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MCKEAG, Jonathan

Corporal Jonathan McKeag was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field during the period 1 October 2013 to 30 June 2014.
 
Source
London Gazette Supp. 61155, page 3473.
 

MCKIBBEN, Robert Joseph

Mne Robert McKibben
Marine Robert McKibben died in an explosion in the Garmsir District of southern Helmand, at 1647 hrs local time, while operating as part of Task Force Helmand's Information Exploitation Group. He was taking part in a routine joint patrol with soldiers from the Afghan National Security Forces when his Jackal vehicle was struck by an explosive device. He joined the Royal Marines at the age of 27 and, after completing Command

MCKINLEY, Angus John

Sergeant Angus McKinley was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) announced in Her Majesty's Birthday Honours list on 13 June 1964.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 43343, page 4963.
The Story of 45 Commando RM , author David Young.
 

MEAD, Michael Edward

Corporal Michael Mead, Section Commander, No.7 Section, 'B' Troop,  was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services on the 6th November 1956 during Operation Musketeer, the Anglo-French Invasion of Port Said, Egypt [1] [2].
 
Recommendation
"On 6 November 1956 Cpl. Mead, having just disembarked from the 2nd wave of the helicopter assault force, was moving with his section along the main road adjoining the beaches to start clearing some buildings.

MEAD, Nigel Dean

Mne Nigel Mead 42 Commando
Marine Nigel Mead, Lima Company, was fatally injured in an improvised explosive device blast during a cordon and search operation, partnered with the Afghan National Security Forces, of compounds suspected of being associated with improvised explosive device facilitation in the Loy Mandeh wadi in the Nad ‘Ali district of Helmand province.
 

MEADOWS, Richard Francis Gerard

Captain Richard Meadows was appointed M.B.E., (Military Division), for leadership and courage of a high order when fighting a forest fire in the Paphos District of Cyprus on 17th June, 1956  [1].
  • Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Operations in the Near East at Suez, October to December, 1956 [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 40941, page 6880.
[1] National Archives file WO 373/126/8.

MERCHANT, Jeremy Mark

Captain Jeremy Mark Merchant was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2001 to 31st March 2002 [1].
 
On the 14th May 1991 it was announced that Corporal (now Acting Sergeant) Jeremy Mark Merchant, Royal Marines, P038781S, had received a MiD in record of distinguished service in Northern Ireland [2].
 
Promoted Major 12 October 2004 [3].
 
Sources

MESSENGER, Gordon Kenneth

General Gordon Kenneth Messenger, C.B. D.S.O. O.B.E., was appointed K.C.B. on 11 June 2016 [1].
  • 16 May 2016 promoted General and to be Vice Chief of the Defence Staff and Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty The QUEEN [2].
  • Appointed C.B. 13 June 2015 [3].
  • Bar to D.S.O. in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan [4].

METCALFE, Daniel

Marine Daniel Metcalfe was only 4 weeks into his training after joining the Royal Marines when he was killed in a mountaineering accident on Dow Crag in Coniston whilst on Easter leave. [Sources: AFM ROH / The Yorkshire Post online 20th April 2016.]

MILBURN, Phillip Brian

CSgt. Phillip Milburn, a veteran of the Gulf War, and a senior driving instructor based at RM DIV Leconfield, was killed in a road traffic accident at the junction of Rochester Road and Darlington Lane, Stockton. 
[Sources: AFM ROH / Navy News issue June 2003, p26 /  Report in the Northern Echo online 1st May 2004.]
 

MILLER, Glenn

Marine Glenn Miller 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. Peter Butchers.
 

MILLS, Ian

Lance Corporal Ian Mills received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st August 1978 to 31st October 1978.

MILTON, Anthony Arthur

Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Milton was appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period 1st April to 30th September 1994 [1].
  • 1996 (Brigadier) Commanding Officer 3 Commando Brigade RM [2].
  • 15 June 2002 (Major General) appointed C.B. (Military Division) [3].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 54028, page 6609.
[2] Globe and Laurel Jan/Feb 1996 edition.

MOON, Sidney James

Sergeant Sidney Moon, 41 Independent Commando RM, was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat 'V' decoration bestowed by the President of the United States of America, for gallant and distinguished services during operations in the Korean war.

MOORE, John Jeremy

John Jeremy Moore
Major General John Jeremy Moore served as the commander of the British land forces during the Falklands War in 1982.
  • Lieutenant - awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service with 40 Commando RM in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June, 1952 [1].
  • Captain - awarded a Bar to the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service whilst Commander of 'L' Company 42 Commando RM during a hostage rescue operation at Limbang, Sarawak, on the 12th December 1962 [2].

MOORHOUSE, Edward James

Lieutenant Colonel Edward Moorhouse was awarded the Bronze Star  Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device (Bronze "V") conferred by the President of the United States of America in recognition of meritorious, gallant and distinguished service during coalition oper

MORGAN, Huw Lloyd

Major Huw Morgan was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan [1].
 
30 June 2014 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 60283, page 18623 published 28 September 2012.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 60939, page 14199.
 

MORGAN, Timothy Dennis

 Lt Col. Timothy Morgan © IWM (MH 30869
Temporary Lieutenant Timothy Morgan, 40RM Commando, was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished services whilst leading a patrol at Pizzo, Italy, near Vibo Valentia, in September 1943 [1].
 
Partial extract from the Obituary in the Globe and Laurel July/August 1992
  • 1945 (Spring) posted as instructor at the Commando Basic Training Centre.
  • 1947 - 50 (Acting Captain) Troop Commander 42 Commando RM.
  • 1952 (Spring) (Captain, O.C. Royal Marines) HMS Indefatigable. 

MORRIS, Richard Charles

Major Richard Morris was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1 April 2013 to 30 Sept. 2013 [1].
  • 30 June 2015 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
Source
[1] London Gazette Supp. 60813, page 5835.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 61313, page 14352.
 

MOULTON, James Louis

Lt. Col James Louis Moulton
Lieutenant Colonel James Louis Moulton, Commanding Officer 48RM Commando, was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army during the successful landings in Normandy. [1] . 

MULVIHILL, Damian

Cpl Damian Mulvihill 40 Commando
Corporal Damian Mulvihill died whilst taking part in a joint ISAF - ANA patrol engaged in operations near Sangin. The marines of Alpha Company were conducting a clearance patrol to deter Taliban intimidation of local Afghans. It was during this action that an Improvised Explosive Device was detonated, which sadly killed Corporal Mulvihill instantly. He died leading his section and the Company from the front.
 

MUNSON, James

Sergeant James Munson received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service with 45 Commando in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate, during the period 13 April to 15 October 1964 [1].

MURRAY, Alexander Bruce

Lieutenant Alexander Murray received the Queen's Commandation for Bravery in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period 1st April to 30th September 1995 [1].
  • 31 December 2008 (Major)(Acting Lieutenant Colonel) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
  • 30 June 2009 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [3].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 54393, page 6546.

NEILL, Robert Patrick

Acting Lance Corporal Robert Neill received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field during the period 1 April 2017 to 30 September 2017.
 
Source
London Gazette 62283, page 8433.
 

NETHERY, Steven

Marine Steven Nethery 45 Commando
Marine Steven Nethery was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations in Afghanistan.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 59182, page 15640.
[Image] M.O.D.
 

NEVARD, Ernest John

Marine Ernest Nevard was killed when ambushed in a jeep along the Tapah-Chenderiang Road in Perak. 
 
Also killed was Marine David Charles Keyes [view].
 
Sources
AFM ROH
Malaya online Historical Group.
Birmingham Daily Gazette - Saturday 16 September 1950.

NICHOLLS, Reuben

Marine Reuben Nicholls died whilst attempting to escape having been taken Prisoner of War in Korea.

The following entry is from the RMA on their Facebook page

REUBEN NICHOLLS RM, 1925-51 Award of the Elizabeth Cross.

Marine Reuben Nicholls, an Assault Engineer, was taken prisoner by Chinese forces in the Korean War in 1950. On New Years Day 1951 he wrote a letter to his parents. That was the last they heard from him. Over the next three years correspondence from Government Departments variously indicated that he was alive, dead, and died on this or that date.

NORCOCK, Peter Lawrence

Major Peter Norcock was Mentioned in Despatches for distinguished service during the War in the Far East [1].
 
  • 1948 (Major) Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in Palestine during the period 27th March, 1948 - 30th July, 1948 [2]
  • 1 January 1954 (Lieutenant Colonel) Appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) [3]

NORRIS, Paul Andrew

Sergeant Paul Norris received the Queen's Commendation for Bravery in recognition of gallant and distinguished services at sea during the period 11th to 25th May 2007 [1].
 
He was later awarded the M.C., in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2007 to 31st March 2008 [2].
 

NOWELL, Andrew David

Warrant Officer Class 2 Andrew Nowell M.B.E., received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services as part of the UK contribution to the International Force for East Timor and for services at sea during the period 1 October 2000 to 31 March 2001 [1].
  • Appointed M.B.E. (Military Division)(Colour Sergeant) for gallant and distinguished services at sea in October 1996 [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 56373, page 12749.

NUNN, Richard James

Lieutenant Richard James Nunn DFC
Lieutenant Richard Nunn died during operations in the Falklands.
 
Citation
On Friday 28th May 1982 the 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment was engaged in fierce fighting to take enemy positions in the area of Port Darwin. From dawn, Lieutenant Nunn, a Scout helicopter pilot, had supported the Battalion flying vital ammunition forward to the front line and had evacuated casualties heedless of enemy ground fire. 

NUTT, John Harold

Lieutenant John Nutt, 3 Commando Brigade HQ,  died in a plane crash near Marseilles. 
 
He was aboard Dakota, KN557 of No 271 Sqn. RAF. Apparently the aircraft's position was fixed incorrectly and the pilot was given a wrong course to steer. The aircraft struck high ground at 1000 feet in poor weather conditions. 
[Sources: CWGC / The book Final Landings, author Colin Cummings.]
 

O'CONNOR, David George

Corporal David George O'Connor

Corporal David O’Connor, 'Charlie' Company, died whilst serving as part of Transition Support Unit Nahr-e Saraj. He was participating in a patrol to conduct low level training with the Afghan Local Police. While en route to conduct that training, the patrol came under small arms fire near the village of Char Kutsa. As a result of the engagement Corporal O’Connor was fatally injured. Also killed was Corporal Channing Day who served in 3 Medical Regiment. [Source:  MOD]

O'DONNELL, Ian Mark

Major Ian O'Donnell was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Iraq during the period 19 March to 19 April 2003.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 57100, page 2.
 

O'HERLIHY, Simon

Acting Lieutenant Colonel Simon O'Herlihy was appointed M.B.E., (Military Division), in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2010 to 31st March 2011 [1].
  • 30 June 2011 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
Source
[1] London Gazette Supp. 59924, page 18713.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 59860, page 14180.
 

O'SULLIVAN, David Alan Anthony

Marine David O'Sulllivan RM
Marine David O'Sullivan, a veteran of Afghanistan, died from a drug overdose.
 
Ian Smith, Senior Coroner for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire, concluded David died from a "drug-related death on a background of PTSD after military service and for which due to a number of failings he did not receive treatment".
[Source: AFM ROH / Daily Mirror and other online media reporting of Coroners Inquest.]
 

OATES, Ashley

Corporal Ashley Oates received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 to 31st Mar

OGDEN, Gary

Marine Gary Ogden received a MiD in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2007 to 31st March 2008.
 

OLDALE, James

Sergeant James Oldale received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field during the period 1 October 2017 to 31 March 2018.

Operation Frankton

Location

Bordeaux
France
44° 51' 33.1488" N, 0° 33' 7.4268" W
Monday, December 7, 1942

Operation Frankton  was a raid on shipping in the port of Bordeaux which was under German occupation. Often wrongly associated with being undertaken by serving Commandos, it was in fact carried out by a select group of Royal Marines who were designated as the Royal Marine Boom Patrol Detachment or RMBPD, operating under the command of Combined Operations.
 

ORR, Samuel

Sergeant Samuel Orr
Sergeant Samuel Orr died in Malaya.
 
Extract from the Ballymena Weekly Telegraph - Friday 05 January 1951
Belfast Family War Sacrifice
"Mr. and Mrs. Robert Orr, Foreman Street, Belfast, have received official information that their son, Sergt. Samuel Orr, was killed in action in Malaya last week while serving with a Commando Unit of the Royal Marines.  He had been eight vears in the Forces, and served with the S.EA.C. and the B.L.A. in World War 11.

OVENS, Patrick John

Lt PJ Ovens

Lieutenant Patrick Ovens served  for a period at the CBTC and is shown in a photo entitled "Commando Basic Training Centre - Officers Mess - 1945." 

He joined 46RM Commando shortly before it was disbanded.

Post war he served as a Captain with 41 Independent Commando RM in Korea being awarded the Military Cross in 1951 for " gallant and distinguished service".  [1]

OWEN, John Ivor Headon

Captain John Owen served with 44RM Commando during operations in the Far East [1]. Post war he served with 42 Commando RM in Borneo and commanded 45 Commando RM in Aden [2]
  • 1st January 1963 (Major) appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) [3].
  • 1968 (Lieutenant Colonel) received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in Aden [4].
Sources
[1] Commando Association (WW2) newsletter 109 issued Sept. 1999.

PAGE, Will

Sergeant Will Page 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.

PALLISTER, Jamie

Colour Sergeant Jamie Pallister, a veteran of Afghanistan, was found dead at his base at RM Condor.  At the inquest acting Teesside Coroner Clare Bailey recorded a verdict that he took his own life.
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
Numerous online press reports.
 

PALMER, Keith

Sergeant Keith Palmer collapsed and died of a heart attack whilst returning from a sail training exhibition on board the Corps yacht, Saria Marie, off the coast of Guernsey.
 
He was an instructor at the Commando Training Centre RM,  a veteran of both the Falklands and Gulf wars, and had served for 22 years. 

PALMER, Thomas

Sergeant Thomas Palmer was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal for gallant and distinguished services in the field in January 2004 [1]
 
In 2005 Sgt. Palmer Q.G.M., was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field during the period 1st April to 30th September 2005 [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 57751, page 11647.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 57936, page 4196.

PARR, Dennis

Marine Dennis Parr was killed during operations in Malaya. Also killed in the same incident was Marine Leslie Turner where we have an account of his death.

Source
AFM ROH
Click on Mne. Turner's name for full account.
 

PATERSON, George Begg

Sergeant George Paterson was awarded the Military Medal for distinguished service in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate, during the period 13th April to 15th October 1964 [1][2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 43636, page 4130.
[2] The book 'Four Five'  - The Story of 45 Commando Royal Marines 1943 - 1971, author David Young.
 
Notes

PEARSON, Andrew, R

Sgt Andrew Pearson died  whilst taking part in a night exercise in the Solent. A verdict of accidental death was recorded at the inquest in Portsmouth.
[Sources: AFM ROH / BBC News Online 24th Aug. 2011.]

PENNEFATHER, David Anthony Somerset

Commandant General Royal Marines in 1996.
  • (Major) (HQ Commando Forces RM) received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service during the operations in the South Atlantic [1].
  • (Lt. Colonel) Appointed O.B.E., (Military Division), in recognition of meritorious service in Northern Ireland [2].
  • (Major General) Appointed C.B. (Military Division), in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the former Republic of Yugoslavia during the period 1st June to 20th December 1995 [3].

PERRY, Steven Leslie

WO1 Steven Perry was the RSM at the Commando Training Centre RM at the time of his death. He was overseeing one of the training exercises on Dartmoor when he died unexpectedly.
 
His family and friends placed a stone as a memorial to him at the spot where he died. The stone was originally upright but is now on its back.

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