KEALY, Michael Robert Bayley

Temporary Major (later Honorary Lieutenant Colonel)
8 Commando
Middle East Commandos
'Special Boat Section'
Devonshire Regiment
Honours & Awards: 
Served in No.8 Commando and Layforce [1].
Commanded No.1 S.B.S. Middle East after departure of Major R.J. Courtney M.C. [2].
Returned to the UK 28 July 1943 [2].
Senior Officer in command of the newly formed 'A' and 'B' Special Boat Groups, 2  Special Boat Section [2].
10 January 1944 embarked with Unit for Supreme Allied Command, South East Asia (S.A.C.S.E.A.) [2][3].
Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field [4].
Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in Burma [5].
15 July 1949 retires and granted the Honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel [6].
[1] Obituaries of Commando Association newsletter 85 issued Sept. 1987.
[2] Document outlining 2SBS Timeline [see linked content below].
[3] National Archives file WO373/100/50.
[4] London Gazette 37349, page 5574 dated 13 November 1945.
[5] London Gazette 37425, page 382 dated 10 January 1946.
[6] London Gazette 38665, page 3449.
Recommended for the Military Cross, awarded a Mention in Despatches.

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