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ARENSTEIN, Hans

Hans Arenstein 10 Commando
No 10 Commando
47RM Commando
Royal Sussex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Hans Arenstein served under an alias of Harry Andrews. He was of the Jewish Faith and a member of 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop, of the inter allied commando.  He was attached to 47RM Commando at the time of his death.

ARMITAGE, James

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.

BAILEY, Lionel James

No 4 Commando
The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Lionel Bailey, 'C' troop, died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.

BEACH, Edward Bert

45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Edward Beach died during operations in Normandy.

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

BELL, James

41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine James Bell died during operations at Normandy.

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

BELL, Robert

45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Robert Bell died during operations at Le Mesnil, Normandy.
 
Extract from the Bo'ness Journal, and Linlithgow Advertiser - Friday 15 August 1952
In Loving Memory of our dear son, Marine Commando Robert Bell, killed in action.
We were not there to see you die,
Perhaps it's just as well,

BINDING, Sydney

No 6 Commando
King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Sydney Binding died during operations at Normandy, France.
Son of Mrs. M. E. Binding, of Acton, Middlesex.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.
 

BLUNDEN, Alfred Edgar

No 6 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Company Sergeant Major Alfred Blunden died during operations at Le Plein, Normandy, France. [1] 
No. 6 Commando War Diary  "11th June 1944 Place: In the field, Le Plein. We shell BREVILLE. We are shelled heavily. We capture a ½ track 20mm gun. p.m. - Continued to be shelled. Casualties 3."

BOOTHROYD, Gordon

45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Gordon Boothroyd, 'E' Troop, died during operations in Normandy, France.  
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/128.
 
Notes

BORNE, Frederick

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Frederick Borne died during operations at Sannerville in Troarn, France.
47RM Commando War Diary
11th August 1944
Place: Sannerville
Lt Borne and 1 OR killed on enemy minefield.
 
Sources
CWGC

BRIDLE, Desmond George

No 3 Commando
Royal Scots
Metropolitan Police
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Desmond Bridle died in Normandy, France, during operations near the Chateau d'Amfreville. He was from South Harrow and one of the Metropoltan Police Intakes to the Commandos. In 1939 he was residing at the Police Section House, Judd Street, Camden.
 
Sources
CWGC

BUTLER, Brian Dear

No 3 Commando
East Surrey Regt
Military Cross (MC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Major Brian Butler MC died [1] at Chateau d'Amfreville during severe mortaring of their HQ. Five others also died. Lt T.N. Skelly and three others were wounded [2]. He had previously been awarded the Military Cross [3] whilst a Troop Captain for gallant and distinguished services on the 4th October 1943 at Termoli, Italy [4].

CAIRNS, Stanley

45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Stanley Cairns died during operations at Normandy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/128.
 

CAMPBELL, Finlay David

45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Finlay Campbell died during operations at Normandy.

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/128.
[3] National Records of Scotland - Statutory Registers of Births 504/B 2 - Parish of Ardgour and Kingairloch, County of Argyll.

CASSEY, Norman Walter

Grave of LCpl Cassey Commando Brigade Sigs.
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Norman Cassey, 1 Special Service Bde. Signals, died during operations at Le Plein Normandy when the HQ was heavily shelled and mortared.
 
Sources
CWGC.
War Diary 1 Special Service Brigade Signals [more...].
 

CLARK, Herbert

48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Herbert Clark died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/129.

COAKER, Vernon

Vernon Coaker 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Devonshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Troop Sergeant Major Vernon Coaker, 3 troop, died during operations at Le Plein, Normandy, France [1][2][3][4]
Extract from No.3 Commando War Diary Appendix 'A' No.2
Part of a report by Capt. K.D. Ponsford OC 3 Troop.

COTTERELL, Leslie

No 3 Commando
Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Leslie Cotterell died during operations at Normandy, France.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.
 

DAVIES, Osmond

45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Osmond Davies, 'E' troop, died during operations at Normandy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/129.
The Story of 45RM Commando, published 1946 for veterans.

DAVIES, William Neville

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine William Davies died during operations at Normandy. He was part of a large fighting patrol of 4 troops and the heavy weapons troop sent against the enemy lines north east from La Grande Ferme commencing at 2115hrs on the 18th. It was hoped to be an in out raid to gather intelligence, capture prisoners, and weaken the enemies morale. Mne. Davies was killed during this raid.

DORMAN, John

48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine John Dorman died during operations at Normandy, France.

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

ELMS, Frank

Lieutenant Frank Elms 6 Commando
Frank Elms and his wife Joan on wedding day
No 4 Commando
Northamptonshire Regiment
Northampton Borough Police
Killed in action or died of wounds
Second Lieutenant Frank Elms died during operations at Normandy, France.
A serving Police Officer in Northampton he volunteered for the Armed Forces in 1941 serving in the Royal Air Force before joining the Commandos.
Extract from the No 4 Commando War Diary

EMERSON, James

41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal James Emerson died during operations at Normandy.

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

FAZAN, Gilbert Roy

Lieutenant Gilbert Fazan 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Royal Sussex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Gilbert Fazan died during operations at Normandy, France.
The No. 6 Commando War Diary records
"Commando is mortared 4 casualties. Capt Robinson and 1 Troop comes in and tells us Lieut Fazan killed.  Lieut Stalker and 10 O.R.'s wounded."

FINLAY, William

45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant William Finlay died during operations at Normandy.

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

FLEISCHER, Frederick

No 6 Commando
Worcestershire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Frederick Fletcher, birthname Fleischer, died during operations at Le Plein, Normandy, France. He was the son of Rudolf and Hedwig Fleischer, of Cricklewood, Middlesex.

FRASER, George

LSgt George Fraser MM No 4 Commando
No 4 Commando
Lovat Scouts
Military Medal (MM)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant George Fraser MM, 'A' troop, died during operations at Normandy [1].
 
Recommendation for Military Medal

FYVIE, George

George Fyvie 46 Royal Marine Commando
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine George Fyvie, from Bucksburn, Scotland, died during operations at Beuzeville, France. His death was reported in a local newspaper at the time [see Linked Content below].

GAGE, Harold Arthur

45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Harold Gage died during operations at Normandy.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.
 
Notes
Son of James Edward and Ellen Maria Gage, of Neasden, Middlesex.

GEORGE, Rex

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

GOSLING, Thomas George

48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Thomas Gosling died during operations at Sallenelles, Normandy.
Extract from the 48RM Cdo. War Diary
"7-7-1944 Sallenelles 2045 - 2115,  All HQ officers were at dinner, the house was shelled." Against this entry is a hand written note  which reads "Cas 1 MOA killed."

HAYWARD, Robert Latewood

No 3 Commando
King's Royal Rifle Corps (2nd Bn. Queen's Westminsters)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Rifleman Robert Hayward died on 13 June 1944 of wounds inflicted on 11 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77 and WO417/78.
 

HODGSON, George

No 3 Commando
Black Watch
Military Medal (MM)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal George Hodgson MM, 3 troop, died during operations at Amfreville, Normandy.  
 
In his book Storm from the Sea, Brig Peter Young states " Whilst I was visiting 3 troop, a random shell mortally wounded LCpl Hodgson who did not live to wear the MM he had won on D Day."
 

HOSKINS, Edgar John

48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Edgar Hoskins died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/132.

JAMES, Harry

No 6 Commando
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Harry James, HQ Troop, died during operations in Normandy, France.
Son of Mrs. L. A. James, of Epping, Essex.
 
Source
[1] CWGC.
[2] Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.
[3] CVA Gallery image of original grave location.

KAGERER-STEIN, Eugen

No 10 Commando
Pioneer Corps/ Hampshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Eugen Kagerer-Stein, an Austrian, served in 3 troop, also known as  'X' troop, under an alias of Eugene Fuller. He died during operations with 47RM Commando at Normandy.

KEMP, John

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine John Kemp died in France. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Dozule.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.

KERSHAW, Frederick

45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Frederick Kershaw died on D Day during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.

KHYTOVITCH, Eric

Eric Khytovitch MM 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Royal Engineers
Military Medal (MM)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Eric Khytovitch MM died during operations at Normandy [1].
 
The No 6 Commando War Diary 10th June 1944 records

KING, Cyril

45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Cyril King died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.

KNILL, Ivor Richard

No 3 Commando
Devonshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Ivor Knill died of wounds during operations in France. At the time of his death his Commando, with the rest of the 1st Special Service Brigade, were engaged in an operation in the area of Le Plain Gruchet to infiltrate enemy lines and continue the offensive towards the Seine [1][2][3].

LAING, David

Sgt Laing 4 Commando
No 4 Commando
Black Watch
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant David Laing, 'E' troop, a veteran of the Dieppe raid, died during operations at Normandy.

LAVERY, Henry

No 6 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Bombardier Henry Lavery enlisted at Edinburgh in 1930 whilst residing in Uphall, West Lothian. He was reported missing, wounded, and believed a prisoner of war on 18 August 1944,  later confirmed as having died of wounds whilst in enemy hands. His Commando was engaged in operations at Bavent, France, on this date.

LEE, Edward James

Marine Edward Lee 45 Commando
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Edward Lee, from Leamington, died during operations at Normandy, France.
 
Extract from the 45RM Commando War Diary 11th June 1944

LEE, John

Major John Lee 46 Commando
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Major John Lee, MC, LLB, the Second-in-Command,  died during operations at Beuzeville, Normandy. He had earlier been awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service during operations at Le Hamel.
Recommendation

LISTON, William

No 6 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales' Volunteers)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private William Liston died during operations at Le Plein, Normandy, France.
No. 6 Commando War Diary  "11th June 1944 Place: In the field, Le Plein. We shell BREVILLE. We are shelled heavily. We capture a ½ track 20mm gun. p.m. - Continued to be shelled. Casualties 3."

LOWLES, Eric Henry

41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Eric Lowles died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.

MCFATTER, John

45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine John McFatter died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.

MEYER, Kurt

LCpl Peter Moody 3tp10Commando
No 10 Commando
Hampshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Kurt Meyer served under an alias of Peter Moody. He was of the Jewish Faith and a member of 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop, of the inter allied commando. He was killed during operations in Normandy whilst attached to 47RM Commando.

MITCHELL, Albert

45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Albert Mitchell died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/134.

MORLEY, Colin Noel

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Colour Sergeant Colin Morley died during operations at Normandy, France. Whilst his Commando were heading along a country road in the direction of Putot-en-Auge they encountered an enemy patrol and Colour Sergeant Morley was shot and killed.  
 
Sources
CWGC.

MULHALL, Alexander

45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Alexander Mulhall, from Falkirk, died during operations at Normandy, France.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/134.
Notice in the Falkirk Herald - 15 June 1946.
 

MUNNS, Leonard Cyril

No 4 Commando
Leicestershire Regiment
Leicester City Police
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Leonard Munns died during operations at Normandy, France.
The son of Mrs. E. J. Munns, of Leicester, Leonard was a serving Police Officer who had volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. In 1939 Leonard was a Probationary Police Constable residing at 83 Checketts Road, Leicester.
 
Sources

MURRAY, John

41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant John Murray died during operations at Normandy, France.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/134.
 
Notes
Son of John and Jane Rankine Murray; husband of Agnes Murray, of Barrhead, Renfrewshire.

NATHAN, Ernst

No 10 Commando
Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Ernst Nathan, who was of the Jewish faith, served in 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop, of the inter allied commando under the alias of Ernest Norton.  He died during operations at Normandy.
 
Sources:
10 Commando, author Ian Dear
Jewish Virtual Library.
 

NOTMAN, John

No 4 Commando
King's Own Scottish Borderers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Notman died during operations at Le Hauger, Normandy.
Extract from the Dumfries and Galloway Standard 
Published Saturday 15 July 1944

PLANT, Horace

45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Horace Plant died during operations at Normandy, France.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/135.
 

RAMSDEN, Harry

No 6 Commando
York and Lancaster Regiment
Leeds City Police Yorkshire
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Harry Ramsden died during operations at Normandy, France. 
No 6 Commando War Diary
10th June 1944.

REED, David Walter

45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal David Reed died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/136.

ROBINSON, John James

No 3 Commando
Gloucestershire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal John Robinson, 1 troop, died when shot by a sniper during operations at Le Mesnil.
 
Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.
 

SIEVEWRIGHT, John

No 4 Commando
Seaforth Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Sievewright, 'C' Troop, died during operations at Normandy, France, after volunteering to go forward to assist his seriously injured troop officer Captain Style.
 
Sources
CWGC.
The Fighting Fourth by Major James Dunning.
Linked Content below.
 

SKINGLEY, Sidney

No 4 Commando
The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Sidney Skingley, 'C' troop, died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Linked Content below.
 

SPIERS, Eric

Eric Spiers 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Eric Spiers, 4 Troop, was one of the early volunteers for the Army Commandos.
A veteran of the Vaagso raid (Operation Archery) in December 1941 during which he was wounded, he remained with No.3 Commando until killed in action during operations in Normandy, France.
 
Sources
CWGC.

STAPLEY, Hugh John

Mne Stapley 45RMCommando
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Hugh Stapley died of wounds during operations at Normandy, France [1][1a][2].
Extract from the Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser 

SUMMERS, Kenneth

41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Kenneth Summers died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/137.

TATTON, Norman Yates

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Norman Tatton died of wounds during operations at Sallenelles, Normandy, France. He was one of 23 casualties treated at the regimental aid post for shrapnel or bullet wounds during their first four days at Sallenelles.  Marine Maud, who had been missing on patrol, also died.

THWAITES, Henry

41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Henry Thwaites died during operations in France. On the date of his death his Commando were operating in the area of Beuzeville.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/138.
 

TUCHMANN, Bernard

No 3 Commando
Lincolnshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Bernard Taylor , birthname Bernard Tuchmann, was attached to No 3 Commando and was killed during operations at Normandy in the area of Chateau d'Amfreville.
 
Sources
CWGC
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

TYSON, Robert

No 4 Commando
King's Own Scottish Borderers
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Robert Tyson, 'C' Troop, died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Linked Content below.
 

WALKER, James

45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine James Walker died during operations at Normandy, France.

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

WALKER, James Clough

47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine James Clough Walker, from Seaton Delaval in Northumberland, died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/138.
England & Wales Government Probate Death Index dated 18 June 1951.
 

WALKER, James Walter

45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine James Walter Walker, 'E' Troop, died during operations at Normandy, France.

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

WARD, Arthur William

LCpl AW Ward 4 Commando
No 4 Commando
South Staffordshire Regiment
Wolverhampton Police Force
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Arthur Ward died during operations at Normandy, France.
Arthur served in the Wolverhampton Police Force for 3 years before the war and volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes. 
In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing at 74 Springfield Road, Wolverhampton.

WHITE, Anthony Alban

48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Anthony White died during operations at Normandy, France.

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

WHITE, Brian Granville

45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Brian White, the Adjutant of the Commando since its formation, died during operations at Normandy.
 
Sources
CWGC.
The book A Plain Russet-Coated Captain by Capt. John Day.
 

WHITTLES, Graham

Private Graham Whittles 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Middlesex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Graham Whittles died during operations at Normandy in the area of Chateau d'Amfreville.
 
No. 3 Commando War Diary 
14 July 1944 Chateau D'Amfreville 

WILSON, Donald

No 6 Commando
Border Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Donald Wilson died during operations at Normandy. 
 
The No 6 Commando War Diary for the 10th June records

WILSON, Sam

No 6 Commando
Black Watch
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Sam Wilson died during operations at Normandy. 
 
The No 6 Commando War Diary for the 10th June records

WOODBINE, Bert

48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Bert Woodbine died following the explosion of a mine during operations at Normandy [1][2][3].
Extract from the 48 RM Commando War Diary [3].
St. Maclou, 27-29 August 1944. 
27 Aug- 1030 Full church parade.Orders given for short leave-trips to Honfleur.

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