RM Engineer Commando

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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).

3 Commando Brigade, Burma Operations

Saturday, January 1, 1944


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

BINNS, Ronald

RM Engineer Commando

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

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

COGGER, David John

RM Engineer Commando
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]. At the time of his award he was assigned to Nos .9 and 10 Landing Craft Obstruction Clearance Units (LCOCU) [3].
Nos 9 and 10 Teams LCOCUs.

EVANS, Arthur

RM Engineer Commando

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

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

GOMM, Arthur George

RM Engineer Commando
Commando Basic Training Centre

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.

Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/131.
Register of Deaths in the district of Kilmallie.

CVA Gallery image of grave.

NAYLOR, Frederick Thomas

Frederick Naylor RM Engineer Commando
RM Engineer Commando

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. 

Forum Message [view].
Commando Service Certificate.
Service Record.
Jamie Naylor (grandson).

NEALE, Peter Walter James

Captain Peter Neale
RM Engineer Commando
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].
  • February 1944 A/Captain Neale was 2nd in command 1st RM Engineer Commando [3].
[1] Commando Association newsletter107 (obituaries).
[2] London Gazette supp. 37137, page 3090.

NUTTALL, James Horrobin

RM Engineer Commando

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.  

PIRIE, Alexander Beverley

Sergeant Alexander Pirie MM, RM
RM Engineer Commando
Sergeant Alexander Pirie , 3 RM Engineer Commando, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of his gallantry during operations at Myebon.
On 12 Jan.'45 Sgt Pirie was engaged in mine clearing operations on the landing beach at Myebon Peninsula. Assisted by two NCOs he cleared fields of mines of a type hitherto unencountered in this theatre of war and unknown to them, with great coolness, devotion to duty, and disregard for his own personal safety. By his efforts many casualties were undoubtedly averted.

THOMSON, Donald (Cpl)

RM Engineer Commando

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

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

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