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FORBES, Duncan Graham

Captain Duncan Forbes received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 to 31st March 2007.

Sources
London Gazette Supp. 58396, page 10412.
Globe and Laurel Jul/Aug. 2007 edition.
 

FORD, Matthew Christopher

Lance Corporal Matthew Ford died when elements of 45 Commando Royal Marines were engaged in a deliberate offensive operation to the south of Garmsir in southern Helmand, Afghanistan.
 
Matthew Ford joined the Royal Marines aged 24, on 23 April 2001 after going to college and working locally. After passing out from the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon where he earned the coveted Green Beret, he joined 1 Assault Group Royal Marines in Poole.
 

FORRET, Andrew

Warrant Officer Class 2 Andrew Forret, 'Z' Company,  died during the annual deployment to Norway.  He was sitting in the cab of a BV 202 oversnow vehicle in which he had been awaiting the return of an overdue patrol group in atrocious weather. He was poisoned by exhaust fumes on a faulty vehicle. 
[Sources: AFM ROH / Navy News March 1993 edition / Daily Record newspaper August 29th 1996]
 

FOSTER, G.R.

Colonel Foster was awarded 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.
 
Sources
London Gazette 59133, page 12504.
 

FOSTER, Nigel Francis

Marine Nigel Foster was serving on his Commando course at the Commando Training Centre RM at the time of his death. He died after suffering a heart attack during an exercise on Woodbury Common, Devon.
[Sources: AFM ROH / Navy News issue April 1996, p24 / BBC Wales news online report 31/3/2000]
 

FRASER, Hugh

Marine Hugh Fraser serving at 45 Commando Group died [1] at Coatbridge Lanarkshire as a result of a road traffic accident [2]
 
Sources
[1] AFM ROH
[2] Globe and Laurel, Christmas 1977 edition.
 

FREEMANTLE, John

Corporal John Freemantle was attached to HQ 3 Commando Bde. RM at the time of his death. The Brigade had been involved for several years in the campaign in Indonesia and Borneo. He was originally buried in Ulu Pandan Cemetery Singapore, later cremated, and his ashes returned to the UK. [Source: AFM ROH.]

FRY, Robert Alan

  • 1978 (Lieutenant) received Mention In Despatches for distinguished service in Northern Ireland [1].
  • 1980 (Captain) appointed M.B.E., in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland [2].

GADIE, Philip

Major Philip Gadie, 45 Commando RM, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 to 31st March 2007 [1].
  • 30 June 2011 (Acting Lieutenant Colonel) promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].

GALACKI, Toni

Corporal Toni Galacki received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan in 2010.
 
Source
London Gazette Supp. 59737, page 5641.
 

GALLAGHER, Hugh

Acting Colour Sergeant Hugh Gallagher was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division), announced on the 14th February 1992, in recognition of service within the operations in Northern Iraq and Southern Turkey.

GARDNER, Anthony John

Lance Corporal Anthony Gardner was appointed M.B. E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the former Republic of Yugoslavia during the period 1st June to 20th December 1995.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 54393, page 6546.
 

GARDNER, James Patrick

Lieutenant James Patrick Gardner, 'B' Troop, was awarded the Military Cross  for gallant and distinguished service with 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June, 1952 [1].
  • 1964 (Captain) (Local Major) Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in operations in Borneo Territories during the period 24th December 1963 to 23rd June 1964 [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 39675, page 5528.

GARROD, John Martin Carruthers

Major John Martin Carruthers Garrod received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st August 1973-31st October 1973 [1].
  • 17 June 1978 - 9 November 1979 Commanding Officer 40 Commando RM [2].
  • 15 April 1980 (Colonel) appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st August to 31st October 1979 [2A].
  • 7 May 1987 (Major General) promoted Lieutenant General [3].

GENGE, John Thomas Head

Corporal John Genge died of natural causes at British Military Hospital Kamukting. 
 
Buried at Batu Gajah; later exhumed, Cremated at Sek Keng Cheng Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur and ashes returned to the UK. 
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
 Malaya Historical group.
 

GIBSON, Neil

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].
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GILBERT, Adam

Marine Adam Gilbert was the victim of an accidental shooting when his patrol tried to stop a stolen car at a checkpoint on the New Lodge Road, Belfast.
[Source: AFM ROH / NIVets.org / Northern Ireland - An Agony Continued author Ken Wharton.]
 

GILCHRIST, Greig Ian

Sergeant Greig Gilchrist was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division)  for gallant and distinguished services at sea between December 1996 and April 1997 [1].
  • 2008 (Colour Sergeant) receieved the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in National Operations during the period 1st October 2007 to 31st March 2008 [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 55120, page 5195.
[2] London Gazette 58776, page 11246.

GILL, Martin Joseph

LCpl Martin Gill 42 Commando
Lance Corporal Martin Gill died whilst deployed with his Multiple as part of a patrol in the area of Adensee in the Nahr-e Saraj (South) district in Helmand province. The aim of the patrol was to assess the atmospherics, meet and talk with local nationals, and disrupt insurgent activity in the area, in preparation for future operations. The Multiple was an hour into its patrol when it was engaged by small-arms re from a nearby compound. LCpl Gill was hit and fatally wounded, and, despite being administered immediate first aid, tragically died of his wounds.
 

GOATLEY, George John

Marine George John Goatley, RMFVR, drowned during a training exercise with No.4 Special Boat Section.
 
Extract from the Globe and Laurel 
"No.4 Special Boat Section 
With deep regret we have to record the death of Mne. John George Goatley*, who was drowned when the canoe of which he was in charge capsized under the bow of a river barge during a waterborne infiltration exercise with the Thames Metropolitan Police on the night of 14th November, 1951. We extend our great sympathies to his relatives in their tragic loss."

GOLDSWORTH, Matthew

Corporal Matthew Goldsworthy received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the field during the period 1 January to 30 September 2015 [1]. He was serving at the time as one of the Landing Craft Coxswains on board HMS Bulwark which was sent on humanitarian operations off North Africa [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 61529, page 6083.
[2] Royal Navy news online 21 March 2016.
 

GOODMAN, William

Captain William Goodman, Operations Officer Bravo, 40 Commando Royal Marines, received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service for his skill and tenacity in leading the Transition Support Unit’s Operation Room in Afghanistan and ensuring that every opportunity was seized in advancing the campaign whilst remaining in relentless pursuit of insurgents, during the period 1 October 2012 to 31 March 2013.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 60647, page 19571.

GOSTICK, Dale Edward

Mne Dale Gostick ASRM

Marine Dale Gostick died whilst serving as a Viking operator in 3rd Troop, Armoured Support Company, at the Sangin crossing of the Helmand River, southern Helmand province, Afghanistan. His troop were returning to their Forward Operating Base, after providing essential support to 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA) Battle Group, when the Viking he was driving struck a suspected mine. Sadly, despite the best efforts of the medical team on site, Marine Gostick was pronounced dead at the scene.

GOURLAY, Basil Ian Spencer

Basil ian spencer Gourlay
Acting Captain Basil Gourlay was awarded the Military Cross whilst serving with 43RM Commando in WW2. 
 
Post war he served in 45 Commando Royal Marines 1945-1948, Brigade Major 3 Commando Bde Royal Marines 1955-1957; OC 42 Commando Royal Marines 1963-1965, ultimately being appointed Commandant General Royal Marines from 1971-75 after which he retired.
 
  • M.C. (A/Captain 43RM Commando) for gallantry, zeal and skill during the attack on Sarande and the seizure of the Island of Solta. [1 +2]

GRANT, Ferris Nelson

Major Ferris Grant, 41 Independent Commando RM, was awarded the Legion of Merit, Degree of Officer, decoration bestowed by the President of the United States of America, for gallant and distinguished services during operations in the Korean war.
 
In H.M. The Queen's birthday honours of January 1967 the then Major General Ferris Nelson Grant was appointed C.B.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 40253 page 4684.
London Gazettes Supp. 44210, page 2.
 

GRANT, Richard Henry

Captain Richard Grant, OC  'A' troop, was awarded the M.C. [1], for distinguished services in operations against terrorists in Cyprus during the period Sept. 1955 and August 1956 [2].
 
He had earlier received a MID for  gallant and distinguished services in Palestine during the period 27th March, 1948 and 30th July, 1948 [3].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 40987, page 653.
[2] National Archives file WO 373/126/14.

GRAY, Thomas Malcolm

Colonel Thomas Malcolm Gray DSO, MC, died in service whilst serving at HMS President.
  • Commanding Officer 41RM Commando on D Day, awarded the Military Cross.
  • Commanding Officer 46RM Commando from November 1944
Citation for the M.C.

GRIFFITHS, Patrick

Patrick Griffiths MC
Lieutenant Patrick Griffiths was awarded the Military Cross for distinguished service in operations in Malaya during the period 1st August  to 15th November, 1950 [1].
  • 11 June 1977 (Colonel) appointed C.B.E. (Military Division) [2]
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 39215, page 2389.
[1] National Archives file WO 373/129/123.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 47234, page 7085.
[Image] Obituary in the Globe and Laurel Jan/Feb.1994.
 

GUTTERIDGE, Tobias

Marine Toby Gutteridge, Special Boat Service, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan. 
 
His first tour of Afghanistan was with 40 Commando RM.  He subsequently passed UK Special Forces training. In November 2009 during his second tour of Afghanistan, now with the SBS, he was shot through the neck leaving him paralysed. 
 

HABERFIELD, Kevin Howard

Colour Sergeant Kevin Haberfield RM, Special Boat Service, was awarded the George Cross for Services in the Field on the 22nd November 2005.
 
Kevin Haberfield GC was born July 1957 and served as a Royal Marine Commando from January 1980 to January 2012.
 
Sources
London Gazette 61311, Notice 2378202 dated 31 July 2015.

HADDOW, Fraser

Lieutenant Fraser Haddow, 3 Cdo. Bde R.M., Mountain and Arctic Warfare Cadre (M&AWC), received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of his service in operations on the Falkland Islands.

HALFORD, Jack Lovell

Colour Sergeant Jack Halford BEM was killed during operations in the Arabian Desert whilst seconded to the Northern Frontier Regiment on special duty with the forces of Muscat and Oman.

On the 2nd January 1945 it was announced in Gazettes that the then Corporal Jack Lovell Halford had been awarded the BEM (Military Division).

HALFORD, Patrick

Captain Patrick Halford was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division)  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 62283, page 8432 dated 11 May 2018.
 

HALL, Christopher Mark Ian

Captain Christopher Hall was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the during the period 1st October 2004 to 31st March 2005.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 57751, page 11643.
 

HALL, Simon Jeremy

Lieutenant Colonel Simon Hall, O.B.E., received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in Afghanistan during the period 1 October 2012 to 31 March 2013.
 
Sources
OBE - H.M. Birthday Honours 2004, London Gazette Supp. 57315, page 4.
Commendation - London Gazette Supp. 60647, page 19571.
 

HALSTED, Benjamin Erik

Major Benjamin Halsted was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) 13 June 2009 [1].
  • 30 June 2015 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 59090, page B5 (Her Majesty's Birthday Honours.)
[2] London Gazette 61313, page 14352.
 

HARBAR, Alan

Corporal Alan Harbar was awarded the British Empire Medal in recognition of meritorious service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st May 1978 to 31st July 1978.

HARDY, Campbell Richard

Lt Colonel Campbell Richard Hardy
Lieutenant Colonel Campbell Richard Hardy, commanded the 9th RM Bn., until it was redesignated as 46 RM Commando on 1 August 1943. He remained as Commanding Officer 46RM Commando until the end November 1944 when he left to take up the post of  Brigade Commander 3rd Special Service Brigade which was operating in the Far East.
He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order, and a Bar to the Distinguished Service Order, during the Normandy campaign, and later a Second Bar to the Distinguished Service Order during operations in Burma [1] [2] [3] [4].  

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].

HARRISON, Christopher Lewis

Cpl. Harrison 40 Commando
Corporal Christopher Harrison, Bravo Company, died whilst part of a patrol alongside the Afghan National Army in order to help provide security for the local population of Sangin. At approximately 0620 hours local time on 9 May 2010, south of Patrol Base Shuga, Corporal Harrison was fatally wounded in an explosion.
 

HARRISON, Matthew Thomas

Mne. Matthew Harrison 40 Commando
Marine Matthew Harrison, Charlie Company, died whilst part of a joint reassurance patrol with the local Afghan National Army, south of Patrol Base Seylab Doo. At 1805 hrs local time, the patrol was engaged with small arms fire. Marine Harrison was mortally wounded in the attack. He was evacuated to Camp Bastion Role Three Hospital where he died of his wounds.
 

HARRISON, Thomas

Acting Lance Corporal Thomas Harrison, Company Intelligence Marine, 40 Commando Royal Marines, received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service for his exceptional service in providing his Company with first class intelligence that enabled them to make a major contribution to campaign success in Afghanistan during the period 1 October 2012 to 31 March 2013.

HART, David Charles

Mne David Hart 40 Commando
Marine David Hart, Charlie Company, serving as part of Combined Force Sangin, died in an explosion while on foot patrol in the Sangin District of Helmand Province. He was part of a joint reassurance patrol with the local Afghan Army
 

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