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ADAMS, Alan Maclean

Corporal Alan Adams received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in Northern Ireland [1].
  • Appointed M.B.E. (Military Division)(rank Warrant Officer Class 1) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Northern Ireland  2004/5 [2].
  • Short Service Commission (late entry) Regular Army Intelligence Corps - 12 January 2005 Alan Maclean Adams (563268) to be Captain on probation (formerly Royal Marines) [3].
Sources

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]
 

ALLAN, Brian Gavin

Sergeant Brian Allan was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period 1st April to 30th September 2003.
 
Source
London Gazette Supp. 57269, page 5129.
 

ASPDEN, Jack

Lance Bombardier Jack Aspden was one of the Commando contingent on board ML 267 for the raid at St. Nazaire. The launch was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the 11 Commandos, and all bar 5 of the RN crew,  on board were killed. Jack Aspden was taken prisoner of war [1].
 
On the 21st September 1946 he was commissioned Second Lieutenant with the Loyal Regiment [2].
 

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.

BARRON, Robert James

Sgt. Robbie Barron 2 Commando
Sergeant Robert Barron, 1 troop, was one of the Commando contingent who participated in the St. Nazaire raid on ML 446. Post war in 1998 he was appointed M.B.E. (Civil Division) for services to the London Scottish Regimental Association and the St. Nazaire Society.
 
Sources
St Nazaire Society.
London Gazettes Supp. 55155, page B15.
Commando Association newsletter 81.
 

BONNER, John William

Captain John Bonner 48RM Commando
Captain John Bonner was in the first batch of reinforcements joining 48RM Commando on the 9th June 1944. He was posted to 'A' Troop, later joining the HQ Troop, before finally becoming the Administration Officer of the Commando [1]. In June 1945 he was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
 
The death of Capt. John W. Bonner MBE of Epping, Essex, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 108 issued March 1999.
 
Sources

BREAM, George Leonard

Captain Leonard George Bream

George Leonard Bream, or 'Percy', as he was known in the Corps, was born on June 1st 1919 in the hamlet of Buckworth, Huntingdonshire. He was the middle son of a a family of six, his father being a farm labourer. After leaving school with a basic education he moved to his eldest sister's home in Luton where he at first worked as a market trader, and then in a gent's outfitters. In 1938 with talk of trouble in Europe he joined The Royal Marines. In 1944 he joined the newly formed 48RM Commando after successfully completing his training at the Commando Basic Training Centre at Achnacarry.

BYRNE, Patrick Joseph

Sergeant Patrick Byrne was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in NW Europe [1].
 
Post war service
  • 27th May 1954 commissioned Lt. (Qr.Mr) in the Foresters [2].
  • 29th January 1957 received a MiD in recognition of distinguished services in Cyprus for the period 1st July to 3lst December, 1956 [3].
  • 2nd July 1959 promoted Captain (Qr.Mr.) Parachute Regiment [4].

CARR, Richard Philip

Captain Richard Carr, 1 troop, was attached to the Commandos from the Royal Artillery. He was taken prisoner of war early in 1942 and, despite several escape attempts, remained in captivity for the remainder of the war.
 
He was awarded the MC whilst serving as a 2nd Lieutenant with the Royal Artillery for 'gallant and distinguished services in action' at Dunkirk. (London Gazettes Supp. 34931, page 5201.)
 

CARTER, Kevin Charles

Sergeant Kevin Carter was awarded the George Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan. [1].
 
Warrant Officer 2 Kevin Charles Carter GM received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services at sea in October 2004 [2].
 
Major Carter GM was appointed M.B.E (Military Division)in the 2018 New Year's Honours List [3].
 
Sources 
[1] London Gazette 57588, page 3378.

DICKASON, Samuel Edgar

Company Sergeant Major Samuel Dickason served in No. 8 and No.3 Commando [1].
 
  • 13 June 1970 appointed M.B.E. (Civil Division) whilst Chief Office Clerk, House of Commons Library [2].
Sources
[1] Commando Association newsletters 83, 87, 108.
[2] London Gazettes Supp. 45117, page 6378.
 

DOAK, Samuel George

Warrant Officer Class 1 Samuel Doak was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field during the period 1 October 2013 to 30 June 2014.
 
Source
London Gazette Supp. 62382, page 14481.
 

DONNELLY, Terence Alfred

Captain Terence Donnelly, General Staff Officer (GSO 111) 1st Special Service/Commando Brigade HQ [1], was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [2] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the allied crossing of the River Rhine to capture Wesel. Captain Donnelly was in sole charge of beach control, including loading and launching of waves of buffaloes and storm boats, and was under constant enemy mortar fire [3].
 

DOWLEN, Henry

Major Henry Dowlen
Acting Major Henry Dowlen, RM Reserve, received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the field during the period 1 January to 30 September 2015 [1].
  • Surg. Lt. H. T. B. Dowlen, was initially Commissioned on 1 July 2002 and appointed to the Trained Strength of the Royal Navy Medical Branch on 18th February 2008 [2].
  • Appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) (45 Commando Medical Officer) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1 October 2008 to 31 March 2009 [3].

DRINKWATER, Ross

Captain Ross Drinkwater was appointed M.B. E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st April 2011 to 30th September 2011 [1]. 

FUSSELL, Peter Lincoln

Peter Fussell 1 Special Service Brigade
Private Peter Fussell served in No 4 Commando, 'F' troop, and took part in operations at Dieppe on 19 August 1942. Later that year he moved to 1 Special Service Brigade HQ (Clerks) [1] and [2].
 
Post war he was commissioned and retired as a Major in the R.A.O.C. 
 
His award of the B.E.M., was for his service as a Staff Sergeant during the period 23 February 1949 to February 1951. He was the confidential short hand writer to Field Marshall Sir William Slim.
 

GODKIN, Noel Herbert

Captain Noel Godkin 48RM Commando
Captain Noel Godkin, the administration officer [1], died during operations at Walcheren [2].
 
He was appointed MBE (Military Division) for "outstanding services in reconnaissance operations." [3].
 
Sources
[1] D Day Commando - From Normandy to the Maas with 48RM Commando author Ken Ford.
[2] CWGC
[3] London Gazettes Supp. 36947, page 995.

HARRIS, Tristan

Major Tristan Harris was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2008 to 31st March 2009 [1].
  • 30 June 2010 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].

HUNT, Wayne

Sergeant Wayne Hunt was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Field during the period 1st April to 30th September 2003 [1].
 
Sergeant Hunt M.B.E., receieved the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Field during the period 1st October 2006 to 31st March 2007 [2].
 
Source
[1] London Gazette Supp. 57269, page 5135.

HUSSEY, Stephen John

Major Stephen Hussey was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) 16 June 2007 [1].
  • Acting Lt. Col. Hussey, M.B.E. received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in Iraq in 2008 [2].
  • 1 April 2014 promoted Colonel [3].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 58358, page B4.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 58999, page 4086.
[3] London Gazette Supp. 60852, page 8442.

    LAWTON, Peter

    Warrant Officer Class 1 Peter Lawton was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division), on 31 December 1996 [1].
     
    Acting Major Peter Lawton M.B.E., received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2007 to 31st March 2008 [2].
     
    Sources
    [1] London Gazette Supp. 54625, page 5.

    LEWIS, Anthony David (Lt Col)

    Officer Commanding No 6 Commando  from June 1944 onwards.
     
    Commissioned as a 2/Lt in 1939 he was serving in France as part of the BEF.   A veteran of Dunkirk, he was promoted 2/Lt to Lieutenant 3rd Jan 1941. After a brief spell with No 4 Commando before rejoining the Dorsets to take part in Operation Torch , he would volunteer for and join No 6 Commando whilst out in North Africa. 
     

    LITSTER, Alan

    Captain Alan Lister was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) for gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period 1st October 1996 to 31st March 1997.
     
    Sources
    Londn Gazette Supp. 54969, page 13689.
     

    MARTIN, James Edward

    Major James Martin No 3 Commando
     James Edward 'Slinger' Martin Martin served as the Administrative Officer for No 3 Commando.  A veteran of the First World War serving as a Trooper with the 9th Lancers, and later post war with the 16th Lancers, attaining the rank of RSM.
     
    On the 15th May 1940 the former RSM Martin was commissioned Lt (Quartermaster) in the Pioneer Corps. (Source: London Gazette Supp. 34877, page 3772.)
     

    MCCORMICK, Samuel Joseph

    Corporal Samuel Joseph McCormick received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan [1].
    • Awarded the Military Cross (rank Sergeant) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan [2].
    • Appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) (rank Colour Sergeant) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field [3].

    MENDAY, Ronald Philip

    Captain Ronald Menday 4 Commando
    Ronald Philip Menday
    Major Ronald Menday was second in command of No.4 Commando at Normandy on 'D' Day. Took command for a short period after Lt. Col. Dawson [more...] was wounded [1]
     
    • Commissioned Second Lieutenant May 1940 [2].
    • Received a MiD in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field [3].
    • Awarded the M.C. in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in NW Europe [4].

    MITCHELL, Ronald England

    Ronnie Mitchell 2 Commando
    T/ Major Ronald Mitchell, No 2 Commando HQ, was awarded the MBE (Military Division)  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy during operations at Lake Comacchio. [1]
     
    On the 16th February 1951 it was announced that he had been awarded the Territorial Efficiency Decoration. [2]
     
    Sources
    [1] London Gazettes Supp. 37274, page 4672

    MORGAN, Huw Lloyd

    Major Huw Morgan was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan [1].
     
    30 June 2014 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
     
    Sources
    [1] London Gazette Supp. 60283, page 18623 published 28 September 2012.
    [2] London Gazette Supp. 60939, page 14199.
     

    MORRIS, Richard Charles

    Major Richard Morris was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1 April 2013 to 30 Sept. 2013 [1].
    • 30 June 2015 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
    Source
    [1] London Gazette Supp. 60813, page 5835.
    [2] London Gazette Supp. 61313, page 14352.
     

    NORRIS, Paul Andrew

    Sergeant Paul Norris received the Queen's Commendation for Bravery in recognition of gallant and distinguished services at sea during the period 11th to 25th May 2007 [1].
     
    He was later awarded the M.C., in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2007 to 31st March 2008 [2].
     

    NOWELL, Andrew David

    Warrant Officer Class 2 Andrew Nowell M.B.E., received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services as part of the UK contribution to the International Force for East Timor and for services at sea during the period 1 October 2000 to 31 March 2001 [1].
    • Appointed M.B.E. (Military Division)(Colour Sergeant) for gallant and distinguished services at sea in October 1996 [2].
    Sources
    [1] London Gazette Supp. 56373, page 12749.

    O'DONNELL, Ian Mark

    Major Ian O'Donnell was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Iraq during the period 19 March to 19 April 2003.
     
    Sources
    London Gazette Supp. 57100, page 2.
     

    O'HERLIHY, Simon

    Acting Lieutenant Colonel Simon O'Herlihy was appointed M.B.E., (Military Division), in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2010 to 31st March 2011 [1].
    • 30 June 2011 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
    Source
    [1] London Gazette Supp. 59924, page 18713.
    [2] London Gazette Supp. 59860, page 14180.
     

    PHILLIPS, Mark Christopher

    Acting Major Mark Phillips was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the field in 2004 [1].
    • 30 June 2010 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
    • Died after a short illness aged 56yrs having retired from the Service [3].
    Sources
    [1] London Gazette Supp. 57588, page 3376.

    REDMAN, Joseph

    RSM Joseph Redman 1 Commando
    Warrant Officer Class 1 Joseph Redman was appointed M.B. E. (Military Division) in the King's birthday honours list of June 1946 [1].  
     
    On the 23rd September 1943 it was announced that the then Sgt. Redman had received a M.I.D., in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa. [2]. 
     
    Extract from the Biggleswade Chronicle - Friday 27 September 1946.

    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] 
     

    REID, William George

    Colour Sergeant William Reid was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Northern Ireland.
     
    Source
    London Gazette Supp. 57070, page 12063 published 30 September 2003.
     

    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

    ROBINSON, Douglas Arthur

    Lieutenant (Temporary Captain) Douglas Arthur Robinson was awarded the M.C. [1], in recognition of gallant and distinguished services on 26 February 1943 at Fedi Et Attia, Tunisia [2], in the action that became known as the Battle of Steamroller Farm.
     

    ROBSON, Charles Edward

    Private Charles Robson, No 5 Commando, and post war a member of the original Commando Association, was appointed M.B.E. (Civil Division) in the 2004 New Years Honours List for services to the community in Southwark [1].
     
    He also renovated a Thames barge that he owned called “The Spirit of Mountbatten". He went on to win the Thames Barge boat race in it [2].
     
    Sources
    [1] London Gazette Supp 57155, page s21.

    ROBSON, William

    Lieutenant (Quartermaster) William Robson 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.
    [2] London Gazette Supp. 40669, page 5.
    [Image] His daughter Joy Nelson.
     
    Notes

    ROSS, Gawain

    Captain Gawain Ross received The Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished service whilst on operations in Iraq during the period 19 March to 19 April 2003 [1].

    RYALL, Thomas Armstrong Scott

    Major Thomas Ryall was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1 October 2013 to 30 June 2014 [1].
    • 30 June 2018 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
    Sources
    [1] London Gazette Supp. 6155, page 3470.
    [2] London Gazette Supp. 62382, page 14481.
     

    SALZANO, Gerard Mark

    Major Gerard Salzano was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in June 2000 [1]
     
    Promoted Lt. Col. and then Colonel, he also received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service twice:
    • in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2001 to 31st March 2002 [2].
    • in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2007 to 31st March 2008 [3].

    SCOTT, Stephen

    Colour Sergeant Stephen Scott was appointed M.B. E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st April 2011 to 30th September 2011. 

    SIMCOX, Paul Alan

    Acting Captain Paul Simcox was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period 1st October 1998 to 31st March 1999.
     
    Sources
    London Gazette Supp. 55651, page 11553.
     

    SKINNER, Jack Noel

    The death of Corporal Jack Noel Skinner M.B.E. of Christchurch, Dorset, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 101 issued September 1995. 
     
    In 1976 it was announced that he had been appointed O.B.E. (Civil Division) whilst serving as Second Secretary (Administration), British High Commission, Port of Spain.
    [Source: London Gazettes Supp. 46919, page 8034.)
     

    SMITH, George

    Colour Sergeant George Smith was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period 1st October 1998 to 31st March 1999.
     
    Sources
    London Gazette Supp. 55651, page 11553.
     

    STEPHENS, Richard James

    Captain Richard Stephens was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period 1st October 1997 to 31st March 1998.
     
    Source
    London Gazette Supp. 55303, page 12073.
     

    TELFORD, Ross

    Sergeant Ross Telford received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service whilst on operations in Iraq during the period 19 March to 19 April 2003 [1].

    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]

    WASSALL, Joseph Desmond

    Joseph Desmond Wassell Royal Marines
    Sergeant Joseph Desmond Wassall, from Shifnal, Shropshire, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of distinguished service on the Falkland Islands [1+2].
    • 1992 New Years Honours  (Warrant Officer 1) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [3].
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