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Major Michael John NORMAN, 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.
The circumstances of the death of Marine Almond are not known 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.
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.
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 circumstances of the death of Mne. Michael Cullen are not known to this archive.
nb. Commando title was redesignated this year.
Sergeant Roger Enefer was killed during an enemy bombing attack whilst on operations at Ajax Bay, Falkland Islands.
Marine David Esseen died whilst deployed to Aden.
Corporal Kenneth Evans was killed 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.
Corporal Peter Fitton was killed 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 Cyril Goodfellow, from Birmingham,
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).
Mne. Harrison died in a car crash on the Arbroath to Friockheim road near to RM Condor.
Mne. 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.
RQMS Percy Howard died in Egypt.
Mne. 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.
Marine Alfred Jones died in Libya.
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.
Mne. Kenneth Lamb died during operations in Cyprus.
He was accidentally shot and killed on anti-terrorist operations in the Troodos Mountains during the Cyprus emergency. They were reinforcing a Greek Police Station in Agros at the time. [Source: AFM ROH / British Cyprus Memorial Trust Book of Remembrance.]
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.
Cpl. 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 was killed during during operations against enemy forces dug in on the Falkland Islands mountain ridge known as Two Sisters.
Sergeant John Manuel 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 the commander of the Quick Reaction Force in support of a company operation, Sergeant Manuel was killed by a suspected suicide bomber.
Corporal Edward McGrath died during fighting between dissident tribesmen in the Radfan mountains.
Lance Corporal Peter McKay was killed by an enemy bombing attack during operations at Ajax Bay on the Falkland Islands.
Marine David Muir died whilst deployed to Aden.
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