Commando Roll of Honour after WW2

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ADDIS, Alan

Marine Alan Addis was serving with Naval Party 8901 when he disappeared in suspicious circumstances on the Falkland Islands in 1980.  [Sources: AFM ROH / Numerous online reports.]
 

ANDREWS, Trevor John

Sergeant Trevor Andrews was  a member of the SBS personnel who were on the submarine HMS Affray to carry out further training in exiting submarines etc. The submarine sank with all hands in Hurd Deep off Alderney in 1951. 

ARNOLD, David James

Sergeant David Arnold, SBS formerly 45 Commando, died during operations in Aden [1].
 
On August 7, 1964, the marines were conducting operations in the Radafan Mountains. Sgt Arnold was killed during a planned night ambush near the village of Dhala, a centre of intense dissident activity. He is commemorated on the Special Boat Service Memorial in Poole and at the National Memorial Arboretum. Sgt Arnold was also a noted racing canoeist, winning several events in the early 1960s, including the Devizes to Westminster Race [2]

ASHFIELD, Stuart James

Marine Stuart Ashfield died [1] whilst deployed to Norway on a training exercise [2]. He was driving a Land Rover when it was involved in a collision with a coach [3].
 
Stuart left Tarring High School at the age of 16 to become a Royal Marines cadet. He was one of the outstanding members of 8th Worthing Sea Scouts and was also a member of Worthing Swimming Club [3]. 
 
Sources:
[1] AFM ROH.
[2] Palace Barracks Memorial website.

BABB, Ronald Benjamin

Corporal Ronald Babb died [1] in the Korean war during a raid on the night of 6th/7th October, when two troops of the Commando landed under the command of Major D. L. St. M. Aldridge, R.M., at Churonjang.  A rail and road tunnel was blown up with two tons of explosive and completely blocked [2]
 

Extract from the Western Morning News - Thursday 12 October 1950

BALDWIN, David

Sergeant David Baldwin died during operations in Cyprus. He, and Mne. David Whitham, were killed on July 13 1958 in the Karpas Peninsular when their patrol landed by helicopter and came under ‘friendly fire’.
 
[Source: AFM ROH / British Cyprus Memorial Trust Book of Remembrance.]
 

BARNES, Charles Ernest

Sergeant Charles Barnes, 'B' Troop, died during operations at Hodo Pando, Korea. He was part of a raiding party that landed by canoe and were engaged in a daylong firefight. Sergeant Barnes received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service with 41 Independent Commando, Royal Marines, in operations in Korea. 
 

BAVIN, Richard Julian Ebblewhite

Lieut. Colonel Richard Bavin OBE was killed whilst on board a US Marine Corps transport plane that crashed into Mount Tobin, Nevada during a snowstorm.  18 US servicemen also died in the crash.  He was serving as the UK Royal Marines representative at the Quantico Education and Development Centre.
 
He had previously served in 42RM Commando during WW2 *, and was a member of the Commando Association. On the 8th June 1963 the then Major Bavin had been appointed OBE.
 

BEASLEY, Nicholas

Sergeant Nicholas Beasley died 2 weeks before his retirement after 22 years service.  At the time he was serving on the staff at the Royal Navy's basic training establishment, HMS Raleigh, in Cornwall. His career included service in Iraq and tours of duty in Northern Ireland.
[Source:  AFM ROH / Northants Telegraph dated 11/8/2010]
 

BELL, Thomas Matthew

Marine Thomas Bell from Gateshead, was serving at the Commando Training Centre RM at the time of his death.  He and his colleagues were celebrating the end of their training at Penhale Camp near Perranporth, Cornwall. On the way back to his quarters along the cliff path he accidentally fell to his death.  The Coroner recorded a verdit of Misadventure.
 
Sources
AFM ROH
Newcastle Journal - Saturday 7 July 1984

BENSLEY, James

James Bensley
Corporal James Bensley, a Royal Marines Reservist with the R.M.F.V.R. (Tyne), died [1] in a parachute training exercise at Poole, Dorset [2]. A former Gunner in No.1 Commando during WW2 [2], James Bensley had left the Army and was married with a child, residing at Isobella Street, Newcastle, and working as a clerk with the Ministry of Pensions [3]. A Coroner later recorded a verdict of accidental death [4].
 
Sources
[1] AFM ROH.

BEVAN, Christopher John

Marine Christopher Bevan died in a traffic accident in Plymouth. 
[Sources: AFM ROH / naval-history.net]
 
Notes
1.  Date of death shown as on AFM ROH;
2. The Naval history website shows the following: 
Friday, 12 June 1981  Royal Marines, 42 Commando, road accident at Plymouth, Devon
BEVAN, Christopher J, Marine, P040432F,

BEWLEY, Neil

Marine Neil Bewley was shot and killed during operations in Turf Lodge, Belfast, Northern Ireland. [Source:  AFM ROH / Northern Ireland - An Agony Continued author Ken Wharton.]
 

BIRCH, Marc John

Cpl. Marc Birch

Corporal Marc Birch died whilst deployed on operations with X-Ray Company, 45 Commando Group, Royal Marines. The company was conducting an operation alongside Afghan National Army troops to dominate areas posing a dangerous threat to British forces and the local Afghan population. Whilst acting as Second-in-Command of the Quick Reaction Force in support of a company operation, Corporal Birch was killed by a suspected enemy suicide bomber.

BLAKEWAY, Benet Carr

Marine Benet Blakeway, HQ 3 Commando Brigade, died during operations in Cyprus. He, and QMS Alfred Wheeler, both perished from exposure on anti-terrorist operations after their vehicle fell into a deep gully in the Troodos Mountains during a blizzard [1].
 

BROWN, Adam Robert

Marine Adam Brown

Marine Adam Brown died during operations in Afghanistan. 

He was conducting a reassurance patrol as part of 3 Troop, Alpha Company 40 RM Cdo., to provide security for the locals in the area. At approximately 1750hrs on Sunday 1 August, there was an explosion in the vicinity of his patrol base and he was killed instantly in the blast. [Source: MOD]

BROWNING, James Gardner

Corporal James Browning, HQ 3 Commando Bde. RM,  was reported missing presumed drowned, after the cessation of hostilities on the Falklands, when caught in a sudden squall whilst in a dinghy off Port Stanley. He had previously served in 45 Commando workshops. 

BURTENSHAW, Derek Edward

Marine Derek Burtenshaw died in an air crash at Luqa airport, Malta. The Valleta aircraft of 70 Sqn. landed onto the grass next to the runway when its aileron jammed, hit the runway control caravan, and burst into flames. Marine Ronald Don also died. They had been taking part in an exercise from the Suez Canal Zone.
 

BURTON, Nathaniel Paul

Junior Marine Nathaniel Burton drowned in a remote pool on Dartmoor.  He was 11 weeks into his 30-week Commando training course and was taking part in a river crossing exercise at Crazy Well Pool, near Burrator reservoir.
[Sources: AFM ROH / BBC News online 16th Oct. 1998.]
 

BUSCALL, John Allan

Capt Buscall RM

Capt. John Buscall died whilst serving at the Commando School RM. [1]

In 1942 the then PLY/X 561 Sgt John Allan Buscall RM was promoted Lieutenant. [2] 

In August 1943 on their formation, he joined 46RM Commando and served with with 'Z' troop of 46RM Commando. [3]

He received a MID for distinguished services in NW Europe whilst Lieutenant (Acting Major). [4]

BUTCHERS, Peter John

Marine Peter Butchers, Mortar Platoon, died when a mortar bomb exploded in the barrel during a live firing training exercise on Otterburn Ranges, Northumberland. Also killed were Mne. Anthony Helstrip and Mne. Glenn Miller.
 
Sources

CAMPBELL, Gordon Alexander

Lance Corporal Gordon Campbell died during training  at the Pontrilas Army Training Area near Hereford involving fast roping from a helicopter. During his nine years in the Corps he had served in Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. His funeral with full military honours, took place at Oldmeldrum Parish Church, Aberdeenshire.  
[Sources: AFM ROH / MOD FOI Request ref 2015/09430/ BBC Online]
 
Notes

CAMPBELL-SMITH, Richard Carl

Mne Richard Campbell-Smith CTCRM

Marine Richard Campbell-Smith was four weeks from the end of his 32-week course at the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon, when he reportedly scratched his legs while running. He was admitted to the base medical unit, and later taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital where he died on 2 November. 

A post-mortem examination showed heart and respiratory failure, and traces of infection with the toxin Panton Valentine Leukocidin were found.  A verdict of accidental death was recorded.[Sources: AFM ROH / BBC News report online]

CATTELL, William Howard James

Marine William Cattell from Birmingham was found shot dead in South Vietnam whilst absent from his unit in Plymouth since April.  He was found on Highway 555 leading to Quang Tri city. 

Sources
AFM ROH
Birmingham Daily Post - Thursday 03 August 1972
British Newspaper Archive (website britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board.
 

CECIL, John

CSgt. John Cecil

Colour Sergeant John Cecil,  UK Landing Force Command Support Group, died in a helicopter crash.

At around midnight GMT on Friday 21 March 2003, a US Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter crashed south of the Kuwait border with US and UK personnel aboard; there were no survivors. Eight personnel from 3 Commando Brigade died in the accident, along with four US aircrew. [Source: MOD]

CHADWICK, James

Marine James Chadwick died when a 3 tonne vehicle he was driving ran off the road during the hours of darkness in the Lenggong area of Malaya.
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
Malaya Historical Group.
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
 

CHARNOCK, Andrew

Marine Andrew Charnock collapsed and died from heat exhaustion during a 30-mile training run on Dartmoor. He was in the final stage of training with the Royal Marines.
[Source: AFM ROH / Daily Mirror and other media reports 10 July 1997]
 

CLARK, Ian Campbell

Lieutenant Ian Clark died during a cross border operation to Sajingan Besar * in Indonesia. He received a posthumous MiD for distinguished services in support of operations.
 
The operation, codenamed Lively Cricket,  was against Indonesian forces who had been mortaring the 42 Commando base at Kampung Biawak, in Sarawak, Malaysia.
 
Also died in this operation
Marine Thomas Collins.
 

COATES, Timothy Patrick

Marine Timothy Coates, serving on attachment to the UNHCR in Sarajevo, was shot dead by personnel manning a Bosnian Government checkpoint in the city. He was off duty and wearing plain clothes at the time. 
 
[Sources: AFM ROH / Navy News issue May 1994, p36. / Statement in Parliament 18th April 1994 by The Secretary of State for Defence, Mr. Malcolm Rifkind,  www. publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm199394/cmhansrd/1994-04-18/Debate-1.html ]
 

COLLINS, Thomas Joseph

Marine Thomas Joseph Collins 42 Commando
Marine Thomas Collins was shot on Indonesian territory on 16 March 1966, the same day as Lt Clark from L Coy 42 Cdo RM., while taking part in a cross-border operation during “Confrontation”. He was seen to fall but the circumstances of the operation made it impossible to recover his body at the time.

COOP, James Barry

Lieutenant James Coop, 'X' troop, was shot and killed when a patrol he was leading was ambushed about eight miles from Kuala Kangsar, Perak, by a strong force of communist terrorists. Also killed was Corporal R.T. Ryder.
 
Sources
AFM ROH
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
 

CRESSWELL, Thomas Anthony

Private Thomas Cresswell died overseas and is buried in Germany.  The headstone at his grave states, "First on the rope. A beloved son. Died in life saving attempt." 

Sources:
CWGC main entry and headstone file.
 
Notes
The CWGC entry records his secondary unit as "Formerly Holding Operational Commando. 
 

CULLEN, Michael

Marine Michael Cullen died in service whilst deployed to Hong Kong.
 
Source
CWGC
 
Notes
Commando Unit as per CWGC entry. The title was redesignated to 45 Commando RM this year.

CURRY, Thomas Geoffrey

Mne. Tom Curry
Marine Thomas Curry died instantly as a result of enemy small arms fire when elements of 42 Commando were engaged in close-quarter fighting with the Taleban near Kajaki, in Northern Helmand. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and disting

CUTTING, Robert Steven

Gnr Robert Cutting 29 Commando

Gunner Robert Cutting, aged 18, from Blackley Manchester, was shot dead at 4am whilst on foot patrol at the junction of Lepper Street and Stratheden Street, in the New Lodge area of Belfast. This was a blue on blue incident.

A chronology of the Northern Ireland Conflict September- October 1972 entitled The Troubles issue 17 describes the tragic incident and states a Marine was also seriously injured after 2 patrols mistook each other for gunmen.

DANELLS, Peter John Godfrey

Corporal Peter Danells 40 Commando
Peter Danells
Corporal Peter Danells died [1] when struck on the temple by a piece of shrapnel during a cross border operation (Op. Claret) in Sarawak [2].  The patrol came under small arms and mortar fire. Peter was hit by mortar bomb shrapnel and was carried back across the border by the section [3].
 
Sources

DAVIES, Damian Jonathan

Mne. Damian Davies
Marine Damian Davies, Landing Force Support Party (LFSP), died as a result of a suspected suicide bomb attack south of Sangin, Afghanistan.  At the time of his death he was on patrol with X-Ray Company, 45 Commando Group, Royal Marines. The company was conducting an operation alongside Afghan National Army troops to dominate areas posing a dangerous threat to British forces and the local Afghan population.  
 

DAWES, Andrew Paul

Mne Andrew Dawes RM
Mne. Andy Dawes died in a collision as he drove a military vehicle in a convoy on the A9 near Aviemore in Scotland. 
 
Mne Dawes joined the Royal Marines aged 20 on April 16, 2012. After completing his training, he joined FPGRM in January 2013. He later served on maritime operations around the globe and joined the Motor Transport Troop as a general duties driver in March. 
 

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