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45RM Commando

Formed at Burley in the first week of August 1943 as No. 45 Royal Marine Commando, Royal Marines, from the disbanded 5th RM Battalion.  Their first Commanding Officer was Lt. Col. N.C. Ries. There followed hard training with those unfit or unsuitable being removed to other duties. In September the Commando moved to billets at Ayr.

On formation there were five fighting Troops - 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D' and 'E' Troops.  'F' Troop was the Heavy Weapons Troop. 'H' Troop was the Headquarters troop which included Signals and Intelligence sections , Motor Transport and Administration. 

45RM Commando E Troop 1944

Type: Nominal Roll
Author: Unknown
Year of Publishing: 2020
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From the collection of Marine Bob Yaxley, 45RM Commando, courtesy of his son Clive.
Notes
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ABERDIEN, Archibald

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Marine Archibald Aberdien was taken prisoner of war on 8 June 1944 during operations in Normandy, France.
 
Sources
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Achives file WO392/7.
Royal Marine POWs / National Archives file ADM201/111.

ABRAHAMOWICZ, Richard George

Served as : 
ARLEN, Richard George
Known as: 
also seen as ABRAMOVICZ
Abrahamowicz alia Arlen
Private
No 10 Commando
Royal Sussex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Richard Abrahamowicz was of the Jewish faith and served in 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop,  of the inter allied commando under the alias of Richard Arlen. Reported missing 7 June 1944 later presumed killed in action on or shortly after that date. He was last seen assaulting an enemy machine gun position during operations with 45RM Commando at Franceville Plage, Normandy.

AHERN, Patrick

Sergeant
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant Patrick Ahern, 'E' Troop, died of wounds inflicted during operations on 23rd January 1945 at Maasbracht and Brachterbeek, specifically when his Troop were ordered to attack and obtain a bridgehead on the Montforterbeek Dyke. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
The Story of 45RM Commando (published for Veterans in 1946).

ALVEY, John

Known as: 
Jack
Lieutenant (later Major)
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Lieutenant Alvey was reported missing during operations at Bell Isle, Osen, Netherlands. Post war member of the Commando Association from Oxfordshire.

Sources
No.45 RM Commando War Diary / List of casualties on Operation Bell Island II.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 118 issued February 2004.

ARMSTRONG, Alfred

Known as: 
Bob
Captain
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Post war Captain Alfred 'Bob' Armstrong served for a period as President of the Yorkshire branch of the Commando Association before moving to East Anglia.
 
Sources
Commando Association newsletter 74 (1982).
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 92 (1991.
 

ATKINSON, Jacob

Known as: 
Jake
Sergeant
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Died on war service
Sergeant Jacob Atkinson died from natural causes (paralysis of respiration) at EMS Hospital, Hurstwood Park, Haywards Heath.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/127.
 

AYLETT, Basil McGonigle

Known as: 
Bob
Basil Aylett MM
Troop Sergeant Major
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Acting Sergeant Basil Aylett was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service in operations with 40RM Commando leading to the capture of Termoli. He was wounded and upon recovery was posted to 45RM Commando and promoted Troop Sergeant Major of 'B' Troop. In this new role he received a Mention in Despatches for good service with the 21st Army Group.
 

BAILEY, J.W.

Known as: 
Jim
Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Rainham.

Sources
List of RM Commandos provided by Ron Youngman (CA Secretary and CBF).

Commando Association newsletter 93.

BAKER, Denis Arthur Albert

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Denis Baker died In Germany. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in the attack on Leese after crossing the River Weser. 

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/127.
The Story of 45RM Commando (a small book published for veterans in 1946).

BAKER, Leonard

Lance Corporal
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Leonard Baker died at sea during operations at Normandy on DDay.

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

BASTABLE, John

Known as: 
Johnny
Sergeant
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

John Bastable served in 'B' troop.

Sources
The History of 45RM Commando page 10, published 1946 for those who had served.
List of RM Commandos from Ron Youngman (former CA Secretary).
 

BAXTER, Richard Fraser

Captain
45RM Commando
Training Centres
Royal Marines
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
45RM Commando and Commando Mountain Warfare Training Centre during 1945-6.
Post war he was ordained Reverend and was appointed OBE in the 1964 New Years Honours List "for public services in Nyasaland."
 
Sources
CA Newsletters 38 and 98.
London Gazette 43200, page 23.

BEACH, Edward Bert

Corporal
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Edward Beach died during operations in Normandy.

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

BEADLE, Ian Nigel Neville

Major Ian Beadle MC 45RM Commando
Major
45RM Commando
Royal Marines and Army Air Corps
Military Cross (MC)
Formerly Captain of 'E' troop, Ian Beadle was awarded the Military Cross in 1945, whilst Acting Temporary Major with 45RM Commando for " distinguished service while operating with the Army in NW Europe."  (Source: London Gazette 36947, page 998, and 36992, page 1507.)

BEAVEN, Harwood Frederick George

TSM Harwood Beaven MM
Troop Sergeant Major
40RM Commando
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Troop Sergeant Major Harwood Beaven was awarded the Military Medal for bravery and great devotion to duty whilst operating with the Allied Armies in North-West Europe.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37127, page 3090.
Cdo. Assoc. Newsletter 65 issued Sept 1977.

BELL, Robert

Known as: 
Dinger
Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Robert Bell died during operations at Le Mesnil, Normandy.
 
Extract from the Bo'ness Journal, and Linlithgow Advertiser - Friday 15 August 1952
In Loving Memory of our dear son, Marine Commando Robert Bell, killed in action.
We were not there to see you die,
Perhaps it's just as well,

BENNETT, Henry

Known as: 
Wiggie
Acting Temporary Company Sergeant Major
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]

BENSON, John

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine John Benson died during the period his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf, Germany.

BIDMEAD, Arthur

Corporal
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Arthur Bidmead died of wounds at the 6th Canadian General Hospital, France.

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

BLAKE, Alfred Lapthorn

Lieutenant Colonel
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Knight Commander Royal Victorian Order (KCVO)
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Major Alfred Blake was posted to Brigade HQ (3rd Special Service Brigade) when the Special Service Group was restructured in August 1943 [1]

BONIFACE, William George

Lance Corporal
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal William Boniface, 'A' troop,  died during operations in Germany. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf, Germany.

BOOTHROYD, Gordon

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Gordon Boothroyd, 'E' Troop, died during operations in Normandy, France.  
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/128.
 
Notes

BROCKBANK, Maurice Chester

Captain
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Maurice Brockbank, 'C' troop, died during operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf. He had previously received a Mention in Despatches whilst with 40RM Commando for "outstanding service while operating with the Allied Armies in Italy."
 
Sources 
CWGC.

BROWN, Albert

Acting Temporary Sergeant
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Albert Brown was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army during the successful landings in Normandy. 
Recommendation

BURROWS, Derrick Trevor

Lieutenant
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Derrick Burrows, 'Y' troop, No. 46 RM Commando, was killed whilst administering morphia to a wounded marine during operations at the River Aller.  He received a MiD for good service with the 21st Army Group.
 
Sources:

CAIGER, H.J.

Known as: 
Ted
TSM Caiger 45RM Commando
Troop Sergeant Major
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
H.J. 'Ted' Caiger was Troop Sergeant Major of 'E' Troop in 1944. Captain John Day, 'E' Troop, describes him in his book [1] as " a reservist whose rather quiet manner belied the toughness and courage he was to show later in action."
 

CAIRNS, Stanley

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Stanley Cairns died during operations at Normandy.

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

CALDER, Harry Watt

Cpl. Harry Calder DCM 40RM Commando
Harry Calder report in Dundee Courier 16th October 1953
Private
40RM Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)

Private Harry Calder, RAMC attached to 40 RM Commando, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his outstanding gallantry during operations at Lake Comacchio. [1]

CAMPBELL, Finlay David

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Finlay Campbell died during operations at Normandy.

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/128.
[3] National Records of Scotland - Statutory Registers of Births 504/B 2 - Parish of Ardgour and Kingairloch, County of Argyll.

CANN, Bernard Lawrence

Known as: 
Buck
Marine Bernard Cann 45 Commando
Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Bernard Cann, 'E' Troop, died during operations in Germany. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Stolzenau and Leese (River Wesser crossing).
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/128.

CARTER, William

Corporal
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal William Carter was reported missing presumed killed during operations at Normandy. He has no known grave.

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

CASPER, Peter

Lieutenant
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Peter Casper was killed by enemy gunfire during operations across the bridgehead between Stolzenau and Leese. 
 
Capt. John Day 45RM Cdo. records in his book A Plain Russet-Coated Captain

CLARKE, Reginald James

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Reginald Clarke was killed in overcoming an enemy post as his Commando entered Osnabruck, Germany.

Sources
CWGC.
The Story of 45RM Commando (published 1946 for Veterans).
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/129.

COCKS, John Sidney

Corporal
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal John Cocks, 'E' Troop, died during operations at Maasbracht and Brachterbeek, specifically when his Troop were ordered to attack and obtain a bridgehead on the Montforterbeek Dyke. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
The Story of 45RM Commando (published for Veterans in 1946).

CONATY, Alan Craba

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Alan Conaty died on the day his Commando crossed the River Maas at Gennep. By evening they had entered Afferden where they encountered enemy shelling. Captain John Day, 45RM Commando, records that 'B' troop had one man killed.
 
Sources
[1] CWGC.

CONNOR, Kenneth

Sergeant
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

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

Sources
Commando Association newsletter 93 and 103.
Commando Association list of RM Commandos.

CORY, Robert Charles Elderton

Captain
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Lieutenant Robert Cory, 'A' troop, and others from his section including Mne's. Wales and Wheeler, were wounded by enemy machine gun fire 23 January 1945 during operations at Brachterbeek. Marine Frederick Wales later died of his wounds.
  • Lieutenant Cory also served at Commando Group.
  • 21 November 1945 promoted Acting Captain.*

CROMPTON, William

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine William Crompton died in Germany. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf.

CROUCH, Walter

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Walter Crouch died in Germany. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf, Germany.

CULLEN, Michael

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Died in service
Marine Michael Cullen died of encephalitis at the 28th Imperial General Hospital, Hong Kong.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/129.
 

CUTTING, Vincent

Colour Sergeant Vincent Cutting
Colour Sergeant
41RM Commando
42RM Commando
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Colour Sergeant Vincent Cutting RM was from Little Hulton, Greater Manchester. He also served in 41 and 45RM Commando [1].

His son Gunner Robert Steven Cutting, 29 Commando Regiment RA, was killed on active service in Northern Ireland [View ROH entry] [2].

DAVIES, Osmond

Lance Corporal
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Osmond Davies, 'E' troop, died during operations at Normandy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/129.
The Story of 45RM Commando, published 1946 for veterans.

DAVIS, Kenneth William John

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Kenneth Davis died during the operation to take the enemy held coastal resort of Franceville Plage which had been given the local codename of Piccadilly. At the Northern end of Piccadilly the enemy had a strong point which included pillboxes.

DAY, John Eddy

Lieutenant (Acting Captain)
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain John Eddy Day received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe.
 
Source
London Gazette 37464, page 910.
Captain Day wrote the excellent book 'A Plain Russett - Coated Captain". 
 

DE'ATH, Ian Dudley

Major Ian Dudley De'Ath DSO MBE
Lieutenant Colonel
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Colonel Ian De'ath died whilst serving at RMB Plymouth.
 

DEACON, William George

Sergeant (Temporary)
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant William Deacon was awarded the Military Medal for bravery and great devotion to duty whilst operating with the Allied Armies in North West Europe.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37127, page 3090; errata 37136, page 3191.
 

DIAMOND, William

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Served in 'A' Troop. Post war member of the Commando Association from Dalkeith.

Sources
Commando Association newsletter 93.
Commando Association list of RM Commandos.

DONALD, Matthew Ewing

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Marine Matthew Donald was taken prisoner of war 6 June 1944 in France.
 
Sources
RM Prisoners of War / National Archives file ADM201/111 (Marlag and Milag Nord) and WO392/7.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/99/284 (Stalag 12A).
 

DUCHAN, John Joseph

Original grave of Cpl Duchan 45RM Commando
Corporal
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal John Duchan died during operations at Bell Isle, Osen, Netherlands.
 
Sources
CWGC.
No.45 RM Commando War Diary / List of casualties Operation Bell Island II.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.

DUNKERLEY, Piers Montague

Captain
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
1940 appointed probationary Second Lieutenant Royal Marines [1a][1b].
April 1944 (Lieutenant) RM Holding Commando [2].
6 June 1944, 45RM Commando 'B' Troop, Normandy, France [3a][3b].
7 June 1944, Prisoner of War [4]
 
Sources

DUNLOP, James Manson

Lance Corporal
45RM Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Lance Corporal James Dunlop, Medical Orderly of 'E' Troop, volunteered to remain with casualties during operations at Franceville- Plage, Normandy, 7 June 1944. He was taken prisoner and later transported to Stalag 12A in Germany.
 
Sources
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/79.

EARL, Arthur John

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Arthur Earl died during operations at Normandy.

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

EMUSS, Frederick

Frederick Emuss 45 Commando RM
Sergeant
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Frederick Emuss from Preston took part in operations at Normandy and the advance through France, the Netherlands, and into Germany. On D Day he was a Corporal in 'E' Troop, the parachute trained troop of 45RM Commando, and later promoted Sergeant.
 

EVANS, Humphrey Ap

Captain
45RM Commando
1st Mountain Regiment, Royal Artillery
Military Cross (MC)
Captain Humphrey Evans, Royal Artillery Forward Observation Officer attached to 45RM Commando, was awarded the M.C. [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during the River Rhine crossing on the 23/24 March 1945 [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 37172, page 3591.

FALCONAR, Oswald Bernard

Colour Sergeant
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

FENWICK, John Lindsay

Temporary Corporal, Acting Temporary Colour Sergeant
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Colour Sergeant Fenwick  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
"Reconnaissance across River Maas 27th-28th February 1945.

FINLAY, William

Sergeant
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant William Finlay died during operations at Normandy.

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

FLETCHER, Colin Evan Boulton

Colin Fletcher 45 Commando
Lieutenant (Acting Temporary Captain)
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Lieutenant Colin Fletcher served in the RM Holding Commando in August 1943 before his posting to 45RM Commando by December of that year [1][2].
During the Normandy Landings on D Day he commanded 'F' Troop Medium Machine Gun Section of 45RM Commando [2a][3]. Promoted Acting Temporary Captain in 1945 [2]

FOLKES, E.A.

Corporal
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Worcestershire.

Sources
Commando Association newsletter 93.
Commando Association list of RM Commandos.

FOSTER, Bernard Basil

Marine Bernard Foster 45RM Commando
Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Bernard Foster died at the 33rd Casualty Clearing Station, British Liberation Army, Germany, on the 1st May 1945 [1][2] of wounds received on the 29th April 1945 [1][2][3].
Son of Arthur Basil and Lilian May Foster, of Hounslow, Middlesex [1]..

GAGE, Harold Arthur

Corporal
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Harold Gage died during operations at Normandy.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.
 
Notes
Son of James Edward and Ellen Maria Gage, of Neasden, Middlesex.

GEORGE, Kenneth Robert

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Died in service

Marine Kenneth George died as a result of an accidental fall at Tung Chung, Hong Kong.

Source
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/131.

Notes
Commando Unit as per CWGC entry. The title was redesignated to 45 Commando RM this year.

GEORGE, Rex

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Rex George, 'E' Troop, died during operations at Normandy. He received a Mention in Despatches for good services with the 21st Army group.
 
Sources
CWGC
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/131.

GLADWIN, Ernest James

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Ernest Gladwin was reported missing presumed died during operations at Normandy, France. He has no known grave.

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

GOOCH

Lance Corporal
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Lance Corporal Gooch, 'F' Troop, MG Section, was wounded in the face on leaving his landing craft on D Day.
 
Sources
Commando Association newsletter 100 issued March 1995.
 

GRAY, William Nicol

William Nicol Gray 45RM Commando
Lieutenant Colonel
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Bar to the Distinguished Service Order
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
King's Police Medal (KPM)
Lieutenant Colonel William Nicol Gray was awarded the Distinguished Service Order [1][3] whilst Temporary Major (Acting Temporary Lieutenant-Colonel) of the Commando [2]. He was later awarded a bar to his Distinguished Sevice Order [4][5]. Immediatelyprior to joining 45RM Commando early in 1944 the then Major W.N.

GREEN, Norman

Mne Green MM 45 RM Commando
Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Marine Norman Green was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army during the successful landings in Normandy [1]. 
 
Recommendation

GRIMSEY, John Henry

Regimental Sergeant Major
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Major John Grimsey died [1][2] during the operation to take the enemy held coastal resort of Franceville Plage, Normandy,  which had been given the local codename of Piccadilly. At the Northern end of Piccadilly the enemy had a strong point which included pillboxes. An attempt by the Piat team of 'E' troop to destroy this resulted in the death of

GYNES, Edward George

Corporal
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Edward Gynes died during operations at Normandy.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/131.
 

HALL, George Stanley

Known as: 
Sonny
George Stanley Hall 45 Commando
Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Died on war service
Died in the UK

Marine George Hall died at Worthing Central Hospital, Sussex, from an accidental gunshot wound sustained during a live fire training exercise.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/131.
[Image] His great nephew Jordan Savage. 

HALL, John

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine John Hall died during operations in France.

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

HANES, Ron

Troop Sergeant Major
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association. He was the licensee at various premises in Cheshire in the 1950's including The Rifleman's Arms, Wilmslow, the Woodcourt Hotel, Sale, and the Ram's Head, Disley, before moving in the 1960's to the Noah's Ark in Plymouth then the Crampton Hotel, Littlehampton.

HARBORNE, Leslie Thomas

Known as: 
surname also seen as HARBOURNE
Marine
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Prisoner of war.
 
Sources
RM Prisoners of War / National Archives file ADM201/111 and WO392/7.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/161/462 (closed until Jan 2025).
 

HARDEN, LCpl. Henry Eric, VC

LCpl Harden VC
Original grave of LCpl Harden VC
Lance Corporal
45RM Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Victoria Cross (VC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Henry Eric Harden died during operations in the Brachterbeek area of Holland. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.
Citation
London Gazette of 9th March, 1945.

HARRIS, Ian Walter

Birthname: 
Hans Hajos
Ian Walter Harris MM 10 Commando
Corporal
No 10 Commando
Queens Own Royal West Kent / Pioneer Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Ian Harris, born Hans Hajos, attached to No 10 (Inter Allied) Commando 3 troop ('X' troop), was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service on 6 April 1945 during the crossing of the River Weser [1][2][4].
Recommendation
Crossing of River Weser-6th April 1945.

HARRISON, Thomas

Known as: 
Tom
Sergeant
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Thomas Harrison was awarded the Military Medal [1] for bravery, determination and great devotion to duty during operations to establish the River Aller bridgehead 10-12 April 1945 [2].
Recommendation

HAVILLE, John

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine John Haville received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37464, page 911.
The Story of 45 Royal Marine Commando.
 

HAW, Reginald

Temporary Chaplain
45RM Commando
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Reverend Reginald Haw, B.A., Temporary Chaplain R.N.V.R., was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for gallantry, steadfastness and inspiring devotion to duty with 45 Royal Marine Commando during the liberation of Holland [1]. He also served with 47RM Commando [2].
 
Sources

HOBBINS, William

Marine William Hobbins 45 Commando
Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine William Hobbins, 'E' Troop, died during operations at Franceville, Normandy.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/132.
Troop Nominal Roll - see Linked Content below.
[Image] Article in the Henley News edition 356 / 25Jun2014.
 

HOLMES, Peter Leslie

Mne. Holmes 45RM Commando
Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Peter Holmes was reported missing presumed died during operations at Normandy.  He has no known grave.

Read an article about his life written by his niece here: Mne P.L. HOLMES.

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

HUMPHRIES, Arthur, W.

Colour Sergeant
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Colour Sergeant Arthur Humphries was taken prisoner on 8 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France.
 
Sources
RM Prisoners of War / National Archives file ADM201/111. 

German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/188/292.

ISAACS, Walter A.

Known as: 
Wally
Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Also served in 3 Commando Brigade HQ. Post war member of the Commando Association from Winchmore Hill, London,

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 113 (Sept. 2001).

JONES, John, E.

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Post war member of the Commando Association from Peterchurch.
 
Source
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 109 (Sept.1999).
List of RM Commandos from Ron Youngman (CA).
 

JONES, Melton

Known as: 
Taff
Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Eastbourne.
 
Source
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 103 (Sept.1996).

KENNEDY, Wallace Edward

Graves of Lt Kennedy and others
Lieutenant
45RM Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London) Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Wallace Kennedy, Intelligence Officer of 45RM Commando died during operations at Normandy, France.
 
Sources
[1] The Story of 45 Royal Marine Commando Aug. 1943 until June 1945 (blue book published for veterans).
[2] CWGC.
 

KEOUGH, Richard James

Richard Keough 45RM Commando
Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Richard Keough, 'C' Troop, was killed in overcoming an enemy post as his Commando entered Osnabruck, Germany.

Sources
CWGC.
The Story of 45RM Commando (published 1946 for Veterans).
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/133.

[Image] The War Illustrated magazine.

KERSHAW, Frederick

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Frederick Kershaw died on D Day during operations at Normandy, France.

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

KING, Cyril

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Cyril King died during operations at Normandy, France.

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

KING, James

James King 45RM Commando
Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
23 February 1940 enlisted Royal Marines. 
April 1940 posted to 5th Bn. Royal Marines.
1 August 1943 to 45RM Commando serving in 'A' and 'S' troops.
Served France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany. 
 
Sources
[Image] Iris Little, daughter.
 

KIRBY, R.H.W.

Major
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
1st October 1939 promoted Captain, Royal Marines.
October 1944 Acting Major, Second in Command, Holding Operational Commando.
27/28 January 1945 wounded Western Europe (Bell Isle).
 
Sources
London Gazette 34718, page 7178.
Linked Content below.
 

LAIDLER, Wilfred Kenneth

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Wilfred Laidler received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37464, page 911.
The Story of 45 Royal Marine Commando.
 

LAING, James Hardie

Corporal
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal James Laing died during operations at Bell Isle, Osen, Netherlands.
 
Sources
CWGC.
No.45 RM Commando War Diary / List of casualties Operation Bell Island II.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.
1st Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.
 
Notes

LAY, Gordon

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Gordon Lay died in Germany. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf, Germany.

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

The Story of 45RM Commando, published 1946 for veterans.

LEE, Edward James

Known as: 
Ted
Marine Edward Lee 45 Commando
Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Edward Lee, from Leamington, died during operations at Normandy, France.
 
Extract from the 45RM Commando War Diary 11th June 1944

LEE, Leslie Leonard

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Leslie Lee died during operations at Normandy.
 
Sources
CWGC.
National Archives file ADM/104/133 (Armed Forces Deaths and Burials Overseas).
 

LILLEY, Sidney

Known as: 
Sid
Corporal
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Served in 'D' Troop. Post war member of the Commando Association from Cardiff.

Sources
Commando Association newsletter 93 and 98.
Commando Association list of RM Commandos.

LINDSAY, T.S.

Private
45RM Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps

Private Lindsay, R.A.M.C. attached 45RM Commando, was wounded 27/28 January 1945 during operations in Western Europe (Bell Isle).

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/88.
Linked Content below.
 

LYON, Charles Adam

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Charles Lyon died during operations in the vicinity of Brachterbeek and Montforterbeek, Netherlands.

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

MACDONALD, John

Known as: 
Ian
Colour Sergeant
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from North Kessock, Inverness.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 118 (2004).

MANLEY, Leonard Herbert

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Leonard Manley was reported missing at sea presumed died during operations at Normandy, France.

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

MCFATTER, John

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine John McFatter died during operations at Normandy, France.

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

MCKEOWN, Daniel

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Daniel McKeown died during operations at Normandy, France.

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

MCNULTY, Herbert

Original grave of LCpl. McNulty 45RM Commando
Lance Corporal
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Herbert McNulty died during operations at Bell Isle, Osen, Netherlands.
 
Sources
CWGC.
No.45 RM Commando War Diary / List of casualties Operation Bell Island II.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/134.
1st Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.
[Image] Julia Wells.
 
Notes

MCPAKE, Charles

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Charles McPake died in Germany. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf.

MERRY, Robert Wilfred

Known as: 
Bob
Private (later Captain)
45RM Commando
West Yorkshire Regiment
Private Robert Merry served in 45RM Commando. Post war continued in military service as an Instructor and member of the Commando Association from Dymchurch, Kent.

11 January 1967 Warrant Officer 1, Small Arms School Corps, commissioned Captain (QM).

MILLS, William

Known as: 
Bill
William Mills 45RM Commando
Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Served in 'E' Troop. Post war member of the Commando Association from Milton of Campsie, Glasgow.

Sources
Commando Association newsletter 93.
Commando Association list of RM Commandos.

[Image] From the collection of Bob Yaxley 45RM Cdo. 'E' Troop.

MITCHELL, Albert

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Albert Mitchell died during operations at Normandy, France.

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

MONEY, Douglas Anthony William

Douglas Money 45RM Commando
Corporal
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Douglas Money died at the 9th British General Hospital, Holland. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/134.
[Image] Mrs Joy Money (wife of Douglas's brother Gerald).
 

MORGAN, John Thomas

Known as: 
Jack, and Rattler
Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant (later Lieutenant)
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
British Empire Medal (BEM)

RQMS Morgan was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) June 1945. Post war member of the Commando Association from Devon.

Sources

London Gazette 37119, page 2961 (HM Birthday Honours).
Commando Association newsletter 93 and 106.
Commando Association list of RM Commandos.

MOSLEY, Claude

Original grave of Mne. Mosley 45RM Commando
Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Claude Mosley died during operations at Bell Ise, Osen, Netherlands.
 
Sources
CWGC.
No.45 RM Commando War Diary / List of casualties Operation Bell Island II.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.
1 Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.
[Image] Julia Wells.
 

MULHALL, Alexander

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Alexander Mulhall, from Falkirk, died during operations at Normandy, France.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/134.
Notice in the Falkirk Herald - 15 June 1946.
 

MYERS, Leslie

Corporal
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Leslie Myers died during operations at Normandy, France.

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

NELSON, Peter

Lieutenant
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Lieutenant Peter Nelson, Signals Officer, was wounded 6 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
The History of 45RM Commando page 15, published 1946 for those who had served.

NEWELL, Aubrey John

Corporal
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Sources
RM Prisoners of War / National Archives file ADM201/111 and WO392/7. 
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/270/265 (Closed until Jan 2024).
 

NOAKES, William James

Sgt William Noakes MM 45 RM Commando
Noakes MM
Sergeant
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant William Noakes, 'B' troop, was awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry during operations in North West Europe.
Recommendation
"Sgt. Noakes landed with his unit on D Day at Ouistreham. During this landing he distinguished himself by getting out gangways on the LCI(s) ; after the seamen had become casualties.

NUTTER, Henry

Sergeant
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant Henry Nutter died during operations at Normandy, France.

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

OGLE, J.G.

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Marine Ogle was wounded 27 January 1945 during operations at  Bell Ise, Osen, Netherlands.
 
Sources
The book A Plain Russett Coated Captain, author Capt. John Day 45 RM Cdo., (pages 73 and 74).
 
Notes

ORD, Bertram Kenneth

Known as: 
Kenny
Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Bertram 'Kenny' Ord died in Germany. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Wesel. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives files ADM 104/135.
 
Notes

PATRICK, Neil John

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Marine Neil Patrick was awarded the M.M. for courage and great devotion to duty whilst serving with the Army in North-West Europe [1].
 
Citation
23 January 1945 Brachterbeek.

PEARCE, William Harry

Marine Pearce 45 Royal Marine Commando
Marine William Pearce 45 RM Commando
Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine William Pearce died in Germany. He was shot and killed by a sniper when his Commando crossed the River Weser at Stolzenau to take the town of Leese.
 
Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives files ADM 104/135.

PERCIVAL, Andrew Renton

Lance Corporal
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Andrew Percival died during operations at Normandy, France.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/135.
 

PIKE, Geoffrey

Temporary Lieutenant (Acting Temporary Captain )
45RM Commando
30 Commando Assault Unit
Royal Marines
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)

Captain Geoffrey Pike was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for distinguished service during the war in Europe. Post war member of the Commando Association from Canterbury, Kent.

PILCHER, Joseph Henry

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Died in service

Marine Joseph Pilcher died by accidental drowning whilst deployed to Hong Kong.  

Source
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/135.
Royal Marines Association

Notes
Commando Unit as per CWGC entry. The title was redesignated to 45 Commando RM this year.

PLANT, Horace

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Horace Plant died during operations at Normandy, France.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/135.
 

POLLITT, Dennis

Marine
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Also served 45RM Commando. Post war member of the Commando Association.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 104 issued March 1997.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.

POVEY, H.

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Also served 42RM Commando. Post war member of the Commando Association from Hattersley.

Sources
Commando Association newsletter 93.
Commando Association list of RM Commandos.

PRATT, Howard Walton

Howard Pratt 45RM Commando
Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Marine Howard Pratt Served in 'F' Troop.
23 February 1940 enlisted Royal Marines at  Exmouth (former trade - Bus Conductor).
3 April 1940 - 7 July 1942  H.B.L.- Ports (RM Brigade).
8 July 1942 classified as Driver Mechanic (Gp D) Class 2.
8 July 1942 - 31 July 1943 H.B.L.- RM Brigade.
1 August 1943 - 18 October 1945 - 45RM Commando.
 

PURVIS, William

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine William Purvis died during operations at Bell Isle, Osen, The Netherlands.
 
Sources
CWGC.
No.45 RM Commando War Diary / List of casualties Operation Bell Island II.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/136.
1st Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.
 
Notes

REED, David Walter

Corporal
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal David Reed died during operations at Normandy, France.

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

RIES, Norman Charles

Known as: 
Charles
Lieutenant Colonel Charles Ries RM
Colonel
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Colonel Norman Charles Ries was the first Commanding Officer of 45 RM Commando on its formation in August 1943 [1] and remained as such until June 1944 when wounded by enemy gunfire in Normandy. Post war he returned to command the restructured unit from December 1948 until August 1950 [2].

RILEY, Harold George

Temporary Lieutenant
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant Harold Riley, 'B' Troop, was awarded the Military Cross for courage and great devotion to duty whilst serving with the Army in North-West Europe.

ROGERSON, Herbert John

Herbert Rogerson 45 Commando
Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Marine Herbert Rogerson was seriously wounded during operations in Normandy, France, losing the sight in one eye.  Medically discharged after recovery then worked at the Royal Docks, London. 

Sources
[Image] Dan Rogerson (grandson).
 

ROSS, H.J.

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Served in 'A' troop. Post war member of the Commando Association from Edinburgh.

Sources
Commando Association newsletter 93.
Commando Association list of RM Commandos.

RUFFELL, James

Known as: 
Jimmy
Corporal
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Served in 'E' Troop. Post war member of the Commando Association from Leigh on Sea, Essex.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 111 (Sept. 2000).
List of names of 'E' Troop (see linked Content).

RUSSELL, James George

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine James Russell, 'E' Troop, died during operations at Maasbracht and Brachterbeek, specifically when his Troop were ordered to attack and obtain a bridgehead on the Montforterbeek Dyke. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
The Story of 45RM Commando (published for Veterans in 1946).
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/136.

SAUNDERS, George Victor

Birthname: 
SALOSCHIN, Georg Victor Frederick Otto Wilhelm Felix
Georg Saloschin alias George Saunders
Private (later Sergeant)
No 10 Commando
Royal Sussex Regiment
Pioneer Corps
George Saunders (born Georg Saloschin) was reported missing in France on 9 June 1944, later reported a prisoner of war in German hands [1][5].
  • Served in No.10 (Inter Allied) Commando 3 Troop ( aka 'X' Troop) [1][3][4].
  • Birthname Georg Victor Frederick Otto Wilhelm Felix SALOSCHIN [6][2].

SHELLEY, Alfred

Birthname: 
SAMSON, Alfred
Alfred Samson alias Alfred Shelley
Lieutenant
No 10 Commando
The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
Alfred Samson, a German national of the Jewish faith, served in 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop, of the inter allied commando under the alias of Alfred Shelley.
He was attached initially as a Corporal to 45RM Commando in North West Europe but early in 1945 received a battlefield commission when posted to Italy.

SHEPHERD, J.A.

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Faberstown nr Salisbury.

Sources
Commando Association newsletter 93.
Commando Association list of RM Commandos.

SMITH, Alfred, S.

Sergeant
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Bexhill on Sea, Sussex.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 111 (2000) and repeated in 118 (2004).

SMITH, Clifford William

Lance Corporal
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, Hugh Norman

Captain
45RM Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Cross (MC)
Captain Hugh Smith, R.A.M.C., attached to 45RM Commando, was awarded the M.C. [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during operations at the Merville, Normandy, on the 7th June 1944, and later at Breville on the 12th June 1944 [2]
 
Sources

SMITH, J.

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Prisoner of War. Post war member of the Commando Association from Atherton, Manchester.

Sources

RM Prisoners of War / National Archives file ADM201/111 and WO392/7.
Commando Association newsletter 93.
Commando Association list of RM Commandos.

STAPLEY, Hugh John

Mne Stapley 45RMCommando
Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Hugh Stapley died of wounds during operations at Normandy, France [1][1a][2].
Extract from the Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser 

STEELE, Morris

Known as: 
or Maurice
Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Hull.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 94 (1992).

Deaths registered in Hull August 1991 (born 18 May 1921).

STUART, Ronald

Corporal
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Ronald Stuart was awarded the Military Medal [1] for gallant and distinguished service June 1944 during operations at Franceville-Plage, Normandy [2][3].
Recommendation

SUCH, R.

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Thornton Heath.

Sources
Commando Association newsletter 93.
Commando Association list of RM Commandos.

SWEET, Dennis Percy

Original grave of Mne Sweet 45RM Commando
Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Dennis Sweet died during operations at Bell Isle, Osen, Netherlands.
 
Sources
CWGC.
No.45 RM Commando War Diary / List of casualties Operation Bell Island II.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/137.
1st Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.
 
Notes

SYKES, John Charles

Lance Corporal
45RM Commando
Royall Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal Sykes was awarded the Military Medal for bravery, determination and great devotion to duty whilst serving with the Allied Armies in the assault over the Rhine [1].
Recommendation

SYMES, Robert Leonard

Original grave of Mne Symes 45RM Commando
Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Robert Symes died during operations at Bell Isle, Osen, Netherlands.
 
Sources
CWGC.
No.45 RM Commando War Diary / List of casualties Operation Bell Island II.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/137.
1st Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.

TATE, Alan

Temporary Lieutenant
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant Alan Tate was awarded the Military Cross [1] for courage and great devotion to duty during operations at Bell Isle, Osen, on the River Maas near Roermond. [2].
Recommendation

THOMAS, Don

Corporal (later Major)
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Post war emigrated to Australia. Commissioned Royal Australian Infantry. Retired as Major [Sources: Commando Association newsletters 50, 63, 68 and 75.]
 

THOMAS, Ronald

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Ronald Thomas died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/137.
Births registered in Middlesborough Jan/Feb/March 1918.
 

THOMAS, Thomas

Lt. DC 'Tommy' Thomas MC
Lieutenant
45RM Commando
South African Union Defence Force
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant Thomas Thomas was seconded to the Royal Marines from the South Africa Union Defence Force.

TIMMINS, John Robert

John Robert Timmins 45 Commando
Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine John Robert Timmins from Gateshead died during operations at Bell Isle, Osen, Netherlands.
 
Sources
CWGC.
No.45 RM Commando War Diary / List of casualties Operation Bell Island II.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/138.
1st Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.

TOWLER, Douglas

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Marine Douglas Towler from Aberdeen was awarded the Military Medal for distinguished service on the night of the Elbe crossing in 1945.
Recommendation
Crossing of the River Elbe and capture of Lauenberg 29th April 1945.

TULLOCH, John Alexander

Captain
45RM Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Cross (MC)
Captain John Tulloch, R.A.M.C., joined 45RM Commando as Medical Officer in September 1944 [1].  He was awarded the Military Cross [2] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during the advance from Brachterbeek to Linne, Holland, on the 23rd January 1945 [3].
 
Sources

WALES, Frederick Edward

Original grave of Mne Wale 45 RM Commando
Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Frederick Wales, 'A' Troop, died when hit by enemy machine gun fire during operations at Brachterbeek. His Section Officer, Lieutenant Robert Cory, and Marine Wheeler were wounded.
 
Sources
CWGC.
The Story of 45RM Commando (published 1946 for those who served).
 

WALKER, James

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine James Walker died during operations at Normandy, France.

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

WALKER, James Walter

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine James Walter Walker, 'E' Troop, died during operations at Normandy, France.

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

WATSON, John Arthur

Corporal
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal John Watson was killed during the operation to take the enemy held coastal resort of Franceville Plage which had been given the local codename of Piccadilly.

WHEELER, -

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Marine Wheeler,  'A' Troop, was wounded 23 January 1945 by enemy machine gun fire during operations at Brachterbeek. His Section Officer, Lieutenant Robert Cory, and  Marine Wales were also wounded. Marine Frederick Wales later died of his wounds.
 
Sources
The Story of 45RM Commando (published 1946 for those who served).

WHITE, Brian Granville

Captain
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Brian White, the Adjutant of the Commando since its formation, died during operations at Normandy.
 
Sources
CWGC.
The book A Plain Russet-Coated Captain by Capt. John Day.
 

WHITE, Ronald Douglas

Sergeant
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant Ronald White died during operations at Normandy, France.

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

WHITNEY, Robert Desmond

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Died on war service

Marine Robert Whitney died from natural causes (septicemia) at West Glamorgan Hospital, Neath. 

Sources
[1] CWGC
[2] British Armed Forces Deaths / National Archives file ADM 104/138.
[3] Image of headstone in gallery.

WILD, Frank

Graves of Mne Frank Wild and others
Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Frank Wild died during operations at Bell Isle, Osen, Netherlands.
 
Sources
CWGC.
No.45 RM Commando War Diary / List of casualties Operation Bell Island II.
1st Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.

WILLIAMS, Derrick Lovell

Chaplain 4th Class
45RM Commando
Royal Army Chaplains Department
Died on war service

Reverend Derrick Lovell Williams, M.A., had been Curate of Christchurch, Stepney, during the London Blitz and was noted for his rescue work. He became known as the Fearless Padre [1].

WILSON, Sidney William

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Died in service
Marine Sidney Wilson of 10 Priory Road Cambridge died from burns sustained when a military truck in which he was travelling overturned and caught fire at Broadbridge Heath near Horsham. Twenty three other Royal Marines were injured.
 
Sources
CWGC.

WILSON, William Alan

Known as: 
Jock
Sergeant
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant William Wilson, 'E' Troop, died during operations at the village of Wangelau on the road from Lauenberg to Lubeck. After a short artillery barrage 'A' and 'E' Troops entered the village and took 130 prisoners. The only casualty was Sgt Wilson who was killed whilst assaulting a machine gun position. 
 

WINSTON, Peter Stanley

Original grave of Lieut. Winston 45RM Commando
Lieutenant
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Peter Winston died during operations at Bell Isle, Osen, Netherlands.
 
Sources
CWGC.
No.45 RM Commando War Diary / List of casualties Operation Bell Island II.
1st Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.
 
Notes

WOOLLEY, Arthur Rupert

Lieutenant Colonel
30 Commando Assault Unit
Royal Marines
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Arthur Woolley joined the Royal Marines on 1 December 1939 and after his basic training was posted to the 5th Batallion Royal Marines Brigade.
  • Promoted Temporary Captain April 1940, Acting Temporary Major November 1941, and Second in Command of 5RM in June 1942.

WRIGHT, Trevor Desmond

Lieutenant
45RM Commando
South African Tank Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Trevor Wright, SA Forces attached to 45RM Commando,  died [1] during the period the Commando were engaged in operations at Osnabruck.
 
In 1942 he had been awarded the MM whilst in the rank of Trooper for "gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East [2]." 
 
Sources

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