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WATLOW, J.T.

40 Cdo. RM
Marine Watlow received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in Palestine during the period 27th March 1948 and 30th July 1948.
 

WATSON, Maurice

42RM Commando
Marine Maurice Watson died of injuries sustained in a road accident in Hong Kong.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/138.
 

WATSON, Richard John

Mne. Richard Watson 42 Commando
42 Cdo. RM
Marine Richard Watson died during operations in Afghanistan. Elements from the UK Task Force were patrolling to the north of Now Zad, a district in the North of Helmand, when they came under attack from Taliban forces. During the contact Marine Watson was hit by small arms fire and fatally wounded. An emergency quick reaction helicopter along with a full medical team was immediately dispatched to Now Zad. Marine Watson was then evacuated to the UK hospital at Camp Bastion, where he was sadly pronounced dead.
 

WEAVER, Kevin William

42 Cdo. RM
Corporal Kevin Weaver died as a result of head injuries received in a criminal assault upon him in Plymouth on 2 March 2000. Married with a baby daughter, Corporal Weaver had served in the Corps for 17 years.
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
Globe and Laurel March-April 2000.
 

WEBB, E.H.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM

Corporal E.H. Webb was wounded on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.
 
Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

WELCH, Simon Grant

Royal Marines

Sergeant Simon Welch received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period 1st October 1998 to 31st March 1999.

WELLS, Bernard

Royal Marines
Sergeant Bernard Wells received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st May 1982 to 31st July 1982 [1].
  • 15 April 1986 (Colour Sergeant) awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 49196, page 16351.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 50486, page 5187.
 

WESTON, Barry John

Sgt Barry Weston 42 Commando
42 Cdo. RM
Sergeant Barry Weston was fatally injured by an improvised explosive device while leading a patrol operating near the village of Sukmanda in southern Nahr-e Saraj district Helmand province. The patrol was participating in an operation to draw insurgents away from the civilian population in order to disrupt their activity and further expand the influence of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. 

WESTON, John Culpeper

40 Cdo. RM
Captain John Weston was awarded the Military Cross for distinguished service in support of operations in East and West Malaysia during the period 24th June 1965 to 23rd December 1965.
Recommendation
"On the 12th September a reconnaissance patrol from 'C' Company of 40 Commando discovered a platoon of Indonesians in position on the Sarawak Border.
Operation 'Stonehouse' was mounted on the 14th September with the aim of destroying this force.

WHATLEY, Benjamin Mark Lawson

LCpl Ben Whatley 42 Commando
42 Cdo. RM
Lance Corporal Benjamin Whatley died in Nad-E-Ali district, central Helmand, while Lima Company was conducting an operation to clear enemy forces from the north of the district. Leading his men from the front, Lance Corporal Whatley was killed by enemy fire during a prolonged and fierce battle with insurgents.
 

WHEDDON, Gareth Christopher

42 Cdo. RM
Marine Gareth Wheddon was injured by an IRA bomb near Crossmaglen, Co.Armagh, Northern Ireland on the 9th November and died of his wounds 3 days later at Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast. 
[Sources: AFM ROH / NIVets.org / Northern Ireland - An Agony Continued author Ken Wharton.]
 

WHEELER, Alfred

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Quartermaster Sergeant Alfred Wheeler, HQ 3 Commando Brigade, died during operations in Cyprus. He and Mne. Blakeway both perished from exposure on anti-terrorist operations after their vehicle fell into a deep gully in the Troodos Mountains during a blizzard [1][1a].
 

WHITE, Grant Ian

Royal Marines
Sergeant Grant White received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Northern Ireland in 1999.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 55819, page 4251.
 

WHITEHEAD, Andrew Francis

45 Cdo. RM
Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Whitehead, commanding 45 Commando Royal Marines, was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his actions during operations on the Falkland Islands. He also recieved a Mention in Despatches during operations in Northern Ireland.
Citation for DSO

WHITHAM, David Glyn

45 Cdo. RM
Marine David Whitham died near Akanthou in the Karpas Peninsula during operations in Cyprus. He and Sgt. David Baldwin were killed when their patrol landed by helicopter and came under ‘friendly fire’.
 
Sources

WHITING, John

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Sergeant John 'Jack' Whiting was awarded the US Bronze Star with Combat 'V' decoration bestowed by the President of the United States of America, for gallant and distinguished service during operations in the Korean War.

WHITMARSH, Adam Thomas

Royal Marines
Major Adam Whitmarsh received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the field [1].  At the time he was based on Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ship Fort Victoria as the chief of staff for

WHITMARSH, George Charles

Royal Marines
Corporal George Whitmarsh received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Northern Ireland in 1985 [1].
  • 1993 (Corporal)(now acting Sergeant) received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland (announced 11 May 1993) [2]
  • 19 June 2000 (Colour Sergeant) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [3].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 50093, page 5285.

WHYSALL, Michael Colin

Royal Marines
Marine Michael Whysall received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st February 1977 to 30th April 1977.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 47317, page 11401.
 

WIGLEY, Jonathan

Mne Jonathan Wigley 45 Commando
45 Cdo. RM
Marine Jonathan Wigley died as a result of injuries sustained while on an Afghan and UK Task Force force operation on the outskirts of the village of Garmsir, to dislodge Taliban forces who had been responsible for attacks on the town in recent days. He was airlifted to a UK hospital in Camp Bastion, where he sadly later died from his wounds.
 

WILKINSON, John

Royal Marines
Sergeant John Wilkinson, a Platoon Weapons Instructor (PW1) at RM Reserve Bristol, died in a road traffic collision [1][2]
 
Sources
[1] AFM ROH.
[2] Andy Holloway. WO2 RM.
 

WILLASEY-WILSEY, Anthony Patrick

40 Cdo. RM
During WW2 Acting Captain Anthony Willasey-Wilsey served on ships before being posted to Commando service [1][1a][1b][1c] .
Service at Sea in WW2 
HMS Rodney (present at the Bismarck action)
HMS Howe
HMS Furious
RM Commando Service in WW2
January 1945 serving with the RM Holding Commando [1]
By April 1945 serving with 47RM Commando [1a].
Post WW2 

WILLIAMSON, Kel Norman David

RM Reserve
Marine Kel Williamson, RM Reserve Merseyside, died on a night exercise when a vehicle collided with a column of soldiers in camouflage dress as they walked on the A53 across the Staffordshire Moorlands.
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
Early Day Motion in the House of Commons 2nd November 1993.

WILLS, Michael Vincent

CTCRM
Major Michael Wills died in a plane crash.
 
He was off duty in a single-engine Cessna when it crashed into a field near Honiton in June 2004, shortly after taking off from Dunkeswell airfield. Major Wills joined the Corps aged 18 in 1978 and at the time of his death was a Staff Officer at the CTCRM.
[Sources: AFM ROH / Daily Telegraph 31st July 2007 / Exeter Inquest.]
 

WILSON, David

45 Cdo. RM

Marine David Wilson died during an enemy bombing attack whilst on operations at Ajax Bay, Falkland Islands.

Sources
AFM ROH.
Globe and Laurel RM ROH July/Aug 1982 edition.
Falklands War Memorial Plaque at Portsmouth.
Website Naval-History.net.

WILSON, David McDonald

45 Cdo. RM
Marine David Wilson, a radio operator with 'X' Company, was shot and killed by a sniper whilst pushing down Wadi Dhubsan, one of the most inaccessible rebel held areas of Radfan, about 60 miles north of Aden [2][3].
 
Sources
[1] AFM ROH.
[2] British Casualties, Aden, 1955-1967.
[2]  Jimmy Barr 45 Cdo. via BBC, In Living Memory - The Armed Forces Memorial By Colette Hooper.
[3] The Times 27th May 1964 and 28th May 1964.

WILSON, J.M.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM

Marine J.M. Wilson was wounded on 29 November 1950 during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.
 
Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

WILSON, Paul Kevin

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Marine Paul Wilson, attached H.M.S. Broadsword, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service during the operations in the South Atlantic.
 
Source
London Gazette Supp. 49134 page 12843.
Globe and Laurel Sept/Oct. 1982.
 

WILTON, Hugo

Royal Marines
Acting Corporal Hugo Wilton was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field during the period 1 April 2017 to 30 September 2017.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 62283, page 8432.
 

WINDALL, Joseph David

Mne Joseph Windall RM
3 Cdo. Bde. RM

Marine Joseph Windall died following the crash of a RAF Nimrod MR2 aircraft in Afghanistan. 

He joined the Royal Marines in November 2002, completing his training in June 2003. After a short period of time working at RM Stonehouse, Plymouth, he successfully completed a Signaller Class 3 course enabling him to be employed as a communicator in all parts of the Corps. Since completing this course Marine Windall had been busy deploying all around the world for training exercises and operational tours. [Sources: AFM ROH / MOD].

WINTER, Danny

Cpl dan Winter 45 Commando
45 Cdo. RM

Corporal Danny Winter died in an explosion while taking part in a joint operation with a Danish Battle Group and the Afghan National Army north east of Gereshk in central Helmand. He was a member of a fire support team that was engaged in an operation to clear compounds in a known Taliban stronghold. Also killed was Captain Tom Sawyer of 29 Commando Regiment RA. 

WONNACOTT, Kenneth John

Royal Marines
Colour Sergeant Kenneth Wonnacott received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service 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

WOOD, Gerrard

Royal Marines
Marine Gerrard Wood was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan in 2012.
 
Source
London Gazette Supp. 60456, page 5738.
 

WOODHOUSE, Arthur

40RM Commando
Marine Arthur Woodhouse died of injuries sustained as the result of a motorcycle accident at Kowloon.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/139.
 

WOOLDRIDGE, Royston

41 Ind. Cdo. RM

Marine Royston Wooldridge died during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.

Sources
AFM ROH.
British Korean Veterans Assn. website.
Devon Heritage website.

Notes 
His Commando were engaged in operations with US Forces as part of Taskforce Drysdale, named after their Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Douglas B. Drysdale , heading out from Koto-ri, Korea, in an attempt to relieve allied forces at Hagaru-ri.  This was during what later became known as the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.

WOOLMAN, Tudor Lloyd

42 Cdo. RM
Marine Tudor Woolman, 42 Commando RM, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Aden in 1967 [1].
Recommendation
"On Saturday 11th November 1967 42 Commando Royal Marines was responsible for the manning of of a series of observation posts overlooking Tawani.

WOTHERSPOON, David

Royal Marines
Marine David Wotherspoon received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the field during the period 1 October 2016 to 31 March 2017.
 
Source
London Gazette Supp. 62052, page 17278.
 

WRIGHT, Gary

Mne. Gary Wright 45 Commando
45 Cdo. RM
Marine Gary Wright died as a result of injuries sustained when a suicide-borne improvised explosive device detonated next to the vehicle in which he was patrolling in Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
 

WRIGHT, James Robert

Mne James Wright 42 Commando
42 Cdo. RM
Marine James Wright, Juliet Company, died during operations as part of Combined Force Nad ‘Ali (North), Helmand. His patrol was involved in a significant engagement with insurgents in the Shpazh Gerebian area of Nad ‘Ali district. After being pinned down by accurate fire for several hours, the patrol managed to extract themselves back to their base at Checkpoint Kamiabi. The checkpoint then came under attack from small arms fire and underslung grenade launchers. Marine Wright was wounded by a grenade which was fired into the checkpoint.

WRIGHT, Robert

42 Cdo. RM

Marine Robert Wright died of encephalitis in Malaya. He was buried in Batu Gajah, later exhumed, cremated at Sek Keng Cheng Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur and ashes returned to UK.

Sources
AFM ROH.
Malayan Emergency Commonwealth Deaths 1948-1960.

WRIGHT, Simon Michael

Royal Marines
Corporal Simon Wright was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal on the 11th May 1993 in recognition of his gallantry in Northern Ireland [1].
  • April 2000 (Sergeant) received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period 1st April to 30th September 1999 [2].
  • 2 April 2008 (Warrant Officer Class 1)  promoted Captain in The Parachute Regiment [3].

WRIGHT-HIDER, Simon

Royal Marines
Corporal Simon Wright-Hider was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan in 2011. 
 
Source
London Gazette Supp. 60095, page 5848.
 

WYETH, Kenneth

41 Ind. Cdo. RM

Marine Kenneth Wyeth died wilst a prisoner of War having been captured during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea on 29 November 1950.

Sources
AFM ROH.
Admiralty announcement in The Times published 14th April 1951.
British Korean Veterans Assn. website.

YATES, Philip James

45 Cdo. RM
Marine Philip Yates, 'Z' Company,  died during the annual deployment to Norway. 
 
He and 2 others were found unconscious in a tent whilst sheltering from a whiteout during an exercise. They were casevaced to a hospital at Gjorvik by a 3 Commando Bde. Lynx helicopter where one was revived, but Marine Yates and Marine William Reed were found to be dead on arrival through asphyxiation caused by the men's cooker.

YOUNG, Everett

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Colour Sergeant Everett Young, 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, during the period 20 May - 17 June 1982.
 
He was the commander of a 4 man team working in observation posts well beyond the forward limit of British troops for protracted periods under extremely adverse weather conditions.

YOUNGHUSBAND, Michael Dean

LCpl Younghusband RM
Cdo. Log. Regt.
Lance Corporal Michael Younghusband died whilst crossing a railway line in the early hours of December 10th. He had completed his training at the CTCRM in October 2012 and joined 42 Commando.  In 2014 he moved to the Commando Logistic Regt. RM at Chivenor.  
 

Major Mark Latham  said he had flair, had a dynamic work ethic and was bound for further promotion above his peers.

[Sources:  RMA Facebook 21st Dec. 2015 ref. RP / Daily Mirror online / Shropshire Star online]
 

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