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APPLEYARD, Frank

Lance Corporal Frank Appleyard MM was killed during operations at Normandy on D Day.

In July 1943 he was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services in Sicily whilst serving as a Marine in the 7th Batallion, Royal Marines.

BEAN, William George

Mne. Bean was killed during operations at Walcheren.  

He is named as part of a patrol sent to Veere on the North East of the island travelling in a convoy of 4 amphibious Buffaloes.  The second Buffaloe with Lieut. England in command struck a submerged 11inch shell rigged up to a post as a mine causing many casualties. 
(Source: Interviews with Mnes. Jack Desmond and Bert Skinner in Ken Ford's book DDay Commando - From Normandy to the Maas with 48RMCommando.)
 

BLACK, James William

Company Sergeant Major James Black was awarded the MM for bravery, skill and devotion to duty whilst serving with the Allied Forces during the campaign in the Low Countries, over a period from January to April, 1945 [1].

He also received a MiD in 1945 for good services while operating with the 21st Army Group. [2].

BREAM, George Leonard

Captain Leonard George Bream

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.

COLLINS, Peter Stratford

Lieut. Collins MC, 'A' troop, was killed during operations against the German held island of Schouwen, Holland.

He was awarded the MC for gallant and distinguished services in the field.
 
(Sources: The book DDay Commando by Ken Ford and London Gazettes Supp. 37549, page 2087.)
 

CURTIS, Edward Geoffrey

Lieutenant Edward Curtis, 'B' troop,  was killed during operations at Normandy on 'D'Day.
 

Extract from the 48RM Cdo. War Diary 6-6-1944 Langrune, 1300 hrs

'B'  tp reports "Deathshead" clear, they had found it unoccupied, and suffered only one casualty  (Lt.Curtis) wounded by own naval supportive fire.   
 
Sources
CWGC
48 RM Cdo. War Diary, National Archives file ADM 202/111.
 

De STACPOOLE, Derek Roderick

Major Derek Roderick de Stacpoole, 'Y' troop,  was shot and killed during operations at Walcheren.He had earler been wounded during the Normandy landings rejoining the Commando and taking part in operations at Dozule in August.
 
He received a MiD for " good service while operating with 21st Army Group."
 
Sources
CWGC

ENGLAND, Walter Hugh

Lieut. England, SA Forces attached to 48RM Commando, was killed during operations at Walcheren.

He is named as part of a patrol sent to Veere on the North East of the island travelling in a convoy of 4 amphibious Buffaloes.  The second Buffaloe with Lieut. England in command struck a submerged 11inch shell rigged up to a post as a mine causing many casualties. 
(Source: Interviews with Mnes. Jack Desmond and Bert Skinner in Ken Ford's book DDay Commando - From Normandy to the Maas with 48RMCommando.)
 

FINDLAY, Martin

Mne. Findlay was killed during operations in Holland.
 
At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in holding a section of the line along the Maas. (Location source: DDay Commando - From Normandy to the Maas with 48RM Commando by Ken Ford.)
 

FLUNDER, Daniel John

Captain Daniel Flunder MC

Captain Daniel Flunder was awarded the MC for gallantry, leadership and undaunted devotion to duty during the assault on the Island of Walcheren [1]. He became the Adjutant and Commander of  'A' Troop of 48 RM Commando [2].

The death of Major Daniel John Flunder OBE, MC, VRD (48 RM Cdo) of Helston, Cornwall, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 102 issued March 1996.

FOGG, Dennis

LCpl. Fogg was killed during operations at Walcheren.

At the time of his death a patrol from his Commando had been sent to Veere on the North East of the island travelling in a convoy of 4 amphibious Buffaloes.  The second Buffaloe with Lieut. England in command struck a submerged 11inch shell rigged up to a post as a mine causing many casualties. 
(Source: Interviews with Mnes. Jack Desmond and Bert Skinner in Ken Ford's book DDay Commando - From Normandy to the Maas with 48RMCommando.)
 

GIBBS, Robert Maurice

Mne. Gibbs was killed during operations at Walcheren.

At the time of his death a patrol from his Commando had been sent to Veere on the North East of the island travelling in a convoy of 4 amphibious Buffaloes.  The second Buffaloe with Lieut. England in command struck a submerged 11inch shell rigged up to a post as a mine causing many casualties. 
(Source: Interviews with Mnes. Jack Desmond and Bert Skinner in Ken Ford's book DDay Commando - From Normandy to the Maas with 48RMCommando.)
 

GODKIN, Noel Herbert

Capt. Godkin, the administration officer *, was killed during operations at Walcheren.
* (Source: D Day Commando - From Normandy to the Maas with 48RM Commando by Ken Ford.)
 
He was appointed MBE (Military Division) for "outstanding services in reconnaissance operations."  ​(Source: London Gazettes Supp. 36947, page 995.)
 

GOSLING, Thomas George

Marine Thomas Gosling was killed during operations at Sallenelles, Normandy.
 

Extract from the 48RM Cdo. War Diary

"7-7-1944 Sallenelles 2045 - 2115,  All HQ officers were at dinner, the house was shelled." Against this entry is a hand written note  which reads "Cas 1 MOA killed."
Marine Gosling is the only listed 48RM Commando casualty that day.
 
Sources
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