44RM Commando

Formed on the 1st August 1943 from the disbanded 3rd Battalion, Royal Marines.  Their specialist training from the 1st August to the the 6th September 1943 began at Ashurst. This was to prepare them for the arduous training to come at Achnacarry. Their first CO was Lt Col. F.C. Horton RM.

The Marines then attended the Commando Depot at Achnacarry from the 7th Sept - 2nd October 1943. A total of 33 Officers and 532 Marines began the training. At the completion of the Course, there were 28 Officers and 411 Marines, the remainder having been injured or considered unsuitable.*

Their theatre of operations was  in the Far East, Burma and Trincomalee, as part of 3 Special Service (later renamed Commando) Brigade.

Post war in 1946 they were redesignated 44 Commando RM , then further redesignated 40 Commando RM on the 16th March 1947.

*Source: 44RM Commando Achnacarry to the Arakan written by Tony Mackenzie
 

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44RM Commando Nominal Roll

For historical & research purposes, we have tried to compile the names of all who served in 44RM Commando obtained from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Lists of Casualties, the 44RM Commando War Diary Jan to Dec 1945 (NA ref ADM/202/96), papers from the National Archives and further research by members of the CVA and various other resources. 

In preparing this list, we acknowledge that it is very likely there are omissions, Therefore, this is not a definitive list by any means, nor is it meant to be an official list, but it is the best we can do in an attempt to record all ranks by name who were part of 44RM Commando.  Research continues. 

The 44RM Commando Nominal Roll is listed below in surname order

44RM Commando Nominal A-C

Commando Veterans Archive Nominal Roll for 44RM Commando.

© Commando Veterans Archive 2016. All Rights Reserved.

A lot of hard work has gone into producing this nominal roll in memory of all who served. There is no other comprehensive nominal roll of all Commandos in existence. Reproduction is only permitted if accompanied by the copyright marker and a clear acknowledgement to the Commando Veterans Archive.

(click on highlighted surnames for more information)

Surname
Forename
Rank
S/N
Troop
Additional
Abbs
Keith Allen
Lt
 
S
 
Acton
Richard Granleese
Capt
 
S
 
Adams
Edward David
Mne
CH/X112230
 
 
Akenhead
T
Sgt
 
X
 
Alder
 
Cpl
 
HQ
 
Aldridge
Dennis Leolin Samuel StMaur
Capt  (Maj)
 
 
MBE,MC&bar
Allen
AJ 'Punch'
Sgt
 
 
 
Amor
William 
Sgt
 
 
 
Angell
Reg
 
 
SIGS
 
Angell
W. 'Bill'
 
 
SIGS
 
Appleyard
 
Cpl
 
 
 
Archer
AH
Lt
 
IO
 
Armstrong
 
Mne
 
 
 
Ashworth
John Mark
Mne
PLY/X110603
 
 
Baker
Robert
 
 
SIGS
 
Barney
B.I.C.
Sgt
 
A
 
Barrett
AE
Lt
 
A
 
Bartlett
C
Sgt
 
HQ
 
Bates
FE
Lt
 
 
 
Baxter
PBS
Capt
 
A
 
Bayliss
WR
Lt
 
 
 
Beach
George Edgar
Mne
PLY/X3568
 
 
Beckingham
Harry
 
 
S
 
Bedford
John Robert
Cpl
EX/3270
 
 
Bee
Ernest F.
Pte
 
 
& No 5 Cdo
Bell
Thomas Charles 'dinger'
TSM
 
B
 
Bernard
 
Mne
 
HQ
 
Betteridge
 
Mne
 
 
 
Bettinson
Ken
 
 
X
 
Bigland
ER
Mne
 
 
 
Bishop
 
Mne
 
HQ
 
Black 
George
Mne
 
HQ
 
Blacklaws
John Berry
Lt
 
 
 
Blackmore
 
Mne
 
HQ
 
Bleasdell
GPA
Lt
 
 
 
Bolam
Edward Charles
Mne
PO/X120358
 
 
Bowen
Albert Victor
Cpl
EX/982
 
 
Bowers
 
Mne
 
HQ/MT
 
Browning
Ken W.J.
Lt
 
A
 
Brownridge
 
Mne
 
 
 
Brydon
William W.H. 
Lt
 
 
 
Buckton
 
CSgt
 
HQ
 
Burgess
E. 'Ted'
Sgt
 
X
 
Burton
HR
Maj
 
 
 
Butterfield
W
 
 
X
 
Buttery
 
Mne
 
HQ
 
Callaghan
J
Cpl
 
SIGS
 
Cameron
William
Mne
 
 
 
Campbell
 
Mne
 
HQ
 
Cannon
Ron
 
 
SIGS
 
Carryer
CN
Lt
 
X
 
Carton
 
Mne
 
MT
 
Chenery
Albert 'Bert'
Mne
 
D
 
Child
Gordon J.
Cpl
 
 
 
Clark
Jack 'Nobby'
Cpl
 
 
 
Cliverd
Derek E.
Lt
 
 
 
Cole
TG
Cpl
 
 
& 47 RM Cdo
Connor
Tom
 
 
D
 
Conway
Don
 
 
SIGS
 
Cook
Alexander
Mne
 
 
 
Coole
TC
Capt
 
QM
 
Cooper
Joseph 'Joe'
Mne
 
S
 
Corbon
 
CSgt
 
HQ
 
Cousins
FT
Lt
 
 
 
Crane
 
Sgt
 
 
 
Crawford - Porter
T
 
 
MO
RAMC
Crisp
Ted
Cpl
 
X
 
           
           

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44RM Commando Nominal D-K

Commando Veterans Archive Nominal Roll for 44RM Commando.

© Commando Veterans Archive 2016. All Rights Reserved.

A lot of hard work has gone into producing this nominal roll in memory of all who served. There is no other comprehensive nominal roll of all Commandos in existence. Reproduction is only permitted if accompanied by the copyright marker and a clear acknowledgement to the Commando Veterans Archive.

(click on highlighted surnames for more information)

Surname
Forename
Rank
S/N
Troop
Additional
Danby
D
Pte
7395541
 
RAMC
Darby
J
LCpl
14325329
 
RAMC
Darvell
Eric
 
 
HQ
 
Davies
Desmond V.
Mne
 
 
 
Deacock
W.M.M.
Capt
 
 
 
Deacon
George
 
 
B
 
Deakin
Bill
Mne
 
 
 
Deenham
MT
Lt
 
 
 
Dentith
 
Mne
 
 
 
Dexter
P
Lt
 
 
 
Dickie
Catherwood
Cpl
 
 
 
Dooley
Arthur
Mne
EX/4045
 
 
Drysdale
Douglas Burns
Lt Col
 
 
OC Jun-Dec 1945
Duncan
 
Mne
 
 
 
Durnford
AR 'Tony'
Sgt
 
A
 
Dutton
Mel
Mne
 
C
 
Dytor
Sidney W.
Mne
 
C
 
Edwards
V
Mne
PO/X 121963
 
 
Elliot
AE
Lt
 
 
 
Ellis
Jack
Pte
 
 
RAMC
Ellis
AJS 'Jim'
Mne
 
 
 
Evans
 
Mne
 
INTEL
 
Everett
Bertram 'Bert'
Sgt
 
 
 
Farquharson-Roberts
 
Capt
 
 
 
Farr  
R. 'Tommy'
 
 
S
 
Farrell
William Henry
Mne
CH/X112233
 
 
Fincham
Norman
Mne
 
 
 
Fisher
N.A.B.
LCpl
7263031
 
RAMC
Flack
James
Sgt
 
 
 
Fleming
Robert Frew
Cpl
CH/X101416
 
 
Folly
 
Mne
 
MT
 
Foot
Frank
LCpl
PLY/X3476
 
 
Fouche
SL
Lt
 
 
S Africa UDF
Francis
Thomas R.
Mne
 
 
 
Friend
R
CSgt
 
S/HQ
 
Fuoss
DN
Lt
 
 
 
Furlong
David F.
Capt (later Maj)
 
 
& 42 Cdo
Gallon
 
Sgt
 
HQ
 
Gamblin
 
Mne
 
HQ
 
Garnham
Raymond
Sgt
 
 
 
Gee
B
Pte
14560144
 
RAMC
Gibson
Eric Hookway
Sgt
PLY/X3404
 
 
Gigg
George Thomas
LCpl
CH/X108719
 
 
Giles
Fred
Mne
 
 
 
Gilkes
John Alan
Maj
 
 
 
Goulden
Jock'
Mne
 
 
 
Graffham
Leslie F.
Mne
 
 
 
Graham/ Tarr - Graham
William J.T.
Cpl
 
 
 
Grant
Ronald Douglas
Sgt
PLY/X2122
 
 
Gray
JR 'Jack'
Mne
 
 
 
Gray 
JG 'Jack'
Lt
 
 
 
Grayson
Harold
Cpl
 
X
 
Gregon
 
Mne
 
 
 
Gresham
John
Cpl
 
X
 
Gretton
 
Mne
 
HQ
 
Grubb
Gordon
 
 
INTEL
 
Gurd
Norman N.
Mne
 
 
 
Hagan
Thomas V.
Cpl
 
 
& No4 Cdo
Hamlin
O.St John
Capt
 
 
Adjt Aug'43
Harknett
James A.
Mne
 
B
 
Harrington
B
Sgt
 
 
 
Harris
A. 'Darky'
 
 
A
 
Hart
Norman S.
Mne
 
 
 
Haw
Charles Walter R.
Mne
PLY/X107394
 
 
Headdock
Stanley
Mne
 
 
 
Headington
 
Mne
 
 
 
Headon
Taff'
Cpl
 
 
 
Heath
Alfred
LCpl
EX/ 3962
 
 
Heaton
Harry
LCpl
7265261
 
RAMC
Hellis
SC
Capt
 
 
 
Henderson
Alex
Cpl
 
B
 
Hensman
Denis
 
 
B
 
Henshall
Lt
 
X, HQ
 
Hermston
T.B. 'Karl'
Mne
 
 
 
Heslop
JR 'Jack'
Mne
 
 
 
HESP
George Taylor
Cpl
PLY/X101509
 
 
Hewitt
 
Mne
 
HQ
 
Hicks
D.S.
Cpl
 
X
RAMC
High
 
Cpl
 
HQ
 
Hilditch
 
Cpl
 
HQ
 
Hitchcock
Tom
 
 
S
 
Hodnett
WH
Sgt
EX/991
 
 
Holyoake
JH
Lt
 
 
 
Hook
Ross Sidney
Chaplain Revd
 
 
RNVR
Horan
 
Mne
 
 
Medic
Horton
Frank Cyril
Lt Col
 
 
OC Aug'43-Dec'44
Hough
HGS 'Graham'
Capt
 
S
 
House
Derek
Cpl
 
C
 
Howarth
JEC
Capt
 
 
 
Howell
 
Mne
 
 
 
Howson
J
 
 
Medic
 
Hughes
TL
Lt
 
 
 
Humphrey
 
Cpl
 
 
 
Ingram
Ray
Mne (later Maj)
 
 
 
Jack
RR
Lt
 
 
 
Jackson
George
Mne
 
C
 
Jacobs
 
Mne
 
 
 
Jacos
WA 'Bill'
Mne
 
 
 
Jeyes
 
Mne
 
HQ
 
Johnson
Jack
Tsm
 
X
 
Jones
Douglas H.
Mne
 
 
 
Jones
Kenneth
Mne
 
 
 
Joseph
F
Pte
7525161
 
RAMC
Kay
Cliff J.
Mne
 
 
 
Kaye
GA
Lt
 
 
 
Kellaway
F.C
Sgt
 
 
& 46 Cdo
Kelly
J.C
Mne
 
 
 
Kelly
Mick
Cpl
 
 
 
Kelly
William 'Bill'
Sgt
 
B
 
Kemsley
George William 
TSM
EX/903
A
MM
Kent
 
Mne
 
 
 
Kidd
 
Mne
 
 
 
Kimpton
HFC
Major (later Col)
 
 
 
Kirby
Peter
Cpl
EX/3358
 
 
Kite
 
Lcpl
 
 
 
Kydd
WE 'Bill'
Mne
 
 
 
           
           

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44RM Commando Nominal L-O

Commando Veterans Archive Nominal Roll for 44RM Commando.

© Commando Veterans Archive 2016. All Rights Reserved.

A lot of hard work has gone into producing this nominal roll in memory of all who served. There is no other comprehensive nominal roll of all Commandos in existence. Reproduction is only permitted if accompanied by the copyright marker and a clear acknowledgement to the Commando Veterans Archive.

(click on highlighted surnames for more information)

Surname
Forename
Rank
S/N
Troop
Additional
Laban
W 'Bill'
 
 
X
 
Lamb
Albert
Sgt
 
 
 
Langdon
Patrick H.T.
Mne
 
 
 
Landey
 
Mne
 
 
 
Langley
E
Capt
 
 
 
Lavender
William Edwin
Sgt
PLY/X3571
 
MiD
Lee
John K.
Capt
 
 
 
Leggett
 
Mne
 
 
 
Lewis
Frank Gordon 
Mne
EX/ 3315
 
 
Lewis
DH
Lt
 
 
 
Lewis
Emlyn
Mne
 
 
 
Lewis
Joe J.
Mne
 
X
 
Lewis
K
 
 
B
 
Liddington
Joseph
Mne (later Maj)
 
 
& 45Cdo
Litchfield
 
Sgt
 
 
 
Little
 
Mne
 
 
 
Liversey
PG
Cpl
 
 
 
Lloyd
 
Cpl
 
 
 
Lowe
 
Mne
 
 
 
Macafee
JLA
Major & 2i/C (later Col)
 
 
 
Macan
AV
Lt
 
C
 
Mackenzie
D
C/Sgt
 
 
 
Mackenzie
Lawrence Frederick 'Mac'
Mne
 
 
 
Mackinnon
James
Lt
 
 
 
Manger
Harold Charles Walter
Chaplain Revd
 
 
RNVR
Marshall
Arthur Allen
Cpl
PLY/X103365
 
 
Marshall
EL
Lt
 
 
 
Martin
Arthur
Capt
 
 
MiD
Martin
K
Capt
 
D
 
Martin
John 'Jack'
Mne
 
A
 
Mason
George
 
 
A
 
Masters
PTA
Lt
 
 
 
Matters
Philip
Major (later Lt Col)
 
 
40/45Cdo
Maxwell
RS
Mne
 
 
 
Mccleary
C. Allen
Capt
 
MO
RAMC
Mccolm
IN
Lt
 
 
 
McDonald
Dennis
Mne
PLY/X110563
 
 
Mclean
Robert 'Big Mac'
Cpl
 
A+C
 
Mcleish
Johnny
Cpl
 
 
 
Mcleod
 
Sgt
 
 
 
Mead
 
Mne
 
 
 
Meer
Bert H.
 
 
SIGS
 
Mellor
 
Mne
 
 
 
Metters
 
Mne
 
 
 
Moriarty
Tom P.
Mne
 
C
 
Morrison
James
Mne
PO/X105540
 
 
Mosley
 
Mne
 
 
 
Murphy
 
Mne
 
 
 
Murray
 
Mne
 
 
 
Musters
PTA
2/Lt
 
D
 
Mustow
J
LCpl
PLY/X104636
 
 
Mylett
E. 'Ted'
Sgt
 
D
 
Naylor
 
Mne
 
 
 
Nelson
Desmond
Mne
PO/X102790
 
 
Newton
Cyril
RQMS
 
 
 
Nicholls
Chris
Sgt
 
HQ
 
Nicks
D.L.
LCpl
7371205
 
RAMC
Norman
 
Mne
 
A
 
Nutt
William G. 'Bill'
Mne
 
 
 
O'brien
AP
Lt
 
 
 
O'keefe
 
Mne
 
SIGS
 
Orchard
Thomas A.G. 'Chow'
Mne
 
 
 
O'Reilly
J
Mne
PLY/X108268
 
 
Orpen
HH
Lt
 
 
 
Owen
AR
Mne
CH/X105692
 
 
Owen
Gary
TSM
PO/X2363
 
 
Owen
John Ivor Headon
Capt (later Maj Gen)
 
A
 

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44RM Commando Nominal P-Z

Commando Veterans Archive Nominal Roll for 44RM Commando.

© Commando Veterans Archive 2016. All Rights Reserved.

A lot of hard work has gone into producing this nominal roll in memory of all who served. There is no other comprehensive nominal roll of all Commandos in existence. Reproduction is only permitted if accompanied by the copyright marker and a clear acknowledgement to the Commando Veterans Archive.

(click on highlighted surnames for more information)

Surname
Forename
Rank
S/N
Troop
Additional
PAGE
Harold
Sgt
 
HQ
 
PALMER
Neville
 
 
X
 
PALMER
Charles Francis
Mne
PLY/X103102
 
 
PARISH
KP
Capt
 
X/Adjt Jun44
 
PAYNE
Leonard William
LCpl
CH/X100442
 
 
PEGGS
Harold C.
Mne
 
 
 
PEMBERTON
Thomas William
Cpl
PO/X116149
Medic
MiD
PENGELLY
Arthur
 
 
A
 
PHILLIPS
Hedley J.
Capt
 
X
OBE
PHILLIPS
John
Cpl
 
SIGS
 
PINKNEY
James
Mne
PLY/X108764
 
 
POLKINGHORNE
Eric
Mne
PLY/X103548
S
 
POOLE
Alfred jack
Mne
 
 
47RM Cdo
POTTERING
Alan D.
Mne
 
 
 
POWELL
Keith
Mne
 
 
 
POWRIE
AK
Lt
 
 
 
PRICE
CL
Maj
 
 
 
RALPH
Cyril
Cpl
 
S
 
RANGER
DH
Lt
 
 
MBE/S.Africa UDF
RAWSON
GJ
Mne
 
X
 
RAYNOR
 
Mne
 
 
 
READY
Patrick
 
 
A
 
REDMOND
Edward 'Ted'
Mne
 
S
 
REEVES
Bernard
Cpl
 
 
 
REEVES
Ken
 
 
X
 
RENDELL
R.S.
Sgt
 
X
 
RICHARDS 
George
 
 
SIGS
 
RICHARDSON
Leon
LCpl
CH/X105684
 
 
RICHARDSON
JWF
Capt
 
 
 
RICHMOND
Gordon 'Ricky'
Mne
 
 
& 30 Cdo
RIDER
Philip Henry
Lt
 
B & X
 
RIDINGS
John C.
C/Sgt
 
 
 
RILEY
Francis
Mne
 
 
 
ROBINSON
 
LCpl
 
 
 
ROBINSON
 
Cpl
 
HQ
 
SANKEY
Fred
 
 
C
 
SAUNDERS
HGS
Maj
 
 
 
SCHOFIELD
H
Cpl
 
 
 
SCOTT
D
Mne
PLY/X109330
 
 
SCOTT
Arthur W.
Sgt
 
 
 
SEABY
 
Mne
 
HQ
 
SEALEY
GPE
Capt
 
A
 
SEDDON
J
LCpl
7265267
 
RAMC
SEDGEWICK
John 'Jack'
Mne
 
 
 
SHARMAN
Frederick A.
CSgt
 
 
 
SHEATHER
Allan Cecil
Mne
PO/X113117
 
 
SHEFFORD
P
Lt
 
 
 
SHEFFORD
Lt
 
 
 
SHIELDS
Ralph
Cpl
 
 
 
SHORE
D
Mne
CH/X194002
 
 
SHORT
 
Cpl
 
 
 
SIBLEY
Fred J.
Mne
 
 
 
SIMMS
Tommy
Cpl
 
 
 
SMITH
A 'Tony'
 
 
SIGS
 
SMITH
D.W.
Sgt
 
 
 
SMITH
Frank
 
 
HQ
 
SMITH
J.W. 'Jim'
CSM
 
C
BEM (& 42RM Cdo)
SMITH
J.A.
Lt
 
 
 
SMITH
P.L.
Mne
 
HQ
 
SMITH
Ron
Sgt
 
B
 
SPENCER 
John
RSM
 
 
BEM
SPURRIER
 
LCpl
 
 
 
SQUIRES
 
MNE
 
HQ
 
STANDING
WJ
Lt
 
D
 
STARR
Alec Frank
Cpl
 
B
 
STEELE
R
Capt
 
S
 
STEWART
GD
Lt
 
 
 
STOCKLEY
Gordon Herbert
Lt Col
 
OC Dec'44-Jun'45
MID
STOCKWELL
JN
Mne
PO/X3716
SIGS
 
STOKELL
Charles
Sgt
CH/X2754
 
 
STOKES
JA
TSM
 
 
 
STONE
Charles 'rocky'
Cpl
 
 
 
STRANGE
Dennis
Sgt
 
 
& CMWTC
STRETTON
WE 'Bill'
Cpl
 
 
 
STUBBINS
Leslie
 
 
C
 
STURGES
Edward Murray
Capt
 
B
MiD
SWIFT
W. 'Bill'
Mne
 
 
 
SYMS
Edward A.R. 'Ted'
Capt
 
A
 
TARRING
DES
Mne
 
 
 
TAYLOR
Desmond 'geordie'
Mne
 
D
 
TAYLOR
J.H.
Mne
 
HQ
 
TEBBLE
Ray
Sgt
 
X
 
TERNENT
John White
Mne
PO/X101801
 
 
TERRELL
George A. 'Tiny'
Mne
 
 
 
THOMAS
AE 'Bert'
Mne
 
 
 
THOMPSON
David
Mne
 
 
 
THORN
W. 'Bill'
Cpl
 
A
 
THORNTON
P.L.
Pte
14281756
 
RAMC
THORPE
Bernard
 
 
SIGS
 
TICEHURST
GB
Lt
 
 
 
TODD
John
Sgt
 
 
 
TOOTH
Anthony
 
 
S
 
TORR - GRAHAM
 
Mne
 
 
 
TOSDEVINE
J.D 'Jack
Mne
 
 
 
TOWHILL
PE
Lt
 
 
 
TRAYNOR
 
Mne
 
 
 
TREMLETT
DC
Lt
 
 
 
TUNMORE
Derek
 
 
B
 
TUNNELL
Edward
Mne
 
A
 
TUNSTALL
F
Lt
 
 
 
TURNER
Raymond
Cpl
 
 
 
WAINWRIGHT
Jack
 
 
 
 
WAITE
Allan
Cpl
PO/X120312
X
 
WALDHEIM
Jack D.
Mne
 
 
 
WALTERS
Stanley Kenneth
Mne
EX/4092
 
 
WARD
Russell
Mne
 
 
 
WARD
W.A. 'Arthur'
Sgt
 
 
 
WARLTAIR
AW
Lt
 
 
 
WATKINS
William John
Mne
PLY/X107423
 
 
WATKINS
CA
Capt
 
 
Adjt. Jun'45
WATSON
 
Mne
 
 
 
WEBB
Ernest Charles
Mne
PO/X120312
 
 
WEBBER
A. 'Jan'
Sgt
 
B
 
WELLS
Ron
Sgt
 
A
 
WHELLER
Charlie
Cpl
 
SIGS
 
WHITE
Augustus Ronald
LT
 
C & D
MiD
WHITE
John F.
Lt
 
A
 
WHITE
Ronald
Mne
 
 
& 45 RM Cdo
WICKS
Harry T.
Mne
 
X
DSM
WILCOCKS
R. 'Bob'
TSM
 
B
 
WILD
Harold
Mne
 
S
 
WILLETT
W.R.
Mne
 
 
& 40RM Cdo
WILLEY
Claud
Cpl
 
SIGS
 
WILLIAMS
Albert Edward
Cpl
PLY/X109364
 
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WILLIAMS
George
 
 
X
 
WILLIAMS
H.D.
Sgt
7358118
 
RAMC
WILLS
Victor
Mne
 
B
 
WILSON
Ronald
 
 
C
 
WINTER
NJ
Capt
 
C
 
WINTGENS
SG
2/Lt
 
B
 
WONACOTT
R
 
 
C
 
WOOD
E.C. 'Stringer'
CPL
 
 
 
WOOD
Maurice Arthur Ponsonby
Capt/Padre
 
 
DSC (later Bishop)
WOOD
W
Cpl
 
A
 
WOODS
NP
Lt Col
 
 
OC Dec'45 -
WORSFOLD
RL
Lt
 
 
 
YOUNG
FW
Mne
 
 
 

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44RM Cdo Operations in Burma

44RM Commando were part of 3 Commando Brigade during the Burma Campaign. Many of the documents we have for this period are related to more than one single commando unit and are listed jointly below in the document 3 Commando Brigade Operations in Burma.

3 Commando Brigade Operations in Burma