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46RM Commando Nominal Roll

Below is a nominal roll of those who served in 46RM Commando. It is listed by order of surname. The names are primarily compiled from the booklet issued to Veterans in 1946 entitled "The Story of 46 Commando, Royal Marines, by Captain P.K.W. Johnson, RM". The author specifies the Nominal Roll is of those who served between 6th June 1944 and 8th May 1945. However additional names will be added in the future whenever an individual's Commando Service has been established. 

BEGBIE, William Bell

Sgt Begbie 46RM Commando

Sgt. Begbie, 'Y' troop,  was killed during operations at Rots and Le Hamel.

He had been adopted as a young boy by James and Elizabeth Begbie from Dunoon, Scotland, who had lost their own son, 301321 Private William Bell Begbie, in WW1.  He was killed in action at the Battle of Arras in France on the 9th April 1917 whilst serving with the 1/8th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He is remembered with honour on the Arras Memorial.

BURROWS, Derrick Trevor

Lieut. Burrows, 'Y' troop, was killed whilst administering morphia to a wounded marine during operations at the River Aller.  This was during the period his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf.  He received a MiD for good service with the 21st Army Group.

BUSCALL, John Allan

Capt Buscall RM

Capt. John Buscall died whilst serving at the Commando School RM. [1]

In 1942 the then PLY/X 561 Sgt John Allan Buscall RM was promoted Lieutenant. [2] 

In August 1943 on their formation, he joined 46RM Commando and served with with 'Z' troop of 46RM Commando. [3]

He received a MID for distinguished services in NW Europe whilst Lieutenant (Acting Major). [4]


Marine Harry Charlwood 46 Commando

Marine Harry Charlwood, 'B' troop, was awarded the MM was awarded the MM for his gallantry during the attack on Rots, Normandy. Having been wounded he was taken prisoner. He was subsequently released when the prison camp was overrun by the 11th Armoured Division near Lubeck in May 1945. 

COOPER, Samuel

On the 29th August 1944 it was announced that the then A/Sgt. Samuel Cooper was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army during the successful landings in Normandy. 

DAVIES, John Charles

TSM Davies, 'Y' troop, was killed during the period his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf.

He received a posthumous MiD for "good services with the 21st army Group."
(Source: London Gazettes Supp. 37251, page 4440.)

DEWBERRY, Charles William

Mne Charles William Dewberry 46RM Commando
Newspaper report on death of Marine Dewberry

Marine Charles Dewberry, 'A' troop, was wounded during operations at Sallenelles. 

Mne. Dewberry who was from Gunton Road Upper Clapton, was found dead whilst taking a bath at the TOC H Club in Chichester. A post mortem came to the conclusion that his death was thought to be due to a fall, possibly as he got out of the bath. The Coroner recorded a verdit of Accidental Death.

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

JOHNSON, Philip Kemble Walter

Capt. Philip Kemble Walter Johnson 46RM Commando

Capt Johnson was the author in 1946 of a small but most detailed and informative book  issued to all who served in 46RM Commando titled The Story of 46 Commando Royal Marines. In the forward to the book Lt Col. Hardy gives thanks to Capt. Johnson, Capt. Buglear and Sgt. Barrow for their contribution in the preparation and distribution of the book.


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