VAN DER HORST, Richard Evert

Lieutenant Colonel
Royal Marines
Royal Navy
Service number: 
Wednesday, September 21, 1966
Died : 
Monday, March 14, 2005
Died in service
Operation 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.
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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