RM Engineer Commando WW2

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'RM Engineer Commando'

History of the Unit
This unit had developed from units in the RM Battalions which were trained in demolitions and as assault engineers. From 25 October 1943 the first War Establishment was: HQ; Holding Troop; and two fighting Troops (Source: RM Circ 1303/43G dated 26 November 1943).
 

24 Commando Royal Engineers

Role
Responsible for all engineer tasks in the 3 Commando Brigade forward area. This includes route maintenance, bridging, water supply, electricity supply construction of field defences and structures, demolition tasks and mine clearance.
As well as possessing a large number of skilled craftsmen, the Regiment also has a variety of plant machinery and other equipment. This gives the Unit the capability to tackle almost any form of construction or demolition.

3 Commando Brigade, Burma Operations

Saturday, January 1, 1944

Location

Myanmar
21° 54' 50.274" N, 95° 57' 22.4028" E
The reports at the foot of this page relate to the operations of the Commando Units attached to 3 Commando Brigade that took place after the 1st January 1944.
 
Link of interest
There were a large number of casualties in the Burma Campaigns, both battle and illness.
Lieutenant Colonel R. Wigglesworth, M.B., B.S. Lond., Royal Army Medical Corps, wrote an excellent article titled

AMBLER, Edward William

Lance Corporal
RM Engineer Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Edward Ambler, 1 RM Engineer Commando Detachment,  died during operations in NW Europe.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/127.
 

ARMITAGE, James

Sergeant
RM Engineer Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant James Armitage died during operations at Normandy.

Sources
CWGC
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/127.

BINNS, Ronald

Corporal
RM Engineer Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Ronald Binns, 1st RM Engineer Commando, died during operations in Holland.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/127.

COGGER, David John

Temporary Lieutenant
RM Engineer Commando
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant David Cogger was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service while operating with the Army in Normandy [1]. He was an Officer in the 1st RM Engineer Commando from August 1943 until at least July 1945 [2].

EVANS, Arthur

Marine
RM Engineer Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Arthur Evans died during operations at Normandy on D Day.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.

GOMM, Arthur George

Sergeant
RM Engineer Commando
Commando Basic Training Centre
Royal Marines
Died on war service

Sergeant Arthur Gomm died from multiple injuries sustained as a result of the premature explosion of a high explosive demolition charge at the Commando Basic Training Centre, Achnacarry, Scotland.

NAYLOR, Frederick Thomas

Frederick Naylor RM Engineer Commando
Marine
RM Engineer Commando
Royal Marines

Enlisted 17 April 1941. Served in 1 Engineer Company RM and 1 Troop of the RM Engineer Commando with attachments to HQ Special Service (Commando) Group and  HQ 1 Commando Brigade. Commando service from August 1943 to January 1946. 

NEALE, Peter Walter James

Captain Peter Neale
Captain (Acting Temporary Lieutenant Colonel)
RM Engineer Commando
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Captain (Acting Lieutenant Colonel) Peter Neale RM, 1st RM Engineer Commando attached to 1 Commando Brigade [1+3], was awarded the Military Cross for bravery and great devotion to duty whilst operating with the allied army in North West Europe [2].
 

NUTTALL, James Horrobin

Marine
RM Engineer Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine James Nuttall, RM Engineer Commando attached to 47RM Commando, died of wounds. His death is recorded in the War Diary for the RM Engineer Commando dated 19th October 1944. There it states he was wounded on the 11th and died on the 12th.  

ORCHARD, Douglas Ronald Melmouth

Lieutenant Colonel
RM Engineer Commando
Royal Engineers
Mentioned in Despatches
Commander, RM Engineer Commando HQ [1].
  • 20 December 1940 (Captain) (Royal Engineers) Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallantry in France and Flanders [2].
Sources
[1] Navy Lists, Bi Monthly April 1944, Vol.1.
[2] London Gazette 35020, page 7180.

PATON, Charles White

Marine
RM Engineer Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Marine Charles Paton, 4 RM Engineer Commando, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe.
Recommendation
"Marine Paton, of the Royal Marine Engineer Commando Detachment attached to 4 Commando Brigade, landed in Normandy on 26th June 1944. 

THOMSON, Donald (Cpl)

Corporal
RM Engineer Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Donald Thomson, RM Engineer Commando Detachment, HQ 4 Commando Brigade, died during operations in Holland. 

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/138.


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