STEVENS, Terence Morton Patrick

Known as: 
Paddy
Rank: 
Acting Captain (later Lieutenant Colonel)
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Acting Captain Terence Morton Patrick Stevens, 41RM Commando,  was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army during the successful landings in Normandy. [1]
 
Recommendation 
This officer assumed command of 'A' Troop at Lion-Sur-Mer on 6th June when his Troop Commander was wounded. He and a small party were cut off by enemy AFV's during the same morning. Lt. Stevens personally attacked them and succeeded in destroying one with a grenade. The enemy fled leaving another AFV intact. Several days later Lt. Stevens led a strong fighting patrol which blew a gap in the minefield surrounding an enemy radar position at Douvres-La-Deliverande. He led the patrol inside and gained information which proved of great value in the subsequent attack. Throughout this period of some days, this officer's initiative, personal bravery and offensive spirit have contributed largely to the success gained by the troop and the unit as a whole." [1a].
 
  • July 1963 to November 1964 Officer commanding 45 Commando RM.  The Commando was deployed in Aden, then Tanganyika (Tanzania) and, then on operations against rebels in the Radfan region. [2]
  • 13 June 1964 Lieutenant Colonel Stevens MC was appointed OBE. [3
His death was announced in Commando Association newsletter 108 issued March 1999.
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 36676, page 4008.
[1a] National Archives file WO373/47/6.
[2] The book The Long Summer  '45 Commando RM 1963-1964, Aden, Tanganyika and the Radfanauthor Lt Col Stevens.
[3] London Gazettes Supp. 43343, page 4942.
 

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