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ABRAM, John Arthur

Acting Temporary Colour Sergeant
PO.X.4734
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].

ADAMS, Mark

Marine
P054173K
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
P059720H
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.
 

ADAMSON, Douglas

Sick Berth Attendant
D/MX.890741
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Mentioned in Despatches
Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service with 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June 1952.
 
Sources
London Gazette 39675, page 5528.

ADDISON, Kenneth William

Marine
PO.X.110880
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.
 

ALBONE, Victor Arthur

Staff Sergeant
974087
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.

ALDRIDGE, William Reginald

Lance Sergeant
5830857
No 1 Commando
Cambridgeshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant William Aldridge died in North Africa. He has no known grave. Son of Walter William and Florence Phoebe Aldridge, of Smethwick, Staffordshire. Posthumous Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in North Africa. 
 

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
2879652
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
7880076
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)
76441
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

ALLOTT, Richard Knowles Brian

Lieutenant (Temporary Captain)(later Major)
77673
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
RM 9426
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.

ASKWITH, Graham

Marine
RM 21331
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

ATKINS, Steven Mark

Marine
P033350C
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].

AYLETT, Basil McGonigle

Basil Aylett MM 45RM Commando
Troop Sergeant Major
CH/X1409
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Basil Aylett from Hanwell, West London, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service in operations with 40RM Commando at Termoli, Italy [1][1a][1b].
Recommendation
Termoli 3rd October 1943

AYTON, Philip Atterbury

Philip Ayton 2SBS
Captain
184637
SBS
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Philip Ayton, 2 SBS, was severely wounded when he stepped on a landmine during a raid on the Channel Islands. He was evacuated to the UK but later died of his wounds. Posthumous Mention in Despatches. 
Son of Sydney Harry and Elsie Alice Ayton, of Eastbourne, Sussex.

BACKHOUSE, Charles, R.

Charles Backhouse 2 commando and 1st SAS
Corporal
2931647
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 

BANFORD, Garry Lee

Corporal
P054437L
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
PO/X 4003
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. Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in operations in Korea.

BARNES, William Walter

Lance Sergeant
6482223
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Metropolitan Police
Mentioned in Despatches
1939 William Barnes was a Metroplitan Police Constable residing in Paddington. 
1942 volunteered for the Commandos as part of the 1st Police Intake.
December 1942 (Fusilier) No.2 Commando 6 Troop.

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]

BARNETT, Nicholas John

Marine
P038293A
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.

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

Robert Barron 2 Commando and SOE
Robbie Barron 2 Commando and SOE
Sergeant (later Major)
2877629 & 253487
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].

BARTON, David Alexander

Colour Sergeant
P030829F
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Colour Sergeant David Barton received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland in 1992.
 
Sources
London Gazette 53086, page 17976.
 

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].

BATES, Leonard

Sergeant
3972208
SBS
Welch Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Original member of 2 Special Boat Section. Took part in the Sark and Oran operations. Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service. Post war member of the Commando Association from Charlton, London.
Recommendation

BATES, William Stanley

Lieutenant
204528
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

BAVISTER, Robert John

T/Captain Bavister No 2 Commando
Temporary Captain
100219
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
5048331
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)
6912677
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].

BEDWELL, Ronald Wilfred

Marine
RM 127910
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service with 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June 1952.

Sources
London Gazette 39675, page 5528.

BEEVERS, Peter

Sergeant
P026130T
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.

BELL, Alan William

Sergeant
PO25911D
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.

Maurice bennett, 3 Commando
Gunner
849443
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][1b].

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

BEVIS, Timothy John

Major General
N028921J
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].

BIRD, Stephen Alun

Sergeant
PO36027S
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
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].

BISSET, George Davidson

Lt Bisset 9 Commando
Lieutenant
94549
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 service in the field [3].

BLACK, George

Leading Medical Assistant George Black RN
Acting Leading Medical Assistant
D156353Y
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

BLACK, James William

Acting Temporary Troop Sergeant Major
PLY/X 102166
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].

BLACKHURST, John

Rifleman
6920686
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

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]

BLEWETT, C.A.

Sergeant
3972220
No 6 Commando
SBS
Welch Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Original member of 2 SBS joining from No.6 Commando 101 Troop. Took part in the Oran Harbour operation. Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service. With 'Z' SBS when they formed in the Mediterranean. Participated in submarine patrols. Later served HQ No.2 S.B.S.

BLINT, Woolf

Woolf Blint 6 Commando
Lance Sergeant
3323752.
Commando Basic Training Centre
No 6 Commando
Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)
Mentioned in Despatches
Woolf Blint, a warehouse manager with his own business in Glasgow, enlisted 13 June 1940, later volunteering for the Commandos. Lance Sergeant Blint served at the Commando Depot (Commando Basic Training Centre) at Achnacarry prior to joining No.6 Commando. 

BLISSETT, Harry Harold

Maj. Blissett 2 commando
Major
90331
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].

BLOOM, Peter John

Corporal
P025789T
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
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
PLY/X 5332
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Eric Blyth was Mentioned 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
P065095Y
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)
174203
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

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].

BOND, Alfred John

Lance Corporal
PO/X 100850
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Alfred Bond died at Woolston E.M.S. Hospital, Newport, Monmouthshire. Mentioned in Despatches for good service while operating with the Army in North West Europe. Son of Herbert and F. Allen Bond of Swindon.

BOORN, Peter William

Lance Corporal
P037261V
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.

BORWICK, Michael George

Temporary Captain (later Lieutenant Colonel)
64017
50ME Commando
'Layforce'
Royal Scots Greys, Royal Armoured Corps
Mentioned in Despatches
Deputy Lieutenant (DL)
  • 25 February 1941, Kastelorizzo, Captain, 50 Middle East Commando, engaged in Operation Abstention [1].
  • 28 March 1941, Geneifa, Captain, 'C' Company, 'D' Bn., Layforce [2].

BOSTOCK, Stanley

Staff Sergeant
7385103
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]. Also served with 41RM Commando [2][3a].

BOUCHER-MYERS, Bertram William Sydney

Major Boucher-Myers 4 Commando
Major
112893
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.

BOWERS, John Henry

John Henry Bowers No.8 Commando
Lance Corporal (later Major)
2614807 and 284731
No 8 Commando
'Layforce'
Grenadier Guards, 3rd Bn.
Queen's Own Royal West Kent
Royal Hampshire Regiment, 2/4 Bn.
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Mentioned in Despatches
Service timeline: 
  • 03.1936 enlisted as a regular soldier [1].
  • 09.1939 posted to France with British Expeditionary Force [1].

BOWYER, John Douglas

John Bowyer 5 Commando
Temporary Captain
121518
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.

BOYCE, James Wesley R.

James Boyce 1 Commando
Private
5828291
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.
 
Sources
CWGC.

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

BRADFORD, John Meller

Captain
70669
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 during operations at Bizerte, Tunisia. Son of Ernest Meller Bradford and Ethel Mary Bradford.

BRADLEY, Arthur John

Sergeant
PO/X4118
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Arthur Bradley died during operations at Normandy, France. Previously Mentioned in Despatches, announced in 1942, for bravery, endurance and sustained devotion to duty in H.M. Ships during and after the passage of an important Convoy. Son of Robert Henry and Lydia Susan Borne.

BRAMBLE, George

Marine
CH/X 114854
41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine George Bramble, 41 Independent Commando, Royal Marines, from Norwich, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service on 29 November 1950 in the Korean War during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. He was wounded during this operation [1][3].

BREAM, George Leonard

Captain Leonard George Bream
Corporal/Captain
PLY/X 3273
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.

BREWER, Francis James

Corporal
RM 20905
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.

BRICE, Ian William

Sergeant
P027697Y
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

Frank Bristowe 40 Commando
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

BROUGHTON, Jack Edward

Major
P051456V
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].

BROWN, Christopher Charles

Lieutenant General
497571
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].

BROWN, Christopher John Graham

Corporal
P033816X
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

BROWN, Jack

Trooper
326038
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

Lance Corporal (Acting Corporal)
3856668
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.

BROWN, Robert John

Warrant Officer Class 2
P021729L
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. 

BUCKLEY, Edward Lindsay

Sergeant
P025425T
SBS
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Edward Buckley 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

BUNT, Reginald Melford

Private
14241788
No 1 Commando
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Birmingham City Police
Mentioned in Despatches
Private Reginald Bunt received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in North Africa. He had volunteered for the Commandos from the Police as part of the Police Intakes of 1942. In 1939 he was a Police Constable at Digbeth Police Station, Birmingham.

BURGESS, Brian Gordon

Warrant Officer 2
P037926M
RM Poole
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Brian Burgess, RM Poole, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service during operations in the South Atlantic [1][1a].
  • 16 June 1990 (Warrant Officer 2) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [2].

BURROWS, Derrick Trevor

Lieutenant
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lieutenant Derrick Burrows, 'Y' troop, was killed whilst administering morphia to a wounded marine. His Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller near Hademstorf where he was originally buried before being re-interred at Becklingen on 21 August 1946.

BURTINSHAW, Robert James Glover

Lieutenant
89395
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. Mentioned in Despatches (posthumous) for gallant and distinguished service.

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].

BUSCALL, John Allan

Capt Buscall RM
Captain
PLY/X 561
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].

BYRNE, Kenneth

Colour Sergeant
PLY/X 5599
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

BYRNE, Patrick Joseph

Acting Sergeant
2719257 & 436106
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
RM 16834
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
P031726H
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

Colonel
N029561Y
Royal Marines
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
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
N0287517
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].

CARR, Francis Arthur

Sergeant
1867740
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.

CARREL, Ian Vincent

Ian Vincent Carrel, 1 Commando
Captain (later Major)
156172
No 1 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Ian Vincent Carrel received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma [1].  
  • 7 June 1974  Senior Technical Adviser, Ministry of Defence, appointed C.B.E. (Civil Division) [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
P063005D
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)
1555904
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

CATCHPOLE, Frank Ernest

Frank Catchpole 43 Commando
Acting Regimental Sergeant Major (later 2/Lieutenant)
CH/X1623
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
NO14112L
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].

CLAMP, John James

Corporal
RM 9426
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].

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]

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.

CLARKE, Kenneth Edward

Kurt Goldschlager 10 Commando
Birth name: 
GOLDSCHLAGER, Kurt Theodor
Corporal
13801160
13118804
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.

CLARKE, Peter John

Marine
RM 9408
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service with 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June 1952.

Sources
London Gazette 39675, page 5528.

COLBECK, John Vivian

Captain (later Major)
101039
No 7 Commando
'Layforce'
Royal Tank Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Territorial Efficiency Medal
Mentioned in Despatches - Captain Colbeck was captured on 20 April 1941 at Bardia, North Africa, and subsequently imprisoned in various camps in Italy and Germany. He made numerous attempts to escape but only succeeded in leaving the camp on one occasion.

COLE, Michael Anthony Falle

Captain
NO17739E
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.

COLEMAN, Lloyd William

Lloyd Coleman 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant
14241610
No 2 Commando
Somerset Light Infantry
Newport Borough Police Force
Mentioned in Despatches
Lance Sergeant Lloyd Coleman was Mentioned in Despaches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Mediterranean theatre. He served in 5 troop, ('B' Section, No.4 Sub Section) and, after a course on the 3" Mortar, the Heavy Weapons Troop.

COLES, Russell Howard

Corporal
P056941M
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 Abdy

Captain
5499772 and 287390
No 3 Commando
Hampshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Clive Collins, No.3 Commando, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the combined attack on Dieppe 18/19 August 1942 [1].
Recommendation

COLLINS, Trevor

Staff Sergeant
24066769
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.

COLVIN, Felix Beale

Lieutenant Colonel
78288
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].

COMBES, David Stanley

Marine
P037746K
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.

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
London Gazette 37380, page 5996.

COOK, Harold Anthony

Sergeant
PO/X 2733
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Sergeant Harold Cook received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe. Member of the Commando Association from Broughton, Lancashire.

COOK, Paul

Warrant Officer 1
P035410Q
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) 

COOKE, Gordon

Corporal
P024499L
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.

COOPER, Charles

Sergeant (Temporary)
PLY/X 104215
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 (later Major)
P027420D
RM Poole
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Robert Cooper received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service during operations in the South Atlantic in 1982.
  • 31 December 1999 Captain (now Major) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division).
Sources

COPSEY, David

Lieutenant
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
25 August 1942 Second Lieutenant Copsey RM reported for duty with 40RM Commando at Upper Chine School, Isle of Wight. Attached to 'A' Troop promoted Lieutenant.

CORCORAN, Matthew

Marine
P062867T
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
PLY/X.2655
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.

CORRIGAN, Ian Clifford

Corporal
24217216
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.

CORRY, Samuel David

Captain Samuel Corry 3 Commando
Captain
119736
No 3 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Samuel Corry M.B. was reported missing 19 August 1942 at Dieppe, France, later confirmed as having died of wounds. Previously Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service against the enemy at Vaagso, Norway.

CORYTON, Gervais Richard Arthur

Lieutenant Commander
CO183364
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, Michael

Driver (later Lance Sergeant)
T/95342
No 6 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Black Watch
Mentioned in Despatches
Driver Michael Costello received a Mention in Despatches for his escape from captivity in Italy. After his escape he joined the Black Watch. Member of the Commando Association.
Recommendation

COSTLEY, William George

Sergeant
RM 12204
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

COUPE, Leonard

Lance Sergeant
894763
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 service in Italy. Son of William and Martha Coupe; husband of A.

COX, John Albert Windsor

Marine
RM 15050
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
2568791
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, Wayne William

Sergeant
PO37567Y
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
S/136147
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.

CROSKERRY, John Kevin

Marine
RM22634
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine John Croskerry received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service in support of operations in East and West Malaysia during the period 24th June 1965 to 23rd December 1965. 
 
Source

CROXTON, Michael John

Michael John Croxton 6 Commando
Bombardier (later Major)
917046
334592
No 6 Commando
Royal Artillery
North Staffordshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Croix de Guerre (France)
Bombardier Michael Croxton, No.6 Commando 5 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during his escape from captivity whilst a prisoner of war.

CRUDEN, Peter Ramsay

Captain Peter Cruden 12 and 6 Commando
Captain
179476
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 the Parachute Troop of No.12 Commando before No.6 Commando [2][3]

CRUTCHLEY, William

Acting Troop Sergeant Major
4452664
No 5 Commando
Durham Light Infantry
Mentioned in Despatches
Lance Sergeant William Crutchley was wounded 23 March 1944 during operations in Burma. Mentioned in Despatches, rank Troop Sergeant Major, for gallant and distinguished service in Burma.
 
Sources

CULLEN, Andrew Thomas

Marine
P055073L
40 Cdo. RM
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

Mne. Tom Curry
Marine
PO63705H
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

CURTIS, Daniel Gad

Colour Sergeant
P053157V
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].

CURTIS, Dunstan Michael Carr

Dunstan Michael Carr Curtis RNVR
Temporary Acting Commander
30 Commando Assault Unit
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Bar to the Distinguished Service Cross
Mentioned in Despatches
  • 11 March 1937 enrolled R.N.V.R.
  • 28 March 1942 (Commander of MGB 314) awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for daring and valour in the attack on the German Naval Base at St. Nazaire (Operation Chariot).  Later joined 30 Assault Unit.

CUSACK, Shane Barry

Major
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. Previously served in the Falklands War.
 
Sources

CUTHELL, Garry

Marine (Acting Corporal)
P036511U
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.

DALE, John

Private Dale 4 Commando
Private
5953035
No 4 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Private John Dale received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe 19 August 1942. Post war Jock settled in Suffolk employed as a Painter/Decorator. Member of the Commando Association with whom they lost contact.

DALY, Dermot Ralph

Major (Temporary Lieutenant Colonel)
36692
No 8 Commando
'Layforce'
Scots Guards 2nd Bn.
Mentioned in Despatches
Educated at Eton College; 15/1/1927 Second Lieutenant, Supplementary Reserve of Officers, Scots Guards; 31/1/1930 Second Lieutenant Regular Army, Scots Guards; served with the King's African Rifles and the Colonial Office 1931/1932; Promoted Lieutenant 31/1/1933; served in Palestine 1936/1937;

DANCE, Graham

Sergeant
P041201U
RM Poole
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Graham Dance received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service during operations in the South Atlantic (Falklands).
 
Source
London Gazette 49134 page 12843.

DANDO, Kenneth Gordon

Marine
PO/X.5833
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.

DANIELS, Leslie

Marine
P038702U
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.

DASHWOOD, Robert Gordon

Lieutenant (later Captain)
129311
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
P020357M
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.

DAVIES, Hadyn

Corporal
CH/X 4700
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Hadyn Davies was Mentioned in Dispatches for distinguished service in operations in Cyprus during the period 1st July to 31st December, 1957.
 
Source
London Gazette 41305, page 851.
 

DAVIES, John Charles

TSM John Charles Davies 46 Commando
Troop Sergeant Major
EX/1129
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Troop Sergeant Major John Davies, 'Y' troop, died in Germany. His Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller near Hademstorf where he was originally buried before being re-interred at Becklingen on 21 August 1946. Mentioned in Despatches for good service with the 21st Army Group.

DAVIES, Michael Alfred William

Acting Captain (later Major)
253496
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].

DAVIS, Alan

Sub Lieutenant
RN Beach Commando (R.N.B.C.)
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sub Lieutenant Alan Davis  died during operations at Elba [1][2].

DAVIS, Noel Louis

Sergeant
P034960A
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Noel Davis received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of  service in Northern Ireland.
 
Sources
London Gazette 52137, page 9154 dated 14 May 1990.
 

DAY, John Eddy

Lieutenant (Acting Captain)
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Croix de Guerre (France)
Captain John Eddy Day received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe.
  • 1946/47 serving in a Commando Training team attached to the French Commando School in Algiers*.

De La COUR, Colin Charles

Sergeant
P024604K
RM Poole
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].

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. Son of George 5th Duke de Stacpoole and of the Duchess de Stacpoole (nee Palmer), of Tobertynan, Enfield, Co. Meath, Irish Republic.

DE'ATH, Ian Dudley

Major Ian Dudley De'Ath DSO MBE HQ Special Service Group
Lieutenant Colonel
45RM Commando
40RM Commando
45 Cdo. RM
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.

DENISON, Mallinson Charles

Mallinson Charles Denison 2 Commando
Lieutenant (later Major)
145047
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.

DEWEY, Kenneth George

Corporal (Acting Temporary Colour Sergeant)
PO/X 102574
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Colour Sergeant Kenneth Dewey was Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe. Post war member of the Commando Association from Acton, London.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37464, page 910.

DI-VICENZO, Marcus

Sergeant
P046086B
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

DIXON, Peter Cory

Captain
140423
41RM Commando
Royal Artillery
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Peter Dixon B.A., 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.

DOBSON, Raymond Arthur

Captain
266547
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].

DODD, Francis Charles Eric

Able Seaman
P/JX.184786
RN Beach Commando (R.N.B.C.)
Mentioned in Despatches

Award whilst serving in R.N.B.C. 'N1' during the landings on the Italian mainland.
 
Sources
London Gazette 36505, page 2128.
RN Beach Commando Memoranda No.79 dated 20 July 1944 (Extract from A.F.O.2709/44).

DOLIVERA, Brian

Sergeant
P028117H
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.

DONAGHUE, James

Temporary Sergeant
CH/X 104157
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Sergeant James Donaghue was Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe. 
 
Sources
London Gazette 37464, page 910.
41RM Commando War Diary 19 February 1946.

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, Commanding Officer 47RM Commando, received a Mention in Despatches on 3 April 1945 for good service while operating with the Army in North West Europe [1][2a]. 

DORLING, David George

Sergeant
RM 17505
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

DOWSE, William James

Acting Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant
EX/ 4379
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)
P047360T
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].

DRAPER, Norman Ernest

Temporary Midshipman
RN Beach Commando (R.N.B.C.)
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Mentioned in Despatches in operations which led to the capture of Sicily by Allied forces [1].
Awarded the Distinguished Service Cross whilst serving in R.N.B.C. 'G3'. for gallant and distinguished service in Italy [2][3].
 

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
P029137R
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, Ewan Robert

Lieutenant
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Ewan Duncan received a Mention in a Despatches in recognition of service in Northern Ireland.
 
Sources
London Gazette 51733, page 5813 dated 15 May 1989.
 

DUNCAN, George Ian Alistair

Temporary Captain George Duncan MC and bar
Lieutenant (Temporary Captain)
132481
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)
PO/X100289
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.

DURNFORD-SLATER, John Frederick

Brigadier
41090
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
P054571B
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].

EATON, Daniel Thomas

Major
N029756A
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].

EATON, Stephen Graham

Captain
P046993L
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].

EATON, Steven Graham

Captain
P046993L
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].

EBBENS, Andrew John

Lieutenant (later Lt. Colonel)
N023440M
RM Poole
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Andrew Ebbens received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of his service during operations in the South Atlantic [1]
  • 1 September 1987 promoted Captain [2].

ECCLESTON, Gary

Gunner
24444973
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

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.

ELLIOTT, Alfred John

Private
3773017
No 2 Commando
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Mentioned in Despatches

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.

ELLMAN, Samuel

Sub. Lieutenant
RN Beach Commando (R.N.B.C.)
Mentioned in Despatches

From Rustenburg, Transvaal, South Africa. Award whilst serving in R.N.B.C. 'M1'. For good services in operations in the Mediterranean. 

ELSOM, Harold Edward

Troop Sergeant Major
CH/X 3109
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, 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.

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) (later Captain)
PO/X.1372
47RM Commando
46RM Commando
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Acting Troop Sergeant Major James England, 47RM Commando 'B' Troop, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry, leadership and undaunted devotion to duty during the assault on the Island of Walcheren [1][2].

ENNIS, James Francis

Lt James Ennis 4 Commando
Lieutenant (later Honorary Major)
53193
No 4 Commando
Royal Artillery
Metropolitan Police
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant James Ennis received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service on 19 August 1942 in the combined attack on Dieppe [1].

ETCHES, William Whitson

Col Bill Etches OBE MC
Lieutenant (later Colonel)
112866
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],

EVANS, Andrew Peter

Sergeant
PO25446U
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.

EVANS, George Albert

Marine
PO/X 108340
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
PO22130Q
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].

EVANS, Philip

Corporal
PO36772C
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
397236
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.
 

EWEN, Robert John

Warrant Officer Class 1
P031244S
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].

FAULKNER, Jack

Lance Corporal
CH/X 105216
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
PO29067A
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.

FILON, Richard

Marine
PO33712P
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Richard Filon was Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland in 1979.
 
Sources
London Gazette 48156, page 5621.
 

FINNIS, Leslie Thomas

Leslie Finnis 4 Commando
Green beret of Leslie Finnis 4 Commando
Corporal
6297984
No 4 Commando
No 3 Commando
The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
Army Air Corps
Mentioned in Despatches
Leslie Finnis was wounded 6 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. He was hit by several bullets in his legs and abdomen as he exited the landing craft onto Sword Beach. He also received burns from a phosphorous grenade. 

FISK, Ian David

Sergeant
P028197B
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.

FLEMMING, James Maul

Marine
CH/X107561
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].
 

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.

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
227049
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
N029299B
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

FRANCIS, John

Warrant Officer Class 2
23953947
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.
 

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].

FRENCH, John Robert

Warrant Officer 1
PO19457L
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
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

FROST, Henry Shelmerdine

Captain Henry Shelmerdine Frost
Captain
51425
51ME Commando
Cheshire Regiment 1st Bn.
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Henry Frost died during operations in Eritrea when leading a patrol up a steep gulley running South from Beit Gabru to harass enemy positions.
Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service.

FRY, Robert Alan

Lieutenant General
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
P/JX 646206
41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Mentioned in Despatches
Leading Seaman Arthur Futcher from Newbury, Berkshire, volunteered for 41 Independent Commando RM and received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in Korea.
 
Sources

FYFE, Steven Daniel

Lance Corporal
P904085J
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.
 

FYSON, George Alwyne

Corporal
5340675
No 3 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal George Fyson received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in successful combined operations against the enemy at Vaagso and Maaloy.
Recommendation

GADIE, Philip

Lieutenant Colonel
N028121L
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 Afghanist

GALACKI, Toni

Corporal
P059094Q
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

Acting Major
162518
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.

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].

GEORGE, Rex

Marine
PO/X113288
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

GIBB, Alexander Keith

Colour Sergeant
PD41688W
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)
PO/X.107010
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
PO21776Y
RM21776
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

GIBSON, Robert Grierson

Corporal Robert Gibson 42 Commando
Corporal
PO27283S
42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Robert Gibson was Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of his distinguished service in Northern Ireland in 1976.
 
Sources
London Gazette 47037, page 13771.
[Image] Bob Gibson.

GILBERT, Barry

Lance Corporal
P040829B
SBS
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Lance Corporal Barry Gilbert received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service during operations on 13 -15 June 1982 in the South Atlantic. He was coxwain of a Rigid Raiding Craft in a special forces raid on the Port Stanley area on the night of the final battle 
 

GILL, Barry Michael

Corporal
PO22340U
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
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
24435699
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

GLANVILLE, Trevor James

Lieutenant Commander
30 Commando Assault Unit
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Temporary Sub-Lieutenant Trevor James Glanville, R.N.V.R., was Mentioned in Despatches for gallantry, skill, determination and undaunted devotion to duty during the landing of Allied Forces on the coast of Normandy [1].

GLENISTER, Alfred

Fusilier
4558631
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.

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. Commanding Officer of the raiding party at Kopervik, Norway.

GOLDSMITH, Leonard John

Marine
P041637T
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Leonard Goldsmith received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service during the operations in the South Atlantic (Falklands War).
 
Source
London Gazette 49134 page 12843.
 

GORMLEY, David John

Corporal
P024528R
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. 
 

GRAHAM, John Ian

Colour Sergeant
P024183Q
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Colour Sergeant John Graham received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service in Northern Ireland in 1983.
 
Sources
London Gazette 49709, page 5591.
 

GRANT, Andrew Douglas

Marine
P048305Q
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].

GRANT, Richard Henry

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

GRAY, George Sharp

Lance Corporal
EX/ 1258
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.

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.

GREEN, Arthur

Marine
PLY/X.104305
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Marine Arthur Green, Transport Section, originally from Burbage near Leicester. Mentioned in Despatches for service in Italy between 1st April and 8th May 1945 (Operation Roast). 
 
Source
London Gazette 37505, page 1441.

GREEN, Patrick Neil

Corporal
P046998S
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.
 

GREENSHIELDS, Thomas Cameron

Lieutenant
90992
No 9 Commando
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Thomas Greenshields was killed in action during operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. Son of George Johnson Greenshields, and of Eva Greenshields, of Glasgow. M.A., LL.B. Posthumous Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service.

GRICE, Colin Frederick

Colour Sergeant
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Colour Sergeant Colin Grice received a Mention in a Despatches in recognition of service in Northern Ireland.
 
Sources
London Gazette 51733, page 5813 dated 15 May 1989.
 

GROVE, Ronald

Ronald Grove 3 Commando
Troop Sergeant Major
7882436
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.
Recommendation

GUTTERIDGE, Tobias

Marine
P065066N
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
2929834
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]. Embarked for the raid on HMS Campbeltown and received a posthumous Mention in Despatches [2][3].

HADAWAY, James

Sergeant
PO23303T
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant James Hadaway received a Mention in a Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland in 1982.
 
Sources
London Gazette 49315, page 4957.
 

HADDOW, Fraser

Lieutenant
N025804V
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.

HADLEY, Paul Edward

Sergeant
P037432W
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Sergeant Paul Hadley received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland in 1993.
 
Sources
London Gazette 53453, page 16388.

HADLOW, David Keith

Sergeant
P032506X
RM Poole
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant David Hadlow 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)
129664
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
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.
 

HALLETT, Patrick Edward Roy

Marine (T)
PO.X.6839
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service with 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June 1952.

Sources
London Gazette 39675, page 5528.

HAMSTEAD, Edward Oliver

Marine
CH/X 104537
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)*.
 

HANNAH, Kenneth William

Colour Sergeant (later Major)
P036166P & 551546
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
P020555R
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.
 

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