VAN DER HORST, Richard Evert

Lieutenant Colonel
Royal Marines
Royal Navy
Wednesday, September 21, 1966
Died : 
Monday, March 14, 2005
Died in service
Local Roll of Honour: 
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Evert van der Horst OBE, Officer Commanding the Special Boat Service, died in a diving accident during an amphibious exercise off Norway on March 7 2005; he died on March 14. 
  • 1984 joined the Royal Marines as a university cadet entrant and passed out in 1988 with the Sword of Honour *.
  • 1988 appointed to 45 Commando Group and commanded a rifle troop and a mortar troop with operational tours in Northern Ireland and Iraq, and deployments to Norway and the Carribean.
  • 1991 completed Special Forces selection and saw service in the Far East, Middle East, Africa, Europe, and North America.
  • 11th July 1995 awarded the Queen's Commendation for Bravery for in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field.
  • 1999 after completing a Masters degree at the JSCSC he joined the UK Special Forces Headquarters as Group Operations Officer.
  • 2000 promoted to Lieut. Colonel.
  • UKSF Liaison Officer to the US Central Command and Deputy Director of Operations during the 2003 Gulf War.
  • 2003 Chief of Staff to HQ 3 Cdo. Bde. Appointed O.B.E.,(Military Division), in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in operations in Iraq during the period 19th March to 19th April 2003.
  • November 2004 Commanding Officer of the SBS.
A brave determined and inspiring leader who was greatly respected wherever he served.
* Extract from Commando Association Newsletter 87 issued Sept. 1988
"At a recent passing out parade at Royal Marines, Lympston, Richard Van Der Horst was awarded the Sword of Honour as the 'Outstanding Young Officer in Training' of the 1987 entry. Comrades will be pleased to learn that there is a strong Army Commando connection here.
Richard's grandfather was Captain Richard Broome [more....]his great uncle Capt. Joe Houghton [more....]; and his step grandfather is Lieut. (now Dr.) John Roderick [more....],  all of 2 Commando."
Navy News issue 1st June 2005
Commendation - London Gazettes Supp. 54212, page 15370.
O.B.E. - London Gazette Supp. 57100, page 10.
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