41 Independent Commando
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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.
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.
Extract from an article in the Lancashire Telegraph 28th January 2004
Cpl. Ronald Babb died during operations in Korea.
Sgt. Charles Barnes died during operations at Hodo Pando, Korea.
Cpl. Jarvis Belsey died during operations in Korea.
Mne. Garner died during operations in Korea.
Mne. Graham died during operations in Korea.
Lieut. Harwood died during operations in Korea. He is shown on the AFM ROH as buried at Tui Bong Cemetery, Yo-Do Island, Wonsan Harbour, Korea. His name is also on the memorial plaque at Pusan.
Mne. Hills died whilst a prisoner of war in Korea.
The exact circumstances of the death of Mne Hitchman are not known to this archive.
Mne. McCourt was killed during operations in Korea.
Mne. Melling died whilst a prisoner of war in Korea.
Mne. Needs died whilst a Prisoner of War in Korea.
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.
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.
Capt. Parkinson-Cumine MC, 'B' troop, was reported missing presumed killed during operations in Korea.
Mne. Strain died during operations in Korea.
Mne. Dennis Stray died during operations in Korea.
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