EMSLIE, Hamish Brian

Rank: 
Captain
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Died : 
Tuesday, May 24, 1966
Age: 
39
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Lieutenant Hamish Emslie was awarded the Military Cross for distinguished service in operations in Malaya with 42 Commando RM [1+2].
 
Recommendation for MC:  
Perak, Malaya.  July 1950 to Nov. 1950.
This Officer has been most zealous in operations for a continuous period since July 1950. He is bold and courageous and sets a fine example to the ranks under his command.
In action in Perak, Troops under his Immediate command have been responsible for the killing of two Bandits on the 31st July '50,  one Bandit on 25th October '50, and one Bandit on 30th October '50, and the wounding of one Bandit on 31st July '50. [2].
 
  • 1956 (Captain) (42 Commando RM) Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in the operations in the Near East (Suez) between October and December 1956 [3].
  • 1966 (late Royal Marines) (Major, 'B' Company, Northern Frontier Regiment, Sultan of Oman Armed Forces) killed by the explosion from a rocket attack on his landrover [4].
Sources
[1] London Gazette supp. 39215 published on the 27 April 1951. Page 2389.
[2] National Archives file WO373/129/125.
[3] London Gazette supp. 41092 published on the 4 June 1957. Page 3418.
[4] Dissertation by Lt. Col. John McKeown CBE, RE., "Britain and Oman: The Dhofar War and its Significance’." Now held at the Middle East Centre, St Antony's College Oxford. Ref. GB165-0339.
 
Notes
The RM Historical Society list his grave originally being at the Military Cemetery HQSAF, Fort Ba, Oman. However the grave is now located at Ruwi Christian Cemetery, Oman. This has been confirmed by the CWGC as the grave is one of the few non WW2 graves that they have been tasked by the MOD to take responsibility for.
 

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