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HAUSMANN, Fritz Sigmund

Fritz Hausmann alias Fred Houseman 2 Commando

Fritz Sigmund Hausmann was born in Bingen Am Rhein, April 27th 1921. He was a German Jew who at age 13, fled Germany alone and went to school in Palestine. When he was of age he enlisted and did his basic training in Sarafend, Palestine and he then joined the 462 RASC. On May 1st, 1943 he was on board the Erinpura, which was attacked and sunk in the Mediterranean with heavy loss of life. Having survived the sinking, he joined No.

HAVILLE, John

Marine John Haville received a MiD for gallant and distinguished service in NW Europe.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 37464, page 911.
The Story of 45 Royal Marine Commando.
 

HAWKINS, Kenneth Scott

Company Sergeant Major Kenneth Hawkins was awarded the MM for leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty while serving with Royal Marine Commandos in Italy [1].

He also received a MiD for gallant and distinguished service while operating with the Army in Italy [2].

HILL, Henry William

Henry William Hill 40RM Commando
Sergeant Henry Hill died during operations at Lake Comacchio. He received his MiD for "gallant and distinguished service while operating with the Army in Italy."
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazettes Supp. 36676, page 4010.
 

HOPSON, Donald Charles

Donald Charles Hopson
Second Lieutenant Donald Hopson was commissioned into the Lancashire Fusiliers which later converted to an armoured unit of the Royal Armoured Corps. He served in No 3 Commando and 1 Commando Brigade in both Italy and NW Europe . His last rank whilst in the Commando was Temporary Major.
 
Post war he had a distinguished career in the Diplomatic Service. He held posts of Ambassador to countries such as Laos, China, Venezuela, and Argentina. He was subsequently knighted.
 

HOULTRAM, Lee Andrew

Sgt. Lee Andrew Houltram RM
Sergeant Lee Houltram died [1] during operations targetting a Taliban bomb making factory near Gereshk, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.  He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan [2].
 
In July 2008 he received a Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2007 to 31st March 2008 [3].
 
Sources

HUMBLE, William McLean

Lance Sergeant William Humble served in 5 troop of No 2 Commando.
 
Citation for the Military Medal:
Gulf of Salerno 13th September 1943
On September 9th on the Salerno Road, Pte Humble engaged at 100yds an advancing Mk111 Special enemy tank which was shelling the house from which Pte Humble was sniping.

HUMPHREYS, James

Private James Humphreys died of wounds during operations in North Africa. He received a posthumous MiD for gallant and distinguished services in North Africa.

Sources
CWGC
London Gazette Supplement 36180 page 4227.
 

HUMPHRIES, Joseph

Marine Joseph Humphries was taken prisoner in the Dieppe Raid. He was one of a work party at Lamsdorf POW Camp who escaped and were shot. The headstone at his Grave states "Royal Marines" followed by "Commando".
 
In March 1946 it was announced In London Gazettes that he had received a posthumous award of Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field.
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazettes Supp. 37499, page 1368

HUTTON, George Francis

TSM George Hutton DCM 2 Commando
Troop Sergeant Major George Hutton, 1 troop, was awarded the DCM  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field. [1]
 
On the 22nd February 1945 it was announced that he had receieved a MiD in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field. [2]
 

IDDON, Thomas

Sergeant Thomas Iddon received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland in 1978.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 47643, page 11153.
 

JAMES, Clifford Vizetelly

Lieutenant (T/Captain) Clifford James,  2 Cdo. Bde. Signals, was awarded the MC for gallant and distinguished services in Italy. [1]

He later additionally received a MiD for gallant and distinguished services in Italy. [2]

The death of Major Clifford James, 2 Brigade Signals, of Bristol, Avon., was announced in Commando Association newsletter 112 issued March 2001.

JAMES, Kevin Michael

Corporal Kevin James was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal in recognition of service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st August to 31st October 1978 [1].
 
In 1982 Sergeant James Q.G.M. received a Mention in Despatches for his service during operations in the South Atlantic [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 47804, page 4057.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 49134, page 12843.
 

JOHNSON, Philip Kemble Walter

Capt. Philip Kemble Walter Johnson 46RM Commando
Captain Philip Johnson was the author in 1946 of a small but most detailed and informative book  issued to all who served in 46RM Commando titled The Story of 46 Commando Royal Marines. In the forward to the book Lt Col. Hardy gives thanks to Capt. Johnson, Capt. Buglear and Sgt. Barrow for their contribution in the preparation and distribution of the book.
 
Philip Johnson had been with the Commando since its conversion from the 9th RM Bn. He received a  MiD for "good services with the 21st army Group."
 
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JONES, Jack Garner

Lieutenant Jack Jones died during operations at Kangaw. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service.
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazettes Supp. 37318, page 5181 and 37338, page 5402 [errata]
 

LAMB, Peter Ralph

Major Peter Lamb received a MiD in recognition of service during the operations in the South Atlantic [1].
 
17th June 1989 Major (Local Lt. Col) was appointed O.B.E. (Military Division in the HM the Queen's birthday honours list [2].
 
Source
[1] London Gazette Supp. 49134, page 12842.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 51772, page B5.
 

LLOYD, William Eric

Captain William Lloyd, 4 troop, died during operations at Agnone and 3 Commando Bridge. He received a posthumous MiD in recognition of galland and distinguished services in the field.

Sources
CWGC
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.
London Gazettes Supp. 36828, page 5616.

MACKAY, Peter Lewis

Captain Peter Mackay died in Malaya. He was awarded the M.C.,[1] for gallant and distinguished service during an action in which he was shot in the head at Perak Malaya on the 1st May 1951[2]. He died 4 days later [3]. He was leading a charge by his patrol of 11 men against bandit forces firing from a ridge above them [2].
 

MALCOLM, George

Company Sergeant Major George Malcolm MM died during operations in Italy to cross the River Garigliano. He had been awarded the MM for his gallantry on the day prior to his death [1].
 
Recommendation for Award
22nd January 1944 Crossing of the Garigliano.

MARTIN, Arthur

Captain Arthur Martin, Signals Troop, and one of the original 3rd RM Bn., officers, was killed during operations at Kangaw. He received a MiD for distinguished service while operating with the Army in Burma and on the Eastern Frontier of India.
 
Sources
CWGC​
London Gazettes Supp. 36925,page 757
44RM Commando Achnacarry to the Arakan by Tony Mackenzie.
 

MAYNE, James Thomas

Sergeant James Mayne received a Mention in Despatches in recogntion of gallant and distinguished service in Aden [1].
 
Recommendation
Sergeant  Mayne has been the troop sergeant of the assault engineer troop in 45 Commando, Royal Marines, since March 1967.

MAYOR, Keith

Able Seaman Keuth Mayor 14 Commando

Able Seaman Keith Mayor was one of the raiding party at Kopervik, Norway (Operation Checkmate). He was captured and later executed at Belsen Concentration Camp having been transferred there from Sachsenhausen.

MCCORMICK, Samuel Joseph

Corporal Samuel Joseph McCormick received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan [1].
  • Awarded the Military Cross (rank Sergeant) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan [2].
  • Appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) (rank Colour Sergeant) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field [3].

MCGONIGAL, Ambrose Joseph

Ambrose McGonigal MC
Lieutenant Ambrose McGonigal was awarded the M.C. [1] for distinguished service during a raid on the enemy held island of Sark on the night of the 27th December 1943. This was a reconnaissance operation to obtain certain information and if possible capture a prisoner. Very soon after landing the raiding party inadvertently entered a minefield and the resultant explosions killed one member of the party and badly injured a second. Whilst evacuating from the minefield a further 4 mines exploded killing the already injured man, and wounding Lt. McGonigal and 2 others.

MCKENNA, George

The full circumstances of the death of Corporal George McKenna are not known to this archive. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in policing operations in liberated Corfu. He received a Mention in Despatches for "devotion to duty during operations in the Mediterranean theatre covering a period from 1st April to 10th September, 1944."
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazettes Supp. 36979, page 1386.
 

MENDAY, Ronald Philip

Captain Ronald Menday 4 Commando
Ronald Philip Menday
Major Ronald Menday was second in command of No.4 Commando at Normandy on 'D' Day. Took command for a short period after Lt. Col. Dawson [more...] was wounded [1]
 
  • Commissioned Second Lieutenant May 1940 [2].
  • Received a MiD in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field [3].
  • Awarded the M.C. in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in NW Europe [4].

MERCHANT, Jeremy Mark

Captain Jeremy Mark Merchant was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2001 to 31st March 2002 [1].
 
On the 14th May 1991 it was announced that Corporal (now Acting Sergeant) Jeremy Mark Merchant, Royal Marines, P038781S, had received a MiD in record of distinguished service in Northern Ireland [2].
 
Promoted Major 12 October 2004 [3].
 
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MILLS, Ian

Lance Corporal Ian Mills received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st August 1978 to 31st October 1978.

MILLS-ROBERTS, Derek (Brig)

Born in 1908; educated at Liverpool College and Oxford University; worked for his father's firm of solicitors, 1935; joined Supplementary Reserve of Officers, Irish Guards, 1936; joined 1 Bn, Irish Guards, 1939-1942, and served in Norway; transferred to special services No 4 Commando, 1942; took part in Dieppe Raid, Aug 1942; Lt Col, 1943; Commanding Officer, No 6 Commando, North Africa, 1943; Brig, 1944; commanded 1 Special Service Bde (later 1 Commando Bde), North West Europe, 1944-1945; accepted the surrender of FM Erhard Milch at Neustadt, May 1945; retired from Army, 1945; commanded 12

MORAN, Patrick

Leading Seaman Patrick Moran, RN Beach Commando 'S', died during operations in Normandy. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches.
 
Sources
CWGC.
London Gazettes Supplement 36676, page 4008.
 

MORGAN, Harold Rees

Captain Harold Rees Morgan 1 Commando
Captain Harold Morgan from Llanelly died [1] during operations at Bizerte Tunisia. He received a MiD for "gallant and distinguished services in North Africa." [2].
 
Extract from the Liverpool Evening Express - Tuesday 22 December 1942

MORRIS, Matthew Frank

Lance Sergeant Matthew Morris MM died during operations at Kangaw. He is mentioned in this report about the battle. [view]
 
LSgt. Morris was awarded the MM, and his later MiD,  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa. 
 
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MOSS, Alan

Regimental Sergeant Major Alan Moss, HQ 2 Commando, was shot and killed during the raid at St. Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on ML 267.
 
Alan Moss served in the Liverpool Scots QOCH TA, then No.4 Independent Company and finally No. 2 Commando. He was a Sgt. in No.4 Ind. Coy. He was the first RSM of No.2 Commando when it was formed. On the 28th March 1942 along with many from No. 2 Commando he took part in Operation Chariot, the raid on St Nazaire. His squad was to be a small HQ Reserve for Lt. Col. Newman.
 

NICELY, Michael

Medical Assistant Michael Niceley
Medical Assistant Michael Nicely, attached to 45 Commando RM, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of his service during operations in the South Atlantic.
 
Recommendation
"On the night of 11/12 June 1982, on the Island of East Falkland, 45 Commando, Royal Marines, launched an attack against strong enemy positions on the craggy hill feature of Two Sisters, ten kilometres to the West of Port Stanley. Medical Assistant Nicely was with his Company throughout the battle.

NORCOCK, Peter Lawrence

Major Peter Norcock was Mentioned in Despatches for distinguished service during the War in the Far East [1].
 
  • 1948 (Major) Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in Palestine during the period 27th March, 1948 - 30th July, 1948 [2]
  • 1 January 1954 (Lieutenant Colonel) Appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) [3]

NUTTALL, James Thomas

Major James Thomas Nuttall 48 RM Commando
Major James Nuttall, attached to 48 RM Commando 'Z' troop [1], received a MiD in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in North-West Europe [2].
 
In 1947 it was announced that he had been awarded the Bronze Cross, a decoration conferred by Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands [3].
 
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O'FLAHERTY, Denis William Venables Patrick

Denis William Venables Patrick O'Flaherty
Brigadier O'Flaherty
Lieutenant Denis O'Flaherty, No. 3 Commando 6 troop, was appointed DSO in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in successful combined operations against the enemy at Vaagso and Maaloy on December 27th 1941 [1]. He additionally received a Mention in Despatches during this operation [1].
 
Lt. O'Flaherty was severely wounded during the operation, being shot in his eye, jaw, and neck, after which he was hospitalised for two years [2]
 

OGDEN, Gary

Marine Gary Ogden received a MiD in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2007 to 31st March 2008.
 

OWEN, John Ivor Headon

Captain John Owen served with 44RM Commando during operations in the Far East [1]. Post war he served with 42 Commando RM in Borneo and commanded 45 Commando RM in Aden [2]
  • 1st January 1963 (Major) appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) [3].
  • 1968 (Lieutenant Colonel) received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in Aden [4].
Sources
[1] Commando Association (WW2) newsletter 109 issued Sept. 1999.

PAGE, Will

Sergeant Will Page received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the field during the period 1 October 2016 to 31 March 2017.

PEASLEY, Edward John

Leading Seaman Edward Peasley, RN Beach Commando 'H', died in a diving accident in Genoa, Italy [1 + 2 + Notes B].
 
He had earlier received a MiD for outstanding services in planning and carrying out an operation in the Arakan in close co-operation with the Army [3].
 
We have a photo of him as a RN Commando serving with 'H', also known as 'HOW', section.  [2 +4]   'How' section operated in both the Arakan in 1944 and Genoa in 1945 [4].

PENNEFATHER, David Anthony Somerset

Commandant General Royal Marines in 1996.
  • (Major) Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of service during the operations in the South Atlantic [1].
  • (Lt. Colonel) Appointed O.B.E., (Military Division), in recognition of meritorious service in Northern Ireland [2].
  • (Major General) Appointed C.B. (Military Division), in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the former Republic of Yugoslavia during the period 1st June to 20th December 1995 [3].
Sources

PERKINS, Leonard

Sergeant Len Perkins 2 Commando
Sergeant Leonard Perkins, 5 troop ('A' section) [1], was awarded the MM [2], and also received a MiD [3], both in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field. He was from Liverpool and before the war was employed as a clerk. [1].
 
Sources

PETERS, Richard James McGregor

Lieutenant Richard Peters 2 SBS
Lieutenant Richard Peters, 2 Special Boat Section, died [1] whilst leading a small reconnaissance operation to gather intelligence from villagers on the strength and disposition of Japanese forces on the other side of a bridge across the River Irrawaddy in the area of Pakkoku-Pagan. He was accompanied by 2 Corporals and an Interpreter. 
Unfortunately the inhabitants of one of the huts were armed Japanese inspired Fifth Columnists and in the ensuing firefight Lt Peters was killed [2].
 

PHILLIPS, Cecil Farndale


Acting Lieutenant Colonel Cecil Farndale Phillips was the Commanding Officer of No. 47 Royal Marine Commando, Royal Marines, during operations at Normandy and Walcheren.  Post war he commanded  3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines during operations in Malaya. 
 
  • 1 September 1923 appointed Probationary 2nd Lieutenant RM [*].
  • 1 September 1935 promoted Captain [*].
  • 1 August 1943 - 3 January 1945 Commanding Officer 47RM Commando [*].

PIPE, Gary James

Corporal Gary Pipe was twice mentioned in despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland. 
  • Distinguished service between 1st August 1980 and 31 October 1980 [1].
  • Distinguished service between 1st November 1982 and 31st January 1983 [2].
In 1988 the then Sergeant Gary Pipe was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Northern Ireland [3].
 
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POLLARD, Gordon

Maj Gordon Pollard MC MM
The then Sergeant Gordon Pollard, RA,  was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East (Egypt and Libya) during the period May, 1942 to October, 1942.
 
On the 16th May 1943 he was commisioned as Second Lieutenant. Subsequently he joined No 3 Commando remaining with them for the remainder of the war, his final rank attained in the Commandos was Major.
 

POUNDS, Edgar George Derek

Edgar George Derek Pounds
Lieutenant Edgar George Derek Pounds was an instructor at the Commando Basic Training Centre in 1945 [1].
 
Captain Edgar Pounds, 41 Independent Commando RM, was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat 'V' decoration bestowed by the President of the United States of America, for gallant and distinguished services during operations in the Korean war [2].
 
He later received a MiD for for distinguished services in operations against terrorists in Cyprus serving with 45 Commando RM. [3]. 
 

POUNDS, Nicholas Ernest

Captain Nicholas Pounds, a Gazelle Helicopter RM pilot and Officer Commanding 'M' Flight during Operation Corporate, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of his leadership, gallantry, and flying skills, during operations on the Falkland Islands, and in support of 2 Para at Goose Green, between 21 May and 14 June 1982.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 49134, page 12842.
National Archives file WO373/188/199.
 

REACE, George Arthur

Warrant Officer Class 2  George Reace was awarded the DCM [1], and was also MiD [2], both in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.

The death of George Reace DCM of Prescott, Arizona, U.S.A. was announced in Commando Association newsletter 112 issued March 2001.

REDMAN, Joseph

RSM Joseph Redman 1 Commando
Warrant Officer Class 1 Joseph Redman was appointed M.B. E. (Military Division) in the King's birthday honours list of June 1946 [1].  
 
On the 23rd September 1943 it was announced that the then Sgt. Redman had received a M.I.D., in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa. [2]. 
 
Extract from the Biggleswade Chronicle - Friday 27 September 1946.

REED, Neville

Neville Reed was a Lance Sergeant in No 1 Commando.
 
Post war he was RSM of 22 Special Air Service Regiment in Malaya. [1] On the 28th May 1957 it was announced that he had received a MiD in recognition of distinguished services with 22 SAS in Malaya for the period 1st July to 31st December, 1956. [2] 
 
By 1958 he was RSM at the Gunnery School, R.A.C. Centre, Lulworth Camp, Wareham, Dorset. [3] 
 

RICHARDS, Branson

The exact circumstances of the death of Captain Branson Richards are not known to this archive.
 
He  was the son of Frank Branson Richards and of Harriet Louise Richards (nee Bowman), of San Francisco, California, U.S.A. His brother John Edward also fell.
 
Sources
CWGC
Award - London Gazettes Supp. 36563, page: 2856.
 

RICHARDS, John

Major John Richards, Second in Command of 45 Commando RM, was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) for gallant and distinguished service in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June, 1952 [1].
  • 1951 Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in Malaya [2].
Sources

RIMMER, Stephen Kenneth

Acting Sergeant Stephen Rimmer was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st November 1977 to 31st January 1978 [1].
  • 19 September 1978 Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st February to 30th April 1978 [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 47560, page 6841.

ROBERTS, Gerald Frederick Dawson

Lieutenant Gerald Roberts received a MiD during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service with 41 Independent Commando, Royal Marines, in operations in Korea [1].  He was also awarded the Bronze Star Medal bestowed by the President of the United States of America for gallant and distinguished service in Operations in Korea. [2].
 

ROBSON, Thomas

Marine Thomas Robson died in an accident whilst deployed to Hong Kong. He had previously received a MiD for "outstanding service while operating with the Allied Armies in Italy."
 
Sources
CWGC.
Royal Marines Association.
Naval History website.
London Gazettes Supp. 36903, page 518.
 

ROBSON, William

Lieutenant (Quartermaster) William Robson received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Malaya in 1951[1].
  • 2nd January 1956 (Captain)(Quartermaster) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 39361, page 5432.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 40669, page 5.
[Image] His daughter Joy Nelson.
 
Notes

RODERICK, Douglas

Douggie Roderick volunteered for No 3 Commando when it was first formed in 1940.  He was badly burned during the Vaagso raid when a phosphorous bomb hit thier boat. It was during this action that he received a Mention in Despatches.*
 
After his recovery in hospital he rejoined No 3 Commando serving with them until receiving a severe head wound in March 1944 which ended his Commando service.
 

ROE, Alfred John

Petty Officer Alfred Roe 14 Commando

Patty Officer Alfred Roe was one of the raiding party at Kopervik, Norway (Operation Checkmate). He was captured and later died of typhus at Belsen Concentration Camp having been transferred there from Sachsenhausen.

RONALD, Alexander Scott

Major Alexander Ronald died during operations in North Africa [1]. He received a MiD for "gallant and distinguished services in the field."[2].

He resided at Waterton House, Ampney Crucis, near Cirencester, and was employed before the war at the Stock Exchange. [3]

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