Maalla Cemetery Aden

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ARNOLD, David James

Sergeant David Arnold, SBS formerly 45 Commando, died during operations in Aden [1].
  • On August 7, 1964, the marines were conducting operations in the Radafan Mountains. Sgt Arnold was killed during a planned night ambush near the village of Dhala, a centre of intense dissident activity.
    He is commemorated on the Special Boat Service Memorial in Poole and also at the National Memorial Arboretum. Sgt Arnold was also a noted racing canoeist, winning several events in the early 1960s, including the Devizes to Westminster Race [2]

HYDES, Richard

45 Cdo. RM

Marine Richard Hydes, from Bracebridge Lincoln, died in a live firing training accident outside Dhala camp, Aden, while preparing for the initial Radfan operation.  A newly introduced GPMG went off accidentally whilst the gunner was moving position and hit his number two, Marine Hydes, who was ahead of the gunner locating a new fire position. 

England & Wales Government Probate Death Indices.
Ian Martin MBE, Troop Commander 

JEFFERY, Reginald

45 Cdo. RM
Lance Corporal Reginald Jeffery from Penzance died whilst deployed to Aden [1][2].  He was part of a training party that accidentally strayed across into Yemen and was ambushed. Four of the party were killed, one of these being L/Cpl Reginald Jeffery, who at the time was attached from 45 Commando RM to Headquarters Middle East Command [3].
[2] British Casualties, Aden 1955-1967.


Edward McGrath 45 Commando
45 Cdo. RM

Corporal Edward McGrath, from Kirkdale Liverpool, died during fighting between dissident tribesmen in the Radfan mountains. He had served in the Royal Marines for 7 years.

British Casualties, Aden 1955-1967.
Liverpool Echo newspaper report 5 Sept. 1964.

TUCK, Keith

45 Cdo. RM
Marine Keith Tuck, from Ilkeston Derbyshire, died at the Royal Air Force Hospital, Aden.
England and Wales Government Probate Death Indices.

WILSON, David McDonald

45 Cdo. RM
Marine David Wilson, a radio operator with 'X' Company, was shot and killed by a sniper whilst pushing down Wadi Dhubsan, one of the most inaccessible rebel held areas of Radfan, about 60 miles north of Aden [2][3].
[1] AFM ROH.
[2] British Casualties, Aden, 1955-1967.
[2]  Jimmy Barr 45 Cdo. via BBC, In Living Memory - The Armed Forces Memorial By Colette Hooper.
[3] The Times 27th May 1964 and 28th May 1964.

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