Army Commando ROH 1962 - 2019

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'29 Commando Regiment RA'

The first Army Commandos were raised by a Gunner, Lt Col John Durnford-Slater RA in June 1940, following the defeat ending with the evacuation at Dunkirk, The Commandos struck at the German forces at a time when Britain was otherwise powerless. Raids were made on the coasts of Norway, France and the Mediterranean. By the time of the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944, the Commando forces were of a considerable size and had played a vital part on operations in all theatres of war.

CUTTING, Robert Steven

Gnr Robert Cutting 29 Commando
29 Cdo. Regt.RA
Royal Artillery
Died on active service

Gunner Robert Cutting, aged 18, from Blackley Manchester, was shot dead at 4am whilst on foot patrol at the junction of Lepper Street and Stratheden Street, in the New Lodge area of Belfast. This was a blue on blue incident.

DANE, James Thomas

29 Cdo. Regt.RA
Royal Artillery
Died on active service
Bombardier James Dane died when he fell over a cliff while on operations against dissident tribesmen whilst deployed to Aden. He was serving with 2nd Bn., Parachute Regiment at the time. Buried Silent Valley Cemetery later reinterred to Dundalk.
 
Sources
AFM ROH
British Casualties, Aden 1955-1967.

DWYER, James Edward

LBdr James Dwyer
29 Cdo. Regt.RA
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Bombardier James Dwyer died whilst on a patrol in Southern Helmand province when the vehicle he was driving struck an anti-tank mine. [Source: MOD]

FARRAGHER, Kieran Joseph

95 Cdo. Regt.RA
29 Cdo. Regt.RA
SAS
Royal Artillery
Died in service

Warrant Officer Kieran Farragher, attached to the Special Air Service, died in a climbing accident in Botswana. He had joined the SAS in 1973 having previously served in 95 Commando and 29 Commando Regt RA.

HOLLOWAY, Richard

Capt Richard holloway 24 commando
24 Commando RE
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Richard Holloway died after being engaged by enemy fire whilst on operations east of Kabul. [Source: MOD / SFROH website].
 

INCE, Geoffrey Edward

95 Cdo. Regt.RA
Royal Marines
Died in service
Gunner Geoffrey Ince died whilst on night manoeuvres between Greenhead and Haltwhistle in 1965 prior to deployment to Singapore. Stationed at the Citadel he was married a week before his death. [1+2]. An entry on the Commando Gunner website shows he died in a Road Traffic Accident. [3]
 
Sources

JACKSON, Warren Edward

29 Cdo. Regt.RA
Royal Artillery
Died in service
Warrant Officer Warren Jackson, 148 (Meiktila) Battery, died in a road traffic collision on the A31 at Almer, nr Winchester.  [Sources: AFM ROH / Commando Gunner website / Bournemouth Echo.]
 

JONES, Christopher

59 Ind. Cdo. Sqn. RE
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds

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. 

MARTIN, Michael John

SAS
95 Cdo. Regt.RA
Special Air Service
Killed in action or died of wounds
Trooper Michael Martin, attached to the Special Air Service, died during operations in Oman.  He had previously served with 8 Battery, 95 Commando Regiment, R.A.  

MELIA, Michael

Corporal Michael Melia
59 Ind. Cdo. Sqn. RE
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Michael Melia was killed by small arms fire during operations in the Falklands at Goose Green. 
 
Sources
AFM ROH
Commando Branch of the REA.
 

ODAMS, Richard

29 Cdo. Regt.RA
Royal Artillery
Died in service

Lance Bombardier Richard Odams,  born in West Hartlepool Durham, died in a boating accident whilst serving with 8 Bty. 

Sources
AFM ROH
Commando Gunner website
CVA Forum message in his name
 

POWELL, Adrian Mark

29 Cdo. Regt.RA
SAS
Royal Artillery
Died in service

Trooper Adrian Powell died in a road traffic collision whilst serving with the SAS. He had previously served with  7 and 148 Btys. of 29 Commando Regt. RA, and 7 RHA.  He died when the vehicle in which he was travelling overturned while on way to training exercises near Nairobi in Kenya.

Also killed in this collision was 24648153 SSgt. Martin Halls, SAS, formerly Royal Engineers.

ROFFEY, Charles David

29 Cdo. Regt.RA
Royal Artillery
Died in service

Lieutenant Charles Roffey died in road accident in Johore Bahru Malaysia.

Sources
AFM ROH.
Report in the Birmingham Daily Post 27 December 1963.
Commando Gunner website/3845 Gnr Wilson I.F.

SAWYER, Thomas Herbert John

Captain Tom Sawyer
29 Cdo. Regt.RA
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Thomas Sawyer died in an explosion while taking part in a joint operation with a Danish Battle Group and the Afghan National Army north east of Gereshk in central Helmand. He was in a fire support team that was engaged in an operation to clear compounds in a known Taliban stronghold. Also killed was Corporal Danny Winter 45 Commando RM.

SEATH, David Bernard

29 Cdo. Regt.RA
Royal Artillery
Died in service

Captain David Seath died of a cardiac arrest whilst taking part in the 2016 London Marathon. He was a fire support team commander for 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, based in Plymouth.

SMITH, Kevin John

29 Cdo. Regt.RA
Royal Artillery
Died in service

Gunner Kevin Smith, 79 Bty.,  died in a fall from the wall of Mosta magazine in Malta.

"Whilst the rest of the detachment waited for transport up to the main magazine Smudger decided to climb up, he nearly made it when he unfortunately slipped and fell about 100 feet." *

SMITH, Michael

29 Cdo. Regt.RA
Royal Artillery
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Warrant Officer Michael Smith died from injuries sustained when a grenade was fired at the UK base in Sangin, Helmand Province. He had served in the military for almost 22 years and during that service had deployed on operations to Northern Ireland, Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan, some of them on more than one occasion, as well as on exercises to Brunei, Canada, Kenya, France and Norway.

TINNION, Bradley

SAS
Special Air Service
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Bombardier Bradley Tinnion, formerly 29 Commando RA, died whilst serving with the SAS having left the Commando in 1998.  He suffered fatal wounds when he was hit by machine gun fire as he helped rescue and evacuate six Army hostages out of the jungle in Sierra Leone. He received a posthumous MiD. [Award: London Gazettes Supp. 56168, page 4246.]

WRIGHT, Barry Robert

29 Cdo. Regt.RA
Royal Artillery
Died in service
Bombardier Barry Wright died as a result of a road traffic collision. He served with 7 Bty and 49 Fld Regt. 
 
Sources
AFM ROH
Obituaries in RMRO 111 dated 20th Nov. 1989
Commando Gunner website
 

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