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ADLAM, William George Henry

Sergeant William Adlam MM 4 Commando
No 4 Commando

Sergeant William Adlam was awarded the Military Medal whilst serving with the Glosters as part of the British Expeditionary Force 1939-40 [1]. On his return to the UK he volunteered for the newly formed No 4 Commando and in November 1940 was attached to 'G' troop [2].  In August 1942 he took part in Operation Jubilee, the Dieppe raid [3].

AIRD, William

No 1 Commando
Private William Aird was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma [1].
 
Recommendation
"At Kangaw Hill 170 (Map ref. 5154? , Myebon sheet 1/25000) on 23 Jan 45 Pte Aird was the bren gunner in a trench which bore the brunt of a fierce Jap night counter attack. 
Early on a grenade landed in the trench inflicting multiple wounds of the back to Pte Aird. He made no mention of his wounds and manned his bren gun awaiting the attack.

ALDIS, Alec George

41RM Commando
Lieutenant Alec Aldis MM died during operations at Normandy on 6 June 1944 [1]
  • 1942 (Corporal) (Temporary Sergeant) awarded the Military Medal for "gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East." [2].​
Recommendation
Royal Marines
Suda Sector Crete.

ALMONDS, John Edward

No 8 Commando
SAS
Sergeant John Almonds, known as Gentleman Jim, served in No.8 Commando and embarked with them to the Middle East as part of Layforce. When his Commando unit was being disbanded he transferred to the newly raised  'L' Detachment SAS [1]
  • Awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during SAS operations at Nofilla Areodrome and Aghelia [2].

AMESBURY, Alfred Edmund

No 2 Commando

Alfred Amesbury, formerly No.2 Commando 3 Troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy serving with the Reconnaisance Regiment having left the Commando.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36349, page 519.
National Archives file WO373/4/320.
 
Notes
On the National Archives file WO/373/4/320 his rank is shown as Trooper
 

ANCHOR, John Robert

No 2 Commando
Corporal John Anchor, 6 Troop, was awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry during Operation Healing 2 at Spilje Albania. The citation for his award is on our report on the Operation above.
  • The death of Cpl. John Robert Anchor MM, from Chelmsford, Essex, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 56 issued March 1973.
Sources
London Gazette 36730, page 4570.
CVA Gallery.
 

ANDREWS, Albert Mailly

No 2 Commando
Rifleman Albert Andrews, No 2 Commando, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field [1].
He was one of the Commando contingent that took part in operations from HMS Triumph against the Palermo and Messina railway on the 29/30 August 1941.
His party could not be re-embarked and were subsequently captured. He was eventually imprisoned at Stalag VIIIB. [2][3].
 
Recommendation

APPLEYARD, Frank

48RM Commando
Lance Corporal Frank Appleyard MM died during operations at Normandy on D Day.
 
In July 1943 he was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in Sicily whilst serving as a Marine in the 7th Batallion, Royal Marines.
​Recommendation
"Masa Palato, Sicily, 20th July 1943

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.
 

AUSTIN, Raymond Charles

Sgt. Raymond Charles Austin MM
29 Cdo. Regt.RA
Sergeant Raymond Austin, 79 Kirkee Battery, was awarded the Military Medal whilst attached to 'X' Company, 45 Commando RM, in Aden.
 
Recommendation
"On the 13th October 1966, Sergeant Austin was in charge of a 105mm gun crew which was attached to ‘X’ Company, 45 Commando Royal Marines for an operation in the Wadi Taym area of Qutaibi Province of the South Arabian Federation.  ‘X’ Company’s position was on the very open and exposed rocky feature known as ‘Table Top’.
 

BAINES, James

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

BALOCHE, Francois

No 10 Commando
Sergeant François Baloche, 1st Battalion Fusiliers Marins attached to No.10 (Inter Allied) Commando, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack at Dieppe.
 
Sources
French National Archives file 3AG1 / 336. 
Musée Fusiliers Marins.
Image of presentation of award.
 
Notes
Surname spelt as confirmed correct online by his nephew Alain.

BANKS, Ronald Douglas

No 3 Commando
Private Ronald Banks, attached to Commando Group,  was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field [1]. 
  •  3rd November 1946 he was commissioned 2/Lieutenant [2]
  • The death of Private (later Lieut.) R.D. Banks M.M., (3 Cdo.) of of Auckland, New Zealand, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 62 issued March 1976.
Sources
[1] London Gazette 37616, page 3115 & Errata in LG 37799, page 5830.

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.
 

BARNES, Ernest

Bombardier Ernest Tag Barnes
Tag Barnes 1 Commando
No 1 Commando
Bombardier Ernest Barnes, known as 'Tag' and from Sheffield, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Burma [1].
 
Recommendation
"On the 31st January 1945 at Hill 170 near Kangaw Bdr. Barnes was an NCO in No. 1 Platoon ordered to counter attack on the right flank. The leading section of his Platoon came under intense MG fire and grenades, the Officer and Platoon Sgt. being hit immediately.

BARTON, Harold

No 9 Commando

Lance Sergeant Harold Barton was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy [1].

In the 1950's Harold Barton MM, from Didsbury, was an active supporter of his local branch of the Commando Association [2].

BEATTIE, James Simpson

No 1 Commando
Corporal James Beattie was awarded the MM in 1943 in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa [1]. He later went to O.C.T.U. and on the 1st April 1944 he was commissioned Second Lieutenant [2].
 
In 1967 the then Chief Superintendent Beattie, Edinburgh City Police,  was awarded the Q.P.M. [3]. 
 
In 1978 he was appointed O.B.E. whilst Deputy Chief Constable, Lothian and Borders Police [4].
 
Sources

BENNETT, Henry

45RM Commando
Acting Company Sergeant Major Henry Bennett was awarded the Military Medal [1] for gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe whilst serving with 45RM Commando [2]. Post war he remained in service and in 1954 was serving as a Sergeant with 40 Commando RM [3]
 

BERRISFORD, Peter John

Peter John Berrisford MM 6 Commando
No 6 Commando

Peter John Berrisford was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa whilst a Sergeant in No 6 Commando [1]. He was noted as having spent four days alone on Djebel El Azzag (Green Hill) after the aborted attack on 30th November 1942. During that time he lay by himself on the plateau observing the location of the German machine gun positions, returning to the Commando on 3rd December 1942 at Sedjenane [2]

BISHOP, Andrew Ronald

45 Cdo. RM
Corporal Andrew Bishop was awarded the Military Medal for his actions during operations on the Falkland Islands.
Citation
On the night of 11th/12th June 1982, on the Island of East Falkland, 45 Commando Royal Marines, launched a silent night attack against strongly held enemy positions on the craggy hill feature of Two Sisters. Initially, until eventually detected by the enemy, they achieved brilliant surprise.

BLACK, James William

48RM Commando

Company Sergeant Major James Black was awarded the MM for bravery, skill and devotion to duty whilst serving with the Allied Forces during the campaign in the Low Countries, over a period from January to April, 1945 [1].

He also received a MiD in 1945 for good services while operating with the 21st Army Group. [2].

BOSTOCK, Thomas

No 9 Commando

Corporal Thomas Bostock was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy. Read more in our Forum [Here].

The death of Thomas Bostock MM of Burton-in-Wirral was announced in Commando Association newsletter 96 issued March 1993.

Sources
London Gazettes 29 June 1944 Supp 36586, page 3072.
National Archives file WO373/6/435.
 

BRADLEY, Richard

LSgt Richard Bradley MM 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant Richard Bradley, 1 troop,  was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in the field relating to his successful escape in October 1943 after being wounded and captured during the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942. He was one of the Commando contingent on board motor launch ML 457.
 

BRAMBLE, George

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

BREMNER, George

No 8 Commando
SBS
Sergeant George Bremner, having left the Commando and joined the S.B.S., was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Middle East [1].
 
Recommendation

BRODISON, Samuel James

CSM Samuel Brodison MM 12 Commnando
No 10 Commando
No 12 Commando
Company Sergeant Major Samuel Brodison was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field, carrying out beach obstacle reconnaissance in Northern France during May 1944. [1]
 
In 1959 he was employed as Sergeant Instructor with the Ulster Special Constabulary. [2]
 
The death of RSM Samuel Brodison MM of Stubbington, Hants.,  was announced in Commando Association newsletter 82 issued March 1986.
 

BROUGH, William Gordon

No 8 Commando
SAS
Lance Sergeant William Brough, formerly No.8 Commando and known as Jimmy, was awarded the Military Medal whilst serving with the Special Air Service Brigade in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field.
 
See more on this entry in our Forum [view].
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 35799, page 5142.

BROWN, Albert

45RM Commando
Sergeant Albert Brown was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army during the successful landings in Normandy.
 

Citation

BROWN, James

No 5 Commando
Private James Brown was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in the field relating to his successful escape in October 1943 after being captured during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was one of the Commando contingent on board HMS Campbeltown.
 

BROWN, Robert Hall

No 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant Robert Brown, No 2 Commando, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field [1].
He was one of the Commando contingent that took part in operations from HMS Triumph against the Palermo and Messina railway on the 29/30 August 1941. His party could not be re-embarked and were subsequently captured. He was eventually imprisoned at Stalag 344 Lamsdorf [2][3].
 
Recommendation

BRYCE, Cyril Kenneth

47RM Commando

Corporal Cyril Bryce was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services in operations in North West Europe.

The death of Cpl. C. K. Bryce MM of Tamworth, Staffs. was announced in Commando Association newsletter 109 issued September 1999.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36846, page 5809.
National Archives file WO 373/47/32.
 

BUTLER, Ronald Herbert

No 1 Commando
Lance Sergeant Ronald Butler was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during Operation Chariot, the raid on St. Nazaire. He was one of the Commando contingent on board HMS Campbeltown.
 
The death of LSgt Butler MM of Rockland, All Saints, Norfolk, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 107 issued August 1998.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 37162, page 3493 

BUTTERY, George Desmond

46RM Commando
40 Cdo. RM

Quartermaster Sergeant George Buttery, 40 Commando RM,  who had served as a Marine in 46RM Commando during WW2, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services on the 6th November 1956 during Operation Musketeer, the Anglo-French Invasion of Port Said, Egypt.  

BYRNE, Patrick Joseph

No 4 Commando
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].

CHAPMAN, Kenneth Harold

No 3 Commando
Private Kenneth Chapman was awarded the MM [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during operations at Termoli, Italy, between the 3rd and 6th October 1943 [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 36349, page 519.
[2] National Archives file WO 373/4/313.
 

CHAPPELL, Aubrey Bertram

42RM Commando
Marine Aubrey Chappell was awarded the Military Medal for daring, initiative and resource in November 1944 whilst operating on the Japanese occupied Elizabeth Island in the Bay of Bengal [1][2].
  • 1945 (Corporal) prisoner of war liberated from Rangoon Jail [3].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 37505, page 1440.

CHARLWOOD, Harry

Marine Harry Charlwood 46 Commando
46RM Commando

Marine Harry Charlwood, 'B' troop, was awarded the MM for his gallantry during the attack on Rots, Normandy. Having been wounded he was taken prisoner. He was subsequently released when the prison camp was overrun by the 11th Armoured Division near Lubeck in May 1945. 

CHRISTOPHER, Robert William

1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Corporal Robert Christopher, HQ 1 Commando Brigade, was awarded the M.M. (Periodic) [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services over a prolonged period during operations at Agnone in Sicily, Bova Marina and Termoli in Italy, and at Amfreville, Normandy [2].
 

CLARK, James

No 2 Commando

Gunner James Clark was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field. 

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36983, page 1427.
 

COLE, Roland William

41RM Commando

Corporal Roland Cole was awarded the MM for leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty while serving with Royal Marine Commandos in Italy.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36583, page 3040.
National Archives file WO 373/47/162.
 

CONNOLLY, John Henry

No 6 Commando

Sergeant John Connolly was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Field [1].

The citation records that Sgt. Connolly had been captured at Bizerta on the 15 December 1942 and taken via Palermo to Campo 70 at Monturano, Italy.  He and 2 other NCO's escaped on 12 July 1943, and made their way towards Switzerland , However after walking 120 miles they were recaptured on 22 July 943, returned to the Camp, and "beaten up."  Sgt. Connolly later escaped again and met with British forces on 22 December 1943 [2].

COOPER, Charles

40RM Commando
Marine (Temporary Corporal) Charles Cooper received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service while operating with the Army in Italy in 1944 [1].
 
The following year, now a Sergeant, Charles Cooper was awarded the M.M. [2], for gallant and distinguished service displayed in the Italian campaign when taking part in the operations in April, 1945, north of the Reno and west of Argenta [3].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 36676, page 4010.

COOPER, Samuel

46RM Commando
Sergeant Samuel Cooper was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army during the successful landings in Normandy. 
 
Recommendation

CRAMER, John

Lance Corporal John Cramer, R.A.M.C. attached to Commando H.Q. (M.I. section) was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distiguished service during operations at Lake Comacchio on 13 April 1945. This was known as Operation Impact Royal [1][2].
  • The previous year he had received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 37235, page 4270.

CROOKS, James

41RM Commando
Sergeant James Crooks was awarded the M.M. [1] for gallant and distinguished service during operations at the Pachino Peninsula, Sicily, on the 10th July 1943 [2].
 
His death was announced in the obituaries of Commando Association newsletter 43 issued 1966,  " C.S.M. Jim Crooks (41 Cdo.) of Warrington."
 
Sources
[1]  London Gazette Supp. 36229, page 4812.
[2] National Archives file WO373/47/135.
 
Notes

CROSSLAND, James Willie

40 Cdo. RM
Corporal James Crossland was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services on the 6th November 1956 during Operation Musketeer, the Anglo-French Invasion of Port Said, Egypt.  
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 41092, page 3418.
[2] National Archives file WO 373/124/57.
 
Notes
Recommended for the D.C.M., awarded the M.M.
Middle name as in LG entry. Source @ [2] shows middle name as Willis.
 

CROWE, James

Jim Crowe MM 1 Commando
No 1 Commando
Lance Sergeant James Crowe was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Burma.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36994, page 1546.
 

CRUSE, Ernest

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

CUNNINGHAM, Harry

No 4 Commando
Lance Corporal Harry Cunningham, R.A.M.C. attached as Medical Orderly to No.4 Commando, was awarded the M.C.[1] in recognition of gallantry of the highest order whilst accompanying leading troops during prolonged and bitter street fighting in the town of Flushing on the 1st November 1944 [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 36994, page 1543.
[2] National Archives file WO373/52/797.
 

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.
 

DANIELS, Samuel

No 9 Commando

Lance Bombardier Samuel Daniels was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.

The death of LBdr. Samuel Daniels, MM. (9 Cdo) of Billinge, Lancs. was announced in Commando Association newsletter 83 issued September 1986.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 37235, page 4270.
National Archives file WO 373/13/415.
 

DAVIS, Thomas

No 6 Commando

Lance Sergeant Thomas Davis was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36180, page 4220.
National Archives file WO 373/2/345.
 

DAVISON, John Cyril

No 3 Commando
Corporal John Davison, No 3 Commando, was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy. [1] 
 
  • Selected for officer training.  Officer Cadet John Cyril Davison was commissioned to be 2nd Lt., with the East Lancashire Regiment on the 28th July 1944 [2].
  • New service no. 326323.
  • The death of Lieut. John Cyril (Jack) Davison MM, of Birkinhead, Wirral, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 78 issued March 1984.

DEACON, William George

45RM Commando
Sergeant William Deacon was awarded the Military Medal for bravery and great devotion to duty whilst operating with the Allied Armies in North West Europe.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37127, page 3090; errata 37136, page 3191.
 

DEERY, Stewart

No 12 Commando
Sergeant Stewart Deery was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services during Operation Chariot at St Nazaire. He was one of the Commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown. Taken prisoner after the raid and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf in Poland.
 

DENHAM, Joah Selwyn

Lieutenant Denham MM
No 3 Commando

Corporal Joah Selwyn Denham was awarded the MM [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during operations at Cape Spartivento, Italy, between 27 August and 5 September 1943 [2]

On the 30th August 1944 Cpl. Denham, M.M. was granted an Immediate Emergency Commission from the ranks in the rank of 2nd Lieutenant [3].

Post war his death was announced in Commando Association newsletter 106 issued March 1998. He is listed there as Capt. Joseph Selwyn Denham (1 Bde HQ. & 3 Cdo)  of Birchwood, Lincs.

DOBBS, Cyril

Cyril Dobbs MM 4 Commando
No 6 Commando
Sergeant Cyril Dobbs was awarded the M.M., [1] for his gallantry on the night of the 24/25 February 1945 whilst a member of a Fighting Patrol sent out across the River Maas to bring back a prisoner [2].
 
He also served in No. 4 Commando [3].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 37061, page 2336.
[2] National Archives file WO 373/53/898.
[3] Commando Association newsletter 114 issued March 2002.

DODDS, Roy Reginald

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Sergeant  Roy Dodds, 40 Commando RM*, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in Palestine during the period 27th March, 1948 - 30th July, 1948. [1].
  • Korean War (Quartermaster Sergeant with 41 Independent Commando RM) awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for distinguished service in operations in Korean waters. [2].

DOUGLAS, Edward

Corporal Ted Douglas MM
No 2 Commando
Corporal Edward Douglas , 5 troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field. He was one of the Commando contingent on board Motor Launch ML 177 for Operation Chariot, and one of only five men from those who landed at St Nazaire, that evaded capture and escaped through France back to the UK. 
 
Sources
London Gazette 35776, page 4861.
National Archives Escape and Evasion file WO208/3310/822.

DOWNEY, John Joseph

Sgt John Downey MM 1 Commando
No 1 Commando
Warrant Officer 2 John Downey was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations at Kangaw, Burma [1]. He was wounded during the operation [2].
  • Attested into the Royal Artillery 25 April 1936 [3].
Recommendation

DRANSFIELD, George David

No 2 Commando
Driver George Dransfield was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during Operation Healing 2 at Spilje, Albania.
Citation
"This man showed great courage and determination throughout the action. In the early stages he was particularly conspicuous in the bayonet assaults.
In the final stage during an attack on a fortified house, Dransfield’s section attacked but were held up by withering machine gun fire across very exposed ground.

DUNBAR, W.

No 11 Commando
Middle East Commando
Sergeant W. Dunbar was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37536, page 1950.
POW - Escapers & evaders - MI9 report, National Archives file WO208/5395.
 

EARP, Dennis Roland

Corporal Dennis Roland Earp
40 Cdo. RM
Corporal Dennis Earp was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in Palestine during the period 27th March 1948 - 30th July 1948.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 38508, page 189.
CVA Gallery image/Thomas 'Bing' Crosbie, 40 Cdo RM & SBS.
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
 

ELLIS, Derek Charles

No 6 Commando
SBS
Corporal Derek Ellis, formerly 101 Troop No. 6 Commando [1], was awarded the Military Medal [2] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service whilst attached to No. 2 Special Boat Section during operations at Oran harbour on 8 November 1942 [3]. He had served with 2SBS since its formation, was a parachutist, and was promoted Sergeant [1].
 
Sources
[1] Timeline of the Special Boat section (Home) (below).

EVANS, Arthur Walter

No 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant Arthur Evans was awarded the M.M. in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during operations at Normandy on 8th June 1944.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 36961, page 1181.
National Archives file WO373/52/238.
 

EVANS, Clifford Gregory

No 1 Commando
Lance Corporal Clifford Evans was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field [1].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 36785, page 5131 published 9 November 1944.
 
Additional references found
1941, POW - Escapers & evaders - MI9 reports - National Archives files WO208/3321 and WO208/5583.
 

FAIRCLOUGH, John

John Fairclough MM
No 2 Commando

John Fairclough was one of the ten Commandos and 2 Norwegians who took part in Operation Musketoon.  He held the rank of Guardsman at the time. Seven were taken prisoner and later executed. Gdsm. Fairclough evaded capture after the successful raid and made it back to the UK.  He was awarded the MM for his actions during this raid.

FARQUHAR, John Kiel

No 9 Commando
Private John Farquhar was awarded the Military Medal [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during operations West of the Garigliano River, Italy on the night of 29/30 December 1943 [2].
Recommendation

FERGUSON, John MacKintosh McLaren

No 5 Commando
Troop Sergeant Major Ferguson was awarded the Military Medal [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the battle for Hill 170, Kangaw, 31 January 1945 in which he was seriously wounded [2].
  • The death of "TSM John M.M. Ferguson MM (5 Cdo) of  Falmouth, Cornwall" was announced in Commando Association newsletter 102 issued March 1996.
Sources
[1] London Gazette 37040, page 2080.
[2] National Archives file WO373/36/72.

FERGUSON, John Ronald Alexander

No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal John Ferguson was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field [1].
He was one of the Commando contingent that took part in operations from HMS Triumph against the Palermo and Messina railway on the 29/30 August 1941. His party could not be re-embarked and were subsequently captured. He was eventually imprisoned at Campo 102 L'Aquilla from which he escaped on the 12th September 1943 [2][3].
 
Recommendation

FINDLEY, Frederick George

No 6 Commando
Troop Sergeant Major Frederick Findley was awarded the M.M. [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services on 6 January 1943 during the withdrawal from Djebel el Azag, Tunisia [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 36180, page 4220.
[2] National Archives file WO373/2/382.
 

FLYNN, John

No 3 Commando
Lance Corporal John Flynn, a radio operator, was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe on 19 August 1942 [1].
 
Citation

FRENCH, Richard Douglas

Richard French MM and bar 43 Commando
43RM Commando
Sergeant Richard French, 'A' Troop, was awarded the MM  for distinguished services in the field while operating with the Army [1].
 
It was announced on the 6th July 1945 that Sergeant King had been awarded a Bar to his Military Medal for outstanding courage, determination and devotion to duty in operations during the campaign in Italy [2].
 

Citation for the MM

Patrol ambush on Hvar Island 12 July 44

GADSDEN, Derek Roy

47RM Commando

Marine Derek Gadsden was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army in Normandy.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36697, page 4218.
National Archives file WO 373/47/27.
 

GALLON, Thomas Christopher Dennison

43RM Commando

Sergeant Thomas Gallon was awarded the MM for great courage and exemplary behaviour whilst carrying out commando operations under heavy enemy fire off the Yugoslavian coast.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36979, page 1386.
National Archives file 373/47/55.
 
Notes 
Middle names shown as in LG entry. The National Archives file records his middle names as Charles Dennis.
 

GELDER, John Wille

No 2 Commando
Lance Bombardier John Gelder was awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry during Operation Healing 2 at Spilje Albania. The citation for his award is on our report on the Operation above.

GIBSON, George MacDonald

No 5 Commando
Private George Gibson was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Burma.
 
His details are in Commando Association - Lost Legion List No. 5  ( those they had lost contact with). There they show his final rank as Corporal and his last known address as Perthshire.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36574, page 2963.
National Archives file WO 373/32/117.

GIBSON, Neil

45 Cdo. RM
Marine Neil Gibson was awarded the Military Medal for courage and distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st August 1973 - 31st October 1973 [1].​
 
Mentioned in Despatches 1967 Aden [2].
Recommendation

GILL, Richard

No 2 Commando
Rifleman Richard Gill was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field. 
 
The death of Rfn. R. Gill. MM. (2 Cdo) of Salisbury, Wilts. was announced in Commando Association newsletter 62 issued March 1976.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36983, page 1428.
CA Newsletter 62.
 

GOODALL, William

No 6 Commando
Lance Sergeant William Goodall was awarded the MM [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services on 12/13 December 1942 whilst leading a patrol in the area of Djebel el Keddia, Tunisia [2].
 

GORMAN, James John Thomas

40RM Commando

Corporal James Gorman was awarded the MM for courage, leadership and resource in operations which led to the crossing of the Garigliano River in the face of determined opposition from the enemy.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36474, page 1777.
National Archives file WO 373/47/155.
 

GRAY, Andrew

Andrew Gray MM 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Fusilier Andrew Gray, 5 troop, was awarded the M.M., in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy [1].
 
Recommendation
Gulf of Salerno 13 Sep 43.

GRAY, Patrick Edward

Patrick Edward Gray MM 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Lance Corporal Patrick Gray was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Normandy [1]. He was presented with his award in a ceremony at L'écarde quarry, Amfreville on the 16th July 1944 [view].
 
15th June 1946 commissioned Second Lieutenant [2].
31st March 1950 - Captain in the Royal Army Service Corps (R.A.S.C.) [3].

GREEN, Norman

Mne Green MM 45 RM Commando
45RM Commando
Marine Norman Green was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army during the successful landings in Normandy [1]. 
 
Recommendation

HARRINGTON, Jack Lonsdale

No 2 Commando

Lance Corporal Jack Harrington was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of distinguished services during Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942.  He was one of the Commando HQ contingent who embarked on board MGB 314.  Reported missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.

He has been identified in a photo in our gallery. [view photo.]

HARRIS, Ian Walter

Ian Walter Harris MM 10 Commando
No 10 Commando

Corporal Ian Harris, born Hans Hajos, attached to No 10 (Inter Allied) Commando 3 troop ('X' troop), was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe.

HARRISON, Arthur Herbert

No 6 Commando
Lance Sergeant Arthur Harrison was awarded the M.M. for his gallantry during operations at Osnabruck on the 4th April 1945 whilst successfully clearing a large factory  of enemy snipers.
 
The death of "L/Sgt. Arthur Herbert Harrison MM of Harrogate, Yorks." was announced in Commando Association newsletter 109 issued September 1999.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 37172, page 3594.
National Archives file WO 373/54/900.
 

HARRISON, Thomas

45RM Commando
Sergeant Thomas Harrison was awarded the Military Medal [1] for bravery, determination and great devotion to duty during operations to establish the River Aller bridgehead 10-12 April 1945 [2].
Recommendation
"On 12 Apr'45, 45RM Cdo. was advancing through the woods in order to extend the Aller bridgehead. C Troop was the right hand Troop on the axis of advance. Very strong opposition was encountered from the German Marine Division.

HAWKINS, Kenneth Scott

41RM Commando

Company Sergeant Major Kenneth Hawkins was awarded the MM for leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty while serving with Royal Marine Commandos in Italy [1].

He also received a MiD for gallant and distinguished service while operating with the Army in Italy [2].

HINE, Malcolm

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

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.
 

HODGSON, George

No 3 Commando
Lance Corporal George Hodgson MM, 3 troop, died during operations at Amfreville, Normandy.  
 
In his book Storm from the Sea, Brig Peter Young states " Whilst I was visiting 3 troop, a random shell mortally wounded LCpl Hodgson who did not live to wear the MM he had won on D Day."
 
Citation for the award of the Military Medal

HONEY, Peter

Pte Pete Honey MM 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Private Peter Honey, 5 troop, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services during Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was one of the Commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown. Reported missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
Recommendation

HOPE, William Morgan

40RM Commando
Sergeant William Hope was awarded the Military Medal [1] for gallantry, leadership, and  outstanding determination during Operation Impact [more....] in Italy on 11/12th April 1945. The award recommendation concludes with the following words "Throughout the entire action this S.N.C.O. displayed the utmost bravery and complete disregard for his own life. His devotion to duty and encouragement to his section on the death of his section officer was an inspiration to all around him." [2].
 

HORSFIELD, Harry

47RM Commando
Sergeant Harry Horsfield was awarded the MM [1] for gallant and distinguished services during an early morning raid on the enemy FDLs East of Sallenelles, Normandy, on 23 July 1944 [3].

HOWARD, John Denis

No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal John Howard, RAMC attached to No. 2 Commando, was awarded the Military Medal [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service durng Operation Healing 2 at Spilje Bay, Albania, on 28/29 July 1944 [2]. The citation for his award is in our report on the Operation above.
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 36730, page 4570.
[2] National Archives file WO373/46/222.
 

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

HUGHES, Richard Glanville

No 3 Commando
Corporal Richard Hughes was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field before September 1945 [1].
 
The award was made for his gallantry during operations on 13 July 1943 at Agnone, Sicily [2] +[3].
 
The name of Cpl. R.G. Hughes MM is listed in Commando Association Lost Legion 8 (members they had lost contact with) issued March 1976.
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 38079, page 4516.

HUMBLE, William McLean

No 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant William Humble served in 5 troop of No 2 Commando.
 
Citation for the Military Medal:
Gulf of Salerno 13th September 1943
On September 9th on the Salerno Road, Pte Humble engaged at 100yds an advancing Mk111 Special enemy tank which was shelling the house from which Pte Humble was sniping.

HUNT, Darren

45 Cdo. RM
Corporal Darren Hunt was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of distinguished service during operations in the South Atlantic in 1982 [1].
  • 1991 (Sergeant) received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland [2].
  • 31 December 2014 (Major) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [3].
  • 4 August 2017 to Retired List [4].
Recommendation for MM

JACKSON, Harry Charles

No 9 Commando

Sergeant Harry Jackson was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations in the Wadis at the Anzio Beachnead on the 19th March 1944 which became known as Operation 'X'.

Sources
London Gazette 36615, page 3377.
National Archives file WO 373/6/596.
 

JOHNSON, James

No 12 Commando
Lance Sergeant James Johnson was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services  during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942.
He was one of the Commando contingent embarked on board HMS Campbeltown for the raid, captured and later transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources 

JONES, Colin

LSgt. Colin Jones MM 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company

Sergeant Colin Jones, 5 troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of his gallant and distinguished service during the raid on St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. He was one of the Commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown.  Reported missing after the raid then found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 383 at Hohenfels, Germany.

The death of Sgt. Colin Jones MM, of Huyton nr. Liverpool, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 67 issued September 1978.

JONES, Harold

Harold Jones RM
Brigade Signals

Marine (Acting Temororary Corporal) Harold Jones, 4 Commando Brigade Signal Troop, was awarded the MM for "gallantry, determination and great devotion to duty during assault operations at  Walcheren and Flushing whilst attached to No 4 Commando. "

JONES, James

42 Cdo. RM

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.

KHYTOVITCH, Eric

Eric Khytovitch MM 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Lance Sergeant Eric Khytovitch MM died during operations at Normandy [1].
 
The No 6 Commando War Diary 10th June 1944 records
"Place: In the field, Le Plein a.m. - 2 Troop kill 2 snipers with 'K' gun.  We are heavily mortared.  We answer with our own mortars. 0800 - Enemy attacks, all troops engage.  By 1700 hrs all attacks definitely repelled.  Suspect enemy got it in the neck.  Our own casualties total 16." [2]. 
 

KING, Edward George

Edward King MM 3 Commando
No 3 Commando

Troop Sergeant Major Edward 'Lofty' King, at the time a Lance Sergeant,  was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services at Agnone, Sicily. 

Sources;
London Gazettes Supp. 36217, page 4663.
Storm from the Sea, author Brig Peter Young.
Image: Greenhill Books (Pen & Sword).
 

KING, Robert

Robert King MM 9 Commando
No 9 Commando
Private Robert King, from Aberdeen, was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services at Lake Comacchio in Italy.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 37162, page 3495.
Aberdeen Evening Express - Friday 26 September 1952
British Newspaper Archive (website britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board.
 

KINGSBURY, Harold Sidney

No 9 Commando
Sergeant Harold Kingsbury MM died during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead.
 
He had been awarded the MM in 1939 whilst a Lance Corporal in the 1st Bn., Border Regiment for "gallant and distinguished services in Palestine." 
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazettes Supp. 34607, page 1765.
 

LANDLER, Sandor

51ME Commando

Private Sandor Landler was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East.

Read more here 51ME Commando.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 35250, page  4788 & Supp. 37184, page 3760 (errata).
National Archives file WO 373/28/199.
 

LANGTON, Henry

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

LANYON, Frederick Woodman

Marine Frederick Lanyon MM 47 Commando
47RM Commando

Marine Frederick Lanyon was awarded the MM for gallantry, leadership and undaunted devotion to duty during the assault on the Island of Walcheren.

The death of Mne. Frederick Woodman Lanyon MM of Bodmin, Cornwall, was notified to members in Commando Association newsletter 119 issued September 2004.

Additional Source
London Gazettes Supp. 36947, page 998.
 

LEECH, John Ernest

John 'Jack' Leech MM and bar
No 3 Commando
Private John Leech was awarded the M.M. [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during operations in Calabria, Italy, between 28 August and 5 September 1943, a period in which he was also suffering the effects of malaria [2].
 
Promoted Sergeant, John 'Jack' Leech was awarded a bar to his Military Medal during operations at Normandy in June 1944 [3].
 
Citation for the award of a Bar to his Military Medal 

LEES, James Sykes

41RM Commando
Company Sergeant Major James Lees MM, 'B' Troop,  died as a result of an accident. He had been awarded the MM for bravery, skill, and devotion to duty whilst serving with the Allied Forces during the campaign in the Low Countries, over a period from January to April, 1945.
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazettes Supp. 37318, page 5181.
The Westminster Abbey Commando Roll of Honour database file.

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.

LEWIS, Hugh Howell

No 3 Commando

Lance Sergeant Hugh Lewis was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36349, page 519.
National Archives file WO 373/4/287.
 

LISTER, William

No 6 Commando

Lance Sergeant William Lister was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa.

The death of LSgt. William Lister MM (6 Cdo) from Burnley, Lancs. was announced in Commando Association newsletter 107 issued August 1998.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36180, page 4220 & Supp.36243, page4959 (errata).
 

LORAINE, Peter Paul

No 6 Commando
Private Peter Paul Loraine, Essex Regiment, was awarded the M.M., announced in London Gazettes on 12 August 1941, in recognition of distinguished services in the Field [1].
 
  • 23 March 1941 Private Paul Peter Loraine from the Essex Regiment is commissioned as Second Lieutenant into the General List, service no. 183050, (without army pay and allowances). [2].
  • 10 August 1941 Second Lt. P.P. Loraine receives pay and allowances [3].

MACDONALD, William

47RM Commando

Marine William Macdonald was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army in Normandy.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36697, page 4218.
National Archives file WO 373/47/29.

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].

MALCOLM, George

40RM Commando
Company Sergeant Major George Malcolm MM died during operations in Italy to cross the River Garigliano. He had been awarded the MM for his gallantry on the day prior to his death [1].
 
Recommendation for Award
22nd January 1944 Crossing of the Garigliano.

MALLORIE, Herbert

Sergeant Herbert Mallorie 46RM Commando
46RM Commando

Acting Temporary Company Sergeant Major Herbert Mallorie was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 37464, page 909.
National Archives file WO 373/47/99.
 

MANN, Richard

Lance Corporal Richard Mann MM
No 4 Commando
Lance Corporal Richard Mann, 'C' Troop, was awarded the MM [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe. 
 

Citation for the MM

MCCARTHY, Peter Francis

No 4 Commando
Sergeant Peter McCarthy was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe [1].
 
He is also named as serving at the CMWTC and attached at some stage to 46RM Commando. [2]. 
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 35729, page 4328.
[2] Nom. Roll for 46RM Cdo 6th Jun 44  -May45.
 

MEAD, Michael Edward

45 Cdo. RM
Corporal Michael Mead, Section Commander, No.7 Section, 'B' Troop,  was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services on the 6th November 1956 during Operation Musketeer, the Anglo-French Invasion of Port Said, Egypt [1] [2].
 
Recommendation
"On 6 November 1956 Cpl. Mead, having just disembarked from the 2nd wave of the helicopter assault force, was moving with his section along the main road adjoining the beaches to start clearing some buildings.

MELLOR, Peter Joseph

42RM Commando
Marine Peter Mellor was awarded the Military Medal for distinguished service during the war in the Far East [1][2]. Post war resided in Portsmouth [3].
Recommendation
"Mne. Mellor, throughout the period of the Unit's fighting in Burma, has shown himself a brave, reliable and resourceful, fighter.
Whilst at Kangaw he displayed very great courage and disregard for his personal safety and was directly responsible for saving the lives of a number of Indian soldiers.

MORRIS, Matthew Frank

No 1 Commando
Lance Sergeant Matthew Morris MM died during operations at Kangaw. He is mentioned in this report about the battle. [view]
 
LSgt. Morris was awarded the MM, and his later MiD,  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa. 
 
Sources

MULCAHY, Thomas Joseph

No 2 Commando

Lance Bombardier Thomas Mulcahy was awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry during operations at Spilje, Albania on the 28/29th July 1944 during Operation Healing 2. Citation in report of the operation above.

Sources
London Gazette 36730, page 4570.
National Archives file WO/373/46/215.
 

MULLARD, Sidney John

No 4 Commando
Sergeant Sidney Mullard was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe [1] +[2]. He was later recommended for O.C.T.U. and on the 27th July 1945 he was commissioned Second Lieutenant (Camerons) [3].
 
The death of Lt. Sidney J. Mullard (No. 4 Cdo.) of Stourport-on-Severn, Worcs. was announced in Commando Association newsletter 119 issued September 2004.
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 36994, page 1543, 22 March 1945.

MURPHY, Dennis Eric

Capt D.E. Murphy CBTC
Commando Basic Training Centre

Dennis Murphy was serving as a Guardsman in the 1st Bn of the Irish Guards in 1938 when he was awarded the Military Medal for his " conspicuous gallantry during an engagement with an armed band in the vicinity of Deir Bejjala o the 18th August 1938", Recommended by the Officer Commanding British Forces in Palestine and Trans-Jordan. A copy of his citation is in the National Archives  ref WO373/92/125.

MUSGROVE, Leslie

41RM Commando

Sergeant Leslie Musgrove was awarded the MM for gallantry, leadership and undaunted devotion to duty during the assault on the Island of Walcheren.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36947, page 998.
National Archives file WO 373/47/45.
 

MYRAM, Albert Edward

Albert Edward Myram 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Sergeant Albert Myram, Independent Company of Gibraltar, attached as a Private to 3 Troop of No. 2 Commando, was awarded the M.M.  in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations at Scaletta, Sicily on the 16th August 1943.
 
Recommendation
Operation Blackcock Sicily 16th August 1943.

NASH, Douglas James

No 12 Commando
Douglas Nash was awarded the MM  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field on the 26th December 1943. 
 
The death of Sgt. Douglas J. Nash, MM (12 & 6 Cdos) of Cleveland, Ohio, USA., formerly of Birmingham, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 75 issued September 1982.
 
Source
London Gazettes supp. 36403, page 1042.
 

O'BRIEN, Richard

No 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant Richard O'Brien, 2 troop, was one of the Commandos who returned from Operation Chariot, the raid on St Nazaire. He sailed on board ML 447.
 
6 months later he was one of the ten Commandos who took part in Operation Musketoon. Seven were taken prisoner and later executed. LSgt O'Brien evaded capture after the successful raid and made it back to the UK.  He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his actions during this raid.
(Source: LG Publication date: 5 March 1943, Supplement: 35929, Page: 1118).
 

OLVER, Leslie Cyril

No 1 Commando
Private Leslie Olver was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma.
 
The death of Pte. (later Sgt.) Leslie Cyril Reginald Olver MM of Canterbury Kent was announced in Commando Association newsletter 109 issued September 1999.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36994, page 1545.
 

OSBORNE, Vincent Arthur

Vincent Osborne MM 3 Commando
No 3 Commando

Lance Corporal Vincent Arthur 'Ozzie' Osborne, 3 Troop, a veteran of the Dieppe raid, was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Normandy.

He was presented with his award at a ceremony at L'écarde quarry, Amfreville on the 16th July 1944 [view].

Post war in the 1950's he served in the Federation of Malaya Police as a Police Lieutenant: Platoon Commander in the Field Force. 

PANTALL, Richard William

No 3 Commando
Bombardier Richard Pantall was awarded the M.M. in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy [1], during operations at Bova Marina between 24 August and 5 September 1943 [2].
 
On 26 August 1944 he was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the King's Shropshire Light Infantry [3].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 36327, page 257.
[2] National Archives file WO 373/4/115.

PATERSON, George Begg

45 Cdo. RM
Sergeant George Paterson was awarded the Military Medal for distinguished service in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate, during the period 13th April to 15th October 1964 [1][2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 43636, page 4130.
[2] The book 'Four Five'  - The Story of 45 Commando Royal Marines 1943 - 1971, author David Young.
 
Notes

PATRICK, Neil

40RM Commando

Corporal Neil Patrick was awarded the MM for courage, leadership and resource in operations which led to the crossing of the Garigliano River in the face of determined opposition from the enemy.

PEACHEY, Frederick

Fred Peachey MM and bar
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Lance Sergeant Frederick Peachey from Warrington served with the Independent Companies and No 2 Commando. 
  • 27 December 1941 Pte. Peachey was one of the No.2 Commando detachment who took part in Operation Archery at Vaagso.
  • 28 March 1942 Pte. Peachey was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 443 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was wounded and evacuated back to the UK.

PENN, Leonard William

No 6 Commando
Private Leonard Penn was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations in North West Europe [1]
 
Recommendation
"Pte. Penn has served with his Troop as No.1 on the Bren gun since D Day. His gallantry dash and initiative have contributed in great measure to the success of several Troop actions.

PERKINS, Leonard

Sergeant Len Perkins 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Sergeant Leonard Perkins, 5 troop ('A' section) [1], was awarded the MM [2], and also received a MiD [3], both in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field. He was from Liverpool and before the war was employed as a clerk. [1].
 
Sources

PIRIE, Alexander Beverley

Sergeant Alexander Pirie MM, RM
RM Engineer Commando
Sergeant Alexander Pirie , 3 RM Engineer Commando, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of his gallantry during operations at Myebon.
 
Recommendation
On 12 Jan.'45 Sgt Pirie was engaged in mine clearing operations on the landing beach at Myebon Peninsula. Assisted by two NCOs he cleared fields of mines of a type hitherto unencountered in this theatre of war and unknown to them, with great coolness, devotion to duty, and disregard for his own personal safety. By his efforts many casualties were undoubtedly averted.

POLLARD, Gordon

Maj Gordon Pollard MC MM
No 3 Commando
The then Sergeant Gordon Pollard, RA,  was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East (Egypt and Libya) during the period May, 1942 to October, 1942.
 
On the 16th May 1943 he was commisioned as Second Lieutenant. Subsequently he joined No 3 Commando remaining with them for the remainder of the war, his final rank attained in the Commandos was Major.
 

POMFORD, Douglas

No 11 Commando
SBS
Corporal Douglas Pomford joined the S.B.S. when No. 11 Commando was disbanded. He was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the field [1].
 

PRYOR, Frederick William

41RM Commando

Sergeant Frederick Pryor, M.M., died during operations in Normandy. He was awarded the Military Medal for leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty while serving with Royal Marine Commandos in Italy.

Sources
CWGC
London Gazettes Supp. 36583, page 3040.
National Archives file WO 373/47/163.
 

RAE, Walter

No 6 Commando
Sergeant Walter Rae (see note) was awarded the M.M. in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa [1] during the action that came to be known as the Battle of Steamroller Farm. 
 
Recommendation
26th Feb 1943 Fedi Et Attia (516128 Sheet 34)

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.
 

REES, Cecil Thomas

45 Cdo. RM
Sergeant Cecil Thomas Rees, 45 Commando RM, was seconded to the Northern Frontier Regiment for operations in Oman.
He was awarded the Military Medal for courage, initiative and devotion to duty in the face of well armed Omani rebels. He successfully led a fighting patrol against an enemy strong point, inflicting casualties upon the rebels.
 
Sources
London Gazette 41800, page 5365.
National Archives file WO373/125/128.

RIGG, Pearson

Sergeant Pearson Rigg MM, 3 Commando
No 3 Commando

Sergeant Pearson Rigg was awarded the MM whilst a Private in No 3 Commando for his courage under fire between 3rd and 6th October 1943 at Termoli (Operation Devon).

Source
Award: London Gazettes Supp. 36349, page 519.
Final rank: Commando Association Lost Legion List 10.
 

ROGERS, Joseph Gerard Anthony

No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company

Lance Sergeant Joseph Rogers, 5 troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations at Spilje Albania on 28/29 July 1944.
  
Recommendation
Military Medal (Immediate) Spilje Bay, Albania, Operation Healing 2. 
"L/Sgt Rogers personally led his sub section with conspicuous gallantry. In the face of heavy fire from two spandaus he continued to advance against his objective. Although wounded and in great pain he led his men on to close with the enemy and killed the machine gun teams. 

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