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

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,

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.
 

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.
 

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.

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.)
 

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.
 

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.

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. 

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.
 
Notes

WALES, Frederick Edward

Original grave of Mne Wale 45 RM 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.
 

WILSON, William Alan

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

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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