45 Commando RM
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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. Redesignated 45 Commando RM in March 1946.
Read the WW2 history of the unit here [45RM Commando history].
Marine Bernard Almond died in service, cause unknown to this archive.Notes Unit shown as on AFM ROH. His death was announced in Navy News issue Aug 1961, p10, with his unit shown as 41 Commando RM.
Post war member of the original Commando Association with whom they lost contact.
Marine Michael Baker died in service, cause unknown to this archive.
Bugler Paul Baker died whilst deployed to Aden.
Corporal Marc Birch died whilst deployed on operations with X-Ray Company, 45 Commando Group, Royal Marines. The company was conducting an operation alongside Afghan National Army troops to dominate areas posing a dangerous threat to British forces and the local Afghan population. Whilst acting as Second-in-Command of the Quick Reaction Force in support of a company operation, Corporal Birch was killed by a suspected enemy suicide bomber.
- 25 April 2006 (Warrant Officer 1) awarded the Meritorious Service Medal .
- 1996 (Sergeant) Zulu Company 45 Commando RM .
- 2007 RSM at the Commando Training Centre RM .
George Leonard Bream, or 'Percy', as he was known in the Corps, was born on June 1st 1919 in the hamlet of Buckworth, Huntingdonshire. He was the middle son of a a family of six, his father being a farm labourer. After leaving school with a basic education he moved to his eldest sister's home in Luton where he at first worked as a market trader, and then in a gent's outfitters. In 1938 with talk of trouble in Europe he joined The Royal Marines. In 1944 he joined the newly formed 48RM Commando after successfully completing his training at the Commando Basic Training Centre at Achnacarry.
Corporal James Browning, HQ 3 Commando Bde. RM, was reported missing presumed drowned, after the cessation of hostilities on the Falklands, when caught in a sudden squall whilst in a dinghy off Port Stanley. He had previously served in 45 Commando workshops.
Marine John Bryant died in a road traffic accident.
Lieutenant Paul Budgen died whilst deployed oversees. The cause of his death is not known to this archive.
Marine Glenn Butcher died in service, cause of death not known to this archive.
Marine David Calway was shot and killed in the back streets of the Crescent area of Aden whilst in civilian clothes.Sources AFM ROH The Times 18th May 1967 Roll of Honour database www.roll-of-honour.com
- Awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished services during operations at Tapah, Malaya, between 1 January and 30 June 1951  .
Marine William Cates died in Libya. The cause of his death is not known to this archive.
- 30 June 2010 promoted Lieutenant Colonel .
- 2012 Chief of Staff, HQ 3 Commando Brigade RM .
- 2013 Officer Commanding 45 Commando Group RM .
- 1 September 2015 promoted Colonel .
- 2001 (Lieutenant Colonel) Commanding Officer 45 Commando Group .
- 29 April 2003 (Colonel) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan in 2002 .
- 1 November 2011 (Brigadier) promoted to Major General .
- 1956 (Major) (45 Commando) Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Operations in the Near East at Suez, October - December, 1956 .
Captain Maxwell Darwell was awarded the M.C., for gallant and distinguished services in Malaya during the period 1st July to 31st December, 1951.
- 31 December 2013 (Colonel) appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) .
- 19 April 2014 to retired list .
 London Gazette Supp. 58396, page 10412.
 London Gazette Supp. 60728, page 5.
 London Gazette Supp. 60877, page 2.
- Surg. Lt. H. T. B. Dowlen, was initially Commissioned on 1 July 2002 and appointed to the Trained Strength of the Royal Navy Medical Branch on 18th February 2008 .
- Appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) (45 Commando Medical Officer) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1 October 2008 to 31 March 2009 .
Lance Corporal Michael Draper died in service, cause of death not known to this archive.
Corporal Nicholas Eaton died in service, cause of death not known to this archive.
 London Gazette Supp. 44558, page 3863.
 National Archives file WO373/138/70.
Sergeant Roger Enefer died during an enemy bombing attack whilst on operations at Ajax Bay, Falkland Islands.
- 1 January 1965 (Major) appointed O.B.E. .
- 17 December 1972 promoted Brigadier 
- 18 February 1974 (Brigadier) appointed an Aide-de-Camp to The Queen .
- 11 June 1977 (Major General) appointed C.B. .
- 7 April 1978 (Major General) to retired list .
Marine David Esseen died whilst deployed to Aden.
Corporal Kenneth Evans died during an enemy bombing attack whilst on operations at Ajax Bay, Falkland Islands.
Lance Corporal Steven Fellows was part of a patrol in the Green Zone south of Forward Operating Base Jackson when a Jackal vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in the Helmand River Wadi. All three of the vehicle occupants were wounded with LCpl Fellows’ position as the vehicle commander taking the full brunt of the explosion. Despite a rapid withdrawal to the Forward Operating Base’s medical facility, and subsequent evacuation by helicopter, LCpl Fellows was pronounced dead without regaining consciousness.
Lance Corporal John Ferguson died in service, cause of death not known to this archive.
Marine Murdoch Findlay died in service whilst deployed overseas, cause of death not known to this archive.
Corporal Peter Fitton died during operations on the Falkland Islands.
He was part of a returning patrol from 45 Commando when they were mistaken by British forces for the enemy. He was killed along with Sgt. Robert Leeming, Cpl. Andy Uren, and Mne. Keith Phillips. This was just before the main assault on Two Sisters, Falkland Islands. [Source: The Royal Marines Association Falkland Islands Branch]
London Gazette Supp. 58396, page 10412.
Marine Michael Fowler
Marine Kevin Frankland died in service, cause of death not known to this archive.
- 1978 (Lieutenant) received Mention In Despatches for distinguished service in Northern Ireland .
- 1980 (Captain) appointed M.B.E., in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland .
- 30 June 2011 (Acting Lieutenant Colonel) promoted Lieutenant Colonel .
Marine Cyril Goodfellow, from Birmingham,
- M.C. (A/Captain 43RM Commando) for gallantry, zeal and skill during the attack on Sarande and the seizure of the Island of Solta. [1 +2].
Colour Sergeant Norman Grant died in service whilst deployed overseas, cause of death not known to this archive.
- 11 June 1977 (Colonel) appointed C.B.E. (Military Division) .
 London Gazettes Supp. 39215, page 2389.
 National Archives file WO 373/129/123.
Colour Sergeant Jack Halford BEM was killed during operations in the Arabian Desert whilst seconded to the Northern Frontier Regiment on special duty with the forces of Muscat and Oman.
On the 2nd January 1945 it was announced in Gazettes that the then Corporal Jack Lovell Halford had been awarded the BEM (Military Division).
Marine Thomas Hall died in service, cause of death not known to this archive.
Marine Carl Harrison died in a traffic accident on the Arbroath to Friockheim road near to RM Condor.
Marine Ralph Hebden, a veteran of Afghanistan, went missing after going for an early-morning run. His body was spotted in the sea by a passer-by 3 weeks later. A subsequent inquest heard how he drowned after falling from a cliff path in poor visibility, and a verdict of accidental death was recorded.
Marine Kevin Holton died in service, cause of death not known to this archive.
Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant Percy Howard died whilst deployed overseas, cause of death not known to this archive.
- 9 January 1961 to 11 January 1963 (Lieutenant Colonel) Commanding Officer 40 Commando RM .
Marine Norman Husband died in Hong Kong. He is buried in Hong Kong Cemetery, formerly known as HK Happy Valley Cemetery and HK Colonial Cemetery.
Marine Richard Hydes died whilst deployed to Aden, cause of death not known to this archive.
Marine Frank Jennings died in service whilst deployed overseas, cause of death not known to this archive.
Marine Alfred Jones died in service whilst deployed overseas, cause of death not known to this archive.
Sapper Christopher Jones, 59 Commando Sqn., RE, attached to 45 Commando RM, died during during operations against enemy forces dug in on the Falkland Islands mountain ridge known as Two Sisters.
On the night of 10/11 June 1982 Gunner Jones was manning an observation post on the upper slopes of Mount Kent. During the night he was ordered to withdraw from his position and return to his patrol base at the foot of the mountain. In the course of this move he fell breaking his ankle.
Marine Michael Laski died of the wounds he sustained in action on 23 February 2009 to the north of Sangin, Helmand province, Afghanistan. He passed away peacefully at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham on 25 February 2009 with his family beside him.
- 28 October 1977 (Major) posted 45 Commando RM .
- 31 December 1978 (Acting Lieutenant Colonel) promoted Lieutenant Colonel .
- 31 December 1982 promoted Colonel .
- 18 September 1987 to retired list .
Sergeant Alan Lever died in service, cause not known to this archive.
Corporal Menzies Macaffer died at home with his family, in Ardbeg, Islay, after a period of illness. [Sources: AFM ROH / The Herald Scotland online 15th Feb.2012.]
Marine Travis Mackin, Communications Squadron, United Kingdom Landing Force Command Support Group, died in an ied explosion in Kajaki, northern Helmand province, during a joint patrol with Victor Company, 45 Commando Group Royal Marines, and the Afghan National Security Forces.
Marine Gordon Macpherson died during operations against enemy forces dug in on the Falkland Islands mountain ridge known as Two Sisters.