41RM Cdo. Roll of Honour

                      The Fallen from No.41 Royal Marine Commando, Royal Marines
Major   D.L.  BARCLAY
Major   K.  BRIND-SHERIDAN
Major   J.R.  EDWARDS
Major  G.J.  McCANN
Capt.   H.T.J.  CLARK
Capt.   P.C.  DIXON, RA
Capt.   F.O. FORD
Capt.   P.H.  HAYDON
Capt.   P.T.  HOWES-DUFTON
Capt.   R.M.  STOTT
Lieut.  A.G.  ALDIS
Lieut.  R.S.  BATE
Lieut.  M.G.  HARVEY
Lieut.  J.S.  HAWKARD
Lieut.  J.W.  HOLMES
Lieut.  D.C.  LLOYD
Lieut. G.M.C. McKENZIE (S.A.U.D.F.)
Lieut.  A.J.  PARR
Lieut.  J.C.  PEARSON
Lieut.  P.D.  ROBINSON
Lieut.  L.R.  SCOTT
Lieut.  P.F.H.  WRAY
RSM.  E.J.  BELCHER
Acting  RSM.  N. TIERNEY
TSM.  H.E. ELSOM
TSM.  J.S.  LEES
C/Sgt.  P.R. NEWHAM
C/Sgt.  J.T.  TWIGGER
Sgt.  G.E.  ALLISON
Sgt.  D.C.  BULLOCK
Sgt.  T.E.  CARR
Sgt.  T.E.  CHRISTIAN
Sgt.  R.  FIELDING
Sgt.  J.F.M.  HAMMOND
Sgt.  A.U.  HEY
Sgt.  H.W.  HEYWOOD
Sgt.  J.  MURRAY
Sgt.  F.W.  PRYOR,
Sgt.  A.E.  RUSH
Sgt.  H.H.  STALKER
Sgt.  R.F.  STRADLING
Sgt.  E.H. STREDWICK
Cpl.  F.  COGGINS
Cpl.  J.  EMERSON
Cpl.  J.  McKENNA
Cpl.  J.W.  PEAT
Cpl.  C.E.  SMITH
Cpl.  H.  SPAWFORTH
Cpl.  F.G.  WIGHTMAN
LCpl.  R.E.  BENSON
LCpl.  A.J.  BOND
LCpl.  G.H.  BOWERING
LCpl.  J.W.  FAULKNER
LCpl. E.W.  FINCH
LCpl. N.F.  HONEYMAN
LCpl.  J.  McNEILL
LCpl.  P.K.  PEARCE
LCpl. G.T.  ROBINSON
LCpl. H.D.  SMITH
LCpl. H. THOMSON
Mne.   R.M.  BALL
Mne.    J.  BARNES
Mne.    J.  BELL
Mne.   D.K.  BELL
Mne.    J.  BETTS
Mne.   C.  BRANDON
Mne.   A.  BROOKES
Mne.   H.  BROTTON
Mne.   R.R.C.  BROWN
Mne.   W.  CARTER
Mne.   W.  CONNER
Mne.   W.F.  COOK
Mne.   P.J.  CUFF
Mne.   W.  DABBS
Mne.   W.H.  DENNANT
Mne.   H.  DOANE
Mne.   A.R.H.  DREW
Mne.   K.H.  DREW
Mne.   J.  EGAN
Mne.   G.H.  EYRES
Mne.   R.W.  FELSTEAD
Mne.   G.E.  FINNEY
Mne.   E.  FISHER
Mne.   H.  GARLICK
Mne.   K.W.  GILBERT
Mne.   A.  HARRIS
Mne.    J.  HAY
Mne.   H.  HOLT
Mne.   R.E.  HORSTED
Mne.   A.D.  HOWARD
Mne.   E.  HOWARTH
Mne.   C.L.  HUNTER
Mne.   C.R.  ISTED
Mne.   W.   JACKSON
Mne.   J.G.  JACKSON
Mne.   R.B.  JOHN
Mne.   E.    JOHNSON
Mne.   J.T.  JONES
Mne.   A.   KENNEDY
Mne.   W.  LEES
Mne.   E.H.  LOWLES
Mne.   B.   MOSES
Mne.   R.F.  NICHOLSON
Mne.   R.H.  NUNNEY
Mne.   K.W.J.C.  O'BRIEN
Mne.   H.  PAGE
Mne.   J.A.  PARKINSON
Mne.  W.  POPE
Mne.  R.  POULTNEY
Mne.  K.  PRICE
Mne.   J.A.W.  PRICE
Mne.   J.W.  PROCTOR
Mne.   K.L.  RATCLIFF
Mne.   A.G.A.  RAYNER
Mne.   J.W.  READ
Mne.  R.  READER
Mne.  F.A.  REYNOLDS
Mne.  J.B.  ROBERTSON
Mne.  J.  ROBINSON
Mne.  J.  ROGERS
Mne.  W.C.  SCOTT
Mne.  C.J.  SHANNON
Mne.  G.  SHEPHERD
Mne.  J.A.  SMITH
Mne.  R.  SMITH
Mne.  E.  SPENCE
Mne.  A.E.  STREAMS
Mne.  A.  STILES
Mne.  K.  SUMMERS
Mne.  H.T.W.B.  SWINDALE
Mne.  W.  TAAFFE
Mne.  E.   TAYLOR
Mne.  H.  THWAITES
Mne.  P.  TONER
Mne.  P.J.W.  TROLLEY
Mne.  S.  UTTON
Mne.  A.N.  VICKERS
Mne.  G.  WASSALL
Mne.  E.C.  WELHAM
Mne.  E.G.  WHITE
Mne.  E.T.J.  WHITMAN
Mne.  R.D.  WILKINSON
Mne.  D.  WILLIAMS
Below is an A-Z view of the Roll of Honour with information about each of the Fallen. Displaying 1 - 143 of 143

ALDIS, Alec George

Lieutenant
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Alec Aldis MM, Signals Officer, died during operations at Normandy on 6 June 1944 [1]
  • 1942 (Corporal) (Temporary Sergeant) awarded the Military Medal for "gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East." [2].​
Recommendation
Royal Marines

ALLISON, George Edwin

Sergeant
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Died in service
Sergeant George Allison, born Abingdon Berkshire, died at 77 British General Hospital in Germany from post operative haemorrhage after a tonsillectomy.
 
Sources
CWGC
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths: Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/127.
 

BALL, Robert Michael

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Robert Ball died during operations at Salerno, Italy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/127.

BARCLAY, David Lovat

Major
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Major David Barclay was killed during operations at Normandy on D Day [1].
 
Born in May 1920, Dave Barclay entered the Corps in September 1938. He served in H.M.S. Norfolk for over two years and was appointed to 40th RM Cdo., subsequently transferring to the 41st Cdo. [2].
 
Sources

BARNES, John

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine John Barnes died of wounds at the 8th Canadian General Hospital in Belgium.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/127.

BELCHER, Ernest John

Regimental Sergeant Major
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Regimental Sergeant Major Ernest Belcher died during operations at Normandy on D Day. The announcement of his award of the British Empire Medal (Military Division) was made 2 days after his death. 

Source
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/127.
London Gazette 36544, page 2594.

BELL, Derek Kerr

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Derek Bell died during operations in Holland.

Source
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/127.

BELL, James

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine James Bell died during operations at Normandy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/127.

BENSON, Robert Edwin

Lance Corporal
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Robert Benson died during operations at Salerno, Italy, this date being that of the action on the hills by the village of Piegolelle (or Piegolette).

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/127.

BETTS, Joseph

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Joseph Betts was reported missing presumed killed during operations at Salerno, Italy [1]At the time his Commando were engaged in the valley south of La Molina and the nearby hills close to Vietri.

BOND, Alfred John

Lance Corporal
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Died on war service

Lance Corporal Alfred Bond died at Woolston E.M.S. Hospital, Newport, Monmouthshire

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/128.

BOWERING, George Henry

Lance Corporal
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine George Bowering died during operations at Salerno, Italy.

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/128.

BROOKES, Arthur

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Arthur Brookes died in Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Maas. 

BROTTON, Harry

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Harry Brotton died during operations at Salerno, Italy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/128.

BULLOCK, Donald Charles

Sergeant
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant Donald Bullock was reported missing presumed killed during operations at Salerno on the 13th September 1943 [1][2a]. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty on the 10th September 1943 [2][2a].
Recommendation
"Gulf of Salerno 9-10 Sep 43

COGGINS, Frank

Corporal
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Frank Coggins died during operations at Sicily.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/129.

 

CONNER, William

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine William Conner died during operations at Salerno, Italy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/129.

COOKE, William Frank

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine William Cooke died during operations at Westkapelle, Holland.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/129.

CUFF, Patrick Joseph

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Patrick Cuff died during operations at Salerno, Italy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/129.

DABBS, William

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine William Dabbs died during operations at Normandy on D Day.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/129.

DIXON, Peter Cory

Captain
41RM Commando
Royal Artillery
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Peter Dixon, a Royal Artillery Forward Observation Officer attached to 41RM Commando, was killed during an enemy air attack on the Commando HQ. He received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe.
  • 25 November 1941 (Second Lieutenant) (3 R.H.A) wounded in action Western Desert, Middle East.

DOANE, Herbert

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Herbert Doane died during operations at Salerno, Italy, this date being that of the action on the hills by the village of Piegolelle (or Piegolette in English.)

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.

DREW, Kenneth Harrison

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Kenneth Drew died at 131 Field Ambulance during operations at Salerno, Italy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.

ELSOM, Harold Edward

Known as: 
George
Troop Sergeant Major
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Company Sergeant Major Harold Elsom, 'P' Troop, was gravely wounded during operations in the Waspik sector of the Maas River front. He was evacuated to the UK but succumbed to his wounds 9 days later at the RAF Hospital in Wroughton, Wiltshire.

EMERSON, James

Corporal
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal James Emerson died during operations at Normandy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.

EYRES, George Henry

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine George Eyres died during operations at Sicily.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.

FAULKNER, John William

Lance Corporal
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal John Faulkner died during operations at Santa Maria, Salerno, Italy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.

FELSTEAD, Robert William

Mne. Robert William Felstead
Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Robert Felstead died during operations at Salerno, Italy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.
[Image] His niece Irene.
 

FIELDING, Ronald

Sergeant
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant Ronald Fielding died during operations at Normandy on D Day.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.

FINCH, Ernest Walter

Lance Corporal
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Ernest Finch died during operations at Salerno, Italy, this date being that of the action in the valley south of La Molina and the nearby hills close to Vietri.

FISHER, Edward

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Edward Fisher died during operations at Salerno and Vietri, Italy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.

GARLICK, Horace

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Horace Garlick died during operations at Salerno, Italy.

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/131.
[3] Register of Births England Jan/Feb/March 1922.

HARRIS, Andrew

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Andrew Harris died during operations at Salerno, Italy, this date being that of the action on the hills by the village of Piegolelle (or Piegolette in English.)

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/131.
Records of Births registered in Jan Feb March. 1903 (Farnham).

HAY, John

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine John Hay died during operations at Westkapelle, Holland.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/131.

HAYDON, Peter Hillyard

Captain
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Peter Haydon, DSO, was killed during operations at Walcheren. He had received the Distinguished Service Order appointment for conspicuous gallantry and leadership in driving off repeated attacks by the enemy on the road from Salerno to Naples in 1943, though he was wounded and his men outnumbered by the enemy.*
 

HEY, Ashton Usher

Sergeant
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Ashton Hey, 'B' troop, died during operations at Normandy on D Day.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/132.
ROH in 'They Did What Was Asked Of Them', author Raymond Mitchell.
 

HOLT, Harry

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Harry Holt died during operations in NW Europe.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/132.

HORSTED, Ronald Edward

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Ronald Horsted died during operations at Salerno, Italy, this date being that of the action on the hills by the village of Piegolelle (or Piegolette in English.)

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/132.

HUNTER, Caley Lovell

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Caley Hunter, ‘A’ Troop, died during operations at Normandy, France.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/132.
[Troop source] ‘They did what was asked of them’ author Raymond Mitchell.
 

JOHNSON, Edward

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Edward Johnson died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/132.

KENNEDY, Alexander

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Alexander Kennedy died in Italy. At the time of his death his commando were engaged in operations at Vietri, Salerno.
 
Sources
CWGC.

LEES, James Sykes

Company Sergeant Major
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Died on war service
Company Sergeant Major James Lees MM, 'B' Troop,  died at Heiden Germany from a cerebral haemorrhage sustained in a Jeep accident.
He had been awarded the Military Medal for bravery, skill, and devotion to duty whilst serving with the Allied Forces during the campaign in the Low Countries, over a period from January to April, 1945.
Recommendation

LEES, William

Marine William Lees 41 Commando
Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine William Lees died during operations at Vietre Sul Mare, Salerno, Italy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.
Manchester Evening News - Thursday 14 October 1943 / British Newspaper Archive (website britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board / Image © Trinity Mirror.

LOWLES, Eric Henry

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Eric Lowles died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.

McKENNA, Joseph

Corporal
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Joseph McKenna died [1] of wounds inflicted during operations in the Waspik sector of the Maas River front.

MCNEILL, James

Lance Corporal
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal James McNeill, HQ Troop, died during an enemy air attack on the Commando HQ in Normandy, France.

MOSES, Byron

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Byron Moses died during operations at Walcheren, Holland.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/134.

MURRAY, John

Sergeant
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant John Murray died during operations at Normandy, France.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/134.
 
Notes
Son of John and Jane Rankine Murray; husband of Agnes Murray, of Barrhead, Renfrewshire.

NEWHAM, Percy Robert

Known as: 
Bob
Colour Sergeant
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Colour Sergeant Percy Newham died during operations at Sicily.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/135.

NICHOLSON, Robert Fisher

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Robert Nicholson died at Harefield County Hospital, Middlesex, of wounds inflicted at Walcheren.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/135.
The words on the headstone at his grave.
 

NUNNEY, Ronald Harry

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Ronald Nunney died during operations at Dragone, Gulf of Salerno, Italy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/135.

PAGE, Henry

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Henry Page died during operations at Walcheren, Holland.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths: Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/135.

PARR, Albert John

Lieutenant
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lieutenant Albert John Parr died during the period his Commando were engaged in patrolling the Lower Maas. He is  recorded on the Naval History website as dying of wounds. 

PEAT, John William

Corporal
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal John Peat died during operations at the French coast of Normandy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives files ADM 104/135.

POULTNEY, Ronald

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Ronald Poultney died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths: Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/135.

PRICE, Kenneth

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Kenneth Price died during operations in Sicily.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths: Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/135.

PROCTOR, John Webster

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine John Proctor died during operations at Vietri Sul Mare, Gulf of Salerno, Italy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths: Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/135.

PRYOR, Frederick William

Sergeant
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant Frederick Pryor, M.M., died on board HMCS Algonquin during operations at Normandy, France. He was awarded the Military Medal for leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty while serving with Royal Marine Commandos in Italy.

READ, John William

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine John Read died during operations at Walcheren Island, Holland.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths: Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/136.

READER, Ronald

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Ronald Reader died during operations in Italy, this date being that of the action in the valley south of La Molina and the nearby hills close to Vietri, Salerno.

ROBERTSON, John Burt

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine John Robertson died at Ostend Belgium. His Commando were engaged in operations at Westkapelle, Walcheren. 

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives files ADM 104/136.

Notes
There was a military hospital close to Oostende New Communal Cemetery where some of the wounded, had been taken.

ROBINSON, George Thomas

Lance Corporal
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal George Robinson died during operations at Salerno, Italy, this date being that of the action on the hills by the village of Piegolelle (or Piegolette in English.)

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives files ADM 104/136.

ROBINSON, John

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine John Robinson died during operations at Santa Maria, Gulf of Salerno, Italy.

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives files ADM 104/136.

Notes
Date of birth shown on [2] is 4 September 1922 which would have made him 21.
 

SMITH, Charles Edward

Corporal
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Charles Smith died during operations at Walcheren Island, Holland.

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/137.

Notes
Source [1] shows age as 29 which conflicts with Source [2] which shows date of birth as 25-2-1921.

SMITH, Henry Defriez

Lance Corporal
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Henry Smith died during operations at Salerno, Italy.

Sources
CWGC
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/137.

SMITH, Reginald

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Reginald Smith died during operations at Walcheren Island, Holland.

Sources
CWGC
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/137.

SPAWFORTH, Herbert

Corporal
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Herbert Spawforth died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/137.
Records of Births registered in Wakefield Oct/Nov/Dec. 1920.

SPENCE, Ernest

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Ernest Spence died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/137.

STALKER, Hugh Henry

Sergeant
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant Hugh Stalker died in Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in patrolling the Lower Maas. 

Sources
CWGC
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/137.

STILES, Arthur

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Arthur Stiles was reported missing presumed died during operations at Salerno, Italy, this date being that of the action on the hills near the village of Piegolelle (or Piegolette in English.)

STRADLING, Robert Fettes

Sergeant
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant Robert Stradling died during operations at Salerno, Italy, this date being that of the action on the hills by the village of Piegolelle (or Piegolette in English.) He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for outstanding service whilst operating with the allied armies in Italy.

SUMMERS, Kenneth

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Kenneth Summers died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/137.

TAAFFE, William

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine William Taaffe died during operations at Salerno, Italy, this date being that of the action on the hills by the village of Piegolelle (or Piegolette in English.)

THOMSON, Hugh

Lance Corporal Hugh Thomson 6 Commando
Lance Corporal
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Hugh Thomson died [1] during operations at Salerno, this date being that of the action on the hills by the village of Piegolelle (or Piegolette in English.) [2]
 
Extract from the Dundee Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 13 October 1943

THWAITES, Henry

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Henry Thwaites died during operations in France. On the date of his death his Commando were operating in the area of Beuzeville.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/138.
 

TIERNEY, Norman

Acting Regimental Sergeant Major
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Regimental Sergeant Major Norman Tierney died during operations at Salerno, Italy, this date being that of the action in the valley south of La Molina and the nearby hills close to Vietri. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for "gallantry and undaunted devotion to duty in leading a successful counter-attack against a strongly held enemy position in Italy.

TONER, Peter

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Peter Toner died during operations at Salerno, Italy, this date being that of the action on the hills by the village of Piegolelle (or Piegolette in English.)

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/138.
 

TWIGGER, James Thomas

Colour Sergeant
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds

Colour Sergeant James Twigger was reported missing presumed died during operations at Salerno, Italy. He received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service in Sicily.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/138.
London Gazette 36454, page1557.

WASSALL, George

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine George Wassall was reported missing presumed died during operations at Salerno, Italy, this date being that of the action on the hills by the village of Piegolelle (or Piegolette in English.)

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/138.

WILLIAMS, David

Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Died on active service
Marine David Williams drowned during operations at the River Maas. 
 
On February 5th 1945 a raid was planned across the River Maas to snatch a German prisoner from behind the German lines. Bad weather forced the mission to be abandoned but a collapsible canvas boat used was left behind on the far bank.
 

WRAY, Peter Francis Hugh

Lieutenant
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Peter Wray died during operations at Salerno, this date being that of the action on the hills by the village of Piegolelle (or Piegolette in English.) He received a Mention in Despatches for "distinguished services in Sicily."​​
 
Sources
CWGC.
London Gazettes Supp. 36454, page1557.

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