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45RM Commando

Formed at Burley in the first week of August 1943 as 45 Royal Marine Commando, Royal Marines, from the disbanded 5th RM Battalion. Their first Commanding Officer was Lt. Col. N.C. Ries [more]. There followed hard training with those unfit or unsuitable being removed to other duties. In September the Commando moved to billets at Ayr.

45RM Commando E Troop 1944

Type: Nominal Roll
Author: Unknown
Year of Publishing: 2020
Keywords: 45, E Troop
From the collection of Marine Bob Yaxley, 45RM Commando, courtesy of his son Clive.
 
Notes
The author of this document is not known. It is not an 'official' nominal roll of all who served but likely a document put together from memory by a veteran and should be taken as such in respect of precise accuracy. 
 

ABERDIEN, Archibald

Marine
EX/ 4096
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Archibald Aberdien, a warehouse clerk from Edinburgh, enlisted into the Royal Marines on 28 February 1940. Marine Aberdien, 45RM Commando, was slightly wounded and taken prisoner of war 8 June 1944 at Normandy.
 
Sources

ADAMS, James

Marine
PO/X 100896
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Member of the Commando Association from Bury, Lancashire.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 91 (1990).
List of RM Commandos provided by Ron Youngman (CA Secretary and CBF) (shows service number).

AHERN, Patrick

Sergeant
EX/1251
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.

ALVEY, John

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.

ARLEN, Richard George

Abrahamowicz alias Arlen 10 (IA) Cdo 3Tp
Birth name: 
ABRAHAMOWICZ, Richard George
Private
6436363
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.

ARMSTRONG, Alfred

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).

ATKINSON, Jacob

Sergeant
EX/3471
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

Basil Aylett MM 45RM Commando
Troop Sergeant Major
CH/X1409
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Basil Aylett from Hanwell, West London, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service in operations with 40RM Commando at Termoli, Italy [1][1a][1b].
Recommendation
Termoli 3rd October 1943

BAILEY, James, W.

Marine
CH/X 111877
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 newsletters 93 and 120.

BAKER, Leonard

Lance Corporal
PO/X101944
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Leonard Baker died at sea during operations at Normandy, France. Adopted son of William and Lavina Daffern; husband of Lilian Baker, of Bedworth, Warwickshire.

BASTABLE, John

Sergeant
EX.4103
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
CMWTC
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

BEACH, Edward Bert

Corporal
CH/X 3533
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, pag

BEAVEN, Harwood Frederick George

TSM Harwood Beaven MM 45RM Commando
Troop Sergeant Major
PLY/X 458
40RM Commando
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Croix de Guerre (France)
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.
  • ​1946/47 serving in a Commando Training team attached to the French Commando School in Algiers*.

BEAVER, Stanley

Corporal
CH/X109654
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Northampton County Police
Sources
List of RM Commandos provided by R.Y. (former CA Sec and CBF).
Mentioned in a book by Peter Eads (linked content below).
 

BELL, Robert

Marine
CH/X 108406
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Robert Bell died during operations at Le Mesnil, Normandy.
Prior to enlisting he was a miner at Kinneil Colliery.
Son of Alexander and Agnes Bell, of Bo'ness, West Lothian.

BENNETT, Henry

Acting Temporary Company Sergeant Major
CH/X 512
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Acting Company Sergeant Major Henry Bennett was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe whilst serving with 45RM Commando [1][2].

BENSON, John

Marine
CH/X 110708
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. Son of Herbert and Beatrice Benson, of Leeds, Yorkshire; husband of Annie Benson. of Leeds.

BIDMEAD, Arthur

Corporal
EX/1043
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Arthur Bidmead died of wounds at the 6th Canadian General Hospital, France. Husband of Mrs Iris Bidmead (nee Huggan) from Hawick. Father to a young child.

BIRTLES, George Harry

George Harry Birtles 45RM Commando
Marine
PO/X111896
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
George Harry Birtles enlisted 10 March 1942 and was posted to the Depot RM Lympstone. 28 April 1942 posted 5th RM Battalion. Attended a Snipers Course 15 to 27 March 1943. Served with 45RM Commando from 1 August 1943 until the end of hostilities.

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, C.F.

Marine
PLY/X 107221
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Eastbourne, Sussex.
 
Source
Commando Association Lost Legions List 10.
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA sec and CBF).

BONIFACE, William George

Lance Corporal
PO/X 3924
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal William Boniface, 'A' troop, died during operations in Germany. Son of Albert Henry and Alice Rhoda Boniface, of Hampden Park, Sussex. His Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf, Germany.
 

BOOTHROYD, Gordon

Gordon Boothroyd 45RM Commando
Marine
PO/X120397
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Gordon Boothroyd, 'E' Troop, died during operations in Normandy, France. Youngest son of Edgar and Mabel Boothroyd, of Scar Lane, Milnsbridge, Huddersfield.

BRADLEY, L.

Lance Corporal
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Post war member of the Commando Association from Gateshead, Co. Durham.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legions List 2.
 

BRIDGER, Leonard William

Captain Len Bridger, Brigade Signals
Captain
Brigade Signals
No 3 Commando
Royal Marines
14.05.1942 commissioned Temporary Second Lieutenant RM [1].
15.11.1942, promoted Temporary Lieutenant RM [2].
6 June 1944, 1 Special Service Brigade Signal Troop, landed with the main body of the troop at Normandy [3]

BRIDGES, John Louis

Marine
CH/X 100081
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Post war member of the Commando Association from Ontario, Canada.
1971 Assistant Chief Police Officer, Port of Hamilton, Ontario.
 
Sources
Commando Association newsletter 52 (1971).

BROADHURST, Jeffrey

Jeffrey Broadhurst 40RM Commando
Sergeant
PO/X110093
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Sergeant Jeffrey Broadhurst served in 'Q' Troop of 40RM Commando and for a short period at the end of his service in 45RM Commando ending when they embarked for the Far East in January 1946.
RM Service Certificate

BROOKS, Arthur Robert

Corporal
EX/937
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Arthur Brooks died during operations at Normandy.

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

BROWN, Albert

Acting Temporary Sergeant
PO/X 4113
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, was killed whilst administering morphia to a wounded marine. His Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller near Hademstorf where he was originally buried before being re-interred at Becklingen on 21 August 1946.

BURTON, Francis Gerard

Marine
PLY/X105925
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Marine Francis Burton was awarded the Military Medal for courage and great devotion to duty whilst serving with the Army in North West Europe.
Recommendation
23 JAN 45 - VLOOT BEEK

CAIGER, H.J.

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
EX/3396
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Stanley Cairns died during operations at Normandy, France. Husband of Margaret Cairns of Pontypridd.

CALDER, Harry Watt

Cpl. Harry Calder DCM 40RM Commando
Harry Calder report in Dundee Courier 16th October 1953
Private
14421247
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
EX/4108
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Finlay Campbell died during operations at Normandy, France. Son of David and Rebecca Campbell.
 

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

CANN, Bernard Lawrence

Marine Bernard Cann 45 Commando
Marine
PLY/X 108734
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.

CARTER, William

Corporal
EX/1069
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. Son of Emil Hans and Margaret Casper, of Farnham, Surrey.

CATE, Leslie

Colour Sergeant
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Southsea, Hampshire.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 110 (2000).

CHAPMAN, D.T.

Lieutenant
Holding Operational Commando
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
April 1945 Holding Operational Commando. Post war member of the Commando Association from Airdrie. They record he also served 45RM Commando.
 
Sources
Navy Lists (Linked Content below).

CLARK, Donkin

Corporal
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Cullercoats, Northumberland.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 103 (1996).

CLARKE, Reginald James

Marine
CH/X114216
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Reginald Clarke was killed whilst overcoming an enemy post as his Commando entered Osnabruck, Germany. Son of Jack and Monica Mercy Clarke, of Ashford, Kent.

COCKS, John Sidney

Corporal
CH/X 114915
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal John Cocks, 'E' Troop, died during operations at Maasbracht and Brachterbeek when his Troop were ordered to attack and obtain a bridgehead on the Montforterbeek Dyke. Son of Sidney Harold and Ada Beatrice Cocks, of Peckham, London.
 
Sources

COHEN, Isaac

Corporal
PO/X 3246
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Isaac Cohen was reported missing presumed died at sea*. He has no known grave. Son of David and Mary Cohen; husband of Mary Ellen Cohen, of Bow, London.

Sources
CWGC.

COLE, J.

Marine
EX. 3449
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Marine Cole was wounded in January 1945 during operations at Bell Isle, Osen, Netherlands.

CONATY, Alan Craba

Marine
PO/X 100424
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Alan Conaty, 'B' Troop, died on the day his Commando crossed the River Maas at Gennep. By evening they had entered Afferden where they encountered enemy shelling. Son of Thomas P. and Laura Conaty, of North Shields, Northumberland.
 
Sources

COOK, Harold Anthony

Sergeant
PO/X 2733
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Sergeant Harold Cook received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe. Member of the Commando Association from Broughton, Lancashire.

COOK, Peter Donald

Sergeant
CH/X 100143
30 Commando Assault Unit
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Post war member of the Commando Association from Nantwich, Cheshire.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 84 (1987).
Commando Association newsletter 93 (1991).

COOPER, Bernard

Marine
CH/X104627
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Bernard Cooper, a Stoneware Pipe Worker from Derbyshire, enlisted into the Royal Marines 19 June 1941. Marine Cooper, 45RM Commando, was captured on 8 June 1944 at Sallanelles, Normandy.
 
Sources

CORBYN, Edwin Peter

Marine
EX/3439
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Edwin Corbyn died during operations at Normandy, France.

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

CROMPTON, William

Marine
PO/X 114336
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine William Crompton died in Germany during operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf. Son of James and Alice Crompton, of Bury, Lancashire.

CROOKS, James, K.

Marine
CH/X106494
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Post war member of the Commando Association residing Bellerive, Tasmania.
 
Sources
Commando Association newsletter 15 (1952).
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 79 (1984).

CROUCH, Walter

Marine
CH/X 100462
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Walter Crouch died in Germany during operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf, Germany.
Extract from the Worthing Gazette 17 April 1946

CULLEN, Michael

Marine
CH/X115442
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.

CURRAN, A.E.

Staff Sergeant
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Audenshaw, Manchester.
 
Source
Commando Association Lost Legions List 4.

CUTTING, Vincent

Colour Sergeant Vincent Cutting RM
Colour Sergeant
RM 12320
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].

DANGERFIELD, Edward Charles

Marine
PO/X 110927
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Edward Dangerfield died during operations at Normandy, France. Son of Albert George and Violet Rose Dangerfield, of Bow, London.

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

DAVIES, Osmond

Lance Corporal
EX/969
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.

DAY, John Eddy

Lieutenant (Acting Captain)
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Croix de Guerre (France)
Captain John Eddy Day received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe.
  • 1946/47 serving in a Commando Training team attached to the French Commando School in Algiers*.

DE'ATH, Ian Dudley

Major Ian Dudley De'Ath DSO MBE HQ Special Service Group
Lieutenant Colonel
45RM Commando
40RM Commando
45 Cdo. RM
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)
CH/X106276
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
PO/X111272
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.

DUCHAN, John Joseph

Original grave of Cpl Duchan 45RM Commando
Corporal
EX/4120
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.

DUNLOP, James Manson

Lance Corporal
14226329
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

EARL, Arthur John

Marine
PO/X 113307
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
PO/X 106188
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
232672
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 Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the River Rhine crossing on the 23/24 March 1945 [1][2].
 

FALCONAR, Oswald Bernard

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

FENTON, Bernard Charles Sydney

Mne.Bernard Fenton 45RM Commando
Marine
PO/X3168
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Bernard Fenton died during operations at Normandy. Son of Herbert and Dinah Fenton; husband of Mary Fenton, of Londonderry.

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

FENWICK, John Lindsay

Temporary Corporal, Acting Temporary Colour Sergeant
PO/X 105797
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

FINLAY, William

Sergeant
EX/3637
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.

FOLKES, E.A.

Corporal
PO/X101340
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
CH/X 110578
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].

GAGE, Harold Arthur

Corporal
PO/X120477
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

GALE, Anthony

Lieutenant
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Anthony Gale died during operations at Normandy, France. Son of Bertram Archibald and Florence Georgena Gale, of Oxshott, Surrey.
 
Source
CWGC.
 

GAY, George

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Gillingham, Dorset.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 103 (1996).

GEORGE, Kenneth Robert

Marine
PO/X121699
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.

GEORGE, Rex

Marine
PO/X113288
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

GLADWIN, Ernest James

Marine
PO/X 4566
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Ernest Gladwin was reported missing presumed died at the coast of Normandy, France. He has no known grave. Son of William Henry Gladwin, and of Nellie Rose Gladwin, of Southgate, Middlesex.

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].

GREEN, Norman

Mne Norman Green MM 45 RM Commando
Marine
PLY/X 106617
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Marine Norman Green was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service while operating with the Army during the successful landings in Normandy [1]
Recommendation

GYNES, Edward George

Corporal
EX/4220
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, John

Marine
PLY/X 110425
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.

HARDEN, LCpl. Henry Eric, VC

Lance Corporal Henry Eric Harden VC
Original grave of LCpl Harden VC
Lance Corporal
11006144
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. Son of William Thomas Harden and Fanny Marie Harden, of Northfleet, Kent; husband of Maud Harden, of Northfleet.

HARRIS, Ian Walter

Ian Walter Harris MM 10 Commando
Birth name: 
Hans Hajos
Corporal
6387036
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].

HARRISON, Thomas

Sergeant
EX/3464
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
EX/3454
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]

HILL, Victor

Corporal
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Post war member of the Commando Association from Aclam, Teeside.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 94 (1992).
 

HOBBINS, William

Marine William Hobbins 45 Commando
Marine
PLY/X 108713
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine William Hobbins, 'E' Troop, died during operations at Franceville, Normandy. Son of William and Jessie Elizabeth Hobbins, of Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire. Former pupil of Henley Central School. 
 
Sources
CWGC.

HOLMES, Peter Leslie

Mne. Peter Holmes 45RM Commando
Marine
PLY/X 101828
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Peter Holmes was reported missing presumed died during operations at Normandy, France. He has no known grave. Son of Peter and Elizabeth Ellen Holmes, of Pendlebury, Lancashire.

HUMPHREYS, Arthur William

Arthur Humphreys 45RM Commando
Colour Sergeant
PO/X1305
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Colour Sergeant Arthur Humphreys was wounded and taken prisoner on 8 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. Served 13 years in the Royal Marines, and later was an Inspector in the Federation of Malaya Police.

ISAACS, Walter A.

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).

JACOB, Sydney George

Marine
CH/X115726
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Enlisted 9 November 1943. Completed RM training at RM Deal in April 1944. Served with 41RM Commando in NW Europe and 45RM Commando (redesignated 45 Commando RM in 1946) in the Far East. Released from service 5 January 1947.
 
Sources

JEMMETT, J.P.

Lance Corporal
PLY/X113546
30 Commando Assault Unit
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Member of the Commando Association last known residing York.
 
Sources
Commando Association newsletter 85 (1987).
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA Sec and CBF).
 

JONES, John, E.

Marine
PO/X109559
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).
 

KEMP, Arthur John

Marine
CH/X 2986
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Arthur Kemp died during operations at Normandy, France.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths: Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.
 

KENNEDY, Wallace Edward

Graves of Lt Kennedy 45RM Commando and others
Lieutenant
308167
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, FranceSon of Stephen Pringle Kennedy and Florence Hilda Kennedy, of Enfield, Middlesex.
 
Sources

KEOUGH, Richard James

Richard Keough 45RM Commando
Marine
PLY/X 112641
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. Son of Richard and Louisa Vernon Keough, of Coventry.

KERSHAW, Frederick

Marine
PLY/X 109563
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Frederick Kershaw died during operations at Normandy, France. Son of Sam and Linda Kershaw, of Bradford, Yorkshire.

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

KIGHT, J.J.

Corporal
45RM Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps

R.A.M.C. attached 45RM Commando. Post war member of the Commando Association from Auckland, New Zealand.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legions List 7.

KING, Cyril

Marine
PO/X 101339
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

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

LAIDLER, Wilfred Kenneth

Marine
PO/X 119879
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
PO/X 116422
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.

LAY, Gordon

Marine
CH/X115330
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.

LEACH, A.J.H.

Marine
EX/ 5873
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Also served Commando Group HQ. Post war member of the Commando Associattion from Lancing. 

Sources
Commando Association Lost Legions List 7.
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA sec and CBF).

LEE, Edward James

Marine Edward Lee 45RM Commando
Marine
CH/X 114366
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
PO/X 116199
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

Corporal
EX/5211
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
5671091
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).

LYON, Charles Adam

Marine
EX/3407
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

Colour Sergeant
EX/ 1301
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

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

Sources
Commando Association newsletters 92 (1991) and 118 (2004).
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA Sec and CBF).
 

MACLEOD, I.A.M.

Sergeant
PLY/X 112220
46RM Commando
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Caterham.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legions List 8.
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA sec and CBF).

MAHY, N.W.

Marine
CH/X 115595
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Glasgow.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legions List 8.
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA sec and CBF).

MANLEY, Leonard Herbert

Marine
PO/X 109579
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.

MANNING, H.J.

Marine
PO/X114711
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Served in 45RM Commando. 20 February 1946 dispersed to CHU from 41RM Commando HQ Troop. Post war member of the Commando Association from Bristol, Avon.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 118 (2004) (shows unit as 45RM Cdo).

MARSHALL, Thomas Bateson

Marine
PLY/X 113359
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Thomas Marshall died of wounds in Germany. His Commando were in action at Wesel. Son of James and Sarah Marshall, of Belfast, Northern Ireland; grandson of Mrs. I. Bateson, of Belfast.

MCFATTER, John

Marine
PLY/X 106729
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
PLY/X 100726
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
CH/X 109867
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.

MERRY, Robert Wilfred

Private (later Captain)
5962128
483299
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).

MIDDLEDITCH, Alan Eveleigh

Marine
PLY/X113006
48RM Commando
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Marine Alan Middleditch, from Whittington, Shropshire, served in both 48RM and 45RM.
Post war Police Lieutenant, Federation of Malay Police.
Killed in action on anti-Communist duties Sungei Telum, Cameron Highlands, Perak.
 

MITCHELL, Albert

Marine
PO/X 106695
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
PO/X116678
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Oxfordshire Constabulary
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Douglas Money died of wounds at the 9th British General Hospital, Holland. Son of Albert William and Florence Lily Money, of Botley, Oxford. His name is on the Oxfordshire Constabulary WW2 Roll of Honour
 
Sources

MOORE, George

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association.
 
Sources
[1] Commando Association newsletter 100 (1995).
[2] List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA sec and CBF).

MORGAN, John Thomas

Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant (later Lieutenant)
PLY. 22441
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.

MOSLEY, Claude

Original grave of Mne. Claude Mosley 45RM Commando
Marine
CH/X 104331
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Claude Mosley died during operations at Bell Ise, Osen, Netherlands. Son of John James Mosley and Louisa Mosley, of Beeston, Nottinghamshire.
 
Sources
CWGC.
No.45 RM Commando War Diary / List of casualties Operation Bell Island II.

MOY, E.

Private
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Kirkintilloch, Dumbartonshire.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legions List 9.

MOYNAN, G.H.

Marine
PO/X 116219
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Horsham.
 
Sources
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA sec and CBF).

MULHALL, Alexander

Marine
PO/X 102596
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Alexander Mulhall died during operations at Normandy, France. Son of Edward and Christina Mulhall; husband of Marion Mulhall, of Falkirk, Stirlingshire. Father of Eric and Jim.
 
Sources
CWGC.

MYERS, Leslie

Corporal
CH/X 100607
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.

NEAL, G.H.

Marine
CH/X 116793
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Eastbourne, Sussex.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legions List 9.
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA sec and CBF).

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
PO/X112222
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).
 

NUTTER, Henry

Sergeant
PLY/X 104840
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).
 

OLIVER, Bryan Scott

Marine
PO/X106736
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Worthing, Sussex

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 114 (2002).
List of RM Cdos provided by RY (former CA Sec and CBF).

OLIVER, Francis, E.

Sergeant
PO/X114640
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Warrington.

Sources
Commando Association newsletter 25 (1957) and Obituaries in newsletter 106 (1998).
List of RM Cdos provided by RY (former CA Sec and CBF).

ORD, Bertram Kenneth

Marine
PO/X 120319
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Bertram 'Kenny' Ord was killed in action at Wesel, Germany. Son of Bertie and Nellie Ord, of Wallasey, Cheshire.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives files ADM 104/135.
 

PATERSON, W.

Marine
PO/X 113208
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Post war member of the Commando Association from Exeter, Devon.
 
Source
Commando Association Lost Legions List 10.
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA sec and CBF).
 

PATRICK, Neil John

Marine
PO X117198
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
PLY/X112318
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine William Pearce was shot and killed by a sniper when crossing the River Weser at Stolzenau, Germany, to take the town of Leese. Son of Harry and Ethel Nora Daisy Pearce, and stepson of Edward John Perry, of Barrow Gurney, Somerset.
 
Sources

PERCIVAL, Andrew Renton

Lance Corporal
EX/4169
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.
 

PERCIVAL, Jack

Corporal
PO/X.4084
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Jack Percival enlisted Royal Marines on 23 May 1939. Corporal Percival, 45RM Commando, was wounded 10 June 1944 and taken prisoner during operations at Normandy, France. Post war in 1945 he was residing at Newton Heath, Manchester.
 
Sources

PHILLIPS, N.H.

Marine
CH/X.3916
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Also served 1 Commando Brigade. Post war member of the Commando Association from Elland, near Halifax.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legions List 9.
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA sec and CBF).

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
CH/X116874
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

PLANT, Horace

Marine
PO/X 103994
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
PLY/X 111762
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
PO/X114756
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.

POWELL, Frederick Thomas

Marine
PO/X.1969
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Frederick Thomas Powell enlisted in the Royal Marines on 3 December 1935, civil occupation Farming. In WW2 Marine Powell, 45RM Commando was wounded and captured 27 January 1945 during operations at Bell Isle, south of Roermond, Netherlands.

PRATT, Howard Walton

Howard Pratt 45RM Commando
Marine
EX.3417 (T)
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.

PURVIS, William

Marine
EX/3472
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.

REED, David Walter

Corporal
PO/X4253
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.

REGAN, J.W.

Marine
PO/X.5022
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Emsworth, Hampshire.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legions List 9.
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA sec and CBF).

RIES, Norman Charles

Lieutenant Colonel Norman Charles Ries 45RM Commando
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 Ries was the first Commanding Officer of 45RM Commando on its formation in August 1943 [1] and remained as such until June 1944 when wounded by enemy gunfire in Normandy.

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.

ROBERTS, G.K.

Marine
PLY/X 114094
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Batley, Yorkshire.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legions List 10.
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA sec and CBF).

ROSS, H.J.

Marine
PO/X121885
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

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
PLY/X 108574
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.

SAMAIN, Bryan Charles William

Lt. Bryan Samain 45RM
Bryan Samain 45RM
Lieutenant
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Order of the Legion of Honour (France)
Lieutenant Bryan Samain was appointed Temporary Second Lieutenant Royal Marines on 9 November 1943. Joined 45RM Commando from the Holding Operational Commando later in June 1944 as one of the replacements for casualties after D Day. Appointed as Intelligence Officer July 1944.

SAUNDERS, George Victor

George Saunders, 10 Commando 3 Troop
Birth name: 
SALOSCHIN, Georg Victor Frederick Otto Wilhelm Felix
Private (later Sergeant)
6436354
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].

SCOTT, James

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Harlow, Essex.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 120.

Plaque at Spean.Bridge.

SHELLEY, Alfred

Alfred Samson alias Alfred Shelley 10 Commando 3 Troop
Birth name: 
SAMSON, Alfred
Lieutenant
6305372
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.

SHEPHERD, J.A.

Marine
CH/X106976
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.

SHINN, William John

Sergeant
PO/X4277
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Sergeant William Shinn was wounded and captured on 9 June 1944 during operations at Sallenelles, Normandy. Enlisted 15 August 1939 former trade - Butcher. Originally from Ripley, Surrey, later resided Birmingham.
 
Sources

SIMPSON, R.S.

Lance Corporal
PO/X 108699
45RM Commando
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Sutton, Surrey.
 
Source
Commando Association Lost Legions List 10.
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA sec and CBF).

SLATER, I.J.

Marine
CH/X 113448
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
*Service number also seen as CH/X 113648.

Sources
*RM Prisoners of War / National Archives file ADM201/111
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/7.
 

SMETHURST, James, F.

Marine
PLY/X 112286
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Post war member of the Commando Association from Blackpool, Lancashire.
 
Source
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 94 (1992).
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA sec and CBF).
 

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, Hugh Norman

Captain
263714
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]

STAINSBY, W.

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Member of the Commando Association from Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 98 (1994).
 

STAPLEY, Hugh John

Mne Hugh Stapley 45RMCommando
Marine
CH/X 3883
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Hugh Stapley died of wounds during operations at Normandy, France. Son of William George and Priscilla Marianne Stapley, of Penshurst, Kent [1][1a][2].
Extract from the Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser 

STARK, John Walker

Regimental Sergeant Major (Warrant Officer 1)
P011526E
45 Cdo. RM
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
RSM John Stark from Edinburgh was appointed M.B.E. (Military Divison) 12 June 1976.
 
Sources
London Gazette 46919, page 8019.
Report in the Arbroath Herald 18 June 1976, p22.
 

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