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ASKWITH, Graham

40 Cdo. RM
Marine Graham Askwith received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in operations in Borneo on the 1st January 1964. He had been recommended for the Military Medal.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 43492, page 9824.
National Archives file WO373/139/37.
 

AUBERTIN, Jack Stanley

45 Cdo. RM
Sergeant Jack Aubertin was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in Malaya during the period 1st July to 31st December, 1951.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 39507, page 1880.
National Archives file WO 373/130/123.
 

AUSTEN, Alexander Fred

Brigade Signals
Company Quartermaster Sergeant Alexander Austen, 1st Special Service Brigade Signal Troop, was awarded the British Empire Medal in recognition of his exemplary service [1].
 
Recommendation including Record of Service
1929 enlisted in the Royal Corps of Signals.

BARKER, Alfred

42 Cdo. RM
Sergeant Alfred Barker was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service on 29 February 1952 during operations at Rawang, which is located in Selangor, Malaya.
 
Sources
London Gazette 39584, page 3523.
National Archives file WO 373/131/7.
 

BARTON, Francis Christopher

40 Cdo. RM
Major Francis Barton received a Mention in Despatches in 1951 in recognition of gallant and distinguished services with 40 Commando RM in Malaya [1].
  • 31 December 1960 (Colonel) appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
  • 1 January 1964 (Brigadier) appointed C.B.E. (Military Division) [3].
  • 1 January 1966 (Major General) appointed C.B. (Military Division) [4].
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 39361, page 5432.

BEST, James Nigel

40 Cdo. RM
Acting Lieutenant James best received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in operations in the Borneo Territories during the period 24th December 1962 to 23rd June 1963.
 
Sources
London Gazette 43189, page 10451.
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Major J.C. Beadle MBE MC.
 

BUXTON, James George

45 Cdo. RM
Colour Sergeant James Buxton was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division), for gallant and distinguished service with 45 Commando, Royal Marines, in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June, 1952.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 39675, page 5527.
National Archives file WO 373/131/73.
 

BYRNE, Kenneth

Royal Marines
Colour Sergeant Kenneth Byrne received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in operations in the Borneo Territories, and in supporting operations during the period 24th June to 23rd December 1964.
 
Sources
London Gazette 43691, page 5981
 

CARTER, Robert Ponsonby

45 Cdo. RM
Captain Robert Carter received a Mention in Despatches announced on 27 April 1951 for distinguished service in operations in Malaya [1]. 
  • Awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished services during operations at Tapah, Malaya, between 1 January and 30 June 1951 [2] [3].

CHADWICK, James

40 Cdo. RM
Marine James Chadwick died when a 3 tonne vehicle he was driving ran off the road during the hours of darkness in the Lenggong area of Malaya.
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
Malayan Emergency Commonwealth Deaths 1948-1960.

The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
 

CHARLTON, Thomas Albert

Holding Operational Commando

Private Thomas Albert Charlton served in the Holding Operational Commando (HOC).  Post war he served as a Lieutenant in the Federation of Malaya Police Force.  Police Lieutenant Charlton was awarded the George Medal on the 24th April 1951 for his gallantry whilst serving in the Malay Police.
 
He was later killed in action during a bandit ambush in South Johor on the 5th May 1954.
 
Citation for the George Medal

CLARK, Ian Campbell

Lieutenant Ian Clark RM
42 Cdo. RM
Lieutenant Ian Clark died during a cross border operation to Sajingan Besar*, Indonesia. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for distinguished service in support of operations. He had previously served in Aden with 45 Commando RM.
 
The operation, codenamed Lively Cricket,  was against Indonesian forces who had been mortaring the 42 Commando base at Kampung Biawak, in Sarawak, Malaysia. 
Marine Thomas Collins also died in this operation [see linked content below].
 
 

COLLINS, Thomas Joseph

Marine Thomas Joseph Collins 42 Commando
42 Cdo. RM
Marine Thomas Collins was shot on Indonesian territory on 16 March 1966, the same day as Lieutenant Ian Clark from L Coy 42 Cdo RM.,[see linked content] while taking part in a cross-border operation during “Confrontation”.

COOP, James Barry

40 Cdo. RM
Lieutenant James Coop, 'X' troop, was shot and killed when a patrol he was leading was ambushed about eight miles from Kuala Kangsar, Perak, by a strong force of communist terrorists. Also killed was Corporal R.T. Ryder.
 
Sources
AFM ROH
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
 

CROSSKERRY, John Kevin

40 Cdo. RM
Marine John Crosskerry received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished services in support of operations in East and West Malaysia during the period 24th June 1965 to 23rd December 1965. 
 
Source
London Gazette 43994, page 6129.
 

DALE, Peter Edward

40 Cdo. RM
Corporal Peter Dale was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in Malaya during the period 1st July to 31st December, 1951.
 
Sources
London Gazette 39507, page 1880.
National Archives file WO 373/130/124.
 

DANELLS, Peter John Godfrey

Corporal Peter Danells 40 Commando
Peter Danells
40 Cdo. RM
Corporal Peter Danells died [1] when struck on the temple by a piece of shrapnel during a cross border operation (Op. Claret) in Sarawak [2].  The patrol came under small arms and mortar fire. Peter was hit by mortar bomb shrapnel and was carried back across the border by the section [3].
 
Sources

DOWLING, Michael George

40 Cdo. RM
Lieutenant Michael Dowling was shot and killed by a communist terrorist whilst leading a patrol during a village resettlement programme in Gerik District.
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj J.C. Beadle, MBE, MC, RM.
 

EATOUGH, Bryan

42 Cdo. RM
Marine Bryan Eatough was shot during an ambush in Malaya.
[Sources: AFM ROH / Account of Mne. Eric Blyth, 42 Cdo. in By Sea and Land, author Robin Neillands.]
 

EMSLIE, Hamish Brian

42 Cdo. RM
Lieutenant Hamish Emslie was awarded the Military Cross for distinguished service in operations in Malaya with 42 Commando RM [1+2].
 
Recommendation for MC:  
Perak, Malaya.  July 1950 to Nov. 1950.
This Officer has been most zealous in operations for a continuous period since July 1950. He is bold and courageous and sets a fine example to the ranks under his command.

FREEMANTLE, John

3 Cdo. Bde. RM

Corporal John Freemantle was attached to HQ 3 Commando Bde. RM at the time of his death. The Brigade had been involved for several years in the campaign in Indonesia and Borneo. He was originally buried in Ulu Pandan Cemetery Singapore, later cremated, and his ashes returned to the UK. [Source: AFM ROH.]

GARDNER, James Patrick

42 Cdo. RM
Lieutenant James Patrick Gardner, 'B' Troop, was awarded the Military Cross  for gallant and distinguished service with 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June, 1952 [1].
  • 1964 (Captain) (Local Major) Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in operations in Borneo Territories during the period 24th December 1963 to 23rd June 1964 [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 39675, page 5528.

GENGE, Thomas John Head

45 Cdo. RM
Corporal Thomas Genge died of natural causes at the British Military Hospital Kamunting. 
  • Buried at Batu Gajah; later exhumed, Cremated at Sek Keng Cheng Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur and ashes returned to the UK. 
Sources
AFM ROH.
Malayan Emergency Commonwealth Deaths 1948-1960.

GILLINGHAM, Graham John

42 Cdo. RM
Marine Graham Gillingham was accidentally shot and killed when the gun of another Marine went off in a busy market place in Brunei. The Sultan of Brunei paid for his body to be cremated and his ashes sent back to his mother, who by that time had moved to Radford Semele, Warwickshire. [Sources: AFM ROH / Article in The Warwick Courier 15/11/2013]
 

GRIFFITHS, Patrick

Patrick Griffiths MC
45 Cdo. RM
Lieutenant Patrick Griffiths was awarded the Military Cross for distinguished service in operations in Malaya during the period 1st August  to 15th November, 1950 [1].
  • 11 June 1977 (Colonel) appointed C.B.E. (Military Division) [2]
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 39215, page 2389.
[1] National Archives file WO 373/129/123.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 47234, page 7085.
[Image] Obituary in the Globe and Laurel Jan/Feb.1994.
 

HARDY, Campbell Richard

Lt Colonel Campbell Richard Hardy
46RM Commando
Lieutenant Colonel Campbell Richard Hardy, commanded the 9th RM Bn., until it was redesignated as 46 RM Commando on 1 August 1943. He remained as Commanding Officer 46RM Commando until the end November 1944 when he left to take up the post of  Brigade Commander 3rd Special Service Brigade which was operating in the Far East.
He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order, and a Bar to the Distinguished Service Order, during the Normandy campaign, and later a Second Bar to the Distinguished Service Order during operations in Burma [1] [2] [3] [4].  

HENRY, John

Corporal John Henry RM
45 Cdo. RM
Corporal John Henry, from Clarkleap, Newcastleton, died during operations in Malaya. His section were ambushed and pinned down in the Cameron Highlands and Cpl. Henry was killed as he went to get ammunition for them. [1]
 
Buried at Batu Gajah; later exhumed, cremated at Sek Keng Cheng Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur and ashes returned to the UK. [2]
 
Sources

HIGSON, Alexander

Royal Marines
Major Alexander Higson received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in operations in Borneo Territories during the period 24th December 1963 to 23rd June 1964.
 
Sources
London Gazette 43492, page 9824.
 

HODGKISS, Richard George

45 Cdo. RM
Marine Richard Hodgkiss was awarded the Military Medal for outstanding courage and leadership whilst operating as a leading scout of a patrol that engaged the enemy on 13 February 1951 in a forest south of Tapah, Malaya.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 39290, page 3928.
National Archives file WO 373/130/13.
 

HOWE, Gilbert Rex

40 Cdo. RM
42 Cdo. RM
Acting Corporal Gilbert Howe was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his gallantry on 21/22 February 1951 whilst attached to 40 Commando RM during operations at Kampong, Upper Perak, Malaya. He had been recommended for the M.M. but was awarded the D.C.M. [1].
 
Citation

HOWE, Norman Stanley

Cpl Howe R
Grave of Cpl Howe RM
40 Cdo. RM
Corporal Norman Howe died [1] in the British Military Hospital, Singapore [2+3].
 
He was originally buried at Pasir Penang Cemetery, Singapore.  This cemetery was closed in 1974/5 and the next of kin were given various choices at that time. Cpl. Howe's remains were repatriated to England. His name appears on a Memorial Plaque in the Church of Resurrection in Kuala Kangsar in Malaysia [4].
 
Sources
[1] AFM ROH

HUNTER, David Peter Lafayette

45 Cdo. RM
Captain David Hunter, Officer Commanding the operational troops of 45 Commando RM in the Cameron Highlands Malaya, was awarded the Military Cross for distinguished service from 1st August 1950 onwards [1].
  • 9 January 1961 to 11 January 1963 (Lieutenant Colonel) Commanding Officer 40 Commando RM [2]
World War 2
David Peter Lafayette Hunter served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Marines from 1937.

JOLE, Leslie Hugh

Captain Leslie Jole MC
42 Cdo. RM

Captain Leslie Jole, Officer Commanding 'Y' Troop since September 1950,  was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished services in Malaya during the period June 1951 to 31st December, 1951.

JONES, James

42 Cdo. RM

Marine James Jones was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service in 3 Commando Brigade operations at Perak, Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June, 1952. He had been employed since July 1950 in this region, much of the time as a Leading Scout with 42 Commando RM.

KAYSER, Stanley Richard

40 Cdo. RM
Sergeant Stanley Kayser received a Mention in Despatches in 1951 for gallant and distinguished services in Malaya.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp.39361, page 5432.
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
 
Notes
Surname spelt as in LG entry. Spelt as KAYSAR in the above book LBL.
 

KEYES, David Charles

45 Cdo. RM
Marine David Keyes was killed during operations in Malaya when ambushed in a jeep along the Tapah-Chenderiang Road in Perak at Tapah Road Station near Ipoh. Buried in Batu Gajah (later exhumed, cremated at Sek Keng Cheng Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur and ashes returned to UK). Also killed was Marine Ernest Nevard 

KNOWLES, William

45 Cdo. RM
Marine William Knowles received a Mention in Despatches  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Malaya during the period from 1st January to 30th June, 1952.
 
Sources
London Gazette 39675, page 5528.
The Story of 45 Commando RM 1943-1971, author David Young.
 

LAMB, Ernest

45 Cdo. RM

Marine Ernest Lamb died of wounds received during operations in Malaya. He was cremated at Sek Keng Cheng Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur and his ashes returned to the UK.

Sources
AFM ROH.
Malayan Emergency Commonwealth Deaths 1948-1960.
RM Historical Group .

Notes
The RM Historical Group have a document online stating that he died of accidental gunshot wounds.

LEAROYD, Roger Halkett Brook

Royal Marines
Captain Roger Learoyd received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the East and West Malaysian operations during the period 24th June to 11th August 1966 [1].
  • 28 October 1977 (Major) posted 45 Commando RM [2].
  • 31 December 1978 (Acting Lieutenant Colonel) promoted Lieutenant Colonel [3].
  • 31 December 1982 promoted Colonel [4].
  • 18 September 1987 to retired list [5].
Sources

LESTER, William John

42 Cdo. RM
Corporal William Lester was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in operations. He was in 5 troop, one of two sections of the Commando that assaulted Limbang Police Station, Sarwak, on the 12th December 1962 to release hostages being held there. Five Marines from his Commando died during this operation.
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 43009, page 4693.

MACKAY, Peter Lewis

42 Cdo. RM
Captain Peter Mackay died in Malaya. He was awarded the M.C.,[1] for gallant and distinguished service during an action in which he was shot in the head at Perak Malaya on the 1st May 1951[2]. He died 4 days later [3]. He was leading a charge by his patrol of 11 men against bandit forces firing from a ridge above them [2].
 

MACKIE, Alastair

42 Cdo. RM
Sergeant Alastair Mackie was awarded the M.M., gallant and distinguished services in operations at Sarawak, Borneo, during the period June 1963 to September 1963.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 43416, page 7156.
National Archives file WO 373/139/11.
 

MACNISH, Charles James

Charles James Macnish 42 Commando
42 Cdo. RM
Corporal (Acting Sergeant) Charles Macnish, 'S' Troop [1], was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service with 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June, 1952 [2]. His final rank attained was Colour Sergeant [3].

MAGOWAN, Victor

40 Cdo. RM
Acting Quartermaster Sergeant Victor Magowan was awarded the British Empire Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Malaya during the period 1st July - 31st December 1951.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 39507, page 1879.
National Archives file WO373/130/136.
 

MAHONEY, David Callaghan

Captain David Mahoney 42 Commando
42 Cdo. RM
Captain David Mahoney was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished services in Malaya [1]. He became Commander of 'B' Troop in Malaya in September 1950 and was on continuous operations from that time and throughout the following year, primarily in the Batu Gajah region [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 39361, page 5432.
[2] National Archives file WO373/130/44.

MANSELL, William Bradbury

40 Cdo. RM
Lieutenant William Mansell was awarded the M.C., for distinguished service in operations in Malaya during the period 10th June  to 4th September, 1950 [1].
 
In 1985 Colonel William Bradbury Mansell, M.C., former principal of the National Maritime Museum, was appointed O.B.E. (Civil Division) [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 39215, page 2389.
[1] National Archives file WO 373/129/121.
[2] London Gazettes Supp. 50361, page 10.

MARRIOTT, Michael

40 Cdo. RM
Corporal Michael Marriott died during operations in Sarawak, Borneo.
Extract from the Birmingham Daily Post 
"Cpl. Michael Marriott aged 21, whose home is at Langer Lane Chesterfield and who was killed in action against Indonesian terrorists in Sarawak on New Year's Day, died gallantly his parents were told yesterday.

MOORE, John Jeremy

John Jeremy Moore
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Major General John Jeremy Moore served as the commander of the British land forces during the Falklands War in 1982.
  • Lieutenant - awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service with 40 Commando RM in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June, 1952 [1].
  • Captain - awarded a Bar to the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service whilst Commander of 'L' Company 42 Commando RM during a hostage rescue operation at Limbang, Sarawak, on the 12th December 1962 [2].

MORGAN, Dewi Meurig

40 Cdo. RM
Troop Sergeant Major Dewi Morgan was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1], for his gallantry whilst leading a patrol at Perak, Malaya on the 5th October 1951 [2].
 
Extract from London Gazettes

NEVARD, Ernest John

45 Cdo. RM

Marine Ernest Nevard was killed when ambushed in a jeep along the Tapah-Chenderiang Road in Perak. Also killed was Marine David Charles Keyes [view].

Sources
AFM ROH
Malayan Emergency Commonwealth Deaths 1948-1960.
Birmingham Daily Gazette - Saturday 16 September 1950.
British Newspaper Archive (website britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board.

ORR, Samuel

Sergeant Samuel Orr
40 Cdo. RM
Sergeant Samuel Orr died as a result of an accident whilst deployed to Malaya. Cremated at Sek Keng Cheng Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur and ashes returned to UK.
 
Extract from the Ballymena Weekly Telegraph - Friday 05 January 1951
Belfast Family War Sacrifice

PARR, Dennis

45 Cdo. RM

Marine Dennis Parr was killed when the truck he was in surprised bandits in the act of robbing a bus in the Gopeng-Kampar hills, Malaya. Also killed in the same incident was Marine Leslie Turner.

Source
AFM ROH,
Malayan Emergency Commonwealth Deaths 1948-1960.
Click on Mne. Turner's name for full account.
 

PHILLIPS, Cecil Farndale

47RM Commando
3 Cdo. Bde. RM

Acting Lieutenant Colonel Cecil Farndale Phillips was the Commanding Officer of No. 47 Royal Marine Commando, Royal Marines, during operations at Normandy and Walcheren.  Post war he commanded  3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines during operations in Malaya. 
 
  • 1 September 1923 appointed Probationary 2nd Lieutenant RM [*].
  • 1 September 1935 promoted Captain [*].
  • 1 August 1943 - 3 January 1945 Commanding Officer 47RM Commando [*].

RAWLINSON, Robert Croft

42 Cdo. RM
Corporal Robert Rawlinson was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in operations. He commanded one of the two sections of the Commando that assaulted Limbang Police Station, Sarwak, on the 12th December 1962 to release hostages being held there. Cpl. Rawlinson was wounded during this operation in which five other Marines died. 
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp, 43009, page 4693.
National Archives file WO 373/127/98.
 

REED, Neville

No 1 Commando
SAS
Lance Sergeant Neville Reed served in No 1 Commando.
  • Post war he was RSM of 22 Special Air Service Regiment in Malaya. [1] 
  • 28th May 1957 it was announced that he had received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished services with 22 SAS in Malaya for the period 1st July to 31st December, 1956. [2] 
  • By 1958 he was RSM at the Gunnery School, R.A.C. Centre, Lulworth Camp, Wareham, Dorset. [3] 

RICHARDS, John

45 Cdo. RM
Major John Richards, Second in Command of 45 Commando RM, was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) for gallant and distinguished service in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June, 1952 [1].
  • 1951 Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in Malaya [2].
Sources

ROBERTS, David Lister

43RM Commando
43 Cdo. RM
40 Cdo. RM
Captain David Roberts received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service whilst serving with 43RM Commando in the Mediterranean during the period 1st January to 31st March, 1945 [1] [2].
  • 27 April 1951 (Captain) (40 Commando RM) Mentioned in Desptaches for distinguished service in operations in Malaya [3] [4].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 37394, page 6157.
[2] Commando Subaltern at War, author Lieut. W.G. Jenkins DSO, 43RM Cdo.

ROBSON, William

40 Cdo. RM
Lieutenant (Quartermaster) William Robson, 40 Commando RM, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Malaya in 1951[1].
  • 2nd January 1956 (Captain)(Quartermaster) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 39361, page 5432.
[1] The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 40669, page 5.

ROLLS, Graham

42 Cdo. RM
Lieutenant Graham Rolls died in service in Sarawak. Precise details are unknown to this archive.
 
Notes
There is a photo of a plaque in our gallery for those who died in Borneo/Sarawak wnere Lt. Rolls is named.
 

ROSE, Harry Howard

42 Cdo. RM
Marine Harry Rose died in Ipoh General Hospital as a result of an accidental gunshot wound. He was originally buried at Batu Gajah Cemetery but was later exhumed and cremated at Sek Keng Cheng Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur and his ashes returned to the UK.
[Sources: AFM ROH / Malaya Historical Group]
 

RYDER, Raymond Thomas

40 Cdo. RM
Acting Corporal Raymond Ryder was shot and killed whilst part of a patrol that was ambushed by a strong force of communist terrorists about eight miles from Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Also killed was Lieutenant J.B. Coop.

Sources
AFM ROH
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
 

SEEGER, Robert Alan Mountcastle

40 Cdo. RM
Lieutenant Robert Seeger was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service in operations in the Borneo Territories and in supporting operations.
 
Citation 
On 8th December 1964, Lieutenant Seeger was leading a patrol in the area of the Border on the West Coast of Sebatic Island, Tawau, Sabah.

SHEMMANS, Terence

45 Cdo. RM
Acting Corporal Terence Shemmans received a Mention in Despatches in 1951 for distinguished service in operations in Malaya.
 
Sources
London Gazette 39215, page 2389.
The Story of 45 Commando RM 1943 - 1971, author David Young.
 

SIDWELL, Richard Charles

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Captain Richard Charles Sidwell received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service during operations in East and West Malaysia during the period 24 June to 23 December 1965 [1].
  • 1 July 1960 (Lieutenant) promoted Captain [2].
  • 31 December 1971 (Major) promoted Lieutenant Colonel [3].

SIMPSON, Peter Leash

42 Cdo. RM
Acting Sergeant Peter Simpson was awarded the MIlitary Medal for gallant and distinguished services in Malaya during the period 1st July to 31st December, 1951.[1]
 

Extract from the Aberdeen Evening Express - Monday 14 April 1952

SMITH, Dennis

40 Cdo. RM
Sergeant Dennis Smith received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in operations in the Borneo Territories during the period 24th December 1962 to 23rd June 1963.

SMITH, Derek

45 Cdo. RM
Marine Derek Smith was shot and killed by a Malayan Police Inspector. He was originally buried in Pasir Panjang Cemetery before being reinterred at Kranji.
 
Sources
AFM ROH
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Saturday 17 January 1953.

STODDART, Anthony

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Lieutenant Anthony Stoddart received a Mention in Despatches, announced in April 1951, in recognition of distinguished service in operations in Malaya [1].
  • Captain Anthony Stoddart served with 41 Independent Commando RM during the Korean War and in August 1951 was Commander of 'D' Troop [2]
  • 23 April 1952 Lt. (Local Capt.) A. Stoddart to relinquish the rank of Local Captain [3].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 39215, page 2389.

TAPLIN, John Aubrey

41RM Commando
40 Cdo. RM
Captain John Taplin was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in Her Majesty's Birthday Honours dated 31 May 1956 [1].
  • December 1942 (Acting Temporary Captain) Adjutant of 41RM Commando [2].
  • August 1943 Captain serving in 41RM Commando [3].

TAYLOR, Maurice Jack

40 Cdo. RM
Sergeant Maurice Taylor travelling in the rear vehicle of the morning convoy to Gerik was fatally wounded when the column was ambushed by communist terrorists.  He died a few days later.
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
 

THOMAS, John David

29 Cdo. Regt.RA
Gunner John Thomas, 145 (Maiwand) Commando Battery, RA, received the Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct for his gallantry and determination in Brunei on the 28th December, 1962, in plunging into a flooded river and rescuing a comrade from drowning.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 43007, page 4683.
 

TURNER, Leslie James

3 Cdo. Bde. RM

Marine Leslie Turner, HQ 3 Commando Bde. RM,  was killed when the truck he was in surprised bandits in the act of robbing a bus in the Gopeng-Kampar hills, Malaya. Buried in Batu Gajah (later exhumed, cremated at Sek Keng Cheng Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur and ashes returned to UK). Also killed in the same incident was Marine Dennis Parr.

TWEED, David Gratiaen

40 Cdo. RM
Captain (Acting Major) David Gratiaen Tweed received a Mention in Despatches in September 1945 for good services with the 21st Army Group [1]
 
  • 12 February 1946 (Acting Major) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) for gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe [2]
  • 19 October 1951 (Major) received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in Malaya [3]

TYDD, Herbert Henry

45 Cdo. RM
Sergeant Herbert Tydd was awarded the Military Medal for distinguished service in operations in Malaya during the period August to October 1950.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 39215, page 2389.
National Archives file WO 373/129/132.
 

TYRRELL, Ernest Trevor

Marine Trevor Tyrrell
42 Cdo. RM
Marine Ernest Tyrrell died [1] in a landrover vehicle accident in Singapore on his second tour. His first was with 40 Commando RM. [2].
 
Ernest commenced his initial recruit training on 3 February 1964, and completed that initial training in 805 King’s Squad at RM Deal on 29 May 1964.  He successfully completed his full training at the Commando Training Centre on 30 October 1964. [2] + [3].
 
Sources
[1] AFM ROH

WADGE, Eric James

No 3 Commando
Corporal Eric Wadge was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] for gallant and distinguished services in NW Europe whilst a Medical Orderly in No 3 Commando. 
 
Post war whilst serving in the Malaya Police he was awarded the George Medal [2] for his gallantry during the Malayan crisis.
 
Citation for the George Medal
Eric James WADGE, D.C.M., Police Lieutenant, Federation of Malaya Police Force.

WANT, Thomas Alfred

45 Cdo. RM
Acting Sergeant Thomas Want was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service with 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June, 1952.
 
Source
London Gazettes Supp. 39675, page 5528.
National Archives file WO 373/131/42.
 

WESTON, John Culpeper

40 Cdo. RM
Captain John Weston was awarded the Military Cross for distinguished service in support of operations in East and West Malaysia during the period 24th June 1965 to 23rd December 1965.
Recommendation
"On the 12th September a reconnaissance patrol from 'C' Company of 40 Commando discovered a platoon of Indonesians in position on the Sarawak Border.
Operation 'Stonehouse' was mounted on the 14th September with the aim of destroying this force.

WILLASEY-WILSEY, Anthony Patrick

40 Cdo. RM
During WW2 Acting Captain Anthony Willasey-Wilsey served on ships before being posted to Commando service [1][1a][1b][1c] .
Service at Sea in WW2 
HMS Rodney (present at the Bismarck action)
HMS Howe
HMS Furious
RM Commando Service in WW2
January 1945 serving with the RM Holding Commando [1]
By April 1945 serving with 47RM Commando [1a].
Post WW2 

WRIGHT, Robert

42 Cdo. RM

Marine Robert Wright died of encephalitis in Malaya. He was buried in Batu Gajah, later exhumed, cremated at Sek Keng Cheng Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur and ashes returned to UK.

Sources
AFM ROH.
Malayan Emergency Commonwealth Deaths 1948-1960.


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