Assault Group RM
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- 30 June 2010 promoted Lieutenant Colonel .
Marine Craig Hodgkinson, 4 Assault Sqn. RM, died of a heart attack whilst playing in a rugby match between the Royal Navy and Cornwall County.
A keen rugby player, Craig played throughout his school career, including games for the Scotland Under 18s XV. He also played for Glasgow Hawks and was a member of the team that toured South Africa in 2003 and were unbeaten in their three matches.
Marine Jason Hylton was attached to 539 Assault Squadron RM, and was killed along with others in an attack on a Multi-National Forces boat patrol on the Shatt Al-Arab waterway.
They were; Warrant Officer Class 2 Lee Hopkins, Royal Corps of Signals, Staff Sergeant Sharron Elliott of the Intelligence Corps, Corporal Ben Nowak of 45 Commando Royal Marines and Marine Jason Hylton of 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines.
Marine Christopher Maddison, 9 Assault Sqn. RM, died of shrapnel wounds after his landing craft came under fire on a river patrol near Basra last March. An initial investigation by the Royal Military Police blamed his death on an Iraqi ambush, but a Royal Navy board of inquiry concluded that he had been killed by fire from his own side.
Marine Oliver Snoxell, 1 Assault Group RM, died when hit by a car while walking along the A5 Watling Street, just North of Hockliffe. He was in Bedfordshire on home leave at the time. [Sources: AFM ROH / Leighton Buzzard observer online report 14 March 2006]