published 1946.
'E' Troop - see Linked Content below.
 

CARTER, William

45RM Commando

Corporal William Carter was reported missing presumed killed during operations at Normandy. He has no known grave.

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

CASPER, Peter

45RM Commando
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

CLARKE, Reginald James

45RM Commando

Marine Reginald Clarke was killed in overcoming an enemy post as his Commando entered Osnabruck, Germany.

Sources
CWGC.
The Story of 45RM Commando (published 1946 for Veterans).
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/129.

COCKS, John Sidney

45RM Commando
Corporal John Cocks, 'E' Troop, was killed during operations to take Maasbracht and Brachterbeek, specifically when his Troop were ordered to attack and obtain a bridgehead on the Montforterbeek Dyke. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
The Story of 45RM Commando (published for Veterans in 1946).
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/129.
 

CONATY, Alan Craba

45RM Commando
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
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/129.
[3] The book 'A Plain Russet-Coated Captain' by Capt. John Day.

CONNOR, Kenneth

45RM Commando

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

Sources
Commando Association newsletter 93 and 103.
Commando Association list of RM Commandos.

CROUCH, Walter

45RM Commando

Marine Walter Crouch died in Germany. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf, Germany.

CULLEN, Michael

45RM Commando
Marine Michael Cullen died of encephalitis at the 28th Imperial General Hospital, Hong Kong.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/129.
 
Notes

CUTTING, Vincent

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

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].

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

DAVIES, Osmond

45RM Commando

Lance Corporal Osmond Davies, 'E' troop, died during operations at Normandy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/129.
The Story of 45RM Commando, published 1946 for veterans.

DAVIS, Kenneth William John

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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.
 

DEACON, William George

45RM Commando
Sergeant William Deacon was awarded the Military Medal for bravery and great devotion to duty whilst operating with the Allied Armies in North West Europe.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37127, page 3090; errata 37136, page 3191.
 

DRYBURGH, Alexander Crystal

45RM Commando

Lance Corporal Alexander Dryburgh died during operations at Normandy.

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/130.
[3] National Records of Scotland - Statutory Registers of Births 362/36 - Parish of Kilmadock, County of Perth.
 
Notes
The CWGC have his age as 27. His actual age was 24. Confirmed correct on sources [2] and [3}.
 

DUCHAN, John Joseph

Original grave of Cpl Duchan 45RM Commando
45RM Commando
Corporal John Duchan died during operations in Holland.  At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations in the area of Bell Island (Osen) and Brachterbeek area of Holland. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.
1st Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.
 
Notes

DUNKERLEY, Piers Montague

45RM Commando
1940 appointed probationary Second Lieutenant Royal Marines [1a][1b].
April 1944 (Lieutenant) RM Holding Commando [2].
6 June 1944, 45RM Commando 'B' Troop, Normandy, France [3a][3b].
7 June 1944, Prisoner of War [4]
 
Sources
[1a] Navy Lists Bi Monthly December 1940. 
[1b] London Gazette 34803 page 1244 dated 7 February 1940.
[2] Navy Lists Bi Monthly April 1944 Vol.1.
[3a] See Linked Content below.

DUNLOP, J.M.

45RM Commando
Lance Corporal J.M. Dunlop, Medical Orderly of 'E' Troop, volunteered to remain with casualties during operations at Franceville- Plage, Normandy, 7 June 1944. He was taken prisoner and later transported to Stalag 12A in Germany.
 
Sources
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/79.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.
A Plain Russet-Coated Captain, author Captain John Day (45RM Cdo).
 

EMUSS, P.

45RM Commando
Corporal Emuss served in 'E' Troop.  
 
Sources
The Story of 45RM Commando published 1946, p23.
Linked Content below.
 

EVANS, Humphrey Ap

45RM Commando
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.
 

FLETCHER, Colin Evan Boulton

Colin Fletcher 45 Commando
45RM Commando
Lieutenant Colin Fletcher served in the RM Holding Commando in August 1943 before his posting to 45RM Commando by December of that year [1][2].
During the Normandy Landings on D Day he commanded 'F' Troop Medium Machine Gun Section of 45RM Commando [2a][3]. Promoted Acting Temporary Captain in 1945 [2]

FOLKES, E.A.

45RM Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association from Worcestershire.

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

GAGE, Harold Arthur

45RM Commando
Corporal Harold Gage died during operations at Normandy.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.
 
Notes
Son of James Edward and Ellen Maria Gage, of Neasden, Middlesex.
His brother Sapper James William Gage, Royal Engineers, also died [more....].
 

GEORGE, Kenneth Robert

45RM Commando

Marine Kenneth George died as a result of an accidental fall at Tung Chung, Hong Kong.

Source
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/131.

Notes
Commando Unit as per CWGC entry. The title was redesignated to 45 Commando RM this year.

GEORGE, Rex

45RM Commando
Marine Rex George, 'E' Troop, died during operations at Normandy. He received a Mention in Despatches for good services with the 21st Army group.
 
Sources
CWGC
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/131.
London Gazette 37251, page 4441.

GLADWIN, Ernest James

45RM Commando

Marine Ernest Gladwin was reported missing presumed died during operations at Normandy, France. He has no known grave.

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

GOOCH

45RM Commando
Lance Corporal Gooch, 'F' Troop, MG Section, was wounded in the face on leaving his landing craft on D Day.
 
Sources
Commando Association newsletter 100 issued March 1995.
 

GREEN, Norman

Mne Green MM 45 RM Commando
45RM 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]. 
 
Recommendation

GRIMSEY, John Henry

45RM Commando
Sergeant Major John Grimsey died [1][2] during the operation to take the enemy held coastal resort of Franceville Plage, Normandy,  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.

HALL, George Stanley

45RM Commando

Marine George Hall died at Worthing Central Hospital, Sussex, from an accidental gunshot wound sustained during a live fire training exercise.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/131.
His great nephew Jordan Savage. 

HALL, John

45RM Commando

Marine John Hall died during operations in France.

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

HARRIS, Ian Walter

Ian Walter Harris MM 10 Commando
No 10 Commando

Corporal Ian Harris, born Hans Hajos, attached to No 10 (Inter Allied) Commando 3 troop ('X' troop), was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe.

HARRISON, Thomas

45RM Commando
Sergeant Thomas Harrison was awarded the Military Medal [1] for bravery, determination and great devotion to duty during operations to establish the River Aller bridgehead 10-12 April 1945 [2].
Recommendation
"On 12 Apr'45, 45RM Cdo. was advancing through the woods in order to extend the Aller bridgehead. C Troop was the right hand Troop on the axis of advance. Very strong opposition was encountered from the German Marine Division.

HAVILLE, John

45RM Commando
Marine John Haville received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 37464, page 911.
The Story of 45 Royal Marine Commando.
 

HAW, Reginald

45RM Commando
Reverend Reginald Haw, B.A., Temporary Chaplain R.N.V.R., was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for gallantry, steadfastness and inspiring devotion to duty whilst serving with 45 Royal Marine Commando during the liberation of Holland [1].
He also served with 47RM Commando [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 37148, page 3329.
[2] Navy Lists (see linked content below).
 

HOBBINS, William

Marine William Hobbins 45 Commando
45RM Commando
Marine William Hobbins, 'E' Troop, died during operations at Franceville, Normandy.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/132.
Troop Nominal Roll - see Linked Content below.
[Image] Article in the Henley News edition 356 / 25Jun2014.
 

JONES, J.

45RM Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association from Peterchurch, nr. Hereford.

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

KEOUGH, Richard James

Richard Keough 45RM Commando
45RM Commando

Marine Richard Keough, 'C' Troop, was killed in overcoming an enemy post as his Commando entered Osnabruck, Germany.

Sources
CWGC.
The Story of 45RM Commando (published 1946 for Veterans).
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/133.

[Image] The War Illustrated magazine.

KING, Cyril

45RM Commando

Marine Cyril King died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.

KNOTT, John Terence

45RM Commando

Corporal John Knott died in Germany. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations by the River Weser at Stolzenau.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.

LAING, James Hardie

45RM Commando
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.  
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.
1 Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.
 

LAY, Gordon

45RM Commando

Marine Gordon Lay died in Germany. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf, Germany.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.

The Story of 45RM Commando, published 1946 for veterans.

LILLEY, Sidney

45RM Commando

Served in 'D' Troop. Post war member of the Commando Association from Cardiff.

Sources
Commando Association newsletter 93 and 98.
Commando Association list of RM Commandos.

LYON, Charles Adam

45RM Commando

Marine Charles Lyon died in Holland. At the time of his death his Commando was engaged in operations in the vicinity of Brachterbeek and Montforterbeek.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.

MCFATTER, John

45RM Commando

Marine John McFatter died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.

MCNULTY, Herbert

Original grave of LCpl. McNulty 45RM Commando
45RM Commando
Lance Corporal Herbert McNulty died in Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting in the area of Bell Island and Brachterbeek. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/134.
1 Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.
[Image] Julia Wells.
 

MCPAKE, Charles

45RM Commando

Marine Charles McPake died in Germany. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/134.
The Story of 45RM Commando published in 1946 for veterans.

MILLS, W.D.

45RM Commando

Served in 'E' Troop. Post war member of the Commando Association from Milton of Campsie, Glasgow.

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

MORGAN, John Thomas

45RM Commando

RQMS Morgan was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) June 1945. Post war member of the Commando Association from Devon.

Sources

London Gazette 37119, page 2961 (HM Birthday Honours).
Commando Association newsletter 93 and 106.
Commando Association list of RM Commandos.

MOSLEY, Claude

Original grave of Mne. Mosley 45RM Commando
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. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/134.
1 Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.
[Image] CVA Gallery (Julia Wells).
 

MULHALL, Alexander

45RM Commando
Marine Alexander Mulhall, from Falkirk, died during operations at Normandy, France.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/134.
Notice in the Falkirk Herald - 15 June 1946.
 

MYERS, Leslie

45RM Commando

Corporal Leslie Myers died during operations at Normandy, France.

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

NUTTER, Henry

45RM Commando

Sergeant Henry Nutter died during operations at Normandy, France.

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

ORD, Bertram Kenneth

45RM Commando
Marine Bertram 'Kenny' Ord died during the period his Commando were engaged in operations at Wesel. 
 
Notes
His death is referred to in Reel 2 of IWM Museum interview with Mne Walter George Bigland ref. IWM Catalogue number 20617.
 

PEARCE, William Harry

Marine Pearce 45 Royal Marine Commando
Marine William Pearce 45 RM Commando
45RM 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. 

PILCHER, Joseph Henry

45RM Commando

Marine Joseph Pilcher died by accidental drowning whilst deployed to Hong Kong.  

Source
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/135.
Royal Marines Association

Notes
Commando Unit as per CWGC entry. The title was redesignated to 45 Commando RM this year.

POLLITT, Dennis

47RM Commando

Also served 45RM Commando. Post war member of the Commando Association.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 104 issued March 1997.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.

POVEY, H.

45RM Commando

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

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

RIES, Norman Charles

45RM Commando
Lieutenant Colonel Norman Charles Ries was the first Commanding Officer of 45 RM Commando on its formation in August 1943 [1] and remained as such until June 1944 when wounded by enemy gunfire in Normandy. Post war he returned to command the restructured unit from December 1948 until August 1950 [2].
  • 1941 (Captain) (Royal Marines HMS Terror) received a Mention in Despatches for courage, skill and devotion to duty in operations off the Libyan Coast [3].

ROSS, H.J.

45RM Commando

Served in 'A' troop. Post war member of the Commando Association from Edinburgh.

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

RUSHFORTH, John Nicholson

45RM Commando
Acting Major John Rushforth was awarded the Military Cross [1] for gallant and distinguished service on 7 June 1944 during operations at Franceville-Plage, Normandy [2]
Recommendation
"Major Rushforth was in commando of his Troop in a flank protection role during the advance and attack on Franceville. A strong counter attack was made by the enemy.

RUSSELL, James George

45RM Commando

Marine James Russell, 'E' Troop, was killed during operations to take Maasbracht and Brachterbeek, specifically when his Troop were ordered to attack and obtain a bridgehead on the Montforterbeek Dyke. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
The Story of 45RM Commando (published for Veterans in 1946).
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/136.

SMITH, Hugh Norman

45RM Commando
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.
 

SMITH, J.

45RM Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association from Atherton, Manchester.

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

STUART, Ronald

45RM Commando
Corporal Ronald Stuart was awarded the Military Medal [1] for gallant and distinguished service June 1944 during operations at Franceville-Plage, Normandy [2][3].
Recommendation
"During an attack on the school at Franceville Plage, Major J.N. Rushforth who was leading the assault was wounded when the party came under heavy fire from concealed positions ten yards from the building.

SUCH, R.

45RM Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association from Thornton Heath.

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

SWEET, Dennis Percy

Original grave of Mne Sweet 45RM Commando
45RM Commando

Marine Dennis Sweet 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.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/137.
1 Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.

SYMES, Robert Leonard

Original grave of Mne Symes 45RM Commando
45RM Commando

Marine Robert Symes 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. 

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/137.
1 Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.

TATE, Alan

45RM Commando
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].
 
Citation

THOMAS, Don

45RM Commando
Post war emigrated to Australia. Commissioned Royal Australian Infantry. Retired as Major [Sources: Commando Association newsletters 50, 63, 68 and 75.]
 

THOMAS, Kenneth Edwin

45RM Commando

Marine Kenneth Thomas died during operations in Germany. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Weser at Stolzenau.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/137.
 

THOMAS, Ronald

45RM Commando

Marine Ronald Thomas died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/137.
Births registered in Middlesborough Jan/Feb/March 1918.
 

THOMAS, Thomas

Lt. DC 'Tommy' Thomas MC
45RM Commando
Lieutenant Thomas Thomas was seconded to the Royal Marines from the South Africa Union Defence Force. In June 1944 he was attached to 45RM Commando 'A' troop [1a][1b] during the landings at Normandy and was later wounded by shrapnel to his leg [1b]. He was awarded the Military Cross for "gallant and distinguished services in operations in North West Europe." [2].

TIMMINS, John Robert

John Robert Timmins 45 Commando
45RM Commando
Marine John Robert Timmins from Gateshead died in Belgium. At the time of his death his Commando were operating in the area of Bell Island and Brachterbeek, on the border with Holland and Belgium.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/138.

TOWLER, Douglas

45RM Commando

Marine Douglas Towler, a Bren gunner in 'D' troop, was awarded the MM for distinguished service on the night of the Elbe crossing and capture of Lauenburg on 29th April 1945.

London Gazettes Supp. 37211, page 4023.
National Archives file WO 373/47/76.
 

TULLOCH, John Alexander

45RM Commando
Captain John Tulloch, R.A.M.C., joined 45RM Commando as Medical Officer in September 1944 [1].  He was awarded the M.C. [2] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during the advance from Brachterbeek to Linne, Holland, on the 23rd January 1945 [3].
 
Sources
[1] The book published for those who served 'The Story of 45RM Commando'.
[2] London Gazettes Supp. 37027, page 1942.

WALES, Frederick Edward

Original grave of Mne Wale 45 RM Commando
45RM Commando
Marine Frederick Wales died during operations in Holland.
 
At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting in the area of Maasbracht and Brachterbeek. (Source:1 Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945)
 
Notes
His surname was originally reported as WALE. This is now amended on the CWGC entry.
 

WALKER, James

45RM Commando

Marine James Walker died during operations at Normandy, France.

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

WHITNEY, Robert Desmond

45RM Commando

Marine Robert Whitney died from natural causes (septicemia) at West Glamorgan Hospital, Neath. 

Sources
[1] CWGC
[2] British Armed Forces Deaths / National Archives file ADM 104/138.
[3] Image of headstone in gallery.

Notes
CWGC show unit as 45RM Commando. Source at [2] shows unit as 48RM Commando.
 

WILSON, Sidney William

45RM Commando
Marine Sidney Wilson died from burns sustained when a military truck in which he was travelling overturned and caught fire at Broadbridge Heath near Horsham.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/139.
 

WILSON, William Alan

45RM Commando
Sergeant William Wilson, 'E' Troop, died during operations at the village of Wangelau on the road from Lauenberg to Lubeck. After a short artillery barrage 'A' and 'E' Troops entered the village and took 130 prisoners. The only casualty was Sgt Wilson who was killed whilst assaulting a machine gun position. 
 

WOOLLEY, Arthur Rupert (Lt. Col)

30 Commando Assault Unit
Arthur Woolley joined the Royal Marines on 1 December 1939 and after his basic training was posted to the 5th Batallion Royal Marines Brigade.
  • Promoted Temporary Captain April 1940, Acting Temporary Major November 1941, and Second in Command of 5RM in June 1942.
  • After a brief spell as OC No.2 Landing Group Beach Unit he returned as Major (Second in Command) of 5RM which, by this time, had been redesignated as 45RM Commando. 

WRIGHT, Trevor Desmond

45RM Commando
Lieutenant Trevor Wright, SA Forces attached to 45RM Commando,  died [1] during the period the Commando were engaged in operations at Osnabruck.
 
In 1942 he had been awarded the MM whilst in the rank of Trooper for "gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East [2]." 
 
Sources
[1] CWGC
[2] London Gazettes Supp. 35665, page 3545.
 

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