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ASKWITH, Graham

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
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 Gazette 43492, page 9824.
National Archives file WO373/139/37.
 

AUBERTIN, Jack Stanley

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
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 Gazette 39507, page 1880.
National Archives file WO373/130/123.
 

AUSTEN, Alexander Fred

Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
British Empire Medal (BEM)
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

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
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

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
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].

BEST, James Nigel

40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
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.

BUDGEN, Paul Kindersley

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Paul Budgen died whilst deployed oversees to Malaya.
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
Malayan Emergency Commonwealth Deaths 1948-1960.
Plaque on the north wall at St Leonards Church, Misterton Somerset.
 

BUXTON, James George

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
British Empire Medal (BEM)
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.

BYRNE, Kenneth

Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
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
Royal Marines
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Robert Carter received a Mention in Despatches announced on 27 April 1951 for distinguished service in operations in Malaya [1]. 

CHADWICK, James

40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Died on active service
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
George Medal (GM)

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.
 

CLARK, Ian Campbell

Lieutenant Ian Clark RM
42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
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.
 

CLARK, Robert Anthony

40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Robert Clark died of wounds during operations in Malaya.
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
Malayan Emergency Commonwealth Deaths 1948-1960.
 
Notes
Surname spelt CLARKE at second source above.
 

COLLINS, Thomas Joseph

Marine Thomas Joseph Collins 42 Commando
42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
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 “Conf

COOP, James Barry

40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
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.

CRAWFORD, Anthony Davenport

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Anthony Crawford received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Malaya in 1951.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 39507, page 1880.
The Story of 45 Commando RM 1943-1971, author David Young.
 

CROSSKERRY, John Kevin

40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
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
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
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
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
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].
 

DARLING, Peter Henry

Major Peter Darling RM
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Peter Darling received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Malaya during the period 1st July to 31st December, 1951 [1].

DAYES, George Alan

40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine George Dayes died [1] when his patrol through the jungle in Perak, Malaya, was ambushed by bandits. [2].
 
Sources
[1] AFM ROH
[2] Citation for TSM Dewi Morgan DCM [view].
 

DICKSON, Kenneth

42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Died in service
Marine Kenneth Dickson died at Panaga Hospital, Brunei as a result of suspected septicaemia.  [Sources:  AFM ROH / Globe and Laurel Jan-Feb 1994, p57.]
 

EAMES, Rex Hugh Victor

40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Died in service
Marine Rex Eames died by drowning in Malaya. Cremated at Sek Keng Cheng Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur and ashes returned to the UK. 
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
Malayan Emergency Commonwealth Deaths 1948-1960.
 

EMSLIE, Hamish Brian

42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
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.

FORMOY, Ronald David

Mne Ronald David Formoy 42 Commando
42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Ronald Formoy, Lima Company, died during an action which resulted in the rescue of hostages taken and held at Limbang, Sarwak.

Sources
AFM ROH.
[Image] Special Forces ROH website.
 
Notes

Four other Commandos from 'L' Company also died - see names below.

FREEMANTLE, John

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Died in service unknown cause

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
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
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].

GENGE, Thomas John Head

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Died in service
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
Royal Marines
Died in service
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
Royal Marines
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Military Cross (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.

HARDY, Campbell Richard

Lt Colonel Campbell Richard Hardy
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Bar to the Distinguished Service Order
2nd Bar to the Distinguished Service Order
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.

HAZELL

42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Served with 'B' Troop in Malaya circa 1951-1953.
 
Source
Reunion article with photo in the Globe and Laurel magazine Nov/Dec. 2000 edition.

HENRY, John

Corporal John Henry RM
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
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]
 

HIGSON, Alexander

Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
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.
 

HILL, Ray

42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines

Served with 'B' Troop in Malaya circa 1951-1953.
 
Source
Reunion article with photo in the Globe and Laurel magazine Nov/Dec. 2000 edition.

HODGKISS, Richard George

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
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.

HONEYSETT, Kenneth Roland

40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
British Empire Medal (BEM)

Sergeant Kenneth Honeysett was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) [1], for gallant and distinguished service with the MT section of 40 Commando, RM [2], in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June, 1952.

HOWE, Gilbert Rex

40 Cdo. RM
42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Military Medal (MM)
British Empire Medal (BEM)
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

HUNTER, David Peter Lafayette

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
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

JOHNSON, Frederick Elliott

42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant Frederick Johnson was awarded the M.C. [1] for courage and leadership in operations in Perak, Malaya on 1st and 2nd May, 1951 [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 39328, page 4714.
[2] National Archive file WO 373 /130/21.
 

JOLE, Leslie Hugh

Captain Leslie Jole MC
42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Cross (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

42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

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
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
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

KEYES, David Charles

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
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 

KIERANS, Gerald

42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Gerald Kierans, Lima Company, from Widnes, died during an action which resulted in the rescue of hostages taken and held at Limbang, Sarawak.

Sources
AFM ROH.
[Image] His sister Estelle Hart.

KNOWLES, William

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
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.

LAMB, Ernest

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

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 .

LEAROYD, Roger Halkett Brook

Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
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].

MACKAY, Peter Lewis

42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
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].

MACKIE, Alastair

42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
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
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
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].

MADOC, Reginald William

Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Major General Reginald Madoc D.S.O., O.B.E., was appointed C.B. on 1st January 1959 [1].
  • 1951 (Lieutenant Colonel) (42 CommandoRM) appointed O.B.E. for gallant and distinguished services in Malaya [2].

MAGOWAN, Victor

40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
British Empire Medal (BEM)
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
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
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

MANSELL, William Bradbury

40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Military Cross (MC)
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

MARRIOTT, Michael

40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
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.

MCCREA, Edward

Mne Edward McCrea 42 Commando
42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Edward McCrea died when ambushed in the area of Padawan and  Bau, Sarawak, Borneo. His body was later exhumed, cremated, and his ashes brought home to his family in Northern Ireland.

MOORE, John Jeremy

John Jeremy Moore
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Bar to the Military Cross
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].

MORGAN, Dewi Meurig

40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
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

ORR, Samuel

Sergeant Samuel Orr
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Died on active service
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
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

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.

PHILLIPS, Cecil Farndale

47RM Commando
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE)
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Mentioned in Despatches
Order of Oranje Nassau with Swords (Netherlands)

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 [*].

PIMP, Don

42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Served with 'B' Troop in Malaya circa 1951-1953.
 
Source
Reunion article with photo in the Globe and Laurel magazine Nov/Dec. 2000 edition.
 

POWELL, Fred Stewart

42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Fred Powell, Lima Company, died during an action which resulted in the rescue of hostages taken and held at Limbang, Sarwak.

Sources: AFM ROH.
 
Notes
Four others from 'L' Company also died - see names below.
 

RAWLINSON, Robert Croft

42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
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. 
 

REED, Neville

No 1 Commando
SAS
3rd Carabiniers Prince of Wales's Dragoon Guards
Mentioned in Despatches
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
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] 

RICHARDS, John

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
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].

ROBERTS, David Lister

43RM Commando
43 Cdo. RM
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
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].

ROBSON, William

40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
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

ROFFEY, Charles David

29 Cdo. Regt.RA
Royal Artillery
Died in service

Lieutenant Charles Roffey died in road accident in Johore Bahru Malaysia.

Sources
AFM ROH.
Report in the Birmingham Daily Post 27 December 1963.
Commando Gunner website/3845 Gnr Wilson I.F.

ROLLS, Graham

42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Died on active service
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
Royal Marines
Died in service

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.
Malayan Emergency Commonwealth Deaths 1948-1960.
Malaya Historical Group.

RYDER, Raymond Thomas

40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
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
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
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
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
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
Royal Marines
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
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].

SIMPSON, Peter Leash

42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
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, Derek

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Died on active service
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.

SPEAKE, Terence

42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Terence Speake, 'B' Troop, was awarded the Military Medal for courage and leadership in operations in Malaya on 1st May, 1951 [1][2].
Recommendation
"Perak, Malaya.

STODDART, Anthony

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
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]

STOREY, John

42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Died in service

Marine John Storey died in Malaya as a result of an accident.

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

TAPLIN, John Aubrey

41RM Commando
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Croix de Guerre (France)
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
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
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
Royal Artillery
Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct
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.
 

THOMSON, Jonathan James

45 Cdo. RM
SBS
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Thomson O.B.E., was awarded The Queen's Gallantry Medal in recognition of gallantry within the operations in Northern Iraq and Southern Turkey  in 1991[1].
Citation 

TURNBULL, John Hugh Stephenson

Lieutenant Colonel John Turnbull MC 1 Commando
No 1 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Military Cross (MC)
Bar to the Military Cross
Mentioned in Despatches
Major John Turnbull MC and bar assumed command of No 1 Commando at Myebon on the 10th February 1945 after the departure of Lt. Col. K.R.S. Trevor [view]. [1].
  • 1943 (Temporary Captain) awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa. [2].

TURNER, Leslie James

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

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
Royal Marines
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain (Acting Major) David Gratiaen Tweed received a Mention in Despatches in September 1945 for good services with the 21st Army Group [1]. He is shown that year as D.A.A. and Q.M.G. 116th RM Infantry Brigade [1a].

TYDD, Herbert Henry

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
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.
 

WADGE, Eric James

No 3 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
George Medal (GM)
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
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.
 

WANT, Thomas Alfred

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
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.
Recommendation

WESTON, John Culpeper

40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
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.

WILLASEY-WILSEY, Anthony Patrick

40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
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

WRIGHT, Robert

42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Died on active service

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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