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GILL, Richard

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.
 

GORMAN, James John Thomas

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, Patrick Edward

Patrick Edward Gray MM 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

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

He enlisted in 1942 and was 22 years old at the time of his award.  He lived in Gorton, Manchester, and was educated at High Road Council School, after which he took a job as a motor driver [2].

HADFIELD, John William

JW Hadfield MM 41 RM Commando
Corporal John Hadfield was awarded the MM for leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty while serving with Royal Marine Commandos at Vietri, Italy.
 
Sources
London Gazettes supp. 36583, page 3040.
National Archives file WO 373/47/169.
 

HARRISON, Arthur Herbert

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

Sergeant Thomas Harrison was awarded the MM for bravery, determination and great devotion to duty whilst serving with the Allied Armies in the assault over the Rhine.
 
Sources
National Archives file WO/373/47/69.
London Gazettes Supp. 37136, page 3191.
 

HAWKINS, Kenneth Scott

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

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. 
 

HODGSON, George

Lance Corporal George Hodgson MM, 3 troop, was killed during operations at Amfreville.  

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."

HOLT, Edward Morris

Citation: Bombardier Edward Holt, 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, "has served as a Forward Observation Officers' Assistant throughout the Falkland Islands campaign. In this capacity his loyalty and  professional excellence have been truly outstanding.

HONEY, Peter

Pte Pete Honey MM 2 Commando
Private Peter Honey served in 5 troop No 2 Commando and was one of the Commando contingent who sailed on board HMS Campbeltown for the raid at St Nazaire. He was taken prisoner and was subsequently awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services during the raid. [Sources: London Gazettes supp. 37162, page 3493 / St Nazaire Society.]
 

HOWE, Gilbert Rex

Acting Corporal Gilbert Howe was awarded the D.C.M. 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, George William Stanley

Recommended for : DCM
Awarded : MM

Citation

This NCO has served in the RAMC Section of this Commando in all the actions in which the Unit has fought in Italy since November 1943.  At all times he has displayed the greatest efficiency, devotion to duty and disregard for his own safety whilst dealing with casualties in the field.  The Medical Officer of this Unit, Captain E J D’Arcy MC, states that L/C Hughes’ individual actions on all occasions whilst treating and evacuating casualties have been responsible for saving a very considerable number of men’s’ lives.

HUMBLE, William McLean

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.

JOHNSON, James

Lance Sergeant James Johnson was one of the Commando contingent who sailed on board HMS Campbeltown for the raid at St Nazaire. He was taken prisoner and was subsequently awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services during the raid. 
[Sources: London Gazettes supp. 37162, page 3493 / St Nazaire Society.]
 
Note
Rank taken from LG entry, seen as Corporal elsewhere.
 

JONES, Colin

LSgt. Colin Jones MM 2 Commando

Lance Sergeant Colin Jones, 5 troop, was awarded the MM in recognition of distinguished services during the raid on St Nazaire. He was one of the Commando contingent on board HMS Campbeltown and was captured after the raid.

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

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 37162, page 3493.
St Nazaire Society website.
 

JONES, Harold

Harold Jones RM

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

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
Lance Sergeant Eric Khytovitch MM was killed during operations at Normandy [1].
 

No 6 Commando War Diary 10th June 1944

"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

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
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

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

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

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

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.
 

LEES, James Sykes

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

Corporal William Lester was awarded the M.M., 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.

LISTER, William

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).
 

MACDONALD, William

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

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.
 

MALCOLM, George

Company Sergeant Major George Malcolm MM was killed 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]..

MALLORIE, Herbert

Sergeant Herbert Mallorie 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
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

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

Corporal Michael Mead was awarded the M.M., for gallant and distinguished services on the 6th November 1956 during Operation Musketeer, the Anglo-French Invasion of Port Said, Egypt.  
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 41092, page 3418.
National Archives file WO 373/124/55.
 

MORGAN, Francis Cecil

Lance Corporal Francis Morgan, No 2 Commando, was awarded the MM [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field. 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.

MORRIS, Luke John

Lance Corporal Luke Morris was awarded the MM [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field. 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.

MULLARD, Sidney John

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

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

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.
 

NASH, Douglas James

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

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 DCM for his actions during this raid. (Source: LG Publication date: 5 March 1943, Supplement: 35929, Page: 1118).
 

OLVER, Leslie Cyril

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

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. 

PACKER, Mark Charles

Sergeant Mark Packer 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 & Supp. 36992, page 1507 (errata).
National Archives file WO 373/ 47/48.
 

PANTALL, Richard William

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

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

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