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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]

BAILEY, Nicholas

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Died in service

Marine Nicholas Bailey who had served in the Falklands died from injuries received after a fellow Marine accidentally discharged a firearm when they were off duty at the friends house in Arbroath.

Newspaper article in the Aberdeen Press and Journal 24 April 1985.


Comacchio Gp. RM
Died in service

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
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
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].

LANGDALE, Andrew John

Andy Langdale RM
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
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)

LETCHFORD, Andrew Campbell

45 Cdo. RM
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Lieutenant Andrew Letchford was appointed M.B.E., (Military Division),  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate, during the period 1st to 15th February 1

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