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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]


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.
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.
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].
[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.]


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.
London Gazette Supp. 55819, page 4251.


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].
[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]
[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.
London Gazette Supp. 49134 page 12843.
Globe and Laurel Sept/Oct. 1982.


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.
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].


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. 

WONNACOTT, Kenneth John

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

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

WOOLMAN, Tudor Lloyd

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


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.
London Gazette Supp. 62052, page 17278.


Mne. Gary Wright 45 Commando
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
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

Marine Robert Wright died of encephalitis in Malaya. 

Buried at Batu Gajah, later exhumed, cremated at Sek Keng Cheng Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur and ashes returned to the UK.
[Sources: AFM ROH / Malaya Historical Group]

WRIGHT, Simon Michael

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].

WYETH, Kenneth

Marine Kenneth Wyeth died wilst a prisoner of War having been captured during operations at Chosin on the 29th November 1950.
[AFM ROH / Admiralty announcement in The Times published 14th April 1951 / BKVA website]

YATES, Philip James

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

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.


LCpl Younghusband RM
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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