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].
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.
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.
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.
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.
CitationOn the night of 11th/ 12th June 1982, on the Island of East Falkland, 45 Commando Royal Marines launched a silent night attack against strongly held enemy positions on the craggy hill feature of Two Sisters, ten kilometres to the west of Port Stanley.
Marine Glenn Butcher died in service, cause of death not known to this archive.
Marine Paul Callan died on the 10th June 1982 of wounds received during an enemy bombing attack at Ajax Bay, Falkland Islands that occurred on the 27th May 1982.
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
Marine William Cates died in Libya. The cause of his death is not known to this archive.
Captain Maxwell Darwell was awarded the M.C., for gallant and distinguished services in Malaya during the period 1st July to 31st December, 1951.
London Gazettes Supp. 41092, page 3418.
National Archives file WO 373/124/57.
- 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]
Marine Michael Fowler
Marine Kevin Frankland died in service, cause of death not known to this archive.
Marine Hugh Fraser died in service, cause of death not known to this archive.
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.
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.
London Gazettes Supp. 39215, page 2389.
National Archives file WO 373/129/119.
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.