43 Commando RM

'Comacchio Company RM'

Comacchio Company Royal Marines existed between 1980 and 1983 and was responsible for protecting the nation’s nuclear deterrent. It was later redesignated Comacchio Group Royal Marines (1983–2001) and  then Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines in 2001. In 2012 it was formally redesignated again as 43 Commando RM.

'Comacchio Group RM'

Comacchio Group RM was responsible from 1983 for protecting the nation’s nuclear deterrent. It's predecessor was Comacchio Company Royal Marines. In 2001 it was redesignated Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines which in turn became 43 Commando RM in 2012.

'Fleet Protection Group RM'

Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines exsited between 2001 to 2012 and was responsible for protecting the nation’s nuclear deterrent. Prior to that it was known as Comacchio Company  (1980-83) and Comacchio Group (1983 - 2001). In 2012 it was formally redesignated as 43 Commando RM, the largest in the Core, and has the combined role of protecting the nation’s nuclear deterrent as well as taking the fight to modern-day pirates in specialist boarding teams. 

43 Commando RM

-Formed in August 1943 as 43 RM Commando from Marines from the disbanded 2nd RM Battalion, the Commando saw service as part of 2 Commando Brigade until the end of the war when it was disbanded. 

43 Commando RM was re–formed on the 5th September 1961 at  Stonehouse Barracks Plymouth under the command of Lieut. Col.  Willasey-Wilsey MBE,MC,RM. [1] and remained operational until disbanded again at Eastney on the 1st October 1968 [2]

POYZER, Gerald Anthony

The cirumstances of the death of Mne Poyzer are not known to this archive. His unit is shown as 43 Commando on the MOD Roll of Honour where it states that his name has not been added to the Armed Forces Memorial. However his unit is shown on the Special Forces ROH website as 45 Commando and that he served in Aden.  

[Note: 43 Commando RM had been reformed to a full unit at the time of his death.]


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