45RM Commando

45RM Commando

Formed as 45 RM Commando 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.

The post-war years saw the Commando deployed on operations to Palestine, Suez, Malaya, Aden and Cyprus. The Commando finally returned to the UK in 1967 after 24 years operational service abroad and moved to its current base in Arbroath in 1971.

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. 
 
Sources:
10 Commando, author Ian Dear
Jewish Virtual Library.
 

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 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

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.)

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