BLAKEWAY, Benet Carr

Unit / Base: 
'3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines'
Royal Marines
Royal Navy
CH/X 5377
Monday, February 10, 1930
Died : 
Thursday, February 9, 1956
Died on active service
Local Roll of Honour: 
Marine Benet Blakeway, HQ 3 Commando Brigade, died during operations in Cyprus. He, and QMS Alfred Wheeler, both died from exposure on anti-terrorist operations after their vehicle fell into a deep gully in the Troodos Mountains during a blizzard [1].
Extract from the Daily Mirror 11 Feb. 1956
"RSM gave life for Commando. One of the two British Commandos who died in a mountain blizzard in Cyprus was a regimental sergeant major. And he gave his life, it was revealed yesterday, in a vain bid to save the other Commando - a Marine who had hurt his ankle and could not go on without help. The hero was R.S.M. A. Wheeler. whose wife lives in Springfield Terrace, Elburton, Plymouth. The Marine he gave his life for was Benet Carr Blakeway, 25, son of the Rev. B. C. Blakeway, Vicar of Crayrigg, near Kendal, Westmorland. R.S.M. Wheeler dropped out of a party of Commandos to go to Marine Blakeway's assistance . The rest of the party arrived safely at base." [2].
[1] British Cyprus Memorial Trust Book of Remembrance.
[2] Daily Mirror - Saturday 11 February 1956.
Primary Roll of Honour: 
Additional content: 

Ask Questions / Add Information / Add Photos

Use the Archive Forum for research enquiries, or to add information or photos. [register now]
Read some frequently asked questions here [FAQ's].
Contact the Archive via the [contact form].
All content is researched and administered by the Commando Veterans Archive.