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RM Engineer Commando
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History of the Unit
The following reports relate to the operations of the Commando Units attached to 3 Commando Brigade.
INTERIM REPORT OPS - 3 CDO BDE NOV 1944 - JAN 1945
Author: Major D.B. Drysdale, BM, 3 Cdo Bde
Copy of original document supplied by: John Mewett
Transcribed by: Jennie Barlow
LCpl. Edward Ambler was killed during operations in NW Europe.
Sgt. Armitage was killed during operations at Normandy.
Cpl. Binns was killed during operations in NW Europe.
Mne. Chipperfield was killed during operations in NW Europe.
Cpl. Clark was killed during operations at Normandy on D Day.
Mne. Evans was killed during operations at Normandy on D Day.
Mne Nuttall died of wounds. His death is recorded in the War Diary for the RM Engineer Commando dated 19th October 1944. There it states he was wounded on the 11th and died on the 12th. However the CWGC records his unit as 47RM Commando.
Marine Charles Paton, 4 RM Engineer Commando, was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe.
CitationIn Burma on 12th January 1945 Sgt Pirie was engaged in mine clearing operations on the landing beach at Myebon Peninsula. Assisted by two NCOs he cleared fields of mines of a type hitherto unencountered in this theatre of war and unknown to them, with great coolness, devotion to duty, and disregard for his own personal safety. By his efforts many casualties were undoubtedly averted.
Mne. Rosson was killed during operations at Normandy on D Day.
Cpl. Thomson was killed during operations in Holland. The exact circumstances of his death are not known, but on the day of his death 47RM Commando took part in an unsuccessful attack on the German held small island of Kapelsche Veer which lies between the River Maas and the River Oudermaas.