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ABRAHAMS, Robert Sydney

Sergeant
EX/4444
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant Robert Abrahams was reported missing presumed killed during operations in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. He has no known grave.

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

ABRAM, John Arthur

Known as: 
Jack
Acting Temporary Colour Sergeant
PO.X.4734
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Acting Temporary Colour Sergeant John Arthur Abram received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service whilst attached to the Allied Armies in the Mediterranean during the period 1st January to 31st March, 1945 [1].
  • 2 January 1950 (Sergeant) (Acting Quartermaster Sergeant) awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) [2].

BAILLIE, Archibald

Marine
CH/X 110260
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Archibald Baillie died of wounds at No.2 British Field Hospital at Otok, Vis Island.

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

BARNETT, David Soloman

Temporary Lieutenant, Acting Temporary Captain
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain David Barnett was awarded the Military Cross for outstanding courage, determination and devotion to duty in operations during the campaign in Italy [1].
  • Mentioned in Despatches for good services during operations in Italy [2]
Sources
[1] London Gazette 37170, page 3562.

BEALE, Frederick Vincent

Marine
PO/X 108058
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Frederick Beale died during operations at Lake Comacchio and Argenta, Italy.

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

BLAKE, John Philip

Capt Blake MC 43RM Commando
Captain
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain John Blake MC died [1] during operations against the enemy held island of Brac. He had earlier been awarded the Military Cross [2] for leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty while serving with Royal Marine Commandos in the ca

BOLTON, John Barker

Temporary Lieutenant
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant John Bolton received a Mention in Despatches for courage, tenacity, and skill whilst serving with the Allied Armies in the Mediterranean [1].
  • 2nd Mention in Despatches for services in Italy 1st April to 8th May 1945 [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 37136, page 3191 dated 19 June 1945.

BROOKES, James Alfred

Marine
EX/ 3707
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine James Brookes died during a raid on the Island of Brac, Yugoslavia. Initially buried with others on Brac near Nerezische, their remains were later reinterred in a collective grave at Belgrade War Cemetery.

Those buried with him are Marines Hopper, Pickering and Tarrant of 40RM Commando, and Marines Cooper, Hurst, Ivens, and Williamson of 43RM Commando.

BROOM, Ken

Marine
PO/X127344
43RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing St. Ives, Cornwall.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legions List 6.
Commando Association newsletter 24 (1957).

BROOM, R.J.

Marine
43RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Thame, Oxfordshire.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 106 (1998).

CAMPBELL, John

Marine
CH/X109403
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine John Campbell died during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/128.

CAMPBELL, William

Marine
PO/X106940
43RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Cambuslang

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 119.
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (Commando Assn. Sec. and CBF).
 

CASEY, Patrick

Known as: 
Pat
Marine
43RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Leeds.

Sources
Commando Association list of RM Commando members.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 115.

CATCHPOLE, Frank Ernest

Frank Catchpole 43 Commando
Acting Regimental Sergeant Major (later 2/Lieutenant)
CH/X1623
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Acting Regimental Sergeant Major Frank Catchpole received a Mention in Despatches for services in Italy 1st April to 8th May 1945. 
 
Sources
London Gazette 37505, page 1441.
Navy Lists (see Linked Content below).

CLARK, Desmond Birdwood

Temporary Lieutenant, Acting Temporary Captain
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Desmond Clark received a Mention in Despatches for good services during operations in Italy [1]. He received a second Mention in Despatches for devotion to duty during operations in the Mediterranean theatre (Yugoslavia) 1st April to 10th September, 1944 [2].

Sources

COOPER, William George Albert

Marine
PO/X 108241
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine William Cooper died during a raid on the Island of Brac, Yugoslavia. Initially buried with others on Brac near Nerezische, their remains were later reinterred in a collective grave at Belgrade War Cemetery.
Those buried with him are Marines Hopper, Pickering and Tarrant of 40RM Commando, and Marines Brookes, Hurst, Ivens, and Williamson of 43RM Commando.

COTTON MINCHIN, Douglas James Maurice

Capt. Cotton Minchin
Captain
77634
43543
43RM Commando
Commando Basic Training Centre
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Douglas Cotton Minchin was reported missing March 1945 after his patrol came under fire during operations in Italy, later presumed killed in action. He has no known grave.
Son of Capt. H. Cotton Minchin and Mrs. Cotton Minchin, of Cagnes-sur-Mer, Alpes Maritimes, France.

DALY, Edward Stewart

Marine
EX/ 4061
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Died on active service

Marine Edward Stewart Daly died by accidental drowning. He has no known grave. 
Son of Michael and Jessie Daly.

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

DIXON, C.

Lance Corporal
CH/X100773
43RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Bacup, Lancashire.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 4.
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA Sec and CBF).

DURNFORD-SLATER, John Frederick

Brigadier
41090
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Bar to the Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches

On the 28th June 1940 Captain J.F. Durnford-Slater was appointed Lieut. Colonel and ordered to raise and command No 3 Commando after volunteering for Special Service whilst Adjutant of the 23rd Medium and Heavy Training Regt., RA.

ENGLAND, James Patterson

Sergeant (Acting Troop Sergeant Major)
PO/X 1322
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Troop Sergeant Major James England was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry, leadership and undaunted devotion to duty during the assault on the Island of Walcheren [1][2]. Also served 43RM and 46 RM Commandos [3][4].
Recommendation

FOLWELL, Harvey Cecil

Marine
CH/X109129
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Harvey Folwell died during operations in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy.

FOWLER, Harry

Marine
EX/3714
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Harry Fowler died during operations in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy.

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

FROST, George

Captain George Frost 43 Commando
Temporary Lieutenant (Acting Temporary Captain)
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain George Frost, Intelligence Officer, received a Mention in Despatches for courage, tenacity, and skill whilst serving with the Allied Armies in the Mediterranean.
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 37136, page 3191 dated 19 June 1945.
[2] Navy Lists - see linked content below.

GALLON, Thomas Christopher Dennison

Temporary Sergeant
EX/3235
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Sergeant Thomas Gallon was awarded the Military Medal for great courage and exemplary behaviour whilst carrying out commando operations under heavy enemy fire off the Yugoslavian coast.
Recommendation
Operation Flounced, ref Map Yugoslavia 1/100000 sheet 109.
Night Attack on Pt.622 (0960) 3 Jun.44.

GARSON, Andrew

Marine
PO/X 108150
43RM Commando
royal ma
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Andrew Garson died in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Lake Comacchio and Argenta.

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

GARTSIDE, Stanley William

Marine
EX 3753
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Stanley Gartside, Motor Transport (MT) Section, received a Mention in Despatches for good services during operations in Italy [1][1A][2]
  • Vice President of the 'MT' Bottle Club which was formed in Italy May 3rd 1945 for ex drivers of 43RM Commando and 7th RM Bn."[2].

GOODRICH, Kenneth John

Marine
CH/X 108489
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Kenneth Goodrich died during operations in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito. He has no known grave.

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

GOSLING, John Jones

Lance Corporal
EX/3895
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal John Gosling died during operations in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito. He has no known grave.

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

GOURLAY, Basil Ian Spencer

Basil ian spencer Gourlay
General
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Acting Captain Basil Gourlay was awarded the Military Cross whilst serving with 43RM Commando in WW2. 
 
Post war he served in 45 Commando Royal Marines 1945-1948, Brigade Major 3 Commando Bde Royal Marines 1955-1957; OC 42 Commando Royal Marines 1963-1965, ultimately being appointed Commandant General Royal Marines from 1971-75 after which he retired.

GREEN, Arthur

Marine
PLY/X.104305
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Marine Arthur Green, Transport Section, originally from Burbage near Leicester, received a Mention in Despatches for services in Italy between 1st April and 8th May 1945. 
 
Source
London Gazette 37505, page 1441.
Commando Association newsletter 80 issued March 1985.

GREGORY, Donald

Marine
PLY/X 107480
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Donald Gregory died during operations in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy.

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

HANCOCK, Frank Holgate

Lieutenant
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Frank Hancock died during an air attack on Vis, their base of operations against enemy held Dalmatian Islands.
 
The 43RM Cdo. War Diary entry for 28th March 1944 states " Enemy aircraft attacked Vis town , and bombs also fell in Podselje . A direct hit was scored on the Cdo Orderly room,resulting in the death of Ty. Lt. F.H. Hancock and two marines."

HARRISON, D.

Marine
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Post war member of the Commando Association from Emsworth, Hampshire.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 106 (1998).
 

HEY, Richard

Marine
EX/ 3746
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Richard Hey died in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Lake Comacchio and Argenta.

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

HOOK, Ross Sydney

Chaplain (later Bishop)
40RM Commando
43RM Commando
Military Cross (MC)
Reverend Ross Sydney Wood was awarded the Military Cross (periodic) [1][2] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service with 40RM Commando from April 1944 [3] and later wiith 43RM Commando [2].
Recommendation

HOOPER, Arthur William George

Marine
PLY/X100963
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Arthur Hooper died during operations In Yugoslavia. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in a raid on the enemy held island of Miljet.

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

HOVERD, Robert Henry

Marine
CH/X 108492
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Robert Hovered died during operations on the enemy held island of Brac, Yugoslavia.

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

HURST, Cecil

Marine
PO/X 106979
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Cecil Hurst died during a raid on the Island of Brac, Yugoslavia. Initially buried with others on Brac near Nerezische, their remains were later reinterred in a collective grave at Belgrade War Cemetery.
Those buried with him are Marines Hopper, Pickering and Tarrant of 40RM Commando, and Marines Brookes, Cooper, Ivens, and Williamson of 43RM Commando.

INGRAM, Richard George

Marine
PLY/X 107498
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Richard Ingram died during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy.

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

IREDALE, Walter Harker

Walter Iredale 43 Commando
Corporal (Temporary)
PLY/X107491
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Corporal Walter Iredale received a Mention in Despatches for services in Italy 1st April to 8th May 1945. 
 
Sources
London Gazette 37505, page 1441.
CVA Gallery images.

IVENS, Frederick Charles

Marine
PLY/X 107485
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Frederick Ivens died during a raid on the Island of Brac, Yugoslavia. Initially buried with others on Brac near Nerezische, their remains were later reinterred in a collective grave at Belgrade War Cemetery.
Those buried with him are Marines Hopper, Pickering and Tarrant of 40RM Commando, and Marines Brookes, Cooper, Hurst, and Williamson of 43RM Commando.

JAMES, R.W.

Marine
PLY/X107508
43RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Evercreech, Somerset.

Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 7.

JEAL, Percy William

Marine
CH/X 105907
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Percy Jeal died during an air attack on Vis, their base of operations against enemy held Dalmatian Islands.
 
The 43RM Cdo. War Diary entry for 28th March 1944 states " Enemy aircraft attacked Vis town , and bombs also fell in Podselje . A direct hit was scored on the Cdo Orderly room,resulting in the death of Ty Lt. F.H. Hancock and two marines."

JEFFS, R.

Marine
PO/X103980
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
First name possibly Ronald *.
 
Sources
RM Prisoners of War / National Archives file ADM201/111. 
* German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/196/161 (Closed until Jan 2022).
 

JENKINS, William Glyn

Temporary Lieutenant
1355
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)

Lieutenant William Jenkins was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service displayed in the Italian campaign when taking part in the operations in April, 1945, north of the Reno and west of Argenta.

LASKEY, Cyril

Cyril Laskey 43 Commando
Corporal
EX/3154
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Cyril Laskey, 'A' Troop, died during operations at Lake Comacchio and Argenta, Italy.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.
'A' Troop image in Gallery.

LEACH, Norman

Marine (later Sergeant)
EX/3745
43RM Commando
Royal Marines

Served in HQ Troop. Post war member of the Commando Association.

Sources
Commando Association list of RM Commando members.
Commando Association newsletter 93 and 111.

MACKIE, Alan

Marine
43RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Inverness.

Sources
Addendum to Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 94 (1992)
 

MacLEAN, Alexander

Marine
PO/X116565
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Alexander MacLean died during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy.

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

MAIDWELL, Percy Scott

Percy Maidwell 43 Commando
Corporal, Acting Temporary Troop Sergeant Major
PO/X 3121
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Troop Sergeant Major Percy Maidwell, 'D' Troop, received a Mention in Despatches for outstanding service while operating with the Allied Armies in Italy.
 
Sources
London Gazette 36903, page 518.
CVA Photo Gallery images.
 

MCCARTNEY, George Johnstone

George McCartney 43 Commando
Corporal (Acting Temporary Company Sergeant Major)
PO/X3789
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Temporary Company Sergeant Major George McCartney, 'F' Troop, received a Mention in Despatches for services in Italy 1st April to 8th May 1945. 
 
Sources
London Gazette 37505, page 1441.
Image of senior NCO's of 43RM Cdo in Gallery.

MCCAUGHEY, Henry

Corporal
PLY/X 101290
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Henry McCaughey was reported missing presumed died. He has no known grave. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. He received a Mention in Despatches for "outstanding service while operating with the Allied Armies in Italy."
 
Sources
CWGC.

MORRIS, John Frederick

Temporary Lieutenant
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Temporary Lieutenant John Morris received a Mention in Despatches for services in Italy 1st April to 8th May 1945. 
 
Sources
London Gazette 37505, page 1441.
Navy Lists (see Linked Content below).

MUNRO, Neil Gordon Macleven

Temporary Captain (Acting Temporary Major)
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Major Neil Munro received a Mention in Despatches for good services during operations in Italy [1]. 
  • He received a second Mention in Despatches for courage, tenacity, and skill whilst serving with the Allied Armies in the Mediterranean [2].

NICHOLLS, Charles

Marine
PLY/X 2570
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Marine Charles Nicholls was awarded the Military Medal for great courage and exemplary behaviour whilst carrying out commando operations under heavy enemy fire off the Yugoslavian coast.
Recommendation
Operation Flounced, ref Map Yugoslavia 1/100000 sheet 109.
Night Attack on Pt.622 (0960) 3 Jun.44.

NUNNS, Malcolm Reeve

Known as: 
Mark
Malcolm Nunns 43 Commando
Temporary Lieutenant, Acting Temporary Captain
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)

Captain Malcolm Nunns, 'B' troop Commander, was awarded the Military Cross  for gallant and distinguished service displayed in the Italian campaign when taking part in the operations in April, 1945, north of the Reno and west of Argenta.

ODENDAAL, Jacobus Russell

Corporal (Acting Temporary Sergeant)(later Captain)
PO.X.4187
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Acting Sergeant Jacobus Odendaal, 40RM Commando, was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) for bravery in saving the life of two airmen when an aircraft crashed in a wood on the Isle of Wight [1][1a][Linked Content below].
  • 23 July 1943 listed as Lieutenant [2].

OLIPHANT, Albert Maxtone

Marine
PLY/X 105615
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Albert Oliphant from Dundee died during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives files ADM 104/135.
Obituary announcement in the Dundee Courier and Advertiser published 11 April 1945.

PARKINSON-CUMINE, Ralph Nicholas

Capt Ralph Parkinson-Cumine RM
Captain
41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Captain Ralph Parkinson-Cumine MC, 'B' troop, was reported missing presumed killed during operations in Korea. His Commando were engaged in operations with US Forces as part of Taskforce Drysdale, named after their Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Douglas B.

PENNIE, Aubrie

Known as: 
Mick
Marine
PLY/X 2482
43RM Commando
Royal Marines

Also served 42RM Commando and at the CMWTC. Post war member of the Commando Association from Praze, Cornwall.

Sources
Commando Association list of RM Commandos
Commando Association newsletters 93 and 120.

PICKERING, Kenneth Richard

Acting Temporary Sergeant
EX/3877
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Kenneth Pickering was awarded the Military Medal for great courage and exemplary behaviour whilst carrying out commando operations under heavy enemy fire off the Yugoslavian coast.
Recommendation
Operation Flounced, ref Map Yugoslavia 1/100000 sheet 109.
Night Attack on Pt.622 (0960) 3 Jun.44.

PRESTON, Martin Luther

Temporary Captain
43RM Commando
South African Union Defence Force
Military Cross (MC)

Captain Martin Preston, S.A.U.D.F attached to 43RM Commando 'A' troop, was awarded the Military Cross for outstanding courage, determination, and devotion to duty in operations during the campaign in Italy.

PROCTOR, Bert

Corporal
PLY/X 103065
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Died on active service

Corporal Bert Proctor died at the 59th General Hospital in Italy after an accidental gunshot wound to the left side of his neck.

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

RANKIN, John

John Rankin 43RM Commando
Marine
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Post war member of the Commando Association residing Paisley.
 
Source 
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 87 (1988).
[Image] Cropped from CVA Gallery photo titled '43 RM Commando C Troop 6 Section'.
 

RAVEN, Henry Hollies

Marine
PLY/X 107493
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Henry Raven died during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy.

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

RICHES, Ian Hurry

Major General
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Acting Lieutenant Colonel Ian Hurry Riches, G.S.O.1 Special Service Group, was appointed Officer Commanding 43RM Commando in November 1944 [1][1a] .
10 July 1945 appointed Companion of the Distinguished Service Order outstanding courage, determination and devotion to duty in operations during the campaign in Italy [2].

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].

ROBSON, Thomas

Marine
PLY/X2596
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Died in service
Marine Thomas Robson died of accidental drowning at Kowloon whilst deployed to Hong Kong. He was attached to HM Motor Fishing Vessel 1044 at the time. He had previously received a Mention in Despatches for "outstanding service while operating with the Allied Armies in Italy."
 
Sources
CWGC.

ROYLE, Frank

Corporal
CH/X 104572
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Frank Royle died during operations against the enemy held island of Brac.

SADLER, John

Marine
PLY/X.3867
43RM Commando
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Post war member of the Commando Association from Worthing, Sussex.
 
Sources
Commando Association newsletter 98 (1994).
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA Sec and CBF).
 

SAUNDERS, Samuel John Albert

Marine
CH/X 109090
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Samuel Saunders died during an air attack on Vis, their base of operations against enemy held Dalmatian Islands.
 
The 43RM Cdo. War Diary entry for 28th March 1944 states " Enemy aircraft attacked Vis town , and bombs also fell in Podselje . A direct hit was scored on the Cdo Orderly room resulting in the death of Ty Lt. F.H. Hancock and two marines."

SCHOOLEY, Ralph Gerald

Captain
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Ralph Schooley, 'B' troop, died during operations on the enemy held island of Brac, Yugoslavia. He received a Mention in Despatches for "outstanding service whilst operating with the Allied Armies in Italy."
 
Sources
CWGC.
London Gazette 36903, page 518.

SIDDALL, Ernest

Marine
PO.X.112388
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Marine Ernest Siddall received a Mention in Despatches for courage, tenacity, and skill whilst serving with the Allied Armies in the Mediterranean.

Sources
[1] London Gazette 37136, page 3191 dated 19 June 1945.
[2] Obituaries - Commando Association newsletter 113 issued September 2001.

SIMISTER, Charles Arnold

Known as: 
Arnold
Cpl Charles Simister MM 2 Commando
Corporal
7363858
No 2 Commando
43RM Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)

Corporal Charles Simister, attached to No 2 Commando from the RAMC, was one of the Commando contingent on board ML 307 during the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942.  He was one of those evacuated back to the UK after the raid. [1]

SIMMONDS, R.W.B.

Lieutenant Colonel
43RM Commando
Royal Marines

Lieutenant Colonel R.W.B. Simmonds, Officer Commanding 2nd Battalion Royal Marines since 1942, was appointed Commanding Officer 43RM Commando on its formation in August 1943. He remained as such until September 1944.

Sources
Navy Lists.
Nothing Much to Lose, author Michael McConville.
 

SMITH, Clifford William

Lance Corporal
7403479
43RM Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal  Clifford Smith, RAMC, attached 43RM Commando, was wounded on 22 September 1944 [1].  He was wounded a second time (remaining on duty) with 43RM Commando on 18 April 1945 at Lake Comacchio, Italy [2]

SMITH, Roy (Cpl. 43RM Cdo) last letter

Type: Personal Papers
Author: Corporal Roy Montague Smith 43RM Commando
Year of Publishing: 2019
Keywords: letter

The last letter home of Corporal Roy Montague Smith, which can be downloaded above, was written 5 days before he died serving with 43RM Commando in Italy. There are other letters including letters of condolence in our Gallery entry for him. 
Courtesy of Corporal Smith's nephew Roy Smith.

SMITH, Roy Montague

Cpl. Roy M. Smith 43RM Commando
Corporal
PLY/X 106635
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Roy Smith, 'A' troop, died in the blast from two enemy 88mm shells whilst leading his section during operations at Lake Comacchio and Argenta, Italy.
 

SNOWDEN, Fred

Marine Fred Snowden 43 Commando
Marine
EX/ 3248
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Fred Snowden died during operations on the enemy held island of Brac, Yugoslavia. 
Extract from the Stirling Observer Thursday 22 June 1944.

SQUIRE, John Robert

Marine
CH/X 106171
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Marine John Squire was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service displayed in the Italian campaign in April 1945.
Recommendation
Op. 16-20 Apr. Advance North between R. Reno and Canals West of Argenta.
Ref. Maps Italy 1:25,000 - Sheets 88 I NW and NE.

STICKNEY, John, G.

Corporal
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Corporal John Stickney served in the Balkans. Post war Firefighter at Rushden Fire Station, Market Harborough.
 
Sources
The book 'A Small War in the Balkans', author Michael McConville.
Article in the Market Harborough Advertiser and Midland Mail 28 October 1949, page 12.
 

TAYLOR, George

George Taylor 43 Commando
Marine
PO/X 107732
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine George Taylor died during operations in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. 
He received a Mention in Despatches for "outstanding service while operating with the Allied Armies in Italy."  

TUGWELL, Arthur

Corporal
EX/ 4439
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Arthur Tugwell died during operations in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. He received a Mention in Despatches for "outstanding service whilst operating with the Allied Armies in Italy."
 
Sources
CWGC.

WAKELING, James Dennis

James Wakeling 43 and 40 Commando
Acting Temporary Major
40RM Commando
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Major James Wakeling, 40RM Commando, was awarded the Military Cross for great courage and exemplary behaviour whilst carrying out commando operations under heavy enemy fire off the Yugoslavian coast [1][2].
Recommendation
"3/4 June 1944 Brac.

WARD, Reginald Foster

Marine
PO/X 107762
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Reginald Ward died during operations in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy.

WILLIAMSON, Fred

Marine
CH/X 106447
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Fred Williamson died during a raid on the Island of Brac, Yugoslavia. Initially buried with others on Brac near Nerezische, their remains were later reinterred in a collective grave at Belgrade War Cemetery.
Those buried with him are Marines Hopper, Pickering and Tarrant of 40RM Commando, and Marines Brookes, Cooper, Hurst, and Ivens of 43RM Commando.


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