45RM Cdo. Roll of Honour

The Fallen from No. 45 Royal Marine Commando
Capt. M.C.  BROCKBANK
Capt. E.E.D. GREWCOCK
Capt. B.G.  WHITE
Rev. D.L.  WILLIAMS 
Lieut. P.  CASPER
Lieut.  A.  GALE
Lieut.  W.E.  KENNEDY
Lieut.  P.  WINSTON
Lieut.  T.D.  WRIGHT
CSM.   J.H. GRIMSEY
CSgt.   J.D.  WHARTON
Sgt.  P.  AHERN
Sgt.  J.   ATKINSON
Sgt. W. FINLAY
Sgt. F.  KERR
Sgt. H. NUTTER
Sgt. R.D.  WHITE
Sgt. W.A.  WILSON
Cpl. E.B.  BEACH
Cpl. A.  BIDMEAD
Cpl. A. R.  BROOKS
Cpl. W.  CARTER
Cpl. J.S.  COCKS
Cpl. I.  COHEN
Cpl. J. J.  DUCHAN
Cpl. H.A. GAGE
Cpl. F.J.E.  GOODENOUGH
Cpl. E.G. GYNES
Cpl. J.T.   KNOTT
Cpl. J.H.  LAING
Cpl. D.A.W.  MONEY
Cpl. L.  MYERS
Cpl. V.G.  NEWMAN
Cpl. D.W. REED
Cpl. J.R.   RUSTON
Cpl. W.N. SELWOOD
Cpl. J.A.  WATSON
LCpl. L.  BAKER
L Cpl. W.G.  BONIFACE
LCpl. O.  DAVIES
LCpl. A.C.  DRYBURGH
LCpl. H.E.  HARDEN
LCpl. H.  McNULTY
LCpl. A.R.  PERCIVAL
LCpl. F.T.  STALLWOOD
Mne. D.A.  BAKER
Mne. R.  BELL
Mne. J.  BENSON
Mne G.  BOOTHROYD
Mne. S.  CAIRNS
Mne. F.  CAMPBELL
Mne. B.L.  CANN
Mne. R.J.  CLARKE
Mne. A.C.  CONATY
Mne. A.C.A.  COOK
Mne. E.P.  CORBYN
Mne. W.  CROMPTON
Mne. W.  CROUCH  
Mne. M.  CULLEN
Mne.  E.C.  DANGERFIELD
Mne.  K.W.J.  DAVIS
Mne.  A.J.  EARL
Mne.  B.C.S. FENTON
Mne.  E.W.  FORBES
Mne.  B.B.  FOSTER
Mne.  K.R.  GEORGE
Mne.  R.  GEORGE
Mne.  E. J.  GLADWIN
Mne.  G.S. HALL
Mne.   J.  HALL
Mne.  T.F.  HARRINGTON
Mne.  W.   HOBBINS
Mne.  P.L.  HOLMES
Mne.  A.J.  KEMP
Mne.  R. J.  KEOUGH
Mne.  F.  KERSHAW
Mne.  C.  KING
Mne.  G.  LAY
Mne.  E.J.   LEE
Mne.  L.L.  LEE
Mne.  T.A.  LOVETT
Mne.  C.A.  LYON
Mne.  L. H.  MANLEY
Mne.  T. B.  MARSHALL
Mne.   J.  McFATTER
Mne.  N.M.  McINTOSH
Mne.  D.  McKEOWN
Mne.  C.  McPAKE
Mne.  A.  MITCHELL
Mne.  C.  MOSLEY
Mne.  A.  MULHALL
Mne.  W.H. MURPHY
Mne.  B.K.  ORD
Mne.  W.H. PEARCE
Mne.  J.H . PILCHER
Mne.  H.   PLANT
Mne.  W.  PURVIS
Mne.  T.   ROBSON
Mne.  R. J.   ROLSON
Mne.  J.G.   RUSSELL
Mne.  H.J.   STAPLEY
Mne.  D.P.  SWEET
Mne.  R.L.   SYMES
Mne.  K.E.   THOMAS
Mne.  R.  THOMAS
Mne.  J.R.  TIMMINS
Mne.  E.E.L.  TONKS
Mne.  T.G.  UNTHANK
Mne.  F.E.  WALES
Mne.  J.  WALKER
Mne.  J.W.  WALKER
Mne.  G.  WATSON
Mne.  F.  WHITTAKER
Mne.  R.D.  WHITNEY
Mne.  R.A.  WILCOX
Mne.  F.  WILD
Mne.  R.  WILLIAMS
Mne.  S.W.  WILSON
Mne.  A.  WRIGHT
Below is an A-Z view of the Roll of Honour with information about each of the Fallen. Displaying 1 - 113 of 113

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.

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.
 

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.

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,

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.  Son of Edgar and Mabel Boothroyd, of Huddersfield. His brother Geoffrey serving with 40RM Commando 'T' Company on HMS Fidelity also died in the war [more....]
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/128.
 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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, 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.

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.

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.
 

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.

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.

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.
 

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. 

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.

TIMMINS, John Robert

John Robert Timmins 45 Commando
45RM 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.
 
Notes

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.
 

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, 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. 
 

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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