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SCOTT, Royden Brian

Warrant Officer 1st Class Royden Scott was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) 17 June 2006 [1].
  • 17 August 2010 awarded the Meritorious Service Medal [2]
[1] London Gazette 58014, page B5.
[2] London Gazette 59519, page 15853.

SCOTT, Stephen

Colour Sergeant Stephen Scott was appointed M.B. E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st April 2011 to 30th September 2011. 


Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Seccombe was appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st May 1978 to 31st July 1978 [1].
  • 15 June 1985 (Colonel) appointed C.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
[1] London Gazette Supp. 47739, page 343.

SEEGER, Robert Alan Mountcastle

Lieutenant Robert Seeger was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service in operations in the Borneo Territories and in supporting operations.
On 8th December 1964, Lieutenant Seeger was leading a patrol in the area of the Border on the West Coast of Sebatic Island, Tawau, Sabah.

SHAW, John Joseph

Mne John Shaw 40 Commando
Marine John Shaw died [1] from injuries received in a road traffic collision in Northern Ireland [2]
[1] AFM ROH.
[2] The Light Blue Lanyard, author Major J.C. Beadle, MBE, MC, RM.
[3] NIVets.org / Manchester Evening News 17/5/2010.
His death is recorded @[3] above as being in highly suspicious circumstances.  


Acting Corporal Terence Shemmans received a Mention in Despatches in 1951 for distinguished service in operations in Malaya.
London Gazette 39215, page 2389.
The Story of 45 Commando RM 1943 - 1971, author David Young.

SIM, Ernest James

Sergeant Ernest Sim received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Operations in the Near East at Suez, October to December, 1956.
London Gazette 41092,page 3419.

SIMCOX, Paul Alan

Corporal Paul Simcox received a Mention in Despatches in 1993 in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland [1].
  • Ist  January 1994 (Corporal) commissioned Acting Lieutenant (SD) [2].

SIMPSON, Peter Leash

Acting Sergeant Peter Simpson was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services in Malaya during the period 1st July to 31st December, 1951.[1]

Extract from the Aberdeen Evening Express - Monday 14 April 1952

SMITH, Darren James

Mne Darren Smith 45 Commando
Marine Darren Smith, 'X Ray' Company, was based in Forward Operating Base Nolay in southern Sangin. He was wounded in an ambush by Taliban fire and despite the efforts of his colleagues, he tragically died of his wounds en-route to the medical facilities at Camp Bastion. He had joined X-ray Company in July 2008 immediately after completing Royal Marines Commando Recruit Training. [Source: MOD].

SMITH, Dennis

Sergeant Dennis Smith received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in operations in the Borneo Territories during the period 24th December 1962 to 23rd June 1963.

SMITH, Derek

Marine Derek Smith was shot and killed by a Malayan Police Inspector. He was originally buried in Pasir Panjang Cemetery before being reinterred at Kranji.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Saturday 17 January 1953.

SMITH, George

Colour Sergeant George Smith was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period 1st October 1998 to 31st March 1999.
London Gazette Supp. 55651, page 11553.

SMITH, Philip Robert

Cpl Philip Smith 42 Commando
Corporal Philip Smith died in a traffic accident in a lay-by near Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire. He was crushed between the military lorry he had been driving and another military lorry.  [Source: Mail Online]

SMITH, Robert William

Quartermaster Sergeant Robert Smith was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) in the New Years Honours List 1st January 1965 [1].
  • Additionally awarded the Military Medal for distinguished service in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate between the 9th to 15th February 1965 [2].


Marine Oliver Snoxell, 1 Assault Group RM,  died when hit by a car  while walking along the A5 Watling Street, just North of Hockliffe. He was in Bedfordshire on home leave at the time. [Sources: AFM ROH / Leighton Buzzard observer online report 14 March 2006]

SPARKS, Georgie

Mne Sparks 42 Commando

Marine Georgie Sparks died during operations in Afghanistan. He and Marine Tony Evans, both of J Company, had been conducting a foot patrol to the north-west of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. Marines Sparks and Evans had moved on to the roof of a compound when, at around 0900 hours, there was an attack by insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades and they were badly wounded. Both received immediate medical attention and were moved to a secure location before being put on a helicopter to be transferred back to Camp Bastion.

SQUIRES, Richard Graham

Sergeant Richard Squires received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period 1st October 2004 to 31st March 2005 [1].
  • 29 June 2015 (Warrant Officer Class 2) Immediate Regular Commission (late entry) The Parachute Regiment rank of Captain [2].

STANSFIELD, Christian John

Marine Christian Stansfield, RMR Merseyside, collapsed and died of natural causes during a training mission in Norway. Christian joined the Royal Marines at the age of 17 and had served three tours of duty in Northern Ireland as well as a spell in Afghanistan.
[Sources: AFM ROH / Blackpool Gazette online report dated 16 Jan 2004.]


Corporal John Stanworth was serving at HMS Rooke, a shore establishment in Gibraltar, at the time of his death. He was King's Badge man for JE26 Squad in 1966.
Andy Holloway. WO2 RM.
He had recently passed an SC3 Course (Swimmer Canoeist) .

STEEL, Austin Patrick

Corporal Austin Steel was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Northern Ireland (to be dated 26 April 1994) [1].
  • 7 September 2004 (Warrant Officer Class 2) received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the field during the period 1st October 2003 to 31st March 2004 [2].
  • 29 December 2007 (Warrant Officer Class 1) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [3].

STEPHENS, Richard James

Captain Richard Stephens was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period 1st October 1997 to 31st March 1998.
London Gazette Supp. 55303, page 12073.

STEPHENS, Seth Vincent Scott

Cpl Seth Stephens CGC
Corporal Seph Stephens, S.B.S., died during operations in Southern Afghanistan. He was hit by enemy small arms fire while he was protecting and inspiring his British and Afghan comrades. He made a conscious decision to move to provide more effective covering fire. Moving along what was a very exposed position while under accurate fire, increased the risk to him significantly. This act of selfless bravery, which almost certainly saved the lives of his comrades, was recognised by the posthumous award of the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross.


Lance Corporal Lee Stephenson
Lance Corporal Lee Stephenson died of a heart attack.

Extract from the Newcastle Evening Chronicle 

Lee Stephenson was a superfit Royal Marine who loved all sports and exercise. At 23 he was at the peak of his physical condition. Today the young serviceman, from Edmondsley, near Chester-le-Street, is being buried by his grief-stricken family. The lance-corporal who survived the Gulf War and Ulster keeled over with a heart attack while making tea for his mates. Despite attempts to revive him, he died almost immediately.

STEWART, David James

Lieutenant David Stewart was awarded the MC for his actions during operations on the Falkland Islands.


Early in the morning of the 9th June Lieutenant Stewart, 45 Commando led a troop strength fighting patrol to the Two Sisters feature in East Falklands with a mission to harass the enemy and

STOCKLEY, Gordon Herbert

Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Stockley died whilst serving at RMB Eastney.
He had previously served as officer commanding 44 RM Commando from December 1944 to June 1945.  In 1945 the then Captain ( acting Lieut. Colonel)  Stockwell received a mention in despatches for gallant and distinguished service whilst attached to the Allied Land Forces, South East Asia.
[Sources: London Gazettes supp. 37318, page 5181 & rank amended in supp. 37346 page 5532.]


Lieutenant Anthony Stoddart received a Mention in Despatches, announced in April 1951, in recognition of distinguished service in operations in Malaya [1].
  • Captain Anthony Stoddart served with 41 Independent Commando RM during the Korean War and in August 1951 was Commander of 'D' Troop [2]
  • 23 April 1952 Lt. (Local Capt.) A. Stoddart to relinquish the rank of Local Captain [3].
[1] London Gazette 39215, page 2389.

STORER, Andrew

Corporal Andrew Storer received the Queen's Commendation for Bravery in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the former Yugoslavia during the period 1 October 2000 to 31 March 2001.

SUMMERS, Scott Gordon

Mne Scott Summers 42 Commando

Marine Scott Summers died in a traffic accident that occurred on the 4th February after he had volunteered to drive in a routine convoy in Helmand province. He received initial treatment in Afghanistan before being transported back to a specialist unit in the UK where he died on the 21st February.  He joined the Royal Marines in January 2005 and deployed to Afghanistan in October 2006, and had been driving a Pinzgauer vehicle when the accident happened. [Source: MOD].

SWALLOW, Charles

RSM Charles Swallow was Regimental Sergeant Major of 45 Commando RM between November 1963 and January 1964. 
Andy Holloway. WO2 RM.
Four Five, The Story of 45 Commando RM 1943-1971, author David Young.
His son Sergeant Paul Raymond Swallow died in service.

SWALLOW, Paul Raymond

Sergeant Paul Swallow, Commando Training Centre RM,  died in a road traffic collision on the outskirts of Exmouth.  
Andy Holloway. WO2 RM.
Navy News issue July 1980 p19.
His Father RSM C. Swallow also served

SYRAD, Stuart Lawrence

Lieutenant Stuart Syrad was awarded the M.C., for gallant and distinguished services on the 6th November 1956 during Operation Musketeer, the Anglo-French Invasion of Port Said, Egypt.  
London Gazettes Supp. 41092, page 3418.
National Archives file WO 373/124/52.

TAILYOUR, Norman Hastings

Lieutenant General Norman Tailyour was knighted in June 1966.
  • 1945, 8 January, Commanding Officer 27RM Battalion [1].
  • 1945, D.S.O. for gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe with 27 RM Bn. [1, 2].
  • 1945, MiD in recognition of good services with the 21st Army group [3]
  • 1954 December, Commanding Officer 45 Commando RM [4].  
  • 1955, Bar to D.S.O. during operations in Cyprus with 45 Commando RM [4,5].

TAPLIN, John Aubrey

Captain John Taplin was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in Her Majesty's Birthday Honours dated 31 May 1956 [1].
  • December 1942 (Acting Temporary Captain) Adjutant of 41RM Commando [2].
  • August 1943 Captain serving in 41RM Commando [3].

TAYLOR, Erroll Perth

Warrant Officer 2  Erroll Taylor, attached at the time to the RM Holborn careers office, was one of the 35 fatalities resulting from the Clapham Train crash. He had previously served 22 years on active service with the Royal Marines and was married with sons aged 14 and 11.
Navy News issue Jan 1989, p32.


Sgt Luke Taylor RM
Sergeant Luke Taylor RM was attached to the Adjutant General's Corps, serving as part of Task Force Helmand when he was shot and killed at the main entrance to Lashkar Gah Main Operating Base in Helmand province.

TAYLOR, Martin Kenneth

Lieutenant Martin Taylor O.B.E., was awarded the Bronze Star  Medal conferred by the President of the United States of America in recognition of meritorious, gallant and distinguished service during coalition operations in Afghanistan.

TAYLOR, Maurice Jack

Sergeant Maurice Taylor travelling in the rear vehicle of the morning convoy to Gerik was fatally wounded when the column was ambushed by communist terrorists.  He died a few days later.
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.

TAYLOR, Scott Gregory

Mne Scott Taylor 40 Commando
Marine Scott Taylor, Alpha Company, died as a result of an explosion which occurred when he and Alpha Company were conducting a foot patrol to help reassure the local population and to increase security within the area around Sangin.


Corporal Ross Telford received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Northern Ireland  during the period 1st April 2001 to 30th September 2001 [1].


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