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ANRUDE, Jack

Lieutenant Jack Anrude
40 Cdo. RM
Lieutenant Jack Anrude was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan in 2010 [1].
 
Lt. Anrude led his troop out of Patrol Base Hanjar accompanying an Afghan Special Forces unit to speak with locals at a mosque. 

ARMSTRONG, Liam Peter

Marine Liam Armstrong MC
45 Cdo. RM
Marine Liam Armstrong was awarded the Military Cross  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan in 2002.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 56920, page 5274.
[Image] BBC News online 4 Dec. 2006.
 

BALLANCE, John

45 Cdo. RM
Corporal John Ballance was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2008 to 31st March 2009 [1].
 
A spokesman for the MoD said: "Despite a heavy weight of enemy fire, Ballance and a comrade relentlessly cleared a route towards stricken casualties. With complete disregard for his own safety, Ballance repeatedly ran from cover into fire to manage the evacuation of a casualty and continue the battle" [2].
 
Sources

BATEMAN, Richard

Royal Marines
Corporal Richard Bateman was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2008 to 31st March 2009.

BIRCH, Marc John

Cpl. Marc Birch
45 Cdo. RM

Corporal Marc Birch died whilst deployed on operations with X-Ray Company, 45 Commando Group, Royal Marines. The company was conducting an operation alongside Afghan National Army troops to dominate areas posing a dangerous threat to British forces and the local Afghan population. Whilst acting as Second-in-Command of the Quick Reaction Force in support of a company operation, Corporal Birch was killed by a suspected enemy suicide bomber.

BIRDSALL, Steven James

Marine Steven Birdsall
40 Cdo. RM
Marine Steven Birdsall died during operations in Afghanistan. 
During the late afternoon of Sunday 13 June 2010, Bravo Company was providing security to Royal Engineers who were reinforcing the defences at one of the UK Check Points in Sangin.
At approximately 1629hrs local time, Marine Birdsall received a gunshot wound and was immediately evacuated to Camp Bastion's Role 3 Hospital where his condition was listed as critical.

BISPHAM, Matthew

42 Cdo. RM
Marine Matthew Bispham was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan [1].
 
On 13 January 2007 Bispham’s company conducted a deliberate attack onto a hill and compounds. The enemy fired machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades from a group of compounds and all Troops were pinned down by the accuracy of the fire. Bispham’s group was tasked to assault.

BOGLE, Dexter

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Marine Dexter Bogle received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2010 to 31st March 2011.
 

BROWN, Adam Robert

Marine Adam Brown
40 Cdo. RM

Marine Adam Brown died during operations in Afghanistan. 

He was conducting a reassurance patrol as part of 3 Troop, Alpha Company 40 RM Cdo., to provide security for the locals in the area. At approximately 1750hrs on Sunday 1 August, there was an explosion in the vicinity of his patrol base and he was killed instantly in the blast. [Source: MOD]

BROWN, Christopher Charles

29 Cdo. Regt.RA
Captain Christopher Brown, 29 Commando Regiment RA, was a Naval Gunfire Spotter attached to Special Forces during the Falklands War. He received a Mention in despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service between 25 April to 15 June 1982 [1] [2].
  • 30 Sept 1987 promoted Major [3].
  • 30 June 1997 (Lieutenant Colonel) promoted Colonel [4].

BUCHANAN, Craig Andrew

Marine Craig Andrew Buchanan 40 Commando
40 Cdo. RM
Marine Craig Buchanan was awarded the Military Cross for his immense bravery and remarkable composure under fire when his patrol was attacked by a rogue Afghan policeman, during the period 1 October 2012 to 31 March 2013.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 60647, page 19570.

BURGESS, George

Royal Marines
Lance Corporal George Burgess recieved The Queen's Commendation for Bravery in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan.
 
Source
London Gazette Supp. 59554, page 18537,  24 September 2010.
 

CANTERBURY, Derrin Mark

Royal Marines
Sergeant Derrin Canterbury received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2008 to 31st March 2009 [1].
  • 4 January 2016 commissioned Lieutenant and appointed to the Trained Strength 17 March 2016 [2].
  • 4 January 2018 promoted Captain [3].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 59182, page 15641.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 61565, page 9724.

CARTER, Kevin Charles

Royal Marines
Sergeant Kevin Carter was awarded the George Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan. [1].
  • October 2004 (Warrant Officer 2) received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services at sea  [2].

CHEESEMAN, Daniel James Edward

Major Daniel Cheeseman
40 Cdo. RM
Major Daniel Cheeseman, 40 Commando RM, was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2007 to 31st March 2008 [1].
  • 30 June 2010 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
  • 2012 Chief of Staff, HQ 3 Commando Brigade RM [3].
  • 2013 Officer Commanding 45 Commando Group RM [4].
  • 1 September 2015 promoted Colonel [5].
Sources

CHEESEMAN, Kevin John

45 Cdo. RM
Warrant Officer Class 2 Kevin Cheeseman was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2008 to 31st March 2009.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 59182, page 15639.
 

CHICKEN, Simon Timothy

Royal Marines
Captain Simon Chicken was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period 1st October 1994 to 31st March 1995 [1].
  • 2001 (Lieutenant Colonel) Commanding Officer 45 Commando Group [2].
  • 29 April 2003 (Colonel) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan in 2002 [3].
  • 1 November 2011 (Brigadier) promoted to Major General [4].

CROUCHER, Matthew

Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher GC
RM Reserve
Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher, RM Reserve, was awarded the George Cross for his extreme gallantry on 9 February 2008 when he willingly risked his own life in a most deliberate act of self-sacrifice to save his comrades from death or serious injury.
 
He was deployed at the time to Helmand Province, Afghanistan as a reconnaissance operator in 40 Commando Group's Commando Reconnaissance Force, elements of which were operating from Forward Operating Base Robinson.
 

CURRY, Thomas Geoffrey

Mne. Tom Curry
42 Cdo. RM
Marine Thomas Curry died instantly as a result of enemy small arms fire when elements of 42 Commando were engaged in close-quarter fighting with the Taleban near Kajaki, in Northern Helmand. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and disting

CURTIS, Daniel Gad

Royal Marines
Marine Daniel Curtis received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan between 1st April to 30th September 2007 [1].
  • 30 December 2017 (Colour Sergeant) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 58633, page 3613.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 62150, page N6.
 

DARLEY, Matthew Edward

Royal Marines
Major Matthew Darley was awarded the US Air Medal conferred by the President of the United States of America in recognition of meritorious, gallant and distinguished services during coalition operations in Afghanistan.
 
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DAVIES, Damian Jonathan

Mne. Damian Davies
Cdo. Log. Regt.
Marine Damian Davies, Landing Force Support Party (LFSP), died as a result of a suspected suicide bomb attack south of Sangin, Afghanistan.  At the time of his death he was on patrol with X-Ray Company, 45 Commando Group, Royal Marines. The company was conducting an operation alongside Afghan National Army troops to dominate areas posing a dangerous threat to British forces and the local Afghan population.  
 

DAVIS, Edward Grant Martin

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Brigadier Edward Davis, O.B.E., Commander 3 Commando Brigade RM [1][1A], was appointed C.B. E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st April 2011 to 30th September 2011 [2].
  • 28 November 2011 promoted Major General [3].
  • 14 June 2014 appointed C.B. (Military Division) [4].
  • 1 July 2014 promoted Lieutenant General [5].
Sources

DAVIS, Owen Edward

Captain Owen Edward Davis 40 Commando
40 Cdo. RM
Acting Captain Owen Davis, Cultural Advisor, 40 Commando Royal Marines, was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for his courage on operations in Afghanistan, in particular in an action to neutralise a sniper in a village peppered with multiple IEDs, during the period 1 October 2012 to 31 March 2013. 
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 60647, page 19570.
RN News online - Awards October 2013.
[Image] RN/MOD website - PO Phot Derek Wade.
 

DAY, Tony Kenneth

Royal Marines
Corporal Tony Day was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2001 to 31st March 2002.
 
Source
London Gazette Supp. 57588, page 3378.
 

DECHOW, William Ernest

Royal Marines
Lieutenant Colonel William Dechow was appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) 31 December 2002 [1].
  • 4 July 2006 (Acting Colonel) promoted Colonel [2].
  • 21 June 2011 promoted Brigadier [3].
  • Awarded the US Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer) conferred by the President of the United States of America  in recognition of meritorious, gallant and distinguished services during coalition operations in Afghanistan [4].
Sources

DEERING, Robert Christopher

Cpl Robert Deering
Cdo. Log. Regt.
Corporal Robert Deering died when shortly after 0715hrs a Viking armoured personnel carrier was involved in an explosion west of Lashkar Gah in Helmand Province, injuring three other personnel and disabling the vehicle. As Corporal Deering approached the stricken vehicle to assess the damage, a second explosion occurred, killing him instantly.
[Source: MOD]
 

DEWAR, Duncan Andrew

45 Cdo. RM
Lieutenant Colonel Duncan Dewar received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 to 31st March 2007 [1].
  • Commanding Officer, 45 Commando Group [1a].
  • 31 December 2013 (Colonel) appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
  • 19 April 2014 to retired list [3].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 58396, page 10412.
[1a] Globe and Laurel Jul/Aug. 2007.
[2] London Gazette 60728, page 5.

DOWLEN, Henry

Major Henry Dowlen
RM Reserve
Acting Major Henry Dowlen, RM Reserve, received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the field during the period 1 January to 30 September 2015 [1].
  • Surg. Lt. H. T. B. Dowlen, was initially Commissioned on 1 July 2002 and appointed to the Trained Strength of the Royal Navy Medical Branch on 18th February 2008 [2].
  • Appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) (45 Commando Medical Officer) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1 October 2008 to 31 March 2009 [3].

DRINKWATER, Ross

Royal Marines
Captain Ross Drinkwater was appointed M.B. E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st April 2011 to 30th September 2011 [1]. 

DUNSTAN, Neil David

Mne Neil Dunstan
3 Cdo. Bde. RM

Marine Neil Dunstan was killed by an explosion in the Garmsir District of southern Helmand, at 1647 hrs local time, while operating as part of Task Force Helmand's Information Exploitation Group. He was taking part in a routine joint patrol with soldiers from the Afghan National Security Forces when his Jackal vehicle was struck by an explosive device.

DUTTON, James Benjamin

Royal Marines
Lieutenant General Sir James Dutton K.C.B., C.B.E., was awarded the Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer) conferred by the President of the United States of America in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during coalition operations in Iraq [1]
  • 15 October 1996 (Lieutenant Colonel) appointed Commanding Officer 40 Commando, Royal Marines [2].

ELMS, Liam Michael

Cpl Liam Elms 45 Commando
45 Cdo. RM
Corporal Liam Elms, 45 Commando Royal Marines, Zulu Company, died as a result of an enemy ied explosion during operations in southern Helmand. The Company was conducting a local area patrol alongside Afghan National Army troops in order to reassure the local population.
 

EVANS, Tony

Mne Tony Evans 42 Commando
42 Cdo. RM

Marine Tony Evans died during operations in Afghanistan. He and Marine Georgie Sparks, both of J Company, had been conducting a foot patrol to the north-west of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. Marines Evans and Sparks had moved on to the roof of a compound when, at around 0900 hours, there was an attack by insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades and they were badly wounded. Both received immediate medical attention and were moved to a secure location before being put on a helicopter to be transferred back to Camp Bastion.

FAIRBROTHER, David

Mne. David Fairbrother 42Commando
42 Cdo. RM
Marine David Fairbrother, Kilo Company, died whilst deployed as part of Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj in support of an Afghan National Army (ANA) patrol into the village of Old Khorgajat.  Just under two hours into the patrol they were engaged with small arms fire from close range and Marine Fairbrother was fatally wounded. Despite the best efforts of his colleagues to administer first aid, Marine Fairbrother died of his wounds.
[Source: MOD]
 

FELLOWS, Steven James

LCpl Steven Fellows 45 Commando
45 Cdo. RM

Lance Corporal Steven Fellows was part of a patrol in the Green Zone south of Forward Operating Base Jackson when a Jackal vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in the Helmand River Wadi.  All three of the vehicle occupants were wounded with LCpl Fellows’ position as the vehicle commander taking the full brunt of the explosion. Despite a rapid withdrawal to the Forward Operating Base’s medical facility, and subsequent evacuation by helicopter, LCpl Fellows was pronounced dead without regaining consciousness.

FIDLER, John Quentin

Royal Marines
Major John Fidler was awarded the Bronze Star  Medal conferred by the President of the United States of America in recognition of meritorious, gallant and distinguished service during coalition operations in Afghanistan.

FORBES, Duncan Graham

45 Cdo. RM
Captain Duncan Forbes received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 to 31st March 2007.

Sources
London Gazette Supp. 58396, page 10412.
Globe and Laurel Jul/Aug. 2007 edition.
 

FORD, Matthew Christopher

45 Cdo. RM
Lance Corporal Matthew Ford died when elements of 45 Commando Royal Marines were engaged in a deliberate offensive operation to the south of Garmsir in southern Helmand, Afghanistan.
 
Matthew Ford joined the Royal Marines aged 24, on 23 April 2001 after going to college and working locally. After passing out from the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon where he earned the coveted Green Beret, he joined 1 Assault Group Royal Marines in Poole.
 

FRY, Robert Alan

Royal Marines
  • 1978 (Lieutenant) received Mention In Despatches for distinguished service in Northern Ireland [1].
  • 1980 (Captain) appointed M.B.E., in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland [2].

GADIE, Philip

45 Cdo. RM
Major Philip Gadie, 45 Commando RM, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 to 31st March 2007 [1].
  • 30 June 2011 (Acting Lieutenant Colonel) promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].

GALACKI, Toni

Royal Marines
Corporal Toni Galacki received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan in 2010.
 
Source
London Gazette Supp. 59737, page 5641.
 

GILL, Martin Joseph

LCpl Martin Gill 42 Commando
42 Cdo. RM
Lance Corporal Martin Gill died whilst deployed with his Multiple as part of a patrol in the area of Adensee in the Nahr-e Saraj (South) district in Helmand province. The aim of the patrol was to assess the atmospherics, meet and talk with local nationals, and disrupt insurgent activity in the area, in preparation for future operations. The Multiple was an hour into its patrol when it was engaged by small-arms re from a nearby compound. LCpl Gill was hit and fatally wounded, and, despite being administered immediate first aid, tragically died of his wounds.
 

GOODMAN, William

40 Cdo. RM
Captain William Goodman, Operations Officer Bravo, 40 Commando Royal Marines, received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service for his skill and tenacity in leading the Transition Support Unit’s Operation Room in Afghanistan and ensuring that every opportunity was seized in advancing the campaign whilst remaining in relentless pursuit of insurgents, during the period 1 October 2012 to 31 March 2013.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 60647, page 19571.

GOSTICK, Dale Edward

Mne Dale Gostick ASRM
RM Armoured Support Group

Marine Dale Gostick died whilst serving as a Viking operator in 3rd Troop, Armoured Support Company, at the Sangin crossing of the Helmand River, southern Helmand province, Afghanistan. His troop were returning to their Forward Operating Base, after providing essential support to 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA) Battle Group, when the Viking he was driving struck a suspected mine. Sadly, despite the best efforts of the medical team on site, Marine Gostick was pronounced dead at the scene.

GROVES, Richard Geoffrey

29 Cdo. Regt.RA
Warrant Officer Richard Groves received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 to 31st March 2007.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 58396, page 10412.
Globe and Laurel Jul/Aug. 2007 edition.
 

GUTTERIDGE, Tobias

SBS
Marine Toby Gutteridge, Special Boat Service, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan. 
 
His first tour of Afghanistan was with 40 Commando RM.  He subsequently passed UK Special Forces training. In November 2009 during his second tour of Afghanistan, now with the SBS, he was shot through the neck leaving him paralysed. 
 

HALL, Simon Jeremy

Royal Marines
Lieutenant Colonel Simon Hall, O.B.E., received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in Afghanistan during the period 1 October 2012 to 31 March 2013.
 
Sources
OBE - H.M. Birthday Honours 2004, London Gazette Supp. 57315, page 4.
Commendation - London Gazette Supp. 60647, page 19571.
 

HARRIS, Tristan

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Major Tristan Harris was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2008 to 31st March 2009 [1].
  • 30 June 2010 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].

HARRISON, Christopher Lewis

Cpl. Harrison 40 Commando
40 Cdo. RM
Corporal Christopher Harrison, Bravo Company, died whilst part of a patrol alongside the Afghan National Army in order to help provide security for the local population of Sangin. At approximately 0620 hours local time on 9 May 2010, south of Patrol Base Shuga, Corporal Harrison was fatally wounded in an explosion.
 

HARRISON, Matthew Thomas

Mne. Matthew Harrison 40 Commando
40 Cdo. RM
Marine Matthew Harrison, Charlie Company, died whilst part of a joint reassurance patrol with the local Afghan National Army, south of Patrol Base Seylab Doo. At 1805 hrs local time, the patrol was engaged with small arms fire. Marine Harrison was mortally wounded in the attack. He was evacuated to Camp Bastion Role Three Hospital where he died of his wounds.
 

HARRISON, Thomas

40 Cdo. RM

Acting Lance Corporal Thomas Harrison, Company Intelligence Marine, 40 Commando Royal Marines, received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service for his exceptional service in providing his Company with first class intelligence that enabled them to make a major contribution to campaign success in Afghanistan during the period 1 October 2012 to 31 March 2013.

HART, David Charles

Mne David Hart 40 Commando
40 Cdo. RM
Marine David Hart, Charlie Company, serving as part of Combined Force Sangin, died in an explosion while on foot patrol in the Sangin District of Helmand Province. He was part of a joint reassurance patrol with the local Afghan Army
 

HEDGES, Justin William

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Major Justin Hedges, HQ Squadron, was appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 to 31st March 2007 [1].
  • 1 July 2016 (Colonel) promoted Brigadier [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 58396, page 10410.
[1] Globe and Laurel Jul/Aug. 2007 edition.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 61793, page 26900.
 

HOLLINGTON, Richard Humphrey

Mne Richard Hollington 40 Commando
40 Cdo. RM
Marine Richard Hollington, Bravo Company, died of wounds from an explosion that occurred on the 12th June 2010 whilst he was conducting a reassurance patrol in Afghanistan for the local nationals in an area to the south of Patrol Base Ezeray. He had been immediately evacuated to Bastion Role 3 Hospital where his condition was listed as critical. On 13 June 2010 he was transferred to the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. At 1108hrs BST on 20 June 2010, with his parents and brothers present, Marine Hollington sadly died of his wounds.
 

HOLMES, Matthew John

42 Cdo. RM
Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Holmes, Commanding Officer 42 Commando RM, was appointed D.S.O. in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 to 31st March 2007 [1].
  • 19 March 2013 (Colonel) promoted Brigadier [2].
  • 9 May 2018 promoted Major General [3].
  • 8 June 2019 appointed C.B.E. (Military Division) [4].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 58396, page 10411.

HOOK, David Arnold

Major General David Hook RM
Royal Marines
Brigadier David Hook was appointed C.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st April 2009 to 30th September 2009 [1].
  • 3 October 2011 promoted Major General [2].

HORROCKS, James

Royal Marines
Sergeant James Horrocks received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2008 to 31st March 2009 .
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 59182, page 15641.
 

HOTINE, Anthony Dean

Mne Anthony Hotine 40 Commando
40 Cdo. RM
Marine Anthony Hotine, Alpha Company, died during the early morning as a result of an explosion which occurred when Alpha Company was conducting a joint reassurance patrol with the Afghan National Army in the area around Patrol Base Jamil, in the Sangin district of Helmand province.
 

HOULTRAM, Lee Andrew

Sgt. Lee Andrew Houltram RM
Royal Marines
Sergeant Lee Houltram died [1] during operations targetting a Taliban bomb making factory near Gereshk, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.  He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan [2].
 
In July 2008 he received a Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2007 to 31st March 2008 [3].
 
Sources
[1] AFM ROH

JACKSON, Mark Anthony

40 Cdo. RM
Marine Mark Jackson, 'D' Company, was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan in 2010.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 59737, page 5640.
Report in the Daily Telegraph 27Mar2011.
 

JAMES, Paul Melvyn

Royal Marines
Lieutenant Colonel Paul James was appointed D.S.O. in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st April 2010 to 30th September 2010 [1].
  • 22 August 2011 promoted Colonel [2].
  • 30 August 2017 to retired list [3].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 59737, page 5640.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 59898, page 16983.
[3] London Gazette Supp. 62062, page 17880.
 

JONES, Michael Peter

Royal Marines

Corporal Michael Jones died during operations in Southern Afghanistan. He joined the Royal Marines aged 18 on 8 February 1999. Through eight years of meritorious service, he served on operations in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. [Source: MOD]

LASKI, Michael

Mne. Michael Laski 45 Commando
45 Cdo. RM

Marine Michael Laski died of the wounds he sustained in action on 23 February 2009 to the north of Sangin, Helmand province, Afghanistan. He passed away peacefully at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham on 25 February 2009 with his family beside him.

LAWTON, Peter

Royal Marines
Warrant Officer Class 1 Peter Lawton was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division), on 31 December 1996 [1].
 
Acting Major Peter Lawton M.B.E., received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2007 to 31st March 2008 [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 54625, page 5.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 58776, page 11242.
 

LEAVER, Andrew

45 Cdo. RM
Sergeant Andrew Leaver, 45 Commando RM, was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2008 to 31st March 2009 [1].

LEWIS, Ross

Royal Marines
Marine Ross Lewis was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan in 2014.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 61284, page 12288.
 

LIMB, Thomas James

40 Cdo. RM
Captain Thomas Limb, Troop Commander, 40 Commando Royal Marines, received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service for his leadership and dedication in training and mentoring the Afghan Police Force in his isolated check point in the face of continuous insurgent threats to coalition forces during the period 1 October 2012 to 31 March 2013 [1][1A].
  • 11 May 2018 Mentioned in Despatches  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field during the period 1 April 2017 to 30 September 2017 [2].

LISON, Adam

42 Cdo. RM
Corporal Adam Lison received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 to 31st March

LITSTER, Alan

Fleet Protection Group RM
Lieutenant (Local Captain) Alan Litster was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) for gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period 1st October 1996 to 31st March 1997 [1].
  • 11 September 2009 (Lieutenant Colonel)  appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2008 to 31st March 2009 [2].
  • 9 May 2011 promoted Colonel [3].

LLOYD, Wayne Robert

Royal Marines
Corporal Wayne Lloyd was awarded the Military Cross  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2007 to 31st March 2008.
 
Sources
London Gazette 58776, page 11242.
 

LUCAS, Alexander James

Mne Alexander Lucas 45 Commando
45 Cdo. RM
Marine Alexander Lucas died of wounds received in an IED explosion.  He was a specialist Royal Marine Assault Engineer and his role within Victor Company placed him at the vanguard of troop action. With his specialist skills he provided intimate engineer support to the front line of the fighting troops. As a consequence, he was often the first man into dangerous situations and vulnerable areas, clearing the way for his colleagues to follow.

MACKIE, Jason Robert Frederick

Mne Jason Mackie ASGRM
RM Armoured Support Group

Marine Jason Mackie was supporting IX Company of the Welsh Guards when his vehicle struck an explosive device in the Basharan area of central Helmand, Afghanistan. The explosion killed Marine Mackie instantly and also injured his crew mate. At the time of his death Marine Mackie was serving as a Viking All-Terrain Vehicle Operator in 3rd Armoured Support Troop (AST) of the Armoured Support Group, Royal Marines (ASGRM).

MACKIN, Travis

Mne Travis Mackin 3 Commando Bde
3 Cdo. Bde. RM

Marine Travis Mackin, Communications Squadron, United Kingdom Landing Force Command Support Group, died in an ied explosion in Kajaki, northern Helmand province, during a joint patrol with Victor Company, 45 Commando Group Royal Marines, and the Afghan National Security Forces.  

MAGOWAN, Robert Andrew

Brigadier Robert Magowan RM
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Magowan was Commanding Officer UK Landing Force Command Support Group in 2007 [1].
  • 2012/2013 (Acting Brigadier) appointed C.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1 October 2012 to 31 March 2013 [2].
  • 9 June 2018 (Major General) appointed C.B. (Military Divsion) [3].
  • 31 December 2004 (Lieutenant Colonel) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [4].
Sources

MALONE, Bradley

Marine, Acting Corporal, Bradley Malone CGC
45 Cdo. RM
Acting Corporal Bradley Malone was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1 October 2008 to 31 March 2009.
 
Sources
London Gazette issue 59182, page 15640.
Errata London Gazette issue 59211, Notice ID: L-59211-943737.
[Image] M.O.D.
 

MANUEL, John Henry

Sgt. John Manuel
45 Cdo. RM

Sergeant John Manuel died whilst deployed on operations with X-Ray Company, 45 Commando Group, Royal Marines. The company was conducting an operation alongside Afghan National Army troops to dominate areas posing a dangerous threat to British forces and the local Afghan population. Whilst acting as the commander of the Quick Reaction Force in support of a company operation, Sergeant Manuel was killed by a suspected suicide bomber.

MARNER, Steven

59 Ind. Cdo. Sqn. RE

Corporal Steven Marner received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 to

MARSH, David John

Mne David Marsh 40 Commando
40 Cdo. RM
Marine David Marsh, Charlie Company, was conducting a patrol in the vicinity of Kajaki, Helmand province, accompanied by Lieut. John Thornton, when the vehicle they were travelling in was caught in an explosion. Medical treatment was provided prior to both being evacuated to the field hospital at Camp Bastion. Despite the best efforts of the medical team, both sadly died as a result of their wounds.
 

MASON, Garry

Royal Marines
Acting Warrant Officer Class 2 Garry Mason received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2008 to 31st March 2009 [1].

MAYFIELD, Paul

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Marine Paul Mayfield received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 to 31st Marc

MCCORMICK, Samuel Joseph

Royal Marines
Corporal Samuel Joseph McCormick received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan [1].
  • Awarded the Military Cross (rank Sergeant) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan [2].
  • Appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) (rank Colour Sergeant) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field [3].

MCDOUGALL, Ian

Royal Marines
Sergeant Ian McDougall received the Queen's Commendation for Bravery in recognition of gallant and distinguished services at sea during the period 11th to 25th May 2007 [1].

MCKIBBEN, Robert Joseph

Mne Robert McKibben
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Marine Robert McKibben died in an explosion in the Garmsir District of southern Helmand, at 1647 hrs local time, while operating as part of Task Force Helmand's Information Exploitation Group. He was taking part in a routine joint patrol with soldiers from the Afghan National Security Forces when his Jackal vehicle was struck by an explosive device. He joined the Royal Marines at the age of 27 and, after completing Command

MCNAIR, Jonathan Robert

Royal Marines
Acting Corporal Jonathan McNair received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1 April 2013 to 30 Sept. 2013.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 60813, page 5837.
 

MEAD, Nigel Dean

Mne Nigel Mead 42 Commando
42 Cdo. RM
Marine Nigel Mead, Lima Company, was fatally injured in an improvised explosive device blast during a cordon and search operation, partnered with the Afghan National Security Forces, of compounds suspected of being associated with improvised explosive device facilitation in the Loy Mandeh wadi in the Nad ‘Ali district of Helmand province.
 

MERCHANT, Jeremy Mark

Royal Marines
Captain Jeremy Mark Merchant was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2001 to 31st March 2002 [1].
 
On the 14th May 1991 it was announced that Corporal (now Acting Sergeant) Jeremy Mark Merchant, Royal Marines, P038781S, had received a MiD in record of distinguished service in Northern Ireland [2].
 
Promoted Major 12 October 2004 [3].
 
Sources

MESSENGER, Gordon Kenneth

Royal Marines
General Gordon Kenneth Messenger, C.B. D.S.O. O.B.E., was appointed K.C.B. on 11 June 2016 [1].
  • 16 May 2016 promoted General and to be Vice Chief of the Defence Staff and Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty The QUEEN [2].
  • Appointed C.B. 13 June 2015 [3].
  • Bar to D.S.O. in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan [4].

MILAD, Hamze

59 Ind. Cdo. Sqn. RE
Corporal Hamze Milad, attached to the Adjutant General’s Corps (Staff and Personnel Support Branch) received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 to 31st March 2007.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 58396, page 10412.
Globe and Laurel Jul/Aug. 2007 edition.
 

MOORHOUSE, Edward James

Royal Marines
Lieutenant Colonel Edward Moorhouse was awarded the Bronze Star  Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device (Bronze "V") conferred by the President of the United States of America in recognition of meritorious, gallant and distinguished service during coalition oper

MORGAN, Huw Lloyd

Royal Marines
Major Huw Morgan was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan [1].
 
30 June 2014 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 60283, page 18623 published 28 September 2012.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 60939, page 14199.
 

MORRIS, Richard Charles

Royal Marines
Major Richard Morris was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1 April 2013 to 30 Sept. 2013 [1].
  • 30 June 2015 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
Source
[1] London Gazette Supp. 60813, page 5835.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 61313, page 14352.
 

MULVIHILL, Damian

Cpl Damian Mulvihill 40 Commando
40 Cdo. RM
Corporal Damian Mulvihill died whilst taking part in a joint ISAF - ANA patrol engaged in operations near Sangin. The marines of Alpha Company were conducting a clearance patrol to deter Taliban intimidation of local Afghans. It was during this action that an Improvised Explosive Device was detonated, which sadly killed Corporal Mulvihill instantly. He died leading his section and the Company from the front.
 

NETHERY, Steven

Marine Steven Nethery 45 Commando
45 Cdo. RM
Marine Steven Nethery was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations in Afghanistan.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 59182, page 15640.
[Image] M.O.D.
 

NORRIS, Paul Andrew

Royal Marines
Sergeant Paul Norris received the Queen's Commendation for Bravery in recognition of gallant and distinguished services at sea during the period 11th to 25th May 2007 [1].
 
He was later awarded the M.C., in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2007 to 31st March 2008 [2].
 

O'CONNOR, David George

Corporal David George O'Connor
40 Cdo. RM

Corporal David O’Connor, 'Charlie' Company, died whilst serving as part of Transition Support Unit Nahr-e Saraj. He was participating in a patrol to conduct low level training with the Afghan Local Police. While en route to conduct that training, the patrol came under small arms fire near the village of Char Kutsa. As a result of the engagement Corporal O’Connor was fatally injured. Also killed was Corporal Channing Day who served in 3 Medical Regiment. [Source:  MOD]

O'HERLIHY, Simon

Royal Marines
Acting Lieutenant Colonel Simon O'Herlihy was appointed M.B.E., (Military Division), in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2010 to 31st March 2011 [1].
  • 30 June 2011 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
Source
[1] London Gazette Supp. 59924, page 18713.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 59860, page 14180.
 

O'SULLIVAN, David Alan Anthony

Marine David O'Sulllivan RM
Royal Marines
Marine David O'Sullivan, a veteran of Afghanistan, died from a drug overdose.
 
Ian Smith, Senior Coroner for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire, concluded David died from a "drug-related death on a background of PTSD after military service and for which due to a number of failings he did not receive treatment".
[Source: AFM ROH / Daily Mirror and other online media reporting of Coroners Inquest.]
 

OATES, Ashley

42 Cdo. RM
Corporal Ashley Oates received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 to 31st Mar

OGDEN, Gary

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Marine Gary Ogden received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2007 to 31st March 2008. He provided vital medical aid to nine casualties in a single action. His combination of bravery and medical expertise undoubtedly saved lives.

PICKUP, Richard Alan

Col Richard Pickup SBS
3 Cdo. Bde. RM

Colonel Richard Pickup died suddenly whilst posted as a defence advisor in Pretoria South Africa.

Richard Allan Pickup joined the Royal Marines in 1983 after university and was awarded the Sword of Honour at the CTCRM. After operational deployments to Northern Ireland and training in the Arctic, he was selected for Special Forces training and joined the SBS, later commanding the unit from 2000 until 2004 when he was appointed commander of the UK Forces in Kosovo. 

He also led the task force which spearheaded the British campaign in Afghanistan.

RADEMAN, Kenten Luke

Marine Rademan 40 Commando
40 Cdo. RM
Marine Kenten Rademan received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan between 1st April to 30th September 2007 [1].
  • 8 January 2018 commissioned Lieutenant and appointed to the Trained Strength 22 March 2018 [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 58633, page 3613.

REDDY, Benjamin

Mne. Benjamin Reddy 42 Commando
42 Cdo. RM

Marine Benjamin Reddy, 'K' Company, died when his unit came under enemy fire during a deliberate clearance operation in the Kajaki area of Helmand Province.  He joined the Royal Marines on 18 April 2005 and deployed with K Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in September 2006. [Source: MOD]

REEVES, Martin Charles

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Warrant Officer Martin Reeves, HQ Squadron, was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division)  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 to 31st March 2007.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 58396, page 10410.
Globe and Laurel Jul/Aug. 2007 edition.
 

RICHARDS, Robert Martin

LCpl Robert Martin Richards RM
RM Armoured Support Group
Lance Corporal Robert Richards was serving as Second-in-Command of a Viking All-Terrain Vehicle Section in 3rd Armoured Support Troop of the Armoured Support Group Royal Marines (ASGRM) when he was mortally wounded in the Nad e-Ali district of central Helmand, Afghanistan, on 22nd May 2009.  He was evacuated to the UK but despite the best efforts of medical staff and his own extraordinary fight he died of his wounds on 27 May 2009. 
 

ROBINSON, Harry Thomas

40 Cdo. RM

Marine (Acting Lance Corporal) Harry Robinson, Royal Marines Medical Assistant, 40 Commando Royal Marines, was awarded the Military Cross for his courageous and life-saving actions following an attack on his Troop by a rogue member of the Afghan National Army, during the period 1 October 2012 to 31 March 2013.

ROUGHSEDGE, Mark

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Marine Mark Roughsedge, HQ Squadron 3 Commando Brigade RM, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 to 31st March 2007 [1]

RYALL, Thomas Armstrong Scott

Royal Marines
Major Thomas Ryall was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1 October 2013 to 30 June 2014 [1].
  • 30 June 2018 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 6155, page 3470.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 62382, page 14481.
 

SADDLETON, Andrew David

Royal Marines
Colonel Andrew Saddleton was awarded the US Bronze Star Medal conferred by the President of the United States of America  in recognition of meritorious, gallant and distinguished services during coalition operations in Afghanistan.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 61155, page 3474 dated 26 February 2015.
 

SALZANO, Gerard Mark

Royal Marines
Major Gerard Salzano was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in June 2000 [1]
 
Following promotion he also received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service twice:
  • in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2001 to 31st March 2002 [2].
  • in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2007 to 31st March 2008 [3].

SCANLON, Michael John

40 Cdo. RM

Major Michael Scanlon, Officer Commanding Delta Company, 40 Commando Royal Marines, for his contribution in Afghanistan to the development of the Advisory Team Enabling Company, where he melded a large and disparate group into an effective capability, during the period 1 October 2012 to 31 March 2013.

SCOTT, Simon John

Royal Marines
Acting Colonel Simon Scott was appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1 April 2013 to 30 September 2013 [1].

SCOTT, Stephen

Royal Marines
Colour Sergeant Stephen Scott was appointed M.B. E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st April 2011 to 30th September 2011. 

SEATH, David Bernard

29 Cdo. Regt.RA

Captain David Seath died of a cardiac arrest whilst taking part in the 2016 London Marathon. He was a fire support team commander for 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, based in Plymouth.

David Seath completed two master's degrees at the University of Aberdeen before attending the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2009. He was commissioned Lieutenant on the 14th August 2010 with seniority from 11 February 2009. Captain Seath served in Afghanistan in 2012.

SHARP, Richard

42 Cdo. RM
Second Lieutenant Richard Sharp received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 t

SMITH, Darren James

Mne Darren Smith 45 Commando
45 Cdo. RM
Marine Darren Smith, 'X Ray' Company, was based in Forward Operating Base Nolay in southern Sangin. He was wounded in an ambush by Taliban fire and despite the efforts of his colleagues, he tragically died of his wounds en-route to the medical facilities at Camp Bastion. He had joined X-ray Company in July 2008 immediately after completing Royal Marines Commando Recruit Training. [Source: MOD].
 

SMITH, Matthew

Royal Marines
Marine Matthew Smith received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 to 31st Marc

SMITH, Michael

29 Cdo. Regt.RA
Warrant Officer Michael Smith died from injuries sustained when a grenade was fired at the UK base in Sangin, Helmand Province. He had served in the military for almost 22 years and during that service had deployed on operations to Northern Ireland, Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan, some of them on more than one occasion, as well as on exercises to Brunei, Canada, Kenya, France and Norway.
 

SPARKS, Georgie

Mne Sparks 42 Commando
42 Cdo. RM

Marine Georgie Sparks died during operations in Afghanistan. He and Marine Tony Evans, both of J Company, had been conducting a foot patrol to the north-west of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. Marines Sparks and Evans had moved on to the roof of a compound when, at around 0900 hours, there was an attack by insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades and they were badly wounded. Both received immediate medical attention and were moved to a secure location before being put on a helicopter to be transferred back to Camp Bastion.

STANSFIELD, Christian John

RM Reserve
Marine Christian Stansfield, RMR Merseyside, collapsed and died of natural causes during a training mission in Norway. Christian joined the Royal Marines at the age of 17 and had served three tours of duty in Northern Ireland as well as a spell in Afghanistan.
[Sources: AFM ROH / Blackpool Gazette online report dated 16 Jan 2004.]
 

STAZICKER, Anthony

Royal Marines
Corporal Anthony Stazicker was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan in 2013.
 
Source
London Gazette Supp. 60813, page 5836.
 

STEPHENS, Seth Vincent Scott

Cpl Seth Stephens CGC
SBS
Corporal Seph Stephens, S.B.S., died during operations in Southern Afghanistan. He was hit by enemy small arms fire while he was protecting and inspiring his British and Afghan comrades. He made a conscious decision to move to provide more effective covering fire. Moving along what was a very exposed position while under accurate fire, increased the risk to him significantly. This act of selfless bravery, which almost certainly saved the lives of his comrades, was recognised by the posthumous award of the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross.
 
Sources

SUMMERS, Scott Gordon

Mne Scott Summers 42 Commando
42 Cdo. RM

Marine Scott Summers died in a traffic accident that occurred on the 4th February after he had volunteered to drive in a routine convoy in Helmand province. He received initial treatment in Afghanistan before being transported back to a specialist unit in the UK where he died on the 21st February.  He joined the Royal Marines in January 2005 and deployed to Afghanistan in October 2006, and had been driving a Pinzgauer vehicle when the accident happened. [Source: MOD].

TAYLOR, Luke

Sgt Luke Taylor RM
Royal Marines
Sergeant Luke Taylor RM was attached to the Adjutant General's Corps, serving as part of Task Force Helmand when he was shot and killed at the main entrance to Lashkar Gah Main Operating Base in Helmand province.
 

TAYLOR, Martin Kenneth

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Lieutenant Colonel Martin Taylor O.B.E., was awarded the Bronze Star  Medal conferred by the President of the United States of America in recognition of meritorious, gallant and distinguished service during coalition operations in Afghanistan [1].

TAYLOR, Michael Thomas

LCpl Michael Taylor 40 Commando
40 Cdo. RM
Lance Corporal Michael Taylor, Charlie Company, died during an exchange of fire with insurgent forces in the Sangin district of Helmand province. He was manning one of the sangars in the patrol base when the incident occurred.
 

TAYLOR, Scott Gregory

Mne Scott Taylor 40 Commando
40 Cdo. RM
Marine Scott Taylor, Alpha Company, died as a result of an explosion which occurred when he and Alpha Company were conducting a foot patrol to help reassure the local population and to increase security within the area around Sangin.
 

THOMAS, Jeremy Hywel

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Brigadier Jeremy Thomas, HQ 3 Commando Brigade RM, was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 to 31st March 2007 

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