40RM Commando

Formed 14th February 1942 as The RM Commando, it was briefly known as "A" RM Commando before being designated 40 RM Commando. It was the only Royal Marine Commando formed entirely from volunteers as with the Army Commandos. Early training was on the Isle of Wight with the RM Commandos billeted in homes at Shanklin, Sandown and Ventnor.

Their notable actions during WW2 are Dieppe, St Benere, Termoli, Anzio, Dalmatian Islands, and Lake Comacchio.

40RM Commando, Royal Marines, was disbanded early in October 1946.

A few months later a new 40 Commando, Royal Marines,  was formed. They saw Service in Palestine, Malaya, Cyprus, Suez, Brunei and Borneo and Ireland, the Falklands, and more recently Afghanistan (see Commandos Post WW2 album)


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40RM Cdo. Roll of Honour

Commemorated in perpetuity by the Commando Veterans Association

 

1942 - 1947

 
click on any name for more information
 
The Fallen from 40 Royal Marine Commando
Lieut. Col.   J.C.   MANNERS
Lieut. Col.   J.P.   PHILLIPPS
Major  N.M.   PORTER
Capt.   A.D.  COMYN
Capt.   M.J.  EPHRAUMS
Capt.   F.O.  FORD
Capt. H.W.F. GRANT-DALTON
Capt.   W.J.  HILES
Capt.   M.S. MACPHERSON
Capt.   L.G.B.  MARSHALL
Capt.   J.E.   STIEBEL
Lieut.  R.S. CHIVERALL
Lieut.  B.A.  COOPER
Lieut.  L.  CROSS
Lieut.  C.L.  DUTTON
Lieut.  B.P.  HILL
Lieut.  I.D.   LAIDLAW
Lieut.  N.H. LONGLAND
Lieut.  D.G. OVER
Lieut.  J.D.G.  PEGRUM
Lieut.  W.A.H. TRASK
Lieut.  P.N.  WEDGWOOD
CSM.   G.   MALCOLM
CSM.   F.H.G.  MANT
Sgt. Maj.   J.S. BAIN
C/Sgt.  A.H. CORNISH
C/Sgt.  P.  DIMARCO
C/Sgt.  W.J.A.  HARVEY
C/Sgt.  F.C.W.  HARWOOD
Sgt.   J.   BEESLEY
Sgt.  E.E.  FINCH
Sgt.  A.W.  HENDERSON
Sgt.  H.W.  HILL
Sgt.  W.J.   SCOTT
Sgt.  L.V.   SWAN
Cpl.  S.J.   ANDREWS
Cpl.  A.H.  BLAKE
Cpl.   J.E.B.  CORCORAN
Cpl.   W.H.C.  CRADDOCK
Cpl.   D.G.  DIXON
Cpl.    A.  DUERDEN
Cpl.    H.J.  EVERALL
Cpl.    J.   FISHER
Cpl.    T.P.  GREY
Cpl.   A.S.   HEATH
Cpl.   G.W.  HERYET
Cpl.   J.   KILBRIDE
Cpl.   F.G.   MATTHEWS
Cpl.   N.    McDONALD
Cpl.   G.    McKENNA
Cpl.   R.H. METCALF
Cpl.   E.A.   PITT
Cpl.   J.F. SIMMONDS
Cpl.   V.   SWATTON
Cpl.  R.   THOMSON
Cpl.   T.E.   THORP
Cpl.    F.   TOES
Cpl.   C.H.P.  WHITE
Cpl.   J.W.  WOODALL
LCpl.  E.A.  CAPES
LCpl.  G.D.  COLBY
LCpl.  R.S.   FALLAS
LCpl.  R.T.   FOSTER
LCpl.  L.G.   HARVEY
LCpl.  F.R.   HASTINGS
LCpl.  T.   JACKSON
LCpl.  G.H.  JAMES
LCpl.  G.E.  MOLE
LCpl.  H.W.  MORGAN
LCpl.  D.L.W.N.  SHORT
LCpl.  K.G.   SUTCLIFFE
Mne.  J.M.   ALEXANDER
Mne.  R.L.   ALTRINGHAM
Mne.  C.   ANDREWS 
Mne.  H.R.J.  ANSON
Mne.  W.T.   APPLEBY
Mne.  W.H.  BARRINGTON
Mne.  C.E.   BASHAM
Mne.  G.H.  BATES
Mne.  A.   BISHOP
Mne.  J.A.  BLUCK
Mne.  P.J.  BONE
Mne.  G.   BOOTHROYD
Mne.  W.J.  BRADLEY
Mne.  A.   BREMNER
Mne.   J.   BROWN
Mne.  S.T.F.   BROWN
Mne.  R.W.  BROWNBRIDGE
Mne.   W.   BRYCE
Mne.   H.T.   BURFITT
Mne.   F.E.G.  BURGESS
Mne.   L.M.  BUSTARD
Mne.   A.J.  CALLOW
Mne.    J.   CATTERALL
Mne.   C.C.  CHAPMAN
Mne.   H.   COCKITT
Mne.    A.W.G.  COOMBER
Mne.   P.L.  COOMBES
Mne.   H.J.  COPE
Mne.   J.H.  CRAIG
Mne.   A.E.  DAY
Mne.   R.   DAY
Mne.   R.M.  DENMARK
Mne.   H.   DOWSON
Mne.   M.A. EDWARDS
Mne.   G.A.  EVANS
Mne.   M. FANTHAM
Mne.   R.  FARRELL
Mne.  G.E.   FISK
Mne.   L.H.  FRANKLIN
Mne.   J.M.  GANNER
Mne.  D.P.  GEE
Mne.  F.R. GOODYER-KETTLEY
Mne.  W.Y.  GORRIE
Mne.  E.W.  GOTTS
Mne.  P.   GRIFFIN
Mne.  H.W.  GUINAN
Mne.  R.W.  HADFIELD
Mne.  E.O.  HAMSTEAD
Mne.  R.G.  HAYS
Mne.  R.  HEBDEN
Mne.  A.F.  HERD
Mne.  D.A.  HERMAN
Mne.  W.B.  HEWSON
Mne.  H.L.  HILDRETH
Mne.  R.H.  HILL
Mne.  V.F.   HOBBS
Mne.  N.C.  HOPPER
Mne.  G.R.  HUBBARD
Mne.   H.  HUMPHREYS
Mne.   J.    HURST
Mne.   J.  HUTCHINSON
Mne.   P.   JAGGARD
Mne.   R.K.  JAMES
Mne.   M.    JEFFERS
Mne.   J.     JONES
Mne.   J.F.  KELLY
Mne.   R.   KENDRICK
Mne.   H.   KENNEY
Mne.   E.S.  KLINCKE
Mne.   R.A.  LAGOR
Mne.   D.R.N.  LEDBURY
Mne.   T.   LEONARD
Mne.  W.A.  LITTLE
Mne.   J.  MACKINSTRY
Mne.   J.C.  MAY
Mne.  E.  McDOWELL
Mne.  J.C.   McGEE
Mne.  D.P. McGLASHON
Mne.  F.C.  MILO
Mne.  E. J.  MOODY
Mne.  K.W. MORGAN
Mne.  T.    MULVEY
Mne.  D.J.  MUSGROVE
Mne.  A    NASH
Mne.  T.   NASH
Mne.   J.   NIGHTINGALE
Mne.   S.D.  NUNN
Mne.   A.R.  OBORN
Mne.   E.S.  O'BRIEN
Mne.   C.T.   OCKWELL
Mne.   P.W.   ORMAN
Mne.   L. J.   PAIN
Mne.   J.  PALMER
Mne.  H.D.  PANTER
Mne.   R.S.  PARKER
Mne.  G.T.  PAYNE
Mne.   H.D.H.A.  PEMBER
Mne.   A.G.   PICKERING
Mne.   R.  PINCHER
Mne.    J.H.  PLATT
Mne.   E.W.  PORTER
Mne.   W.W.A.  POWELL
Mne.   G.S.  PRATT
Mne.   W.H.  RHODES
Mne.   J.A.  RICHMOND
Mne.   A.H.I.  RIDDLE
Mne.   J.  ROSS
Mne.   R.  RUTTER
Mne.  H.L.  SALAMAN
Mne.  J.V.  SALT
Mne.  R.T.C. SAUNDERS
Mne.  J.J.L.   SEABROOK
Mne.  H.W.  SHOCKLEY
Mne.  S.   SIMPSON
Mne.  R.B.  SINGLETON
Mne.  F.  SPENCER
Mne.  W.J.   St. ANGE
Mne.  H.  SWIFT
Mne.  R.E.  TACK
Mne.  K.A.  TARRANT
Mne.  I.H.  THOMSON
Mne.   J.  TOWERS
Mne.   W.C.  TRUMP
Mne.   A.J.  TURNER
Mne.   R.C. TURNER
Mne.   J.E.  TURRELL
Mne.   T.    TWIDALE
Mne.   J.H.  WAKEFIELD
Mne.   P.E.  WALKER
Mne.   G.P.  WALLACE
Mne.   G.  WARD
Mne.   T.H. WEBSTER
Mne.   H.A. WIGMORE
Mne.   D.J.  WILSON
Mne.   A.  WISE
Mne.   A.  WOOD
Mne.   R.F.  WOOD
Mne.   A.  WOODHOUSE
Mne.   A.J.  WRIGHTSON
 
We will remember them
 
and of 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.
 

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PHILLIPPS, Joseph Picton (Lt.Col.)

Rank: 
Lieutenant Colonel
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Died : 
Wednesday, August 19, 1942
Killed in action or died of wounds
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
Operations: 

Lieut. Col. Phillipps, Officer Commanding 40RM Commando, was killed during operations at Dieppe. 

MANNERS, James Calvert (Lt.Col.)

Rank: 
Lieutenant Colonel
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Honours & Awards: 
Died : 
Saturday, June 3, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
28
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 

Lieut. Colonel Manners DSO, Officer Commanding 40RM Commando, was killed during operations on the enemy held island of Brac, Yugoslavia.

He had previously been awarded the DSO for gallant and distinguished services in operations leading to the capture of Termoli.
(Source: London Gazettes Supp. 36367, page 687.)
 

40RM Commando at Dieppe

The role of 40RM Commando during the Combined Operations raid at Dieppe raid was to assault and secure the harbour area.

Follow this link for the ROH of all the Commando Fallen at Dieppe

40RM Commando casualties HMS Fidelity

HMS Fidelity

HMS Fidelity was sunk by torpedoes during a U Boat attack (U435) on the 30th December 1942 off the Azores. The U-boat reported a large number of survivors on rafts and in the water. All drowned in the rough seas as the weather deteriorated. The only survivors were a few who had launched a motor boat from the ship before the attack.  Among the casualties were 53 members of 'T' Company 40 RM Commando who were on board. The letter 'T' was never used again by 40RM Commando for a Company.

All Casualties are listed by the CWGC as dying on the 1st January 1943.

The Commandos killed on HMS Fidelity:  40RM Commando 'T' Company.

The WW2 ROH for this Commando unit: 40RM Commando Roll of Honour.

Sources:
Image: © IWM (ADNO 5229)
CWGC: RM Casualties on HMS Fidelity
Account by Pat O’Leary (born Albert Guérisse) 
 

40RM Commando casualties HMS Queen Emma

HMS Queen Emma
 
On 17th July 1943 HMS Queen Emma was in Augusta Harbour Sicily with 40 Royal Marine Commando on board when there was a bombing raid on the harbour. This caused numerous casualties and damage on board when concussion and shrapnel from a bomb caused a box of grenades to go off on the mess deck. 
 

Entry from the 40 RM Commando war diary

(Source: National Archive file ref ADM 202 / 87)
 

15 July 1943

1300hrs -arrive SYRACUSE harbour
1500hrs disembark Syracuse
 

16 July 1943

1200hrs - Cdo embark - Force11  M.V Queen Emma
1400hrs - sail from Syracuse harbour
1600hrs  - arrive Augusta harbour
1800hrs  - Cdo informed operation cancelled
 

17 July 1943 

0200hrs - Air attacks on harbour start
0210hrs - M.V Queen Emma suffered near miss; concussion and shrapnel from bomb caused a box of grenades to go off on the mess deck occupied by B and P troops, many casualties occurring. Capt. Stiebel and Surg Lt Cmdr Pryde killed , 13 OR's killed and 58 wounded.
 

In addition to the 11 names (note the war diary entry for 17th July stating 13 OR's)  shown and highlighted at the foot of this page and  confirmed as 40RM Commando, there are three Marines listed by unit on the CWGC database simply as Queen Emma. As not all Royal Marines were Commando trained in WW2, should Commando service be established they will be added to the Roll of Honour. Click on names for more information.
 
Cpl. J.C. FISHER
Mne. R.E.L. BALDOCK
Mne. R. JOHNSON

 

BISHOP, Arthur

Rank: 
Marine
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service number: 
PO/X 114618
Died : 
Saturday, July 17, 1943
Killed in action or died of wounds
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
Operations: 

Mne. Bishop was killed during operations in Sicily whilst aboard the HMS Queen Emma during a bombing raid.

FALLAS, Robert Scott

Rank: 
Lance Corporal
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service number: 
PO/X 4043
Died : 
Saturday, July 17, 1943
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
21
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
Operations: 

LCpl. Fallas was killed during operations in Sicily whilst aboard the HMS Queen Emma during a bombing raid.

FORD, Francis Orme

Rank: 
Captain
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Died : 
Saturday, July 17, 1943
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
22
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
Operations: 

Capt. Ford was killed during operations in Sicily whilst aboard the HMS Queen Emma during a bombing raid.

MAY, Joseph Coyne

Rank: 
Marine
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service number: 
CH/X 110762
Died : 
Saturday, July 17, 1943
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
30
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
Operations: 

Mne. May was killed during operations in Sicily whilst aboard the HMS Queen Emma during a bombing raid.

NUNN, Sidney Donald

Rank: 
Marine
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service number: 
CH/X 100025
Died : 
Saturday, July 17, 1943
Killed in action or died of wounds
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
Operations: 

Mne. Nunn was killed during operations in Sicily whilst aboard the HMS Queen Emma during a bombing raid.

ROSS, John

Rank: 
Marine
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service number: 
CH/X 110710
Died : 
Saturday, July 17, 1943
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
19
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
Operations: 

Mne. Ross was killed during operations in Sicily whilst aboard the HMS Queen Emma during a bombing raid.

STIEBEL, John Edward

Rank: 
Captain
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Died : 
Saturday, July 17, 1943
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
22
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
Operations: 

Capt. Stiebel was killed during operations in Sicily whilst aboard the HMS Queen Emma during a bombing raid.

THOMSON, Ian Henderson

Rank: 
Marine
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service number: 
PO/X 112654
Died : 
Saturday, July 17, 1943
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
21
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
Operations: 

Mne. Thomson was killed during operations in Sicily whilst aboard the HMS Queen Emma during a bombing raid.

TURNER, Anthony James

Rank: 
Marine
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service number: 
PLY/X 109504
Died : 
Saturday, July 17, 1943
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
19
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
Operations: 

Mne. Turner was killed during operations in Sicily whilst aboard the HMS Queen Emma during a bombing raid.

WEBSTER, Thomas Henry

Rank: 
Marine
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service number: 
PO/X 3183
Died : 
Saturday, July 17, 1943
Killed in action or died of wounds
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
Operations: 

Mne. Webster was killed during operations in Sicily whilst aboard the HMS Queen Emma during a bombing raid.

WOOD, Alexander

Rank: 
Marine
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service number: 
CH/X 105330
Died : 
Saturday, July 17, 1943
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
21
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
Operations: 

Mne. Wood was killed during operations in Sicily whilst aboard the HMS Queen Emma during a bombing raid.