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ADDIS, Alan

Marine Alan Addis was serving with Naval Party 8901 when he disappeared in suspicious circumstances on the Falkland Islands in 1980.  [Sources: AFM ROH / Numerous online reports.]
 

BAVIN, Richard Julian Ebblewhite

Lieut. Colonel Richard Bavin OBE was killed whilst on board a US Marine Corps transport plane that crashed into Mount Tobin, Nevada during a snowstorm.  18 US servicemen also died in the crash.  He was serving as the UK Royal Marines representative at the Quantico Education and Development Centre.
 
He had previously served in 42RM Commando during WW2 *, and was a member of the Commando Association. On the 8th June 1963 the then Major Bavin had been appointed OBE.
 

BEASLEY, Nicholas

Sgt. Beasley died 2 weeks before his retirement after 22 years service.  At the time he was serving on the staff at the Royal Navy's basic training establishment, HMS Raleigh, in Cornwall. His career included service in Iraq and tours of duty in Northern Ireland.
[Source:  AFM ROH / Northants Telegraph dated 11/8/2010]
 

BELL, Thomas Matthew

Marine Thomas Bell from Gateshead, was serving at the Commando Training Centre RM at the time of his death.  He and his colleagues were celebrating the end of their training at Penhale Camp near Perranporth, Cornwall. On the way back to his quarters along the cliff path he accidentally fell to his death.  The Coroner recorded a verdit of Misadventure.
 
Sources
AFM ROH
Newcastle Journal - Saturday 7 July 1984

BURTON, Nathaniel Paul

Junior Marine Nathaniel Burton drowned in a remote pool on Dartmoor.  He was 11 weeks into his 30-week Commando training course and was taking part in a river crossing exercise at Crazy Well Pool, near Burrator reservoir.
[Sources: AFM ROH / BBC News online 16th Oct. 1998.]
 

CAMPBELL-SMITH, Richard Carl

Mne Richard Campbell-Smith CTCRM

Marine Richard Campbell-Smith was four weeks from the end of his 32-week course at the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon, when he reportedly scratched his legs while running. He was admitted to the base medical unit, and later taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital where he died on 2 November. 

A post-mortem examination showed heart and respiratory failure, and traces of infection with the toxin Panton Valentine Leukocidin were found.  A verdict of accidental death was recorded.[Sources: AFM ROH / BBC News report online]

CHARNOCK, Andrew

Marine Andrew Charnock collapsed and died from heat exhaustion during a 30-mile training run on Dartmoor. He was in the final stage of training with the Royal Marines.
[Source: AFM ROH / Daily Mirror and other media reports 10 July 1997]
 

DAWES, Andrew Paul

Mne Andrew Dawes RM
Mne. Andy Dawes died in a collision as he drove a military vehicle in a convoy on the A9 near Aviemore in Scotland. 
 
Mne Dawes joined the Royal Marines aged 20 on April 16, 2012. After completing his training, he joined FPGRM in January 2013. He later served on maritime operations around the globe and joined the Motor Transport Troop as a general duties driver in March. 
 

FOSTER, Nigel Francis

Marine Nigel Foster was serving on his Commando course at the Commando Training Centre RM at the time of his death. He died after suffering a heart attack during an exercise on Woodbury Common, Devon.
[Sources: AFM ROH / Navy News issue April 1996, p24 / BBC Wales news online report 31/3/2000]
 

HEWITT, Samuel Hanna

Sergeant Samuel Hewitt died in a canoeing accident during a training exercise.

He had been attached to the Amphibious School from the Commando School for two weeks' training with the Special Boat Wing. The accident occurred when his canoe capsized during a night exercise.  [Sources: AFM ROH / Globe and Laurel issue Mar-Apr 1952, p71.]

Notes
AFM ROH show his ship/unit as RMB Eastney.
 

HIGGINS, James

Corporal James Higgins was killed in an accident whilst taking part in a display.
 

Extract from the Daily Mirror - Saturday 24 July 1976

"Commando killed in show:-  A young commando died yesterday as 3,000 people watched a display by Marines at Lympstone. Devon.  Corporal James Higgins, 26, was making a spectacular descent from a roof by a rope slide when the cable snapped. He fell 15ft. to the ground. "
 
Sources
AFM ROH

HOULTRAM, Lee Andrew

Sgt. Lee Andrew Houltram RM
Sergeant Lee Houltram died during operations targetting a Taliban bomb making factory near Gereshk, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.  In July 2008 it was announced in the London Gazettes that he had received the QCVS. He was a Corporal at the time.
 
Sources
AFM ROH
London Gazettes Supp. 58776, page 11243
numerous press reports online.
 

JENKINS, Gareth Stuart

Lieutenant Gareth Jenkins, a Royal Marine officer under training, died of natural causes during his Commando training at the Commando Training Centre, RM.
[Sources: Royal Navy / AFM ROH / The Exeter and Great Devon District Coroner’s office]
 

JONES, Michael Peter

Corporal Michael Jones died during operations in Southern Afghanistan. He joined the Royal Marines aged 18 on 8 February 1999. Through eight years of meritorious service, he served on operations in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. [Source: MOD]

LOCKWOOD, Neville, A.

2/Lieut. Neville Lockwood died whilst serving at the Commando Training Centre RM.  He joined the Royal Marines as an officer in Sept. 2007 and had completed 17 weeks of Young Officer training. He had previously served in both the RNR and the RMR.  
[Sources: AFM ROH / Navy News issue Feb. 2008.]
 

MALLARD, Ian Stuart

Marine Ian Mallard died from acute alcohol poisoning after a party to celebrate passing his Commando training and being awarded his green beret. A verdict of accidental death was recorded by Coroner Mr Richard van Oppen at the inquest in Exmouth.
[Sources: AFM ROH / Navy News Aug.'92 p.32 / Media reports The Independent and Daily Herald.]
 

MARSHALL, William Nigel

Captain William Marshall RM was attached to the Sultan of Oman's Forces at the time of his death. 
 
"Captain W. N. Marshall, Royal Marines, and Captain M. G. A. Shipley, Royal Anglians, volunteers serving on loan with the Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces, were killed in the Dhofar province of Oman on 8th March. The helicopter in which they were travelling was shot down by rebel small-arms fire. The third person killed in the incident was not a member of Her Majesty's Forces although he had previously served in the Royal Air Force."

MCCONNELL, Richard John Martin

Lieut. McConnell died whilst serving at ATURM. There is a plaque located at the Landing Craft Branch Museum, RM, Poole, Hamworthy, Dorset . Inscription: This Memorial was presented by the family of Lieutenant R. J. McConnell, RM, who died whilst serving at ATURM (Amphibious Training Unit Royal Marines) .

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.]
 

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.]
 

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 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.

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.]

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.

PLANK, Ian

Corporal Ian Plank, a Swimmer Canoeist with the SBS,  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.

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.
 

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