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ARMOUR, Thomas

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Died in service
Marine Thomas Armour, HQ 3 Commando Bde.,  died in a road accident.
[Source: AFM ROH / British Cyprus Memorial Trust Book of Remembrance.]
 

BALDWIN, David

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Died on active service
Sergeant David Baldwin died near Akanthou in the Karpas Peninsula during operations in Cyprus. He and Marine David Whitham were killed when their patrol landed by helicopter and came under ‘friendly fire’.
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
Cyprus Emergency Deaths 1955-1960.
British Cyprus Memorial Trust Book of Remembrance.
 
 

BARRETT, Donald John

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Donald Barrett died during operations in Cyprus. He was crushed when a DUKW hit a house and brought a wall down.
 
[Sources: AFM ROH / SFROH website]
 

BLAKEWAY, Benet Carr

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Died on active service
Marine Benet Blakeway, HQ 3 Commando Brigade, died during operations in Cyprus. He, and QMS Alfred Wheeler, both perished from exposure on anti-terrorist operations after their vehicle fell into a deep gully in the Troodos Mountains during a blizzard [1].

BYRNE, Patrick Joseph

No 4 Commando
Irish Guards
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Patrick Byrne, a veteran of the Dieppe raid, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in NW Europe [1].
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COLLINGWOOD, Frank Arthur

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Quartermaster Sergeant Frank Collingwood was awarded the B.E.M. (Military Division) for distinguished service in operations against terrorists in Cyprus between 1955 and 1956..
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 40987, page 653.
National Archives file WO 373/126/17.
 

DAVIES, Hadyn

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Hadyn Davies received a MiD for distinguished services in operations in Cyprus during the period 1st July to 31st December, 1957.
 
Source
London Gazettes Supp. 41305, page 851.
 

DICK, Louis Timothy Mylius

40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Louis Dick died in Paphos when a bomb was thrown into his vehicle as reprisal for the Governor’s refusal to commute the death sentences passed on two convicted terrorists who would be hanged next morning May 10 and after which EOKA would in revenge immediately ‘execute’ two other British servicemen.
 

GOURLAY, Basil Ian Spencer

Basil ian spencer Gourlay
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Acting Captain Basil Gourlay was awarded the Military Cross whilst serving with 43RM Commando in WW2. 
 
Post war he served in 45 Commando Royal Marines 1945-1948, Brigade Major 3 Commando Bde Royal Marines 1955-1957; OC 42 Commando Royal Marines 1963-1965, ultimately being appointed Commandant General Royal Marines from 1971-75 after which he retired.

GRANT, Richard Henry

40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Richard Grant, OC  'A' troop, was awarded the M.C. [1], for distinguished services in operations against terrorists in Cyprus during the period Sept. 1955 and August 1956 [2].
 

HALLIDAY, Francis Andrew Tollemache

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Major Francis Halliday was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) for his role as senior Rifle Troop Commander during operations over a period of eighteen months in Cyprus.
 
Sources
London Gazette 40960, page 6 & erratum in LG 40969, page 151.
National Archives file WO373/126/16.
 

HELLINGS, Peter William Craddock

40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
On the 6th September 1940 it was announced that Lieutenant Peter Hellings RM had been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for courage and devotion to duty during the withdrawals from Boulogne and Calais [1]

LAMB, Kenneth

Mne Kenneth Lamb 45 Commando
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Died on active service
Marine Kenneth Lamb died during operations in Cyprus. He was accidentally shot and killed on anti-terrorist operations in the Troodos Mountains during the Cyprus emergency. They were reinforcing a Greek Police Station in Agros at the time. 
 
[Source: AFM ROH /  British Cyprus Memorial Trust Book of Remembrance.]
 

MADOC, Reginald William

Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Major General Reginald Madoc D.S.O., O.B.E., was appointed C.B. on 1st January 1959 [1].
  • 1951 (Lieutenant Colonel) (42 CommandoRM) appointed O.B.E. for gallant and distinguished services in Malaya [2].

POUNDS, Edgar George Derek

Edgar George Derek Pounds
41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
Mentioned in Despatches
Bronze Star (USA)
Edgar George Derek Pounds enlisted with the Royal Marines in 1940 and was awarded the King’s Badge as the outstanding recruit of 384 Squad. To date he is the only King’s Badgeman to have reached General rank [1].
  • 21 August 1942 (Lance Corporal) commissioned Second Lieutenant [1a].   

ROBERTS, Terence

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Terence Roberts died in an ambush at Pano Amiandos, a village in a densely wooded area of the Troodos Mountains, Cyprus.
 

SALISBURY, Geoffrey

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Geoffrey Salisbury received a MiD for distinguished services in operations in Cyprus during the period 1st July to 31st December, 1957.
 
Source
London Gazettes Supp. 41305, page 851.
 

TAILYOUR, Norman Hastings

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Bar to the Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant General Norman Tailyour was knighted in June 1966.
 
  • 1945, 8 January, Commanding Officer 27RM Battalion [1].
  • 1945, D.S.O. for gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe with 27 RM Bn. [1, 2].
  • 1945, MiD in recognition of good services with the 21st Army group [3]

THORNTON, Brian Richard

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Marine Brian Thornton was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) for distinguished service in operations in Cyprus during the period 1st July to 31st December, 1957.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 41305, page 850.
National Archives file WO 373/126/87.
 

WHITHAM, David Glyn

45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Died on active service
Marine David Whitham died near Akanthou in the Karpas Peninsula during operations in Cyprus. He and Sgt. David Baldwin were killed when their patrol landed by helicopter and came under ‘friendly fire’.
 

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