HELLINGS, Peter William Craddock

Lieutenant General
40RM Commando
40 Commando RM
'3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines'
Royal Marines
Royal Navy
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]
  • 1943 (Acting Major)(40RM Commando) awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished services in operations leading to the capture of Termoli [2]
  • 12th February 1946 (Captain)(Acting Lieutenant Colonel) received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in NW Europe [3].
  • 1958 ( Lieutenant Colonel)(40 Commando RM) received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service in operations in Cyprus during the period 1st January to 30th June 1958 [4].
  • 19th November 1968 (Major General) Hellings promoted Lieutenant General and took over as Commandant General Royal Marines [5].
  • 13th June 1970 appointed K.C.B. [6].
  • 1st January 1979 (General) appointed Representative Colonel Commandant Royal Marines [7].
His death was announced to members in the obituaries of Commando Association newsletter 92 issued in March 1991.
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 34941, page 5441
[2] London Gazettes Supp. 36367, page 687 [8/2/1944]
[3] London Gazettes Supp. 37464, page 911
[4] London Gazettes Supp. 41511, page 5974
[5] London Gazettes Supp. 44718, page 12402 / Navy News issue Dec 1st 1968
[6] London Gazettes Supp. 45117, page 6366.
[7] London Gazettes Supp. 47559, page 6836.

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