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'Battle for Port-en-Bessin'

Location

Port en Bessin
France
49° 20' 55.2804" N, 0° 45' 18.8676" W
Tuesday, June 6, 1944

Professor John Forfar took part in the BBC programme 'Destination D-Day: The Raw Recruits', and wrote this account of his commando's D-Day experiences as Medical Officer for 47RM Commando. He went on to write an excellent book about 47RM Commando called 'From Omaha to the Scheldt.

'Operation Horse'

Location

Veerweg , Sprang-Capelle, Noord-Brabant
Netherlands
51° 42' 53.496" N, 4° 58' 51.33" E
Sunday, January 14, 1945

An attack on the German held small island of Kapelsche Veer. It had a harbour on the north side and was simply a segment of low-lying land between the main River Mass and the much narrower Oude Maas.

A German Paratroop Division, had taken up positions on Xmas Eve, and were well dug in at the top of a dyke on both sides of the island. A previous attempt by Polish Forces had been repulsed as was this attempt by the Commandos who suffered many casualties.

AINSWORTH, Richard Harold

40RM Commando
Richard Ainsworth was awarded the British Empire Medal whilst an Acting T/ Corporal in 40 RM Commando, for gallantry in helping the wounded, in spite of his own injuries, when the ship in which he was serving, HMS Queen Emma, was attacked from the air.
 
The death of "Sgt. Richard Harry Ainsworth (40 & 47 RM Cdo) of Farlington, York", was announced in Commando Association newsletter 96 issued March 1993.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp 36259, page 5141.

ARENSTEIN, Hans

Hans Arenstein 10 Commando
No 10 Commando
47RM Commando

Hans Arenstein served under an alias of Harry Andrews. He was of the Jewish Faith and a member of 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop, of the inter allied commando.  He was attached to 47RM Commando at the time of his death.

nb. The date of death (10th) has been confirmed with the CWGC as being correct.

ASHCROFT, Victor

47RM Commando

Marine Victor Ashcroft died of wounds at the 12th Canadian General Hospital, Bruges, Belgium. 

Sources
CWGC
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/127.

BATTLEY, Edward Lawrence

Marine Ted Battley 47RM Commando
47RM Commando

Marine Edward 'Ted' Battley was wounded during the capture of Port en Bessin on 7th June but was able to return to the unit in August just before the liberation of Fecamp. Later, on 1st November 1944 he was seriously wounded during the assault on Walcheren.

Sources
Lannah Battley (wife).
CA list of WW2 RM Commando members.
 

BENNETT, John

47RM Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association residing Sussex.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 113 issued Sept. 2001.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.

BRADLEY, Arthur John

47RM Commando
Sergeant Arthur Bradley died during operations at Normandy.
 
On the 6th October 1942 it was announced that he had received a Mention in Despatches, along with others, for bravery, endurance and sustained devotion to duty in H.M. Ships during and after the passage of an important Convoy. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/128.
London Gazette 35733, page4353.
 

BREACH, Ernest Thomas Lloyd

47RM Commando

Marine Ernest Beach was killed by enemy machine gun fire during operations at the inner harbour area of Port-en-Bessin, Normandy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/128.
Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC. 47RM Cdo.  'From Omaha to the Scheldt.

BREHME, Reginald Herbert Ronald

47RM Commando

Sergeant Reginald Brehme died during operations at Westkapelle. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/128.
Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC. 47RM Cdo.  'From Omaha to the Scheldt.

BRENT, Gerald Harry

47RM Commando

Gerry Brent ( birth name Gunter Harry Berendt)  served in No 47RM and No 6 Cdo. Being of the Jewish faith and having escaped to Britain from his home in Berlin in 1938, he was sent to Canada at the outbreak of war classed as an enemy alien. However in 1941 he opted, when given the choice, to return to the UK where upon arrival he was subsequently reinterred, this time on the Isle of Wight.

BREWIN, J.

47RM Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association residing Bristol, Avon.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 108 issued March 1999.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.

BROWN, Stanley

47RM Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association residing Lincolnshire.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 118 issued Feb. 2004.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.

BRYANT, R.S.

47RM Commando

Served in HQ Troop. Post war member of the Commando Association.

Sources
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.
'47RM Commando From Omaha to the Scheldt', author Prof John Forfar MC (former MO 47RM Cdo).

BRYCE, Cyril Kenneth

47RM Commando
Corporal Cyril Bryce was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in operations in North West Europe [1].
Recommendation
"During a large scale raid on an enemy position east of Sallenelles on the evening of 18th June, Cpl Bryce was in command of No.1 MMG detachment which, advancing to take up a fire position, walked into an unlocated minefield.

BUCHANAN, Joseph

47RM Commando

Lance Corporal Joseph Buchanan died during operations in Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/128.
Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC. 47RM Cdo.  'From Omaha to the Scheldt.

CARTER, Arthur Edward

47RM Commando

Marine Arthur Carter died during operations at Normandy.

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/128.

Notes
Source at [2] above shows 'Died at Sea'. See Linked Content below re operation.

COUSINS, Terence Frederick

Capt. Cousins 47RMCommando
47RM Commando
Captain Terence Cousins died during operations at Normandy [1]. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for his gallantry and leadership whilst attacking an enemy bunker at Port-en-Bessin during which he was killed [2]. There is a memorial at this location in his memory. 
  • Freddy Cousins entered the Corps in September 1940. On completion of training he was appointed to H.M.S Cumberland where he remained until 1943. He later joined the Special Service Group [3]. 
Sources

DAULBY, Archibald

47RM Commando

HQ Troop. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Leicester.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 104 issued March 1997.

Commando Association newsletter 99 issued Sept. 1994.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.

DAVIES, Albert Stanley

47RM Commando

Marine Albert Davies died during operations in Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/129.
'From Omaha to the Scheldt', author Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC. Medical Officer 47RM Cdo. 

DAVIES, William Neville

47RM Commando
Marine William Davies died during operations at Normandy. He was part of a large fighting patrol of 4 troops and the heavy weapons troop sent against the enemy lines north east from La Grande Ferme commencing at 2115hrs on the 18th. It was hoped to be an in out raid to gather intelligence, capture prisoners, and weaken the enemies morale. Mne. Davies was killed during this raid.
 

DERRICK, Martin

47RM Commando

Marine Martin Derrick died during operations at Walcheren, Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/129.
'From Omaha to the Scheldt', author Professor (Captain) John Forfar MC, Medical Officer 47RM Cdo.

DOLLERY, E.C.

47RM Commando
HQ Troop. Prisoner of War 7 June 1944 Port en Bessin, France.
 
Sources
Prisoners of War / National Archives files ADM 201/111 and WO392/7.
'47RM Commando From Omaha to the Scheldt', author Prof John Forfar MC (former MO 47RM Cdo).
 

DUKE, Andrew

Marine Andrew Duke 47 Commando
47RM Commando

Marine Andrew Duke, from Belfast, died during operations at Walcheren. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 

DUTTON, Cyril

47RM Commando

Marine Cyril Dutton died during operations at Normandy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.

DYKE, Frederick John

47RM Commando

Corporal Frederick Dyke died during operations in Holland. At the time of his death his Commando took part in an unsuccessful attack on the German held small island of Kapelsche Veer which lies between the River Maas and the River Oudermaas.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.
From Omaha to the Scheldt, author Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC, Medical Officer 47RM Cdo.

ELLIS, William Eifion

47RM Commando

Lance Sergeant William Ellis was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army in Normandy.

Sources
London Gazette 36697, page 4218.
National Archives file WO373/47/24.

ENGLAND, James Paterson

47RM Commando
Troop Sergeant Major James England was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] for gallantry, leadership and undaunted devotion to duty during the assault on the Island of Walcheren [2].
  • 1945 Mentioned in Despatches for outstanding service while operating with the Allied Armies in Italy [3].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 36947, page 997.
[2] National Archives file WO 373/47/42.
[3] London Gazette 36903, page 518.
 

EVANS, Cyril

47RM Commando

Marine Cyril Evans died during operations in Holland. At the time of his death his Commando took part in an unsuccessful attack on the German held small island of Kapelsche Veer which lies between the River Maas and the River Oudermaas.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.
From Omaha to the Scheldt, author Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC, Medical Officer 47RM Cdo.
 

EVANS, Edward James

47RM Commando
Corporal Edward Evans died during operations at Walcheren, Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. 

FAWCETT, Joseph

Marine Joseph Fawcett
47RM Commando

Marine Joseph Fawcett died of wounds inflicted during the Westkapelle landings on D Day at Walcheren [1][1a][2]. Due to weather conditions between the 2nd and 5th November casualties were not able to be evacuated and had to be retained ashore in crowded tented facilities. Eventually more than 70 were evacuated by one LCT on the 6th November, the journey to Ostend taking 10 hours due to the weather.  Marine Fawcett died during this journey [2].
Extract from the Liverpool Evening Express - Friday 08 December 1944

FEE, Denis

47RM Commando

Marine Denis Fee died during operations at Walcheren, Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.
From Omaha to the Scheldt, author Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC, Medical Officer 47RM Cdo.

FLAHERTY, John

47RM Commando

Marine John Flaherty died during operations at Normandy on D Day.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.

FLANNAGAN, John

Flannagan 47 Commando
47RM Commando
Marine John Flannagan, 'X' troop, from Gateshead, died during operations at Holland. At the time of his death his troop were providing supporting fire and cutting wire defences during an assault on a gun battery along the dunes at Westkapelle, Walcheren.
 
Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.

FLEET, Arthur

47RM Commando

Marine Arthur Fleet died during operations at Normandy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.

FLETCHER, Teddy Pearce

47RM Commando

Sergeant Teddy Fletcher died during operations at Normandy. He was leading his section in attacking an enemy bunker at Port-en-Bessin when killed. 

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.
 'From Omaha to the Scheldt' author Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC. 47RM Cdo. Medical Officer.

FLETCHER, William Robert Dennis

47RM Commando

Lance Corporal William Fletcher died during operations at Walcheren, Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.
 'From Omaha to the Scheldt' author Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC. 47RM Cdo. Medical Officer.

FORFAR, John Oldroyd

47RM Commando
Doctor John Forfar MB was commissioned into the R.A.M.C. on 21st February 1942. He was attached to the 10th Bn. Royal Marines and when it was disbanded in 1943 he became the Medical Officer for the newly designated 47RM Commando. He remained as such until the end of hostilities. In March 1945 he received both a Mention in Despatches and the Military Cross for his gallant and distinguished service. 

GADSDEN, Derek Roy

47RM Commando

Marine Derek Gadsden was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army in Normandy.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36697, page 4218.
National Archives file WO 373/47/27.
 

GARDENER, Michael Chase

47RM Commando
Lieutenant Michael Gardener died during the period his Commando were engaged in defending the main approach from North Holland to Antwerp by the River Maas near the damaged Keizersveer Bridge. He was leading a patrol that was ambushed by the river just North of Geertruidenberg. 
 

GREENHALGH, Samuel

47RM Commando
Marine Samuel Greenhalgh died [1][1a] during operations against the German held small island of Kapelsche Veer, Holland, which lies between the River Maas and the River Oudermaas [2].
 
Account by the Medical Officer Captain John Forfar M.C.

GRIMSDELL, Maurice Herbert

47RM Commando
Lance Corporal Maurice Grimsdell died during operations at Walcheren, Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/131.

HANCOCK,

47RM Commando

Medical Orderly in 'Y' Troop.

Source
'47RM Commando From Omaha to the Scheldt', author Prof John Forfar MC (former MO 47RM Cdo).
 

HAW, Reginald

45RM Commando
Reverend Reginald Haw, B.A., Temporary Chaplain R.N.V.R., was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for gallantry, steadfastness and inspiring devotion to duty whilst serving with 45 Royal Marine Commando during the liberation of Holland [1].
He also served with 47RM Commando [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 37148, page 3329.
[2] Navy Lists (see linked content below).
 

HAYWARD, Norman Albert William

47RM Commando
Lieutenant Norman Hayward died of shrapnel wounds to his head inflicted when the LCT he was on board, LCT 18, was hit by a shell during the landings at Westkapelle.  
 
Sources
CWGC
Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC. 47RM Cdo. Medical Officer author of  'From Omaha to the Scheldt.
 

HORSFIELD, Harry

47RM Commando
Sergeant Harry Horsfield was awarded the MM [1] for gallant and distinguished services during an early morning raid on the enemy FDLs East of Sallenelles, Normandy, on 23 July 1944 [3].

HOWARTH, Clifford

47RM Commando
Post war member of the Commando Association residing West Yorkshire.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 106 issued March 1998.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.
 

HUBBARD, Ronald Leslie

47RM Commando

Marine Ronald Hubbard was reported missing presumed killed during operations in North West Europe. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Walcheren, Holland. He has no known grave.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/132.

HUGHES, Denis

47RM Commando

Sergeant Dennis Hughes died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/132.

JESNEY, John Arthur Leadbeater

47RM Commando

Lance Corporal John Jesney, RAMC attached to 47RM Commando, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe. He was a Medical Orderly in 'A' Troop.

Sources
London Gazettes 36753, page 4791.
National Archives file WO373/49/479.
'47RM Commando From Omaha to the Scheldt', author Prof John Forfar MC (former MO 47RM Cdo).

JONES, Noel

47RM Commando

Corporal Noel Jones died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.

See Linked Content below.

KEMP, John

47RM Commando

Marine John Kemp died in France. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Dozule.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.

KENDRICK, Percy George

47RM Commando
No 4 Commando
Lance Corporal Percy Kendrick, RAMC attached 47RM Commando, was awarded the Military Medal [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during the assault on Port-en-Bessin on 7 June 1944. [2]. He was the 'X' Troop Medical Orderly [3].
 

KILLINGBECK, E.W.

47RM Commando

Also served in 44RM Commando. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Kingsbury, London.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 119 issued Sept.2004.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.

LANYON, Frederick Woodman

Marine Frederick Lanyon MM 47 Commando
47RM Commando

Marine Frederick Lanyon was awarded the MM for gallantry, leadership and undaunted devotion to duty during the assault on the Island of Walcheren.

The death of Mne. Frederick Woodman Lanyon MM of Bodmin, Cornwall, was notified to members in Commando Association newsletter 119 issued September 2004.

Additional Source
London Gazettes Supp. 36947, page 998.
 

LAWTON, Edward Gerald

47RM Commando
Lance Corporal Edward Lawton died during operations at Westkapelle, Holland. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.
 
Notes
There was a military hospital close to Oostende New Communal Cemetery where some of the wounded, had been taken.
 

LOMAX, G.J.

47RM Commando

Also served in 41RM Commando. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Warrington.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 119 issued September 2004.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.

LONGDEN, Alan

47RM Commando
Marine Alan Longden died during operations at Walcheren, Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.
Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC. 47RM Cdo. author of  'From Omaha to the Scheldt'.

LUMSDEN, John

47RM Commando

Marine John Lumsden was shot and killed by a sniper died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.
'47RM Commando From Omaha to the Scheldt', author Prof John Forfar MC (former MO 47RM Cdo).
 

MACDONALD, William

47RM Commando

Marine William Macdonald was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army in Normandy.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36697, page 4218.
National Archives file WO 373/47/29.

MAGUIRE, Joseph, G.

47RM Commando
Lance Corporal Joseph Maguire, R.A.M.C. attached to 47RM Commando, was seriously wounded in 1944 during operations in NW Europe [1]. Post war he was a member of the Commando Association residing Liverpool [2].
 
Professor (Capt)  John Forfar MC., 47RM Commando Medical Officer, later wrote:

MAUD, Norman Smith

47RM Commando

Marine Norman Maud died during operations at  Sallenelles, Normandy. He was one of twenty three casualties treated at the regimental aid post for shrapnel or bullet wounds during their first four days at Sallenelles.  Mne. Tatton [more....] died of wounds, and Mne Maud who had been missing on patrol, was killed.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/134.
Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC. 47RM Cdo.  'From Omaha to the Scheldt.

MCGREGOR, Duncan Ferguson

47RM Commando
Marine Duncan McGregor died during operations at Walcheren, Holland. At the time of his death his commando were engaged in clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.
Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC. 47RM Cdo. author of 'From Omaha to the Scheldt.)

MEYER, Kurt

LCpl Peter Moody 3tp10Commando
No 10 Commando

Kurt Meyer served under an alias of Peter Moody. He was of the Jewish Faith and a member of 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop, of the inter allied commando. He was killed during operations in Normandy whilst attached to 47RM Commando.

MORLEY, Colin Noel

47RM Commando
Colour Sergeant Colin Morley died during operations at Normandy, France. Whilst his Commando were heading along a country road in the direction of Putot-en-Auge they encountered an enemy patrol and Colour Sergeant Morley was shot and killed.  
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/134.

MUIR, James

47RM Commando

Marine James Muir died during operations at Westkapelle, Holland.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/134.

NICHOLL, Francis

47RM Commando
Lance Corporal Francis Nicholl died during operations in Holland. 
At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/135.

NORIE, George

47RM Commando

Marine George Norie died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/135.

NUTTALL, James Horrobin

RM Engineer Commando

Marine James Nuttall, RM Engineer Commando attached to 47RM Commando, died of wounds. His death is recorded in the War Diary for the RM Engineer Commando dated 19th October 1944. There it states he was wounded on the 11th and died on the 12th.  

PARKER, Kenneth

47RM Commando

Marine Kenneth Parker served with 47RM Commando during operations at Normandy on DDay, and subsequent operations throughout North West Europe. Post war he was active in the Royal Marines Association and became President of the R.M.A. Bristol branch. 

PATEY, Kenneth Gordon

47RM Commando
Marine Kenneth Patey was shot and killed by a sniper during operations at Walcheren. 
 
He died when his Commando were at Zwanenburg, clearing the enemy from the last of a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC. 47RM Cdo.  'From Omaha to the Scheldt.
 

PAYNE, Harry

47RM Commando
Marine Harry Payne was killed during operations at Walcheren.
 
He died during the period when his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC. 47RM Cdo.  'From Omaha to the Scheldt.
 

PETTIT, Robert Alan

47RM Commando
Marine Robert Pettit died during operations at Walcheren.
 
He died during the period when his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC. 47RM Cdo.  'From Omaha to the Scheldt.
 

PHILLIPS, Cecil Farndale

47RM Commando
3 Cdo. Bde. RM

Acting Lieutenant Colonel Cecil Farndale Phillips was the Commanding Officer of No. 47 Royal Marine Commando, Royal Marines, during operations at Normandy and Walcheren.  Post war he commanded  3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines during operations in Malaya. 
 
  • 1 September 1923 appointed Probationary 2nd Lieutenant RM [*].
  • 1 September 1935 promoted Captain [*].
  • 1 August 1943 - 3 January 1945 Commanding Officer 47RM Commando [*].

PINDER, J.

47RM Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association residing Newark, Nottinghamshire.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 110 issued March 2000.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.

POLLITT, Dennis

47RM Commando

Also served 45RM Commando. Post war member of the Commando Association.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 104 issued March 1997.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.

PRICE, Martin

48RM Commando
Acting Lieutenant Colonel Martin Price D.S.O., R.M., was posted Commanding Officer 48RM Commando in March 1945 [1]. He had previously been Second in Command of 47RM Commando [1A].
  • By February 1946 Lt. Colonel Price had replaced Lt. Colonel Komrower as Commandant of the Commanding Basic Training Centre [1B].
  • (Captain) (Acting Lieutenant Colonel) (D.S.O.) Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe [2].

PRY, Benjamin Charles Henry

47RM Commando
Marine Benjamin Pry, Heavy Weapons Troop (HWT), died of wounds inflicted during operations against the German held small island of Kapelsche Veer which lies between the River Maas and the River Oudermaas.
 
The HWT had been acting as as stretcher bearers on this raid.  Marine Wildman is quoted in the book 'From Omaha to the Scheldt', that as he passed Mne Benny Pry who had been seriously injured, Mne Pry said to him " Mind where you're treading Fred, I think I've lost my feet." Mne. Pry was rescued but died from his wounds. 
 

PUDDICK, John Edward

47RM Commando
Sergeant John Puddick died during operations at Walcheren. He was shot by a sniper whilst engaged in operations against enemy held batteries along the dunes west of Groot Valkenisse. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC. 47RM Cdo.  'From Omaha to the Scheldt.
 

PYMM, Arthur Leslie

47RM Commando
Corporal Arthur Pymm, HQ Troop, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe. 
Recommendation
"During the landings on D Day on the Normandy beaches, Cpl., then Marine Pymm's boat struck some underwater object causing him and many others to be thrown into the sea. He saved one man who was wounded from drowning and not content with this he went back into the water and saved two more of his comrades.

RACKHAM, Robert Frederick

47RM Commando
Sergeant Robert Rackham died during operations at Walcheren.
 
Notes
He died during the period when his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. (Source: Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC. 47RM Cdo.  'From Omaha to the Scheldt.)
 

RIPINER, Charles Stephen

47RM Commando
Corporal Charles Ripiner died during operations at Walcheren.
 
Notes
He died during the period when his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. (Source: Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC. 47RM Cdo.  'From Omaha to the Scheldt.)
 

ROBBINS, Thomas

47RM Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association residing Lincolnshire.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 106 issued March 1998.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.

ROBERTSON, George

47RM Commando
Corporal George Robertson died [1] of wounds inflicted at Port-en Bessin, Normandy [2].  
 
The Medical Officer, Capt. Forfar M.C., described Cpl. Robertson as a "distinguished Scottish athlete."[2].
 
Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC. 47RM Cdo.  'From Omaha to the Scheldt.

SMEDLEY, Harold Alvin

Marine Harold Smedley 47RM Commando
47RM Commando

Marine Harold Smedley served in 'Y' Troop. Post war member of the Commando Association residing in Dyfed.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 119 issued Sept. 2004.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.
[Image] Marcus Hedge (grandson].
 

SPEAR, William James Clement

47RM Commando
Company Sergeant Major William Spear, 'Q' troop, died [1] during operations at Walcheren. Whilst advancing with 2 sections of his troop to engage the enemy who were in a series of gun batteries along the dunes west of Klein Valkenisse, they encountered accurate enemy mortar fire resulting in his death and many others casualties [2].  
 

SPENCER, Paul

47RM Commando
Captain Paul Spencer, the Adjutant of 47RM Commando, was appointed D.S.O. in recognition of his gallant and distinguished service during an assault on a gun battery at Walcheren on the 2nd November 1944.
 
Recommendation

STOVELL, William Charles

47RM Commando
Marine William Stovell died during operations in Holland. At the time of his death his Commando took part in an unsuccessful attack on the German held small island of Kapelsche Veer which lies between the River Maas and the River Oudermaas.
 

THATCHER, Albert George May

47RM Commando
Marine Albert Thatcher, 'B' troop, died of wounds he received during the allied landings at Westkapelle, Walcheren.
 
The 47 RM Commando Medical Officer, Captain John Forfar MC, describes the incident in which Mne. Thatcher received his fatal wounds in his book. He was on board LCT 18 when it was hit by a shell and he received shrapnel wounds. He was taken to a Beach Dressing Station but died the next day. [2]
 
Sources
[1] CWGC

THORNTON,

47RM Commando

Medical Orderly in 'Q' Troop.

Source
'47RM Commando From Omaha to the Scheldt', author Prof John Forfar MC (former MO 47RM Cdo).

TURNER, Anthony

47RM Commando
Marine Anthony Turner died of wounds during operations at Walcheren. 
 
Notes
Due to weather conditions between the 2nd and 5th November casualties occuring during this time were not able to be evacuated and had to be retained ashore in crowded tented facilities.(Source: Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC. 47RM Cdo.  'From Omaha to the Scheldt.)
 

UNSWORTH, James

47RM Commando
Corporal James Unsworth died during operations at Walcheren.
 
Notes
He died during the period when his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. (Source: Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC. 47RM Cdo.  'From Omaha to the Scheldt.)
 

WEBB, Robert Edward

47RM Commando
Sergeant Robert Webb died during operations at Walcheren.
 
Notes
He died during the period when his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. (Source: Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC. 47RM Cdo.  'From Omaha to the Scheldt.)
 

WILLASEY-WILSEY, Anthony Patrick

40 Cdo. RM
During WW2 Acting Captain Anthony Willasey-Wilsey served on ships before being posted to Commando service [1][1a][1b][1c] .
Service at Sea in WW2 
HMS Rodney (present at the Bismarck action)
HMS Howe
HMS Furious
RM Commando Service in WW2
January 1945 serving with the RM Holding Commando [1]
By April 1945 serving with 47RM Commando [1a].
Post WW2 

WILLIAMS, Raymond

47RM Commando
Marine Raymond Williams died [1] during operations against the German held small island of Kapelsche Veer which lies between the River Maas and the River Oudermaas [2].
 
Account by the Medical Officer Captain John Forfar M.C.

WOOD, Eric Albert Benjamin

47RM Commando
1936 King's Badgeman of 220 Squad [1].
1944 October Acting RSM of 47 RM Commando [2].
1 January 1946 awarded British Empire Medal (Military Division) [3].
 
Sources
[1] 100 Years of King's Badgeman, article by Major Rick Hall RM.
[2] See Linked Content below.
[3] London Gazette 37407, page 68.
 

ZAMMIT, Robert

47RM Commando
Marine Robert Zammit died of wounds inflicted during operations at Normandy. He was part of a large fighting patrol of 4 troops and the heavy weapons troop sent against the enemy lines north east from La Grande Ferme commencing at 2115hrs on the 18th June. It was hoped to be an in out raid to gather intelligence, capture prisoners, and weaken the enemies morale. Mne. Zammit was wounded suffering severe chest and spinal injuries from which he died months later. 

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