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'Battle for Port-en-Bessin'

Tuesday, June 6, 1944

Location

Port en Bessin
France
49° 20' 55.2804" N, 0° 45' 18.8676" W

Professor John Forfar took part in the BBC programme 'Destination D-Day: The Raw Recruits', and wrote this account of his commando's D-Day experiences as Medical Officer for 47RM Commando. He went on to write an excellent book about 47RM Commando called 'From Omaha to the Scheldt.

'Sprang Capelle - Operation Horse'

Sunday, January 14, 1945

Location

Veerweg , Sprang-Capelle, Noord-Brabant
Netherlands
51° 42' 53.496" N, 4° 58' 51.33" E

An attack on the German held small island of Kapelsche Veer. It had a harbour on the north side and was simply a segment of low-lying land between the main River Mass and the much narrower Oude Maas.

A German Paratroop Division, had taken up positions on Xmas Eve, and were well dug in at the top of a dyke on both sides of the island. A previous attempt by Polish Forces had been repulsed as was this attempt by the Commandos who suffered many casualties.

47 Commando (Raiding Group) RM

47 Commando (Raiding Group) Royal Marines is the lead for amphibious warfare and Royal Navy board and search training. The group is tasked with training and developing core amphibious and surface assault skills and equipment.
This unit was renamed in November 2019 from the previous 1 Assault Group Royal Marines.  [Source: Royal Navy/MOD]
 

47RM Commando

No. 47 Royal Marine Commando, Royal Marines, was formed at Dorchester on 1 August 1943 mainly from selected Marines of the disbanded 10th Battalion, Royal Marines. Their Commanding Officer from formation until January 1945 was Acting Lieutenant Colonel Cecil Farndale Phillips.
 

ADAM, Ian William

Lieutenant
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Ian Adam died during operations against the German held small island of Kapelsche Veer which lies between the River Maas and the River Oudermaas.
Account by the Medical Officer Captain John Forfar M.C.

AINSWORTH, Richard Harold

Marine (Acting Temporary Corporal)
CH/X3749
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Richard Ainsworth was awarded the British Empire Medal whilst an Acting T/ Corporal in 40 RM Commando, for gallantry in helping the wounded, in spite of his own injuries, when the ship in which he was serving, HMS Queen Emma, was attacked from the air.
 

ANDREWS, William Andy

Known as: 
Bill
Corporal (Acting Sergeant)
PO/ 3278
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Also served in 41RM and 44RM Commandos. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Milngavie, Glasgow. 
 
Sources
Obituaries Commando Association newsletter 120.
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA Sec and CBF).
 

ARENSTEIN, Hans

Served as : 
ANDREWS, Harry
Hans Arenstein 10 Commando
Lance Corporal
6436352
No 10 Commando
47RM Commando
Royal Sussex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Hans Arenstein served under an alias of Harry Andrews. He was of the Jewish Faith and a member of 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop, of the inter allied commando.  He was attached to 47RM Commando at the time of his death.

ASHCROFT, Victor

Marine
PLY/X 112790
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Died on war service

Marine Victor Ashcroft died of wounds at the 12th Canadian General Hospital, Bruges, Belgium. 

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

BAINBRIDGE, Cyril

Marine
PLY/X103334
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Cyril Bainbridge died during operations at Normandy on D Day.

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

BARNARD,

Marine
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Sources
'47RM Commando From Omaha to the Scheldt', author Prof John Forfar MC (former MO 47RM Cdo).
 

BATTLEY, Edward Lawrence

Known as: 
Ted
Marine Ted Battley 47RM Commando
Marine
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Marine Edward 'Ted' Battley was wounded during the capture of Port en Bessin on 7th June but was able to return to the unit in August just before the liberation of Fecamp. Later, on 1st November 1944 he was seriously wounded during the assault on Walcheren.

BAXTER, George Henry

Marine
CH/X104134
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine George Baxter died during operations at Normandy.

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

BEAUMONT, John, R.

Marine
PO/X 114468
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Also served in the Holding Operational Commando and Commando Group Signals. Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Easton near Norwich.

Sources
Commando Association Losts Legions List 2.
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA Sec and CBF).
 

BEDWORTH, Horace William

Marine
PO/X106733
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Horace Bedworth died during operations at Normandy, France. 

Son of George and Mary Bedworth, of Walsall, Staffordshire.

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

BEE, Eric Ernest

Sergeant
PO/X100001
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant Eric Bee died during operations at Normandy on D Day.

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

BIAGI, Carlo Alexander

Lieutenant
14686313
330166
No 3 Commando
47RM Commando
South Lancashire Regiment
Served in both No.3 Commando and 47RM Commando [1].
9 September 1944 commissioned Second Lieutenant, South Lancashire Regiment [2].
29 November 1945 War Substantive Lieutenant posted Parachute Regiment [3].
Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Maybole, Ayrshire [1].

BONE, Ian Anthony

Known as: 
Tony
Corporal
PLY/X112713
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Also served at the Commando Mountain Warfare Training Centre (CMWTC). Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing St. Ives, Cornwall.

Sources
Commando Association Lost Legions List 2.

Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 89 (1989).
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA Sec and CBF).

BORNE, Frederick

Lieutenant
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Frederick Borne died during operations at Sannerville in Troarn, France.
47RM Commando War Diary
11th August 1944
Place: Sannerville
Lt Borne and 1 OR killed on enemy minefield.
 
Sources
CWGC

BRADLEY, Arthur John

Sergeant
PO/X4118
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Arthur Bradley died during operations at Normandy.
 
On the 6th October 1942 it was announced that he had received a Mention in Despatches, along with others, for bravery, endurance and sustained devotion to duty in H.M. Ships during and after the passage of an important Convoy. 
 
Sources

BREACH, Ernest Thomas Lloyd

Marine
PO/X113949
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Ernest Beach was killed by enemy machine gun fire during operations at the inner harbour area of Port-en-Bessin, Normandy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/128.
Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC. 47RM Cdo.  'From Omaha to the Scheldt.

BREHME, Reginald Herbert Ronald

Sergeant
CH/X 103637
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant Reginald Brehme died during operations at Westkapelle. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 

BRENT, Gerald Harry

Birthname: 
Berendt, Gunter Harry
Known as: 
Gerry
Captain
13106632 & 331216
47RM Commando
Pioneer Corps, Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Gerry Brent ( birth name Gunter Harry Berendt)  served in No 47RM and No 6 Cdo. Being of the Jewish faith and having escaped to Britain from his home in Berlin in 1938, he was sent to Canada at the outbreak of war classed as an enemy alien.

BREWIN, J.

Known as: 
Jack
Marine
PO/X 109737
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association residing Bristol, Avon.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 108 issued March 1999.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.

BROWN, Stanley

Marine
PLY/X 110132
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association residing Lincolnshire.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 118 issued Feb. 2004.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.

BRYANT, R.S.

Marine
PO/X 119636
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

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

Sources
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.
'47RM Commando From Omaha to the Scheldt', author Prof John Forfar MC (former MO 47RM Cdo).

BUCHANAN, Joseph

Lance Corporal
PLY/X 111175
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Joseph Buchanan died during operations in Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 

BUCKINGHAM, William George

Sergeant (Temporary)
CH/X.100413
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant William Buckingham received a Mention in Despatches for good service while operating with the 21st Army Group.
 
Sources
London Gazette 36979, page 1386 dated 13 March 1945.
47RM Commando Association website.
 

BULLIVANT, John, A.

Corporal
47RM Commando
3 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines

Corporal John Bullivant served in 47RM Commando and HQ 3 Commando Brigade. Post war member of the Commando Association from Bishops Stortford.

Source
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 91 issued August 1990.

BUNYAN, Kenneth Charles

Marine
CH/X103608
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Kenneth Bunyan died during operations at Normandy, France. 
Son of George Charles and Grace Elizabeth Bunyan; husband of Constance Bunyan, of East Ham, Essex.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/128.
 

BURT, W.R.

Marine
PO/x103277
46RM Commando
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Served in both 46 and 47RM Commandos. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Grangemouth, Scotland.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 120 (2005).
Commando Association list of RM Commandos.
 

BUSHBY, L.

Lance Corporal
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Parham, near Pulborough, Sussex.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legions List 2.

CARTER, Arthur Edward

Marine
PO/X2367
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Arthur Carter died during operations at Normandy.

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

Notes
Source at [2] above shows 'Died at Sea'. See Linked Content below re operation.

CATTS, John Henry

Lance Corporal
PLY/X 3877
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal John Catts died during operations at Normandy.

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

CLARK, Douglas James

Marine
PO/X105862
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Douglas Clark died during operations at Normandy.

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

COLE, T.G.

Corporal
44RM Commando
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing London E2.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 3.

COLLINS, James Washington

Marine
PO/X111269
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine James Collins died during operations at Normandy.

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

Notes

Source at [2] above shows first name as John.

COULSON, J.K.

Sergeant
PO/X101048
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Leicester.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 3.

COUSINS, Terence Frederick

Known as: 
Freddy
Capt. Cousins 47RMCommando
Captain
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Terence Cousins died during operations at Normandy [1]. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for his gallantry and leadership whilst attacking an enemy bunker at Port-en-Bessin during which he was killed [2]. There is a memorial at this location in his memory. 

COX, Edward Sydney Stanley

Known as: 
Ted
Edward Cox 47RM Commando
Corporal
CH/X/113227
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
2 February 1943 enlisted RM Lympstone Depot aged 18.
12 November 1943 posted 47RM Commando.
June 1944 wounded during the Battle for Port-en-Bessin and evacuated to the UK. 
24 July 1946 discharged.
 
Source:
CVA Gallery.
Martin Cox (son).
 

DAULBY, Archibald

Known as: 
Arch
Marine
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

HQ Troop. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Leicester.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 104 issued March 1997.

Commando Association newsletter 99 issued Sept. 1994.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.

DAVID, Edward Neville

Lance Corporal
PLY/X111698
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Edward David died during operations at Normandy.

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

DAVIES, Albert Stanley

Marine
PLY/X 104395
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Albert Davies died during operations in Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 

DAVIES, William Neville

Marine
EX/3680
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine William Davies died during operations at Normandy. He was part of a large fighting patrol of 4 troops and the heavy weapons troop sent against the enemy lines north east from La Grande Ferme commencing at 2115hrs on the 18th. It was hoped to be an in out raid to gather intelligence, capture prisoners, and weaken the enemies morale. Mne. Davies was killed during this raid.

DAY, James Edward

Marine
PLY/X 103343
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine James Day died during operations at Walcheren, Holland.

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

DELAP, A.

Marine
PO/X114524
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Served in 'A' Troop. Post war member of the Commando Association from Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

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

DERRICK, Martin

Marine
PLY/X 112062
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Martin Derrick died during operations at Walcheren, Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 

DOLLERY, Edmund Charles

Temporary Regimental Sergeant Major
PO/ 216782
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
HQ Troop. Prisoner of War 7 June 1944 Port en Bessin, France.
 
Sources
Prisoners of War / National Archives files ADM 201/111 and WO392/7.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/99/148 (shows camp as Stalag XX11A Limburg).

DONNELL, Patrick Marshall

Temporary Major, Acting Temporary Lieutenant Colonel
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Mentioned in Despatches
Croix de Guerre (France)
Acting Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Donnell received a Mention in Despatches on 3rd April 1945 for good services while operating with the Army in North West Europe [1][2a]. 
On 10 April 1945 he was awarded the Croix de Guerre with Vermillion Star by the French [2a].

DUFF, Jack, L.

Jack Duff 47RM Commando
Marine
PLY/X 104792
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Marine Jack Duff served in 'B' Troop. Post war member of the Commando Association.

Sources
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.
'B' Troop photo in Gallery.
 

DUKE, Andrew

Marine Andrew Duke 47 Commando
Marine
PLY/X 3651
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Andrew Duke, from Belfast, died during operations at Walcheren. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 

DUTTON, Cyril

Marine
PO/X106964
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Cyril Dutton died during operations at Normandy.

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

DYKE, Frederick John

Corporal
CH/X103842
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Frederick Dyke died during operations in Holland. At the time of his death his Commando took part in an unsuccessful attack on the German held small island of Kapelsche Veer which lies between the River Maas and the River Oudermaas.

ELLIS, William Eifion

Corporal (Temporary)(Acting Temporary Lance Sergeant)
EX/4103 (T)
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Lance Sergeant William Ellis was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army in Normandy.

Sources
London Gazette 36697, page 4218.
National Archives file WO373/47/24.

EMSLEY, Roy

Marine Roy Elmsley MM
Marine
PO/X105331
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Marine Roy Emsley, 'B' troop, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army in Normandy.

ENGLAND, James Patterson

Sergeant (Acting Troop Sergeant Major)
PO/X 1322
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Troop Sergeant Major James England was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry, leadership and undaunted devotion to duty during the assault on the Island of Walcheren [1][2]. Also served 43RM and 46 RM Commandos [3][4].
Recommendation

ESTHER, Raymond William Wade

Marine (Acting Temporary Sergeant)
CH/X114336
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Raymond Esther was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry, determination and great devotion to duty during assault operations on Walcheren and Flushing on 1/2 November 1944 [1][2].
Recommendation

EVANS, Cyril

Marine
PLY/X113855
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Cyril Evans died during operations in Holland. At the time of his death his Commando took part in an unsuccessful attack on the German held small island of Kapelsche Veer which lies between the River Maas and the River Oudermaas.

EVANS, Edward James

Corporal
CH/X 112376
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Edward Evans died during operations at Walcheren, Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zoutela

FAWCETT, Joseph

Marine Joseph Fawcett
Marine
PLY/X 109226
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Joseph Fawcett died of wounds inflicted during the Westkapelle landings at Walcheren [1][1a][2]. Due to weather conditions between the 2nd and 5th November casualties were not able to be evacuated and had to be retained ashore in crowded tented facilities.

FEE, Denis

Marine
PO/X 115272
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Denis Fee died during operations at Walcheren, Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 

FELLOWS, Peter Brearley

Marine
PLY/X106565
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Peter Fellows died during operations at Normandy on D Day.

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

See Linked Content below.

FEWTRELL, Charles Henry

Marine
PLY/X 112746
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Charles Fewtrell was reported missing persumed killed at sea during operations at Normandy on D Day.

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

FLAHERTY, John

Marine
CH/X103631
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine John Flaherty died during operations at Normandy on D Day.

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

FLANNAGAN, John

Known as: 
Forename also seen as Joe
Flannagan 47 Commando
Marine
PLY/X 110268
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine John Flannagan, 'X' troop, from Gateshead, died during operations at Holland. At the time of his death his troop were providing supporting fire and cutting wire defences during an assault on a gun battery along the dunes at Westkapelle, Walcheren.
 
Sources
[1] CWGC.

FLEET, Arthur

Marine
EX/1895
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Arthur Fleet died during operations at Normandy.

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

FLEMING, G.A.

Corporal
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association and in 1959 was the proprietor of the old country pub The Royal Oak, Crossways, Farmborough, Somerset. His wife was Private Barbara Bare, A.T.S. who served at the Holding Operational Commando, Wrexham

Source

Commando Association newsletter 29. 

FLETCHER, Teddy Pearce

Sergeant
PO/X4497
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant Teddy Fletcher died during operations at Normandy. He was leading his section in attacking an enemy bunker at Port-en-Bessin when killed. 

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.
 'From Omaha to the Scheldt' author Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC. 47RM Cdo. Medical Officer.

FLETCHER, William Robert Dennis

Lance Corporal
CH/X 113640
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal William Fletcher died during operations at Walcheren, Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 

FLOWER, Richard Talbot

Temporary Captain
CH/1538
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)

Captain Richard Flower was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry, leadership and undaunted devotion to duty during the assault on the Island of Walcheren, Holland.

FORFAR, John Oldroyd

Captain
227049
47RM Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Doctor John Forfar MB was commissioned into the R.A.M.C. on 21st February 1942. He was attached to the 10th Bn. Royal Marines and when it was disbanded in 1943 he became the Medical Officer for the newly designated 47RM Commando. He remained as such until the end of hostilities.

FUSSELL, Norman, E.

Marine
PLY/X 112744
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association residing Wrexham.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 98 issued March 1994.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.

GADSDEN, Derek Roy

Marine
PO/X115030
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Marine Derek Gadsden was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army in Normandy.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36697, page 4218.
National Archives file WO 373/47/27.
 

GALLACHER, T.

Marine
PLY/X 105192
41RM Commando
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Nottingham.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legions List 5.
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA sec and CBF).

GARDENER, Michael Chase

Lieutenant
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Michael Gardener was killed whilst leading a patrol that was ambushed by the river just North of Geertruidenberg.  His Commando were engaged in defending the main approach from North Holland to Antwerp by the River Maas near the damaged Keizersveer Bridge.
Son of Percy Chase Gardener and Silvia Angela Mary Gardener, of Wokingham, Berkshire.
 

GARDNER, Donald Hugh Godfrey

Marine (acting Temporary Sergeant)
CH/X105333
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Sergeant Donald Gardner was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army in Normandy.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36697, page 4218.
National Archives file WO 373/47/25.

GIBSON, Donald Alexander

Corporal (Acting Temporary Sergeant)
PO/X.107010
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Sergeant Donald Gibson received a Mention in Despatches for good service with the 21st Army Group.

Sources
London Gazette 37251, page 4440.
Commando Association list of RM Commandos.
 

GOLDSTEIN, Isaac

Temporary Lieutenant
PO16
47RM Commando
South African United Defence Force
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant Isaac Goldstein, S.A.U.D.F. attached to 'A' Troop, was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service while operating with the Army in Normandy [1].
Recommendation

GOWER, Erasmus Francis

Lieutenant (later Captain)
162742
47RM Commando
Royal Artillery
Lieutenant Erasmus Francis Gower was attached from the Royal Artillery to No.47RM Commando in 1944 [1]. On the 11th July 1947 Lt. Gower relinquished his commission and was granted the honorary rank of Captain [2]. 
 

GREENHALGH, Samuel

Marine
PO/X112375
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Samuel Greenhalgh died during operations against the German held small island of Kapelsche Veer, Holland, which lies between the River Maas and the River Oudermaas.
Account by the Medical Officer Captain John Forfar M.C.

GRIFFITHS, John Herbert

Marine
CH/X 107870
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Died on active service
Marine John Griffiths died of injuries sustained in a road accident.
 
Sources
CWGC.
CWGC grave concentration report.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/131.
 

GRIMSDELL, Maurice Herbert

Lance Corporal
PO/X 115851
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Maurice Grimsdell died during operations at Walcheren, Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties.
 
Sources

HAINSWORTH, Philip John

Marine
PO/X 113107
47RM Commando
41RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Worthing, Sussex.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 83 (1986)
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA sec and CBF).

HANCOCK,

Lance Corporal
47RM Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps

Medical Orderly in 'Y' Troop.

Source
'47RM Commando From Omaha to the Scheldt', author Prof John Forfar MC (former MO 47RM Cdo).
 

HARRIS, J.C.

Marine
CH/X 103611
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from West Ewell, Surrey.
 
Source
Commando Association Lost Legions List 6.
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA sec and CBF).

HASSELL, Neville, J.

Marine
PLY/X103772
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Marine Neville Hassell was captured and a prisoner of war 19 July 1944 at Normandy, France.
 
Sources
RM Prisoners of War / National Archives file ADM201/111.
German Record Cards of British PoWs / National Archives file WO416/167/91.
 

HAW, Reginald

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

HIRON, R.F.

Marine
CH/X 103844
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Walthamstow, London.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 120.
List of RM Commandos provided by Ron Youngman (late CA Secretary).
 

HOOD, A.B.

Lance Corporal
CH/X109672
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Also served at the Commando Mountain Warfare Training Centre. Post war member of the Commando Association from Glasgow.
 
Source
Commando Association Lost Legions List 6.
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA sec and CBF).

HORSFIELD, Harry

Marine (Acting Temporary Sergeant)
PO/X 115384
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Harry Horsfield was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service during an early morning raid on 23 July 1944 against enemy forward defence lines East of Sallenelles, Normandy.
 
Sources
London Gazette 36846, page 5809 and London Gazette 36895, page 421 (errata).

HOWARTH, Clifford

Marine
EX/ 3763
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Post war member of the Commando Association residing West Yorkshire.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 106 issued March 1998.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.
 

HUBBARD, Ronald Leslie

Marine
PO/X 114110
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Ronald Hubbard was reported missing presumed killed during operations in North West Europe. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Walcheren, Holland. He has no known grave.

HUGHES, C.H.

Marine
PO/X 105349
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Llandudno, North Wales. 
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legions List 6.
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA sec and CBF).

HUGHES, Denis

Sergeant
EX/1222
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant Dennis Hughes died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/132.

JENKINS, Alec Arthur

Corporal
PLY/X101844
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Alec Jenkins died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/132.
 

JERRAM, H.

Marine
CH/X.1452
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Derby.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legions List 7.
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA sec and CBF).

JONES, Noel

Corporal
PO/X105351
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Noel Jones died during operations at Normandy, France.

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

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KAGERER-STEIN, Eugen

Served as : 
FULLER, Eugene
Known as: 
Didi
Eugen Kagerer-Stein, alias Eugene Fuller
Sergeant
5550126
13801130
No 10 Commando
Hampshire Regiment
Pioneer Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Eugen Kagerer-Stein, an Austrian national, was killed in action at Normandy, France, whilst attached to 47RM Commando. He served in 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop, under an alias of Eugene Fuller. Son of Alfred and Anna Kagerer-Stein; husband of Cicely Kagerer-Stein, of Balcombe, Sussex.
 
Sources
CWGC.

KEMP, John

Marine
PO/X 105523
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine John Kemp died in France. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Dozule.

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

KENDRICK, Percy George

Known as: 
Shock
Lance Corporal
5336379
47RM Commando
No 4 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal Percy Kendrick, RAMC attached 47RM Commando, was awarded the Military Medal [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during the assault on Port-en-Bessin on 7 June 1944. [2]. He was the 'X' Troop Medical Orderly [3].

KENNEY, J.A.

Marine
CH/X 107151
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from South Ruislip.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legions List 7
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA sec and CBF).

KILLINGBECK, E.W.

Sergeant
CH/X 3893
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Also served in 44RM Commando. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Kingsbury, London.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 119 issued Sept.2004.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.

KIMBER, Leslie, G

Marine
PO/X 1351
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association residing Crawley.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 98 issued March 1994.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.

LANYON, Frederick Woodman

Marine Frederick Lanyon MM 47 Commando
Marine
PLY/X 103196
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Marine Frederick Lanyon was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry, leadership and undaunted devotion to duty during the assault on the Island of Walcheren. Post war member of the Commando Association from Bodmin, Cornwall.
 
Sources
London Gazette 36947, page 998.

LAWTON, Edward Gerald

Lance Corporal
CH/X 115276
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Edward Lawton died during operations at Westkapelle, Holland. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.
 
Notes

LEIGH, Colin

Temporary Lieutenant
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Lieutenant Colin Leigh received a Mention in Despatches for good service while operating with the 21st Army Group.

Sources
London Gazette 36979, page 1386 dated 13 March 1945.
 

LITHERLAND, Harry

Acting Temporary Corporal
PO/X 119150
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Harry Litherland was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe [1].
Recommendation
"Throughout the campaign in North-West Europe, Cpl Litherland's cheerfulness and devotion to duty, no matter what have been the circumstances, have been beyond praise.

LLOYD, Roger Exley

Acting Temporary Captain
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Bronze Cross (Netherlands)
Captain Roger Lloyd received a Mention in Despatches for good service with the 21st Army Group [1].
1946 awarded the Bronze Cross bestowed by the Queen of the Netherlands for services in North West Europe [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 37251, page 4440.

LOMAX, G.J.

Marine
PLY/X 111464
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Also served in 41RM Commando. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Warrington.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 119 issued September 2004.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.

LONGDEN, Alan

Marine
CH/X 108937
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Alan Longden died during operations at Walcheren, Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties.
 
Sources
CWGC.

LUMSDEN, John

Marine
PO/X117207
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine John Lumsden was shot and killed by a sniper died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.
'47RM Commando From Omaha to the Scheldt', author Prof John Forfar MC (former MO 47RM Cdo).
 

MACDONALD, William

Marine
CH/X109660
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Marine William Macdonald was awarded the MIlitary Medal for gallant and distinguished service while operating with the Army in Normandy.

Sources
London Gazette 36697, page 4218.
Award Recommendations / National Archives file WO373/47/29.

MAGUIRE, Joseph, G.

Lance Corporal
7403568
47RM Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Lance Corporal Joseph Maguire, R.A.M.C. attached to 47RM Commando, was seriously wounded in 1944 during operations in NW Europe [1]. Post war he was a member of the Commando Association residing Liverpool [2].
 
Professor (Capt)  John Forfar MC., 47RM Commando Medical Officer, later wrote:

MANSFIELD, E.R.

Known as: 
Roy
Marine
PLY/X 109658
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association residing Wiltshire
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 114 issued March 2002.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.

MAUD, Norman Smith

Marine
PO/X 106721
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Norman Maud died during operations at  Sallenelles, Normandy. He was one of twenty three casualties treated at the regimental aid post for shrapnel or bullet wounds during their first four days at Sallenelles.  Mne. Tatton [more....] died of wounds, and Mne Maud who had been missing on patrol, was killed.

MCGREGOR, Duncan Ferguson

Marine
PO/X 111677
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Duncan McGregor died during operations at Walcheren, Holland. At the time of his death his commando were engaged in clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties.
 
Sources
CWGC.

MCKELVIE, D.

Marine
CH/X 113629
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Also served 1 Commando Brigade. Post war member of the Commando Association from Frizinghall, Bradford.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legions List 8.
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA sec and CBF).

MOLD, John

Corporal
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Post war member of the Commando Association.
 
Sources
Addendum to Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 89 (1989).
 

MORLEY, Colin Noel

Colour Sergeant
CH/X 2148
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Colour Sergeant Colin Morley died during operations at Normandy, France. Whilst his Commando were heading along a country road in the direction of Putot-en-Auge they encountered an enemy patrol and Colour Sergeant Morley was shot and killed.  
 
Sources
CWGC.

MUIR, James

Marine
PO/X 105150
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine James Muir died during operations at Westkapelle, Holland.

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

NICHOLL, Francis

Lance Corporal
PLY/X 108029
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Francis Nicholl died during operations in Holland. 
At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 
 
Sources

NOON, G.R.

Corporal
PLY/X 103764
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

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

NORIE, George

Marine
CH/X 106948
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine George Norie died during operations at Normandy, France.

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

NUTTALL, James Horrobin

Marine
CH/X 109156
RM Engineer Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine James Nuttall, RM Engineer Commando attached to 47RM Commando, died of wounds. His death is recorded in the War Diary for the RM Engineer Commando dated 19th October 1944. There it states he was wounded on the 11th and died on the 12th.  

O'BRIEN, Albert Peter

Lieutenant
47RM Commando
44RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)

Lieutenant Albert Peter O'Brien, 47RM Commando, was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service in operations in North-West Europe in July 1944 [1].
Recommendation

OATES, Brian

Marine
PLY/X 109015
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Brian Oates died during operations at Normandy, France.

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

OSBORNE, K

Marine
CH/X 112579
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

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

PACKER, J.L.F.

Corporal
PO/X 112747
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

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

PACKER, Mark Charles

Temporary Corporal (Acting Temporary Sergeant)
PO/X115030
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Sergeant Mark Packer was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry, leadership and undaunted devotion to duty during the assault on the Island of Walcheren [1].

PARKER, Kenneth

Marine
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Marine Kenneth Parker served with 47RM Commando during operations at Normandy on DDay, and subsequent operations throughout North West Europe. Post war he was active in the Royal Marines Association and became President of the R.M.A. Bristol branch. 

PATEY, Kenneth Gordon

Marine
PLY/X 107499
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Kenneth Patey was shot and killed by a sniper during operations in Holland. His Commando were at Zwanenburg clearing the enemy from the last of a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle. 
 
Sources
CWGC.

PAYNE, Harry

Marine
PLY/X 103398
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Harry Payne died during operations at Walcheren, Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 
 
Sources

PETO, Christopher Hastings

Lieutenant
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
6 October 1944 Temporary Second Lieutenant, Royal Marines.
January 1945 Holding Commando.
April 1945 Temporary Second Lieutenant, 47RM Commando.
July 1945 Temporary Lieutenant, 47RM Commando.
 
Sources
Navy Lists / Quarterly / Jan, April, and July 1945.
 

PETTIT, Robert Alan

Marine
CH/X 114685
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Robert Pettit died during operations at Walcheren, Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 
 
Sources

PHILLIPS, Cecil Farndale

Major General
47RM Commando
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE)
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Mentioned in Despatches
Order of Oranje Nassau with Swords (Netherlands)

Acting Lieutenant Colonel Cecil Farndale Phillips was the Commanding Officer of No. 47 Royal Marine Commando, Royal Marines, during operations at Normandy and Walcheren.  Post war he commanded  3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines during operations in Malaya. 
 
  • 1 September 1923 appointed Probationary 2nd Lieutenant RM [*].

PINDER, J.

Known as: 
Jack
Marine
PO/X 108146
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association residing Newark, Nottinghamshire.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 110 issued March 2000.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.

PLANK, Harold Henry

Company Sergeant Major
PLY/X/3504
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Company Sergeant Major Harold Plank was shot and killed during operations against an enemy gun emplacement on Walcheren, Holland.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/135.
[Image] Mark Smith (great nephew).

POLLITT, Dennis

Marine
PLY/X 111762
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

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

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

POYZER, Ernest

Marine
PO/X103553
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Prisoner of War
Sources
RM Prisoners of War / National Archives file ADM201/111.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/294/420.
 

PRICE, Martin

Lieutenant Colonel
48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Mentioned in Despatches
Acting Lieutenant Colonel Martin Price D.S.O., R.M., was posted Commanding Officer 48RM Commando in March 1945 [1]. He had previously been Second in Command of 47RM Commando [1A].
  • By February 1946 Lt. Colonel Price had replaced Lt. Colonel Komrower as Commandant of the Commanding Basic Training Centre [1B].

PRY, Benjamin Charles Henry

Known as: 
Benny
Marine
CH/X 111971
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Benjamin Pry, Heavy Weapons Troop (HWT), died of wounds inflicted during operations against the German held small island of Kapelsche Veer which lies between the River Maas and the River Oudermaas.
 

PUDDICK, John Edward

Sergeant
CH/X 108414
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant John Puddick died during operations at Walcheren, Holland. He was shot by a sniper whilst engaged in operations against enemy held batteries along the dunes west of Groot Valkenisse. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/135.

PYMM, Arthur Leslie

Marine Acting Temporary Corporal
CH/X 103623
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Arthur Pymm, HQ Troop, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe. 
Recommendation

RACKHAM, Robert Frederick

Sergeant
CH/X 954
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Robert Rackham was reported missing presumed died during the period his commando were engaged in operations at Walcheren, Holland.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/136.
Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC. 47RM Cdo.  'From Omaha to the Scheldt.
 

REDMAN, William

Marine
CH/X 107831
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine William Redman died during operations at Normandy, France.
Son of John James Redman and Elizabeth Redman, of Thornton, Lancashire; husband of Mina Redman, of Cleveleys, Lancashire.
Extract from the Fleetwood Chronicle 

RILEY, John Joseph

Marine
PLY/X105132
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Prisoner of War.
 
Sources
RM Prisoners of War / National Archives file ADM201/111.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/307/212.
 

RIPINER, Charles Stephen

Corporal
PO/X 4226
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Charles Ripiner died in Holland. At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties.

ROBBINS, Thomas

Known as: 
Tom
Marine
CH/X 105930
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association residing Lincolnshire.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 106 issued March 1998.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.

ROBERTS, Dennis

Marine
CH/X 111901
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association residing Leeds.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 109 issued Sept. 1999.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.

ROBERTSON, George

Corporal
CH/X 109679
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal George Robertson died at the 50th Field Hospital US Army, Portland Island Dorset, of wounds inflicted at Port-en-Bessin, Normandy.

ROBSON, V.E.

Lieutenant
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
January 1945 Temporary Second Lieutenant, Holding Commando.
April 1945 Temporary Lieutenant, 47RM Commando.
Post war member of the Commando Association from Newgate Street, near Hertford.
 
Sources

Navy Lists / Quarterly / Jan, April, and July 1945.
Commando Association Lost Legions List 11.

ROEBUCK, E.

Marine
PO/X104307
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Nottingham.

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

ROWLINSON, Clifford

Marine
PLY/X 109543
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Clifford Rowlinson died during operations at Normandy, France. 
Son of Herbert and Maggie Rowlinson, of Lancaster.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths: Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM/104/136.
 

RUTHERFORD, Albert

Corporal
PO/X106936
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Served in 'B' Troop. Post war member of the Commando Association from Gateshead.

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

SCRUPPS, Kenneth Aubrey

Marine
PO/X106746
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Marine Kenneth Scrupps was captured 7 June 1944 during operations in Normandy.
 
Source
RM Prisoners of War / National Archives file ADM201/111 and WO392/7.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/322/475.
 

SHAW, J.

Sergeant
PO/X 115405
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association from Hoole, Chester.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost legions List 11.
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA sec and CBF).

SIMPSON, R.S.

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

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

SMEDLEY, Harold Alvin

Marine Harold Smedley 47RM Commando
Marine
CH/X 103873
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Marine Harold Smedley served in 'Y' Troop. Post war member of the Commando Association residing in Dyfed.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 119 issued Sept. 2004.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.
[Image] Marcus Hedge (grandson].
 

SMILES, Thomas Browell

Lieutenant
Holding Operational Commando
Royal Marines
25 November 1944 Temporary Second Lieutenant, Royal Marines.
April 1945 Temporary Lieutenant, Holding Commando.
Post war member of the Commando Association from Newcastle on Tyne. They record he also served in 46RM and 47RM Commandos.

Sources
Navy Lists / Quarterly / July 1945.

SMITH, Bernard George

Marine
CH/X 107029
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Bernard Smith died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/137.

SMITH, John

Marine
PO/X 105847
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine John Smith died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/137.

SMITH, Ronald Victor

Corporal
PLY/X 111934
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association residing Northampton.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 110 issued March 2000.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.

SPEAR, William James Clement

Company Sergeant Major
PLY/X 1264
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Company Sergeant Major William Spear, 'Q' troop, died during operations at Walcheren.
Whilst advancing with 2 sections of his troop to engage the enemy who were in a series of gun batteries along the dunes west of Klein Valkenisse, they encountered accurate enemy mortar fire resulting in his death and many other casualties.  
 

Sources
CWGC.

SPENCER, Paul

Acting Temporary Captain (later Major)
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Captain Paul Spencer had served with the Commando since its formation in August 1943. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in recognition of his gallant and distinguished service whilst Adjutant during an assault on a gun battery at Walcheren on the 2nd November 1944. He also served in 1 Commando Brigade. Final rank attained Major.

STICKINGS, Brian John

Captain
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Brian Stickings died during operations against the German held small island of Kapelsche Veer which lies between the River Maas and the River Oudermaas. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for distinguished service.
Account by the Medical Officer Captain John Forfar M.C.

STOVELL, William Charles

Marine
PLY/X110734
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine William Stovell died during operations in Holland. At the time of his death his Commando took part in an unsuccessful attack on the German held small island of Kapelsche Veer which lies between the River Maas and the River Oudermaas.
 

SUTTON, John Ormerod

John Sutton 47RM Commando
Temporary Lieutenant
PLY/X 111543
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
John Ormerod Sutton joined the Royal Marines aged 18 from Bradfield College under the 'Y' Scheme for potential RN/RM Officer commissions. In September 1944 he was posted to the Holding Operational Commando of Commando Group as a Temporary Second Lieutenant immediately before joining 47RM Commando. He served in 47RM Commando until 26 July 1945.

SWEENEY, Edward John

Marine
PO/X 105867
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Edward Sweeney died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/137.

TATTON, Harold

Marine
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association residing Stockport.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 114 issued March 2002.

TATTON, Norman Yates

Marine
PLY/X 110320
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Norman Tatton died of wounds during operations at Sallenelles, Normandy, France. He was one of 23 casualties treated at the regimental aid post for shrapnel or bullet wounds during their first four days at Sallenelles.  Marine Maud, who had been missing on patrol, also died.

TEED, Kenneth Talbot

Corporal
PO/X 103256(T)
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Kenneth Teed, married and from Bridgnorth, Shropshire, was reported missing presumed died during operations at Walcheren, Holland.

THATCHER, Albert George May

Marine
PLY/X 110293
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Albert Thatcher, 'B' troop, died of wounds he received during the allied landings at Westkapelle, Walcheren. He was on board LCT 18 when it was hit by a shell and he received shrapnel wounds. He was taken to a Beach Dressing Station but died the next day.

THORNTON,

Lance Corporal
47RM Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps

Medical Orderly in 'Q' Troop.

Source
'47RM Commando From Omaha to the Scheldt', author Prof John Forfar MC (former MO 47RM Cdo).

TITMUSS, William George

Sergeant
PO/X 106621
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

TOWLE, William Harry

Marine
PLY/X 103401
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine William Towle died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/138.
See Linked Content below.
 

TUNNICLIFF, Leslie Thomas Ludlow

Acting Temporary Captain (Quartermaster)
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

1945 appointed M.B.E. (Military Division). Post war member of the Commando Association residing Hertfordshire.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37119, page 2941. (HM Birthday Honours).
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 98 issued March 1994.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.

TURNER, Anthony

Marine
PLY/X 105677
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Anthony Turner died of wounds during operations at Walcheren, Holland.
 
Sources
CWGC.
 
Notes

TYE, Gordon

Corporal
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Corporal Gordon Tye was wounded during operations against the German held small island of Kapelsche Veer which lies between the River Maas and the River Oudermaas
Account by the Medical Officer Captain John Forfar M.C.

UNSWORTH, James

Corporal
CH/X 3886
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal James Unsworth died during operations at Holland.
At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 
 
Source

VINCENT, Jaffrey Tamplin Earle

Lieutenant (Acting Major)
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Distinguished Service Cross (USA)

Acting Major Jaffrey Vincent was awarded the American Distinguished Service Cross* bestowed by the President of the United States of America for outstanding courage, coolness and skill in Commando operations during the assault on Walcheren in November, 1944. 

WALKER, James Clough

Marine
PLY/X 103088
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine James Clough Walker, from Seaton Delaval in Northumberland, died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/138.
England & Wales Government Probate Death Index dated 18 June 1951.
 

WALKER, Raymond

Marine
PLY/X 103183
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Raymond Walker died during operations at Normandy, France.

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

WEBB, Robert Edward

Sergeant
CH/X 103808
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Robert Webb died in November 1944 during operations in Holland. He received a Mention in Despatches for good service with the 21st Army Group published in March 1945.

WEBB, Ronald Henry

Marine
PLY/X.112633
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Ronald Webb died during operations at Normandy, France.

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

WEST, William, H.

Known as: 
Bill
Marine
CH/X 114742
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association residing Fulham.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 106 issued March 1998.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.

WHENHAM, Herbert Frank

Lieutenant (later Captain)
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
14 February 1942 commissioned Second Lieutenant.
6 August 1942 Temporary Lieutenant, RM Forces.
October 1943 Temporary Lieutenant Transport Platoon, RM Group Supply Unit (MNBDO 2).
April 1944 Temporary Lieutenant, Officer Commanding Transport Platoon, RM Group Supply Unit (MNBDO 2).
October 1944 Temporary Lieutenant, 47 RM Commando.

WILLASEY-WILSEY, Anthony Patrick

Major General
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
During WW2 Acting Captain Anthony Willasey-Wilsey served on ships before being posted to Commando service [1][1a][1b][1c] .
Service at Sea in WW2 
HMS Rodney (present at the Bismarck action)
HMS Howe
HMS Furious
RM Commando Service in WW2

WILLIAMS, Raymond

Marine
PLY/X108521
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Raymond Williams died during operations against the German held small island of Kapelsche Veer which lies between the River Maas and the River Oudermaas.
Account by the Medical Officer Captain John Forfar M.C.

WILSON, George McLeod

Marine
CH/X 102069
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine George Wilson died during operations in Holland.
At the time of his death his Commando were clearing the enemy from a series of gun batteries along the dunes at Westkapelle from Zouteland to west of Groot Valkenisse and Klein Valkenisse. Snipers and enemy mortar fire resulted in many casualties. 
 
Sources
CWGC.

WOOD, Eric Albert Benjamin

Colour Sergeant (Acting Regimental Sergeant Major)
CH/X 1135
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
British Empire Medal (BEM)
1936 King's Badgeman of 220 Squad [1].
1944 October Acting RSM of 47 RM Commando [2].
1 January 1946 awarded British Empire Medal (Military Division) [3].
 
Sources
[1] 100 Years of King's Badgeman, article by Major Rick Hall RM.

WOOD, George Evelyn

Marine
CH/X 103876
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association residing Coggeshall, Essex.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 105 issued Sept. 1997.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.

WOOD, J.H.

Lance Corporal
PLY/X 111522
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Post war member of the Commando Association.
 
Sources
Commando Association list of WW2 RM Commando members.

WRIGHT, F.A.

Corporal
PO/X 118984
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Post war member of the Commando Association.
 
Sources
Commando Association list of WW2 RM Commando members.
 

ZAMMIT, Robert

Marine
PO/X 106117
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Robert Zammit died at the EMS Hospital, Park Prewett, Basingstoke, of wounds inflicted during operations at Normandy. He was part of a large fighting patrol of 4 troops and the heavy weapons troop sent against the enemy lines north east from La Grande Ferme commencing at 2115hrs on the 18th June.

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