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'Operation Vantage'

Saturday, July 1, 1961
1961 British military intervention in Kuwait in response to threats from Iraq.  42 Commando RM  'Charlie' Troop were the first to go ashore from HMS Bulwark in 848 Naval Air Squadron's Whirlwinds.
 
Notes
Additional photos can be found in our 42 Commando RM gallery album.
 

ARMSTRONG, Liam Peter

Marine Liam Armstrong MC
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Military Cross (MC)
Marine Liam Armstrong was awarded the Military Cross  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan in 2002.
 
Sources
London Gazette 56920, page 5274.
[Image] BBC News online 4 Dec. 2006.
 

ARNOLD, David James

SBS
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant David Arnold, SBS formerly 45 Commando, died during operations in Aden [1].
  • On August 7, 1964, the marines were conducting operations in the Radafan Mountains. Sgt Arnold was killed during a planned night ambush near the village of Dhala, a centre of intense dissident activity.

AUBERTIN, Jack Stanley

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Jack Aubertin was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in Malaya during the period 1st July to 31st December, 1951.
 
Sources
London Gazette 39507, page 1880.
National Archives file WO373/130/123.
 

BAILEY, Nicholas

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Died in service

Marine Nicholas Bailey who had served in the Falklands died from injuries received after a fellow Marine accidentally discharged a firearm when they were off duty at the friends house in Arbroath.

Sources
AFM ROH.
Newspaper article in the Aberdeen Press and Journal 24 April 1985.
 

BAIZLEY, Michael John

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Major Michael Baizley was appointed M.B.E., (Military Division),  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate, during the period

BALDWIN, David

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Died on active service
Sergeant David Baldwin died near Akanthou in the Karpas Peninsula during operations in Cyprus. He and Marine David Whitham were killed when their patrol landed by helicopter and came under ‘friendly fire’.
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
Cyprus Emergency Deaths 1955-1960.
British Cyprus Memorial Trust Book of Remembrance.
 
 

BALLANCE, John

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Military Cross (MC)
Corporal John Ballance was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2008 to 31st March 2009 [1].
 

BEWLEY, Neil

45 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Neil Bewley was shot and killed during operations in Turf Lodge, Belfast, Northern Ireland. [Source:  AFM ROH / Northern Ireland - An Agony Continued author Ken Wharton.]
 

BIRCH, Marc John

Cpl. Marc Birch
45 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Marc Birch died whilst deployed on operations with X-Ray Company, 45 Commando Group, Royal Marines. The company was conducting an operation alongside Afghan National Army troops to dominate areas posing a dangerous threat to British forces and the local Afghan population.

BLAKEWAY, Benet Carr

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Died on active service
Marine Benet Blakeway, HQ 3 Commando Brigade, died during operations in Cyprus. He, and QMS Alfred Wheeler, both perished from exposure on anti-terrorist operations after their vehicle fell into a deep gully in the Troodos Mountains during a blizzard [1].

BLYTH, Eric Joseph

45 Cdo. RM
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Eric Blyth received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service with 45 Commando in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate, during the period 13 April to 15 October 1964 [1].

BOTHAM, Grenville

Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Meritorious Service Medal (MSM)
Warrant Officer 2 Grenville Botham was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) on the 19 June 2000 [1].
  • 25 April 2006 (Warrant Officer 1) awarded the Meritorious Service Medal [2].
  • 1996 (Sergeant) Zulu Company 45 Commando RM [3].
  • 2007 RSM at the Commando Training Centre RM [4].

BRADFORD, John Gwyther

45 Cdo. RM
Mentioned in Despatches
Surgeon Lieutenant John Bradford, attached to 45 Commando RM, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished services in the Operations in the Near East, October-December, 1956.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 41092, page 3418.
 

BRAND, Douglas John

45 Cdo. RM
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant Douglas Brand was awarded the Military Cross for distinguished service in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate during the period 1st to 15th February 1965.
 

BREAM, George Leonard

Captain Leonard George Bream
48RM Commando
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

George Leonard Bream, or 'Percy', as he was known in the Corps, was born on June 1st 1919 in the hamlet of Buckworth, Huntingdonshire. He was the middle son of a a family of six, his father being a farm labourer. After leaving school with a basic education he moved to his eldest sister's home in Luton where he at first worked as a market trader, and then in a gent's outfitters.

BROWN, Alfred George

Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Captain Alfred Brown was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) 31 December 1960 [1].
Service [2].
1937 enlisted Royal Marines.
Served aboard HMS Curlew, HMS Argus, and HMS Penelope.
1941 promoted Corporal at Eastney and a Military Training Instructor.

BROWNING, James Gardner

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Died in service

Corporal James Browning, HQ 3 Commando Bde. RM,  was reported missing presumed drowned, after the cessation of hostilities on the Falklands, when caught in a sudden squall whilst in a dinghy off Port Stanley. He had previously served in 45 Commando workshops. 

BUDGEN, Paul Kindersley

45 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Paul Budgen died whilst deployed oversees to Malaya.
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
Malayan Emergency Commonwealth Deaths 1948-1960.
Plaque on the north wall at St Leonards Church, Misterton Somerset.
 

BURDETT, Julian

45 Cdo. RM
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Corporal Julian Burdett was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his gallantry during operations on the Falkland Islands.
Citation

BUTCHERS, Peter John

45 Cdo. RM
Died in service
Marine Peter Butchers from Paignton Devon was attached to the Mortar Platoon. He died when a mortar bomb exploded in the barrel during a live firing training exercise on Otterburn Ranges, Northumberland. Also killed were Marines Anthony Helstrip and Glenn Miller.
 

BUXTON, James George

45 Cdo. RM
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Colour Sergeant James Buxton was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division), for gallant and distinguished service with 45 Commando, Royal Marines, in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June, 1952.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 39675, page 5527.

BYE, Francis Clifford Edward

Holding Operational Commando
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Lieutenant Francis Clifford Edward Bye served in the Holding Operational Commando in April 1945 [1].
  • May 1966 to July 1967 Commanding Officer 45 Commando [2].
  • 1 January 1968 (Lieutenant Colonel) appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) [3].
Sources

CALLAN, Paul David

45 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Paul Callan died on the 10th June 1982 of wounds received during an enemy bombing attack at Ajax Bay, Falkland Islands that occurred on the 27th May 1982.
 

CALWAY, David Gerald

45 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine David Calway was gunned down by unknown Arabs in the back streets of the Crescent area of Aden while in civilian clothes.

Sources
AFM ROH.
British Casualties, Aden 1955-1967.
The Times 18th May 1967.

CAMPBELL, Robert Adair

45 Cdo. RM
Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct
Major Robert Adair Campbell received the Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct  in recognition of distinguished service in operations in the Radfan Area during the period 8th-14th May 1965 [1].
  • 1971 Lieutenant Colonel commanding 41 Commando RM [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 43773, page 8973.

CHEESEMAN, Daniel James Edward

Major Daniel Cheeseman
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Major Daniel Cheeseman, 40 Commando RM, was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2007 to 31st March 2008 [1].
  • 30 June 2010 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
  • 2012 Chief of Staff, HQ 3 Commando Brigade RM [3].

CHEESEMAN, Kevin John

45 Cdo. RM
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Warrant Officer Class 2 Kevin Cheeseman was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2008 to 31st March 2009.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 59182, page 15639.
 

CHICKEN, Simon Timothy

Royal Marines
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Captain Simon Chicken was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period 1st October 1994 to 31st March 1995 [1].
  • 2001 (Lieutenant Colonel) Commanding Officer 45 Commando Group [2].

CLARK, Ian Campbell

Lieutenant Ian Clark RM
42 Cdo. RM
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Ian Clark died during a cross border operation to Sajingan Besar*, Indonesia. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for distinguished service in support of operations. He had previously served in Aden with 45 Commando RM.
 

COLLINGWOOD, Frank Arthur

45 Cdo. RM
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Quartermaster Sergeant Frank Collingwood was awarded the B.E.M. (Military Division) for distinguished service in operations against terrorists in Cyprus between 1955 and 1956..
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 40987, page 653.
National Archives file WO 373/126/17.
 

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.
 

DAVIDSON, David Kelly

45 Cdo. RM
Military Medal (MM)
Marine David Davidson was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services on the 6th November 1956 during Operation Musketeer, the Anglo-French Invasion of Port Said, Egypt [1]

DAVIES, Hadyn

45 Cdo. RM
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Hadyn Davies received a MiD for distinguished services in operations in Cyprus during the period 1st July to 31st December, 1957.
 
Source
London Gazettes Supp. 41305, page 851.
 

DEWAR, Duncan Andrew

45 Cdo. RM
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
Lieutenant Colonel Duncan Dewar received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 to 31st March 2007 [1].
  • Commanding Officer, 45 Commando Group [1a].
  • 31 December 2013 (Colonel) appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) [2].

DOWLEN, Henry

Major Henry Dowlen
RM Reserve
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
Acting Major Henry Dowlen, RM Reserve, received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the field during the period 1 January to 30 September 2015 [1].
  • Surg. Lt. H. T. B. Dowlen, was initially Commissioned on 1 July 2002 and appointed to the Trained Strength of the Royal Navy Medical Branch on 18th February 2008 [2].

EATON, Nicholas John

45 Cdo. RM
Died in service

Corporal Nicholas Eaton, a mountain leader in the Mountain and Arctic Warfare Cadre, died in a road traffic accident whilst cycling back to RM Condor, Arbroath. 

Sources
AFM ROH.

Carol Harrison.

EDWARDS, Brian Leslie

45 Cdo. RM
Mentioned in Despatches
Major Brian Edwards, Officer Commanding 'Z' Company, received a Mention Despatches in recogntion of gallant and distinguished service in Aden in 1967.
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 44558, page 3863.
[2] National Archives file WO373/138/70.
 

EDWARDS, Lionel Percy Fox

45 Cdo. RM
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Captain Lionel Edwards was appointed O.B.E. (Military Divsion) in the 1963 New Years Honours. He served in Cyprus, Port Said, and in Aden.

Sources
London Gazette 42870, page 6.
Shrewsbury School Register 1908-1958.
 

ELEY, John Graham

45 Cdo. RM
Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct
Acting Corporal John Eley was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct in recognition of his courage and determination on 14 June 1968 whilst deployed to Norway.
Citation

ELMS, Liam Michael

Cpl Liam Elms 45 Commando
45 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Liam Elms, 45 Commando Royal Marines, Zulu Company, died as a result of an enemy ied explosion during operations in southern Helmand. The Company was conducting a local area patrol alongside Afghan National Army troops in order to reassure the local population.
 

EPHRAUMS, Roderick Jarvis

Major General Roger Ephraums Royal Marines
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Commander of the Order of St John (CStJ)
Deputy Lieutenant (DL)
Served with 42 Commando in Malaya in the 1950's and was later the Brigade Major, HQ 3 Commando Brigade RM in Sarawak. In 1969 he commanded 45 Commando RM *.
  • 1 January 1965 (Major) appointed O.B.E. [1].
  • 17 December 1972 promoted Brigadier [2]

ESSEEN, David

45 Cdo. RM
Died on active service

Marine David Esseen from Wallasey died whilst deployed to Aden, cause of death not known to this archive.

Sources
AFM ROH.
British Casualties, Aden 1955-1967.

FELLOWS, Steven James

LCpl Steven Fellows 45 Commando
45 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Steven Fellows was part of a patrol in the Green Zone south of Forward Operating Base Jackson when a Jackal vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in the Helmand River Wadi.  All three of the vehicle occupants were wounded with LCpl Fellows’ position as the vehicle commander taking the full brunt of the explosion.

FORBES, Duncan Graham

45 Cdo. RM
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Duncan Forbes received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 to 31st March 2007.

Sources
London Gazette Supp. 58396, page 10412.
Globe and Laurel Jul/Aug. 2007 edition.
 

FORRET, Andrew

45 Cdo. RM
Died in service
Warrant Officer Class 2 Andrew Forret, 'Z' Company,  died during the annual deployment to Norway.  He was sitting in the cab of a BV 202 oversnow vehicle in which he had been awaiting the return of an overdue patrol group in atrocious weather. He was poisoned by exhaust fumes on a faulty vehicle. 

FRANCIS, Michael James

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Distinguished Service Medal (DSM)
 Colour Sergeant Michael Francis joined the Royal Marines in January 1963 and after basic training he served in both 45 and 43 Commando.  He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his gallantry during operations on the Falkland

FRASER, Hugh

45 Cdo. RM
Died in service
Marine Hugh Fraser serving at 45 Commando Group died [1] at Coatbridge Lanarkshire as a result of a road traffic accident [2]
 
Sources
[1] AFM ROH
[2] Globe and Laurel, Christmas 1977 edition.
 

FRY, Robert Alan

Royal Marines
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Legion of Merit (USA)
  • 1978 (Lieutenant) received Mention In Despatches for distinguished service in Northern Ireland [1].

GADIE, Philip

45 Cdo. RM
Mentioned in Despatches
Major Philip Gadie, 45 Commando RM, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 to 31st March 2007 [1].

GENGE, Thomas John Head

45 Cdo. RM
Died in service
Corporal Thomas Genge died of natural causes at the British Military Hospital Kamunting. 
  • Buried at Batu Gajah; later exhumed, Cremated at Sek Keng Cheng Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur and ashes returned to the UK. 
Sources
AFM ROH.
Malayan Emergency Commonwealth Deaths 1948-1960.

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.

GIBSON, Neil

45 Cdo. RM
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Neil Gibson was awarded the Military Medal for courage and distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st August 1973 - 31st October 1973 [1].​
 
Mentioned in Despatches 1967 Aden [2].
Recommendation

GOURLAY, Basil Ian Spencer

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

GRIFFITHS, Patrick

Patrick Griffiths MC
45 Cdo. RM
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant Patrick Griffiths was awarded the Military Cross for distinguished service in operations in Malaya during the period 1st August  to 15th November, 1950 [1].
  • 11 June 1977 (Colonel) appointed C.B.E. (Military Division) [2]
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 39215, page 2389.

HALFORD, Jack Lovell

45 Cdo. RM
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Died on active service

Colour Sergeant Jack Halford BEM was killed during operations in the Arabian Desert whilst seconded to the Northern Frontier Regiment on special duty with the forces of Muscat and Oman.

HALLIDAY, Francis Andrew Tollemache

45 Cdo. RM
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Major Francis Halliday was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) for his role as senior Rifle Troop Commander during operations over a period of eighteen months in Cyprus.
 
Sources
London Gazette 40960, page 6 & erratum in LG 40969, page 151.
National Archives file WO373/126/16.
 

HEBDEN, Ralph Michael

45 Cdo. RM
Died in service

Marine Ralph Hebden, a veteran of Afghanistan,  went missing after going for an early-morning run. His body was spotted in the sea by a passer-by 3 weeks later. A subsequent inquest heard how he drowned after falling from a cliff path in poor visibility,  and a verdict of accidental death was recorded.

HELSTRIP, Anthony John

45 Cdo. RM
Died in service
Marine Anthony Helstrip from London was attached to the Mortar Platoon. He died when a mortar bomb exploded in the barrel during a live firing training exercise on Otterburn Ranges, Northumberland. Also killed were Marines Peter Butchers and Glenn Miller.
 
Sources
AFM ROH.

HENRY, John

Corporal John Henry RM
45 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal John Henry, from Clarkleap, Newcastleton, died during operations in Malaya. His section were ambushed and pinned down in the Cameron Highlands and Cpl. Henry was killed as he went to get ammunition for them. [1]
 

HODGKISS, Richard George

45 Cdo. RM
Military Medal (MM)
Marine Richard Hodgkiss was awarded the Military Medal for outstanding courage and leadership whilst operating as a leading scout of a patrol that engaged the enemy on 13 February 1951 in a forest south of Tapah, Malaya.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 39290, page 3928.

HUNT, Darren

Major Darren Hunt RM
45 Cdo. RM
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Darren Hunt was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of distinguished service during operations in the South Atlantic in 1982 [1].
  • 1991 (Sergeant) received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland [2].

HUNTER, David Peter Lafayette

45 Cdo. RM
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain David Hunter, Officer Commanding the operational troops of 45 Commando RM in the Cameron Highlands Malaya, was awarded the Military Cross for distinguished service from 1st August 1950 onwards [1].
  • 9 January 1961 to 11 January 1963 (Lieutenant Colonel) Commanding Officer 40 Commando RM [2]
World War 2

HYDES, Richard

45 Cdo. RM
Died on active service

Marine Richard Hydes, from Bracebridge Lincoln, died in a live firing training accident outside Dhala camp, Aden, while preparing for the initial Radfan operation.  A newly introduced GPMG went off accidentally whilst the gunner was moving position and hit his number two, Marine Hydes, who was ahead of the gunner locating a new fire position. 

IRELAND, Luke

Mne Luke Ireland 45 Commando
45 Cdo. RM
Died in service
Marine Luke Ireland went missing whilst on leave after going for a run in the Glen Clova area.  Despite an extensive search involving Tayside Police, five Mountain Rescue teams, three rescue dogs, search helicopters and 250 Royal Marines and Army commandos, the rescue attempt, in appalling weather, was unsuccessful. Police later confirmed that a body found in the Angus Glens was that of t

JEFFERY, Reginald

45 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Reginald Jeffery from Penzance died whilst deployed to Aden [1][2].  He was part of a training party that accidentally strayed across into Yemen and was ambushed. Four of the party were killed, one of these being L/Cpl Reginald Jeffery, who at the time was attached from 45 Commando RM to Headquarters Middle East Command [3].
 

JONES, Christopher

59 Ind. Cdo. Sqn. RE
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sapper Christopher Jones, 59 Commando Sqn., RE, attached to 45 Commando RM, died during during operations against enemy forces dug in on the Falkland Islands mountain ridge known as Two Sisters. 

KEYES, David Charles

45 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine David Keyes was killed during operations in Malaya when ambushed in a jeep along the Tapah-Chenderiang Road in Perak at Tapah Road Station near Ipoh. Buried in Batu Gajah (later exhumed, cremated at Sek Keng Cheng Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur and ashes returned to UK). Also killed was Marine Ernest Nevard 

KNOWLES, William

45 Cdo. RM
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine William Knowles received a Mention in Despatches  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Malaya during the period from 1st January to 30th June, 1952.
 
Sources
London Gazette 39675, page 5528.

LAMB, Ernest

45 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Ernest Lamb died of wounds received during operations in Malaya. He was cremated at Sek Keng Cheng Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur and his ashes returned to the UK.

Sources
AFM ROH.
Malayan Emergency Commonwealth Deaths 1948-1960.
RM Historical Group .

LAMB, Kenneth

Mne Kenneth Lamb 45 Commando
45 Cdo. RM
Died on active service
Marine Kenneth Lamb died during operations in Cyprus. He was accidentally shot and killed on anti-terrorist operations in the Troodos Mountains during the Cyprus emergency. They were reinforcing a Greek Police Station in Agros at the time. 
 
[Source: AFM ROH /  British Cyprus Memorial Trust Book of Remembrance.]
 

LANGDALE, Andrew John

Andy Langdale RM
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Acting Warrant Officer Class 1 Andrew Langdale was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) 11 June 2011. 
Service
Served 08/03/1982 to 05/08/2011
40 Cdo RM ( Op Banner and UNFICYP)

LASKI, Michael

Mne. Michael Laski 45 Commando
45 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Michael Laski died of the wounds he sustained in action on 23 February 2009 to the north of Sangin, Helmand province, Afghanistan. He passed away peacefully at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham on 25 February 2009 with his family beside him.

LEAROYD, Roger Halkett Brook

Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Roger Learoyd received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the East and West Malaysian operations during the period 24th June to 11th August 1966 [1].
  • 28 October 1977 (Major) posted 45 Commando RM [2].

LEE, Oliver Andrew

45 Cdo. RM
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
Captain Oliver Lee received The Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in Iraq during the period 19 March to 19 April 2003 [1].

LETCHFORD, Andrew Campbell

45 Cdo. RM
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Lieutenant Andrew Letchford was appointed M.B.E., (Military Division),  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate, during the period 1st to 15th February 1

LUCAS, Alexander James

Mne Alexander Lucas 45 Commando
45 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Alexander Lucas died of wounds received in an IED explosion.  He was a specialist Royal Marine Assault Engineer and his role within Victor Company placed him at the vanguard of troop action. With his specialist skills he provided intimate engineer support to the front line of the fighting troops.

MACKIN, Travis

Mne Travis Mackin 3 Commando Bde
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Travis Mackin, Communications Squadron, United Kingdom Landing Force Command Support Group, died in an ied explosion in Kajaki, northern Helmand province, during a joint patrol with Victor Company, 45 Commando Group Royal

MACVICAR, Alexander

45 Cdo. RM
Mentioned in Despatches
Quartermaster Sergeant Alexander MacVicar received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service with 45 Commando in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate, during the period 13 April to 15 October 1964.

MALONE, Bradley

Marine, Acting Corporal, Bradley Malone CGC
45 Cdo. RM
Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC)
Acting Corporal Bradley Malone was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1 October 2008 to 31 March 2009.
 
Sources
London Gazette issue 59182, page 15640.
Errata London Gazette issue 59211, Notice ID: L-59211-943737.

MANUEL, John Henry

Sgt. John Manuel
45 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant John Manuel died whilst deployed on operations with X-Ray Company, 45 Commando Group, Royal Marines. The company was conducting an operation alongside Afghan National Army troops to dominate areas posing a dangerous threat to British forces and the local Afghan population.

MARSH, Leslie George

40RM Commando
41 Ind. Cdo. RM
45 Cdo. RM
Military Cross (MC)
Captain Leslie Marsh, a veteran of service with 40RM Commando in WW2, was awarded the Military Cross during the Korean War for gallant and distinguished service. 
  • 29 November 1950 (41 Independent Commando) wounded during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.

MARTIN, Ian Campbell

Lieutenant Ian Martin 45 Commando
45 Cdo. RM
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Lieutenant Ian Martin, a Troop Commander in 'Z' Company, was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate, during the period 13 April to 15 October 1964 [1][1a].
Recommendation

MAUDE, Neil Stanley Eustace

40RM Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Neil Maude joined 40RM Commando on 17 February from the Holding Battalion at Deal [1].
  • 17 December 1943 promoted Acting Major and  second in command [2].
  • Mentioned in Despatches for distinguished services in the successful landing operations in Sicily, the Messina Straits, Salerno and Normandy [3].

MAYNE, James Thomas

45 Cdo. RM
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant James Mayne received a Mention in Despatches in recogntion of gallant and distinguished service in Aden [1].
 
Recommendation
Sergeant  Mayne has been the troop sergeant of the assault engineer troop in 45 Commando, Royal Marines, since March 1967.

MCGILL, Alistair Iain

45 Cdo. RM
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM)
Meritorious Service Medal (MSM)
Warrant Officer 2 Alistair McGill was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Northern Ireland in 2004 [1].
  • 2007 (RSM) 45 Commando Group [2].
  • 31 December 2010 (Warrant Officer Class 1)  appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [3].

MCGRATH, Edward

Edward McGrath 45 Commando
45 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Edward McGrath, from Kirkdale Liverpool, died during fighting between dissident tribesmen in the Radfan mountains. He had served in the Royal Marines for 7 years.

Sources
AFM ROH.
British Casualties, Aden 1955-1967.
Liverpool Echo newspaper report 5 Sept. 1964.

MCKINLEY, Angus John

45 Cdo. RM
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Sergeant Angus McKinley was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) announced in Her Majesty's Birthday Honours list on 13 June 1964.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 43343, page 4963.
The Story of 45 Commando RM , author David Young.
 

MEAD, Michael Edward

45 Cdo. RM
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Michael Mead, Section Commander, No.7 Section, 'B' Troop,  was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services on the 6th November 1956 during Operation Musketeer, the Anglo-French Invasion of Port Said, Egypt [1] [2].
 
Recommendation

MORGAN, Thomas

41RM Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Colour Sergeant Thomas Morgan was awarded the MM for leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty while serving with Royal Marine Commandos in Italy.
 

MORGAN, Timothy Dennis

 Lt Col. Timothy Morgan © IWM (MH 30869
40RM Commando
Commando Basic Training Centre
Military Cross (MC)
Temporary Lieutenant Timothy Morgan, 40RM Commando, was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished services whilst leading a patrol at Pizzo, Italy, near Vibo Valentia, in September 1943 [1].
Partial extract from the Obituary in the Globe and Laurel July/August 1992

MUNSON, James

45 Cdo. RM
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant James Munson received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service with 45 Commando in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate, during the period 13 April to 15 October 1964 [1].

NETHERY, Steven

Marine Steven Nethery 45 Commando
45 Cdo. RM
Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC)
Marine Steven Nethery was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations in Afghanistan.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 59182, page 15640.
[Image] M.O.D.
 

NICELY, Michael

Medical Assistant Michael Niceley
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Mentioned in Despatches
Medical Assistant Michael Nicely, attached to 45 Commando RM, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of his service during operations in the South Atlantic.
 
Recommendation

O'HERLIHY, Simon

Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Acting Lieutenant Colonel Simon O'Herlihy was appointed M.B.E., (Military Division), in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2010 to 31st March 2011 [1].
  • 30 June 2011 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
Source

OWEN, John Ivor Headon

45 Cdo. RM
44RM Commando
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain John Owen served with 44RM Commando during operations in the Far East [1]. Post war he served with 42 Commando RM in Borneo and commanded 45 Commando RM in Aden [2]
  • 1st January 1963 (Major) appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) [3].

PALLISTER, Jamie

45 Cdo. RM
Died in service
Colour Sergeant Jamie Pallister, a veteran of Afghanistan, was found dead at his base at RM Condor.  At the inquest acting Teesside Coroner Clare Bailey recorded a verdict that he took his own life.
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
Numerous online press reports.
 

PARR, Dennis

45 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Dennis Parr was killed when the truck he was in surprised bandits in the act of robbing a bus in the Gopeng-Kampar hills, Malaya. Also killed in the same incident was Marine Leslie Turner.

PATERSON, George Begg

45 Cdo. RM
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant George Paterson was awarded the Military Medal for distinguished service in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate, during the period 13th April to 15th October 1964 [1][2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 43636, page 4130.

PETTIGREW, James

45 Cdo. RM
Died on active service

Marine James Pettigrew died whilst deployed overseas to Aden, cause of death not known to this archive.

Sources
AFM ROH.
British Casualties, Aden 1955-1967.
 

PHILLIPS, Mark Christopher

Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Acting Major Mark Phillips was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the field in 2004 [1].
  • 30 June 2010 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
  • Died after a short illness aged 56yrs having retired from the Service [3].
Sources

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.

POUNDS, Edgar George Derek

Edgar George Derek Pounds
41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
Mentioned in Despatches
Bronze Star (USA)
Edgar George Derek Pounds enlisted with the Royal Marines in 1940 and was awarded the King’s Badge as the outstanding recruit of 384 Squad. To date he is the only King’s Badgeman to have reached General rank [1].
  • 21 August 1942 (Lance Corporal) commissioned Second Lieutenant [1a].   

POYZER, Gerald Anthony

43 Cdo. RM
Died in service
Marine Gerald Poyzer, from Bingham Nottinghamshire, died at The Infirmary, Salisbury [1][2][3] from injuries received in a vehicle accident in Aden. [4]
 
Sources
[1] AFM ROH.
[2] England and Wales Government Probate Death Indices for 1962.

REES, Cecil Thomas

45 Cdo. RM
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Cecil Thomas Rees, 45 Commando RM, was seconded to the Northern Frontier Regiment for operations in Oman.
He was awarded the Military Medal for courage, initiative and devotion to duty in the face of well armed Omani rebels. He successfully led a fighting patrol against an enemy strong point, inflicting casualties upon the rebels.
 

RICHARDS, John

45 Cdo. RM
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Major John Richards, Second in Command of 45 Commando RM, was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) for gallant and distinguished service in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June, 1952 [1].

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].

ROBSON, Thomas

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

ROBSON, Troy

45 Cdo. RM
Died in service
Marine Troy Robson died [1] in a traffic accident in Arbroath whilst returning a hire car for the military. Originally from Seaburn, he lived with his wife, Rhona, 38, and five-year-old son, Jed, in the Condor Camp, Arbroath. Troy had served in the Royal Marines for 20 years including deployment to the Falklands War, and tours in Norway, Belize, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Cyprus

SALISBURY, Geoffrey

45 Cdo. RM
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Geoffrey Salisbury received a MiD for distinguished services in operations in Cyprus during the period 1st July to 31st December, 1957.
 
Source
London Gazettes Supp. 41305, page 851.
 

SAWYER, Thomas Herbert John

Captain Tom Sawyer
29 Cdo. Regt.RA
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Thomas Sawyer died in an explosion while taking part in a joint operation with a Danish Battle Group and the Afghan National Army north east of Gereshk in central Helmand. He was in a fire support team that was engaged in an operation to clear compounds in a known Taliban stronghold. Also killed was Corporal Danny Winter 45 Commando RM.

SHEMMANS, Terence

45 Cdo. RM
Mentioned in Despatches
Acting Corporal Terence Shemmans received a Mention in Despatches in 1951 for distinguished service in operations in Malaya.
 
Sources
London Gazette 39215, page 2389.
The Story of 45 Commando RM 1943 - 1971, author David Young.
 

SIM, Ernest James

45 Cdo. RM
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Ernest Sim received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Operations in the Near East at Suez, October to December, 1956.
 
Source
London Gazette 41092,page 3419.
 

SMITH, Derek

45 Cdo. RM
Died on active service
Marine Derek Smith was shot and killed by a Malayan Police Inspector. He was originally buried in Pasir Panjang Cemetery before being reinterred at Kranji.
 
Sources
AFM ROH
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Saturday 17 January 1953.

SMITH, Robert William

45 Cdo. RM
Military Medal (MM)
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Quartermaster Sergeant Robert Smith was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) in the New Years Honours List 1st January 1965 [1].
  • Additionally awarded the Military Medal for distinguished service in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate between the 9th to 15th February 1965 [2].

STEVENS, Terence Morton Patrick

41RM Commando
45 Cdo. RM
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Acting Captain Terence Morton Patrick Stevens, 41RM Commando,  was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army during the successful landings in Normandy. [1]
Recommendation 

STEWART, David James

45 Cdo. RM
CTCRM
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant David Stewart was awarded the Military Cross for his gallantry during operations on the Falkland Islands [1].
Citation
"Early in the morning of the 9th June Lieutenant Stewart, 45 Commando led a troop strength fighting patrol to the Two Sisters feature in East Falklands with a mission to harass the enemy and cause him casualties.

SWALLOW, Charles

45 Cdo. RM
RSM Charles Swallow was Regimental Sergeant Major of 45 Commando RM between November 1963 and January 1964. 
 
Sources
Andy Holloway. WO2 RM.
Four Five, The Story of 45 Commando RM 1943-1971, author David Young.
 
Note

SWINDELL, Roy Goldthorpe

45 Cdo. RM
Died on active service

Marine Roy Swindell, from Huntington, York, died whilst deployed overseas to Aden, cause of death not known to this archive.

Sources
AFM ROH.
England and Wales Government Probate Death Indices for 1963.
British Casualties, Aden 1955-1967.
 

SYRAD, Stuart Lawrence

45 Cdo. RM
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant Stuart Syrad was awarded the M.C., for gallant and distinguished services on the 6th November 1956 during Operation Musketeer, the Anglo-French Invasion of Port Said, Egypt.  
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 41092, page 3418.
National Archives file WO 373/124/52.
 

TAILYOUR, Norman Hastings

45 Cdo. RM
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Bar to the Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant General Norman Tailyour was knighted in June 1966.
 
  • 1945, 8 January, Commanding Officer 27RM Battalion [1].
  • 1945, D.S.O. for gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe with 27 RM Bn. [1, 2].
  • 1945, MiD in recognition of good services with the 21st Army group [3]

THOMASON, Perry

45 Cdo. RM
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Perry Thomason received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service in the operations in the South Atlantic.
 
Source
London Gazette 49134, page 12843. 
 

THOMSON, Jonathan James

45 Cdo. RM
SBS
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Thomson O.B.E., was awarded The Queen's Gallantry Medal in recognition of gallantry within the operations in Northern Iraq and Southern Turkey  in 1991[1].
Citation 

THORNTON, Brian Richard

45 Cdo. RM
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Marine Brian Thornton was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) for distinguished service in operations in Cyprus during the period 1st July to 31st December, 1957.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 41305, page 850.
National Archives file WO 373/126/87.
 

TUCK, Keith

45 Cdo. RM
Died on active service
Marine Keith Tuck, from Ilkeston Derbyshire, died at the Royal Air Force Hospital, Aden.
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
England and Wales Government Probate Death Indices.
 

TURNER, Leslie James

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Leslie Turner, HQ 3 Commando Bde. RM,  was killed when the truck he was in surprised bandits in the act of robbing a bus in the Gopeng-Kampar hills, Malaya. Buried in Batu Gajah (later exhumed, cremated at Sek Keng Cheng Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur and ashes returned to UK). Also killed in the same incident was Marine Dennis Parr.

TYDD, Herbert Henry

45 Cdo. RM
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Herbert Tydd was awarded the Military Medal for distinguished service in operations in Malaya during the period August to October 1950.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 39215, page 2389.
National Archives file WO 373/129/132.
 

VAN DER HORST, Richard Evert

SBS
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Queen's Commendation for Bravery
Died in service
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Evert van der Horst OBE, Officer Commanding the Special Boat Service, died in a diving accident during an amphibious exercise off Norway on March 7 2005; he died on March 14. 
  • 1984 joined the Royal Marines as a university cadet entrant and passed out in 1988 with the Sword of Honour *.

WANT, Thomas Alfred

45 Cdo. RM
Military Medal (MM)
Acting Sergeant Thomas Want was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service with 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June, 1952.
 
Source
London Gazettes Supp. 39675, page 5528.
National Archives file WO 373/131/42.
 

WARREN, Paul

Mne Paul Warren 40 Commando
40 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Paul Warren, Charlie Company, was injured in an explosion when Patrol Base Airport Lounge was attacked by insurgents. Despite being given immediate first aid by his comrades, Marine Warren’s injuries proved to be fatal.
 

WHITEHEAD, Andrew Francis

45 Cdo. RM
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Whitehead, commanding 45 Commando Royal Marines, was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his actions during operations on the Falkland Islands. He also recieved a Mention in Despatches during operations in Northern Ireland.
Citation for DSO

WHITHAM, David Glyn

45 Cdo. RM
Died on active service
Marine David Whitham died near Akanthou in the Karpas Peninsula during operations in Cyprus. He and Sgt. David Baldwin were killed when their patrol landed by helicopter and came under ‘friendly fire’.
 

WIGLEY, Jonathan

Mne Jonathan Wigley 45 Commando
45 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Jonathan Wigley died as a result of injuries sustained while on an Afghan and UK Task Force force operation on the outskirts of the village of Garmsir, to dislodge Taliban forces who had been responsible for attacks on the town in recent days. He was airlifted to a UK hospital in Camp Bastion, where he sadly later died from his wounds.
 

WILSON, David

45 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine David Wilson died during an enemy bombing attack whilst on operations at Ajax Bay, Falkland Islands.

Sources
AFM ROH.
Globe and Laurel RM ROH July/Aug 1982 edition.
Falklands War Memorial Plaque at Portsmouth.
Website Naval-History.net.

WILSON, David McDonald

45 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine David Wilson, a radio operator with 'X' Company, was shot and killed by a sniper whilst pushing down Wadi Dhubsan, one of the most inaccessible rebel held areas of Radfan, about 60 miles north of Aden [2][3].
 
Sources
[1] AFM ROH.
[2] British Casualties, Aden, 1955-1967.

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