40 Commando RM
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Formed on the 14th February 1942 as The RM Commando, it was briefly known as "A" RM Commando before being designated 40 RM Commando. Served in Dieppe, St Benere, Termoli, Anzio. Comacchio during WW2.
40 RM Commando, and the slightly later formed 41RM Commando, would be the only RM Commando units to consist entirely of volunteers. All Army Commandos were volunteers.
40 RM Commando was disbanded early in October 1945, before reforming as 40 Commando RM 15 March 1947 when 44 RM Cdo was disbanded and redesignated [ref. RMRO 141 of 1947.]
- 1969–1970 (Lieutenant Colonel) Officer Commanding 40 Commando RM .
Marine Lennard Allan was shot and killed during operations in the Unity Flats area of West Belfast.
- 22 October 1970 to 22 March 1972 Commanding Officer 40 Commando RM .
Major Gary Baines died peacefully at home. His funeral was at St Mary Magdalene Church. [Sources: AFM ROH / numerous online media reports]
Marine Peter Bartlett died in an accident in Thailand.
- 31 December 1960 (Colonel) appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) .
- 1 January 1964 (Brigadier) appointed C.B.E. (Military Division) .
Lance Corporal John Beeson died in Germany in a traffic accident. [Sources: AFM ROH / SFROH website.]
Marine Thomas Bond died in service, cause unknown to this archive [Source: AFM ROH].
Marine Boswell served in Hong Kong in 1970.
Marine Keith Bounsall died whilst deployed overseas with 40 Commando RM.
[Source: Globe and Laurel March/April 2000].
Corporal James Brough died of head injuries sustained in a road accident at Haifa.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/128.
Marine Adam Brown died during operations in Afghanistan.
He was conducting a reassurance patrol as part of 3 Troop, Alpha Company 40 RM Cdo., to provide security for the locals in the area. At approximately 1750hrs on Sunday 1 August, there was an explosion in the vicinity of his patrol base and he was killed instantly in the blast. [Source: MOD]
Quartermaster Sergeant George Buttery, 40 Commando RM, who had served as a Marine in 46RM Commando during WW2, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services on the 6th November 1956
Lance Corporal Duncan Cameron died in service, cause unknown to this archive [Source: AFM ROH].
- 2000/1 (Lieutenant Colonel) Officer Commanding 40 Commando RM .
- July 2007 (Brigadier) (Brigade Commander) 3 Commando Bde. RM .
- 31 December 2013 (Lieutenant General) appointed K.C.M.G. (Military Division) .
Marine William Cattell from Birmingham was found shot dead in South Vietnam whilst absent from his unit in Plymouth since April. He was found on Highway 555 leading to Quang Tri city.
Malayan Emergency Commonwealth Deaths 1948-1960.
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
- 30 June 2010 promoted Lieutenant Colonel .
- 2012 Chief of Staff, HQ 3 Commando Brigade RM .
- May/June 2001 (Major) Commanding Officer Amphibious Trials and Training Unit Royal Marines (ATTURM) .
 London Gazette 41092, page 3418.
 National Archives file WO 373/124/57.
Corporal Stephen Curley died in an explosion whilst conducting a foot patrol in the Sangin area to reassure the local nationals and understand their concerns. [Source: MOD]
London Gazette 39507, page 1880.
National Archives file WO 373/130/124.
Marine Anthony David was fatally wounded on 16 September whilst on mobile patrol on the Falls Road, Belfast. He died a month later. [Sources: AFM ROH / NIVets.org]
Lance Corporal Edward Dignam received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished services in support of operations in East and West Malaysia during the period 24th June 1965 to 23rd December 1965.
London Gazette 43994, page 6129.
Marine Martyn Dixon died in service, cause unknown to this archive [Source: AFM ROH].
Corporal Mark Donnelly, married and from Eastney Portsmouth, died at Alexandra Road British Military Hospital Singapore.
Marine Lorin Dudhill, 'Y' Troop, from Wingate, Durham,
Lieutenant Michael Fountaine died in service, cause unknown to this archive [Source: AFM ROH].
Second Lieutenant Gardiner served in Hong Kong in 1970. [Source: Globe and Laurel Oct. 1970].
- 17 June 1978 - 9 November 1979 Commanding Officer 40 Commando RM .
Marine Ian Gilmore died in service, cause unknown to this archive [Source: AFM ROH].
Lieutenant Terence Glanville died in service, cause unknown to this archive [Source: AFM ROH].
- Commanding Officer 41RM Commando on D Day, awarded the Military Cross.
- 30 June 2011 promoted Lieutenant Colonel.
Marine Thomas Hall died in service, cause unknown to this archive [Source: AFM ROH].
Acting Lance Corporal Thomas Harrison, Company Intelligence Marine, 40 Commando Royal Marines, received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service for his exceptional service in providing his Company with first class intelligence that enabled them to make a major contribution to campaign success in Afghanistan during the period 1 October 2012 to 31 March 2013.
Marine Heath served in Hong Kong in 1970.
Major Simon Hickman died of a tumour. He joined the Royal Marines in 1992 and served around the world including, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Porterdown and Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. [Source: AFM ROH / numerous press reports online]
Marine Hill served in Hong Kong in 1970.
Marine Martin Hill died in service, cause unknown to this archive [Source: AFM ROH].
Sergeant Kenneth Honeysett was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) , for gallant and distinguished service with the MT section of 40 Commando, RM , in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June, 1952.
Marine Josh Howell, aged 21, collapsed and died suddenly at his base at Taunton having recently returned from a 7 month tour of duty in Afghanistan.
- 31 December 1983 appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) .
- 9 January 1961 to 11 January 1963 (Lieutenant Colonel) Commanding Officer 40 Commando RM .
- 2011 Commanding Officer 40 Commando RM .
Lance Corporal Kevin Lock died in a traffic accident whilst walking in Cyprus.
Marine Lewis Lockwood was awarded the MIlitary Cross for gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan In 2010.
- August 1943 (Acting Lieutenant Colonel) Commanding Officer 41RM Commando .
Lance Corporal Thomas Magee died in Singapore.
London Gazette 41092, page 3418.
National Archives file WO 373/124/53.
London Gazette 41092, page 3418.
National Archives file WO 373/124/51.
- March 2017 (Lieutenant Colonel) Officer Commanding 40 Commando RM .
Lieutenant Peter McCarthy, 'B' Troop, from Salisbury,
Sick Berth Attendant Alexander McGlen, attached to 40 Commando RM, was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Palestine during the period 27th March 1948 and 30th July 1948.
Lieutenant - awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service with 40 Commando RM in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June, 1952 .
Lieutenant Damien Moran died in diving accident at sea off El Quseir, Egypt.
- 23 March 1972 - 20 February 1974 (Lieutenant Colonel) Commanding Officer 40 Commando RM .
Corporal David O’Connor, 'Charlie' Company, died whilst serving as part of Transition Support Unit Nahr-e Saraj. He was participating in a patrol to conduct low level training with the Afghan Local Police. While en route to conduct that training, the patrol came under small arms fire near the village of Char Kutsa. As a result of the engagement Corporal O’Connor was fatally injured.
- By February 1946 Lt. Colonel Price had replaced Lt. Colonel Komrower as Commandant of the Commanding Basic Training Centre [1B].
- 8 January 2018 commissioned Lieutenant and appointed to the Trained Strength 22 March 2018 .
- 8 January 2020 (Acting Captain) promoted Captain .
Acting Lance Corporal Douglas Radford was awarded the MM during operations in Borneo on the 23rd April 1963.
Lieutenant Matthew Raynham died from injuries sustained in a road traffic accident in Nottingham. [Sources: AFM ROH / Navy News issue Nov 1997, p38.]
- 27 April 1951 (Captain) (40 Commando RM) Mentioned in Desptaches for distinguished service in operations in Malaya  .
Marine (Acting Lance Corporal) Harry Robinson, Royal Marines Medical Assistant, 40 Commando Royal Marines, was awarded the Military Cross for his courageous and life-saving actions following an attack on his Troop by a rogue member of the Afghan National Army, during the period 1 October 2012 to 31 March 2013.
2nd January 1956 (Captain)(Quartermaster) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) .
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
Major Michael Scanlon, Officer Commanding Delta Company, 40 Commando Royal Marines, for his contribution in Afghanistan to the development of the Advisory Team Enabling Company, where he melded a large and disparate group into a
Marine James Smith died whilst deployed overseas with 40 Commando RM.
Marine Ralph Smith died in service, cause unknown to this archive [Source: AFM ROH].
- December 1942 (Acting Temporary Captain) Adjutant of 41RM Commando .
- August 1943 Captain serving in 41RM Commando .
- 1984 joined the Royal Marines as a university cadet entrant and passed out in 1988 with the Sword of Honour *.
Colour Sergeant Richard Walton was serving at RMDIV Leconfield at the time of his death.
Richard Walton joined the Royal Marines in 1985 and served 2 days short of 20 years. During his career he served at Poole, 40 Commando, Commando Logistics Regiment, 42 Commando, CTCRM, and SBS. [Sources: AFM ROH / Navy News issue 1st June 2005.]
Colour Sergeant Aaron Winter died suddenly whilst off duty at Norton Manor Camp in Taunton
Corporal Danny Winter died in an explosion while taking part in a joint operation with a Danish Battle Group and the Afghan National Army north east of Gereshk in central Helmand. He was a member of a fire support team that was engaged in an operation to clear compounds in a known Taliban stronghold.
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