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BUTLER, George Albert

The exact circumstances of the death of Marine George Butler are not known to this archive. He is listed on both the Westminster Abbey ROH and on the CWGC database Grave Registration Report (Finals) as 4 Special Service Brigade HQ. The Westminster Abbey ROH database additionally states killed in action.

JONES, Harold

Harold Jones RM

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. "

LEICESTER, Bernard William

Brigadier Bernard Leicester DSO
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.
 
Sources
National Archives file WO 373/47/35.
London Gazettes Supp. 36947, page 997.

THOMAS, D.C.

Lt. DC 'Tommy' Thomas MC
Lieut. Thomas was from Maclear in the Transkei, South Africa. The South African Legion website records him as attached to the RM Commandos, 4th Special Service Bde., during the allied landings at Normandy, and that he recieved shrapnel wounds to his leg.
 
He was awarded the MC for "gallant and distinguished services in operations in North West Europe." (Source: London Gazettes Supp. 36846, page 5809, and Supp. 36895, page 417.)
 

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