41 Independent Commando

41 Commando RM

In October 1942 the 8th RM Battalion was disbanded and those who volunteered for, and passed the training, formed a new 41RM Commando. At the end of the war 41 RM Commando was disbanded.

In 1950 a new 41 Independent Commando was formed at Bickleigh before deploying to the war in Korea. Awarded a United States Presidential Unit Citation for services with the 1st Division United States Marine Corps at the Chosin Reservoir,  North Korea, Nov/Dec. 1950. The Commando returned to Bickleigh to be disbanded there in 1952.

41 Independent Commando

In October 1942 the 8th RM Battalion was disbanded and those who volunteered for, and passed the training, formed a new 41RM Commando.  The Commando saw service in WW2 at Sicily and Salerno, Normandy and Walcheren, and the advance through Holland into West Germany. At the end of the war 41 RM Commando was disbanded.

JONES, Peter Raymond

Mne. Jones was killed during an amphibious landing from the USS Perch on the coast above Hungnam and west of Tanchon.
 
The operation, the first by by a troop of the Commando, was to destroy an enemy railroad installation which they achieved in doing. However in a firefight that ensued when guards were alerted Mne. Jones was killed.  Later, at a solemn ceremony on board the USS Perch his body was committed to the deep with full military honours.

KNOCK, Douglas Alexander

Surg. Lieut. Knock was attached to 41 Independent Commando RM at the time of his death in Korea. He was killed whilst the Commando were engaged in operations with US Forces as part of Taskforce Drysdale, named after their Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Douglas B. Drysdale , heading out from Koto-ri in an attempt to relieve allied forces at Hagaru-ri.  This was during what later became known as the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.
 

NICHOLLS, Reuben

Mne. Nicholls died whilst attempting to escape having been taken Prisoner of War in Korea.

The following entry is from the RMA on their Facebook page

REUBEN NICHOLLS RM, 1925-51 Award of the Elizabeth Cross.

OVENS, Patrick John

Lieut. Ovens served at the CBTC and is shown in a photo entitled "Commando Basic Training Centre - Officers Mess - 1945." He joined 46RM Commando shortly before it was disbanded.

Post war he served as a Captain with 41 Independent Commando in Korea being awarded the Military Cross in 1951 for " gallant and distinguished service".  Appointed  OBE in 1968 when a Lieutenant Colonel, he remained in service and in 1974  became Commandant General Royal Marines.

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