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BLAKE, John Philip

Capt Blake MC 43RM Commando
43RM Commando
Captain John Blake MC died [1] during operations against the enemy held island of Brac. He had earlier been awarded the Military Cross [2] for leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty while serving with Royal Marine Commandos in the capture of Mt. Ornito, Italy on the 3 Feb. 1944 [3].
 

BONE, Percy James

40RM Commando

Marine Percy Bone died during operations on the enemy held island of Brac, Yugoslavia.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/128.

BROOKES, James Alfred

43RM Commando
Marine James Brookes died during a raid on the Island of Brac, Yugoslavia. Initially buried with others on Brac near Nerezische, their remains were later reinterred in a collective grave at Belgrade War Cemetery.

Those buried with him are Marines Hopper, Pickering and Tarrant of 40RM Commando, and Marines Cooper, Hurst, Ivens, and Williamson of 43RM Commando.

BRYCE, William

40RM Commando

Marine William Bryce died of wounds at the 2nd Field Hospital which was located at Otok, on Vis Island, Yugoslavia.  Seven days before his death his Commando were engaged in Operation Flounced, an attack on the enemy held island of Brac.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/128.

COOPER, William George Albert

43RM Commando

Marine William Cooper died during a raid on the Island of Brac, Yugoslavia. Initially buried with others on Brac near Nerezische, their remains were later reinterred in a collective grave at Belgrade War Cemetery.
Those buried with him are Marines Hopper, Pickering and Tarrant of 40RM Commando, and Marines Brookes, Hurst, Ivens, and Williamson of 43RM Commando.

COX, Cecil Ernest Robert

No 2 Commando

Corporal Cecil Cox, 1 troop, died on the 22nd March 1944 of wounds received on the 18/19 March 1944 during a raid on the village of Grohote in the island of Solta [1+2].

The No 2 Commando War Diary dated 23rd March 1944 states "Cpl. Cox, wounded in the Solta raid and who died of his wounds the previous evening, was buried in the British Naval Cemetery, Vis." [2].

DAVIES, Ronald John

No 2 Commando
Corporal Ronald Davies, 2 Troop, was accidentally killed from a rifle shot whilst instructing a Squad [1][2][3].
  • 11 September 1943 (Lance Corporal) (No.2 Commando) wounded during operations at Salerno, Italy [4].
Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] No.2 Commando War Diary 27 March 1944.
[3] British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/76.
[4] British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/68.

Note

GEE, Donald Percy

40RM Commando

Marine Donald Gee died during operations against the enemy held Dalmatian island of Brac, Yugoslavia (now Croatia).

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/131.

HANCOCK, Frank Holgate

43RM Commando
Lieutenant Frank Hancock died during an air attack on Vis, their base of operations against enemy held Dalmatian Islands.
 
The 43RM Cdo. War Diary entry for 28th March 1944 states " Enemy aircraft attacked Vis town , and bombs also fell in Podselje . A direct hit was scored on the Cdo Orderly room,resulting in the death of Ty. Lt. F.H. Hancock and two marines."
 
Sources
CWGC
National Archives War Diary DEFE 2/49.
 
Notes

HOPPER, Norman Charles

40RM Commando

Marine Norman Hopper died during a raid on the Island of Brac, Yugoslavia. Initially buried with others on Brac near Nerezische, their remains were later reinterred in a collective grave at Belgrade War Cemetery.
Those buried with him are Marines Pickering and Tarrant of 40RM Commando, and Marines Brookes, Cooper, Hurst, Ivens, and Williamson of 43RM Commando.

HURST, Cecil

43RM Commando

Marine Cecil Hurst died during a raid on the Island of Brac, Yugoslavia. Initially buried with others on Brac near Nerezische, their remains were later reinterred in a collective grave at Belgrade War Cemetery.
Those buried with him are Marines Hopper, Pickering and Tarrant of 40RM Commando, and Marines Brookes, Cooper, Ivens, and Williamson of 43RM Commando.

IVENS, Frederick Charles

43RM Commando

Marine Frederick Ivens died during a raid on the Island of Brac, Yugoslavia. Initially buried with others on Brac near Nerezische, their remains were later reinterred in a collective grave at Belgrade War Cemetery.
Those buried with him are Marines Hopper, Pickering and Tarrant of 40RM Commando, and Marines Brookes, Cooper, Hurst, and Williamson of 43RM Commando.

JEAL, Percy William

43RM Commando
Marine Percy Jeal died during an air attack on Vis, their base of operations against enemy held Dalmatian Islands.
 
The 43RM Cdo. War Diary entry for 28th March 1944 states " Enemy aircraft attacked Vis town , and bombs also fell in Podselje . A direct hit was scored on the Cdo Orderly room,resulting in the death of Ty Lt. F.H. Hancock and two marines."
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/132.

JENKINS, Samuel Leslie

No 2 Commando

Captain Samuel Jenkins died during operations at Solta.  

Two entries from the No.2 Cdo War Diary:   4th March 1944 at Vis - "Captain S.L. Jenkins departed with Lt McMenamin to Solta to recce for proposed raid";  8th March 1944 at Vis.  "Lt McMenamin returned with the news that Captain Jenkins had been wounded and captured by the Germans on Solta." 

The memorial cross at St David's Church, Llanarthney Carmarthenshire,  is inscribed to the memory of Captain Jenkins.

MANNERS, James Calvert

40RM Commando
Lieutenant Colonel James Manners DSO, Officer Commanding 40RM Commando, died during operations on the enemy held island of Brac, Yugoslavia.
He had been Commanding Officer since just after the Dieppe raid and was appointed D.S.O. for gallant and distinguished services in operations leading to the capture of Termoli. *
 
Sources
CWGC
* London Gazettes Supp. 36367, page 687 [8/2/1944].
 

MCVEIGH, Charles

Marine Charles McVeigh
43RM Commando

Marine Charles McVeigh died during operations on the enemy held island of Miljet, Yugoslavia.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/134.
[Image] From a booklet titled South Mount Vernon Roll of Honour published on the Scottish War Memorials Project website credited to Anne Robertson, Mearns History Society.
 

PICKERING, Alfred George

40RM Commando

Marine Alfred Pickering died during a raid on the Island of Brac, Yugoslavia. Initially buried with others on Brac near Nerezische, their remains were later reinterred in a collective grave at Belgrade War Cemetery.
Those buried with him are Marines Hopper and Tarrant of 40RM Commando, and Marines Brookes, Cooper, Hurst, Ivens, and Williamson of 43RM Commando.

PIRIE, James

Special Service Brigade
Captain James Pirie, Royal Engineers, was attached to 2 Special Service Brigade at the time of his death.
 
Notes
During this period the Brigade were involved in operations against the German garrison on the Island of Brac.
 

SAUNDERS, Samuel John Albert

43RM Commando
Marine Samuel Saunders died during an air attack on Vis, their base of operations against enemy held Dalmatian Islands.
 
The 43RM Cdo. War Diary entry for 28th March 1944 states " Enemy aircraft attacked Vis town , and bombs also fell in Podselje . A direct hit was scored on the Cdo Orderly room resulting in the death of Ty Lt. F.H. Hancock and two marines."
 
Sources
CWGC.
National Archives War Diary DEFE 2/49.
 
Notes

SCHOOLEY, Ralph Gerald

43RM Commando
Captain Ralph Schooley, 'B' troop, died during operations on the enemy held island of Brac, Yugoslavia. He received a Mention in Despatches for "outstanding service whilst operating with the Allied Armies in Italy."
 
Sources
CWGC.
London Gazettes Supp. 36903, page 518.
​Commando Subaltern at War, author Lt. W.G. Jenkins DSO.
 

TARRANT, Kenneth Albert

40RM Commando

Marine Kenneth Tarrant died during a raid on the Island of Brac, Yugoslavia. Initially buried with others on Brac near Nerezische, their remains were later reinterred in a collective grave at Belgrade War Cemetery.
Those buried with him are Marines Hopper and Pickering of 40RM Commando, and Marines Brookes, Cooper, Hurst, Ivens, and Williamson of 43RM Commando.

WAKEFIELD, Edward Roger

2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Captain Edward Wakefield was killed whilst attached to 2 Special Service Brigade during an operation involving Nos. 40 and 43RM Commando and Partisan forces, against German forces on the island of Brac.
 
He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches in 1945. 
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazettes Supp. 36886, page 337.
 
Notes
Wakefield Scholarships.

WILLIAMSON, Fred

43RM Commando

Marine Fred Williamson died during a raid on the Island of Brac, Yugoslavia. Initially buried with others on Brac near Nerezische, their remains were later reinterred in a collective grave at Belgrade War Cemetery.
Those buried with him are Marines Hopper, Pickering and Tarrant of 40RM Commando, and Marines Brookes, Cooper, Hurst, and Ivens of 43RM Commando.


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