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ALLISON, George Edwin

Sergeant
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Died in service
Sergeant George Allison, born Abingdon Berkshire, died at 77 British General Hospital in Germany from post operative haemorrhage after a tonsillectomy.
 
Sources
CWGC
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths: Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/127.
 

BARKER, Joseph Walter

Lance Corporal
No 6 Commando
The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Joseph Barker was killed in action in Western Europe. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in the crossing of the River Rhine at Wesel. He had previously been wounded on 10 July 1944 at Le Plein, Normandy.

BOYLE, Richard

Captain (later Temporary Major)
'Layforce'
Black Watch
Military Cross (MC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Major Richard Boyle MC, 1st Battalion Black Watch, died during operations at the River Rhine crossing [1][1a].
  • 2 June 1941 Captain, 'D' Battalion Layforce, reported missing Crete, later found to have escaped from the island one month after the evacuation [2][2a][3a].

CLARKE, Reginald James

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

Marine Reginald Clarke was killed in overcoming an enemy post as his Commando entered Osnabruck, Germany.

Sources
CWGC.
The Story of 45RM Commando (published 1946 for Veterans).
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/129.

DAVIES, Norman

Signalman
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds
Signalman Norman Davies, 1 Commando Brigade Signals, was killed in action during operations in Germany. At the time of his death 1 Commando Brigade were engaged in operations near Wesel.
 
Sources
CWGC.

DUROSE, Sam

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

Marine Sam Durose died during operations at the River Rhine crossing near Wesel, Germany.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.
The Story of 46 Commando Royal Marines by Capt Johnson RM.

FLOYD, James William Edgar

Private
No 6 Commando
Middlesex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private James Floyd was reported missing 24 March 1945, later confirmed killed in action, during operations at the crossing of the River Rhine at Wesel [1][1a].
  • 20 August 1944 wounded North West Europe [2].
Sources
[1] CWGC.

KEOUGH, Richard James

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

Marine Richard Keough, 'C' Troop, was killed in overcoming an enemy post as his Commando entered Osnabruck, Germany.

Sources
CWGC.
The Story of 45RM Commando (published 1946 for Veterans).
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/133.

[Image] The War Illustrated magazine.

LEES, James Sykes

Company Sergeant Major
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Died on war service
Company Sergeant Major James Lees MM, 'B' Troop,  died at Heiden Germany from a cerebral haemorrhage sustained in a Jeep accident.
He had been 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.
Recommendation

MORROW, Robert John

Fusilier
No 6 Commando
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Robert Morrow was reported missing, later confirmed killed in action, during operations at the crossing of the River Rhine at Wesel.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/90 and WO417/93.
 

NASH, George

Private
No 6 Commando
Wiltshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private George Nash died of wounds during operations at the crossing of the River Rhine at Wesel.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/90.
 

NATHAN, Wolfgang Erich

Served as : 
HOWARTH, Eric William
Known as: 
forenames also seen as Eli Erich Wolfgang and Eric William
Eric Nathan alias Howarth 3 troop
Troop Sergeant Major (Acting Warrant Officer 1)
No 10 Commando
The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Warrant Officer (Class 1) 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 Eric William Howarth. He was killed in action at Osnabruck Germany.

ORD, Bertram Kenneth

Known as: 
Kenny
Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Bertram 'Kenny' Ord died in Germany. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Wesel. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives files ADM 104/135.
 
Notes

PATTERSON, Leslie Vincent

Leslie Patterson 1 Cdo
Leslie Patterson 1 Commando
Lance Corporal (later Lieutenant)
No 1 Commando
Devonshire Regiment
Lincolnshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Died in service
Lance Corporal Leslie Patterson, No.1 Commando, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in North Africa (Algeria and Tunisia).
Left the Commando for officer training.
Died post war from injuries sustained in a jeep accident - Lieutenant, 4th Lincolns, B.A.O.R.

ROBSON, John

Known as: 
Jackie
John Robson 6 Commando
Private
No 6 Commando
Durham Light Infantry
Died on active service
Private John Robson, aged 18, 6 Troop, died of wounds [1][1a]. When a grenade was dropped he threw himself on top of it to save lives. An heroic act. [2][3]
 
Sources
[1] CWGC
[1a] Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/90 (2 entries).

SANDERSON, Jack

Lance Corporal
No 6 Commando
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Derbyshire Constabulary
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Jack Sanderson was reported missing, later confirmed killed in action, during operations at the crossing of the River Rhine at Wesel. He was one of the Police Intakes to the Commandos. In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing at 3 Albert Road, Long Eaton.
Son of Thomas and Gwladys Sanderson, of Sheffield.
 
Sources
CWGC.

SUMMERHAYES, Arthur James

Sergeant
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Arthur Summerhayes, 1 Commando Brigade HQ, died at the 22nd British Field Dressing Station, Germany. At the time of his death 1 Commando Brigade were engaged in operations at the River Aller near Issel. 

TODD, Richard

Lance Sergeant
No 6 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Richard Todd was reported missing, later confirmed as killed in action, during operations at the crossing of the River Rhine at Wesel [1][1a].
  • 7 June 1944 (Corporal) (No.6 Commando) wounded during operations at Normandy [2].
Sources
[1] CWGC.

VOGEL, Egon

Served as : 
VILLIERS, Ernest Robert
Sergeant
No 10 Commando
Royal Sussex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Ernest Robert Villiers, birth name Egon Vogel, was of the Jewish Faith and died during operations at the River Rhine crossing. He served  under an alias of Ernest Robert Villiers in 3 troop, also known as  'X' troop, of No.10 Inter Allied Commando but was attached at the time of his death to 46RM Commando. 

WEARING, David John

Lieutenant David Wearing 46 Commando
Lieutenant
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant David Wearing was killed during the River Rhine crossing near Wesel [1][2].

Educated at Oulton High School, Liverpool where he was captain of the school rugby team.  A keen rock climber he was employed at the ICI Factory in Runcorn before enlisting in 1943 [3].

WRIGHT, Trevor Desmond

Lieutenant
45RM Commando
South African Tank Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Trevor Wright, SA Forces attached to 45RM Commando,  died [1] during the period the Commando were engaged in operations at Osnabruck.
 
In 1942 he had been awarded the MM whilst in the rank of Trooper for "gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East [2]." 
 
Sources

YOUNG, Walter Edward

Private
No 6 Commando
Somerset Light Infantry
Private Walter Young, 2 troop, was reported missing 23 March 1945, later confirmed as killed in action during operations at Wesel in Germany.
Son of Harold Edward and Clara Isobel Young, of Stratton-on-the Fosse, Somerset.
 
Sources
CWGC Grave Concentration Report.

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