HELLINGS, Peter William Craddock

Lieutenant General
Unit / Base: 
40RM Commando
40 Commando RM
'3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines'
Royal Marines
Royal Navy
Wednesday, September 6, 1916
Died : 
Friday, November 2, 1990
On the 6th September 1940 it was announced that Lieutenant Peter Hellings RM had been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for courage and devotion to duty during the withdrawals from Boulogne and Calais [1]
  • 1943 (Acting Major)(40RM Commando) awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished services in operations leading to the capture of Termoli [2]
  • 12th February 1946 (Captain)(Acting Lieutenant Colonel) received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in NW Europe [3].
  • 1958 ( Lieutenant Colonel)(40 Commando RM) received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service in operations in Cyprus during the period 1st January to 30th June 1958 [4].
  • 19th November 1968 (Major General) Hellings promoted Lieutenant General and took over as Commandant General Royal Marines [5].
  • 13th June 1970 appointed K.C.B. [6].
  • 1st January 1979 (General) appointed Representative Colonel Commandant Royal Marines [7].
His death was announced to members in the obituaries of Commando Association newsletter 92 issued in March 1991.
[1] London Gazette 34941, page 5441
[2] London Gazette 36367, page 687 [8/2/1944]
[3] London Gazette 37464, page 911
[4] London Gazette 41511, page 5974
[5] London Gazette 44718, page 12402 / Navy News issue Dec 1st 1968
[6] London Gazette 45117, page 6366.
[7] London Gazette 47559, page 6836.

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