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46RM Commando

History of the Unit

On 1 August 1943 whilst based at 'A' camp, Piddlehinton, Dorset,  the 9th RM Bn., was redesignated No. 46 Royal Marine Commando, Royal Marines. Their Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Campbell Richard Hardy,  remained as CO of the Commando.

46RM Commando Nominal Roll

Below is a nominal roll of those who served in 46RM Commando. It is listed by order of surname. The names are primarily compiled from the booklet issued to Veterans in 1946 entitled "The Story of 46 Commando, Royal Marines, by Captain P.K.W. Johnson, RM". The author specifies the Nominal Roll is of those who served between 6th June 1944 and 8th May 1945. However additional names will be added in the future whenever an individual's Commando Service has been established. 

ALLEN, Athole Jack

46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant Athole Jack Allen was awarded the Military Cross for "gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe."
(Source: London Gazette 37464, page 909.)
 

BAILEY, Arthur, A.

46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Marine Arthur Bailey, B troop, was taken prisoner of war during operations at Rots and le Hamel, Normandy, on 11 June 1944. 
 
Sources
[1] CVA Gallery image of 'B' Troop.
[2] National Archives files ADM201/111 and WO392/7.

BIBBEY, Newman James

46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Marine Newman Bibbey, B troop, was taken prisoner of war during operations at Rots and le Hamel, Normandy, on 11 June 1944. 
 
Sources
[1] CVA Gallery image of 'B' Troop.
[2] National Archives files ADM201/111.
[3] The Story of 46RM Commando by Capt. P.K.W. Johnson RM.

BROWN, A.J.J.

Marine Brown 46 Commando
46RM Commando
Royal Marines

Served in 'B' Troop.

Sources
RM Prisoners of War / National Archives file ADM201/111 and WO392/7. 
[Image] 'B' Troop photo in 46RM Cdo Gallery.

BURROWS, Derrick Trevor

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

BURTON, Harold Rex

46RM Commando
44RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Major Harold Burton, commanding  'A' Troop 46RM Commando, received a Mention in Despatches for good services whilst operating with the 21st Army Group in NW Europe [1][1a][1b].
  • October 1944 Second in Command 46RM Commando [2].
  • April 1945 3 Commando Brigade HQ [3].

BUSCALL, John Allan

Capt Buscall RM
Commando School RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Died in service

Capt. John Buscall died whilst serving at the Commando School RM. [1]

In 1942 the then PLY/X 561 Sgt John Allan Buscall RM was promoted Lieutenant. [2] 

In August 1943 on their formation, he joined 46RM Commando and served with with 'Z' troop of 46RM Commando. [3]

BUTTERY, George Desmond

46RM Commando
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Quartermaster Sergeant George Buttery, 40 Commando RM,  who had served as a Marine in 46RM Commando during WW2, 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.  

CASSON, Robert

Mne Robert Casson 45RMCommando
4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Robert Casson, 4 Special Service Brigade HQ, died during operations at Normandy on D Day. He was shot as his Landing Craft approached Juno beach.
 

CHANDLER, J.H.

46RM Commando
Royal Marines

Marine Chandler, B troop, was taken prisoner of war during operations at Rots and le Hamel, Normandy, on 11 June 1944. 
 
Sources
[1] CVA Gallery image of 'B' Troop.
[2] National Archives files ADM201/111 and WO392/7.
[3] The Story of 46RM Commando by Capt. P.K.W. Johnson RM.

CHARLWOOD, Harry

Marine Harry Charlwood 46 Commando
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Marine Harry Charlwood, 'B' troop, was awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry during the attack on Rots, Normandy.  Wounded and taken prisoner of war he was transported to Marlag and Milad Nord camp in Germany. Released when the prison camp was overrun by the 11th Armoured Division near Lubeck in May 1945. 

COFORD, Alan, E.

46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Marine Alan Coford, B troop, was taken prisoner of war during operations at Rots and le Hamel, Normandy, on 11 June 1944. 
 
Sources
[1] CVA Gallery image of 'B' Troop.
[2] National Archives file ADM201/111.
[3] The Story of 46RM Commando by Capt. P.K.W. Johnson RM.

COOPER, Samuel

46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Samuel Cooper was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army during the successful landings in Normandy. 
 
Recommendation

CUNDALL, Arthur

Marine Arthur Cundall
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Arthur Cundall died during the period his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller near Hademstorf village.

DOCWRA, Charles Edward

46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Captain Charles Docwra received a Mention in Despatches for good service while operating with the 21st Army Group.

Sources
London Gazette 36979, page 1386.
46RM Commando Association Newsletter 12/84 in CVA Gallery.
 

DONNELLY, Peter

46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Peter Donnelly died in Germany. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller near the village of Hademstorf.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.
The Story of 46 Commando Royal Marines by Capt Johnson RM.

DUROSE, Sam

46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Sam Durose died during operations at the River Rhine crossing near Wesel, Germany.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.
The Story of 46 Commando Royal Marines by Capt Johnson RM.

FAULKNER, Jack

46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Lance Corporal Jack Faulkner received a Mention in Despatches for good service with the 21st Army Group. Post war member of the Commando Association residing in Leighton Buzzrd, Bedfordshire.

FYVIE, George

George Fyvie 46 Royal Marine Commando
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine George Fyvie, from Bucksburn, Scotland, died during operations at Beuzeville, France. His death was reported in a local newspaper at the time [see Linked Content below].

GIBBON, John Douglas

46RM Commando
Border Regiment
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Captain John Gibbon was attached to 46RM Commando 'B' troop . He was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe [1]. 
Recommendation

GODDEN, Anthony, J.

Marine Godden
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Marine Godden, B troop, was taken prisoner of war during operations at Rots and le Hamel, Normandy, on 11 June 1944. 
 
Sources
[1] CVA Gallery image of 'B' Troop.
[2] Prisoners of War Records / National Archives files ADM201/111 and WO392/7.

GRAY, Thomas Malcolm

Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Military Cross (MC)
Died in service
Colonel Thomas Malcolm Gray DSO, MC, died in service whilst serving at HMS President.
  • Commanding Officer 41RM Commando on D Day, awarded the Military Cross.

HARDY, Campbell Richard

Lt Colonel Campbell Richard Hardy
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Bar to the Distinguished Service Order
2nd Bar to the Distinguished Service Order
Lieutenant Colonel Campbell Richard Hardy, commanded the 9th RM Bn., until it was redesignated as 46 RM Commando on 1 August 1943. He remained as Commanding Officer 46RM Commando until the end November 1944 when he left to take up the post of  Brigade Commander 3rd Special Service Brigade which was operating in the Far East.

HARRIS, Ian Walter

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

HARRIS, Roy Edward

Marine Roy Harris 46 Commando
46RM Commando
Royal Marines

Served in 'B' Troop.

Sources
RM Prisoners of War / National Archives file ADM201/111 and WO392/7. 
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/164/408 (closed until Jan 2025).
[Image] 'B' Troop photo in 46RM Cdo Gallery.

 

HAZELL, James Henry

46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Marine James Hazell was awarded the MM for bravery, determination and great devotion to duty whilst serving with the Allied Armies in the assault over the Rhine.
 

Citation

HEWITT, Albert John Henry

Sgt Harry Hewitt 46RM Commando
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Oxfordshire County Constabulary
Sergeant Albert Hewett served in 'S' troop.
A serving Oxford Police Officer he volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes and resumed his police service with Oxford County Constabulary after the war ended.

JOHNSON, Philip Kemble Walter

Capt. Philip Kemble Walter Johnson 46RM Commando
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Philip Johnson was the author in 1946 of a small but most detailed and informative book  issued to all who served in 46RM Commando titled The Story of 46 Commando Royal Marines. In the forward to the book Lt Col. Hardy gives thanks to Capt. Johnson, Capt. Buglear and Sgt. Barrow for their contribution in the preparation and distribution of the book.
 

KENNEDY, P.L.

46RM Commando
Royal Marines

Marine Kennedy, B troop, was taken prisoner of war during operations at Rots and le Hamel, Normandy, on 11 June 1944. 
 
Sources
[1] CVA Gallery image of 'B' Troop.
[2] National Archives files ADM201/111.
[3] The Story of 46RM Commando by Capt. P.K.W. Johnson RM.

KIDDIE, Robert Thomson

46RM Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain (Doctor) Robert Kiddie M.B., Medical Officer attached to 46RM Commando, was twice Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe. Post war member of the Commando Association he died in Dundee in 1949.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37072, page 2466.

KIDWELL, William Trevor

Mne Kidwell 46RM Commando
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine William Kidwell died in Germany during operations at the River Aller near the village of Hademstorf.   His wife received a letter after his death from the Commando Padre, Revd. Kennen [Read from below]. 
 

LAWSON, Clifford

Cliff Lawson 46RM Commando
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Sergeant Clifford Lawson, 'A' Troop, was seriously wounded on 20 August 1944 during the successful night attack by 46 Commando to capture the high ground South West of Dozule and spent the next five years in and out of hospital. He had lost his left leg below the knee.
 
Source

LEE, John

Major John Lee 46 Commando
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Major John Lee, MC, LLB, the Second-in-Command,  died during operations at Beuzeville, Normandy. He had earlier been awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service during operations at Le Hamel.
Recommendation

MALLORIE, Herbert

Sergeant Herbert Mallorie 46RM Commando
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Acting Temporary Company Sergeant Major Herbert Mallorie was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 37464, page 909.
National Archives file WO 373/47/99.
 

MCCARTHY, Peter Francis

No 4 Commando
The King's Regiment (Liverpool)
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Peter McCarthy was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe [1].
 
He is also named as serving at the CMWTC and attached at some stage to 46RM Commando. [2]. 
 
Sources

MCCARTHY, Richard

46RM Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal Richard McCarthy, R.A.M.C. attached to 46 RM Commando, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service during operations at Rots and Le Hamel, France.
Recommendation

MILLER, John

Mne. J. Miller 46RM Commando
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine John Miller, 'X' troop, died at the 77th British General Hospital, France, of wounds inflicted on the 20th August during operations at Hill 112, Dozule, Normandy.

MURRAY, John

Marine J. Murray
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Marine John Murray, B troop, was taken prisoner of war during operations at Rots and le Hamel, Normandy, on 11 June 1944. 
 
Sources
[1] CVA Gallery image of 'B' Troop.
[2] National Archives file ADM201/111.
[3] The Story of 46RM Commando by Capt. P.K.W. Johnson RM.

MUSTEY, Reginald W.

Reginald Mustey 46 Commando
46RM Commando
Royal Marines

Served in 'B' Troop.

Sources
RM Prisoners of War / National Archives file ADM201/111 and WO392/7. 
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/267/426 (closed until Jan 2024).
[Image] 'B' Troop photo in 46RM Cdo Gallery.

NEWBY, Kenneth

Ken Newby 46 Commando
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Metropolitan Police
Corporal Kenneth Newby was wounded 24 July 1944 during operations at Sallenelles, France.
A serving Metropolitan Police Officer, he volunteered for the Commandos as one of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing in Gilmour House Police Section House, Renfrew Road, Lambeth. Post war he resumed his Police duties retiring with the rank of Inspector.

O'CONNOR, G.

Marine O'Connor 46 Commando
46RM Commando
Royal Marines

Served in 'B' Troop.

Sources
RM Prisoners of War / National Archives file ADM201/111 and WO392/7. 
[Image] 'B' Troop photo in 46RM Cdo Gallery.

PALMER, Eric Charles Ernest

41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Acting Lieutenant Colonel Eric Palmer was appointed D.S.O. in recognition of his gallant and distinguished service during his Commando's landing at the breach in the dyke at Westkapelle, Walcheren, on 1st November 1944, and the successful attack and capture of the enemy battery  which had been causing considerable casualties in the landing area [1]
 

PARKER, John

Marine John Parker 46 Commando
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine John Parker died in Germany. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller near the village of Hademstorf.
 

PICKERING, J.

Marine Pickering 46 Commando
46RM Commando
Royal Marines

Served in 'B' Troop.

Sources
RM Prisoners of War / National Archives file ADM201/111 and WO392/7. 
[Image] 'B' Troop photo in 46RM Cdo Gallery.

PIERCE, Barry Walter

Captain Barry Pierce 46 Commando
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Barry Pierce, 'Y' troop, died during operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf.  
 
Sources
CWGC.
The book A Plain Russet-Coated Captain by Capt John Day 45RM Cdo.
CVA Gallery image of his headstone.

RENNIE, William

46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Marine William Rennie was awarded the MM for distinguished service whilst attached to the Allied Armies in the invasion operations in North West Europe.

SACHS, Herbert

No 10 Commando
The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Herbert Sachs was of the Jewish Faith and served under an alias of Herbert Seymour in 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop, of No.10 (Inter Allied) Commando.

SCULLION, James Patrick

Corporal James Scullion 46 Commando
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal James Scullion, 'Z' troop, was awarded the MM for bravery and great devotion to duty whilst operating with the Allied Armies in North-West Europe.
 
Source 
London Gazettes Supp. 37127, page 3090.
 

SMALL, J

Lance Corporal Small 46 Commando
46RM Commando
Royal Marines

Served in 'B' Troop.

Sources
RM Prisoners of War / National Archives file ADM201/111 and WO392/7. 
[Image] 'B' Troop photo in 46RM Cdo Gallery.

STOKES, Samuel

Samuel Stokes 46 Commando
46RM Commando
Royal Marines

Served in 'X' Troop. Post war member of the Commando Association from the West Midlands.

Sources
RM Prisoners of War / National Archives file ADM201/111. 
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 113 issued Sept. 2001.
[Image] Photo of 'X' Troop in Gallery.
 

SYMONDS, Idwal Eric

Idwal Symonds 46 Commando
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Marine Idwal Symonds was taken prisoner of war during operations at Rots and le Hamel, Normandy, on 11 June 1944. 
 
Sources
Prisoners of War Records / National Archives files ADM201/111.
The Story of 46RM Commando by Capt. P.K.W. Johnson RM.

TAYLOR, Eric

Eric Taylor 46RM Commando
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Eric Taylor enlisted into the Royal Marines in 1939. After his training he served on HMS Suffolk from the 3rd April 1940 to the 3rd January 1941. After this he served on board HMS Malaya from the 6th August 1941 to the 13th December 1943. 
 
He served in 46RM  Commando from the 15th January 1944 until the 20th July 1945.

TEAR, Walter Wilfred

46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Walter Tear received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37464, page 911.
This Archives Nominal Roll for 46RM Cdo.

TITMUSS, William George

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant William Titmuss received a Mention in Despatches for good services with the 21st Army Group. [1]. He had served in 'S' Troop of 47RM Commando [2] and this unit (47RM Cdo.) is also reflected in the Commando Association newsletter announcing his death [3]
 
Sources

VOGEL, Egon

Vogel alias Villiers 10 Commando
No 10 Commando
Royal Sussex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Ernest Robert Villiers, birth name Egon Vogel, was of the Jewish Fait

WEARING, David John

Lieutenant David Wearing 46 Commando
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant David Wearing was killed during the River Rhine crossing near Wesel [1][2].

Educated at Oulton High School, Liverpool where he was captain of the school rugby team.  A keen rock climber he was employed at the ICI Factory in Runcorn before enlisting in 1943 [3].

WOOLLAM, George Arthur

Lt George Woollam 46RM Commando
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Lieutenant George Woollam died in an accident whilst serving at the Commando Basic Training Centre. The death certificate states he died of a fractured skull at the North British Aluminium Company's Works. 
  • 46RM Commando from 1943 onwards.
  • From Tunstall and remembered on their War Memorial.

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