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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

45RM Commando
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

No 10 Commando
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. He was killed assaulting an enemy machine gun position during operations with 45RM Commando at Franceville Plage, Normandy. 
 
Sources

AHERN, Patrick

45RM Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant Patrick Ahern, 'E' Troop, died of wounds inflicted during operations on 23rd January 1945 to take 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).

ARMSTRONG, A.

45RM Commando
Post war Bob Armstrong served for a period as President of the Yorkshire branch of the Commando Association before moving to East Anglia.
(Source: CA Newsletter 74 of 1982)
 

ATKINSON, Jacob

45RM Commando
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.
 

BAILEY, J.W.

45RM Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association from Rainham.

Sources
Commando Association, list of RM Commandos.

Commando Association newsletter 93.

BAKER, Leonard

45RM Commando
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.

BAXTER, Richard Fraser

45RM Commando
Training Centres
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.

BEADLE, Ian Nigel Neville

Major Ian Beadle MC 45RM Commando
45RM Commando
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.)

BELL, Robert

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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

2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
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

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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

46RM Commando
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.

TSM Caiger 45RM Commando
45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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
40RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal John Cocks, 'E' Troop, was killed during operations to take 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

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando

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.

CROMPTON, William

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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
41RM Commando
42RM Commando
45RM Commando

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

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain John Eddy Day received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe.
 
Source
London Gazettes Supp. 37464, page 910.

DEACON, William George

45RM Commando
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.
 

DONALD, Matthew Ewing

45RM Commando
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
45RM Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal John Duchan died during operations in Holland.  At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations in the area of Bell Island (Osen) and Brachterbeek area of Holland. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.

DUNLOP, James Manson

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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, P.

45RM Commando
Corporal Emuss served in 'E' Troop.  
 
Sources
The Story of 45RM Commando published 1946, p23.
Linked Content below.
 

EVANS, Humphrey Ap

45RM Commando
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.

FENWICK, John Lindsay

45RM Commando
Military Medal (MM)

Colour Sergeant Fenwick was awarded the MM 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.

FINLAY, William

45RM Commando
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
45RM Commando
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.

45RM Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association from Worcestershire.

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

GAGE, Harold Arthur

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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 Nichol

45RM Commando
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Bar to the Distinguished Service Order
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
Lieutenant Colonel William Nichol Gray was awarded the Distinguished Service Order [1] whilst Temporary Major (Acting Temporary Lieutenant-Colonel ) of the Commando [2].
 
Citation

GREEN, Norman

Mne Green MM 45 RM Commando
45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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

HALL, George Stanley

45RM Commando
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.
His great nephew Jordan Savage. 

HALL, John

45RM Commando
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.

HARRIS, Ian Walter

Ian Walter Harris MM 10 Commando
No 10 Commando
Military Medal (MM)

Corporal Ian Harris, born Hans Hajos, attached to No 10 (Inter Allied) Commando 3 troop ('X' troop), was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe.

HARRISON, Thomas

45RM Commando
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

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

HAW, Reginald

45RM Commando
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 whilst serving 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
45RM Commando
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
45RM Commando
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.

45RM Commando
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.

JONES, J.

45RM Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association from Peterchurch, nr. Hereford.

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

KENNEDY, Wallace Edward

Graves of Lt Kennedy and others
45RM Commando
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
45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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.

LAING, James Hardie

45RM Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal James Laing died during operations in Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting in the area of Bell Island (Osen) and Brachterbeek.  
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.

LAY, Gordon

45RM Commando
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.

LILLEY, Sidney

45RM Commando

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.

LYON, Charles Adam

45RM Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Charles Lyon died in Holland. At the time of his death his Commando was engaged in operations in the vicinity of Brachterbeek and Montforterbeek.

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

MANLEY, Leonard Herbert

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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
45RM Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Herbert McNulty died in Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting in the area of Bell Island and Brachterbeek. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/134.
1 Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.

MCPAKE, Charles

45RM Commando
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.

MILLS, W.D.

45RM Commando

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.

MITCHELL, Albert

45RM Commando
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.

MORGAN, John Thomas

45RM Commando
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
45RM Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Claude Mosley died during operations in Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting in the area of Bell Island and Brachterbeek. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/134.

MULHALL, Alexander

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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.

NUTTER, Henry

45RM Commando
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.

ORD, Bertram Kenneth

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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
45RM Commando
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.

PILCHER, Joseph Henry

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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

47RM Commando

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.

45RM Commando

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

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

PURVIS, William

45RM Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine William Purvis died in Belgium. At the time of his death his Commando were operating in the area of Bell Island and Brachterbeek, on the border with Holland and Belgium.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/136.
1 Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.

REED, David Walter

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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].

ROSS, H.J.

45RM Commando

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

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

RUSSELL, James George

45RM Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine James Russell, 'E' Troop, was killed during operations to take 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).

SAUNDERS, George Victor

George Saunders 10 Commando
No 10 Commando
Private (later Sergeant) George Saunders 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][5].
  • Birthname Georg Victor Frederick Otto Wilhelm Felix SALOSCHIN [6][2].

SMITH, Hugh Norman

45RM Commando
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.

45RM Commando

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.

STUART, Ronald

45RM Commando
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.

45RM Commando

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
45RM Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Dennis Sweet died during operations in Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting in the area of Bell Island and Brachterbeek.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/137.
1 Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.

SYKES, John Charles

45RM Commando
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
45RM Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Robert Symes died during operations in Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting in the area of Bell Island and Brachterbeek. 

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/137.
1 Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.

TATE, Alan

45RM Commando
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant Alan Tate was awarded the Military Cross [1] for courage and great devotion to duty during operations at the River Maas near Roermond in 1945 [2].
Recommendation

THOMAS, Don

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

THOMAS, Ronald

45RM Commando
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.
 

TIMMINS, John Robert

John Robert Timmins 45 Commando
45RM Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine John Robert Timmins from Gateshead died in Belgium. At the time of his death his Commando were operating in the area of Bell Island and Brachterbeek, on the border with Holland and Belgium.
 

TOWLER, Douglas

45RM Commando
Military Medal (MM)

Marine Douglas Towler, a Bren gunner in 'D' troop, was awarded the MM for distinguished service on the night of the Elbe crossing and capture of Lauenburg on 29th April 1945.

London Gazettes Supp. 37211, page 4023.
National Archives file WO 373/47/76.
 

TULLOCH, John Alexander

45RM Commando
Military Cross (MC)
Captain John Tulloch, R.A.M.C., joined 45RM Commando as Medical Officer in September 1944 [1].  He was awarded the M.C. [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
45RM Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Frederick Wales died during operations in Holland.
 
At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting in the area of Maasbracht and Brachterbeek. (Source:1 Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945)
 
Notes

WALKER, James

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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.

WHITNEY, Robert Desmond

45RM Commando
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.

WILSON, Sidney William

45RM Commando
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

45RM Commando
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. 
 

WOOLLEY, Arthur Rupert (Lt. Col)

30 Commando Assault Unit
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

45RM Commando
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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