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BALL, Joseph

Funeral of Fus. Joseph Ball No 4 Commando
No 4 Commando
Royal Irish Fusiliers
Died on war service

Fusilier Joseph Ball was shot and killed in circumstances that remain to this day somewhat lacking of any official acount.  It is believed that the fatal shot was fired by a patrol of the Dutch Navy.

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BARRASS, Nicholas William

No 4 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Nicholas Barrass died during operations in Holland. Whilst engaged in a house clearance at Flushing he was killed by a sniper who fired from an adjacent building. Commissioned from the ranks as Second Lieutenant on 2 October 1943.

BEAN, William George

48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine William Bean died during operations at Holland. He was part of a patrol travelling in a convoy of 4 amphibious Buffaloes sent to Veere on the North East of Walcheren Island. 

BELL, Derek Kerr

41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Derek Bell died during operations in Holland.

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

BRANCH, Walter James

Royal Army Medical Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Walter Branch, RAMC, died during operations at Walcheren, Holland. 

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/85.

[3] Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/86.

BREHME, Reginald Herbert Ronald

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant Reginald Brehme died during operations at Westkapelle. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 

BUCHANAN, Joseph

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Joseph Buchanan died during operations in Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 

BURGESS, Norman

48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Norman Burgess died during operations at Walcheren, Holland.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/128.

COLLINS, Peter Stratford

48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Peter Collins M.C., 'A' troop, died during operations against the German held island of Schouwen, Holland. He had been awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service in the field.
 

COOKE, William Frank

41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine William Cooke died during operations at Westkapelle, Holland.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/129.

DAVIES, Albert Stanley

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Albert Davies died during operations in Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 

DAVIS, Anthony David

48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Anthony Davis died during operations at Walcheren, Holland.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/129.
 

DAY, James Edward

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine James Day died during operations at Walcheren, Holland.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/129.

De STACPOOLE, Derek Roderick

Major de Stacpoole
48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Major Derek Roderick de Stacpoole, 'Y' troop,  was shot and killed during operations at Walcheren, Holland. He had earler been wounded during the Normandy landings rejoining the Commando and taking part in operations at Dozule, France, in August. He received a Mention in Despatches for " good service while operating with 21st Army Group."
 
Sources

DERRICK, Martin

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Martin Derrick died during operations at Walcheren, Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 

DONKIN, Henry

No 4 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Henry Donkin, 'F' troop,  a veteran of Dunkirk, was shot and killed whilst engaging the enemy during operations at Flushing.
 
Sources
CWGC
The Fighting Fourth by Maj James Dunning.
 

DUKE, Andrew

Marine Andrew Duke 47 Commando
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Andrew Duke, from Belfast, died during operations at Walcheren. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 

DYKE, Frederick John

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Frederick Dyke died during operations in Holland. At the time of his death his Commando took part in an unsuccessful attack on the German held small island of Kapelsche Veer which lies between the River Maas and the River Oudermaas.

EVANS, Cyril

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Cyril Evans died during operations in Holland. At the time of his death his Commando took part in an unsuccessful attack on the German held small island of Kapelsche Veer which lies between the River Maas and the River Oudermaas.

EVANS, Edward James

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Edward Evans died during operations at Walcheren, Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zoutela

FEE, Denis

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Denis Fee died during operations at Walcheren, Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 

FINDLAY, Martin

48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
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. 
Extract from the Brechin Advertiser 10 April 1945

FLANNAGAN, John

Flannagan 47 Commando
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine John Flannagan, 'X' troop, from Gateshead, died during operations at Holland. At the time of his death his troop were providing supporting fire and cutting wire defences during an assault on a gun battery along the dunes at Westkapelle, Walcheren.
 
Sources
[1] CWGC.

FLETCHER, William Robert Dennis

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal William Fletcher died during operations at Walcheren, Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 

FOGG, Dennis

48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Dennis Fogg died during operations at Holland. He was part of a patrol travelling in a convoy of 4 amphibious Buffaloes sent to Veere on the North East of Walcheren Island. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.

GARDENER, Michael Chase

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Michael Gardener died during the period his Commando were engaged in defending the main approach from North Holland to Antwerp by the River Maas near the damaged Keizersveer Bridge. He was leading a patrol that was ambushed by the river just North of Geertruidenberg. 
 

GIBBS, Robert Maurice

48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Robert Gibbs died during operations at Holland. He was part of a patrol travelling in a convoy of 4 amphibious Buffaloes sent to Veere on the North East of Walcheren Island. 

GREENHALGH, Samuel

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Samuel Greenhalgh died [1][1a] during operations against the German held small island of Kapelsche Veer, Holland, which lies between the River Maas and the River Oudermaas [2].
 
Account by the Medical Officer Captain John Forfar M.C.

GRIMSDELL, Maurice Herbert

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Maurice Grimsdell died during operations at Walcheren, Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties.
 
Sources

HAINES, Leslie James

48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Leslie Haines died during operations at Walcheren, Holland.

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

HAY, John

41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine John Hay died during operations at Westkapelle, Holland.

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

HAYDON, Peter Hillyard

41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Peter Haydon, DSO, was killed during operations at Walcheren.
 
He had earlier been awarded the DSO for conspicuous gallantry and leadership in driving off repeated attacks by the enemy on the road from Salerno to Naples, though he was wounded and his men outnumbered by the enemy.*
 

HOUGH, James

RN Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Petty Officer James Hough, RN Beach Commando 'L', was killed during operations at Walcheren.
 
Sources:
CWGC 
History of RN Commando 'Love' National archives ref. DEFE2/987.
 

HUGHES, John

4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine John Hughes, HQ 4 Special Service Bde., died during operations at Walcheren.

LAUX, Pierre

Pierre Laux 4 Commando
No 4 Commando
Devonshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Pierre Laux died during operations at Flushing, Holland.
 
A full report after the operation records the following under 3 Troop, page 24:

LAW, James Ernest

48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal James Law died during operations at Holland. He was part of a patrol travelling in a convoy of 4 amphibious Buffaloes sent to Veere on the North East of Walcheren Island. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.

LINDREA, Cyril Brian

Lieutenant Cyril Brian Lindrea RM
48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
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.

LONGDEN, Alan

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Alan Longden died during operations at Walcheren, Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties.
 
Sources
CWGC.

MCGREGOR, Duncan Ferguson

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Duncan McGregor died during operations at Walcheren, Holland. At the time of his death his commando were engaged in clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties.
 
Sources
CWGC.

MEE, Alfred John

48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Alfred Mee died during operations at Holland. He was part of a patrol travelling in a convoy of 4 amphibious Buffaloes sent to Veere on the North East of Walcheren Island. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/134.

MOSES, Byron

41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Byron Moses died during operations at Walcheren, Holland.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/134.

MUIR, James

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine James Muir died during operations at Westkapelle, Holland.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/134.

NICHOLL, Francis

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Francis Nicholl died during operations in Holland. 
At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 
 
Sources

PAGE, Henry

41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Henry Page died during operations at Walcheren, Holland.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths: Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/135.

PATEY, Kenneth Gordon

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Kenneth Patey was shot and killed by a sniper during operations in Holland. His Commando were at Zwanenburg clearing the enemy from the last of a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle. 
 
Sources
CWGC.

PAYNE, Harry

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Harry Payne died during operations at Walcheren, Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 
 
Sources

PETTIT, Robert Alan

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Robert Pettit died during operations at Walcheren, Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 
 
Sources

PLANK, Harold Henry

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Company Sergeant Major Harold Plank was shot and killed during operations against an enemy gun emplacement on Walcheren, Holland.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/135.
[Image] Mark Smith (great nephew).

POTTER, Frederick

48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Frederick Potter died during operations at Holland. He was part of a patrol travelling in a convoy of 4 amphibious Buffaloes sent to Veere on the North East of Walcheren Island.

PUDDICK, John Edward

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant John Puddick died during operations at Walcheren, Holland. He was shot by a sniper whilst engaged in operations against enemy held batteries along the dunes west of Groot Valkenisse. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/135.

READ, John William

41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine John Read died during operations at Walcheren Island, Holland.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths: Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/136.

RICHARDSON, Sydney

4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Sydney Richardson died during operations at Flushing whilst attached to HQ 4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
 

RIPINER, Charles Stephen

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Charles Ripiner died in Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties.

SAVAGE, Cyril Charles

48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Cyril Savage died during operations at Holland. He was part of a patrol travelling in a convoy of 4 amphibious Buffaloes sent to Veere on the North East of Walcheren Island. 

SHRIGLEY, Ernest

48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Ernest Shrigley died during operations in Holland. He was part of a patrol travelling in a convoy of 4 amphibious Buffaloes sent to Veere on the North East of Walcheren Island.

SKELLAND, Colin

48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Colin Skelland died during operations at Holland. He was part of a patrol travelling in a convoy of 4 amphibious Buffaloes sent to Veere on the North East of Walcheren Island. 
 
Sources
CWGC
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/137.

SMITH, Charles Edward

41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Charles Smith died during operations at Walcheren Island, Holland.

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/137.

Notes
Source [1] shows age as 29 which conflicts with Source [2] which shows date of birth as 25-2-1921.

SMITH, Reginald

41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Reginald Smith died during operations at Walcheren Island, Holland.

Sources
CWGC
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/137.

SPEAR, William James Clement

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Company Sergeant Major William Spear, 'Q' troop, died during operations at Walcheren.
Whilst advancing with 2 sections of his troop to engage the enemy who were in a series of gun batteries along the dunes west of Klein Valkenisse, they encountered accurate enemy mortar fire resulting in his death and many other casualties.  
 

Sources
CWGC.

STEWART, John

48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine John Stewart, born Monkstown Co. Antrim, died during operations in Holland.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports Of Deaths: Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/137.
 

TITMUSS, Philip George

48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Philip Titmuss died during operations at Holland. He was part of a patrol travelling in a convoy of 4 amphibious Buffaloes sent to Veere on the North East of Walcheren Island. 
 
Sources
CWGC
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/138.

WALKER, Alfred John

No 4 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Alfred Walker, a veteran of the Dieppe raid, died during operations at Flushing.
 
It was while marshalling the prisoners into loading parties that L/Sgt. A. J. Walker was fatally wounded by a shell which burst on the Oranje Molen promontory.
 
Sources
CWGC.

WALL, Norman Frederick

48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Norman Wall died during operations at Holland. He was part of a patrol travelling in a convoy of 4 amphibious Buffaloes sent to Veere on the North East of Walcheren Island. 
 
Sources
CWGC
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/138.

WARE, Charles John

48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Charles Ware died during operations in Holland.  
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/138.
Register of Births in Portsmouth Apr/May/June 1916.
 
Notes

WEBB, Robert Edward

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Robert Webb died in November 1944 during operations in Holland. He received a Mention in Despatches for good service with the 21st Army Group published in March 1945. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse.

WEICH, Salo

No 10 Commando
Pioneer Corps & Royal Sussex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Salo Weich, an Austrian of Jewish faith, served in 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop, of the inter allied commando under an alias of Robert Geoffrey Hamilton. He was killed during operations with 41RM Commando at Walcheren.

WILLIAMS, Raymond

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Raymond Williams died [1] during operations against the German held small island of Kapelsche Veer which lies between the River Maas and the River Oudermaas [2].
 

WILSON, George McLeod

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine George Wilson died during operations in Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 
 
Sources
CWGC.

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