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ABRAM, John Arthur

Known as: 
Jack
Acting Temporary Colour Sergeant
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Acting Temporary Colour Sergeant John Arthur Abram received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service whilst attached to the Allied Armies in the Mediterranean during the period 1st January to 31st March, 1945 [1].
  • 2 January 1950 (Sergeant) (Acting Quartermaster Sergeant) awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) [2].

ADAMS, Mark

Marine
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Mark Adams received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan.
 
Source
London Gazette 59182, page 15641 published 11 September 2009.
 

ADAMS, Ross William

Corporal
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Ross Adams received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan in 2011.
 
Source
London Gazette 60095, page 5849.
 

ADDISON, Kenneth William

Marine
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Kenneth Addison received a Mention in Despatches for courage, tenacity, and skill whilst serving with the Allied Armies in the Mediterranean.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37136, page 3191 dated 19 June 1945.
 
Notes

ALBONE, Victor Arthur

Staff Sergeant
No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Mentioned in Despatches
Staff Sergeant Victor Albone received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Mediterranean Theatre. Post war member of the Commando Association (Hampshire).
 
Sources
London Gazette 37575, page 2450.
Royal Artillery Attestations 1939.

ALDWORTH, Michael Mancell

Lieutenant Michael Aldworth
Lieutenant (Temporary)
48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Michael Aldworth received a Mention in Despatches for good services with the 21st Army Group. Post war member of the Commando Association. 

His death was announced in their March 1993 newsletter 96 where his rank was shown as Captain (later Major) [2].

ALLARDICE, William Dallas

Private
Middle East Commando
London Scottish The Gordon Highlanders
Mentioned in Despatches
Private William Allardice received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during his escape from captivity as a prisoner of war.
Recommendation

ALLEN, John Duncan

John Duncan Allen 3 Commando
WO1 Regimental Sergeant Major
No 3 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
George Medal (GM)
Mentioned in Despatches
On the 9th July 1943 the then Sergeant John Duncan Allen was awarded the George Medal in recognition of conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner. This was awarded for "saving a life in a rock climbing accident in Gibraltar." [1]
 

ALLEN, Michael Rhys Harvey

Captain (later Honorary Lieutenant Colonel)
No 9 Commando
Black Watch
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Territorial Decoration (TD)
Captain Michael Allen , Adjutant of No. 9 Commando, was awarded the Military Cross [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations at Monte Faito, Italy, on 2/3 February 1944 [2].
Recommendation
Action at Monte Faito night 2/3 Feb.44, MR. 858043, Italy 1:50,000 Sheet 160-II.

ALLOTT, Richard Knowles Brian

Lieutenant (Temporary Captain)(later Major)
No 8 Commando
SBS
Middlesex Regiment
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Temporary Captain Richard Allott was awarded the Military Cross [1] whilst attached to the S.B.S. after his service with No. 8 Commando, Layforce, and the 1st Special Service Regiment [2][2a] ended. 
Recommendation

ANDREWS, Leslie

Marine
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Leslie Andrews received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Malaya during the period 1st July to 31st December, 1951.
 
Sources
London Gazette 39507, page 1880.
Royal Marines Association website.
 

ASKWITH, Graham

Marine
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Graham Askwith received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in operations in Borneo on the 1st January 1964. He had been recommended for the Military Medal.
 
Sources
London Gazette 43492, page 9824.
National Archives file WO373/139/37.
 

ATKINS, Steven Mark

Marine
RM Poole
Royal Marines
Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Steven Atkins received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st February 1979 to 30th April 1979 [1].
  • 1982 awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland [2].
Sources

AYLETT, Basil McGonigle

Known as: 
Bob
Basil Aylett MM
Troop Sergeant Major
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Acting Sergeant Basil Aylett was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service in operations with 40RM Commando leading to the capture of Termoli. He was wounded and upon recovery was posted to 45RM Commando and promoted Troop Sergeant Major of 'B' Troop. In this new role he received a Mention in Despatches for good service with the 21st Army Group.
 

BACKHOUSE, Charles, R.

Charles Backhouse 2 commando and 1st SAS
Corporal
SAS
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Mentioned in Despatches
Charles Backhouse served with No.2 Commando before joining the 1st S.A.S. [1].
He received a Mention in Despatches for his escape having been taken prisoner of war whilst serving with the 1st SAS [2].
Recommendation 

BAINBRIDGE, Robert

Marine
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Robert Bainbridge received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service during the operations in the South Atlantic.
 
Source
London Gazette 49134 page 12843.
National Archives file WO373/188/219.
 

BANFORD, Garry Lee

Corporal
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Garry Banford received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2007 to 31st March 2008.
 
Source
London Gazette 58776, page 11242.
 

BARNES, Charles Ernest

Sergeant
41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Charles Barnes, 'B' Troop, died during operations at Hodo Pando, Korea. He was part of a raiding party that landed by canoe and were engaged in a daylong firefight.

BARNES, William Walter

Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Mentioned in Despatches
Lance Sergeant William Barnes received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field [1][1a].
  • December 1942 serving as a Fusilier in 6 Troop [2].
  • 20 March 1945 wounded during operations in Italy [3].
Sources

BARNETT, David Soloman

Temporary Lieutenant, Acting Temporary Captain
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain David Barnett was awarded the Military Cross for outstanding courage, determination and devotion to duty in operations during the campaign in Italy [1].
  • Mentioned in Despatches for good services during operations in Italy [2]
Sources
[1] London Gazette 37170, page 3562.

BARNETT, Nicholas John

Marine
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Nicholas Barnett, a GPMG gunner, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service during the operations in the South Atlantic on 12 June 1982.
 
Source
London Gazette 49134 page 12843.
National Archives file WO373/188/220.
 

BARNWELL, Alan Fitzgerald

Captain
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Alan Barnwell received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service whilst on operations in Iraq during the period 19 March to 19 April 2003.
 
Source
London Gazette 57100, page 6.
 

BARRON, Robert James

Known as: 
Robbie
Robert Barron 2 Commando and SOE
Robbie Barron 2 Commando and SOE
Sergeant (later Major)
No 2 Commando
London Scottish The Gordon Highlanders
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Robert Barron, 1 troop, was one of the Commando contingent who participated in the St. Nazaire raid on ML 446. Evacuated back to the UK [1]
 
General Service [3].
  • May 1935 T.A. 1st Bn. London Scottish.
  • Sept. 1939 embodied 1st Bn. London Scottish.

BARTON, Francis Christopher

Major (later Major General)
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Major Francis Barton received a Mention in Despatches in 1951 in recognition of gallant and distinguished services with 40 Commando RM in Malaya [1].
  • 31 December 1960 (Colonel) appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
  • 1 January 1964 (Brigadier) appointed C.B.E. (Military Division) [3].

BATES, William Stanley

Lieutenant
No 9 Commando
Royal Corps of Signals
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant William Bates received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy. 
 
Sources
London Gazette 36886, page 323.
 
Notes
He is referred to as Captain in the document below.  Rank here as shown in Gazette entry.

BAVISTER, Robert John

Known as: 
Bob
T/Captain Bavister No 2 Commando
Temporary Captain
No 2 Commando
South Wales Borderers
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Robert Bavister received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Mediterranean Theatre [2]. 
Service Record

BEARDMORE, Thomas

RSM Tom Beardmore No 9 Commando
RSM Tom Beardmore No 9 Commando
WO1 Regimental Sergeant Major
No 9 Commando
North Staffordshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Regimental Sergeant Major Tom Beardsmore was killed in action during operations at Mount Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. He has no known grave. Son of Mr. and Mrs. George Beardmore; husband of W. E. Beardmore, of Woodhead, Cheadle, Staffordshire [1][2].

BEARDSELL, John Clifford

John Clifford Beardsell
Rifleman (later Sergeant)
No 2 Commando
Rifle Brigade
Mentioned in Despatches
Rifleman John Beardsell, 3 Troop, embarked on board HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. During the raid he was wounded by enemy fire whilst still on board. He was transferred to a motor launch and evacuated back to the UK [1][2][3].
Service record [4].

BECHERVAISE, Alexander Austin

Known as: 
Surname also seen spelt BERCHERVAISE
Signalman
No 3 Commando
Royal Corps of Signals
Mentioned in Despatches
Signalman Alexander Bechervaise received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 35729, page 4328
National Archives file WO373/93/851.

BEEVERS, Peter

Sergeant
RM Reserve
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Peter Beevers, RM Reserve Tyne, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of his service during operations in the South Atlantic.
 
Source
London Gazette 49134 page 12843.
Globe and Laurel Sept/Oct. 1982.
 

BELL, Alan William

Sergeant
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Alan Bell received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st November 1979 to 31st January 1980.
 
Source
London Gazette 48237, page 9373.
 

BENNETT, Maurice, W.J.

Known as: 
Bill
Maurice bennett, 3 Commando
Gunner
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Mentioned in Despatches
Gunner Maurice Bennett, 3 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during his successful escape from captivity on 7 July 1944 having been taken prisoner of war at Amfreville, Normandy, on 27 June 1944 [1][1A].
 

BEST, James Nigel

Second Lieutenant (Acting Lieutenant)
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Acting Lieutenant James best received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in operations in the Borneo Territories during the period 24th December 1962 to 23rd June 1963.
 
Sources
London Gazette 43189, page 10451.
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Major J.C. Beadle MBE MC.

BEVIS, Kenneth John

Petty Officer
RN Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds

Petty Officer Kenneth Bevis, RN Beach Commando 'O' ,  died at Elba [1][2]. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for "distinguished service in operations carried out in the face of determined opposition from the enemy which led to the capture of the island of Elba"[3].

BEVIS, Timothy John

Major General
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Timothy Bevis received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland in 1986 [1].
  • 13 December 2015 (Brigadier) appointed C.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
  • 31 May 2016 promoted Major General [3].
  • 28 December 2019 appointed C.B. (Military Divisionj [4].
Sources

BIRD, Stephen Alun

Sergeant
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Stephen Bird was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland [1].

BIRRELL, Stuart Martin

Lieutenant Colonel
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Stuart Birrell received a Mention in Despatches, announced on 14 February 1992, in recognition of service within the operations in Northern Iraq and Southern Turkey [1].
  • 2007 (Lieutenant Colonel) Commanding Officer 40 Commando RM [2].

BISS, Ernest Robert James

Quartermaster Sergeant
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Quartermaster Sergeant Ernest Biss received a Mention in Despatches in 1951 for gallant and distinguished services in Malaya.
 
Sources
London Gazette 39361, page 5432.
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
 

BISSET, George Davidson

Lt Bisset 9 Commando
Lieutenant
No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant George Bisset died of wounds whilst a Prisoner of War in German hands during operations in Italy [1][2]. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field [3].
 
Extract from the Aberdeen Press and Journal

BLACK, George

Leading Medical Assistant George Black RN
Acting Leading Medical Assistant
40 Cdo. RM
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Mentioned in Despatches
Leading Medical Assistant George Black RN, attached to 40 Commando RM, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of his service during operations in the South Atlantic.

BLACK, James William

Acting Temporary Troop Sergeant Major
48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Troop Sergeant Major James Black was awarded the Military Medal for bravery, skill and devotion to duty whilst serving with the Allied Forces during the campaign in the Low Countries, over a period from January to April, 1945 [1][2].
Recommendation

BLACKHURST, John

Rifleman
No 9 Commando
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Rifleman John Blackhurst died of wounds during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead. He received a postumous Mention In Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy.
 
Sources
CWGC.
London Gazette 36886, page 328.
 

BLAKE, Alfred Lapthorn

Lieutenant Colonel
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Knight Commander Royal Victorian Order (KCVO)
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Major Alfred Blake was posted to Brigade HQ (3rd Special Service Brigade) when the Special Service Group was restructured in August 1943 [1]

BLISSETT, Harry Harold

Maj. Blissett 2 commando
Major
No 4 Independent Company
No 2 Commando
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
The King's Regiment (Liverpool)
Mentioned in Despatches
Major Harry Harold Blissett served as a Captain in No 4 Independent Company and No 2 Commando. He was appointed Brigade Major in the 1st Special Service Bde in preparation for DDay.  In 1945 he received a MiD for gallant and distinguished services in NW Europe[1].
 
Source

BLOOM, Peter John

Corporal
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Peter Bloom was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) in recognition of meritorious service in Northern Ireland in 1978 [1].

BLYTH, Eric Joseph

Colour Sergeant
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Eric Blyth received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service with 45 Commando in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate, during the period 13 April to 15 October 1964 [1].

BOGLE, Dexter

Marine
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Dexter Bogle received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2010 to 31st March 2011.
 

BOLITHO, Raymond Gordon

Raymond Gordon Bolitho 5 Commando
Lieutenant (later Captain)
No 5 Commando
Devonshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Raymond Gordon Bolitho, 1 Troop, was wounded on 31 January 1945 during operations in Burma. He later received a Mention In Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/8.

BOLTON, John Barker

Temporary Lieutenant
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant John Bolton received a Mention in Despatches for courage, tenacity, and skill whilst serving with the Allied Armies in the Mediterranean [1].
  • 2nd Mention in Despatches for services in Italy 1st April to 8th May 1945 [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 37136, page 3191 dated 19 June 1945.

BOORN, Peter William

Lance Corporal
42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Lance Corporal Peter Boorn received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service during operations on 12 June 1982 at Mount Harriet, Falklands. 
 
Source
London Gazette 49134 page 12843.
National Archives file WO373/188/216.
 

BORWICK, Michael George

Temporary Captain (later Lieutenant Colonel)
50ME Commando
Layforce
Royal Scots Greys, Royal Armoured Corps
Mentioned in Despatches
Deputy Lieutenant (DL)
Captain Michael Borwick was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete with 'D' Bn. Layforce (50 and 52 Middle East Commandos), later found to be a prisoner of war [1][1a].
  • Mentioned In Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in the Middle East [2].

BOSTOCK, Stanley

Staff Sergeant
40RM Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Staff Sergeant Stanley Bostock was awarded the B.E.M. (Military Division) in the 1946 New Years Honours [1].  He had previously been attached to 40RM Commando [2].
 
He also received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy [3].
 

BOUCHER-MYERS, Bertram William Sydney

Known as: 
Bill
Major Boucher-Myers 4 Commando
Major
No 4 Commando
Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales Volunteers)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Mentioned in Despatches
Bertram Boucher-Myers took part in the Lofoten and Dieppe raids receiving a MiD for the the latter [1], after which he was posted to the Staff College at Camberley. In 1946 he served with the East Lancs in India during their transition to independence. In 1949 he was posted to the military mission in Greece followed by a 2 year attachment to the Sudan Army.

BOWYER, John Douglas

John Bowyer 5 Commando
Temporary Captain
No 5 Commando
1/5 Commando
Royal Northumberland Fusiliers
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain John Bower received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37730, page 4698.
Numerous images in the No.5 Cdo Gallery.
[image] Paul Gordon, grandson.
 

BOYCE, James Wesley R.

Known as: 
Ginger
James Boyce 1 Commando
Private
No 1 Commando
Suffolk Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private James Boyce, 4 Troop, died during operations at Kangaw, Burma. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches in recognition of his gallant and distinguished service.
 

BRADFORD, John Gwyther

Surgeon Lieutenant
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Navy
Mentioned in Despatches
Surgeon Lieutenant John Bradford, attached to 45 Commando RM, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished services in the Operations in the Near East, October-December, 1956.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 41092, page 3418.
 

BRADFORD, John Meller

Captain
No 1 Commando
South Wales Borderers, 2nd Bn. The Monmouthshire Regt.
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain John Bradford from Swansea died [1] during operations at Bizerte Tunisia. He received a MiD for "gallant and distinguished services in North Afric

BRADLEY, Arthur John

Sergeant
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

BRADLEY, Edgar William

Known as: 
Bill
Captain Edgar Bradley 3 Commando
Captain (later Major)
No 3 Commando
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Mentioned in Despatches
Temporary Captain Edgar William 'Bill' Bradley received a Mention in Despatches during operations at Vaagso in December 1941 [1].
  • 28 March 1942 particpated in Operation Chariot embarking for the raid on motor launch ML307. Evacuated back to the UK after the raid [2][3].

BRAMBLE, George

Marine
41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine George Bramble was awarded the Military Medal during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service. [1]. He later also received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service in operations in Korean waters. [2].
  • 29 November 1950 wounded during operations at Chosin Resevoir [3].

BREAM, George Leonard

Known as: 
Percy
Captain Leonard George Bream
Corporal/Captain
48RM Commando
Royal Marines
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

George Leonard Bream, or 'Percy', as he was known in the Corps, was born on June 1st 1919 in the hamlet of Buckworth, Huntingdonshire. He was the middle son of a a family of six, his father being a farm labourer. After leaving school with a basic education he moved to his eldest sister's home in Luton where he at first worked as a market trader, and then in a gent's outfitters.

BREWER, Francis James

Corporal
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Francis Brewer, Mortar Mobile Fire Controller, received a Mention in Despatches for gallantry in Aden between the 27th to 29th May 1967.
 
Sources
London Gazette 44440, page 11787.
National Archives file WO373/138/25.
 

BRICE, Ian William

Sergeant
SBS
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Sergeant Ian Brice, S.B.S., received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of his service during operations on South Georgia and patrols in the Mount Kent region of the Falklands.

Sources
London Gazette 49134 page 12843.
National Archives file WO373/188/205.

BRISTOWE, Frank Hilary

Captain
40RM Commando
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Frank Bristowe served with 40 RM Commando from 1944 [1].
  • 1951 (Captain) (40 Commando RM) received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Malaya [2].
Sources
[1] Navy Lists - see linked content below.

BROCKBANK, Maurice Chester

Captain
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Maurice Brockbank, 'C' troop, died during operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf. He had previously received a Mention in Despatches whilst with 40RM Commando for "outstanding service while operating with the Allied Armies in Italy."
 
Sources 
CWGC.

BROUGHTON, Jack Edward

Major
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Jack Broughton received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service whilst on operations in Iraq between 19 March and 19 April 2003 [1].
  • Commissioned, and later on 3 April 2009, promoted Captain [2].
  • May 2013 (Afghanistan) 40 Commando Logistics Company [3].

BROWN, Christopher Charles

Lieutenant General
29 Cdo. Regt.RA
Royal Artillery
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
Captain Christopher Brown, 29 Commando Regiment RA, was a Naval Gunfire Spotter attached to Special Forces during the Falklands War. He received a Mention in despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service between 25 April to 15 June 1982 [1] [2].
  • 30 Sept 1987 promoted Major [3].

BROWN, Christopher John Graham

Corporal
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Christopher Brown received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service during operations on the night of 11/12 June 1982 against enemy held positions on the craggy hill feature known as Two Sisters, East Falkland.
 
Source
London Gazette 49134 page 12843.

BROWN, Jack

Trooper
Middle East Commando
'Layforce'
Royal Armoured Corps Yorkshire Hussars
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Trooper Jack Brown, 'D' Bn., Layforce, was reported missing 2 June 1941 at Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.

BROWN, Robert Frederick

Known as: 
Nosher
Lance Corporal (Acting Corporal)
No 3 Commando
Royal Engineers
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Robert Brown received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service after his capture on 29 March 1942 during Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire. One of the commando contingent who landed from ML 262 he was reported missing, later found to be a prisoner of war. 
Recommendation

BROWN, Robert John

Warrant Officer Class 2
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Warrant Officer 2 Robert Brown, 3 Cdo. Bde. HQ., received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of his service during operations in the South Atlantic. 
He had taken command of the Royal Marines Police Troop just one week before the start of Operation Corporate, his O.C. having broken a leg.

BROWNBRIDGE, Robert William

Marine
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Robert Brownbridge was reported missing presumed died, along with the rest of  'T' Company 40RM Commando, when the ship they were on board, HMS Fidelity, was torpedoed. In 1940 he was Mentioned in Despatches for courage and devotion to duty during the withdrawals from Boulogne and Calais.
 
Sources
CWGC.

BUCKINGHAM, William George

Sergeant (Temporary)
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.
 

BUCKLEY, Edward Lindsay

Sergeant
SBS
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Edward Buckley, S.B.S., received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of his service during special forces patrols in the initial phase for the battle of Port Stanley between 10 -14 June 1982.
 
Sources
London Gazette 49134 page 12843.
National Archives file WO373/188/206.
 

BUNT, Reginald Melford

Private
No 1 Commando
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Birmingham City Police
Mentioned in Despatches
Private Reginald Bunt received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in North Africa.
A serving Police Officer who had volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes, in 1939 he was a Police Constable at Digbeth Police Station, Birmingham.
 
Sources

BURGESS, Brian Gordon

Sergeant
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Brian Burgess, RM Poole, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service during operations in the South Atlantic.
 
Source
London Gazette 49134 page 12843.
Globe and Laurel Sept/Oct. 1982.
 

BURRELL, Aleck Michael George

Major
42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Major Aleck Burrell, Officer Commanding Lima Company, 42 Commando RM [1], received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan in 2011 [2].
  • 2nd September 2012 to retired list [2].
Sources
[1] MOD News Release 16 May 2011.

BURROWS, Derrick Trevor

Lieutenant
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Derrick Burrows, 'Y' troop, No. 46 RM Commando, was killed whilst administering morphia to a wounded marine during operations at the River Aller.  He received a MiD for good service with the 21st Army Group.
 
Sources:

BURTINSHAW, Robert James Glover

Lieutenant
No 5 Commando
Cheshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Robert Burtinshaw was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action.
Son of Sydney James Glover Burtinshaw and Lilian Beatrice Burtinshaw, of Bramhall, Cheshire. Lawyer.
He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service.
Recommendation

BURTON, Harold Rex

Temporary Captain (Acting Temporary Major)
46RM Commando
44RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Major Harold Burton, commanding  'A' Troop 46RM Commando, received a Mention in Despatches for good services whilst operating with the 21st Army Group in NW Europe [1][1a][1b].
  • October 1944 Second in Command 46RM Commando [2].
  • April 1945 3 Commando Brigade HQ [3].

BUSCALL, John Allan

Capt Buscall RM
Captain
46RM Commando
Commando School RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Died in service
Captain John Buscall RM died whilst serving at the Commando School RM [1].
  • 1942 PLY/X 561 Sgt John Allan Buscall RM promoted Lieutenant [2
  • August 1943 joined 46RM Commando 'Z' troop rank Lieutenant [3].
  • Acting Major, Mentioned in Despatches for distinguished service in NW Europe [4].

BYRNE, Kenneth

Colour Sergeant
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Colour Sergeant Kenneth Byrne received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in operations in the Borneo Territories, and in supporting operations during the period 24th June to 23rd December 1964.
 
Sources
London Gazette 43691, page 5981
 

BYRNE, Patrick Joseph

Acting Sergeant
No 4 Commando
Irish Guards
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Patrick Byrne, a veteran of the Dieppe raid, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in NW Europe [1].
Recommendation

CAMERON, Angus Arthur

Corporal
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Corporal Angus Cameron received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in operations in Brunei during the period 8-22 December 1962.

Sources
London Gazette 43009 page 4693.
 

CANDLISH, Edgar Robert

Sergeant
3 Cdo. Bde. Air Sqn / Helicopter Force
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Edgar Candlish received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of his service during the landings at San Carlos, East Falkland, May 1982. He was crewman of a Gazelle helicopter which was forced to ditch in the sea after the pilot was wounded by enemy fire.

CARNS, Alistair Scott

Lieutenant Colonel
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Alistair Carns RM was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan 1st October 2010 to 31st March 2011 [1]

CAROE, Christian Thomas Gordon

Lieutenant
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Christian Caroe received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of his service during operations on the 12th June 1982. He commanded 2 Troop, 'X' Coy., during the attack on the feature known as Two Sisters, East Falklands [1][1a].
  • 19 June 1987 to Retired List [2].
Sources

CARR, Francis Arthur

Sergeant
No 5 Commando
Royal Engineers
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Francis Carr was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his gallantry during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was the senior NCO of a demolition party led by Lieut Burtinshaw on board HMS Campbeltown [1][2]. He was reported missing later found to be a prisoner of war [3][3a][3b].

CARREL, Ian Vincent

Captain (later Major)
No 1 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Ian Vincent Carrel, Captain in No. 1 Commando, received a MiD in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Burma [1].  He was appointed C.B.E. on the 7th June 1974 whilst Senior Technical Adviser, Ministry of Defence [2].
 

CARTER, Robert Ponsonby

Lieutenant Colonel
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Robert Carter received a Mention in Despatches announced on 27 April 1951 for distinguished service in operations in Malaya [1]. 

CASEY, Christopher Raymond

Acting Lance Corporal
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Acting Lance Corporal Christopher Casey received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan.
 
Source
London Gazette 60283, page 18624 published 28 September 2012.
 

CASSIDY, John, H.

Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant (WO2)
No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Mentioned in Despatches
RQMS John Cassidy received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Meditteranean Theatre. Post war member of the Commando Association (Birmingham).
 
Sources
London Gazette 37575, page 2449.
Royal Artillery attestions 1938.

CATCHPOLE, Frank Ernest

Frank Catchpole 43 Commando
Acting Regimental Sergeant Major (later 2/Lieutenant)
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Acting Regimental Sergeant Major Frank Catchpole received a Mention in Despatches for services in Italy 1st April to 8th May 1945. 
 
Sources
London Gazette 37505, page 1441.
Navy Lists (see Linked Content below).

CHESTER, John Shane

John Shane Chester
Major General
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Major John Chester, Chief of Staff 3 Commando Brigade RM, was appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of service within the operations in the South Atlantic [1].
  • 16 March 1982 (Major) (HQ 3 Cdo. Bde) received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service In Northern Ireland in 1981 [2].

CLAMP, John James

Corporal
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal John Clamp received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Malaya during the period 1st July to 31st December, 1951.
 
Sources
London Gazette 39507, page 1880.
 

CLAPSON, Keith

Captain Keith Clapson
Captain (later Major)
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Keith Clapson, 40 Commando RM [1], received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period 1st April to 30th September 1994 [2].
  • May/June 2001 (Major) Commanding Officer Amphibious Trials and Training Unit Royal Marines (ATTURM) [3].

CLARK, Desmond Birdwood

Temporary Lieutenant, Acting Temporary Captain
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Desmond Clark received a Mention in Despatches for good services during operations in Italy [1]. He received a second Mention in Despatches for devotion to duty during operations in the Mediterranean theatre (Yugoslavia) 1st April to 10th September, 1944 [2].

Sources

CLARK, Ian Campbell

Lt Ian Campbell Clark RM
Lieutenant
42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Ian Clark died during a cross border operation to Sajingan Besar*, Indonesia.
He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for distinguished service in support of operations and had previously served in Aden with 45 Commando RM.

COCHRANE, Andrew Rae

Captain
No 9 Commando
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Andrew Cochrane received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field [1].
  • London Gazettes 14 October 1949 (Captain) (Queens Own Cameron Highlanders) awarded a Distinguished Service Medal conferred by His Majesty the King of The Hellennes [2].
Sources

COCKCRAFT, William Gordon La Trobe

Major Cockcraft CBTC
Major
Commando Basic Training Centre
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Major William Cockcraft was second in command of the Commando Depot at Achnacarry, later renamed the Commando Basic Training Centre [1].
 
Commando Assocation newsletter obituaries listed his details as "Major W.G.T. Cockcraft (CBTC) from Hartley Wintney, Hants." [2].
 

COLE, Michael Anthony Falle

Captain
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Michael Cole, commanding 'Z' Company, received a Mention in Despatches during operations against enemy positions on the feature known as Two Sisters on East Falkland. 
 
Sources
London Gazette 49134, page 12842.
National Archives file WO373/188/195.
 

COLES, Russell Howard

Corporal
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Russell Coles received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan.
 
Source
London Gazette Supp. 59182, page 15641.
 

COLLINS, Clive Eric

Sergeant
No 3 Commando
Hampshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Clive Collins received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe 18/19 August 1942 [1].
 
Recommendation

COLLINS, Trevor

Staff Sergeant
59 Ind. Cdo. Sqn. RE
Royal Engineers
Mentioned in Despatches
Staff Sergeant Trevor Collins received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the operations in the South Atlantic in 1982.
 
Sources
London Gazette 49134, page 12852.
Globe and Laurel Sept/Oct. 1982 edition.
 

COLVIN, Felix Beale

Lieutenant Colonel
No 7 Commando
Dorsetshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Acting Lieutenant Colonel Felix Beale Colvin was Commanding Officer of No.7 Commando until taken sick  during operations on Crete. Major Wylie was appointed by Laycock to take his place [1].
Lt. Col. Colvin was taken prisoner of war and subsequently received a Mention in Despatches for his actions whilst in captivity  [2][3].

COMBES, David Stanley

Marine
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine David Combes, attached H.M.S. Endurance, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service during the operations in the South Atlantic.
 
Sources
London Gazette 49134 page 12843.
Globe and Laurel Sept/Oct. 1982.
 

CONNELL, Brian Reginald

Temporary Sub-Lieutenant
30 Commando Assault Unit
Mentioned in Despatches
Sub-Lieutenant Brian Connell R.N.V.R. received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service during the war in Europe. Post war member of the Commando Association from Bungay, Suffolk.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 109 (1999).
 

COOK, Paul

Warrant Officer 1
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Meritorious Service Medal (MSM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Paul Cook received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland (announced 11 May 1993) [1].

COOKE, Gordon

Corporal
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Gordon Cooke, attached H.M.S. Intrepid, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service during the operations in the South Atlantic.
 
Source
London Gazette 49134 page 12843.
Globe and Laurel Sept/Oct. 1982.
 

COOPER, Charles

Sergeant (Temporary)
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Temporary Corporal Charles Cooper received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service while operating with the Army in Italy in 1944 [1].

COOPER, Robert Terence

Sergeant
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Robert Cooper, RM Poole, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service during operations in the South Atlantic.
 
Source
London Gazette 49134 page 12843.
Globe and Laurel Sept/Oct. 1982.
 

CORCORAN, Matthew

Marine
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Matthew Corcoran received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan in 2008.
 
Source
London Gazette 58999, page 4083.
 

CORNISH, A.L.

Sergeant
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Cornish received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in Palestine during the period 27th March 1948 and 30th July 1948.
 
Sources
London Gazette 38508, page 189.
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
 

CORRIGAN, Ian Clifford

Corporal
3 Cdo. Bde. Air Sqn / Helicopter Force
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Ian Corrigan, R.E.M.E. attached to 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the operations in the South Atlantic in 1982. He served with the Air Squadron as a 'B' Flight Royal Marines Avionics Technician.

CORRY, Samuel David

Captain
No 3 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Samuel Corry died during operations at Dieppe. He had been Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in successful combined operations against the enemy at Vaagso and Maaloy.
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazette 35510, page 1506.
 

CORYTON, Gervais Richard Arthur

Lieutenant Commander
3 Cdo. Bde. Air Sqn / Helicopter Force
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Commander Gervais Coryton RN was the Officer Commanding 'C' Flight RM, 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron, during the Falklands War. He received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the operations in the South Atlantic in 1982.

COSTELLO, M.

Driver (later Lance Sergeant)
No 6 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Black Watch
Mentioned in Despatches
Driver M. Costello received a Mention in Despatches for his escape from captivity in Italy. After his escape he joined the Black Watch [1][2]. Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Prestonpans, Scotland [3].
Recommendation
T/95342 Dvr. Costello, M. 

COSTLEY, William George

Sergeant
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant William Costley received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in operations in the Borneo Territories, and in supporting operations during the period 24th June to 23rd December 1964.
 
Sources
London Gazette 43691, page 5981.

COULTER, Jeremy John Sagar

Lieutenant
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Jeremy Coulter received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service with the Northern Frontier Regiment in operations in Oman, 1958-1959
 
Sources
London Gazette 41800, page 5365.
National Archives file WO373/125/145.

COUPE, Leonard

Lance Sergeant
No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Leonard Coupe died during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches in recognition of "gallant and distinguished services in Italy." 
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazette 36886, page 318.
 

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, John Albert Windsor

Marine
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Marine John Cox received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Operations in the Near East, October to December, 1956.

Source
London Gazette 41092, page 3419.

CRAMER, John

Lance Corporal
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lance Corporal John Cramer, R.A.M.C. attached to Commando H.Q. (M.I. section) was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distiguished service during operations at Lake Comacchio on 13 April 1945. This was known as Operation Impact Royal [1][2].

CRAWFORD, Anthony Davenport

Captain
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Anthony Crawford received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Malaya in 1951.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 39507, page 1880.
The Story of 45 Commando RM 1943-1971, author David Young.
 

CRAWFORD, Ronald Lindsay

Lieutenant
846 Naval Air Sqn.
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Ronald Crawford, 846 N.A.S., received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of his service during operations in the South Atlantic.
 
Source
London Gazette 49134 page 12842.
Globe and Laurel Sept/Oct. 1982.
 

CRAWFORD, Wayne William

Sergeant
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Wayne Crawford received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service within the operations in Northern Iraq and Southern Turkey.
 
Source
London Gazette Supp. 52833, page 2579 dated 14 Feb.1992.
 

CRIPPIN, Ronald

RQMS Ron Crippin 2 Commando
Warrant Officer 2
No 2 Commando
No 2 Independent Company
Royal Army Service Corps
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Ron Crippin, then a Corporal in the HQ troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He embarked on motor launch ML 447 and was evacuated back to the UK.  He was awarded the British Empire Medal ( Military Division) "in recognition of distinguished services during the raid". (1)

CROMBIE, Richard Dennis

Lieutenant Colonel
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Crombie was appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) in 1963 [1].
  • 1956 (Major) (45 Commando) Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Operations in the Near East at Suez, Oct. - Dec., 1956 [2].

Sources
[1] London Gazette 43010, page 4797.

CROSSKERRY, John Kevin

Marine
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine John Crosskerry received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished services in support of operations in East and West Malaysia during the period 24th June 1965 to 23rd December 1965. 
 
Source
London Gazette 43994, page 6129.
 

CROXTON, Michael, J.

Lance Bombardier
No 6 Commando
Royal Artillery
Mentioned in Despatches
Lance Bombardier Michael Croxton, 5 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field.
Recommendation

CRUDEN, Peter Ramsay

Captain Peter Cruden 12 and 6 Commando
Captain
No 12 Commando
No 6 Commando
Royal Artillery
Black Watch
Mentioned in Despatches
Silver Star (USA)
Peter Ramsay Cruden was commissioned Second Lieutenant Royal Artillery 22 March 1941[1].
  • Lieutenant in No.12 Commando [2]
  • 6 June 1944 (Lieutenant) (No.6 Commando) shot and wounded in shoulder by sniper at Normandy [3][3a].

CRUTCHLEY, William

Troop Sergeant Major
No 5 Commando
Durham Light Infantry
Mentioned in Despatches
Troop Sergeant Major William Crutchley received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37730, page 4702
Burma Star Association Membership Lists.
 

CULLEN, Andrew Thomas

Marine
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Andrew Cullen received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service whilst on operations in Iraq during the period 19 March to 19 April 2003.
 
Source
London Gazette 57100, page 6.
 

CURRY, Thomas Geoffrey

Known as: 
Tom
Mne. Tom Curry
Marine
42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Thomas Curry died instantly as a result of enemy small arms fire when elements of 42 Commando were engaged in close-quarter fighting with the Taleban 

CURTIS, Daniel Gad

Colour Sergeant
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Daniel Curtis received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan between 1st April to 30th September 2007 [1].
  • 30 December 2017 (Colour Sergeant) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
Sources

CUSACK, Shane Barry

Major
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Major Shane Cusack received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st May 1983 to 30th September 1983. 
 
Sources
London Gazette 49709, page 5591.
 

CUTHELL, Garry

Marine (Acting Corporal)
42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Acting Corporal Garry Cuthell received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service during the operations in the South Atlantic.
 
Source
London Gazette 49134 page 12843.
Award Recommendations / National Archives file WO373/188/221.
 
Notes

DALE, J.

Known as: 
Jock
Private Dale 4 Commando
Private
No 4 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Private Dale received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe 19 August 1942.
Recommendation

DANCE, Graham

Sergeant
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Graham Dance, RM Poole, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service during operations in the South Atlantic.
 
Source
London Gazette 49134 page 12843.
Globe and Laurel Sept/Oct. 1982.
 

DANDO, Kenneth Gordon

Marine
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Kenneth Dando received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in Palestine during the period 27th March 1948 and 30th July 1948.
 
Sources
London Gazette 38508, page 189.
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
 

DANIELS, Leslie

Marine
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Leslie Daniels, attached H.M.S. Endurance, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service during the operations in the South Atlantic.
 
Source
London Gazette 49134 page 12843.
Globe and Laurel Sept/Oct. 1982.
 

DARLING, Peter Henry

Major Peter Darling RM
Major
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Peter Darling received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Malaya during the period 1st July to 31st December, 1951 [1].

DASHWOOD, Robert Gordon

Lieutenant (later Captain)
No 5 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Mentioned in Despatches

Lieutenant Robert Dashwood received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37730, page 4691.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 110 issued March 2000.

DAVIES, Barrie

Colour Sergeant
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Colour Sergeant Barrie Davies, attached H.M.S. Intrepid, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of his service during operations in the South Atlantic.
 
Source
London Gazette 49134 page 12843.
Globe and Laurel Sept/Oct. 1982.
 

DAVIES, Hadyn

Corporal
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Hadyn Davies received a MiD for distinguished services in operations in Cyprus during the period 1st July to 31st December, 1957.
 
Source
London Gazettes Supp. 41305, page 851.
 

DAVIES, Michael Alfred William

Acting Captain (later Major)
No 9 Commando
Northamptonshire Regiment
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Michael Davies, Adjutant of No. 9 Commando, was awarded the Military Cross for his outstanding leadership and personal gallantry during the fierce fighting that took place in the Wadis at the Anzio beachhead on the 19th March 1944 [1][2].
Recommendation
Ref Map-Italy 1/25,000 sheet 158 IV SE. 

DAVIS, Alan

Sub Lieutenant
RN Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sub Lieutenant Alan Davis  died during operations at Elba [1][2]. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for "distinguished service in operations carried out in the face of determined opposition from the enemy which led to the capture of the island of Elba" [2].  He was an Assistant Beachmaster during the operation [3].

DAWSON, Robert William Palliser

Lieutenant Colonel
No 4 Commando
The Loyal Regt.
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Robert Dawson was one of the first subalterns to join No 4 Commando in 1940, later taking part in the Dieppe raid  as Captain of 'C' troop.  
  • 1943 promoted Major and 2nd in command of No 4 Commando replacing Major Derek Mills-Roberts who left to command No 6 Commando.
  • April 1943 Lord Lovat left No 4 Commando and Major Dawson became Commanding Officer.  

DAY, John Eddy

Lieutenant (Acting Captain)
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain John Eddy Day received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe.
 
Source
London Gazette 37464, page 910.
Captain Day wrote the excellent book 'A Plain Russett - Coated Captain". 
 

De La COUR, Colin Charles

Sergeant
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Colin De La Cour was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st November 1980 to 31st January 1981 [1].
  • 1982 Mentioned in Despatches during operations in the South Atlantic [2].
Sources

De STACPOOLE, Derek Roderick

Major de Stacpoole
Acting Major
48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Major Derek Roderick de Stacpoole, 'Y' troop,  was shot and killed during operations at Walcheren, Holland. He had earler been wounded during the Normandy landings rejoining the Commando and taking part in operations at Dozule, France, in August. He received a Mention in Despatches for " good service while operating with 21st Army Group."
 
Sources

DE'ATH, Ian Dudley

Major Ian Dudley De'Ath DSO MBE
Lieutenant Colonel
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Colonel Ian De'ath died whilst serving at RMB Plymouth.
 

DE'ATH, Simon Dudley

Lieutenant
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Simon De'Ath received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland in 1975.
 
Source
London Gazette Supp. 46774, page 16379.
 

DENISON, Mallinson Charles

Known as: 
Bung
Mallinson Charles Denison 2 Commando
Lieutenant (later Major)
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Mentioned in Despatches
Croix de Guerre (France)
Lieutenant Mallinson Charles Denison, 3 Troop, was one of the Commando contingent for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He embarked on HMS Campbeltown in charge of a small protection party to cover the personnel carrying out demolitions on the dry dock. After heavy street fighting and when all ammunition was spent he was captured and became a prisoner of war.

DI-VICENZO, Marcus

Sergeant
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Marcus Di-Vicenzo received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period 1 October 2000 to 31 March 2001.
 
Sources
London Gazette 56373, page 12746.
 

DIXON, Peter Cory

Captain
41RM Commando
Royal Artillery
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Peter Dixon, a Royal Artillery Forward Observation Officer attached to 41RM Commando, was killed during an enemy air attack on the Commando HQ. He received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe.
  • 25 November 1941 (Second Lieutenant) (3 R.H.A) wounded in action Western Desert, Middle East.

DOBSON, Raymond Arthur

Captain
No 3 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Mentioned in Despatches

Lieutenant Raymond Dobson, M.B., was commissioned Lieutenant in the R.A.M.C. on 20 March 1943 [1]. In 1945 he was twice Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe [2]. Post war member of the Commando Association [3].

DOCWRA, Charles Edward

Lieutenant (Temporary Captain) later Major
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Captain Charles Docwra received a Mention in Despatches for good service while operating with the 21st Army Group.

Sources
London Gazette 36979, page 1386.
46RM Commando Association Newsletter 12/84 in CVA Gallery.
 

DOLIVERA, Brian

Sergeant
42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Brian Dolivera received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service during operations in the South Atlantic.
 
Source
London Gazette 49134 page 12843.
Globe and Laurel Sept/Oct. 1982.
 

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].

DORLING, David George

Sergeant
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant David Dorling received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service with 45 Commando in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate, during the period 13 April to 15 October 1964.
 
Sources
London Gazette 43636, page 4130.

DOWSE, William James

Acting Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant
42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant William Dowse received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service whilst attached to the Allied Land Forces South East Asia, announced in Gazettes 23 October 1945.

DRAKE, Alan Peter

Warrant Officer Class 1 (later Captain)
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Queen's Commendation for Bravery
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Alan Drake received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st October 1997 to 31st March 1998 [1].
  • 2002 (Sergeant) awarded the Queen's Commendation for Bravery in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland [2].

DRYSDALE, Douglas Burns

Colonel
41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Silver Star (USA)
Acting Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Drysdale assumed command of 44RM Commando on the 23rd April 1945. Formerly the Brigade Major he replaced Lt. Colonel Stockley who had been appointed to a position within Brigade HQ.*

DUGGAN, Stephen

Marine
Cdo. Log. Regt.
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Stephen Duggan received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service during the operations in the South Atlantic.
 
Source
London Gazette 49134 page 12843.
 

DUNCAN, George Ian Alistair

Temporary Captain George Duncan MC and bar
Lieutenant (Temporary Captain)
No 11 Commando
SBS
Black Watch
Military Cross (MC)
Bar to the Military Cross
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant George Duncan served No 11 Commando and Layforce before moving to the Special Boat Section as a Temporary Captain. He was awarded the Military Cross 

DUNN, Alec

Alec Dunn 41RM Commando
Colour Sergeant (Acting Temporary Company Sergeant Major)
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Acting Company Sergeant Major Alec Dunn received a Mention in Despatches for outstanding service while operating with the Allied Armies in Italy (Salerno).
 
Sources
London Gazette 36903, page 518.
[Image] CVA Gallery 41RM Cdo. title "Rev Wallis, Sgts. Dunn and Tanswell, 41RM Commando."

DURNFORD-SLATER, John Frederick

Brigadier
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Bar to the Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches

On the 28th June 1940 Captain J.F. Durnford-Slater was appointed Lieut. Colonel and ordered to raise and command No 3 Commando after volunteering for Special Service whilst Adjutant of the 23rd Medium and Heavy Training Regt., RA.

DWYER, Ruairi

Colour Sergeant
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Ruairi Dwyer was appointed M.B.E.(Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the field [1].
  • 2015 (Colour Sergeant) Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan [2].
Sources

EATON, Daniel Thomas

Major
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Daniel Eaton received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the field during the period 1 April to 30 September 2016 [1].
  • 1 October 2016 promoted Major [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 61908, page 8515.

EATON, Stephen Graham

Captain
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Stephen Eaton received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service on operations in Iraq during the period 19 March to 19 April 2003 [1].
  • 31 December 2008 ( Act. Warrant Officer Class 1) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [2].

EATON, Steven Graham

Captain
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Steven Eaton received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services on operations in Iraq during the period 19th March to 19th April 2003 [1].
  • 31 December 2008 (Acting Warrant Officer 1) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
  • 16 April 2010 (Lieutenant) promoted Captain [3].

EBBENS, Andrew John

Lieutenant (later Lt. Colonel)
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Andrew Ebbens, RM Poole, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of his service during operations in the South Atlantic [1]
  • 1 September 1987 promoted Captain [2].
  • 16 March 2013 Lt. Col. A.J. Ebbens reverts to the retired list [3].
Sources

ECCLESTON, Gary

Gunner
29 Cdo. Regt.RA
Royal Artillery
Mentioned in Despatches
Gunner Gary Eccleston, Bty. Cmdr's radio operator, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service during the operations in the South Atlantic on the night of 11/12 June 1982.
 
Source
London Gazette 49134 page 12852.
National Archives file WO373/188/308.
 

EDWARDS, Brian Leslie

Major
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Major Brian Edwards, Officer Commanding 'Z' Company, received a Mention Despatches in recogntion of gallant and distinguished service in Aden in 1967.
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 44558, page 3863.
[2] National Archives file WO373/138/70.
 

EDWARDS, Rudolph Douglas

Known as: 
Dougie
Rudolph Douglas Edwards RM
Lieutenant (later Captain)
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Rudolph Douglas Edwards received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in operations at Suez, October to December, 1956. 

ELLIOTT, Alfred John

Private
No 2 Commando
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Mentioned in Despatches
Croix de Guerre (France)

Private Alfred Elliott, 3 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the Commando raid at St Nazaire on 28/29 March 1942. Embarking on board HMS Campbeltown he was taken prisoner after the raid and later imprisoned at Stalag 344 Lamsdorf* and Stalag 3A Luckenwalde**.
Recommendation

ELSOM, Harold Edward

Known as: 
George
Troop Sergeant Major
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Company Sergeant Major Harold Elsom, 'P' Troop, was gravely wounded during operations in the Waspik sector of the Maas River front. He was evacuated to the UK but succumbed to his wounds 9 days later at the RAF Hospital in Wroughton, Wiltshire.

ELVY, Bryan Phillip

Lieutenant
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Bryan Elvy received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Malaya during the period 1st July to 31st December, 1951.
 
Sources
London Gazette 39507, page 1880.
Globe and Laurel Mar/Apr.1952 edition.
 

EMSLIE, Hamish Brian

Captain
42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Hamish Emslie was awarded the Military Cross for distinguished service in operations in Malaya with 42 Commando RM [1][2].
Recommendation for MC:  
Perak, Malaya.  July 1950 to Nov. 1950.

ENGLAND, James Patterson

Sergeant (Acting Troop Sergeant Major)
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

ENNIS, James Francis

Known as: 
Jock
Lt James Ennis 4 Commando
Lieutenant (later Honorary Major)
No 4 Commando
Royal Artillery
Metropolitan Police
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant James Ennis received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe [1]. He had previously taken part in the Hardelot raid where he acquired a nickname of 'Carpet Slippers' [2].
  • 31 December 1939 commissioned Second Lieutenant [3].

ETCHES, William Whitson

Known as: 
Bill
Col Bill Etches OBE MC
Lieutenant (later Colonel)
No 3 Commando
Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Military Cross (MC)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant William Etches, a veteran of the Lofoten and Vaagso raids in Norway 1941 (he received a Mention in Despatches during the latter) [1],  was awarded the Military Cross for his gallantry at St Nazaire in

EVANS, Andrew Peter

Sergeant
3 Cdo. Bde. Air Sqn / Helicopter Force
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Andrew Evans died when his helicopter was shot down during the Falkands War. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches in recognition of his service during operations in the South Atlantic. Also killed were Lieut. Kenneth Francis and LCpl. Brett Giffin.
Extract from the Globe and Laurel 

EVANS, George Albert

Marine
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine George Evans died of wounds inflicted during operations in Italy.
  • Mentioned in Despatches for outstanding service with the Allied Armies in Italy *.
Sources
CWGC.

EVANS, Paul John

Colour Sergeant
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Colour Sergeant Paul Evans was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland, announced 15 April 1986 [1].
  • (Sergeant) received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st November 1978 to 31st January 1979 [2].

EVANS, Philip

Corporal
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Philip Evans received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland [1].

EVE, Keith Richard Hubert

Lieutenant Colonel
29 Cdo. Regt.RA
Royal Artillery
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Colonel Keith Eve deployed with 29 Commando Regiment as Liaison Officer Naval Gunfire Support during the Falklands War. He received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the operations in the South Atlantic in 1982.
 
Sources
London Gazette 49134, page 12852.

EVERETT, Walter George John

Temporary Sergeant
42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Sergeant Walter Everett received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service whilst attached to the Allied Land Forces South East Asia, announced in Gazettes 23 October 1945.

Sources
London Gazette 37318, page 5181.
Awards in 3 Cdo. Bde. Jungle Book issue 9.

EWEN, Robert John

Warrant Officer Class 1
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Robert Ewen received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st May 1983 to 30th September 1983 [1].
  • 31 December 2009 (Warrant Officer Class 1) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
Sources

FAULKNER, Jack

Lance Corporal
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Lance Corporal Jack Faulkner received a Mention in Despatches for good service with the 21st Army Group. Post war member of the Commando Association residing in Leighton Buzzrd, Bedfordshire.

FERGUSON, William John

Marine
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine William Ferguson received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st November 1974-31st January 1975.
 
Source
London Gazette 46614, page 8051.
 

FISK, Ian David

Sergeant
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Ian Fisk, attached H.M.S. Yarmouth, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service during operations in the South Atlantic.
 
Source
London Gazette 49134 page 12843.
Globe and Laurel Sept/Oct. 1982.
 

FLEMMING, James Maul

Marine
48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine James Flemming received a MiD in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in NW Europe [1].
 
On the 16th May 1950 it was announced in London Gazettes that the now Leading Fireman James Maul Flemming had been awarded the B.E.M. (Civil Division)
 

Citation

FORBES, Duncan Graham

Captain
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Duncan Forbes received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 to 31st March 2007.

Sources
London Gazette Supp. 58396, page 10412.
Globe and Laurel Jul/Aug. 2007 edition.
 

FORD, David Robert

Lieutenant
41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Lieutenant David Ford received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service during operations in Korean waters.

Sources
London Gazette 39660, page 5208.
 

FORFAR, John Oldroyd

Captain
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.

FOSTER, Nicholas Paul

Major
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Major Nicholas Foster received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan in 2011 [1].
  • 30 June 2014 promoted Lt. Colonel [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 60095, page 5849.
[2] London Gazette 60939, page 3.

FRANCIS, John

Warrant Officer Class 2
29 Cdo. Regt.RA
Royal Artillery
Mentioned in Despatches
Warrant Officer 2 John Francis was the Battery Sergeant Major of 7 (Sphinx) Commando Battery during the Falklands War. He received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the operations in the South Atlantic in 1982.
 
Sources
London Gazette 49134, page 12852.

FREEMAN, John Haughton

Major John Freeman SAUDF
Major
48RM Commando
South African United Defence Force
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Major John Freeman, S.A.U.D.F. was attached to 48RM Commando HQ during the Normany invasion [1]. He received a Mention in Despatches for good services while operating with the Army in NW Europe [2].
October 1944 Holding Operational Commando [3].
12 February 1946 apppointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [4].

FRENCH, John Robert

Warrant Officer 1
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Warrant Officer John French received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st November 1979 to 31st January 1980.
 
Source
London Gazette 48237, page 9373.
 

FROST, George

Captain George Frost 43 Commando
Temporary Lieutenant (Acting Temporary Captain)
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain George Frost, Intelligence Officer, received a Mention in Despatches for courage, tenacity, and skill whilst serving with the Allied Armies in the Mediterranean.
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 37136, page 3191 dated 19 June 1945.
[2] Navy Lists - see linked content below.

FROST, Henry Shelmerdine

Captain
51ME Commando
Cheshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Henry Frost died [1] during operations in Eritrea when leading a patrol up a steep gulley running South from Beit Gabru to harass enemy positions [2]. He received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service [3].
 
Sources
[1] CWGC.

FRY, Robert Alan

Lieutenant General
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Legion of Merit (USA)
  • 1978 (Lieutenant) received Mention In Despatches for distinguished service in Northern Ireland [1].

FUTCHER, Arthur John

Leading Seaman
41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Mentioned in Despatches
Leading Seaman Arthur Futcher received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in Korea with 41 Independent Commando, Royal Marines,.
 
Sources
London Gazette 39230, page 2749.
 

FYFE, Steven Daniel

Lance Corporal
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Lance Corporal Steven Fyfe received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan.
 
Source
London Gazette 59182, page 15641.
 

FYNN, Francis West (Lt Col)

Known as: 
Ted
Lieutenant Colonel Francis Fynn 2 commando
Lieutenant Colonel Francis Fynn 2 Commando
Lieutenant Colonel
No 2 Commando
No 12 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Bronze Star Medal (USA)
Lieutenant Colonel Francis West Fynn M.C. was appointed Commanding Officer of No 2 Commando from June 1944 after Lt Col Churchill was taken prisoner of war. 
A former Lance Sergeant in the Royal Artillery T.A., he was appointed Second Lieutenant on the 23rd December 1939 [1].

FYSON, George Alwyne

Corporal
No 3 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal George Fyson received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in successful combined operations against the enemy at Vaagso and Maaloy.
Recommendation

GADIE, Philip

Lieutenant Colonel
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Major Philip Gadie, 45 Commando RM, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 to 31st March 2007 [1].

GALACKI, Toni

Corporal
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Toni Galacki received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan in 2010.
 
Source
London Gazette 59737, page 5641.
 

GARDNER, James Patrick

Captain (Local Major)
42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant James Patrick Gardner, 'B' Troop, was awarded the Military Cross  for gallant and distinguished service with 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June, 1952 [1].

GARDNER, James Willis

Known as: 
First name also see as John
Acting Major
No 1 Commando
Hampshire Regiment
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mentioned in Despatches

Temporary Captain Gardner received a Mention In Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in North Africa. During his 2 years of service in the Far East he served as Adminstration Officer for No.1 Commando, and as Acting Major in 3 Commando Brigade HQ in the role of Quartermaster General. He was appointed M.B.E.

GARROD, John Martin Carruthers

Lieutenant General
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Major John Martin Carruthers Garrod received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st August 1973-31st October 1973 [1].
  • 17 June 1978 - 9 November 1979 Commanding Officer 40 Commando RM [2].

GARTSIDE, Stanley William

Marine
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Stanley Gartside, Motor Transport (MT) Section, received a Mention in Despatches for good services during operations in Italy [1][1A][2]
  • Vice President of the 'MT' Bottle Club which was formed in Italy May 3rd 1945 for ex drivers of 43RM Commando and 7th RM Bn."[2].

GEORGE, Rex

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Rex George, 'E' Troop, died during operations at Normandy. He received a Mention in Despatches for good services with the 21st Army group.
 
Sources
CWGC
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/131.

GIBB, Alexander Keith

Colour Sergeant
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Colour Sergeant Alexander Gibb received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Sierra Leone in 2000.
 
Source
London Gazette 57070, page 12067.
 

GIBSON, Donald Alexander

Corporal (Acting Temporary Sergeant)
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.
 

GIBSON, Neil

Marine
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Neil Gibson received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service in 1967 during operations in Aden [1].
Recommendation

GILBERT, Barry

Lance Corporal
SBS
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Lance Corporal Barry Gilbert, S.B.S., received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service during operations on 13 -15 June 1982 in the South Atlantic.
 
Source
London Gazette 49134 page 12843.
National Archives file WO373/188/217.
 

GILL, Barry Michael

Corporal
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Barry Gill received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st November 1979 to 31st January 1980.
 
Source
London Gazette 48237, page 9373.
 

GILLON, Roy

Lance Corporal
59 Ind. Cdo. Sqn. RE
Royal Engineers
Mentioned in Despatches
Lance Corporal Roy Gillon received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the Falklands War [1].
Recommendation

GLENISTER, Alfred

Fusilier
No 5 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Mentioned in Despatches
Fusilier Alfred Glenister received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service while operating with the Army in Burma and on the Eastern Frontier of India.
 
Source
London Gazette 36925, page 757.
Obituaries in CA Newsletter 79 September 1984.
 
Notes

GODDARD, Edward Charles Mackenzie

Known as: 
Ted
Captain
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Edward Goddard received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service with 45 Commando in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate, during the period 13 April to 15 October 1964.
 
Sources
London Gazette 43636, page 4130.
Four Five - The Story of 45 Commando 1943 -71, author David Young.
 

GODWIN, John

Lieutenant John Godwin, 14 Commando
Lieutenant
No 14 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Executed
Lieutenant John Godwin, a veteran of Operation Crackers * [view],  was an Argentinian in the RNVR.  He was Commanding Officer of the raiding party at Kopervik, Norway (Op. Checkmate).

GOLDSCHLAGER, Kurt Theodor

Served as : 
CLARKE, Kenneth Edward
Known as: 
Teddy
Kurt Goldschlager 10 Commando
Corporal
No 10 Commando
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Pioneer Corps
Mentioned in Despatches
Kurt Theodor Goldschlager being of the Jewish Faith served under the alias of Kenneth Edward Clarke. Born in Vienna, Austria he was one of four brothers, Kurt, Erich, Paul, and Robert. Their father Julius was an architect, who died of natural causes in 1940, and their mother was Irene, nee Von Mangold, who was transported from Izbica, Poland, to Auschwitz and murdered there.

GORMLEY, David John

Corporal
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal David Gormley received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st May 1974-31st July 1974.
 
Sources
London Gazette 46456, page 221.
 

GOURLAY, Basil Ian Spencer

Basil ian spencer Gourlay
General
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Acting Captain Basil Gourlay was awarded the Military Cross whilst serving with 43RM Commando in WW2. 
 
Post war he served in 45 Commando Royal Marines 1945-1948, Brigade Major 3 Commando Bde Royal Marines 1955-1957; OC 42 Commando Royal Marines 1963-1965, ultimately being appointed Commandant General Royal Marines from 1971-75 after which he retired.

GRAHAM, John Ian

Colour Sergeant
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Colour Sergeant John Graham received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st May 1983 to 30th September 1983. 
 
Sources
London Gazette 49709, page 5591.
 

GRANT, Andrew Douglas

Marine
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Andrew Grant received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service within the operations in Northern Iraq and Southern Turkey.
 
Source
London Gazette 52833, page 2579 dated 14 Feb.1992.
 

GRANT, Leslie Ronald

Captain Leslie Grant 48 Commando
Temporary Lieutenant (Acting Temporary Captain)
48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Leslie Ronald Grant, Signal Section [1], received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service during offensive operations with the Allied Armies over a period from November, 1944, to January, 1945 [2].
  • 12 February 1946 apppointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [3]
Sources

GRANT, Richard Henry

Captain
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Richard Grant, OC  'A' troop, was awarded the M.C. [1], for distinguished services in operations against terrorists in Cyprus during the period Sept. 1955 and August 1956 [2].
 

GRAY, George Sharp

Lance Corporal
42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Lance Corporal George Gray received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service whilst attached to the Allied Land Forces South East Asia, announced in Gazettes 23 October 1945.

Sources
London Gazette 37318, page 5181.
Awards in 3 Cdo. Bde. Jungle Book issue 9.

Burma Star Association Membership List.

GRAY, Harry Richardson

Surgeon Commander
30 Commando Assault Unit
Volunteer Reserve Decoration (VRD)
Mentioned in Despatches
Temporary Surgeon Lieutenant Harry Richardson Gray, MB., ChB., RNVR., received a Mention in Despatches for gallantry, skill, determination and undaunted devotion to duty during the landing of Allied Forces on the coast of Normandy. Post war member of the Commando Association from Gravesend, Kent.
 
Sources
London Gazette 36858, page 5916.

GREEN, Arthur

Marine
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Marine Arthur Green, Transport Section, originally from Burbage near Leicester, received a Mention in Despatches for services in Italy between 1st April and 8th May 1945. 
 
Source
London Gazette 37505, page 1441.
Commando Association newsletter 80 issued March 1985.

GREEN, Patrick Neil

Corporal
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Patrick Green received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service within the operations in Northern Iraq and Southern Turkey.
 
Source
London Gazette 52833, page 2579 dated 14 Feb.1992.
 

GROVE, Ronald

Ronald Grove 3 Commando
Troop Sergeant Major
No 3 Commando
Royal Tank Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Troop Sergeant Major Ronald Grove, 5 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field.
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GUTTERIDGE, Tobias

Known as: 
Toby
Marine
SBS
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Toby Gutteridge, Special Boat Service, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan. 
 

GWYNNE, John Edward Herbert

Private
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Gwynne, 5 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action [1][1a]. He had embarked for the raid on HMS Campbeltown and received a posthumous Mention in Despatches [2][3]
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HADDOW, Fraser

Lieutenant
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Fraser Haddow, 3 Cdo. Bde R.M., Mountain and Arctic Warfare Cadre (M&AWC), received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of his service in operations on the Falkland Islands. He commanded the Troop consisting of four teams each of four men throughout Operation Corporate. 
 
Sources

HADLOW, David Keith

Sergeant
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant David Hadlow, RM Poole, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service during operations in the South Atlantic.
 
Source
London Gazette 49134 page 12843.
Globe and Laurel Sept/Oct. 1982.
 

HALL, James Michael

Lieutenant (later Honorary Major)
No 3 Commando
Lancashire Fusiliers
Mentioned in Despatches
Territorial Efficiency Medal
Lieutenant James Hall was reported wounded and dangerously ill on 27 December 1941 during Operation Archery at Vaagso, Norway [1]
  • 20 April 1940 commissioned Second Lieutenant, Lancashire Fusiliers [2].

HALL, Robin John

Lieutenant (Acting Captain)
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Acting Captain Robin Hall received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland.
 
Sources
London Gazette 50486, page 5187 dated 15 April 1986.
 

HAMSTEAD, Edward Oliver

Marine
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Edward Hamstead died during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy. He had earlier received a Mention in Despatches for outstanding service while operating with the Allied Armies in Italy, rank shown as Marine (Acting Temporary Corporal)*.
 
Sources
CWGC.

HANNAH, Kenneth William

Colour Sergeant (later Major)
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
Colour Sergeant Kenneth Hannah was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Northern Ireland [1].

HARRIS, Malcolm Harold

Warrant Officer Class 2
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Warrant Officer 2 Malcolm Harris received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st November 1978 to 31st January 1979.

Sources
London Gazette 47890, page 8063.
 

HARRISON, Ian Stewart

Major General
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Ian Harrison received a Mention in Despatches announced on 27 April 1951 for distinguished service in operations in Malaya [1].

HART, Jonathan Paul

Marine
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Jonathan Hart received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 to 31st March 2007 
 
Sources
London Gazette 58396, page 10412.
Globe and Laurel Jul/Aug. 2007 edition.
 

HARTLEY, Sam

Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant
No 5 Commando
Green Howards
Mentioned in Despatches

Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant Sam Hartley received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma. Post war member of the Commando Association.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37425, page 383.
Awards in 3 Cdo Bde Jungle Book issue 9.
Commando Association newsletters 16 and 53.

HASELOCK, Simon

Captain
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Simon Haselock received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland.
 
Sources
London Gazette 53298, page 8190 published 11 May 1993.
 

HASLAM, Craig

Lance Corporal
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Lance Corporal Craig Haslam received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan in 2011.
 
Source
London Gazette 60095, page 5849.
 

HATTON, Jack

Marine
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Marine Jack Hatton from Leigh in Lancashire received a Mention in Despatches for services in Italy between 1st April and 8th May 1945.
 
Source
London Gazette 37505, page 1441.
Notes
RM Commando service awaits verification. His name is included in the above source alongside others from either 40 or 43RM Commando, part of 2 Commando Brigade.

HAUSMANN, Fritz Sigmund

Known as: 
HOUSEMAN, Fred
Fritz Hausmann alias Fred Houseman 2 Commando
Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Mentioned in Despatches

Fritz Sigmund Hausmann was born in Bingen Am Rhein, April 27th 1921. He was a German Jew who at age 13, fled Germany alone and went to school in Palestine.

HAVILLE, John

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine John Haville received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37464, page 911.
The Story of 45 Royal Marine Commando.
 

HAWKINS, Kenneth Scott

Corporal (Acting Temporary Company Sergeant Major)
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Acting Company Sergeant Major Kenneth Hawkins was awarded the Military Medal for leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty during operations at the crossing of the Garigliano River, Italy, on 22 January 1944 [1][2].  He later became prisoner of war and was transported to Germany [3].
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HAYCOCK, Jesse Hotchkiss

Major
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Jesse Haycock, 45 Commando RM, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Operations in the Near East, October to December, 1956 [1].
  • 1976 (Major) appointed O.B.E., (Military Division) [2].

Sources
[1] London Gazette 41092, page 3418.

HAYDON, Joseph Charles

Major General
Special Service Brigade
Irish Guards
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Bar to the Distinguished Service Order
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Second Lieutenant Joseph Charles Haydon was commissioned into the Irish Guards 21 December 1917 [1]On the 8th June 1939 now a Major, and Military Assistant to the Secretary of State for War, he was appointed O

HEADINGTON, Paul Dennis

Sergeant
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Paul Headington received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st October 1997 to 31st March 1998.
 
Source
London Gazette 55303, page 12074.
 

HEATH, Walter Thomas

Marine (Acting Corporal)
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Acting Corporal Walter Heath received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Malaya during the period 1st July to 31st December, 1951.
 
Sources
London Gazette 39507, page 1880.
 

HELLINGS, Peter William Craddock

Lieutenant General
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
On the 6th September 1940 it was announced that Lieutenant Peter Hellings RM had been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for courage and devotion to duty during the withdrawals from Boulogne and Calais [1]

HENDICOTT, Robert Charles

Lieutenant
59 Ind. Cdo. Sqn. RE
Royal Engineers
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Robert Hendicott was the Commander of a Troop attached to the 1st Bn. Welsh Guards during the Falklands War.
He received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service whilst so attached clearing paths through unchartered enemy minefields including during the advance from Bluff Cove to Sapper Hill on the night of 13/14 June 1982.

HEPPELL, Wilfred John Richardson

Known as: 
John
Captain (later Major)
4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Engineers
Mentioned in Despatches

Captain Wilfred Heppell, Royal Engineers attached to 4 Special Service Brigade, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe.

Sources
London Gazette 37213, page 4049.
Commando Association newsletter 95 issued September 1992.
 

HERRON, John

Lieutenant
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant John Herron received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Malaya in 1952.
 
Sources
London Gazette 39675, page 5528.
The Story of 45 Commando RM 1943-1971, author David Young.
 

HICKINBOTHAM, Christopher James

Lieutenant Colonel
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Major Christopher Hickinbotham received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland in 1976 [1].
  • 12 June 1982 appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
  • 5 July 1983 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [3].
Sources

HIGHAM, Walter

Gunner
No 1 Commando
Royal Artillery
Mentioned in Despatches
Gunner Walter Higham, 5 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Styal, Cheshire.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37425, page 381 dated 10 January 1946.

HIGSON, Alexander

Major
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Major Alexander Higson received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in operations in Borneo Territories during the period 24th December 1963 to 23rd June 1964.
 
Sources
London Gazette 43492, page 9824.
 

HILL, Henry William

Henry William Hill 40RM Commando
Sergeant
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Henry Hill died during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy. He received a Mention in Despatches for "gallant and distinguished service while operating with the Army in Italy."
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/132.

HIND, James Robert

Corporal
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal James Hind received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland, announced 15 April 1986  [1].
  • 16 May 1989 awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal in recognition of service in Northern Ireland [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 50486, page 5187.

HODGSON, Alan Burnet

Sub Lieutenant
RN Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sub Lieutenant Alan Hodgson died during operations at Elba [1][2].
He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for "distinguished service in operations carried out in the face of determined opposition from the enemy which led to the capture of the island of Elba" [2]. He was a Beachmaster during the operation [3].
 

HODKINSON, Graham

Acting Corporal
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Acting Corporal Graham Hodkinson, attached H.M.S. Intrepid, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service during the operations in the South Atlantic.
 
Source
London Gazette 49134 page 12843 (errata LG 49196, page 16352).
Globe and Laurel Sept/Oct. 1982.
 

HOGBEN, Richard

Leading Medical Assistant
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Mentioned in Despatches

Leading Medical Assistant Richard Hogben RN, attached 3 Commando Brigade RM, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2008 to 31st March 2009. 

HOLDEN-WHITE, Harold Vere

Temporary Major
SBS
Royal Sussex Regiment
Royal Engineers
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
16.05.1940 enlisted Sapper, Corps of Royal Engineers [1].
05.09.1940 transferred from Corps on posting to 163 O.C.T.U.[1].
21.12.1940 commissioned Second Lieutenant, Royal Sussex Regiment [2].
April 1942 (Second Lieutenant) joined 2 Special Boat Section from the Royal Sussex Regt. [3].

HOLLAND, William Anthony

William Holland 2 Commando
Private
No 2 Commando
Border Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches

Private William 'Dutch' Holland, 3 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the raid on St. Nazaire on the night of 27/28th March, 1942.  Embarking on board HMS Campbeltown he was reported missing after the raid but later found to be a prisoner of war.
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