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ASKWITH, Graham

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

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

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

Sergeant Alfred Barker was awarded the M.M., for gallant and distinguished service in operations at Rawang which is located in Selangor, Malaya on the 29th February 1952.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 39584, page 3523.
National Archives file WO 373/131/7.
 

BARTON, Francis Christopher

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHARLTON, Thomas Albert


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 died during a cross border operation to Sajingan Besar * in Indonesia. He received a posthumous MiD for distinguished services in support of operations.
 
The operation, codenamed Lively Cricket,  was against Indonesian forces who had been mortaring the 42 Commando base at Kampung Biawak, in Sarawak, Malaysia.
 
Also died in this operation
Marine Thomas Collins.
 

COLLINS, Thomas Joseph

Marine Thomas Joseph Collins 42 Commando
Marine Thomas Collins was shot on Indonesian territory on 16 March 1966, the same day as Lt Clark from L Coy 42 Cdo RM., while taking part in a cross-border operation during “Confrontation”. He was seen to fall but the circumstances of the operation made it impossible to recover his body at the time.

COOP, James Barry

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.
 

DALE, Peter Edward

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
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

EMSLIE, Hamish Brian

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

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

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, John Thomas Head

Corporal John Genge died of natural causes at British Military Hospital Kamukting. 
 
Buried at Batu Gajah; later exhumed, Cremated at Sek Keng Cheng Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur and ashes returned to the UK. 
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
 Malaya Historical group.
 

GRIFFITHS, Patrick

Patrick Griffiths MC
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
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
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

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

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

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
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

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

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

Marine James Jones was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished service with 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June, 1952.

KAYSER, Stanley Richard

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.
 

KNOWLES, William

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

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.

LEAROYD, Roger Halkett Brook

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

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

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

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
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

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
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

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

Corporal Michael Marriott died during operations in Sarawak, Borneo.
 

Extract from the Birmingham Daily Post - Saturday 11 January 1964

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
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].

NEVARD, Ernest John

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
Malaya online Historical Group.
Birmingham Daily Gazette - Saturday 16 September 1950.

ORR, Samuel

Sergeant Samuel Orr
Sergeant Samuel Orr died in Malaya.
 
Extract from the Ballymena Weekly Telegraph - Friday 05 January 1951
Belfast Family War Sacrifice
"Mr. and Mrs. Robert Orr, Foreman Street, Belfast, have received official information that their son, Sergt. Samuel Orr, was killed in action in Malaya last week while serving with a Commando Unit of the Royal Marines.  He had been eight vears in the Forces, and served with the S.EA.C. and the B.L.A. in World War 11.

PARR, Dennis

Marine Dennis Parr was killed during operations in Malaya. Also killed in the same incident was Marine Leslie Turner where we have an account of his death.

Source
AFM ROH
Click on Mne. Turner's name for full account.
 

PHILLIPS, Cecil Farndale


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

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

Neville Reed was a Lance Sergeant in No 1 Commando.
 
Post war he was RSM of 22 Special Air Service Regiment in Malaya. [1] On the 28th May 1957 it was announced that he had received a MiD 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
 

SIMPSON, Peter Leash

Acting Sergeant Peter Simpson was awarded the MM 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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
 

TWEED, David Gratiaen

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

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
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

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