SANKEY, Robert Woodall

Lieutenant Colonel
Royal Marines
Royal Navy
Lieutenant Colonel Sankey RM
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Sankey was appointed Officer Commanding 40 Royal Marine Commando on the 1st July 1944 after the death in June of Lieutenant Colonel  James C. Manners, DSO [more....] [1].
  • 1943 Commanding Officer 11th RM Bn. [2].
  • July 1943 (Temporary Captain) (Acting Temporary Major) received a Mention in Despatches for good service in operations in the Middle East [3].
  • 28 December 1943 (Temporary Captain) (Acting Temporary Major) awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for courage and leadership in operations in North Africa [4].
  • 1 July 1944 posted 40RM Commando as Commanding Officer [1].
  • 23 November 1944 (Temporary Major) Acting Temporary Lieutenant Colonel) awarded the Distinguished Service Order [5] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations at Sarande between 24 September and 17 October 1944 [6].
[1] The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle, MBE, MC, RM.
[2] Navy Lists June 1943 Bi Monthly Volume 1.
[3] London Gazette Supp. 36099, page 3276.
[4] London Gazette Supp. 36303, page 5636.
[5] London Gazette Supp. 36807, page 5375.
[6] National Archives file WO373/46/234.
Notes from The Light Blue Lanyard @ [1] above.
Enlisted Royal Marines 1932; awarded King's Badge; former Corps heavyweight boxing champion;served as NCO until leaving service in 1935; renlisted at start of hostilities; commissioned 1940; posted 11th RM Bn; later OC 11th RM Bn.

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