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APPLEYARD, Frank

Lance Corporal Frank Appleyard MM died during operations at Normandy on D Day.
 
In July 1943 he was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in Sicily whilst serving as a Marine in the 7th Batallion, Royal Marines.
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"Masa Palato, Sicily, 20th July 1943

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].

BONNER, John William

Captain John Bonner 48RM Commando
Captain John Bonner was in the first batch of reinforcements joining 48RM Commando on the 9th June 1944. He was posted to 'A' Troop, later joining the HQ Troop, before finally becoming the Administration Officer of the Commando [1]. In June 1945 he was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
 
The death of Capt. John W. Bonner MBE of Epping, Essex, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 108 issued March 1999.
 
Sources

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.

BULL, Robert Roy

Marine Robert Bull from Brierley Hill Staffordshire died [1] whilst a passenger in a jeep that crashed on the Pullborough Road outside the Crown Inn at Cootham [2]
 
Sources
[1] CWGC
[2] Report on the inquest in the Worthing Gazette - Wednesday 2nd October 1946.
 

CURTIS, Edward Geoffrey

Lieutenant Edward Curtis, 'B' troop,  died 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 de Stacpoole
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
D Day Commando - From Normandy to the Maas with 48RM Commando author Ken Ford.
London Gazettes Supp. 36979, page 1386.

ENGLAND, Walter Hugh

Lieutenant Walter England, SA Forces attached to 48RM Commando, was killed during operations at Walcheren. He was part of a patrol sent to Veere on the North East of the island travelling in a convoy of 4 amphibious Buffaloes.

FINDLAY, Martin

Marine Martin Findlay died during operations in Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in holding a section of the line along the Maas. 
 
Sources
CWGC
DDay Commando - From Normandy to the Maas with 48RM Commando by Ken Ford.
 

FLEMMING, James Maul

Marine James Flemming received a MiD in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in NW Europe [1].
 
On the 16th May 1950 it was announced in London Gazettes that the now Leading Fireman James Maul Flemming had been awarded the B.E.M. (Civil Division)
 

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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

Lance Corporal Dennis Fogg was killed during operations at Walcheren. He was part of a patrol sent to Veere on the North East of the island travelling in a convoy of 4 amphibious Buffaloes.

GODKIN, Noel Herbert

Captain Noel Godkin 48RM Commando
Captain Noel Godkin, the administration officer [1], died during operations at Walcheren [2]. He was appointed MBE (Military Division) for distinguished service during the landing of Allied Forces in Normandy [3].
 
Sources
[1] D Day Commando - From Normandy to the Maas with 48RM Commando author Ken Ford.
[2] CWGC
[3] London Gazettes Supp. 36947, page 995.

GOSLING, Thomas George

Marine Thomas Gosling died 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
CWGC
48RM Cdo. War Diary, National Archives file ADM/222/111.
 

Letter from 'Doc' Winser to LCpl Hytner

Type: Letters
Author: Lt. David Michael De Reuda Winser, RAMC and 48RM Commando
Year of Publishing: 2019
Keywords: letter, winser, hytner, 48 royal marine commando
This letter, which can be downloaded from above,  was sent by Doc Winser [more....], the M.O. of 48RM Commando to LCpl. Cyril Hytner  [more....], RAMC attached to 48RM Commando who was wounded on D Day. 
 
Source
John Hytner (son of LCpl. Hytner).
 

LINDREA, Cyril Brian

Lieutenant Cyril Brian Lindrea RM
Lieutenant Cyril Brian Lindrea died during operations at Walcheren when enemy mortar bombs exploded amongst a group of officers.
 
Sources
CWGC
D Day Commando - From Normandy to the Maas with 48RM Commando, author Ken Ford.
[Image]  © Sherborne School Archives, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, UK, DT9 3AP.
 

MACKENZIE, Roderick Gimson

Captain Roderick Mackenzie MC,  'X' troop, died of wounds from enemy mortar fire during operations at Walcheren.  He died in hospital in Belgium. He had earlier been awarded the MC for "gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army during the successful landings in Normandy."
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazettes Supp. 36676, page 4008.
D Day Commando - From Normandy to the Maas with 48RM Commando, author Ken Ford.
 

MCARTHUR, James

Marine James McArthur 48RM Commando
Marine James McArthur died when his landing craft struck a mine during the assault on Walcheren.
 
Sources
CWGC
Annotated image from the collection of Mne Rumming 48RM Cdo courtesy his niece Rebekah Sloanemather.
 

MOULTON, James Louis

Lt. Col James Louis Moulton
Lieutenant Colonel James Louis Moulton, Commanding Officer 48RM Commando, was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army during the successful landings in Normandy. [1] . 

NUTTALL, James Thomas

Major James Thomas Nuttall 48 RM Commando
Major James Nuttall, attached to 48 RM Commando 'Z' troop [1], received a MiD in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in North-West Europe [2].
 
In 1947 it was announced that he had been awarded the Bronze Cross, a decoration conferred by Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands [3].
 
Sources

PEACE, Harold

Sergeant Harold Peace 48 Commando
Sergeant Harold Peace died during operations at Walcheren. He was part of a patrol sent to Veere on the North East of the island travelling in a convoy of 4 amphibious Buffaloes.

PERRY, James Lawry

Captain James Perry was killed by a sniper's bullet during operations at Langrune, Normandy.  There is a street called Rue du Capitaine Perry named in his memory in the village.
 
Sources
CWGC
48 RM Cdo War Diary, National Archives file ADM/202/111.
 

PRICE, Martin

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].

PUGH, Harold

Marine Harold Pugh 48 Commando
Marine Harold Pugh died when the jeep he was in skidded off the road into a dyke in Belgium.
 
Newspaper extract
Killed in Skidding Jeep.
News has been received by his widowed mother, who lives at 18, Forest Lane, North Walsall, that Marine Harold Hugh, the Marine Commandos, lost his life when his jeep skidded into a dyke in Belgium on October 16.

REEVES, Jonathan Albert

Marine Jonathan Reeves 48 Commando
Marine Jonathan Reeves, 'Y' Troop, died during operations near Dunkirk. Prior to his service in 48RM Commando he had served in 17 Platoon 7th RM Battalion.
 
Extract from source at [1] below
Another similar patrol was carried out by Y Troop on September 25th, this time after dark. At 2000 hours, Major de Stacpoole left Ferme Legrand to PIAT an enemy-held farm. He took a PIAT party and a support party of two bren guns under command of Lieutenant Fouche.

RIGBY, Frederick Ralph

Lieutenant Frederick Rigby, 'Z' troop,  died when his Landing Craft struck beach defences at Normandy on D Day. He drowned attempting to swim to the shore under heavy enemy fire.
 
Sources
CWGC
D Day Commando - From Normandy to the Maas with 48RM Commando, author Ken Ford.
 

SKELLAND, Colin

Marine Colin Skelland died during operations at Walcheren. He was part of a patrol sent to Veere on the North East of the island travelling in a convoy of 4 amphibious Buffaloes.

STRINGER, John Clive

TSM John Stringer MM 48 RM Commando
Sergeant John Clive 'Joe' Stringer was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army during the successful landings in Normandy. *
 
Extract from Commando Association newsletter 85 of 1987 regarding a visit to Normandy in June of that year:

STURMEY, Frank Ernest

Frank Ernest Sturmey 48 Commando
Marine Frank Sturmey died during operations at Normandy on D Day.
 
Sources
CWGC.
[image] His niece Frances M.K. Storey.
 
Notes
Image from Home Guard service.
Son of Walter and Mable Alice Sturmey, of Stroud, Gloucestershire.
 

WALL, Patrick Henry Bligh

Acting Major Patrick Wall was awarded the M.C. [1] for bravery and great devotion to duty on 20/21st April 1945 whilst second in command of No.48 RM Commando and leading a patrol across the River Maas in the Biesbosch area of the Netherlands [2].
 
  • He was also awarded the Legion of Merit, Degree of Officer, bestowed by the President of the United States of America, for gallant and distinguished service during the invasion operations in Italy and Southern France [3]

WINSER, David Michael De Reuda

Lt. David Winser MC
David Winser, known as 'Doc' Winser,  died during operations at Walcheren.
 
David Winser rowed for Oxford and was in the winning boat in the boat race in 1937 after which he won a scholarship for Yale University. During the Blitz he was working at Charing Cross Hospital. After his medical training finished, he volunteered for the Commandos. He completed his Commando training at the CBTC at Achnacarry and became the Medical Officer for 48RM Commando. He was awarded the Military Cross for his gallantry on D Day whilst tending to the wounded on the beaches. 

WOODBINE, Bert

Marine Bert Woodbine died during operations at Normandy [1].
 
Extract from the 48 RM Commando War Diary 27th-29th August 1944 [2].
St. Maclou 
27 Aug- 1030 Full church parade.Orders given for short leave-trips to Honfleur.
28 Aug - Cdo continued rest period.
29 Aug - Cdo continued rest period. 1500hrs, 3 men from Y tp visiting the Sallenelles strong point were unlucky enough to stand on a mine, killing 2 *, and wounded one.
 

YATES, Thomas David

Lieutenant Thomas David Yates 48 Commando
Lieutenant Thomas Yates, 'Y' troop,  died when his Landing Craft struck beach defences at Normandy on D Day. He drowned attempting to swim to the shore under heavy enemy fire.
 
Sources
CWGC
D Day Commando - From Normandy to the Maas with 48RM Commando, author Ken Ford.
 

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