45RM Commando

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45RM Commando

Formed as No. 45 Royal Marine Commando, Royal Marines, in August 1943 from the disbanded 5th RM Battalion. World War 2 operations included the Normandy landings and the crossings of the rivers Rhine, Weser, Aller and Elbe.

The Commando was one of the three RM Commando Units not disbanded after the war. Redesignated 45 Commando RM in March 1946.

ABRAHAMOWICZ, Richard George

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. 
10 Commando, author Ian Dear
Jewish Virtual Library.


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 Baxter served in 45RM Commando and during 1945-6 on the staff of the CMWTC.
Post war he was ordained Reverend. He was appointed OBE in the 1964 New Years Honours List "for public services in Nyasaland."
(Sources: CA Newsletters 38 and 98, and 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

Mne. Bell was killed during operations in France.

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

CASSON, Robert

Mne Robert Casson 45RMCommando

Mne. Casson was killed during operations on DDay at Normandy.

His brother 14674155 Private Joseph Casson, aged 18, of the 9th Bn., Durham Light Infantry, was killed just 21days later on the 27 June 1944. They are buried alongside each other at Ryes War Cemetery.


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