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.  CASSON
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.

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.

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

Mne. Conaty was killed on the day his Commando crossed the River Maas at Gennep.
 
By evening they had entered Afferden where they encountered some enemy shelling. Captain John Day 45RM Commando records in his book that 'B' troop had one man killed.
(Source: A Plain Russet-Coated Captain by John Day.)
 

DAVIS, Kenneth William John

Marine Kenneth Davis was killed 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.

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

Mne. George was killed during operations at Normandy.
 
He received a MiD for "good services with the 21st Army group."
(Source: London Gazettes Supp. 37251, page 4441.)
 

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

Mne. Lay was killed 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.
 

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

Sgt Wilson, 'E' Troop, was killed 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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