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ARNOLD, David James

SBS
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant David Arnold, SBS formerly 45 Commando, died during operations in Aden [1].
  • On August 7, 1964, the marines were conducting operations in the Radafan Mountains. Sgt Arnold was killed during a planned night ambush near the village of Dhala, a centre of intense dissident activity.

BAIZLEY, Michael John

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Major Michael Baizley was appointed M.B.E., (Military Division),  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate, during the period

BLYTH, Eric Joseph

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Eric Blyth received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service with 45 Commando in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate, during the period 13 April to 15 October 1964 [1].

BOUCHER-MYERS, Bertram William Sydney

Major Boucher-Myers 4 Commando
No 4 Commando
Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales Volunteers)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Mentioned in Despatches
Bertram Boucher-Myers took part in the Lofoten and Dieppe raids receiving a MiD for the the latter [1], after which he was posted to the Staff College at Camberley. In 1946 he served with the East Lancs in India during their transition to independence. In 1949 he was posted to the military mission in Greece followed by a 2 year attachment to the Sudan Army.

BRAND, Douglas John

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant Douglas Brand was awarded the Military Cross for distinguished service in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate during the period 1st to 15th February 1965.
 

BYE, Francis Clifford Edward

Holding Operational Commando
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Lieutenant Francis Clifford Edward Bye served in the Holding Operational Commando in April 1945 [1].
  • May 1966 to July 1967 Commanding Officer 45 Commando [2].
  • 1 January 1968 (Lieutenant Colonel) appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) [3].
Sources

CALWAY, David Gerald

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine David Calway was gunned down by unknown Arabs in the back streets of the Crescent area of Aden while in civilian clothes.

Sources
AFM ROH.
British Casualties, Aden 1955-1967.
The Times 18th May 1967.

CAMPBELL, Robert Adair

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct
Major Robert Adair Campbell received the Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct  in recognition of distinguished service in operations in the Radfan Area during the period 8th-14th May 1965 [1].
  • 1971 Lieutenant Colonel commanding 41 Commando RM [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 43773, page 8973.

CLARK, Ian Campbell

Lieutenant Ian Clark RM
42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Ian Clark died during a cross border operation to Sajingan Besar*, Indonesia. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for distinguished service in support of operations. He had previously served in Aden with 45 Commando RM.
 

DANE, James Thomas

29 Cdo. Regt.RA
Royal Artillery
Died on active service
Bombardier James Dane died when he fell over a cliff while on operations against dissident tribesmen whilst deployed to Aden. He was serving with 2nd Bn., Parachute Regiment at the time. Buried Silent Valley Cemetery later reinterred to Dundalk.
 
Sources
AFM ROH
British Casualties, Aden 1955-1967.

EDWARDS, Brian Leslie

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Major Brian Edwards, Officer Commanding 'Z' Company, received a Mention Despatches in recogntion of gallant and distinguished service in Aden in 1967.
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 44558, page 3863.
[2] National Archives file WO373/138/70.
 

ESSEEN, David

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Died on active service

Marine David Esseen from Wallasey died whilst deployed to Aden, cause of death not known to this archive.

Sources
AFM ROH.
British Casualties, Aden 1955-1967.

GIBSON, Neil

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Neil Gibson was awarded the Military Medal for courage and distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st August 1973 - 31st October 1973 [1].​
 
Mentioned in Despatches 1967 Aden [2].
Recommendation

HYDES, Richard

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Died on active service

Marine Richard Hydes, from Bracebridge Lincoln, died in a live firing training accident outside Dhala camp, Aden, while preparing for the initial Radfan operation.  A newly introduced GPMG went off accidentally whilst the gunner was moving position and hit his number two, Marine Hydes, who was ahead of the gunner locating a new fire position. 

JEFFERY, Reginald

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Reginald Jeffery from Penzance died whilst deployed to Aden [1][2].  He was part of a training party that accidentally strayed across into Yemen and was ambushed. Four of the party were killed, one of these being L/Cpl Reginald Jeffery, who at the time was attached from 45 Commando RM to Headquarters Middle East Command [3].
 

LETCHFORD, Andrew Campbell

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Lieutenant Andrew Letchford was appointed M.B.E., (Military Division),  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate, during the period 1st to 15th February 1

LITTLEWOOD, Peter

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Peter Littlewood was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in operations in the South Arabian Federation.
 
Recommendation

MACVICAR, Alexander

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Quartermaster Sergeant Alexander MacVicar received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service with 45 Commando in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate, during the period 13 April to 15 October 1964.

MARTIN, Ian Campbell

Lieutenant Ian Martin 45 Commando
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Lieutenant Ian Martin, a Troop Commander in 'Z' Company, was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate, during the period 13 April to 15 October 1964 [1][1a].
Recommendation

MAYNE, James Thomas

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant James Mayne received a Mention in Despatches in recogntion of gallant and distinguished service in Aden [1].
 
Recommendation
Sergeant  Mayne has been the troop sergeant of the assault engineer troop in 45 Commando, Royal Marines, since March 1967.

MCGRATH, Edward

Edward McGrath 45 Commando
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Edward McGrath, from Kirkdale Liverpool, died during fighting between dissident tribesmen in the Radfan mountains. He had served in the Royal Marines for 7 years.

Sources
AFM ROH.
British Casualties, Aden 1955-1967.
Liverpool Echo newspaper report 5 Sept. 1964.

MUNSON, James

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant James Munson received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service with 45 Commando in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate, during the period 13 April to 15 October 1964 [1].

OWEN, John Ivor Headon

45 Cdo. RM
44RM Commando
Royal Marines
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain John Owen served with 44RM Commando during operations in the Far East [1]. Post war he served with 42 Commando RM in Borneo and commanded 45 Commando RM in Aden [2]
  • 1st January 1963 (Major) appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) [3].

PATERSON, George Begg

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant George Paterson was awarded the Military Medal for distinguished service in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate, during the period 13th April to 15th October 1964 [1][2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 43636, page 4130.

PETTIGREW, James

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Died on active service

Marine James Pettigrew died whilst deployed overseas to Aden, cause of death not known to this archive.

Sources
AFM ROH.
British Casualties, Aden 1955-1967.
 

POYZER, Gerald Anthony

43 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Died in service
Marine Gerald Poyzer, from Bingham Nottinghamshire, died at The Infirmary, Salisbury [1][2][3] from injuries received in a vehicle accident in Aden. [4]
 
Sources
[1] AFM ROH.
[2] England and Wales Government Probate Death Indices for 1962.

SMITH, Michael Stuart

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Michael Smith received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in Aden.
 
Source
London Gazette Supp. 44508, page 871 published 23 January 1968.
 

SMITH, Robert William

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Quartermaster Sergeant Robert Smith was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) in the New Years Honours List 1st January 1965 [1].
  • Additionally awarded the Military Medal for distinguished service in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate between the 9th to 15th February 1965 [2].

STEVENS, Terence Morton Patrick

41RM Commando
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Military Cross (MC)
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 

SWINDELL, Roy Goldthorpe

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Died on active service

Marine Roy Swindell, from Huntington, York, died whilst deployed overseas to Aden, cause of death not known to this archive.

Sources
AFM ROH.
England and Wales Government Probate Death Indices for 1963.
British Casualties, Aden 1955-1967.
 

TUCK, Keith

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Died on active service
Marine Keith Tuck, from Ilkeston Derbyshire, died at the Royal Air Force Hospital, Aden.
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
England and Wales Government Probate Death Indices.
 

WILSON, David McDonald

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine David Wilson, a radio operator with 'X' Company, was shot and killed by a sniper whilst pushing down Wadi Dhubsan, one of the most inaccessible rebel held areas of Radfan, about 60 miles north of Aden [2][3].
 
Sources
[1] AFM ROH.
[2] British Casualties, Aden, 1955-1967.

WOOLMAN, Tudor Lloyd

42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Tudor Woolman, 42 Commando RM, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Aden in 1967 [1].
Recommendation
"On Saturday 11th November 1967 42 Commando Royal Marines was responsible for the manning of of a series of observation posts overlooking Tawani.

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