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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.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 39675, page 5528.
National Archives file WO373/131/34.
 

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.]
 

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 (Lt Col)

Post WW2 and now with the rank of Colonel, Thomas Malcolm Gray DSO, MC, died whilst serving at HMS President.
 
In World War Two he was Commanding Officer of 41RM Commando on D Day and later Commanding Officer of 46RM Commando during the River Rhine crossing. He was awarded the MC whilst  Captain (Acting Lieutenant-Colonel) of 41RM Commando.
 

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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 Supp. 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).

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.
 

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.

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
 

HEBDEN, Ralph Michael

Marine Ralph Hebden, a veteran of Afghanistan,  went missing after going for an early-morning run. His body was spotted in the sea by a passer-by 3 weeks later. A subsequent inquest heard how he drowned after falling from a cliff path in poor visibility,  and a verdict of accidental death was recorded.

HEDGES, Justin William

Major Justin Hedges, HQ Squadron, was appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 to 31st March 2007 [1].
  • 1 July 2016 (Colonel) promoted Brigadier [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 58396, page 10410.
[1] Globe and Laurel Jul/Aug. 2007 edition.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 61793, page 26900.
 

HELLINGS, Peter William Craddock

On the 6th September 1940 it was announced that Lieutenant Peter Hellings RM had been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for courage and devotion to duty during the withdrawals from Boulogne and Calais [1]
  • 1943 (Acting Major)(40RM Commando) awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished services in operations leading to the capture of Termoli [2]
  • 12th February 1946 (Captain)(Acting Lieutenant Colonel) received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in NW Europe [3].

HELSTRIP, Anthony John

Marine Anthony Helstrip, 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. Peter Butchers and Mne. Glenn Miller.
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
Report in the Aberdeen Press and Journal - Tuesday 23 March 1982.
 

HENRY, John

Corporal John Henry RM
Corporal John Henry, from Clarkleap, Newcastleton, died during operations in Malaya. His section were ambushed and pinned down in the Cameron Highlands and Cpl. Henry was killed as he went to get ammunition for them. [1]
 
Buried at Batu Gajah; later exhumed, cremated at Sek Keng Cheng Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur and ashes returned to the UK. [2]
 
Sources

HEWITT, Samuel Hanna

Sergeant Samuel Hewitt died in a canoeing accident during a training exercise.

He had been attached to the Amphibious School from the Commando School for two weeks' training with the Special Boat Wing. The accident occurred when his canoe capsized during a night exercise.  [Sources: AFM ROH / Globe and Laurel issue Mar-Apr 1952, p71.]

Notes
AFM ROH show his ship/unit as RMB Eastney.
 

HICKINBOTHAM, Christopher James

Major Christopher Hickinbotham received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland in 1976 [1].
  • 12 June 1982 appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 47118, page 377.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 49008, page 5 (Her Majesty's Birthday Honours).
 

HICKMAN, Simon Michael

Major Simon Hickman died of a tumour.  He joined the Royal Marines in 1992 and served around the world including, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Porterdown and Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. [Source: AFM ROH / numerous press reports online]

HIGGINS, James

Corporal James Higgins was killed in an accident whilst taking part in a display.
 

Extract from the Daily Mirror - Saturday 24 July 1976

"Commando killed in show:-  A young commando died yesterday as 3,000 people watched a display by Marines at Lympstone. Devon.  Corporal James Higgins, 26, was making a spectacular descent from a roof by a rope slide when the cable snapped. He fell 15ft. to the ground. "
 
Sources
AFM ROH

HILL, Jonathan, P.

Major Jonathan Hill was awarded the Bronze Star conferred by the President of the United States of America in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during coalition operations in Iraq [1].
  • 30 June 2013 (Acting Lieutenant Colonel) promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 59554, page 18540 published 24 September 2010.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 60575, page 14486.
 

HILL, Paul

Marine Paul Hill, HQ, 3 Commando Bde. RM, and from St. Helens, died in a hang gliding accident in Cyprus.
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
Report in the Liverpool Echo 24 April 1987.
 

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. 
 

HODGKINSON, Craig

Marine Craig Hodgkinson, 4 Assault Sqn. RM, died of a heart attack whilst playing in a rugby match between the Royal Navy and Cornwall County. 

A keen rugby player, Craig played throughout his school career, including games for the Scotland Under 18s XV.  He also played for Glasgow Hawks and was a member of the team that toured South Africa in 2003 and were unbeaten in their three matches.

HODGKISS, Richard George

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.
 

HOLDEN, Stephen Paul

Colour Sergeant Stephen Holden received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st April to 30th September 1996 [1].
  • 19 April 2002 (Warrant Officer Class 2)  appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period 1st April 2001 to 30th September 2001 [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 54763, page 5626.

HOLDER, Daniel

Marine Daniel Holder, RM Reserve, was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat 'V' decoration bestowed by the President of the United States of America in recognition of meritorious, gallant and distinguished services during coalition operations in Iraq.

HOLLINGTON, Richard Humphrey

Mne Richard Hollington 40 Commando
Marine Richard Hollington, Bravo Company, died of wounds from an explosion that occurred on the 12th June 2010 whilst he was conducting a reassurance patrol in Afghanistan for the local nationals in an area to the south of Patrol Base Ezeray. He had been immediately evacuated to Bastion Role 3 Hospital where his condition was listed as critical. On 13 June 2010 he was transferred to the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. At 1108hrs BST on 20 June 2010, with his parents and brothers present, Marine Hollington sadly died of his wounds.
 

HOLLOWAY, James Oliver Roe

Mne James Holloway 42 Commando

Marine James Holloway was found dead on board  the RFA Fort Rosalie which was moored in Dubai.

A Royal Navy spokesman said: "We can confirm that Marine James Holloway died aboard RFA Fort Rosalie. The cause of death is still under investigation, however we can confirm it was not as a result of operational activity. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends at this sad time.”
[Sources: AFM ROH / BBC online, Sun online newspaper, and other media outlets.]
 

HOLMES, Matthew John

Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Holmes, Commanding Officer 42 Commando RM, was appointed D.S.O. in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 to 31st March 2007 [1].
  • 19 March 2013 (Colonel) promoted Brigadier [2].
  • 9 May 2018 promoted Major General [3].
  • 8 June 2019 appointed C.B.E. (Military Division) [4].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 58396, page 10411.

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