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46RM Commando

History of the Unit

On 1 August 1943 whilst based at 'A' camp, Piddlehinton, Dorset,  the 9th RM Bn., was redesignated No. 46 Royal Marine Commando, Royal Marines. Their Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Campbell Richard Hardy,  remained as CO of the Commando.

46RM Commando Nominal Roll

Below is a nominal roll of those who served in 46RM Commando. It is listed by order of surname. The names are primarily compiled from the booklet issued to Veterans in 1946 entitled "The Story of 46 Commando, Royal Marines, by Captain P.K.W. Johnson, RM". The author specifies the Nominal Roll is of those who served between 6th June 1944 and 8th May 1945. However additional names will be added in the future whenever an individual's Commando Service has been established. 

BEGBIE, William Bell

Sgt Begbie 46RM Commando
46RM Commando
Sergeant William Begbie, 'Y' troop, died aged 21 during operations at Rots and Le Hamel.
William was adopted as a young boy by James and Elizabeth Begbie from Dunoon. They had lost their own 19 year old son, 301321 Private William Bell Begbie in the First World War.  He was killed in action at the Battle of Arras in France on the 9th April 1917 whilst serving with the 1/8th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and is remembered with honour on the Arras Memorial.

BURROWS, Derrick Trevor

46RM Commando
Lieutenant Derrick Burrows, 'Y' troop, No. 46 RM Commando, was killed whilst administering morphia to a wounded marine during operations at the River Aller.  He received a MiD for good service with the 21st Army Group.
The Story of 46 Commando Royal Marines by Capt. P.K.W. Johnson RM.
MiD: London Gazettes Supp. 37251, page 4440.

BUSCALL, John Allan

Capt Buscall RM
Commando School RM

Capt. John Buscall died whilst serving at the Commando School RM. [1]

In 1942 the then PLY/X 561 Sgt John Allan Buscall RM was promoted Lieutenant. [2] 

In August 1943 on their formation, he joined 46RM Commando and served with with 'Z' troop of 46RM Commando. [3]

He received a MID for distinguished services in NW Europe whilst Lieutenant (Acting Major). [4]

BUTTERY, George Desmond

46RM Commando
40 Cdo. RM

Quartermaster Sergeant George Buttery, 40 Commando RM,  who had served as a Marine in 46RM Commando during WW2, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services on the 6th November 1956 during Operation Musketeer, the Anglo-French Invasion of Port Said, Egypt.  

CASSON, Robert

Mne Robert Casson 45RMCommando
4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Marine Robert Casson, 4 Special Service Brigade HQ, died during operations at Normandy on D Day. He was shot as his Landing Craft approached Juno beach.
He had served with 101 RM Brigade from 1940 and remained with the HQ when it was renamed HQ 4 Special Service Brigade in the reorganisation of commando forces in 1943. He  was then attached to 46RM Commando to complete his Commando training at the Commando Basic Training Centre at Achnacarry, after which he rejoined HQ 4 Special Service Brigade.


Marine Harry Charlwood 46 Commando
46RM Commando

Marine Harry Charlwood, 'B' troop, was awarded the MM for his gallantry during the attack on Rots, Normandy. Having been wounded he was taken prisoner. He was subsequently released when the prison camp was overrun by the 11th Armoured Division near Lubeck in May 1945. 

COOPER, Samuel

46RM Commando
Sergeant Samuel Cooper was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army during the successful landings in Normandy. 

DAVIES, John Charles

46RM Commando
Troop Sergeant Major John Davies, 'Y' troop, died during the period his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller near Hademstorf. He received a posthumous MiD for "good services with the 21st Army Group."

DEWBERRY, Charles William

Mne Charles William Dewberry 46RM Commando
Newspaper report on death of Marine Dewberry
46RM Commando

Marine Charles Dewberry, 'A' troop, was wounded during operations at Sallenelles. 

Mne. Dewberry who was from Gunton Road Upper Clapton, was found dead whilst taking a bath at the TOC H Club in Chichester. A post mortem came to the conclusion that his death was thought to be due to a fall, possibly as he got out of the bath. The Coroner recorded a verdit of Accidental Death.

GRAY, Thomas Malcolm

41RM Commando
46RM Commando
40 Cdo. RM
Colonel Thomas Malcolm Gray DSO, MC, died in service whilst serving at HMS President.
  • Commanding Officer 41RM Commando on D Day, awarded the Military Cross.
  • Commanding Officer 46RM Commando from November 1944
Citation for the M.C.

HARDY, Campbell Richard

Lt Colonel Campbell Richard Hardy
46RM Commando
Lieutenant Colonel Campbell Richard Hardy, commanded the 9th RM Bn., until it was redesignated as 46 RM Commando on 1 August 1943. He remained as Commanding Officer 46RM Commando until the end November 1944 when he left to take up the post of  Brigade Commander 3rd Special Service Brigade which was operating in the Far East.
He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order, and a Bar to the Distinguished Service Order, during the Normandy campaign, and later a Second Bar to the Distinguished Service Order during operations in Burma [1] [2] [3] [4].  

HARRIS, Ian Walter

Ian Walter Harris MM 10 Commando
No 10 Commando

Corporal Ian Harris, born Hans Hajos, attached to No 10 (Inter Allied) Commando 3 troop ('X' troop), was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe.

JOHNSON, Philip Kemble Walter

Capt. Philip Kemble Walter Johnson 46RM Commando
46RM Commando
Captain Philip Johnson was the author in 1946 of a small but most detailed and informative book  issued to all who served in 46RM Commando titled The Story of 46 Commando Royal Marines. In the forward to the book Lt Col. Hardy gives thanks to Capt. Johnson, Capt. Buglear and Sgt. Barrow for their contribution in the preparation and distribution of the book.
Philip Johnson had been with the Commando since its conversion from the 9th RM Bn. He received a  MiD for "good services with the 21st army Group."

LEE, John

46RM Commando
Major John Lee, MC, LLB, the Second-in-Command,  died during operations at Beuzeville, Normandy.
He was awarded the MC, in the rank of Acting Major, for "gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army during the successful landings in Normandy."


Sergeant Herbert Mallorie 46RM Commando
46RM Commando

Acting Temporary Company Sergeant Major Herbert Mallorie was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe.

London Gazettes Supp. 37464, page 909.
National Archives file WO 373/47/99.

MCCARTHY, Peter Francis

No 4 Commando
Sergeant Peter McCarthy was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe [1].
He is also named as serving at the CMWTC and attached at some stage to 46RM Commando. [2]. 
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 35729, page 4328.
[2] Nom. Roll for 46RM Cdo 6th Jun 44  -May45.

PALMER, Eric Charles Ernest

41RM Commando
Acting Lieutenant Colonel Eric Palmer was appointed D.S.O. in recognition of his gallant and distinguished service during his Commando's landing at the breach in the dyke at Westkapelle, Walcheren, on 1st November 1944, and the successful attack and capture of the enemy battery  which had been causing considerable casualties in the landing area [1]
At the begining of August 1945 he took command of 46RM Commando until it was disbanded a few months later [2].

PIERCE, Barry Walter

46RM Commando
Captain Barry Pierce, 'Y' troop, died during operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf.  A footnote on the headstone of his grave reads "The first British soldier over the Rhine. 46RM Commando 'Y' troop. March 23 1945"
The book A Plain Russet-Coated Captain by Capt John Day 45RM Cdo.
CVA Gallery image of his headstone.


Eric Taylor 46RM Commando
46RM Commando
Eric Taylor enlisted into the Royal Marines in 1939. After his training he served on HMS Suffolk from the 3rd April 1940 to the 3rd January 1941. After this he served on board HMS Malaya from the 6th August 1941 to the 13th December 1943. 
He served in 46RM  Commando from the 15th January 1944 until the 20th July 1945.
(Source: CVA Gallery/his son Keith Taylor.)

VARDY, Thomas

Mne Tom Vardy MM 46RM Commando
46RM Commando
Marine Thomas Vardy MM, died during operations at the River Aller crossing.
Tom Vardy joined the Royal Marines on the 22nd May 1941 being attached to the Royal Marines Reserve Depot until 8th July 1941. From 9th July 1941 to the 2nd November 1941 he was posted Plymouth Division. On the 3rd November 1941 he was posted to the 9th RM Battalion, and from there on the 1st August 1943 he joined 46RM Commando.

Citatation for MM

WOOLLAM, George Arthur

Lt George Woollam 46RM Commando
46RM Commando
Lieutenant George Woollam died in an accident whilst serving at the Commando Basic Training Centre. The death certificate states he died of a fractured skull at the North British Aluminium Company's Works. 
He was in  'A' troop of the Commando in May 1944.  He was from Tunstall and is remembered on their War Memorial. He is buried in Fort William (Glen Nevis) Cemetery.

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