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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.

PHILLIPS, Cecil Farndale


Acting Lieutenant Colonel Cecil Farndale Phillips was the Commanding Officer of No. 47 Royal Marine Commando, Royal Marines, during operations at Normandy and Walcheren.  Post war he commanded  3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines during operations in Malaya. 
 
  • 1 September 1923 appointed Probationary 2nd Lieutenant RM [*].
  • 1 September 1935 promoted Captain [*].
  • 1 August 1943 - 3 January 1945 Commanding Officer 47RM Commando [*].

PHILLIPS, Mark Christopher

Acting Major Mark Phillips was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the field in 2004 [1].
  • 30 June 2010 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
  • Died after a short illness aged 56yrs having retired from the Service [3].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 57588, page 3376.

PICKUP, Richard Alan

Col Richard Pickup SBS

Colonel Richard Pickup died suddenly whilst posted as a defence advisor in Pretoria South Africa.

Richard Allan Pickup joined the Royal Marines in 1983 after university and was awarded the Sword of Honour at the CTCRM. After operational deployments to Northern Ireland and training in the Arctic, he was selected for Special Forces training and joined the SBS, later commanding the unit from 2000 until 2004 when he was appointed commander of the UK Forces in Kosovo. 

He also led the task force which spearheaded the British campaign in Afghanistan.

PIPE, Gary James

Corporal Gary Pipe was twice mentioned in despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland. 
  • Distinguished service between 1st August 1980 and 31 October 1980 [1].
  • Distinguished service between 1st November 1982 and 31st January 1983 [2].
In 1988 the then Sergeant Gary Pipe was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Northern Ireland [3].
 
Sources

PLACE, Andrew John

Corporal Andrew Place received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the former Yugoslavia during the period 1 October 2000 to 31 March 2001.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 56373, page 12747.
 

PLANK, Ian

Corporal Ian Plank, a Swimmer Canoeist with the S.B.S.,  was killed by hostile fire during a Coalition operation in Iraq.  [Sources: AFM ROH / MOD / email Jase]
 

POOLE, Benjamin John Buesnel

Mne. Benjamin Poole, from Jersey, collapsed and died from cardiac arrest at the end of an 18 mile mountain yomp training exercise. He was on a special forces selection course and was less than half a mile from the final checkpoint in the Brecon Beacons, and only three days from finishing the four-week selection programme.

PORTER, Matthew Edward

Captain Matthew Porter was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division)  31 December 1999 [1].
  • 29 December 2007 (Lieutenant Colonel) appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
  • 29 December 2012 (Colonel) appointed C.B.E. (Military Division) [3].
  • 21 July 2014 promoted Brigadier [4].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 55710, page N5.
[2] London Gazette 58557, page N5.
[3] London Gazette 60367, page N4.

POUNDS, Edgar George Derek

Edgar George Derek Pounds
Lieutenant Edgar George Derek Pounds was an instructor at the Commando Basic Training Centre in 1945 [1].
 
Captain Edgar Pounds, 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 [2].
 
He later received a MiD for for distinguished services in operations against terrorists in Cyprus serving with 45 Commando RM. [3]. 
 

POUNDS, Nicholas Ernest

Captain Nicholas Pounds, a Gazelle Helicopter RM pilot and Officer Commanding 'M' Flight during Operation Corporate, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of his leadership, gallantry, and flying skills, during operations on the Falkland Islands, and in support of 2 Para at Goose Green, between 21 May and 14 June 1982 [1].
  • 30 June 1994 (Major) promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
  • 1996 (Lieutenant Colonel) Commanding Officer Commando Logistic Regiment RM [3].
Sources

POWELL, Terence

Sergeant Terence Powell was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during operations in the Gulf in 1991 (to be dated 29 June 1991).
 
Sources
London Gazette 58092, page 12274.
 

PRICE, Martin

Acting Lieutenant Colonel Martin Price D.S.O., R.M., was posted Commanding Officer 48RM Commando in March 1945 [1]. He had previously been Second in Command of 47RM Commando [1A].
  • By February 1946 Lt. Colonel Price had replaced Lt. Colonel Komrower as Commandant of the Commanding Basic Training Centre [1B].
  • (Captain) (Acting Lieutenant Colonel) (D.S.O.) Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe [2].

PRITCHARD, Lloyd Benjamin

Major Lloyd Pritchard was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the field in 2016 [1].
  • 30 June 2018 promoted from Acting Lieutenant Colonel to Lieutenant Colonel [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 61908, page 8514.
[2] London Gazette 62382, page 14481.
 

PURJA, Nirmal

Marine Nirmal Purja was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) on the 9th June 2018.
 
Sources
London Gazette 62310, page B6. Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours List.
 

PURSER, Lloyd John

Warrant Officer Class 2 Lloyd Purser  was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) on 14 June 2003 [1].
  • 9 June 2018 (Acting Lieutenant Colonel) appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 56963, page 5. Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours List.
[2] London Gazette 62310, page B5. Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours List.
 

QARAJOULI, Michal

Marine Michal Qarajouli received The Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished service whilst on operations in Iraq during the period 19 March to 19 April 2003.

QUINN, Thomas James

Major Thomas Quinn 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.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 60669, page 21335.
 

RADEMAN, Kenten Luke

Marine Rademan 40 Commando
Marine Kenten Rademan received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan between 1st April to 30th September 2007 [1].
  • 8 January 2018 commissioned Lieutenant and appointed to the Trained Strength 22 March 2018 [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 58633, page 3613.

RADFORD, Barry Philip William

Captain Barry Radford was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) on 13 June 1981 [1].
  • 1991 (Major) received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland in 1991 [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 48639, page 5 (Her Majesty's Birthday Honours).
[2] London Gazette Supp. 52703, page 16843.

RAE, Stuart James

Lieutenant (Local Captain) Stuart Rae 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.
 

RAWLINSON, Robert Croft

Corporal Robert Rawlinson was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in operations. He commanded one of the two sections of the Commando that assaulted Limbang Police Station, Sarwak, on the 12th December 1962 to release hostages being held there. Cpl. Rawlinson was wounded during this operation in which five other Marines died. 
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp, 43009, page 4693.
National Archives file WO 373/127/98.
 

READ, Richard John

Captain Richard Read received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during the United Kingdom’s contribution to the humanitarian Operation in Mozambique during the period 1st April to 30th September 2000.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 56168, page 4247.
 

REDDY, Benjamin

Mne. Benjamin Reddy 42 Commando

Marine Benjamin Reddy, 'K' Company, died when his unit came under enemy fire during a deliberate clearance operation in the Kajaki area of Helmand Province.  He joined the Royal Marines on 18 April 2005 and deployed with K Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in September 2006. [Source: MOD]

REED, Derek Bernard

Sergeant Derek Reed, attached to 652 Squadron, Army Air Corps, was killed with three other NCOs, by a booby trap bomb, as they got into their car outside the Knock-na-Moe Hotel in Omagh.
[Source: AFM ROH / NIVets.org]
 

REED, William Kenneth

Marine William Reed, 'Z' Company, from Whitley Bay, died during Operation Pendulum South, part of the annual deployment to Norway. 
 
He and 2 others, Marines Stephen West and Philip Yates, 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 Mne. West was revived, but Marine Reed and Marine Philip Yates were found to be dead on arrival through asphyxiation caused by the men's cooker.

REES, Cecil Thomas

Sergeant Cecil Thomas Rees, 45 Commando RM, was seconded to the Northern Frontier Regiment for operations in Oman.
He was awarded the Military Medal for courage, initiative and devotion to duty in the face of well armed Omani rebels. He successfully led a fighting patrol against an enemy strong point, inflicting casualties upon the rebels.
 
Sources
London Gazette 41800, page 5365.
National Archives file WO373/125/128.

REES, Gareth Edward

Marine Gareth Rees was serving in Naval Party 8901 on the Falkland Islands at the time of his death.
 
Notes
The AFM ROH lists his Naval Party as 8401, however the two NP's on the Falklands were 8901 and 8902.
 

REEVES, Martin Charles

Warrant Officer Martin Reeves, HQ Squadron, was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division)  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 to 31st March 2007.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 58396, page 10410.
Globe and Laurel Jul/Aug. 2007 edition.
 

REID, William George

Colour Sergeant William Reid was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Northern Ireland.
 
Source
London Gazette Supp. 57070, page 12063 published 30 September 2003.
 

RHYCE-REES, Stewart Duncan

Marine Stewart Rhyce-Rees died on a 9 mile cross country march carrying full kit during his Commando training.  An inquest heard evidence from pathologist Dr. G.A.C. Lynch that he died from a liver infection. Coroner Mr. W.E.J. Major returned a verdict of "death in accordance with the medical evidence".

RICHARDS, Alan Wayne

Mne Wayne Richards
Marine Wayne  Richards was serving at the Commando Training Centre RM at the time of his death.  He was in week nine of the 30 week training course, and was killed when shot during a mock attack exercise on Woodbury Common, near Exeter, after live rounds became mixed up with blanks. 
[Sources: AFM ROH / Navy News issue May 2000, p34 / BBC Wales News online 6th June 2001.]
 
Notes

RICHARDS, John

Major John Richards, Second in Command of 45 Commando RM, was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) for gallant and distinguished service in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June, 1952 [1].
  • 1951 Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in Malaya [2].
Sources

RICHARDS, Paul

Sergeant Paul Richards received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field during the period 1 April 2017 to 30 September 2017.

RICHARDS, Robert Martin

LCpl Robert Martin Richards RM
Lance Corporal Robert Richards was serving as Second-in-Command of a Viking All-Terrain Vehicle Section in 3rd Armoured Support Troop of the Armoured Support Group Royal Marines (ASGRM) when he was mortally wounded in the Nad e-Ali district of central Helmand, Afghanistan, on 22nd May 2009.  He was evacuated to the UK but despite the best efforts of medical staff and his own extraordinary fight he died of his wounds on 27 May 2009. 
 

RIES, Norman Charles

Lieutenant Colonel Norman Charles Ries was the first Commanding Officer of 45 RM Commando on its formation in August 1943 [1] and remained as such until June 1944 when wounded by enemy gunfire in Normandy. Post war he returned to command the restructured unit from December 1948 until August 1950 [2].
  • 1941 (Captain) (Royal Marines HMS Terror) received a Mention in Despatches for courage, skill and devotion to duty in operations off the Libyan Coast [3].

RIMMER, Stephen Kenneth

Acting Sergeant Stephen Rimmer was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st November 1977 to 31st January 1978 [1].
  • 19 September 1978 Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st February to 30th April 1978 [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 47560, page 6841.

ROBERTS, David Lister

Captain David Roberts received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service whilst serving with 43RM Commando in the Mediterranean during the period 1st January to 31st March, 1945 [1] [2].
  • 27 April 1951 (Captain) (40 Commando RM) Mentioned in Desptaches for distinguished service in operations in Malaya [3] [4].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 37394, page 6157.
[2] Commando Subaltern at War, author Lieut. W.G. Jenkins DSO, 43RM Cdo.

ROBERTS, Gerald Frederick Dawson

Lieutenant Gerald Roberts received a MiD during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service with 41 Independent Commando, Royal Marines, in operations in Korea [1].  He was also awarded the Bronze Star Medal bestowed by the President of the United States of America for gallant and distinguished service in Operations in Korea. [2].
 

ROBINSON, Adrian Spencer

Warrant Officer 2 Adrian Robinson received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of his service during operations in the South Atlantic.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 49134, page 12843.
National Archives file WO373/188/203.
Globe and Laurel Sept/Oct. 1982.
 

ROBINSON, Harry Thomas

Marine (Acting Lance Corporal) Harry Robinson, Royal Marines Medical Assistant, 40 Commando Royal Marines, was awarded the Military Cross for his courageous and life-saving actions following an attack on his Troop by a rogue member of the Afghan National Army, during the period 1 October 2012 to 31 March 2013.

ROBSON, Thomas

Marine Thomas Robson died in an accident whilst deployed to Hong Kong. He had previously received a Mention in Despatches for "outstanding service while operating with the Allied Armies in Italy."
 
Sources
CWGC.
Royal Marines Association.
Naval History website.
London Gazettes Supp. 36903, page 518.
 

ROBSON, Troy

Marine Troy Robson died [1] in a traffic accident in Arbroath whilst returning a hire car for the military. Originally from Seaburn, he lived with his wife, Rhona, 38, and five-year-old son, Jed, in the Condor Camp, Arbroath. Troy had served in the Royal Marines for 20 years including deployment to the Falklands War, and tours in Norway, Belize, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Cyprus and Canada [2].
 
Sources
[1] AFM ROH.
[2] Sunderland Echo newspaper 24 July 2001.

ROBSON, William

Lieutenant (Quartermaster) William Robson, 40 Commando RM, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Malaya in 1951[1].
  • 2nd January 1956 (Captain)(Quartermaster) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 39361, page 5432.
[1] The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 40669, page 5.

ROLLASON, Hayden

Mne Hayden Rollason 42 Commando
Marine Hayden Rollason died when hit by a car whilst walking along the A38 road outside Plymouth in the early hours of the morning. Plymouth coroner Ian Arrow found Marine Rollason had died of multiple injuries and ruled the death was accidental.
 
Hayden joined the Royal Marines in September 2004 and joined M Company of 42 Commando Royal Marines in June 2005. He had served in Afghanistan in 2006 and was due to go back later in the year.

ROLLS, Graham

Lieutenant Graham Rolls died in service in Sarawak. Precise details are unknown to this archive.
 
Notes
There is a photo of a plaque in our gallery for those who died in Borneo/Sarawak wnere Lt. Rolls is named.
 

ROSE, Harry Howard

Marine Harry Rose died in Ipoh General Hospital as a result of an accidental gunshot wound. He was originally buried at Batu Gajah Cemetery but was later exhumed and cremated at Sek Keng Cheng Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur and his ashes returned to the UK.
[Sources: AFM ROH / Malaya Historical Group]
 

ROSE, John Gordon

Major John Rose was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland in 1992 [1].
  • 31 December 2008 (Major General) appointed C.B. (Military Division) [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 53086, page 17975.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 58929, page 2.
 

ROSS, Gawain

Captain Gawain Ross received The Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished service whilst on operations in Iraq during the period 19 March to 19 April 2003 [1].

ROTHERAM, Ronald James

Sergeant Ronald Rotheram [1] died during operations in the Falklands. He was attached to Task Force Landing Craft Squadron RM. He was on board Landing Craft Utility F4 from HMS Fearless during the Falklands Conflict in 1982. With the British Army’s 5 Brigade separated from their vital communications vehicles back at Goose Green, F4 under the command of C/Sgt Brian Johnston had been dispatched in poorly charted waters and under significant threat of air attack.

ROUGHSEDGE, Mark

Marine Mark Roughsedge, HQ Squadron 3 Commando Brigade 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]

ROWE, Vivian Noel

Major Vivian Rowe received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service within the operations in Northern Iraq and Southern Turkey [1].
  • Previously served in the Sultan’s Armed Forces 1972-1974, 2nd in command of 'C' Company of the Northern Frontier Regiment. In 1981 he assumed command of the Kateeba Jannoobya in Dhofar until he left the Sultan’s Armed Forces in 1984 [2].
  • 3 April 2000 (Lieutenant Colonel) to retired list [3]
Sources

RULE, Stuart James

Capt. Stuart Rule, the Landing Craft Officer on HMS Fearless, died after an incident during diving training on the ships hull. He made the dive whilst the Fearless was alongside at 
Portsmouth Naval Base.  Capt. Rule was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
[Sources: AFM ROH / Navy News issue May 2001, p44 / Globe and Laurel May-Jun 2001, p191]
 

RUNDLE, Anthony John

Marine Anthony Rundle  died during operations in the Falklands. He was attached to Task Force Landing Craft Squadron RM. He was  on board Landing Craft Utility F4 from HMS Fearless during the Falklands Conflict in 1982. With the British Army’s 5 Brigade separated from their vital communications vehicles back at Goose Green, F4 under the command of C/Sgt Brian Johnston had been dispatched in poorly charted waters and under significant threat of air attack.

RUSSELL, Anthony

Sergeant Anthony Russell was awarded the George Medal for bravely volunteering and successfully conducting a winch rescue, in darkness, of a father and son trapped on board a yacht floundering in heavy seas on 7th July 2011.
 
Source
London Gazette 60456, page 5741.
 

RYALL, Thomas Armstrong Scott

Major Thomas Ryall was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1 October 2013 to 30 June 2014 [1].
  • 30 June 2018 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 6155, page 3470.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 62382, page 14481.
 

RYDER, Raymond Thomas

Acting Corporal Raymond Ryder was shot and killed whilst part of a patrol that was ambushed by a strong force of communist terrorists about eight miles from Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Also killed was Lieutenant J.B. Coop.

Sources
AFM ROH
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
 

SADDLETON, Andrew David

Colonel Andrew Saddleton was awarded the US Bronze Star Medal conferred by the President of the United States of America  in recognition of meritorious, gallant and distinguished services during coalition operations in Afghanistan.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 61155, page 3474 dated 26 February 2015.
 

SALMON, Andrew

Acting Colonel Andrew Salmon received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during operations in Sierra Leone in 2000 [1].
  • 31 December 2003 (Colonel) appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
  • 15 December 2006 (Brigadier) granted permission to wear 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 [3].

SALZANO, Domenico Costable

Lance Corporal Salzano
Lance Corporal Domenico Salzano, a veteran of the Falklands campaign, died when his parachute failed to open during a training exercise in Norway. 
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
Navy News issue Mar. 1995 p36.
[Image] Liverpool Echo Feb. 18th 1995.
 
Note
His brother also served in the Corps.
 

SALZANO, Gerard Mark

Major Gerard Salzano was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in June 2000 [1]
 
Following promotion he also received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service twice:
  • in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2001 to 31st March 2002 [2].
  • in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2007 to 31st March 2008 [3].

SAMUEL, Christopher

Corporal Christopher Samuel received the Queen's Commendation for Bravery 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.
 

SCANLON, Michael John

Major Michael Scanlon, Officer Commanding Delta Company, 40 Commando Royal Marines, for his contribution in Afghanistan to the development of the Advisory Team Enabling Company, where he melded a large and disparate group into an effective capability, during the period 1 October 2012 to 31 March 2013.

SCOTT, David

Colour Sergeant David Scott received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 51087, page 12661 dated 13 October 1987.
 

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