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BROWN, Adam Robert

Marine Adam Brown

Marine Adam Brown died during operations in Afghanistan. 

He was conducting a reassurance patrol as part of 3 Troop, Alpha Company 40 RM Cdo., to provide security for the locals in the area. At approximately 1750hrs on Sunday 1 August, there was an explosion in the vicinity of his patrol base and he was killed instantly in the blast. [Source: MOD]

BROWNING, James Gardner

Corporal James Browning, HQ 3 Commando Bde. RM,  was reported missing presumed drowned, after the cessation of hostilities on the Falklands, when caught in a sudden squall whilst in a dinghy off Port Stanley. He had previously served in 45 Commando workshops. 

BUCHANAN, Craig Andrew

Marine Craig Andrew Buchanan 40 Commando
Marine Craig Buchanan was awarded the Military Cross for his immense bravery and remarkable composure under fire when his patrol was attacked by a rogue Afghan policeman, during the period 1 October 2012 to 31 March 2013.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 60647, page 19570.

BURDETT, Julian

Corporal Julian Burdett was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his gallantry 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, ten kilometres to the west of Port Stanley. 

BURGESS, George

Lance Corporal George Burgess recieved The Queen's Commendation for Bravery in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan.
 
Source
London Gazette Supp. 59554, page 18537,  24 September 2010.
 

BURTON, Nathaniel Paul

Junior Marine Nathaniel Burton drowned in a remote pool on Dartmoor.  He was 11 weeks into his 30-week Commando training course and was taking part in a river crossing exercise at Crazy Well Pool, near Burrator reservoir.
[Sources: AFM ROH / BBC News online 16th Oct. 1998.]
 

BUTCHERS, Peter John

Marine Peter Butchers, Mortar Platoon, died when a mortar bomb exploded in the barrel during a live firing training exercise on Otterburn Ranges, Northumberland. Also killed were Mne. Anthony Helstrip and Mne. Glenn Miller.
 
Sources

BUTTERY, George Desmond

Quartermaster Sergeant George Buttery, 40 Commando RM,  who had served as a Marine in 46RM Commando during WW2, 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.  

BUXTON, James George

Colour Sergeant James Buxton was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division), for gallant and distinguished service with 45 Commando, Royal Marines, in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June, 1952.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 39675, page 5527.
National Archives file WO 373/131/73.
 

CAMPBELL, Gordon Alexander

Lance Corporal Gordon Campbell died during training  at the Pontrilas Army Training Area near Hereford involving fast roping from a helicopter. During his nine years in the Corps he had served in Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. His funeral with full military honours, took place at Oldmeldrum Parish Church, Aberdeenshire.  
[Sources: AFM ROH / MOD FOI Request ref 2015/09430/ BBC Online]
 
Notes

CAMPBELL-SMITH, Richard Carl

Mne Richard Campbell-Smith CTCRM

Marine Richard Campbell-Smith was four weeks from the end of his 32-week course at the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon, when he reportedly scratched his legs while running. He was admitted to the base medical unit, and later taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital where he died on 2 November. 

A post-mortem examination showed heart and respiratory failure, and traces of infection with the toxin Panton Valentine Leukocidin were found.  A verdict of accidental death was recorded.[Sources: AFM ROH / BBC News report online]

CANTERBURY, Derrin Mark

Sergeant Derrin Canterbury received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2008 to 31st March 2009 [1].
  • 4 January 2016 commissioned Lieutenant and appointed to the Trained Strength 17 March 2016 [2].
  • 4 January 2018 promoted Captain [3].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 59182, page 15641.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 61565, page 9724.

CAPEWELL, David Andrew

Colonel David Capewell was appointed O.B.E. (Military Division)  15 June 2002 [1].
  • 2000/1 (Lieutenant Colonel) Officer Commanding 40 Commando RM [2].
  • July 2007 (Brigadier) (Brigade Commander) 3 Commando Bde. RM [3].
  • 31 December 2013 (Lieutenant General) appointed K.C.M.G. (Military Division) [4].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 56595, page 5 (H.M. Birthday Honours).
[2] Globe and Laurel Nov/Dec. 2000.

CARTER, Kevin Charles

Sergeant Kevin Carter was awarded the George Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan. [1].
  • October 2004 (Warrant Officer 2) received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services at sea  [2].

CARTER, Robert Ponsonby

Lieutenant Robert Carter received a Mention in Despatches announced on 27 April 1951 for distinguished service in operations in Malaya [1].  He was also awarded the M.C. [2] for gallant and distinguished services during operations at Tapah, Malaya, between 1 January and 30 June 1951 [3].
 
Lt. Colonel Carter M.C. was appointed O.B.E. on the 1st January 1966 [4].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 39215, page 2389.

CATTELL, William Howard James

Marine William Cattell from Birmingham was found shot dead in South Vietnam whilst absent from his unit in Plymouth since April.  He was found on Highway 555 leading to Quang Tri city. 

Sources
AFM ROH
Birmingham Daily Post - Thursday 03 August 1972
British Newspaper Archive (website britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board.
 

CECIL, John

CSgt. John Cecil

Colour Sergeant John Cecil,  UK Landing Force Command Support Group, died in a helicopter crash.

At around midnight GMT on Friday 21 March 2003, a US Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter crashed south of the Kuwait border with US and UK personnel aboard; there were no survivors. Eight personnel from 3 Commando Brigade died in the accident, along with four US aircrew. [Source: MOD]

CHADWICK, James

Marine James Chadwick died when a 3 tonne vehicle he was driving ran off the road during the hours of darkness in the Lenggong area of Malaya.
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
Malaya Historical Group.
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
 

CHARNOCK, Andrew

Marine Andrew Charnock collapsed and died from heat exhaustion during a 30-mile training run on Dartmoor. He was in the final stage of training with the Royal Marines.
[Source: AFM ROH / Daily Mirror and other media reports 10 July 1997]
 

CHEESEMAN, Daniel James Edward

Major Daniel Cheeseman
Major Daniel Cheeseman, 40 Commando RM, was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2007 to 31st March 2008 [1].
  • 30 June 2010 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
  • 1 September 2015 promoted Colonel [3].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 58776, page 11241.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 59499, page 14302.

CHEESEMAN, Kevin John

Warrant Officer Class 2 Kevin Cheeseman was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2008 to 31st March 2009.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 59182, page 15639.
 

CHICKEN, Simon Timothy

Captain Simon Chicken was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period 1st October 1994 to 31st March 1995 [1].
  • 2001 (Lieutenant Colonel) Commanding Officer 45 Commando Group [2].
  • 29 April 2003 (Colonel) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan in 2002 [3].
  • 1 November 2011 (Brigadier) promoted to Major General [4].

CHISNALL, David Alan

WO1 David Chisnall
Colour Sergeant David Chisnall was awarded the British Empire Medal in recognition of meritorious service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st November 1979 to 31st January 1980 [1].
  • 16 April 1982 promoted Warrant Officer 1, and RSM of 42 Commando RM [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 48237, page 9373.
[2] Globe and Laurel Mar/Apr 1982.
[Image] Globe and Laurel May 1982.
 

CLAPSON, Keith

Captain Keith Clapson
Captain Keith Clapson, 40 Commando RM [1], received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period 1st April to 30th September 1994 [2].
  • May/June 2001 (Major) Commanding Officer Amphibious Trials and Training Unit Royal Marines (ATTURM) [3].
Sources

CLARK, Graham David

Colour Sergeant Graham Clark received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st October 1996 to 31st March 1997.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 54969, page 13690.
 

CLARK, Ian Campbell

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

CLARKE, Nigel Ronald

Sergeant Nigel Clarke was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland, award to be dated 12 May 1992 [1].
  • 1995 (Colour Sergeant) received The Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st April to 30th September 1994 [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 54028, page 6613.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 54028, page 6610.
 

CLIFFORD, Richard

Captain Richard Cormac Clifford
Lieutenant Richard Clifford received the Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct.
Citation
"On the morning of 18th May 1972, a team of Service personnel was sent to deal with a bomb threat in the Queen Elizabeth II which at that time was in mid-Atlantic on her way to Europe.

COATES, Timothy Patrick

Marine Timothy Coates, serving on attachment to the UNHCR in Sarajevo, was shot dead by personnel manning a Bosnian Government checkpoint in the city. He was off duty and wearing plain clothes at the time. 
 
[Sources: AFM ROH / Navy News issue May 1994, p36. / Statement in Parliament 18th April 1994 by The Secretary of State for Defence, Mr. Malcolm Rifkind,  www. publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm199394/cmhansrd/1994-04-18/Debate-1.html ]
 

COLLINGWOOD, Frank Arthur

Quartermaster Sergeant Frank Collingwood was awarded the B.E.M. (Military Division) for distinguished service in operations against terrorists in Cyprus between 1955 and 1956..
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 40987, page 653.
National Archives file WO 373/126/17.
 

COLLINS, Thomas Joseph

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

COOK, Paul

Sergeant Paul Cook received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland (announced 11 May 1993) [1].

COOP, James Barry

Lieutenant James Coop, 'X' troop, was shot and killed when a patrol he was leading was ambushed about eight miles from Kuala Kangsar, Perak, by a strong force of communist terrorists. Also killed was Corporal R.T. Ryder.
 
Sources
AFM ROH
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
 

COPINGER-SYMES, Rory Sandham

Captain Rory Copinger-Symes receieved the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in rendering humanitarian assistance in Sierra Leone in 1999 [1].
  • 20 July 2009 (Lieutenant Colonel) announcement of the award of the Bronze Star Medal conferred by the President of the United States of America in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during coalition operations in Iraq [2].
  • 14 September 2009 promoted to Colonel [3].
  • 25 July 2016 promoted to Brigadier [4].

COX, Mark Andrew

Sergeant Mark Cox was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service serving with the United Kingdom component of the International Force for East Timor during the period 1st October 1999 to 31st March 2000 [1].
 
Operations concerned were Op. Langar/ Op. Halyard, East Timor [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 56017, page 12363.
[2] Globe and Laurel Nov-Dec. 2000.
 

CROMBIE, Richard Dennis

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Crombie was appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) in 1963 [1].
  • 1956 (Major) (45 Commando) Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Operations in the Near East, October to December, 1956 [2].

CROSSLAND, James Willie

Corporal James Crossland 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 373/124/57.
 
Notes
Recommended for the D.C.M., awarded the M.M.
 

CROUCHER, Matthew

Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher GC
Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher, RM Reserve, was awarded the George Cross for his extreme gallantry on 9 February 2008 when he willingly risked his own life in a most deliberate act of self-sacrifice to save his comrades from death or serious injury.
 
He was deployed at the time to Helmand Province, Afghanistan as a reconnaissance operator in 40 Commando Group's Commando Reconnaissance Force, elements of which were operating from Forward Operating Base Robinson.
 

CRUSE, Ernest

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].
 

CULLEN, Michael

Marine Michael Cullen died in service whilst deployed to Hong Kong.
 
Source
CWGC
 
Notes
Commando Unit as per CWGC entry. The title was redesignated to 45 Commando RM this year.

CURRY, Thomas Geoffrey

Mne. Tom Curry
Marine Thomas Curry died instantly as a result of enemy small arms fire when elements of 42 Commando were engaged in close-quarter fighting with the Taleban near Kajaki, in Northern Helmand. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and disting

CURTIS, Daniel Gad

Marine Daniel Curtis received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan between 1st April to 30th September 2007 [1].
  • 30 December 2017 (Colour Sergeant) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 58633, page 3613.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 62150, page N6.
 

DALE, Peter Edward

Corporal Peter Dale was awarded the M.M., 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 373/130/124.
 

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