DRYSDALE, Douglas Burns

Unit / Base: 
44RM Commando
'41 Independent Commando RM'
Royal Marines
Royal Navy
Monday, October 2, 1916
Died : 
Friday, June 22, 1990
Acting Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Drysdale assumed command of 44RM Commando on the 23rd April 1945. Formerly the Brigade Major he replaced Lt. Colonel Stockley who had been appointed to a position within Brigade HQ.*
  • Appointed M.B.E. for gallant and distinguished service in Burma whilst attached to the Allied Land Forces, South East Asia, during the period 16th November, 1944, to 15th February, 1945. [1].
  • Mentioned in Despatches for distinguished service while operating with the Army in Burma and on the Eastern Frontier of India [2].
  • Acting Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Drysdale M.B.E. was the Commanding Officer of 41 Independent Commando RM at the start of the Korean War. 
  • May 1951 appointed a companion of the Distinguished Service Order. [3].
  • May 1955 awarded the Silver Star bestowed by the President of the United States of America for gallant and distinguished service in operations in Korea. [4].
  • June 1959 appointed O.B.E. [5].
  • July 1961 promoted Colonel. [6].

The death of Colonel Douglas Burns Drysdale, DSO., OBE. (HQ 3 Bde and OC, 44 RM Cdo) of Thetford, Norfolk, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 91 issued August 1990.

[1] London Gazette 37346, page 5529.
[2] London Gazette 36925, page 757.
[3] London Gazette 39230, page 2749.
[4] London Gazette 40537, page 4092.
[5] London Gazette 41727, page 3702.
[6] London Gazette 42409, page 5103.
* 44RM Commando (Achnacarry to the Arakan), author Tony Mackenze.
* Commando Association newsletter 91.

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