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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]
 

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. 
 

GRAY, Thomas Malcolm (Lt Col)

Post WW2 and now with the rank of Colonel, Thomas Malcolm Gray DSO, MC, died whilst serving at HMS President.
 
In World War Two he was Commanding Officer of 41RM Commando on D Day and later Commanding Officer of 46RM Commando during the River Rhine crossing. He was awarded the MC whilst  Captain (Acting Lieutenant-Colonel) of 41RM Commando.
 

Citation for the MC

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.
 

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]

MADDISON, Christopher Richard

Mne Chris Maddison 3 Commando Bde

Marine Christopher Maddison, 9 Assault Sqn. RM, died of shrapnel wounds after his landing craft came under fire on a river patrol near Basra last March. An initial investigation by the Royal Military Police blamed his death on an Iraqi ambush, but a Royal Navy board of inquiry concluded that he had been killed by fire from his own side.

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) .

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.]
 

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.]

PICKUP, Richard Alan

Col Richard Pickup SBS

Colonel Pickup died suddenly whilst posted as a defence advisor in Pretoria South Africa.

Richard Allan Pickup joined the Royal Marines in 1983 after university and was awarded the Sword of Honour at the CTCRM.

After operational deployments to Northern Ireland and training in the Arctic, he was selected for Special Forces training and joined the SBS, later commanding the unit from 2000 until 2004 when he was appointed commander of the UK Forces in Kosovo. 

He also led the task force which spearheaded the British campaign in Afghanistan.

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.
 

REES, Gareth Edward

Marine Gareth Rees was serving in Naval Party 8901 on the Falkland Islands at the time of his death.
 
Notes
The AFM ROH lists his Naval Party as 8401, however the two NP's on the Falklands were 8901 and 8902.
 

RULE, Stuart James

Capt. Stuart Rule, the Landing Craft Officer on HMS Fearless, died after an incident during diving training on the ships hull. He made the dive whilst the Fearless was alongside at 
Portsmouth Naval Base.  Capt. Rule was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
[Sources: AFM ROH / Navy News issue May 2001, p44 / Globe and Laurel May-Jun 2001, p191]
 

STEPHENS, Seth Vincent Scott

Cpl Seth Stephens CGC
Corporal Seph Stephens 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.
 
Sources

STOCKLEY, Gordon Herbert

Lieut. 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 dispatches 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.]
 

TAYLOR, Erroll Perth

WO2  Erroll Taylor, attached at the time to the RM Holborn careers office, was one the 35 fatalities as a result of 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.
 
Sources:
AFM ROH
Navy News issue Jan 1989, p32.
Investigation into the Clapham Junction Railway Accident led by Anthony Hidden QC ( page 172 of the report)

TAYLOR, Luke

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.
 

THRESH, Leslie Hugh

Lieut. 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]
 

WALTON, Richard Anthony Carl

C/Sgt. 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.]


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