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'Commando Training Centre RM'

The Commando Training Centre, also known as CTCRM, is the principal training centre for the Royal Marines.

Based at Lympstone in Devon CTCRM selects and trains all Royal Marines Officers, recruits and reserves. CTCRM is unique in that it also provides all Non Commissioned Officer (NCO) command training as well as training 70% of all Royal Marines specialists.

BELL, Thomas Matthew

Marine Thomas Bell from Gateshead, was serving at the Commando Training Centre RM at the time of his death.  He and his colleagues were celebrating the end of their training at Penhale Camp near Perranporth, Cornwall. On the way back to his quarters along the cliff path he accidentally fell to his death.  The Coroner recorded a verdit of Misadventure.
Newcastle Journal - Saturday 7 July 1984

BOTHAM, Grenville

Royal Marines
Warrant Officer 2 Grenville Botham was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) on the 19 June 2000 [1].
  • 25 April 2006 (Warrant Officer 1) awarded the Meritorious Service Medal [2].
  • 1996 (Sergeant) Zulu Company 45 Commando RM [3].
  • 2007 RSM at the Commando Training Centre RM [4].
[1] London Gazette Supp. 55879, page 5.
[2] London Gazette supp. 57965, page 5682.

BRIGGS, Harold

Harold Briggs RM
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Sergeant Harold Briggs was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) on 31 December 1976 [1]. He was serving as an Intelligence sergeant in 3 Commando Brigade at the time.

BURTON, Nathaniel Paul

Junior Marine Nathaniel Burton drowned in a remote pool on Dartmoor.  He was 11 weeks into his 30-week Commando training course and was taking part in a river crossing exercise at Crazy Well Pool, near Burrator reservoir.
[Sources: AFM ROH / BBC News online 16th Oct. 1998.]


Mne Richard Campbell-Smith CTCRM

Marine Recruit Richard Campbell-Smith was four weeks from the end of his 32-week course at the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon, when he reportedly scratched his legs while running. He was admitted to the base medical unit, and later taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital where he died on 2 November. 

A post-mortem examination showed heart and respiratory failure, and traces of infection with the toxin Panton Valentine Leukocidin were found.  A verdict of accidental death was recorded.[Sources: AFM ROH / BBC News report online]


Marine Recruit Andrew Charnock collapsed and died from heat exhaustion during a 30-mile training run on Dartmoor. He was in the final stage of training with the Royal Marines.
[Source: AFM ROH / Daily Mirror and other media reports 10 July 1997]

CRUSE, Ernest

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Corporal Ernest Cruse was awarded the Military Medal during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service with 41 Independent Commando, Royal Marines, during operations in Korea [1]
  • 29 November 1950 wounded during operations at Chosin Reservoir Korea [1a].
  • 18 September 1961 commissioned from QuarterMaster Sergeant to 2nd Lieutenant [2]. 
  • October 1970 Lieutenant at the CTCRM [3].

FOSTER, Nigel Francis

Marine Recruit Nigel Foster was serving on his Commando course at the Commando Training Centre RM at the time of his death. He died after suffering a heart attack during an exercise on Woodbury Common, Devon.
[Sources: AFM ROH / Navy News issue April 1996, p24 / BBC Wales news online report 31/3/2000]

HUTTON, Jamie R.J.

42 Cdo. RM
Marine Jamie Hutton died when a land rover overturned on a training exercise at Lulworth firing range, near  Weymouth.
Jamie Hutton joined up at the age of 20 and excelled in training, winning the Charnock Shooting Trophy and earning himself the nickname of "The Colonel". He joined K Company 42 Commando RM in May 2006 and served in Afghanistan before becoming a sniper instructor at the CTCRM.
 [Sources: AFM ROH / BBC Dorset / Plymouth Herald newspaper 19/7/2008]

JENKINS, Gareth Stuart

Lieutenant Gareth Jenkins RM died while conducting Officer training at the Commando Training Centre, Royal Marines Lympstone, during the 30 Miler Commando Test on Dartmoor training area.
Royal Navy / AFM ROH / The Exeter and Great Devon District Coroner’s Office / Service Inquiry report online.

JONES, Ethan

Ethan Jones
Marine Recruit Ethan Jones, 282 Troop, died in a training accident whilst practising an assault from a landing craft on Tregantle beach, Cornwall. He was in the last phase of the 32 weeks training.

LOCKWOOD, Neville, A.

2/Lieut. Neville Lockwood died whilst serving at the Commando Training Centre RM.  He joined the Royal Marines as an officer in Sept. 2007 and had completed 17 weeks of Young Officer training. He had previously served in both the RNR and the RMR.  
[Sources: AFM ROH / Navy News issue Feb. 2008.]

MALLARD, Ian Stuart

Marine Ian Mallard died from acute alcohol poisoning after a party to celebrate passing his Commando training and being awarded his green beret. A verdict of accidental death was recorded by Coroner Mr Richard van Oppen at the inquest in Exmouth.
[Sources: AFM ROH / Navy News Aug.'92 p.32 / Media reports The Independent and Daily Herald.]


3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Major Jani Marok received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the former Yugoslavia during the period 1 October 2000 to 31 March 2001 [1].
  • (Lieutenant Colonel) awarded the Bronze Star Medal conferred by the President of the United States of America in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during coalition operations in Iraq [2].



Marine Recruit Daniel Metcalfe was only 4 weeks into his training after joining the Royal Marines when he was killed in a mountaineering accident on Dow Crag in Coniston whilst on Easter leave. [Sources: AFM ROH / The Yorkshire Post online 20th April 2016.]


Sergeant Keith Palmer collapsed and died of a heart attack whilst returning from a sail training exhibition on board the Corps yacht, Saria Marie, off the coast of Guernsey.
He was an instructor at the Commando Training Centre RM,  a veteran of both the Falklands and Gulf wars, and had served for 22 years. 

PERRY, Steven Leslie

WO1 Steven Perry was the RSM at the Commando Training Centre RM at the time of his death. He was overseeing one of the training exercises on Dartmoor when he died unexpectedly.
His family and friends placed a stone as a memorial to him at the spot where he died. The stone was originally upright but is now on its back.

RICHARDS, Alan Wayne

Mne Wayne Richards
Marine Recruit Wayne Richards was in week nine of the 30 week training course, and was killed when shot during a mock attack exercise on Woodbury Common, near Exeter, after live rounds became mixed up with blanks. 
[Sources: AFM ROH / Navy News issue May 2000, p34 / BBC Wales News online 6th June 2001.]
Whilst the AFM ROH shows his first names as Alan Wayne, all of the many media reports regarding his death refer to him as Wayne.

STEWART, David James

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

SWALLOW, Paul Raymond

Sergeant Paul Swallow, Commando Training Centre RM,  died in a road traffic collision on the outskirts of Exmouth.  
Andy Holloway. WO2 RM.
Navy News issue July 1980 p19.
His Father RSM C. Swallow also served

VALLANCE, David William

Marine David Vallance was serving at the Commando Training Centre RM at the time of his death. He collapsed and died of a heart attack while jogging to a firing range at Sandy Bay, near Exmouth, during a training exercise.
[Sources: AFM ROH /  Navy News issue Feb. 1998, p24 / The Independent online 31st March 2000.]


Royal Marines
Sergeant John Wilkinson, a Platoon Weapons Instructor (PW1) at RM Reserve Bristol, died in a road traffic collision [1][2]
[1] AFM ROH.
[2] Andy Holloway. WO2 RM.

WILLS, Michael Vincent

Major Michael Wills died in a plane crash.
He was off duty in a single-engine Cessna when it crashed into a field near Honiton in June 2004, shortly after taking off from Dunkeswell airfield. Major Wills joined the Corps aged 18 in 1978 and at the time of his death was a Staff Officer at the CTCRM.
[Sources: AFM ROH / Daily Telegraph 31st July 2007 / Exeter Inquest.]

WOOLMAN, Tudor Lloyd

42 Cdo. RM
Marine Tudor Woolman, 42 Commando RM, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Aden in 1967 [1].
"On Saturday 11th November 1967 42 Commando Royal Marines was responsible for the manning of of a series of observation posts overlooking Tawani.

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