RM Engineer Commando

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'RM Engineer Commando'

History of the Unit
This unit had developed from units in the RM Battalions which were trained in demolitions and as assault engineers. From 25 October 1943 the first War Establishment was: HQ; Holding Troop; and two fighting Troops (Source: RM Circ 1303/43G dated 26 November 1943).
 

3 Commando Brigade, Burma Operations

Location

Myanmar
21° 54' 50.274" N, 95° 57' 22.4028" E
Saturday, January 1, 1944
The reports at the foot of this page relate to the operations of the Commando Units attached to 3 Commando Brigade that took place after the 1st January 1944.
 
Link of interest
There were a large number of casualties in the Burma Campaigns, both battle and illness.
Lieutenant Colonel R. Wigglesworth, M.B., B.S. Lond., Royal Army Medical Corps, wrote an excellent article titled

NEALE, Peter Walter James

Captain Peter Neale
Captain (Acting Lieutenant Colonel) Peter Neale RM, 1st RM Engineer Commando attached to 1 Commando Brigade [1+3], was awarded the Military Cross for bravery and great devotion to duty whilst operating with the allied army in North West Europe [2].
 
  • February 1944 A/Captain Neale was 2nd in command 1st RM Engineer Commando [3].
Sources
[1] Commando Association newsletter107 (obituaries).
[2] London Gazette supp. 37137, page 3090.

PIRIE, Alexander Beverley

Sergeant Alexander Pirie MM, RM
Sergeant Alexander Pirie , 3 RM Engineer Commando, was awarded the MM in recognition of his gallantry during operations at Myebon.
 

Citation 

In 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.

THOMSON, Donald (Cpl)

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.


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