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BARCLAY, David Lovat

41RM Commando
Major David Barclay was killed during operations at Normandy on D Day [1].
 
Born in May 1920, Dave Barclay entered the Corps in September 1938. He served in H.M.S. Norfolk for over two years and was appointed to 40th RM Cdo., subsequently transferring to the 41st Cdo. [2].
 
Sources
[1] CWGC
[2] Extract from the  RM Globe and Laurel Nov. 1944 edition.
 

BETTS, Joseph

41RM Commando

Marine Joseph Betts died during the period his Commando were engaged in operations in the valley south of La Molina and the nearby hills close to Vietri.

BROWNBRIDGE, Robert William

40RM Commando
Marine Robert Brownbridge died along with the rest of  'T' Company 40RM Commando, when the ship they were on board, HMS Fidelity, was torpedoed and sunk.
 
In 1940 he received a MiD " for courage and devotion to duty during the withdrawals from Boulogne and Calais."
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazettes Supp. 34941, page 5441.
 

FISHER, James

40RM Commando
Corporal James Fisher died during operations in Italy.
 
Notes
At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations to cross the River Garigliano.
 

HUTCHINSON, James

Marine James Hutchinson 40 Commando
40RM Commando
Marine James Hutchinson died along with the rest of  'T' Company 40RM Commando, when the ship they were on board, HMS Fidelity was torpedoed and sunk.
 
Sources
CWGC.
[Image] Mark H. (via CVA forum message).
 

JOHNSON, Ronald

Marine Ronald Johnson was killed during operations in Sicily whilst aboard the HMS Queen Emma during an enemy air attack on the vessel. 
 
Note
Awaits confirmation of Commando service.

MCARTHUR, James

Marine James McArthur 48RM Commando
48RM Commando
Marine James McArthur died when his landing craft struck a mine during the assault on Walcheren.
 
Sources
CWGC
Annotated image from the collection of Mne Rumming 48RM Cdo courtesy his niece Rebekah Sloanemather.
 

NUNN, Sidney Donald

40RM Commando
Marine Sidney Nunn died during operations in Sicily whilst aboard the HMS Queen Emma during an enemy air attack on the vessel.
 

Extract from a report in the Essex Newsman - Saturday 02 October 1943

RACKHAM, Robert Frederick

47RM Commando
Sergeant Robert Rackham died during operations at Walcheren.
 
Notes
He died during the period when 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. (Source: Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC. 47RM Cdo.  'From Omaha to the Scheldt.)
 

ROSS, John

John Ross 40 Commando
40RM Commando
Marine John Ross died during operations in Sicily whilst aboard the HMS Queen Emma during an enemy air attack on the vessel.
 
Extract from the Yorkshire Evening Post

STILES, Arthur

41RM Commando

Marine Arthur Stiles died during operations at Salerno, this date being that of the action on the hills near the village of Piegolelle (or Piegolette in English.)


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