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ALEXANDER, John Moir

Marine John Moir Alexander 40 Commando
40RM Commando
Marine John Alexander was reported missing presumed killed during operations at Dieppe. He has no known grave [1][1a].
Extract from the Dundee Courier
"Royal Marine Commando J. M. Alexander, 58 Mains Road, Dundee, has been reported missing whilst on combined operation.  Aged 21, he joined up three years ago. His brother William is in the Royal Navy" [2].
 
Sources
[1] CWGC.

BAILEY, Reginald John William

RN Commando

Able Seaman Reginald Bailey died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers of Deaths of Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/127.
[3] The Beachhead Commandos author A. Cecil Hampshire.

BAKER, Leonard

45RM Commando

Marine Leonard Baker died at sea during operations at Normandy on DDay.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/127.

BISHOP, Arthur

40RM Commando

Marine Arthur Bishop died during operations in Sicily whilst aboard the HMS Queen Emma during an enemy air attack on the vessel. 

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/127.

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EDWARDS, Vincent

44RM Commando
Marine Vincent Edwards died at 61 Indian Field Ambulance during operations at Kangaw, Burma.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.
 

FALLAS, Robert Scott

40RM Commando

Lance Corporal Robert Fallas died at sea whilst aboard the HMS Queen Emma during an enemy air attack on the vessel in Sicily.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.

FINCH, Ernest Walter

41RM Commando

Lance Corporal Ernest Finch died during operations at Salerno, Italy, this date being that of the action in the valley south of La Molina and the nearby hills close to Vietri.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.

GODWIN, John

Lieutenant John Godwin, 14 Commando
No 14 Commando
Lieutenant John Godwin, a veteran of Operation Crackers * [view],  was an Argentinian in the RNVR.  He was Commanding Officer of the raiding party at Kopervik, Norway (Op. Checkmate). After the raid he was taken prisoner, taken initially to Haugesund, and later executed at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. 
 

HARRIS, Andrew

41RM Commando

Marine Andrew Harris died during operations at Salerno, this date being that of the action on the hills by the village of Piegolelle (or Piegolette in English.)

HILLS, Leonard Matthew

RN Commando

Stoker Leonard Hills died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Register of Reports of Death - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/132.
[3] The Beachhead Commandos author A. Cecil Hampshire.

PANTER, Howard Denis

Marine Howard Denis Panter
40RM Commando
Marine Howard Denis Panter died along with the rest of  'T' Company 40RM Commando, when the ship they were on board, HMS Fidelity, was torpedoed and sunk.
 
Sources
CWGC.
[Image] BBC online WW2 People's War archive, article ID:A7804820, credit John Kinross-Purser [view....].
 

ROE, Alfred John

Petty Officer Alfred Roe 14 Commando
No 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.

STURMEY, Frank Ernest

Frank Ernest Sturmey 48 Commando
48RM Commando
Marine Frank Sturmey died during operations at Normandy on D Day.
 
Sources
CWGC.
[image] His niece Frances M.K. Storey.
 
Notes
Image from Home Guard service.
Son of Walter and Mable Alice Sturmey, of Stroud, Gloucestershire.
 

SWATTON, Vernon

40RM Commando
Corporal Vernon Swatton D.S.M., died along with the rest of  'T' Company 40RM Commando, when the ship they were on board, HMS Fidelity, was torpedoed and sunk.
 
In 1940 he was awarded the DSM whilst a Marine on HMS Nelson for "gallantry and devotion to duty during operations in Norway."
 
Source
CWGC
London Gazettes Supp. 34961, page 5878.
 

TIERNEY, Norman

41RM Commando
Acting Regimental Sergeant Major Norman Tierney died during operations at Salerno, this date being that of the action in the valley south of La Molina and the nearby hills close to Vietri.
 
He received a postumous MiD "For gallantry and undaunted devotion to duty in leading a successful counter-attack against a strongly held enemy position in Italy. He did not return from the attack. " 
 

TONER, Peter

41RM Commando

Marine Peter Toner died during operations at Salerno, this date being that of the action on the hills by the village of Piegolelle (or Piegolette in English.)

TRASK, Walter Albert Henry

40RM Commando
Lieutenant Walter Trask died along with the rest of  'T' Company 40RM Commando, when the ship they were on board, HMS Fidelity, was torpedoed and sunk.
 
Extract from the Western Morning News Saturday 01 January 1949.
Roll of Honour
TRASK, W.A.H. -  In treasured and loving memory of our devoted only son, Wally, Lieut., Royal Marine Commandos, H.M.S. Fidelity, killed in action Jan 1. 1943, aged 19½ years. Remembering also his gallant Royal Marine comrades who died with him.

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