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'Comacchio Company RM'

Comacchio Company Royal Marines existed between 1980 and 1983 and was responsible for protecting the nation’s nuclear deterrent. It was later redesignated Comacchio Group Royal Marines (1983–2001) and  then Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines in 2001. In 2012 it was formally redesignated again as 43 Commando RM.

'Comacchio Group RM'

Comacchio Group RM was responsible from 1983 for protecting the nation’s nuclear deterrent. It's predecessor was Comacchio Company Royal Marines. In 2001 it was redesignated Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines which in turn became 43 Commando RM in 2012.

43 Commando RM

-Formed in August 1943 as 43 RM Commando from Marines from the disbanded 2nd RM Battalion, the Commando saw service as part of 2 Commando Brigade until the end of the war when it was disbanded. 

43 Commando RM was re–formed on the 5th September 1961 at  Stonehouse Barracks Plymouth under the command of Lieut. Col.  Willasey-Wilsey MBE,MC,RM. [1] and remained operational until disbanded again at Eastney on the 1st October 1968 [2]


Comacchio Gp. RM

Marine Dean Carter died when he slipped off a cliff top footpath near Plymouth. His body was found near Stoke Beach and he is believed to have slipped when part of the footpath collapsed.

Navy News published 1st August 1995.

HICKINBOTHAM, Christopher James

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Major Christopher Hickinbotham received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland in 1976 [1].
  • 12 June 1982 appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
  • 5 July 1983 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [3].
[1] London Gazette 47118, page 377.
[2] London Gazette 49008, page 5 (Her Majesty's Birthday Honours).
[3] London Gazette 49406, page 8822.

LANGDALE, Andrew John

Andy Langdale RM
Royal Marines
Acting Warrant Officer Class 1 Andrew Langdale was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) 11 June 2011. 
Served 08/03/1982 to 05/08/2011
40 Cdo RM ( Op Banner and UNFICYP)
45 Cdo Gp RM ( Op Banner x2, Op Agricola, Op Driver, Op Jacana, Op Telic
Brigade Reconnaissance Force
NP 1002 Diego Garcia


Comacchio Coy. RM
Marine Glenn Miller from Martock Somerset was attached to the Mortar Platoon. He died when a mortar bomb exploded in the barrel during a live firing training exercise on Otterburn Ranges, Northumberland. Also killed were Marines Anthony Helstrip and Peter Butchers.


Lance Corporal Lee Stephenson
Comacchio Gp. RM
Lance Corporal Lee Stephenson died of a heart attack.

Extract from the Newcastle Evening Chronicle 

Lee Stephenson was a superfit Royal Marine who loved all sports and exercise. At 23 he was at the peak of his physical condition. Today the young serviceman, from Edmondsley, near Chester-le-Street, is being buried by his grief-stricken family. The lance-corporal who survived the Gulf War and Ulster keeled over with a heart attack while making tea for his mates. Despite attempts to revive him, he died almost immediately.

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