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THOMPSON, Terence David

Captain Terence David Thompson died during the 1976 Army Everest Expedition. An experienced mountaineer and climbing instructor he was killed in a crevasse accident on the mountain.
 
The Thompson Trophy, donated by the RN and RM Mountaineering Club of which he was a member, is awarded annually to the best all round student on the Mountain Leaders Course at 45 Commando Group.
 
Sources:
AFM ROH 

THOMSON, Jonathan James

Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Thomson O.B.E., was awarded The Queen's Gallantry Medal in recognition of gallantry within the operations in Northern Iraq and Southern Turkey  in 1991[1].
  • May/June 1982 (Major) Officer Commanding Special Boat Squadron, Royal Marines [2].
  • 1982 (Major) (SBS) appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of service within the operations in the South Atlantic [2A].

THOMSON, Martin

Colour Sergeant Martin Thomson received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the field during the period 1 October 2016 to 31 March 2017.

THORNTON, Brian Richard

Marine Brian Thornton was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) for distinguished service in operations in Cyprus during the period 1st July to 31st December, 1957.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 41305, page 850.
National Archives file WO 373/126/87.
 

THORNTON, John David

Lieut. John Thornton 40 Commando
Lieutenant John Thornton, Charlie Company, was conducting a patrol in the vicinity of Kajaki, Helmand province, accompanied by Marine David Marsh, when the vehicle they were travelling in was caught in an explosion. Medical treatment was provided prior to both being evacuated to the field hospital at Camp Bastion.

THRESH, Leslie Hugh

Lieutenant Leslie Thresh was serving at HMS Seahawk, the RNAS Culdrose, at the time of his death. He was on board a Gazelle helicopter from 705 Naval Air Squadron when it flew into overhead power cables crashing into Pendruffle Wood near Herodsfoot six miles south east of Liskeard, Cornwall.  [Sources: AFM ROH / UK military aircraft losses - website ukserials.com]
 

TIDMAN, Martin David

Corporal Martin Tidman received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 52530, page 7428 dated 14th May 1991.
 
Notes
May be ident with Captain (Acting Major) Martin David Tidman, Royal Marines, N029475N, appointed M.B.E. 31 December 2008. LG 58929, page 5.
 

TOMLINSON, Matthew Robert

Acting Colour Sergeant Matthew Tomlinson was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Iraq In 2005 [1].

Warrant Officer Class 2 Tomlinson, C.G.C., was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan in 2009 [2].

TOTTEN, Philip Mark

Major Philip Totten was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division)  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st April 2010 to 30th September 2010 [1].
  • 30 June 2012 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
  • 16 July 2018 promoted Colonel [3].
  • 29 December 2018 appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) [4].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 59737, page 5639.

TOTTLE, Simon

Warrant Officer Class 1 Simon Tottle was appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) 29 December 2012.
 
Sources
London Gazette 60367, page N5 (New Years Honours List).
 

TROULAN, Dominic Charles Rupert

Sergeant Dominic Troulan was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland [1].
  • Dominic Troulan, having retired from military service, was awarded the George Cross for saving lives during the Westgate Shopping Mall terrorist attack in Kenya in 2013 [2].
Citation

TUCKER, Craig

Corporal Craig Tucker received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1 April 2013 to 30 Sept. 2013.

TURNER, Richard

Major Richard Turner received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st August 1978 to 31st October 1978.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 47804, page 4057.
 

TURNER, Robert

Corporal Robert Turner was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2009 to 31st March 2010.
 
Source
London Gazette Supp. 59554, page 18536.
 

TURNS, John Michael

Sergeant John Turns 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 1997.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 55120, page 5194.
 

TWEED, David Gratiaen

Captain (Acting Major) David Gratiaen Tweed received a Mention in Despatches in September 1945 for good services with the 21st Army Group [1]
 
  • 12 February 1946 (Acting Major) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) for gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe [2]
  • 19 October 1951 (Major) received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in Malaya [3]

TWIGG, Richard

Marine Richard Twigg was awarded the M.M. during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service with 41 Independent Commando, Royal Marines, in operations in Korea. 

TWIST, Martin Thomas

Major Martin Twist was awarded the 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 and Iraq [1].
 
30 June 2015 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
 
Sources

TWYCROSS, James

Corporal James Twycross received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service whilst on operations in Iraq during the period 19 March to 19 April 2003.

TYDD, Herbert Henry

Sergeant Herbert Tydd was awarded the Military Medal for distinguished service in operations in Malaya during the period August to October 1950.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 39215, page 2389.
National Archives file WO 373/129/132.
 

TYRRELL, Ernest Trevor

Marine Trevor Tyrrell
Marine Ernest Tyrrell died [1] in a landrover vehicle accident in Singapore on his second tour. His first was with 40 Commando RM. [2].
 
Ernest commenced his initial recruit training on 3 February 1964, and completed that initial training in 805 King’s Squad at RM Deal on 29 May 1964.  He successfully completed his full training at the Commando Training Centre on 30 October 1964. [2] + [3].
 
Sources
[1] AFM ROH

UFTON, Edward Albert

Lieutenant Edward Ufton, 'B' Troop, from Burton-on-Trent, died during Operation Musketeer, the Anglo-French Invasion of Port Said, Egypt.  He was leading a section clearing the Customs House when killed by enemy fire.
 

URRY, Simon Richard

Captain Simon Urry was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Northern Ireland  during the period 1st October 2003 to 31st March 2004 [1].
  • 1 October 2004 (Captain) promoted Major [2].
  • 30 June 2012 ( Major) promoted Lieutenant Colonel [3].

VALLANCE, David William

Marine David Vallance was serving at the Commando Training Centre RM at the time of his death. He collapsed and died of a heart attack while jogging to a firing range at Sandy Bay, near Exmouth, during a training exercise.
[Sources: AFM ROH /  Navy News issue Feb. 1998, p24 / The Independent online 31st March 2000.]
 

VAN DER HORST, Richard Evert

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Evert van der Horst OBE, Officer Commanding the Special Boat Service, died in a diving accident during an amphibious exercise off Norway on March 7 2005; he died on March 14. 
 
  • 1984 joined the Royal Marines as a university cadet entrant and passed out in 1988 with the Sword of Honour.
  • 1988 appointed to 45 Commando Group and commanded a rifle troop and a mortar troop with operational tours in Northern Ireland and Iraq, and deployments to Norway and the Carribean.

VARDY, Stanley

Marine Stanley Vardy received a MiD during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service with 41 Independent Commando, Royal Marines, in operations in Korea. 
 

WAKER, Michael Robert

Corporal Michael Waker received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2010 to 31st March 2011 [1].
  • 11 May 2018 (Colour Sergeant) received the Queen's Commendation for Valauable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field [2].

WALKER, Stephen

Cpl. Stephen Walker 40 Commando
Corporal Stephen Walker died in an explosion that happened near Patrol Base Almas, in Sangin, Helmand province. He was conducting a joint foot patrol with the Afghan National Army to reassure and improve the security for the local population in the area when the incident took place.
 

WALLS, Kevin Finlay

Major Kevin Walls received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service 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.
 

WALTON, Richard Anthony Carl

Colour Sergeant Richard Walton was serving at RMDIV Leconfield at the time of his death.

Richard Walton joined the Royal Marines in 1985 and served 2 days short of 20 years. During his career he served at Poole, 40 Commando, Commando Logistics Regiment, 42 Commando, CTCRM, and SBS. [Sources: AFM ROH / Navy News issue 1st June 2005.]

WANT, Thomas Alfred

Acting Sergeant Thomas Want was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service with 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June, 1952.
 
Source
London Gazettes Supp. 39675, page 5528.
National Archives file WO 373/131/42.
 

WARD, David, J.T.

Mne. David Ward was serving on HMS Albion at the time of his death. He had been diagnosed with depression and tragically took his own life. David graduated as a Royal Marine in July 2002.  He served with 42 Commando RM and the UKLFCSG, and his service included Northern Ireland and Iraq. [Sources: AFM ROH / Liverpool Echo 13th April 2005]
 

WARREN, Paul

Mne Paul Warren 40 Commando
Marine Paul Warren, Charlie Company, was injured in an explosion when Patrol Base Airport Lounge was attacked by insurgents. Despite being given immediate first aid by his comrades, Marine Warren’s injuries proved to be fatal.
 
Paul Warren  joined the Royal Marines on 22 May 2006, and on completion of recruit training was drafted to 45 Commando Royal Marines, based in Arbroath, Scotland, joining on 26 June 2007. 
 

WASSALL, Joseph Desmond

Joseph Desmond Wassell Royal Marines
Sergeant Joseph Desmond Wassall, from Shifnal, Shropshire, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of distinguished service on the Falkland Islands [1+2].
  • 1992 New Years Honours  (Warrant Officer 1) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [3].
London Gazettes

WATSON, Richard John

Mne. Richard Watson 42 Commando
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.
 

WATTS, Ernest, J.

Marine Ernest Watts died of illness.
 
Notes
The Commando service of Mne. Watts has not as yet been fully established. The CWGC main entry shows Royal Marines, however their Grave Concentration report has this scored out and writen over as Marine Command. The Morthoe and Woollacombe 1939 - 1945 War Memorial, shows Royal Marine Light Infantry. The Naval History website records that he served in 44RM Commando.  

 

WEAVER, Kevin William

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.
 

WELLS, Bernard

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
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. 

WHATLEY, Benjamin Mark Lawson

LCpl Ben Whatley 42 Commando
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

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

Quartermaster Sergeant Alfred Wheeler, HQ 3 Commando Brigade, died during operations in Cyprus. He, and Mne. Benet 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].
 

WHITE, Grant Ian

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.
 

WHITING, John

Sergeant John 'Jack' Whiting, 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.

WHITMARSH, Adam Thomas

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

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.

WIGLEY, Jonathan

Mne Jonathan Wigley 45 Commando
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.
 

WILLS, Michael Vincent

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 McDonald

Marine David Wilson, a radio operator with 'X' Company, was shot and killed during a raid on the Wadi Dhubsan, Aden. [1] + [2].  Media reported that he was 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. [3]
 
Sources
[1] AFM ROH
[2]  Jimmy Barr 45 Cdo. via BBC, In Living Memory - The Armed Forces Memorial By Colette Hooper.

WILSON, Paul Kevin

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

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

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

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. 

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