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BUTLER, George Albert

4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade

Marine George Butler, 4 Special Service Brigade HQ,  died at the General Military Hospital, Barming Heath nr. Maidstone from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/128.
Commando service not shown by CWGC. Message to CWGC (29-9-20).

CASSON, Robert

Mne Robert Casson 45RMCommando
4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Marine Robert Casson, 4 Special Service Brigade HQ, died during operations at Normandy on D Day. He was shot as his Landing Craft approached Juno beach.
He had served with 101 RM Brigade from 1940 and remained with the HQ when it was renamed HQ 4 Special Service Brigade in the reorganisation of commando forces in 1943. He  was then attached to 46RM Commando to complete his Commando training at the Commando Basic Training Centre at Achnacarry, after which he rejoined HQ 4 Special Service Brigade.

HEPPELL, Wilfred John Richardson

4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade

Captain Wilfred Heppell, Royal Engineers attached to 4 Special Service Brigade, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe.

London Gazette 37213, page 4049.
Commando Association newsletter 95 issued September 1992.

JONES, Harold

Harold Jones RM
Brigade Signals

Marine (Acting Temororary Corporal) Harold Jones, 4 Commando Brigade Signal Troop, was awarded the MM for "gallantry, determination and great devotion to duty during assault operations at  Walcheren and Flushing whilst attached to No 4 Commando. "

KING, Leonard Sydney

Brigade Signals
Corporal Leonard King, Special Service Group Signals RM, was awarded the Military Medal for courage and enterprise in reconnaissance operations.
"This NCO was a member of a military force which landed in the vicinity of Ault, on the North East coast of France, on the night of 17/18 May 1944, to make a reconnaissance on beach obstacles and mines the nature and potentialities of which were not known.

LEICESTER, Bernard William

Brigadier Bernard Leicester DSO
4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Brigadier Bernard William 'Jumbo' Leicester commanded 4 Special Service Brigade. He was awarded the DSO for  gallant and distinguished service during the landing of Allied Forces in Normandy and during the advance to the River Seine [1].
  • Awarded a Bar to the D.S.O. for gallantry, leadership and undaunted devotion to duty during the assault on the Island of Walcheren [2].
[1] +[2] National Archives file WO 373/47/35.

PORTER, Alexander

4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade

Marine Alexander Porter, HQ 4 Special Service Brigade, died during operations at Normandy, France.

Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/135.

THOMSON, Donald (Cpl)

RM Engineer Commando

Corporal Donald Thomson, RM Engineer Commando Detachment, HQ 4 Commando Brigade, died during operations in Holland. 

Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/138.

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