Becklingen War Cemetery Germany

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ALLAN, John

No 6 Commando

Sapper John Allan died during operations in Germany. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Elbe crossing.

BENSON, John

45RM Commando

Marine John Benson died during the period his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf, Germany.

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

BONIFACE, William George

45RM Commando
Lance Corporal William Boniface, 'A' troop,  died during operations in Germany. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf, Germany.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/128.

BROCKBANK, Maurice Chester

45RM Commando
Captain Maurice Brockbank, 'C' troop, died during operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf. He had previously received a Mention in Despatches whilst with 40RM Commando for "outstanding service while operating with the Allied Armies in Italy."
 
Sources 
CWGC.
London Gazette 36903, page 518.
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Major J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.

BURROWS, Derrick Trevor

46RM Commando
Lieutenant Derrick Burrows, 'Y' troop, No. 46 RM Commando, was killed whilst administering morphia to a wounded marine during operations at the River Aller.  He received a MiD for good service with the 21st Army Group.
 
Sources:
The Story of 46 Commando Royal Marines by Capt. P.K.W. Johnson RM.
MiD: London Gazettes Supp. 37251, page 4440.
 
Notes

CROUCH, Walter

45RM Commando

Marine Walter Crouch died in Germany. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf, Germany.

CUNDALL, Arthur

Marine Arthur Cundall
46RM Commando

Marine Arthur Cundall died during the period his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller near Hademstorf village.

Sources
CWGC.
Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/129.
The Story of 46 Commando Royal Marines by Capt Johnson RM.
[image] Collection of Mne. Thomas Clarke courtesy of his grandson Nigel Tomsett.

DAVIES, John Charles

46RM Commando
Troop Sergeant Major John Davies, 'Y' troop, died in Germany. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller near Hademstorf. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for "good services with the 21st Army Group."
 

DONNELLY, Peter

46RM Commando
Marine Peter Donnelly died in Germany. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller near the village of Hademstorf.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.
The Story of 46 Commando Royal Marines by Capt Johnson RM.
 

GLASER, Kurt Joachim

Grave of Lt Griffith 10 Commando
No 10 Commando

Kurt Joachim Glaser served in 3 troop, also known as  'X' troop, under the name of Keith James Griffith.  He was shot and killed by a sniper during operations with 1 Special Service Bde. to cross a railway bridge over the River Aller near the town of Essel.

PIERCE, Barry Walter

46RM Commando
Captain Barry Pierce, 'Y' troop, died during operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf.  A footnote on the headstone of his grave reads "The first British soldier over the Rhine. 46RM Commando 'Y' troop. March 23 1945"
 
Sources
The book A Plain Russet-Coated Captain by Capt John Day 45RM Cdo.
CVA Gallery image of his headstone.
 

VARDY, Thomas

Mne Tom Vardy MM 46RM Commando
46RM Commando
Marine Thomas Vardy MM, died during operations at the River Aller crossing.
 
Tom Vardy joined the Royal Marines on the 22nd May 1941 being attached to the Royal Marines Reserve Depot until 8th July 1941. From 9th July 1941 to the 2nd November 1941 he was posted Plymouth Division. On the 3rd November 1941 he was posted to the 9th RM Battalion, and from there on the 1st August 1943 he joined 46RM Commando.
 

Citatation for MM


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