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40 Commando RM

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.]

ALDRIDGE, Dennis Leolin Samuel St Maur

Dennis Leolin Samuel St Maur Aldridge Royal Marines
Major
44RM Commando
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Bar to the Military Cross
Silver Star (USA)
7 January 1949 Captain Dennis Aldridge, who had served during the war with 44RM Commando [1], was appointed MBE (Military Division) for gallant and distinguished services with 40 Commando RM in Palestine during the period 27th March, 1948 - 30th July, 1948. [2]

ALEXANDER, Charles

Marine
RM 9234
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Charles Alexander, 'X' troop, died of wounds after an ambush in South Perak, Malaya. Mne. Alexander was mortally wounded, Cpl. Ireland was killed, and Mne. King and Lt. Langley were both wounded [1][2].

ALEXANDER, David Crichton

Major General David Crichton Alexander
Major General
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
Major General David Alexander was appointed C.B. (Military Division) on 12 June 1976 [1].
  • 1969–1970 (Lieutenant Colonel) Officer Commanding 40 Commando RM [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 46919, page 8016.
[2] + [Image] Globe and Laurel October 1970.

ANDREWS, Leslie

Marine
RM 9426
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Leslie Andrews received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Malaya during the period 1st July to 31st December, 1951.
 
Sources
London Gazette 39507, page 1880.
Royal Marines Association website.
 

ANRUDE, Jack

Lieutenant Jack Anrude
Major
P903592A
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant Jack Anrude was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan in 2010 [1].
 
Lt. Anrude led his troop out of Patrol Base Hanjar accompanying an Afghan Special Forces unit to speak with locals at a mosque. 

ASKWITH, Graham

Marine
RM 21331
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Graham Askwith received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in operations in Borneo on the 1st January 1964. He had been recommended for the Military Medal.
 
Sources
London Gazette 43492, page 9824.
National Archives file WO373/139/37.
 

BAILEY, David Lindsay

Lieutenant Colonel
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Lieutenant Colonel David Bailey was appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) on the 12th June 1971 [1].
  • 22 October 1970 to 22 March 1972  Commanding Officer 40 Commando RM [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 45384, page 5961. Her Majesty's Birthday Honours.

BARRETT, Donald John

Corporal
PO/X 6473
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Donald Barrett died during operations in Cyprus. He was crushed when a DUKW hit a house and brought a wall down.
 
[Sources: AFM ROH / SFROH website]
 

BARTON, Francis Christopher

Major (later Major General)
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Major Francis Barton received a Mention in Despatches in 1951 in recognition of gallant and distinguished services with 40 Commando RM in Malaya [1].
  • 31 December 1960 (Colonel) appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
  • 1 January 1964 (Brigadier) appointed C.B.E. (Military Division) [3].

BENNETT, Henry

Known as: 
Wiggie
Acting Temporary Company Sergeant Major
CH/X 512
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Acting Company Sergeant Major Henry Bennett was awarded the Military Medal [1] for gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe whilst serving with 45RM Commando [2]. Post war he remained in service and in 1954 was serving as a Sergeant with 40 Commando RM [3]

BEST, James Nigel

Second Lieutenant (Acting Lieutenant)
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Acting Lieutenant James best received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in operations in the Borneo Territories during the period 24th December 1962 to 23rd June 1963.
 
Sources
London Gazette 43189, page 10451.
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Major J.C. Beadle MBE MC.

BIRDSALL, Steven James

Marine Steven Birdsall
Marine
30039350
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Steven Birdsall died during operations in Afghanistan. 
During the late afternoon of Sunday 13 June 2010, Bravo Company was providing security to Royal Engineers who were reinforcing the defences at one of the UK Check Points in Sangin.

BIRRELL, Stuart Martin

Lieutenant Colonel
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Stuart Birrell received a Mention in Despatches, announced on 14 February 1992, in recognition of service within the operations in Northern Iraq and Southern Turkey [1].
  • 2007 (Lieutenant Colonel) Commanding Officer 40 Commando RM [2].

BISS, Ernest Robert James

Quartermaster Sergeant
CH.X.4564
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Quartermaster Sergeant Ernest Biss received a Mention in Despatches in 1951 for gallant and distinguished services in Malaya.
 
Sources
London Gazette 39361, page 5432.
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
 

BLACK, George

Leading Medical Assistant George Black RN
Acting Leading Medical Assistant
D156353Y
40 Cdo. RM
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Mentioned in Despatches
Leading Medical Assistant George Black RN, attached to 40 Commando RM, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of his service during operations in the South Atlantic.

BRAY, George Albert

Regimental Sergeant Major
CH/X 4313
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Regimental Sergeant Major George Bray was awarded the British Empire Medal on 1st January 1965. 
 
Sources
London Gazette 43529, page 26.
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Major J.C. Beadle MBE MC.
 

BRISTOWE, Frank Hilary

Captain
40RM Commando
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Frank Bristowe served with 40 RM Commando from 1944 [1].
  • 1951 (Captain) (40 Commando RM) received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Malaya [2].
Sources
[1] Navy Lists - see linked content below.

BROUGHTON, Jack Edward

Major
P051456V
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Jack Broughton received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service whilst on operations in Iraq between 19 March and 19 April 2003 [1].
  • Commissioned, and later on 3 April 2009, promoted Captain [2].
  • May 2013 (Afghanistan) 40 Commando Logistics Company [3].

BROWN, Adam Robert

Marine Adam Brown
Marine
P061555T
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

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]

BUCHANAN, Craig Andrew

Marine Craig Andrew Buchanan 40 Commando
Marine
30114215
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Marine Craig Buchanan was awarded the Military Cross for his immense bravery and remarkable composure under fire when his patrol was attacked by a rogue Afghan policeman, during the period 1 October 2012 to 31 March 2013.

BUTTERY, George Desmond

Marine (later Quartermaster Sergeant)
PO/X 4096
46RM Commando
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

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 during Operation Musketeer, the Anglo-French Invasion of Port Said, Egypt.  

CAPEWELL, David Andrew

Lieutenant General
N028792K
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Colonel David Capewell was appointed O.B.E. (Military Division)  15 June 2002 [1].
  • 2000/1 (Lieutenant Colonel) Officer Commanding 40 Commando RM [2].
  • July 2007 (Brigadier) (Brigade Commander) 3 Commando Bde. RM [3].
  • 31 December 2013 (Lieutenant General) appointed K.C.M.G. (Military Division) [4].

CHADWICK, James

Marine
PO/X5282
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Died on active service
Marine James Chadwick died when a 3 tonne vehicle he was driving ran off the road during the hours of darkness in the Lenggong area of Malaya.
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
Malayan Emergency Commonwealth Deaths 1948-1960.

The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
 

CHEESEMAN, Daniel James Edward

Major Daniel Cheeseman
Brigadier
N029047U
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Major Daniel Cheeseman, 40 Commando RM, was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2007 to 31st March 2008 [1].
  • 30 June 2010 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
  • 2012 Chief of Staff, HQ 3 Commando Brigade RM [3].

CHERRY, Roland John

Marine
RM 9447
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Roland Cherry died in the British Military Hospital Meetajam, Malaya.
 
Sources:
AFM ROH.
Malayan Emergency Commonwealth Deaths 1948-1960.
 

CHESTER, John Shane

John Shane Chester
Major General
NO14112L
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Major John Chester, Chief of Staff 3 Commando Brigade RM, was appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of service within the operations in the South Atlantic [1].
  • 16 March 1982 (Major) (HQ 3 Cdo. Bde) received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service In Northern Ireland in 1981 [2].

CLAPSON, Keith

Captain Keith Clapson
Captain (later Major)
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Keith Clapson, 40 Commando RM [1], received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period 1st April to 30th September 1994 [2].
  • May/June 2001 (Major) Commanding Officer Amphibious Trials and Training Unit Royal Marines (ATTURM) [3].

CLARK, Robert Anthony

Marine
RM 8810
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Robert Clark died of wounds during operations in Malaya.
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
Malayan Emergency Commonwealth Deaths 1948-1960.
 
Notes
Surname spelt CLARKE at second source above.
 

CLIFFORD, Richard

Captain Richard Cormac Clifford
Captain (Local Major)
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct
Lieutenant Richard Clifford received the Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct.
Citation
"On the morning of 18th May 1972, a team of Service personnel was sent to deal with a bomb threat in the Queen Elizabeth II which at that time was in mid-Atlantic on her way to Europe.

COOP, James Barry

Lieutenant
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant James Coop, 'X' troop, was shot and killed when a patrol he was leading was ambushed about eight miles from Kuala Kangsar, Perak, by a strong force of communist terrorists. Also killed was Corporal R.T. Ryder.
 
Sources
AFM ROH
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.

CORNISH, A.L.

Sergeant
PLY/X.2655
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Cornish received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in Palestine during the period 27th March 1948 and 30th July 1948.
 
Sources
London Gazette 38508, page 189.
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
 

COSTLEY, William George

Sergeant
RM 12204
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant William Costley received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in operations in the Borneo Territories, and in supporting operations during the period 24th June to 23rd December 1964.
 
Sources
London Gazette 43691, page 5981.

COX, John Albert Windsor

Marine
RM 15050
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Marine John Cox received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Operations in the Near East, October to December, 1956.

Source
London Gazette 41092, page 3419.

CROSSKERRY, John Kevin

Marine
RM22634
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine John Crosskerry 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. 
 
Source
London Gazette 43994, page 6129.
 

CROSSLAND, James Willie

Corporal
RM 14422
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal James Crossland was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services on the 6th November 1956 during Operation Musketeer, the Anglo-French Invasion of Port Said, Egypt.  
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 41092, page 3418.
[2] National Archives file WO 373/124/57.
 
Notes

CROUCHER, Matthew

Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher GC
Lance Corporal
P903233G
RM Reserve
Royal Marines
George Cross (GC)
Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher, RM Reserve, was awarded the George Cross for his extreme gallantry on 9 February 2008 when he willingly risked his own life in a most deliberate act of self-sacrifice to save his comrades from death or serious injury.
 

CURLEY, Stephen Paul

Cpl Stephen Curley
Corporal
P061561V
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

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]

DALE, Peter Edward

Marine (Acting Corporal)
Ply.X.5637
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Peter Dale was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in Malaya during the period 1st July to 31st December, 1951.
 
Sources
London Gazette 39507, page 1880.
National Archives file WO 373/130/124.
 

DANDO, Kenneth Gordon

Marine
PO/X.5833
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Kenneth Dando received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in Palestine during the period 27th March 1948 and 30th July 1948.
 
Sources
London Gazette 38508, page 189.
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
 

DANELLS, Peter John Godfrey

Known as: 
Danny
Corporal Peter Danells 40 Commando
Peter Danells
Corporal
RM 19528
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Peter Danells died [1] when struck on the temple by a piece of shrapnel during a cross border operation (Op. Claret) in Sarawak [2].  The patrol came under small arms and mortar fire. Peter was hit by mortar bomb shrapnel and was carried back across the border by the section [3].

DARBYSHIRE, Steven William

Known as: 
Darbs
Sgt Steven Darbyshire
Sergeant
P053742H
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Steven Darbyshire died as a result of enemy small arms fire during a firefight with insurgent forces whilst on a security patrol in the Sangin district of Helmand province.
[Source: MOD]
 

DAVID, Anthony Philip

Marine
PO27102T
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

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]

DAVIS, Owen Edward

Captain Owen Edward Davis 40 Commando
Acting Captain
30083875
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC)
Acting Captain Owen Davis, Cultural Advisor, 40 Commando Royal Marines, was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for his courage on operations in Afghanistan during the period 1 October 2012 to 31 March 2013, in particular in an action to neutralise a sniper in a village peppered with multiple IEDs, 

DAYES, George Alan

Marine
RM 8330
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine George Dayes died [1] when his patrol through the jungle in Perak, Malaya, was ambushed by bandits. [2].
 
Sources
[1] AFM ROH
[2] Citation for TSM Dewi Morgan DCM [view].
 

DEERING, Mark Anthony

Mark Anthony Deering 40 Commando
Marine
RM 20642
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Died on active service
Marine Mark Deering drowned whilst crossing a river near the Sabah / Indonesian border.
  • 763 Squad (1961).
Obituary in the Globe and Laurel, December 1964.
"RM 20642 Marine M.A. Deering

DICK, Louis Timothy Mylius

Lieutenant
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Louis Dick died in Paphos when a bomb was thrown into his vehicle as reprisal for the Governor’s refusal to commute the death sentences passed on two convicted terrorists who would be hanged next morning May 10 and after which EOKA would in revenge immediately ‘execute’ two other British servicemen.
 

DON, Ronald

Marine
RM 9835
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Died in service
Marine Ronald Don died of injuries received on the 17th May when a plane crashed at Luqa airport, Malta. The Valleta aircraft of 70 Sqn.

DONNELLY, Mark

Corporal
RM 11584
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Died in service

Corporal Mark Donnelly, married and from Eastney Portsmouth, died at Alexandra Road British Military Hospital Singapore.

Sources
AFM ROH.
England & Wales Government Probate Death Indices.
 

DUDHILL, Lorin

Marine
RM 15070
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Lorin Dudhill, 'Y' Troop, from Wingate, Durham, died during Operation Musketeer, the Anglo-French Invasion of Port Said, Egypt.  

DUTTON, James Benjamin

Lieutenant General
N022005F
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Knight of the Order of St John (KStJ)
Legion of Merit (USA)
Lieutenant General Sir James Dutton K.C.B., C.B.E., was awarded the Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer) conferred by the President of the United States of America in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during coalition operations in Iraq [1]

EAMES, Rex Hugh Victor

Marine
RM 7792
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Died in service
Marine Rex Eames died by drowning in Malaya. Cremated at Sek Keng Cheng Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur and ashes returned to the UK. 
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
Malayan Emergency Commonwealth Deaths 1948-1960.
 

EARP, Dennis Roland

Corporal Dennis Roland Earp
Acting Corporal
CH/X 4368
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Dennis Earp was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service in Palestine during the period 27 March 1948 - 30 July 1948.
 
Sources
London Gazette 38508, page 189.
CVA Gallery image/Thomas 'Bing' Crosbie, 40 Cdo RM & SBS.

EDMONDS, Arnold Basil Lindsay

Lieutenant
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Died in service
Lieutenant Arnold Edmonds, from Woodbridge Suffolk, died in Hong Kong. He is buried in Hong Kong Cemetery, formerly known as HK Happy Valley Cemetery and HK Colonial Cemetery. 
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
England & Wales Government Probate Death Indices.
 
Notes

EDWARDS, Rudolph Douglas

Known as: 
Dougie
Rudolph Douglas Edwards RM
Lieutenant (later Captain)
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Rudolph Douglas Edwards received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in operations at Suez, October to December, 1956. 

ELVY, Bryan Phillip

Lieutenant
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Bryan Elvy received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Malaya during the period 1st July to 31st December, 1951.
 
Sources
London Gazette 39507, page 1880.
Globe and Laurel Mar/Apr.1952 edition.
 

FALCONAR, Oswald Bernard

Colour Sergeant
PLY/X 1048
40 Cdo. RM
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
George Medal (GM)
Colour Sergeant Oswald Falconar was awarded the George Medal for his bravery in rescuing a commando from a burning aircraft at Luqa airfield Malta [1][2]. He had previously served in WW2 as Troop Sergeant Major 45RM Commando [3].
Citation

GARROD, John Martin Carruthers

Lieutenant General
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Major John Martin Carruthers Garrod received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st August 1973-31st October 1973 [1].
  • 17 June 1978 - 9 November 1979 Commanding Officer 40 Commando RM [2].

GOODMAN, William

Captain
N029695K
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
Captain William Goodman, Operations Officer Bravo, 40 Commando Royal Marines, received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service for his skill and tenacity in leading the Transition Support Unit’s Operation Room in Afghanistan and ensuring that every opportunity was seized in advancing the campaign whilst remaining in relentless pursuit of insurgents, during the period 1 October 2012 to 3

GORMLEY, David John

Corporal
P024528R
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal David Gormley received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st May 1974-31st July 1974.
 
Sources
London Gazette 46456, page 221.
 

GRANT, Richard Henry

Captain
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Richard Grant, OC  'A' troop, was awarded the M.C. [1], for distinguished services in operations against terrorists in Cyprus during the period Sept. 1955 and August 1956 [2].
 

GRAY, Thomas Malcolm

Lieutenant Colonel
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Military Cross (MC)
Died in service
Colonel Thomas Malcolm Gray DSO, MC, died in service whilst serving at HMS President.
  • Commanding Officer 41RM Commando on D Day, awarded the Military Cross.

GRIFFITHS, Nicholas Alan

Lieutenant Colonel
N029148E
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Major Nicholas Griffiths was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) 12 June 2010.
  • 30 June 2011 promoted Lieutenant Colonel.
Sources
London Gazette 59446, page 4.
London Gazette 59860, page 14180.

    GUTTERIDGE, Tobias

    Known as: 
    Toby
    Marine
    P065066N
    SBS
    Royal Marines
    Mentioned in Despatches
    Marine Toby Gutteridge, Special Boat Service, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan. 
     

    HARRISON, Christopher Lewis

    Cpl. Harrison 40 Commando
    Corporal
    PO61570W
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Killed in action or died of wounds
    Corporal Christopher Harrison, Bravo Company, died whilst part of a patrol alongside the Afghan National Army in order to help provide security for the local population of Sangin. At approximately 0620 hours local time on 9 May 2010, south of Patrol Base Shuga, Corporal Harrison was fatally wounded in an explosion.
     

    HARRISON, Ian Stewart

    Major General
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
    Mentioned in Despatches
    Captain Ian Harrison received a Mention in Despatches announced on 27 April 1951 for distinguished service in operations in Malaya [1].

    HARRISON, Matthew Thomas

    Mne. Matthew Harrison 40 Commando
    Marine
    30089427
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Killed in action or died of wounds
    Marine Matthew Harrison, Charlie Company, died whilst part of a joint reassurance patrol with the local Afghan National Army, south of Patrol Base Seylab Doo. At 1805 hrs local time, the patrol was engaged with small arms fire. Marine Harrison was mortally wounded in the attack. He was evacuated to Camp Bastion Role Three Hospital where he died of his wounds.
     

    HARRISON, Thomas

    Acting Lance Corporal
    P058382B
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service

    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.

    HART, David Charles

    Mne David Hart 40 Commando
    Marine
    30081372
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Killed in action or died of wounds
    Marine David Hart, Charlie Company, serving as part of Combined Force Sangin, died in an explosion while on foot patrol in the Sangin District of Helmand Province.

    HELLINGS, Peter William Craddock

    Lieutenant General
    40RM Commando
    Royal Marines
    Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)
    Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
    Military Cross (MC)
    Mentioned in Despatches
    On the 6th September 1940 it was announced that Lieutenant Peter Hellings RM had been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for courage and devotion to duty during the withdrawals from Boulogne and Calais [1]

    HICKMAN, Simon Michael

    Major
    N028952C
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Died in service

    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]

    HOLLINGTON, Richard Humphrey

    Mne Richard Hollington 40 Commando
    Marine
    30044638
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Killed in action or died of wounds
    Marine Richard Hollington, Bravo Company, died of wounds from an explosion that occurred on the 12th June 2010 whilst he was conducting a reassurance patrol in Afghanistan for the local nationals in an area to the south of Patrol Base Ezeray. He had been immediately evacuated to Bastion Role 3 Hospital where his condition was listed as critical.

    HONEYSETT, Kenneth Roland

    Sergeant
    PLY/X 4090
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    British Empire Medal (BEM)

    Sergeant Kenneth Honeysett was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) [1], for gallant and distinguished service with the MT section of 40 Commando, RM [2], in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June, 1952.

    HOTINE, Anthony Dean

    Known as: 
    Tino
    Mne Anthony Hotine 40 Commando
    Marine
    30024310
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Killed in action or died of wounds
    Marine Anthony Hotine, Alpha Company, died during the early morning as a result of an explosion which occurred when Alpha Company was conducting a joint reassurance patrol with the Afghan National Army in the area around Patrol Base Jamil, in the Sangin district of Helmand province.
     

    HOUGHTON, Robert Dyer

    Known as: 
    Titch
    Robert Houghton 40 Commando
    Major General
    40RM Commando
    Royal Marines
    Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
    Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
    Military Cross (MC)
    Deputy Lieutenant (DL)
    Acting Major Robert Houghton, Second in Command of 40RM Command

    HOWE, Gilbert Rex

    Colour Sergeant
    CH/X4522 & T004522T
    40 Cdo. RM
    42 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
    Military Medal (MM)
    British Empire Medal (BEM)
    Acting Corporal Gilbert Howe was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his gallantry on 21/22 February 1951 whilst attached to 40 Commando RM during operations at Kampong, Upper Perak, Malaya. He had been recommended for the M.M. but was awarded the D.C.M. [1].
     
    Citation

    HOWELL, Josh Luther

    Known as: 
    Biscuit
    Marine
    P063390J
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Died in service

    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.

    HUNT, Malcolm Peter John

    Major General
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
    Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm Hunt was the Commanding Officer of 40 Commando RM during the Falklands War in 1982 [1].
    • 31 December 1983 appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
    • 2 March 1992 (Major General) to Retired List [3].
    Sources
    [1] London Gazette 49194, page 16123.

    HUNTER, David Peter Lafayette

    Lieutenant Colonel
    45 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Military Cross (MC)
    Mentioned in Despatches
    Captain David Hunter, Officer Commanding the operational troops of 45 Commando RM in the Cameron Highlands Malaya, was awarded the Military Cross for distinguished service from 1st August 1950 onwards [1].
    • 9 January 1961 to 11 January 1963 (Lieutenant Colonel) Commanding Officer 40 Commando RM [2]
    World War 2

    JACKSON, Mark Anthony

    Marine
    30060425
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC)
    Marine Mark Jackson, 'D' Company, was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan in 2010.
     
    Sources
    London Gazettes Supp. 59737, page 5640.
    Report in the Daily Telegraph 27Mar2011.
     

    KAYSER, Stanley Richard

    Sergeant
    PO.X.3933
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Mentioned in Despatches
    Sergeant Stanley Kayser received a Mention in Despatches in 1951 for gallant and distinguished services in Malaya.
     
    Sources
    London Gazette 39361, page 5432.
    The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
     
    Notes

    KENNEY, Ronald Paul

    Known as: 
    Ron
    Leading Medical Assistant Ron Kenney RN
    Leading Medical Assistant (later Commander RN)
    40 Cdo. RM
    Cdo. Log. Regt.
    Officer of the Order of St John (OStJ)
    Ronald Kenney RN passed his Commando course on 18 March 1978 and served as a Leading Medical Assistant with 40 Commando RM during the Falklands War [1].
    • 27 July 1987 commissioned later commanding the Medical Squadron, Commando Logistic Regiment RM [2][3].

    LANGDALE, Andrew John

    Andy Langdale RM
    Warrant Officer Class 2 (Acting Warrant Officer Class 1)
    P042698J
    Royal Marines
    Royal Marines
    Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
    Acting Warrant Officer Class 1 Andrew Langdale was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) 11 June 2011. 
    Service
    Served 08/03/1982 to 05/08/2011
    40 Cdo RM ( Op Banner and UNFICYP)

    LANGLEY, David Lionel Scott

    Lieutenant
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Military Cross (MC)
    Deputy Lieutenant (DL)
    Lieutenant David Langley, 40 Commando RM attached to 45 Commando RM, was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Malaya [1][1a][b].
    Recommendation
    Perak, Malaya.

    LAYTON, David William

    Warrant Officer Class 2
    P045089F
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Mentioned in Despatches
    Warrant Officer 2 David Layton received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2007 to 31st March 2008.
     
    Sources
    London Gazette 58776, page 11242.
    Globe and Laurel Jul/Aug. 2007.
     

    LESLIE, Paul Elliot

    Marine
    P057607E
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Died in service
    Marine Paul Leslie died in a traffic accident In California whilst deployed there on exercise.  [Source: AFM ROH / Report on the inquest, North Wales Daily Post 19th Sept 2003]
     

    LIMB, Thomas James

    Captain
    30039570
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Mentioned in Despatches
    Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
    Captain Thomas Limb, Troop Commander, 40 Commando Royal Marines, received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service for his leadership and dedication in training and mentoring the Afghan Police Force in his isolated check point in the face of continuous insurgent threats to coalition forces during the period 1 October 2012 to 31 March 2013 [1][1A].

    LOCKE, Reginald Charles

    Colour Sergeant
    RM 9137
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Mentioned in Despatches
    Colour Sergeant Reginald Locke received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in operations in the Borneo Territories during the period 24th December 1962 to 23rd June 1963.
     
    Sources
    London Gazette 43189, page 10451.
    The Light Blue Lanyard, author Major J.C. Beadle MBE MC.

    MAGOWAN, Victor

    Sergeant (Acting Quartermaster Sergeant)
    PLY/X 3863
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    British Empire Medal (BEM)
    Acting Quartermaster Sergeant Victor Magowan was awarded the British Empire Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Malaya during the period 1st July - 31st December 1951.
     
    Sources
    London Gazette Supp. 39507, page 1879.
    National Archives file WO373/130/136.
     

    MAINDONALD, Gersham

    Corporal
    CH/X 4387
    41 Ind. Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Military Medal (MM)
    Corporal Gersham Maindonald was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service during the Korean War. He had previously served with 40 Commando, Royal Marines in Palestine, 1948.
     
    Sources
    London Gazette 39230, page 2749.
    IWM Oral History recording, catalogue 16627.

    MANNING, Duncan

    Major (later lieutenant Colonel)
    N029102M
    Royal Marines
    Royal Marines
    Mentioned in Despatches
    Major Duncan Manning received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2007 to 31st March 2008.
     
    Source
    London Gazette 58776, page 11242.
     

    MANSELL, William Bradbury

    Lieutenant (later Colonel)
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
    Military Cross (MC)
    Lieutenant William Mansell was awarded the M.C., for distinguished service in operations in Malaya during the period 10th June  to 4th September, 1950 [1].
     
    In 1985 Colonel William Bradbury Mansell, M.C., former principal of the National Maritime Museum, was appointed O.B.E. (Civil Division) [2].
     
    Sources

    MANT, Douglas Edward

    Corporal
    PO/X 2992
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
    Corporal Douglas Mant was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallant and distinguished services on the 6th November 1956 during Operation Musketeer, the Anglo-French Invasion of Port Said, Egypt.  
     
    Sources
    London Gazette 41092, page 3418.
    National Archives file WO 373/124/53.
     

    MARRIOTT, Michael

    Corporal
    RM 17999
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Killed in action or died of wounds
    Corporal Michael Marriott died during operations in Sarawak, Borneo.
    Extract from the Birmingham Daily Post 
    "Cpl. Michael Marriott aged 21, whose home is at Langer Lane Chesterfield and who was killed in action against Indonesian terrorists in Sarawak on New Year's Day, died gallantly his parents were told yesterday.

    MARSH, David John

    Mne David Marsh 40 Commando
    Marine
    P060750E
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Killed in action or died of wounds
    Marine David Marsh, Charlie Company, was conducting a patrol in the vicinity of Kajaki, Helmand province, accompanied by Lieut. John Thornton, when the vehicle they were travelling in was caught in an explosion. Medical treatment was provided prior to both being evacuated to the field hospital at Camp Bastion.

    MARSTON, Michael Anthony Higham

    Captain
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Military Cross (MC)
    Captain Michael Marston was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished services on the 6th November 1956 during Operation Musketeer, the Anglo-French Invasion of Port Said, Egypt.  
     
    Sources
    London Gazette 41092, page 3418.
    National Archives file WO 373/124/51.
     

    MAYNARD, Paul Andrew

    Paul Maynard 40 Commando
    Colonel
    N029377C
    3 Cdo. Bde. RM
    Royal Marines
    Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
    Colonel Paul Maynard was appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) 28 December 2019 [1].
    • March 2017 (Lieutenant Colonel) Officer Commanding 40 Commando RM [2].
    Sources
    [1] London Gazette 62866, page N6 / New Years Honours List.
    [2] Royal Navy/ MOD website.

    MCANDREWS, Stephen Graham

    Marine
    P035645L
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Killed in action or died of wounds
    Marine Stephen McAndrews was killed during operations at San Carlos, Falkland islands, by the explosion of a bomb dropped from one of two enemy Sky Hawks that had just also bombed allied forces at Ajax Bay.
     
    Sources
    AFM ROH

    MCCARTHY, Peter William

    Lieutenant
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Killed in action or died of wounds

    Lieutenant Peter McCarthy,  'B' Troop, from Salisbury, died during Operation Musketeer, the Anglo-French Invasion of Port Said, Egypt. He was leading a section clearing the Customs House when killed by enemy fire

    MCGLEN, Alexander

    Sick Berth Attendant
    P/MX 793190
    40 Cdo. RM
    3 Cdo. Bde. RM
    British Empire Medal (BEM)

    Sick Berth Attendant Alexander McGlen RN, 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.

    McKIE, Trevor Stanley George

    RQMS Trevor McKie, RM
    Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant
    P024047S
    3 Cdo. Bde. RM
    Royal Marines
    Service
    1965 enlisted Royal Marines.
    1966 - Passed Stores Account Course (Class 3).
    1967 - 1968 40 Commando RM, Singapore.
    1978 - 1972 RM Barracks Eastney. Passed Parachute Course, Stores Accounts (Class 2), Junior Command Course, promoted Corporal.
    1972 - 1974 HMS Hermes, passed Stores Account Course (Class 1).

    MCLEAVE, R.J.

    Sergeant
    CH/X.3819
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Mentioned in Despatches
    Sergeant McLeave received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in Palestine during the period 27th March 1948 and 30th July 1948.
     
    Sources
    London Gazette 38508, page 189.
    The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
     

    MOORE, John Jeremy

    John Jeremy Moore
    Major General
    3 Cdo. Bde. RM
    Royal Marines
    Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)
    Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
    Military Cross (MC)
    Bar to the Military Cross
    Major General John Jeremy Moore served as the commander of the British land forces during the Falklands War in 1982.
    • 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 [1].

    MORGAN, Dewi Meurig

    Sergeant
    PLY/X 4501
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
    Troop Sergeant Major Dewi Morgan was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1], for his gallantry whilst leading a patrol at Perak, Malaya on the 5th October 1951 [2].
     
    Extract from London Gazettes

    MORGAN, Timothy Dennis

    Known as: 
    Dai
     Lt Col. Timothy Morgan © IWM (MH 30869
    Lieutenant (later Lieutenant Colonel)
    40RM Commando
    Commando Basic Training Centre
    Royal Marines
    Military Cross (MC)
    Temporary Lieutenant Timothy Morgan, 40RM Commando, was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished services whilst leading a patrol at Pizzo, Italy, near Vibo Valentia, in September 1943 [1].
    Partial extract from the Obituary in the Globe and Laurel July/August 1992

    MOTTRAM, John Frederick

    Major General
    3 Cdo. Bde. RM
    Royal Marines
    Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
    Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO)
    Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
    Mentioned in Despatches
    Major John Frederick Mottram was appointed O.B.E. (Military Division)  on 1st January 1969 [1].
    • 23 March 1972 - 20 February 1974  (Lieutenant Colonel) Commanding Officer 40 Commando RM [2].

    MULVIHILL, Damian

    Known as: 
    Dee
    Cpl Damian Mulvihill 40 Commando
    Corporal
    P056134V
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Killed in action or died of wounds
    Corporal Damian Mulvihill died whilst taking part in a joint ISAF - ANA patrol engaged in operations near Sangin. The marines of Alpha Company were conducting a clearance patrol to deter Taliban intimidation of local Afghans. It was during this action that an Improvised Explosive Device was detonated, which sadly killed Corporal Mulvihill instantly.

    O'CONNOR, David George

    Corporal David George O'Connor
    Corporal
    PO60471A
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Killed in action or died of wounds

    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.

    ORR, Samuel

    Sergeant Samuel Orr
    Sergeant
    PO/X 127316
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Died on active service
    Sergeant Samuel Orr died as a result of an accident whilst deployed to Malaya. Cremated at Sek Keng Cheng Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur and ashes returned to UK.
     
    Extract from the Ballymena Weekly Telegraph - Friday 05 January 1951
    Belfast Family War Sacrifice

    PARSONS, John Farleigh

    Captain (later Colonel)
    41RM Commando
    Royal Marines
    Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
    Military Cross (MC)
    Acting Captain John Parsons, 41RM Commando, was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during operations at Salerno, Italy, on the 17th September 1943 [1].
    Recommendation

    PECK, Arthur Thomas George

    Sergeant
    CH/X 5357
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Mentioned in Despatches

    Sergeant Arthur Peck received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Operations in the Near East at Suez, Oct. to Dec., 1956.

    Source
    London Gazette 41092, page 3419.

    PILLAR, Andrew Robert

    Lieutenant Colonel
    N018853E
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
    Mentioned in Despatches
    Captain Andrew Pillar, 40 Commando RM, received a Mention in Despatches  in recognition of service during the operations in the South Atlantic [1].

    POLLARD, P.E.G.

    Corporal
    PLY/X.4251
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Mentioned in Despatches
    Corporal Pollard received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in Palestine during the period 27th March 1948 and 30th July 1948.
     
    Sources
    London Gazette 38508, page 189.
    The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
     

    PRICE, Martin

    Lieutenant Colonel
    48RM Commando
    Royal Marines
    Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
    Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
    Mentioned in Despatches
    Acting Lieutenant Colonel Martin Price D.S.O., R.M., was posted Commanding Officer 48RM Commando in March 1945 [1]. He had previously been Second in Command of 47RM Commando [1A].
    • By February 1946 Lt. Colonel Price had replaced Lt. Colonel Komrower as Commandant of the Commanding Basic Training Centre [1B].

    RADEMAN, Kenten Luke

    Marine Rademan 40 Commando
    Captain
    P057777U
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Mentioned in Despatches
    Marine Kenten Rademan, 40 Commando RM, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan in 2007 [1].
    • 8 January 2018 commissioned Lieutenant and appointed to the Trained Strength 22 March 2018 [2].
    • 8 January 2020 (Acting Captain) promoted Captain [3].

    RIDGWAY, Cecil Roy

    Marine
    RM 18375
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Died in service
    Marine Cecil Ridgway, from Stanton Upon Hine-Heath, Shropshire, died in Libya.
     
    Sources
    AFM ROH.
    British Armed Forces Deaths Overseas, General Register Offices Death indices.
     

    ROBERTS, David Lister

    Captain
    43RM Commando
    43 Cdo. RM
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Mentioned in Despatches
    Captain David Roberts received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service whilst serving with 43RM Commando in the Mediterranean during the period 1st January to 31st March, 1945 [1] [2].
    • 27 April 1951 (Captain) (40 Commando RM) Mentioned in Desptaches for distinguished service in operations in Malaya [3] [4].

    ROBINSON, Harry Thomas

    Acting Lance Corporal
    30042852
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Military Cross (MC)

    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.

    ROBSON, William

    Captain (Quartermaster)
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
    Mentioned in Despatches
    Lieutenant (Quartermaster) William Robson, 40 Commando RM, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Malaya in 1951[1].
    • 2nd January 1956 (Captain)(Quartermaster) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
    Sources

    RYDER, Raymond Thomas

    Marine (Acting Corporal)
    CH/X 4147
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Killed in action or died of wounds
    Acting Corporal Raymond Ryder was shot and killed whilst part of a patrol that was ambushed by a strong force of communist terrorists about eight miles from Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Also killed was Lieutenant J.B. Coop.

    Sources
    AFM ROH
    The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
     

    SALZANO, Domenico Costable

    Lance Corporal Salzano
    Lance Corporal
    P042194B
    RM Poole
    Royal Marines
    Died in service
    Lance Corporal Domenico Salzano, a veteran of the Falklands campaign, died when his parachute failed to open during a training exercise in Norway. 
     
    Sources
    AFM ROH.
    Navy News issue Mar. 1995 p36.
    [Image] Liverpool Echo Feb. 18th 1995.
     

    SCANLON, Michael John

    Major
    N029361M
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service

    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

    SEEGER, Robert Alan Mountcastle

    Lieutenant
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Military Cross (MC)
    Lieutenant Robert Seeger was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service in operations in the Borneo Territories and in supporting operations.
     
    Citation 
    On 8th December 1964, Lieutenant Seeger was leading a patrol in the area of the Border on the West Coast of Sebatic Island, Tawau, Sabah.

    SHAW, John Joseph

    Mne John Shaw 40 Commando
    Marine
    P029899H
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Died in service
    Marine John Shaw died [1] from injuries received in a road traffic collision in Northern Ireland [2]
     
    Sources
    [1] AFM ROH.
    [2] The Light Blue Lanyard, author Major J.C. Beadle, MBE, MC, RM.

    SHELLEY, Ryan

    Ryan Shelley GM
    Marine
    P061442J
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    George Medal (GM)
    Marine Ryan Shelley was awarded the George Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan [1]
     

    SIDWELL, Richard Charles

    Colonel
    3 Cdo. Bde. RM
    Royal Marines
    Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
    Mentioned in Despatches
    Captain Richard Charles Sidwell received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service during operations in East and West Malaysia during the period 24 June to 23 December 1965 [1].

    SMITH, Dennis

    Sergeant
    RM 7626
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Mentioned in Despatches
    Sergeant Dennis Smith received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in operations in the Borneo Territories during the period 24th December 1962 to 23rd June 1963.
     
    Sources
    London Gazette 43189, page 10451.
     

    TAPLIN, John Aubrey

    Acting Brigadier
    41RM Commando
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
    Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
    Croix de Guerre (France)
    Captain John Taplin was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in Her Majesty's Birthday Honours dated 31 May 1956 [1].
    • December 1942 (Acting Temporary Captain) Adjutant of 41RM Commando [2].
    • August 1943 Captain serving in 41RM Commando [3].

    TAYLOR, Maurice Jack

    Sergeant
    CH/X 1620
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Killed in action or died of wounds
    Sergeant Maurice Taylor travelling in the rear vehicle of the morning convoy to Gerik was fatally wounded when the column was ambushed by communist terrorists.  He died a few days later.
     
    Sources
    AFM ROH.
    The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
     

    TAYLOR, Michael Thomas

    LCpl Michael Taylor 40 Commando
    Lance Corporal
    PO 62648W
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Killed in action or died of wounds
    Lance Corporal Michael Taylor, Charlie Company, died during an exchange of fire with insurgent forces in the Sangin district of Helmand province. He was manning one of the sangars in the patrol base when the incident occurred.
     

    TAYLOR, Scott Gregory

    Mne Scott Taylor 40 Commando
    Marine
    30029917
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Killed in action or died of wounds
    Marine Scott Taylor, Alpha Company, died as a result of an explosion which occurred when he and Alpha Company were conducting a foot patrol to help reassure the local population and to increase security within the area around Sangin.
     

    THOMAS, Justin Royston

    Justin Thomas CGC
    Marine
    P055390C
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC)
    Marine  Justin Thomas was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for gallant and distinguished service whilst on operations in Iraq on 30 March 2003. 
     
    Source
    London Gazette Supp. 57100, page 4.
    [Image] M.O.D.
     

    THOMAS, Peter Roome

    Captain
    40 Cdo. RM
    41 Ind. Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Mentioned in Despatches
    Bronze Star Medal (USA)
    Lieutenant Peter Thomas joined 44 Commando in Hong Kong during March 1946, just before it was redesignated as 40 Commando RM [1].
    • 1948 (Lieutenant) (40 Commando RM) Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in Palestine [2].

    THOMSON, Jonathan James

    Lieutenant Colonel (later Brigadier)
    45 Cdo. RM
    SBS
    3 Cdo. Bde. RM
    Royal Marines
    Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
    Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM)
    Mentioned in Despatches
    Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Thomson O.B.E., was awarded The Queen's Gallantry Medal in recognition of gallantry within the operations in Northern Iraq and Southern Turkey  in 1991[1].
    Citation 

    TOMLIN, Kenneth James

    Corporal
    RM 19480
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Mentioned in Despatches
    Corporal Kenneth Tomlin received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in operations in the Borneo Territories, and in supporting operations during the period 24th June to 23rd December 1964.
     
    Sources
    London Gazette 43691, page 5981.

    TWEED, David Gratiaen

    Lieutenant Colonel
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
    Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
    Mentioned in Despatches
    Captain (Acting Major) David Gratiaen Tweed received a Mention in Despatches in September 1945 for good services with the 21st Army Group [1]. He is shown that year as D.A.A. and Q.M.G. 116th RM Infantry Brigade [1a].

    UFTON, Edward Albert

    Known as: 
    Teddy
    Edward Albert Ufton RM
    Lieutenant
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Killed in action or died of wounds

    Lieutenant Edward Ufton, 'B' Troop, from Burton-on-Trent, died during Operation Musketeer, the Anglo-French Invasion of Port Said, Egypt.  He was leading a section clearing the Customs House when killed by enemy fire.

    VAN DER HORST, Richard Evert

    Lieutenant Colonel
    N028003Q
    SBS
    Royal Marines
    Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
    Queen's Commendation for Bravery
    Died in service
    Lieutenant Colonel Richard Evert van der Horst OBE, Officer Commanding the Special Boat Service, died on the 14th March 2005 after a diving accident on the 7th March during an amphibious exercise off Norway.
    Service
    • 1984 joined the Royal Marines as a university cadet entrant and passed out in 1988 with the Sword of Honour.

    WALKER, Stephen

    Cpl. Stephen Walker 40 Commando
    Corporal
    PO 49660N
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Killed in action or died of wounds
    Corporal Stephen Walker died in an explosion that happened near Patrol Base Almas, in Sangin, Helmand province. He was conducting a joint foot patrol with the Afghan National Army to reassure and improve the security for the local population in the area when the incident took place.
     

    WALTON, Richard Anthony Carl

    Colour Sergeant
    P044439X
    Royal Marines
    Royal Marines
    Died in service unknown cause

    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.]

    WARD, Ronald

    Marine
    CH/X 118875
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Died on active service
    Marine Ronald Ward died from accidental gunshot wounds in Haifa.
     
    Sources
    AFMROH.
    Registers of Reports Of Deaths: Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/138.
     

    WARREN, Paul

    Mne Paul Warren 40 Commando
    Marine
    P064885K
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Killed in action or died of wounds
    Marine Paul Warren, Charlie Company, was injured in an explosion when Patrol Base Airport Lounge was attacked by insurgents. Despite being given immediate first aid by his comrades, Marine Warren’s injuries proved to be fatal.
     

    WATERS, Lee John

    Colour Sergeant
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines

    Colour Sergeant Lee John Waters, Recce Troop, was shot three times while on tour in Afghanistan; in the face, in his left hand, and in his left foot [Source: MOD].

    WATLOW, J.T.

    Marine
    PO/X.5900
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Mentioned in Despatches
    Marine Watlow received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in Palestine during the period 27th March 1948 and 30th July 1948.

    WESTON, John Culpeper

    Major
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Military Cross (MC)
    Captain John Weston was awarded the Military Cross for distinguished service in support of operations in East and West Malaysia during the period 24th June 1965 to 23rd December 1965.
    Recommendation
    "On the 12th September a reconnaissance patrol from 'C' Company of 40 Commando discovered a platoon of Indonesians in position on the Sarawak Border.

    WHAPHAM, R.A.

    Marine
    PO/X.2634
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Mentioned in Despatches
    Marine Whapham received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in Palestine during the period 27th March 1948 and 30th July 1948.
     
    Sources
    London Gazette 38508, page 189.
    The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.

    WHITE, Jon

    Captain
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines

    Captain Jon White, Recce Troop Commander, was severely injured when he stood on an Improvised Explosive Device while on patrol with 40 Commando Royal Marines in 2010 during Operation Herrick 12, at Sangin, Afghanistan. Jon lost both his legs above the knee, and his right arm at the elbow.

    WILLASEY-WILSEY, Anthony Patrick

    Major General
    40 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
    Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
    Military Cross (MC)
    Mentioned in Despatches
    During WW2 Acting Captain Anthony Willasey-Wilsey served on ships before being posted to Commando service [1][1a][1b][1c] .
    Service at Sea in WW2 
    HMS Rodney (present at the Bismarck action)
    HMS Howe
    HMS Furious
    RM Commando Service in WW2

    WILTON, Hugo

    Acting Corporal
    P061546S
    Royal Marines
    Royal Marines
    Military Cross (MC)
    Acting Corporal Hugo Wilton was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field during the period 1 April 2017 to 30 September 2017.
     
    Sources
    London Gazette Supp. 62283, page 8432.
     

    WINTER, Aaron

    Known as: 
    Tiny
    CSgt Aaron Winter CTCRM
    Colour Sergeant
    P054172T
    CTCRM
    Royal Marines
    Died in service

    Colour Sergeant  Aaron Winter died suddenly whilst off duty at Norton Manor Camp in Taunton

    WINTER, Danny

    Known as: 
    Dan
    Cpl dan Winter 45 Commando
    Corporal
    P054090C
    45 Cdo. RM
    Royal Marines
    Killed in action or died of wounds

    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.

    WOODHOUSE, Arthur

    Marine
    PO/X 5645
    40RM Commando
    Royal Marines
    Died in service
    Marine Arthur Woodhouse died of injuries sustained as the result of a motorcycle accident at Kowloon.
     
    Sources
    CWGC.
    Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/139.
     

    WRAY, Adrian David

    Brigadier
    Royal Marines
    Royal Marines
    Mentioned in Despatches
    Acting Colonel Adran Wray received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service within the operations in Northern Iraq and Southern Turkey [1].
    • 18 January 1988 to 16 November 1990 (Lieutenant Colonel) Commanding Officer 40 Commando RM [2].
    • 1995/6 (Brigadier) Chief of Staff, HQ Royal Marines [3].

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