48RM Commando

This was the last WW2 Commando unit to be raised. The planning for DDay required one additional Commando unit and it was decided to use the soon to be disbanded 7th Battalion, Royal Marines, for this purpose, with any shortfall in numbers to be filled by Marines serving in Mobile Naval Base Defence Organisation 2 (MNBDO2), Royal Marines.

No. 48 Royal Marine Commando, Royal Marnes, was raised at Deal between 2–13 March 1944 under the command of  Lt Col James Louis Moulton, RM. The Commando immediately moved to the Commando Basic Training Centre at Achnacarry to take part in a course, shortened due to time constraints, of Commando training. 

During the D Day operations,  they landed on Nan Red Sector of Juno Beach, alongside the Canadians. Commando casualties during the landings were very high and included most of the Troop Commanders. They continued with the offensive taking the enemy strongpoint at Langrune. After being reinforced a few days later, the next few months would see the Commando participating in the fighting during the allied advance inland, and they would continue in this role until mid September.

It was at this time that they begain training for the landings that were to take place at Walcheren.  Having left Ostend on the 31st October 1944, No.48RM Commando, as part of 4 Special Service Brigade, assaulted the beaches at Westkapelle with No.41RM Commando the following day. Their role was to destroy gun batteries and enemy coastal defences. The Commando would continue in operations in The Netherlands over the next few months.

In March 1945 with the promotion of Lt Col Moulton to Brigadier i/c 4 Special Service Brigade, Lt Col Martin Price took command of No.48 RM Commando.

After the surrender of Germany in May, the Commando was moved to Minden in Germany in a policing and security role that would take them to different locations around North Germany.

Having returned to the UK in November, No. 48 Royal Marine Commando RM, was disbanded the following year at Beeding, near Horsham, on 31 January 1946.

Source:
Much of the above information is taken from the book D Day Commando - From Normandy to the Maas with 48RM Commando by Ken Ford.
 

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48RM Cdo. Roll of Honour

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them."

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The Fallen from No. 48 Royal Marine Commando
Maj.   D.R.  DE STACPOOLE
Capt. N.H. GODKIN
Capt. F.C.L.  LENNARD
Capt. R.G.  MACKENZIE
Capt. J.L.  PERRY
Lieut. P.S.  COLLINS
Lieut. E.G. CURTIS
Lieut. W.H. ENGLAND 
Lieut.  C.B. LINDREA
Lieut.  F.R. RIGBY
Lieut.  T.D. YATES
Sgt. D.  AMATO
Sgt. T.R.  BISHOP
Sgt.  J.  CAPPLEMAN
Sgt. W.K.  COULTER
Sgt. A.D.  DAVIS
Sgt. E.A.   JEHU
Sgt. H.   PEACE
Sgt. E.J.  SILK
Sgt. D.H.  STEVENSON
Cpl. A.  HILTON
Cpl. J.E. LAW
Cpl. A.R. MOSS
Cpl. B.  O'BOYLE
Cpl. A.  POOLE
Cpl. E.  SHRIGLEY
Cpl. T.  STEVENTON
Cpl. J.A.  TAVOLIER
Cpl. L.  UPTON
Cpl. D.G.  WISE
LCpl.  F.  APPLEYARD
LCpl.  D. FOGG
LCpl.  J.T.  LARKIN
LCpl.  H.   SIMPSON
Mne. W.G.  BEAN
Mne. W.  BOARDMAN
Mne. A.G. BOTLEY
Mne. F.E.D.  BOURNE
Mne. R.R.  BULL
Mne. N.  BURGESS
Mne. J.M.  BURKE
Mne. H.  CLARK
Mne. A.D.  COLEMAN
Mne. C.G.L.  CONNER
Mne. R.  COULSON
Mne. F.J.  DEWHURST
Mne.  J.  DORMAN
Mne. G.  EDWARDS
Mne. W.T.G.  FEREDAY
Mne. M.  FINDLAY
Mne. W.H. FORD
Mne. A.T.  FOX
Mne. W.  FOX
Mne. R.M.  GIBBS
Mne. T.G. GOSLING
Mne. L.J.  HAINES
Mne. L.J.A.  HALL
Mne. T.  HALL
Mne. S  HEDLEY
Mne. H.J.  HILLS
Mne. E.J. HOSKINS
Mne. H.  HUGHES
Mne. C.H. HUMPHREYS
Mne. A.G. JOHNSON
Mne. C.S.  JOHNSON
Mne. K.J.  JORDAN
Mne.  J.M.K.  LAMB
Mne.  R.J.  LEE
Mne.  J.  McARTHUR
Mne. G. McCAIN
Mne.  J.  McLAUGHLAN
Mne. A.J.  MEE
Mne.  J.J.  POLLEY
Mne. F.  POTTER
Mne. H. PUGH
Mne.  J.A.  REEVES
Mne. S.  RICHARDSON
Mne. D.H.G.  RULE
Mne. W.C.  SAGE
Mne. L.A.  SAMWELL
Mne. C.C.  SAVAGE
Mne. P.D.  SHEARS
Mne. T.  SIMPSON
Mne. C.  SKELLAND
Mne. R.G.  SPRUCE
Mne.  J.E.  STANLEY
Mne. K W. STEPHENS
Mne. C.E. STEVENS
Mne. J.  STEWART
Mne. F.E.  STURMEY
Mne. R.W.  TAYLOR
Mne. P.G.  TITMUSS
Mne. N.F.  WALL
Mne. G.  WARDLE
Mne. C.J. WARE
Mne. A.A.  WHITE
Mne. C.J.  WILLIAMS
Mne. B.  WOODBINE
 

Attached RAMC

Lieut.  D.M.D.R.  WINSER 
LCpl. W.H. WILKINSON 
Pte.  W.J. BRANCH 
Pte.  W.  BROWN   
Pte.  W.F. FULHAM
 
We will Remember them
 
and all ranks who served in the Commando and have since passed on in the passage of time, who are also remembered by their proud families and comrades.
 

MOULTON, James Louis (Lt.Col)

Rank: 
Major General
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Died : 
Monday, November 22, 1993
Lt. Col. Moulton, OC 48RM Commando, was awarded the DSO for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army during the successful landings in Normandy. [1] 
 
In the 1950 New Year's Honours list Lt. Col. Moulton was appointed OBE. [2]
 
In 1952 he took command of the 3rd Commando Brigade.  He was later appointed Chief of Amphibious Warfare. [3]
 
In the 1956 New Year's Honours list the then Maj. Gen. Moulton DSO, MC, was appointed CB. [4]
 
On the 1st January 1971 Maj. Gen. Moulton was appointed Colonel Commandant Royal Marines. [5]
 
His death was announced in Commando Association newsletter 98 issed March 1994 where their General Secretary Henry Brown OBE wrote this obituary: "As many comrades will already have read the excellent detailed obituary notices which appeared in the national press, there is little to be added to the long list of accomplishments of our esteemed late Patron, General James Louis Moulton, CB., DSO., OBE., RM., or General 'Jim', as he was affectionately known to most of us. 
Although only privileged to enjoy his patronage in recent years, it was a period in which many of our events were greatly enhanced by his presence, and it is indeed so sad that we are now denied the joy of inviting him again to come amongst us. He was at all times so kind, considerate and helpful, and it is most satisfying to know that he much prized his appointment as a Patron of our Association. Our deepest sympathy has been conveyed to Mrs. Barbara Moulton and her family in their great loss."
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 36676, page 4008.
[2] London Gazettes Supp. 38797, page 6.
[3] IWM interview with him. IWM Catalogue number 6930.
[4] London Gazettes Supp. 40669, page 2.
[5] Globe and Laurel Oct 1970.