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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.

'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.

AINSWORTH, Richard Harold

40RM Commando
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.
 

ARENSTEIN, Hans

Hans Arenstein 10 Commando
No 10 Commando
47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

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

47RM Commando
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.

BATTLEY, Edward Lawrence

Marine Ted Battley 47RM Commando
47RM Commando

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.

BEE, Eric Ernest

47RM Commando
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.

BENNETT, John

47RM Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association residing Sussex.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 113 issued Sept. 2001.
CA List of WW2 RM Commando members.

BORNE, Frederick

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando

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.

47RM Commando

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

47RM Commando

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.

47RM Commando

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

47RM Commando
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. 

CARTER, Arthur Edward

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
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.

COLLINS, James Washington

47RM Commando
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.

COUSINS, Terence Frederick

Capt. Cousins 47RMCommando
47RM Commando
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. 

DAULBY, Archibald

47RM Commando

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

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
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.

47RM Commando

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

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
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 by the French [2a].

DUKE, Andrew

Marine Andrew Duke 47 Commando
47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
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
47RM Commando
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 Paterson

47RM Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Troop Sergeant Major James England was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] for gallantry, leadership and undaunted devotion to duty during the assault on the Island of Walcheren [2].
  • 1945 Mentioned in Despatches for outstanding service while operating with the Allied Armies in Italy [3].
Sources

EVANS, Cyril

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
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
47RM Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Joseph Fawcett died of wounds inflicted during the Westkapelle landings on D Day 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

47RM Commando
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. 

FEWTRELL, Charles Henry

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
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

Flannagan 47 Commando
47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
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.

47RM Commando

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

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
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. 

FORFAR, John Oldroyd

47RM Commando
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.

GADSDEN, Derek Roy

47RM Commando
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.
 

GARDENER, Michael Chase

47RM Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Michael Gardener died during the period his Commando were engaged in defending the main approach from North Holland to Antwerp by the River Maas near the damaged Keizersveer Bridge. He was leading a patrol that was ambushed by the river just North of Geertruidenberg. 
 

GOLDSTEIN, Isaac

47RM Commando
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

GREENHALGH, Samuel

47RM Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Samuel Greenhalgh died [1][1a] during operations against the German held small island of Kapelsche Veer, Holland, which lies between the River Maas and the River Oudermaas [2].
 
Account by the Medical Officer Captain John Forfar M.C.

GRIMSDELL, Maurice Herbert

47RM Commando
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

HANCOCK,

47RM Commando

Medical Orderly in 'Y' Troop.

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

HAW, Reginald

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

HOWARTH, Clifford

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
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, Denis

47RM Commando
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.

JONES, Noel

47RM Commando
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.

See Linked Content below.

KEMP, John

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
No 4 Commando
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].
 

KILLINGBECK, E.W.

47RM Commando

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.

LANYON, Frederick Woodman

Marine Frederick Lanyon MM 47 Commando
47RM Commando
Military Medal (MM)

Marine Frederick Lanyon was awarded the MM for gallantry, leadership and undaunted devotion to duty during the assault on the Island of Walcheren.

The death of Mne. Frederick Woodman Lanyon MM of Bodmin, Cornwall, was notified to members in Commando Association newsletter 119 issued September 2004.

LAWTON, Edward Gerald

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
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.
 

LLOYD, Roger Exley

47RM Commando
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.

47RM Commando

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

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
Military Medal (MM)

Marine William Macdonald 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 373/47/29.

MAGUIRE, Joseph, G.

47RM Commando
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:

MAUD, Norman Smith

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
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.

MEYER, Kurt

LCpl Peter Moody 3tp10Commando
No 10 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Kurt Meyer served under an alias of Peter Moody. He was of the Jewish Faith and a member of 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop, of the inter allied commando. He was killed during operations in Normandy whilst attached to 47RM Commando.

MORLEY, Colin Noel

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
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

NORIE, George

47RM Commando
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

RM Engineer Commando
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.  

OATES, Brian

47RM Commando
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.

PARKER, Kenneth

47RM Commando

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

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
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

PETTIT, Robert Alan

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
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.

47RM Commando

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

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando

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

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

PRICE, Martin

48RM Commando
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].

PUDDICK, John Edward

47RM Commando
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.

RACKHAM, Robert Frederick

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine William Redman died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/136.

RIPINER, Charles Stephen

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando

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.

ROEBUCK, E.

47RM Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association from Nottingham.

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

SMEDLEY, Harold Alvin

Marine Harold Smedley 47RM Commando
47RM Commando

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].
 

SMITH, John

47RM Commando
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.

SPEAR, William James Clement

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Captain Paul Spencer, the Adjutant of 47RM Commando, was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in recognition of his gallant and distinguished service during an assault on a gun battery at Walcheren on the 2nd November 1944.
Recommendation

STOVELL, William Charles

47RM Commando
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.
 

TATTON, Norman Yates

47RM Commando
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.

THATCHER, Albert George May

47RM Commando
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,

47RM Commando

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

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
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.

VINCENT, Jaffrey Tamplin Earle

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
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. 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.

WEBB, Ronald Henry

47RM Commando
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.

WILLASEY-WILSEY, Anthony Patrick

40 Cdo. RM
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

47RM Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Raymond Williams died [1] during operations against the German held small island of Kapelsche Veer which lies between the River Maas and the River Oudermaas [2].
 

WILSON, George McLeod

47RM Commando
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

47RM Commando
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.

ZAMMIT, Robert

47RM Commando
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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