3 Cdo. Bde. RM

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BROWNING, James Gardner

Corporal James Browning, HQ 3 Commando Bde. RM,  was reported missing presumed drowned, after the cessation of hostilities on the Falklands, when caught in a sudden squall whilst in a dinghy off Port Stanley. He had previously served in 45 Commando workshops. 

CECIL, John

CSgt. John Cecil

Colour Sergeant John Cecil,  UK Landing Force Command Support Group, died in a helicopter crash.

At around midnight GMT on Friday 21 March 2003, a US Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter crashed south of the Kuwait border with US and UK personnel aboard; there were no survivors. Eight personnel from 3 Commando Brigade died in the accident, along with four US aircrew. [Source: MOD]

DUNSTAN, Neil David

Mne Neil Dunstan

Marine Neil Dunstan was killed by an explosion in the Garmsir District of southern Helmand, at 1647 hrs local time, while operating as part of Task Force Helmand's Information Exploitation Group. He was taking part in a routine joint patrol with soldiers from the Afghan National Security Forces when his Jackal vehicle was struck by an explosive device.

EVANS, George

Mne. George Evans died in Malta. He had served in WW2 and in Malaya.
 
An inquest on the 21st November found he had committed suicide by hanging himself in a blitzed building in Floriana.  [Source: CWGC / website maltafamilyhistory.com]
 

FREEMANTLE, John

Cpl. Freemantle was attached to HQ 3 Commando Bde. RM at the time of his death. The Brigade had been involved for several years in the campaign in Indonesia and Borneo. He was originally buried in Ulu Pandan Cemetery Singapore, later cremated, and his ashes returned to the UK. [Source: AFM ROH.]

HIGGINBOTHAM, James

Sergeant James Higginbotham died whilst posted to the USA. [1+2]

 

Extract from the Aberdeen Press and Journal - Monday 12 August 1963

A British Sergeant,  James Higgenbottom [see notes] , of the 79th Commando Battery, Royal Artillery, died in a fire at his quarters at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, at the weekend. He was one of more than 100 British soldiers taking part in exercise "Round Bow", an exchange of British and US artillery units." [2]
 

HYLTON, Jason

Marine Jason Hylton was attached to 539 Assault Squadron RM, and was killed along with others in an attack on a Multi-National Forces boat patrol on the Shatt Al-Arab waterway.

They were; Warrant Officer Class 2 Lee Hopkins, Royal Corps of Signals, Staff Sergeant Sharron Elliott of the Intelligence Corps, Corporal Ben Nowak of 45 Commando Royal Marines and Marine Jason Hylton of 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines.

JUSTICE, David James

CSgt. David Justice died of natural causes. As a vehicle mechanic he had served with most of the commando groups in the UK, including exercises and operations in Croatia, Germany, Norway, Northern Ireland, and  Iraq.  
[Sources: AFM ROH / Wiltshire Gazette and Herald online.]
 

MACKIN, Travis

Mne Travis Mackin 3 Commando Bde

Marine Travis Mackin, Communications Squadron, United Kingdom Landing Force Command Support Group, died in an ied explosion in Kajaki, northern Helmand province, during a joint patrol with Victor Company, 45 Commando Group Royal Marines, and the Afghan National Security Forces.  

MCKIBBEN, Robert Joseph

Mne Robert McKibben
Marine Robert McKibben died in an explosion in the Garmsir District of southern Helmand, at 1647 hrs local time, while operating as part of Task Force Helmand's Information Exploitation Group. He was taking part in a routine joint patrol with soldiers from the Afghan National Security Forces when his Jackal vehicle was struck by an explosive device. He joined the Royal Marines at the age of 27 and, after completing Command

NUNN, Richard James

Lieutenant Richard Nunn was killed during operations in the Falklands.
 

Citation

On Friday 28th May 1982 the 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment was engaged in fierce fighting to take enemy positions in the area of Port Darwin. From dawn, Lieutenant Nunn, a Scout helicopter pilot, had supported the Battalion flying vital ammunition forward to the front line and had evacuated casualties heedless of enemy ground fire. 

NUTT, John Harold

Lieut. John Nutt, 3 Commando Brigade HQ,  died in a plane crash near Marseilles. 
 
He was aboard Dakota, KN557 of No 271 Sqn. RAF. Apparently the aircraft's position was fixed incorrectly and the pilot was given a wrong course to steer. The aircraft struck high ground at 1000 feet in poor weather conditions. 
[Sources: CWGC / The book Final Landings, author Colin Cummings.]
 

REED, Derek Bernard

Sgt. 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]
 

ROTHERAM, Ronald James

Sergeant Ronald Rotheram [1] was killed during operations in the Falklands. He was attached to Task Force Landing Craft Squadron RM.

He had previously served in Northern Ireland, Singapore, Cyprus (with the United Nations), in HMS Nubain, Plymouth and Malta.

THOMPSON, Terence David

Capt. Terence 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 / Navy News  July 1977, p8 / The Climbers Journal issue 98.]
 

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]
 

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].


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