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BEECH, James Frederick

Private James Beech,  HQ 3 Special Service (Commando) Bde., reported initially by the War Office to have died a prisoner of war in Japanese hands, died in Poona Hospital, India, a victim of infantile paralysis. [1+2]

On the 31st January 1945 he is listed as being wounded whilst with No 5 Commando. [3]

GREIG, Charles

Pte Greig is buried in a War Cemetery in India.  The exact circumstances of his death are not known at this stage by this archive. At the time of his death No 3 Commando were based in Worthing, UK.

His name is not on the Westminster Abbey Commando Roll of Honour, however his secondary unit is shown as No 3 Commando on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database.

It should be noted that 3 Commando Brigade (Nos 42RM, 44RM, 1, and 5 Commandos) were in India at this time. 


Mne. O'Reilly died of other causes during war service, such as road accidents,accidental drowning, etc
(Source: RM Historical Society booklet "A Register of Royal Marines War Deaths 1939-1945.)

WEBBER, Ernest George William

Private Ernest Webber died in India as a result of an accident whilst swimming.

Extract from the No 1 Commando War Diary

Londa Astoli 12 May 1945.
Pte Webber (6 tp) who injured  himself whilst swimming died in C.M.H. Belgaum.
13 May 1945, 1500hrs
Bearers and Firing party provided by 6 tp for the funeral of Pte. Webber at BELGAUM.
No 1 Commando War Diary May 1945 National Archives file WO/218/81.

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