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'41 Independent Commando RM'

In October 1942 the 8th RM Battalion was disbanded and those who volunteered for, and passed the training, formed a new 41RM Commando.  The Commando saw service in WW2 at Sicily and Salerno, Normandy and Walcheren, and the advance through Holland into West Germany. At the end of the war 41 RM Commando was disbanded.

ALDRIDGE, Dennis Leolin Samuel St Maur

Dennis Leolin Samuel St Maur Aldridge Royal Marines
7 January 1949 Captain Dennis Aldridge, who had served during the war with 44RM Commando [1], was appointed MBE (Military Division) for gallant and distinguished services in Palestine during the period 27th March, 1948 - 30th July, 1948. [2]
 
18 May 1951 Captain (Local Major) Aldridge MBE was awarded the MC for gallant and distinguished service with 41 Independent Commando, RM, in operations in Korea. [3]
 

BABB, Ronald Benjamin

Corporal Ronald Babb died [1] in the Korean war during a raid on the night of 6th/7th October, when two troops of the Commando landed under the command of Major D. L. St. M. Aldridge, R.M., at Churonjang.  A rail and road tunnel was blown up with two tons of explosive and completely blocked [2]
 

Extract from the Western Morning News - Thursday 12 October 1950

BAINES, James

Acting Quartermaster Sergeant James Baines B.E.M. was awarded the M.M. during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service with 41 Independent Commando, Royal Marines, in operations in Korea. [1].
 

BAKER, Roy

Corporal Roy Baker, 41 Independent Commando RM, was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat 'V' decoration bestowed by the President of the United States of America, for gallant and distinguished services during operations in the Korean war.

BEAUPREZ, Pierre, F.

In 1951 Pierre Beauprez , who had served in 4 Belgian troop of No 10 (IA) Commando in WW2, was killed through the explosion of a mine  as he was conducting a Patrol on the North bank of the River Han during the Korean War.
[Source: Commando Association newsletter 13 issued Sept. 1951.]
 

BRAMBLE, George

Marine George Bramble was awarded the M.M. during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service  in operations in Korea. [1]. He later also received a MiD for distinguished service in operations in Korean waters. [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 39230, page 2749.
[2] London Gazettes Supp. 39660, page 5208.
 
Notes

CRUSE, Ernest

Corporal Ernest Cruse was awarded the M.M. during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service with 41 Independent Commando, Royal Marines, in operations in Korea [1]
 
He was commissioned from QuarterMaster Sergeant to 2nd Lieutenant on the 18 Sept. 1961 [2]. In October 1970 was a Lieutenant at the CTCRM [3].
 

DODDS, Roy Reginald

Sergeant  Roy Dodds was awarded the M.M. for gallant and distinguished services in Palestine during the period 27th March, 1948 - 30th July, 1948. [1]. He later served in the Korean war as Quartermaster Sergeant with 41 Independent Commando RM, and was awarded the D.S.M. for distinguished service in operations in Korean waters. [2].
 

GRANT, Ferris Nelson

Major Ferris Grant, 41 Independent Commando RM, was awarded the Legion of Merit, Degree of Officer, decoration bestowed by the President of the United States of America, for gallant and distinguished services during operations in the Korean war.
 
In H.M. The Queen's birthday honours of January 1967 the then Major General Ferris Nelson Grant was appointed C.B.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 40253 page 4684.
London Gazettes Supp. 44210, page 2.
 

HINE, Malcolm

Marine Malcolm Hine was awarded the M.M. during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service with 41 Independent Commando, Royal Marines, in operations in Korea. 
 

JONES, Peter Raymond

Marine Peter Jones died [1] during an amphibious operational landing from the USS Perch on the coast above Hungnam and west of Tanchon [2]. This raid was against enemy railway communications North East of Shako [3]
 

KNOCK, Douglas Alexander

Surgeon Lieutenant Douglas Knock was attached to 41 Independent Commando RM at the time of his death in Korea. He was killed whilst the Commando were engaged in operations with US Forces as part of Taskforce Drysdale, named after their Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Douglas B. Drysdale , heading out from Koto-ri in an attempt to relieve allied forces at Hagaru-ri.  This was during what later became known as the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.
 

LANGTON, Henry

Corporal Henry Langton was awarded the M.M. during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service with 41 Independent Commando, Royal Marines, in operations in Korea. 

LANSDOWNE, Arthur John

Marine Arthur Lansdowne, 41 Independent Commando RM, was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat 'V' decoration bestowed by the President of the United States of America, for gallant and distinguished services during operations in the Korean war.

MAILL, Joseph Jeremiah

Sergeant Joseph Maill, 41 Independent Commando RM, was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat 'V' decoration bestowed by the President of the United States of America, for gallant and distinguished services during operations in the Korean war.

MARSH, Leslie George

Captain Leslie Marsh, a veteran of service with 40RM Commando in WW2, was awarded the M.C. during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service in operations in Korea. He remained in military service taking part in operations at Borneo, Suez, and Aden. He retired with the rank of Brigadier.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 39230, page 2749.
Obituary in the Daily Telegraph 25 June 2005.
 

MCCURRIE, Peter

Rifleman Peter McCurrie
Rifleman Peter McCurrie, a former member of No.6 Commando in WW2, died during operations in Korea serving with the Royal Ulster Rifles. He was a prisoner of war at the time of his death. He is remembered on the UN Memorial Wall at Pusan, and his name is also inscribed on the War Memorial at Frizington, Cumbria.
 
Sources
AFM ROH
Commando Association newsletter 18 issued March 1954.
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NICHOLLS, Reuben

Marine Reuben Nicholls died whilst attempting to escape having been taken Prisoner of War in Korea.

The following entry is from the RMA on their Facebook page

REUBEN NICHOLLS RM, 1925-51 Award of the Elizabeth Cross.

Marine Reuben Nicholls, an Assault Engineer, was taken prisoner by Chinese forces in the Korean War in 1950. On New Years Day 1951 he wrote a letter to his parents. That was the last they heard from him. Over the next three years correspondence from Government Departments variously indicated that he was alive, dead, and died on this or that date.

O'FLAHERTY, Denis William Venables Patrick

Denis William Venables Patrick O'Flaherty
Brigadier O'Flaherty
Lieutenant Denis O'Flaherty, No. 3 Commando 6 troop, was appointed DSO in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in successful combined operations against the enemy at Vaagso and Maaloy on December 27th 1941 [1]. He additionally received a Mention in Despatches during this operation [1].
 
Lt. O'Flaherty was severely wounded during the operation, being shot in his eye, jaw, and neck, after which he was hospitalised for two years [2]
 

OVENS, Patrick John

Lt PJ Ovens

Lieutenant Patrick Ovens served  for a period at the CBTC and is shown in a photo entitled "Commando Basic Training Centre - Officers Mess - 1945." 

He joined 46RM Commando shortly before it was disbanded.

Post war he served as a Captain with 41 Independent Commando RM in Korea being awarded the Military Cross in 1951 for " gallant and distinguished service".  [1]

POUNDS, Edgar George Derek

Edgar George Derek Pounds
Lieutenant Edgar George Derek Pounds was an instructor at the Commando Basic Training Centre in 1945 [1].
 
Captain Edgar Pounds, 41 Independent Commando RM, was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat 'V' decoration bestowed by the President of the United States of America, for gallant and distinguished services during operations in the Korean war [2].
 
He later received a MiD for for distinguished services in operations against terrorists in Cyprus serving with 45 Commando RM. [3]. 
 

ROBERTS, Gerald Frederick Dawson

Lieutenant Gerald Roberts received a MiD during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service with 41 Independent Commando, Royal Marines, in operations in Korea [1].  He was also awarded the Bronze Star Medal bestowed by the President of the United States of America for gallant and distinguished service in Operations in Korea. [2].
 

TREVOR, Kenneth Rowland Swetenham (Lt Col )

Officer Commanding No 1 Commando 1943 - 1945.
 
Ken Trevor joined No 1 Commando in 1941.  As Captain of 1 troop in 1942 he took part in a raid at St Cecily Plage  and the later Operation Torch landings. He received a Mention in Despatches (MiD) in N. Africa. He took over command of No 1 Commando from his cousin Tom Trevor when the Commando sailed to India in 1943. During the campaign in Burma he was awarded the DSO for gallant and distinguished services.
 

TWIGG, Richard

Marine Richard Twigg was awarded the M.M. during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service with 41 Independent Commando, Royal Marines, in operations in Korea. 

VARDY, Stanley

Marine Stanley Vardy received a MiD during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service with 41 Independent Commando, Royal Marines, in operations in Korea. 
 

WHITING, John

Sergeant John 'Jack' Whiting, 41 Independent Commando RM, was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat 'V' decoration bestowed by the President of the United States of America, for gallant and distinguished services during operations in the Korean war.

WYETH, Kenneth

Marine Kenneth Wyeth died wilst a prisoner of War having been captured during operations at Chosin on the 29th November 1950.
 
[AFM ROH / Admiralty announcement in The Times published 14th April 1951 / BKVA website]
 

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