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ADDERTON, Victor

Victor Adderton MM 3 Commando
Private
No 3 Commando
Small Scale Raiding Force
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Private Victor Adderton was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe [1][2]. 

AIRD, William

Private
No 1 Commando
King's Own Scottish Borderers
Military Medal (MM)
Private William Aird, 5 Troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma [1].
Recommendation

ALDIS, Alec George

Lieutenant
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Alec Aldis MM, Signals Officer, died during operations at Normandy on 6 June 1944 [1]
  • 1942 (Corporal) (Temporary Sergeant) awarded the Military Medal for "gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East." [2].​
Recommendation
Royal Marines

ALLENDER, James

Known as: 
Jim, Jimmy
Sgt James Allender MM and bar 6 Commando
Sergeant
No 6 Commando
Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
Military Medal (MM)
Bar to the Military Medal
Sergeant James Allender, 101 Troop, was awarded a bar to his Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service on 26 February 1943 during the Battle for Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia [1].
Recommendation
"February 26th 1943 Fedi et Attia (516128 Sheet 34)

ALMONDS, John Edward

Known as: 
Gentleman Jim
Sergeant (later Second Lieutenant )
No 8 Commando
SAS
Coldstream Guards
Military Medal (MM)
Bar to the Military Medal
Sergeant John Almonds, known as Gentleman Jim, served in No.8 Commando and embarked with them to the Middle East as part of Layforce. When his Commando unit was being disbanded he transferred to the newly raised  'L' Detachment SAS [1]

AMESBURY, Alfred Edmund

Corporal
No 2 Commando
44th Reconnaisance Regiment
Military Medal (MM)

Alfred Amesbury, formerly No.2 Commando 3 Troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy serving with the Reconnaisance Regiment having left the Commando.

ANCHOR, John Robert

Guardsman (Acting Corporal)
No 2 Commando
Grenadier Guards
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal John Anchor, 6 Troop, was awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry during Operation Healing 2 at Spilje Albania. The citation for his award is on our report on the Operation above.
  • The death of Cpl. John Robert Anchor MM, from Chelmsford, Essex, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 56 issued March 1973.

ANDREWS, Albert Mailly

Rifleman
No 2 Commando
Rifle Brigade
Military Medal (MM)
Rifleman Albert Andrews was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service. He was one of the Commando contingent that took part in operations from HM Submarine Triumph against the Palermo and Messina railway on the 29/30 August 1941. His party could not be re-embarked and were captured [1][2][3].
Recommendation

APPLEYARD, Frank

Lance Corporal
48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Frank Appleyard MM died during operations at Normandy, France.
July 1943 (Marine) (7th Bn. Royal Marines) awarded the Military Medal.
​Recommendation
"Masa Palato, Sicily, 20th July 1943

AYLETT, Basil McGonigle

Known as: 
Bob
Basil Aylett MM
Troop Sergeant Major
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Acting Sergeant Basil Aylett was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service in operations with 40RM Commando leading to the capture of Termoli. He was wounded and upon recovery was posted to 45RM Commando and promoted Troop Sergeant Major of 'B' Troop. In this new role he received a Mention in Despatches for good service with the 21st Army Group.
 

BAINES, James

Regimental Sergeant Major
41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Bronze Star Medal (USA)
Acting Quartermaster Sergeant James Baines B.E.M. was awarded the Military Medal during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service with 41 Independent Commando, Royal Marines, in operations in Korea. [1].
 

BALOCHE, Francois

Sergeant
No 10 Commando
French Fusiliers Marins
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant François Baloche, 1st Battalion Fusiliers Marins attached to No.10 (Inter Allied) Commando, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack at Dieppe.
 
Sources
French National Archives file 3AG1 / 336. 

BANKS, Ronald Douglas

Ronald Banks, Commando Group
Private
No 3 Commando
Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Private Ronald Banks, attached to Commando Group, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the field [1]. 
  • 19 August 1942 (Private) No.3 Commando) was reported missing during operations at Dieppe, France, later found to be a prisoner of war [2].

BARKER, Alfred

Corporal (Acting Sergeant)
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Alfred Barker was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service on 29 February 1952 during operations at Rawang, which is located in Selangor, Malaya.
 
Sources
London Gazette 39584, page 3523.
National Archives file WO 373/131/7.
 

BARKS, Wilfred John

Mne Wilfred Barks MM 42 Commando
Marine
42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Marine Wilfred Barks, 'X' troop, was awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry during operations at Kangaw, Burma [1].
Extract from the Derby Daily Telegraph
Thursday 30 August 1945

BARNES, Ernest

Known as: 
Tag
Bombardier Ernest Tag Barnes
Tag Barnes 1 Commando
Acting Bombardier (later Sergeant)
No 1 Commando
York and Lancaster Regiment / Royal Artillery
Military Medal (MM)
Bombardier Ernest Barnes was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Burma [1].
Recommendation

BARNES, George

George Barnes MM Special Boat Section
Company Sergeant Major (later Lieutenant)
No 8 Commando
SBS
Grenadier Guards
King's Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Bar to the Military Medal
Sergeant George Barnes was attached to No.8 Commando from the Grenadier Guards. He was selected for the new Folbot Troop commanded by Captain Roger Courtney, which would later become No.1 Special Boat Section, embarking with them for the Middle East as part of Layforce [1].

BARR, Edward

Corporal
No 11 Commando
SBS
Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Edward Barr was attached to No.11 Commando until joining No.1 Special Boat Section in the Middle East. He was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Middle East on 9/10 June 1942 [1][2][3].
Recommendation

BARTON, Harold

Lance Sergeant
No 9 Commando
Manchester Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant Harold Barton was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services at Anzio, Italy, on 19th March 1944 [1][2][see linked content below].
Recommendation
"Ref Map-Italy 1/25,000 Sheet 158 IV SE.

BEATTIE, James Simpson

Corporal
No 1 Commando
Royal Scots
Edinburgh City Police
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Military Medal (MM)
Queen's Police Medal
Corporal James Beattie was awarded the Military Medal in 1943 in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa [1].
1 April 1944  commissioned Second Lieutenant from O.C.T.U. [2].
1967 (Chief Superintendent, Edinburgh City Police) awarded the Q.P.M. [3]. 

BEAVEN, Harwood Frederick George

TSM Harwood Beaven MM
Troop Sergeant Major
40RM Commando
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Troop Sergeant Major Harwood Beaven was awarded the Military Medal for bravery and great devotion to duty whilst operating with the Allied Armies in North-West Europe.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37127, page 3090.
Cdo. Assoc. Newsletter 65 issued Sept 1977.

BENNETT, Henry

Known as: 
Wiggie
Acting Temporary Company Sergeant Major
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Acting Company Sergeant Major Henry Bennett was awarded the Military Medal [1] for gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe whilst serving with 45RM Commando [2]. Post war he remained in service and in 1954 was serving as a Sergeant with 40 Commando RM [3]

BENNETT, Robert

Known as: 
Bob
Lance Sergeant (later Warrant Officer 1)
No 8 Commando
SAS
Grenadier Guards
Military Medal (MM)
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Lance Sergeant Robert Bennett joined 'L' Detachment, S.A.S. Brigade on the disbandment of No.8 Commando. He was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the December 1941 S.A.S. raid on Tamet areodrome. He had participated in five previous operations [1][2][3].

BERRISFORD, Peter John

Peter John Berrisford MM 6 Commando
Sergeant (later Lieutenant)
No 6 Commando
Royal Artillery
Border Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Peter Berrisford was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services at Djebel El Azzag (Green Hill), North Africa [1]
Recommendation

BEVAN, George Reginald

Marine
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Marine George Reginald Bevan was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe.
Account By Lieutenant H.G. Loe regarding Marine Bevan

BLACK, James William

Acting Temporary Troop Sergeant Major
48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Troop Sergeant Major James Black was 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 [1][2].
Recommendation

BOLDEN, Stanley

Known as: 
Sammy
Stanley Bolden 12 Commando
Lance Corporal
No 12 Commando
SAS
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Military Medal (MM)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Stanley Bolden, No.12 Commando, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field [1][2].
He was later killed in action serving as a Corporal with the 2nd SAS Regiment during an attack on the German 51 Mountain Corps HQ at Albinea Italy [3][4].

BOSTOCK, Thomas

Acting Corporal
No 9 Commando
South Lancashire Regt (Prince of Wales Volunteers)
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Thomas Bostock, 5 Troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy.
Recommendation
Action at Monte Faito night 2nd-3rd February 1944, Map Ref .858043,Italy Sheet.1:50,000 sheet 160-II.

BRADLEY, Richard

Known as: 
Dick
LSgt Richard Bradley MM 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant Richard Bradley, 1 troop,  was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in the field relating to his successful escape in October 1943 after being wounded and captured during the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942.

BRADSHAW, Leslie Charles

Marine Les Bradshaw
Marine
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Marine Leslie Bradshaw, 10 Platoon, 'X' Coy, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe. He later served in 30 Commando.
Recommendation
Operation Jubilee (Dieppe Area) 19th August 1942.

BRAMBLE, George

Marine
41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine George Bramble was awarded the Military Medal during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service. [1]. He later also received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service in operations in Korean waters. [2].
  • 29 November 1950 wounded during operations at Chosin Resevoir [3].

BREEN, Terence Edward

Marine
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Marine Terence Breen was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe on 19 August 1942 [1][2].  
Recommendation

BREMNER, George

Sergeant
No 8 Commando
SBS
London Scottish The Gordon Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant George Bremner,having left the Commando and joined the S.B.S., was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Middle East [1].
Recommendation

BRODISON, Samuel James

Sam Brodison
CSM Samuel Brodison MM 12 Commnando
Company Sergeant Major (later RSM)
No 10 Commando
No 12 Commando
Small Scale Raiding Force
Royal Irish Fusiliers
Military Medal (MM)
Company Sergeant Major Samuel Brodison was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service carrying out beach obstacle reconnaissance in France during May 1944 [1][2].
Recommendation

BROUGH, William Gordon

Known as: 
Jimmy
Lance Sergeant
No 8 Commando
SAS
Scots Guards 2nd Bn
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant William Brough, formerly No.8 Commando and known as Jimmy, was awarded the Military Medal whilst serving with the Special Air Service Brigade in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field.
 
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BROWN, Albert

Acting Temporary Sergeant
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Albert Brown was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army during the successful landings in Normandy. 
Recommendation

BROWN, James

Known as: 
Jim
Private
No 5 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)
Private James Brown was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in the field relating to his successful escape in October 1943 after being captured during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. 

BROWN, Robert Hall

Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant Robert Brown, No 2 Commando, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service. He was one of the Commando contingent that took part in operations from HMS Triumph against the Palermo and Messina railway on the 29/30 August 1941. His party could not be re-embarked and were captured [1][2][3].

BROWNFIELD, John Edward

Acting Temporary Sergeant
48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant John Brownfield was 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

BURFORD, Norman Alan

Corporal
No 7 Commando
Royal Engineers
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Norman Burford was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field [1]. This occurred during No.7 Commando's rearguard action on Crete. On 2 June 1941 he was reported missing; found to have been taken prisoner and later transported to Stalag 383 [2][2a].
 
Sources

BUTLER, Ronald Herbert

Ronald Butler 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant
No 1 Commando
Royal Norfolk Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant Ronald Butler was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during Operation Chariot, the raid on St. Nazaire. He was one of the Commando contingent on board HMS Campbeltown and was a prisoner of war after the raid.
Recommendation

BUTTERY, George Desmond

Marine (later Quartermaster Sergeant)
46RM Commando
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Quartermaster Sergeant George Buttery, 40 Commando RM,  who had served as a Marine in 46RM Commando during WW2, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services on the 6th November 1956 during Operation Musketeer, the Anglo-French Invasion of Port Said, Egypt.  

BYRNE, Patrick Joseph

Acting Sergeant
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].
Recommendation

CHAPMAN, Kenneth Harold

Private
No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Private Kenneth Chapman was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during operations at Termoli, Italy, between the 3rd and 6th October 1943 [1][2].
Recommendation

CHARLWOOD, Harry

Marine Harry Charlwood 46 Commando
Marine
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Marine Harry Charlwood, 'B' troop, was awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry during the attack on Rots, Normandy, 11 June 1944. Wounded, captured and a prisoner of war until liberated when the prison camp was overrun by the 11th Armoured Division near Lubeck in May 1945. 

CHRISTOPHER, Robert William

Corporal Robert Christopher
Corporal
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
3 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Hertfordshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Robert Christopher, HQ 1 Commando Brigade, was awarded the Military Medal (Periodic) [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services over a prolonged period during operations at Agnone in Sicily, Bova Marina and Termoli, and at Amfreville, Normandy [2].

CLARK, James

Gunner
No 2 Commando
Royal Artillery
Military Medal (MM)
Gunner James Clark was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the field. 

Sources
London Gazette 36983, page 1427.
 

CLARK, Rutter Thomas

Acting Temporary Quartermaster Sergeant
48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Quartermaster Sergeant Rutter Clark was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army during the successful landings in Normandy.

Source
London Gazette 36676, page 4008.
48RM Cdo. War Diary entry 16 July 1944.
 

CLARK, Sidney Charles

Private ( later Corporal )
No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Private Sidney Clark was wounded on 27 December 1941 during operations at Vaagso, Norway [1].
In 1942 he was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the combined attack at Dieppe, France [2][3]
Recommendation
Yellow 2 Dieppe-18th-19th August, 1942.

COKER, James Thomas

Private (later Lance Corporal)
No 1 Commando
Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Private James Coker, 6 Troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma.
Recommendation
Arakan 1945

COLE, Roland William

Corporal (Temporary)
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Corporal Roland Cole was awarded the Military Medal for leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty while serving with Royal Marine Commandos in Italy.

Sources
London Gazette 36583, page 3040.
National Archives file WO373/47/162.
 

COLEMAN, Nicholas John

Lance Corporal
52ME Commando
Coldstream Guards
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal Nicholas Coleman, M.M.,  was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 4B in Germany [1][2]
  • A Labourer from West Hartlepool he was attested on 21 October 1933 aged 18 years 11 months [3]

COLLINGS, Thomas

Sergeant
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Thomas Collings, RM Poole, was awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry during operations on the Falkland Islands.
Citation

CONNOLLY, John Henry

Corporal (acting Sergeant)
No 6 Commando
Hampshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)

Sergeant John Connolly was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service. He had been captured at Bizerta on the 15 December 1942 and taken via Palermo to Campo 70 at Monturano, Italy.  He and 2 other NCO's escaped on 12 July 1943, and made their way towards Switzerland , However after walking 120 miles they were recaptured on 22 July 943, returned to the Camp,

COOPER, Charles

Sergeant (Temporary)
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Temporary Corporal Charles Cooper received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service while operating with the Army in Italy in 1944 [1].

COOPER, Dudley Edward

Dudley Cooper MM 2 Commando
Fusilier
No 2 Commando
Lancashire Fusiliers
Manchester Police
Military Medal (MM)
Fusilier Dudley Cooper was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy. 
He was a serving Police Officer who joined the Manchester Police on 26 March 1941 before volunteering for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes.
Recommendation

COOPER, Samuel

Troop Sergeant Major
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Samuel Cooper was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service while operating with the Army during the successful landings in Normandy. 
Recommendation

COUTTS, John Davies

Corporal
52ME Commando
York and Lancaster Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Bar to the Military Medal
Corporal John Coutts was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service during his escape from a Prisoner of War Camp at Salonika, Greece [1][2].
 

CRAFT, Alfred James

Lance Corporal
No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Alfred Craft MM was killed in action during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge) [1][1a].
A veteran of the Vaagso raid in Norway, Alfred had later been awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the combined attack at Dieppe, France [2][3].

CRAMER, John

Lance Corporal
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lance Corporal John Cramer, R.A.M.C. attached to Commando H.Q. (M.I. section) was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distiguished service during operations at Lake Comacchio on 13 April 1945. This was known as Operation Impact Royal [1][2].

CROOKS, James

Marine (Acting Temporary Sergeant)
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant James Crooks was awarded the Military Medal [1] for gallant and distinguished service during operations at the Pachino Peninsula, Sicily, on the 10th July 1943 [2].
 
His death was announced in the obituaries of Commando Association newsletter 43 issued 1966,  " C.S.M. Jim Crooks (41 Cdo.) of Warrington."
 

CROSSLAND, James Willie

Corporal
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal James Crossland was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services on the 6th November 1956 during Operation Musketeer, the Anglo-French Invasion of Port Said, Egypt.  
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 41092, page 3418.
[2] National Archives file WO 373/124/57.
 
Notes

CROWE, James

Jim Crowe MM 1 Commando
Lance Sergeant
No 1 Commando
Seaforth Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant James Crowe was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Arakan Burma on the 23rd November 1944.
 
Sources
London Gazette 36994, page 1546.
National Archives file WO373/36/306.
 

CRUSE, Ernest

Corporal (later Captain)
41 Ind. Cdo. RM
CTCRM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Ernest Cruse was awarded the Military Medal during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service with 41 Independent Commando, Royal Marines, during operations in Korea [1]
  • 29 November 1950 wounded during operations at Chosin Reservoir Korea [1a].

CUNNINGHAM, Harry

Private (Acting Lance Corporal)
No 4 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal Harry Cunningham, R.A.M.C. attached as Medical Orderly to No.4 Commando, was awarded the Military Medal [1] in recognition of gallantry of the highest order whilst accompanying leading troops during prolonged and bitter street fighting in the town of Flushing on the 1st November 1944 [2].
 
Sources

CUNNINGHAM, James

Corporal
No 2 Commando
Royal Tank Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal James Cunningham was awarded the Military Medal whilst serving as a Sherman tank driver in the Royal Tank Corps. His gallantry took place during a full armoured attack on 26 March 1943 near El Hamma in Tunisia.

DAB, Jakob

Raider
51ME Commando
Pioneer Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Raider Jakob Dab was awarded the Military Medal whilst attached to 51 ME Commando. 
Recommendation

Before Keren Eritrea.

DALE, Peter Edward

Marine (Acting Corporal)
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Peter Dale was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in Malaya during the period 1st July to 31st December, 1951.
 
Sources
London Gazette 39507, page 1880.
National Archives file WO 373/130/124.
 

DANIELS, Samuel

Lance Bombardier
No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Military Medal (MM)

Lance Bombardier Samuel Daniels was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy.

The death of LBdr. Samuel Daniels, MM. (9 Cdo) of Billinge, Lancs. was announced in Commando Association newsletter 83 issued September 1986.

DARLINGTON, Kenneth Carr

Kenneth Darlington MM 12 Commando
Private
No 12 Commando
SBS
No 4 Commando
Border Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Private Kenneth Darlington was awarded the Military Medal[1] for gallantry during Operation Cartoon, a successful raid on Stord Island. The target was the demolition of an Iron Pyrite mine.

DAVIDSON, David Kelly

Marine
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Marine David Davidson was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services on the 6th November 1956 during Operation Musketeer, the Anglo-French Invasion of Port Said, Egypt [1]

DAVIS, Thomas

Lance Sergeant
No 6 Commando
King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant Thomas Davis was wounded 26 February 1943 during operations in North Africa (Battle of Steamroller Farm). He was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service.
Recommendation
26th February 1943 Fedi Et Attia (516128 Sheet 34).

DAVISON, John Cyril

Known as: 
Jack
Corporal (later Lieutenant)
No 3 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
East Lancashire Regiment
Birkenhead Police Force
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal John Davison, No 3 Commando, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations at Bova Marina, Italy, between 28 August and 5 September 1943. [1][1a].

DEACON, William George

Sergeant (Temporary)
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant William Deacon was awarded the Military Medal for bravery and great devotion to duty whilst operating with the Allied Armies in North West Europe.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37127, page 3090; errata 37136, page 3191.
 

DEERY, Stewart

Sergeant
No 12 Commando
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Stewart Deery, No.12 Commando, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service during Operation Chariot at St Nazaire. He had embarked on HMS Campbeltown for the raid and was taken prisoner of war afterwards [1][a][1b][2][2a]. 
Recommendation

DENHAM, Joah Selwyn

Known as: 
Joe
Lieutenant Denham MM
Lieutenant
No 3 Commando
Sherwood Forresters
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Joah Selwyn Denham was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations at Cape Spartivento, Italy, between 27 August and 5 September 1943 [1][2]
On the 30th August 1944 Cpl. Denham, M.M. was granted an Immediate Emergency Commission from the ranks in the rank of 2nd Lieutenant [3].

DOBBS, Cyril

Cyril Dobbs MM 4 Commando
Montgomery and Cyril Dobbs
Acting Sergeant
No 6 Commando
South Staffordshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Cyril Dobbs was awarded the Military Medal [1] for gallant and distinguished service during operations at the River Maas [2]. He also served in No. 4 Commando and participated in the Dieppe raid in 1942 [3][4].
Recommendation
Unit No.6 Commando

DODDS, Roy Reginald

Quartermaster Sergeant
41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Distinguished Service Medal (DSM)
Sergeant  Roy Dodds, 40 Commando RM*, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in Palestine during the period 27th March, 1948 - 30th July, 1948. [1].

DOUGLAS, Edward

Known as: 
Ted
Corporal Ted Douglas MM
Corporal
No 2 Commando
Liverpool Scottish Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Edward Douglas , 5 troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field. He was one of the Commando contingent on board Motor Launch ML 177 for Operation Chariot, and one of only five men from those who landed at St Nazaire, that evaded capture and escaped through France back to the UK. 
 

DOWLING, John

Known as: 
Johnny
Troop Sergeant Major
No 3 Commando
Durham Light Infantry
Military Medal (MM)

Corporal John Dowling was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service, during which he was wounded, at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).  He was later wounded serving with 3 Troop on 7 June 1944 at Normandy, France.
Award Recommendation

DOWNEY, John Joseph

Sgt John Downey MM 1 Commando
Warrant Officer Class 2
No 1 Commando
Royal Artillery
Military Medal (MM)
Warrant Officer 2 John Downey was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations at Kangaw, Burma [1]. He was wounded during the operation [2].
  • Attested into the Royal Artillery 25 April 1936 [3].
Recommendation

DRANSFIELD, George David

Driver
No 2 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Driver George Dransfield was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during Operation Healing 2 at Spilje, Albania.
Recommendation
"This man showed great courage and determination throughout the action. In the early stages he was particularly conspicuous in the bayonet assaults.

DUNBAR, W.

Sergeant
SBS
Middle East Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant W. Dunbar, 'M' Section of the  Special Boat Section, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field.

EARP, Dennis Roland

Corporal Dennis Roland Earp
Acting Corporal
40 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Dennis Earp was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service in Palestine during the period 27 March 1948 - 30 July 1948.
 
Sources
London Gazette 38508, page 189.
CVA Gallery image/Thomas 'Bing' Crosbie, 40 Cdo RM & SBS.

ELLIS, Derek Charles

Sergeant
SBS
King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Derek Ellis, formerly 101 Troop No. 6 Commando [1], was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service whilst attached to No. 2 Special Boat Section during operations at Oran harbour, North Africa [2][3].
Served with 2SBS since its formation, was a parachutist, and later promoted Sergeant [1].

ELLIS, William Eifion

Corporal (Temporary)(Acting Temporary Lance Sergeant)
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Lance Sergeant William Ellis was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army in Normandy.

Sources
London Gazette 36697, page 4218.
National Archives file WO373/47/24.

EMSLEY, Roy

Marine Roy Elmsley MM
Marine
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Marine Roy Emsley, 'B' troop, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army in Normandy.

ESTHER, Raymond William Wade

Marine (Acting Temporary Sergeant)
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Raymond Esther was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry, determination and great devotion to duty during assault operations on Walcheren and Flushing on 1/2 November 1944 [1][2].
Recommendation

EVANS, Arthur Walter

Lance Sergeant
No 3 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant Arthur Evans was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations at Normandy on 8th June 1944.
Recommendation

EVANS, Clifford Gregory

Lance Corporal
No 1 Commando
South Wales Borderers
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal Clifford Evans was reported missing 4 March 1943 during operations in North Africa, later found to be a prisoner of war. The following year he escaped at Munsterberg, Germany, from a working detachment out of Stalag VIIIA, Gorlitz. Successfully making his way to Sweden he was later repatriated to the UK.

FAIRCLOUGH, John

John Fairclough MM
Fairclough 2 Commando
Guardsman (later Sergeant)
No 2 Commando
Grenadier Guards
Military Medal (MM)
Guardsman John Fairclough was one of the ten Commandos and 2 Norwegians who took part in Operation Musketoon. Seven were taken prisoner and later executed.

FARQUHAR, John Kiel

Private
No 9 Commando
Seaforth Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)
Private John Farquhar, a veteran of the St. Nazaire raid, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations West of the Garigliano River, Italy on the night of 29/30 December 1943 [1][2].
Recommendation

FENTON, Ernest

Temporary Corporal
42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Ernest Fenton was awarded the Military Medal for bravery and undaunted devotion to duty during operations in Burma.
Recommendation

FENWICK, John Lindsay

Temporary Corporal, Acting Temporary Colour Sergeant
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Colour Sergeant Fenwick  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
"Reconnaissance across River Maas 27th-28th February 1945.

FERGUSON, John Ronald Alexander

Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
London Scottish
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal John Ferguson was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service. He was one of the Commando contingent that took part in operations from HMS Triumph against the Palermo and Messina railway on the 29/30 August 1941. His party could not be re-embarked and were captured.

FINDLEY, Frederick George

Troop Sergeant Major
No 6 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Troop Sergeant Major Frederick Findley was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the withdrawal from Djebel el Azag, Tunisia [1][2].
Recommendation

FINNEY, William

Trooper later Lance Corporal
No 4 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Trooper William Finney was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe.

FLYNN, John

Corporal (later Sergeant)
No 4 Commando
King's Own Scottish Borderers
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal John Flynn, a radio operator with 'B' troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the combined attack on Dieppe on 19 August 1942 [1]

FRASER, George

LSgt George Fraser MM No 4 Commando
Lance Sergeant
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

GADSDEN, Derek Roy

Marine
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Marine Derek Gadsden was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army in Normandy.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36697, page 4218.
National Archives file WO 373/47/27.
 

GALLON, Thomas Christopher Dennison

Temporary Sergeant
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Sergeant Thomas Gallon was awarded the Military Medal for great courage and exemplary behaviour whilst carrying out commando operations under heavy enemy fire off the Yugoslavian coast.
Recommendation
Operation Flounced, ref Map Yugoslavia 1/100000 sheet 109.
Night Attack on Pt.622 (0960) 3 Jun.44.

GARDNER, Donald Hugh Godfrey

Marine (acting Temporary Sergeant)
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Sergeant Donald Gardner was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army in Normandy.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36697, page 4218.
National Archives file WO 373/47/25.

GELDER, John Willie

Lance Bombardier
No 2 Commando
Royal Artillery
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Bombardier John Gelder was awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry during Operation Healing 2 at Spilje Albania. The citation for his award is on our report on the Operation above.

GIBSON, Neil

Marine
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Neil Gibson received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service in 1967 during operations in Aden [1].
Recommendation

GILL, Richard

Rifleman
No 2 Commando
The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Military Medal (MM)
Rifleman Richard Gill was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field. 
 
The death of Rfn. R. Gill. MM. (2 Cdo) of Salisbury, Wilts. was announced in Commando Association newsletter 62 issued March 1976.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36983, page 1428.

GILMOUR, John

Sergeant John Gilmour SBS
Sergeant
No 6 Commando
SBS
Royal Artillery
Military Medal (MM)
Bar to the Military Medal
Sergeant John Gilmour enlisted into the 79th (Scottish Horse) Regiment RA in May 1940. Volunteering for special service, he joined the 5th Special Service Battalion in November 1940.

GOODALL, William

Known as: 
forename also seen as Walter
Lance Sergeant
No 6 Commando
Border Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant William Goodall was awarded the Military Medal [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services on 12/13 December 1942 whilst leading a patrol in the area of Djebel el Keddia, Tunisia [2].
 

GORMAN, James John Thomas

Marine (Acting Temporary Corporal)
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal James Gorman was awarded the Military Medal for courage, leadership and resource in operations which led to the crossing of the Garigliano River in the face of determined opposition from the enemy.
Recommendation
22 January 1944 Crossing of the Garigliano.

GORNALL, James

Known as: 
Jim
Gunner
No 11 Commando
Royal Artillery
Military Medal (MM)
Gunner James Gornall, 3 troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field [1]. He took part in Operation Exporter at Litani River and was captured after Operation Flipper, the raid on Rommel's HQ. for which he would later be awarded the M.M. Imprisoned initially at Gavi Camp in Italy and later at Stalag 4 C.

GRAY, Andrew

Known as: 
Dolly
Andrew Gray MM 2 Commando
Fusilier
No 2 Commando
Royal Scots Fusiliers
Military Medal (MM)
Fusilier Andrew Gray, 5 troop, was awarded the M.M., in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy [1].
 
Recommendation
Gulf of Salerno 13 Sep 43.

GRAY, Patrick Edward

Patrick Edward Gray MM 6 Commando
Lance Corporal
No 6 Commando
Kings Regiment (Liverpool) / South Lancs. Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal Patrick Gray was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Normandy [1]. He was presented with his award in a ceremony at L'écarde quarry, Amfreville on the 16th July 1944 [view].
 

GREEN, Norman

Mne Green MM 45 RM Commando
Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Marine Norman Green was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army during the successful landings in Normandy [1]. 
 
Recommendation

GUNN, David

Private
No 11 Commando
Seaforth Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)
Private David Gunn was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service in Libya January 1943 whilst serving with the Long Range Desert Group after leaving the Commando [1][1a]. 
Recommendation

HALLS, Albert Richard

Corporal
No 3 Commando
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Albert Halls, No. 1 Section of 6 Troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during Operation Jubilee at Dieppe, France, during which he was taken prisoner of war.  Post war member of the Commando Association residing Deal, Kent.
Recommendation

HARDING, Victor Philip

Private Victor Harding MM 2 Commando
Private
No 2 Commando
Gloucestershire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Private Victor Harding, 1 troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service for his successful evasion from capture after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942.

HARPER, Arthur Alexander Henry

Marine
41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Marine Arthur Harper was awarded the Military Medal during the Korean war for gallant and distinguished service.
  • 29 November 1950 wounded during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea.
Sources
London Gazette 39230, page 2749.
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.
 

HARRINGTON, Jack Lonsdale

Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
Royal Ulster Rifles
Military Medal (MM)

Lance Corporal Jack Harrington was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of distinguished services during Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942.  He was one of the Commando HQ contingent who embarked on board MGB 314.  Reported missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.

HARRIS, Ian Walter

Birthname: 
Hans Hajos
Ian Walter Harris MM 10 Commando
Corporal
No 10 Commando
Queens Own Royal West Kent / Pioneer Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Ian Harris, born Hans Hajos, attached to No 10 (Inter Allied) Commando 3 troop ('X' troop), was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service on 6 April 1945 during the crossing of the River Weser [1][2][4].
Recommendation
Crossing of River Weser-6th April 1945.

HARRISON, Thomas

Known as: 
Tom
Sergeant
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Thomas Harrison was awarded the Military Medal [1] for bravery, determination and great devotion to duty during operations to establish the River Aller bridgehead 10-12 April 1945 [2].
Recommendation

HAWKINS, Kenneth Scott

Corporal (Acting Temporary Company Sergeant Major)
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Acting Company Sergeant Major Kenneth Hawkins was awarded the Military Medal for leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty during operations at the crossing of the Garigliano River, Italy, on 22 January 1944 [1][2].  He later became prisoner of war and was transported to Germany [3].
Recommendation

HAZELL, James Henry

Marine
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Marine James Hazell was awarded the MM for bravery, determination and great devotion to duty whilst serving with the Allied Armies in the assault over the Rhine.
 

Citation

HENDRY, Bernard

Private
No 2 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Private Bernard Hendry was awarded the Military Medal on 15 March 1945 in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field [1].
  • 9 September 1943 wounded during operations in Italy (Salerno) [2].
  • 9 October 1944 wounded during operations in Italy [3].
Sources

HERBERT, Roy George

Lieutenant
No 3 Commando
Northamptonshire Regiment
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Military Medal (MM)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Roy George Herbert DCM, MM, died during operations in Normandy. [1]

HINE, Malcolm

Marine
41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Marine Malcolm Hine was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service during operations in Korea. 

Sources
London Gazette 39230, page 2749.

HODGKISS, Richard George

Marine
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Marine Richard Hodgkiss was awarded the Military Medal for outstanding courage and leadership whilst operating as a leading scout of a patrol that engaged the enemy on 13 February 1951 in a forest south of Tapah, Malaya.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 39290, page 3928.

HODGSON, George

Known as: 
Ginger
Lance Corporal
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."
 

HODKINSON, John

Lance Sergeant
No 9 Commando
Lancashire Fusiliers
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant John Hodkinson was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy. 
 

HOLT, Edward Morris

Bombardier
29 Cdo. Regt.RA
Royal Artillery
Military Medal (MM)
Bombardier Edward Holt was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations in the South Atlantic.
Citation

HONEY, Peter

Pte Pete Honey MM 2 Commando
Private
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)
Private Peter Honey, 5 troop, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service during Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was one of the Commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown. Reported missing after the raid, later found to be a prisoner of war.
Recommendation

HOPE, William Morgan

Temporary Sergeant
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant William Hope was awarded the Military Medal [1] for gallantry, leadership, and  outstanding determination during Operation Impact [more....] in Italy on 11/12th April 1945. The award recommendation concludes with the following words "Throughout the entire action this S.N.C.O.

HORSFIELD, Harry

Marine (Acting Temporary Sergeant)
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Harry Horsfield was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service during an early morning raid on 23 July 1944 against enemy forward defence lines East of Sallenelles, Normandy.
 
Sources
London Gazette 36846, page 5809 and London Gazette 36895, page 421 (errata).

HOWARD, John Denis

Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal John Howard, RAMC attached to No. 2 Commando, was awarded the Military Medal [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service durng Operation Healing 2 at Spilje Bay, Albania, on 28/29 July 1944 [2]. The citation for his award is in our report on the Operation above.
 
Sources

HOWE, Gilbert Rex

Colour Sergeant
40 Cdo. RM
42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Military Medal (MM)
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Acting Corporal Gilbert Howe was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his gallantry on 21/22 February 1951 whilst attached to 40 Commando RM during operations at Kampong, Upper Perak, Malaya. He had been recommended for the M.M. but was awarded the D.C.M. [1].
 
Citation

HUGHES, Desmond Anthony

Corporal
No 3 Commando
Welch Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Desmond Hughes was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 37484, page 1170.
National Archives file WO 373/104/87.
 
Notes

HUGHES, Richard Glanville

Corporal
No 3 Commando
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Richard Hughes was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Sicily during which he was captured. Post war member of the Commando Association.
Recommendation

HUGHES, Stanley Raymond

Fusilier
SBS
Special Air Service and 1st Bn Royal Irish Fusiliers
Military Medal (MM)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier Stanley Hughes M.M., Special Boat Service, SAS Regiment, AAC, attached to 2 Commando Brigade, died during operations at Lake Comacchio.
 
Sources

HUMBLE, William McLean

Known as: 
Bill
Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Metropolitan Police
Military Medal (MM)
Colonial Police Medal
Mentioned in Despatches
Lance Sergeant William Humble, 5 troop, was awarded the Military Medal and also received a Mention in Despatches, both during operations in Italy [1][1a].
Recommendation
"Gulf of Salerno 13th September 1943.

HUNT, Darren

Major Darren Hunt RM
Major
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Darren Hunt was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of distinguished service during operations in the South Atlantic in 1982 [1].
  • 1991 (Sergeant) received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland [2].

IRVING, William Henry

Fus. William Irving MM 1 Commando
Fusilier
No 1 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London) Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Fusilier William Irving, HQ Troop, from London, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services at Kangaw, Burma on the 23rd January 1945.
Recommendation

JACKSON, Harry Charles

Corporal (Acting Sergeant)
No 9 Commando
South Staffordshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Harry Jackson was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations in the Wadis at the Anzio Beachhead on the 19th March 1944 which became known as Operation 'X'.
Recommendation
"Ref Map-Italy 1/25,000 Sheet IV SE

JAMES, Reginald William David

Sergeant
41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Reginald James was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service during the Korean War [1]
  • 29 November 1950 wounded during operations at Chosin Reservoir, Korea [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 39230, page 2749.
[2] British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.

JENNINGS, Thomas Sidney

Known as: 
Tucker
Thomas Jennings MM 3 Commando
Corporal
No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Thomas Jennings, known as Tucker, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe [1].
Recommendation

JOHNSON, James

Lance Sergeant
No 12 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant James Johnson was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service during Operation Chariot 28 March 1942. Wounded and prisoner of war. 
Recommendation

JONES, Colin

LSgt. Colin Jones MM 2 Commando
Sergeant
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Colin Jones, 5 troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service at St Nazaire.
Recommendation

JONES, Harold

Harold Jones RM
Marine (Acting Temporary Corporal)
Brigade Signals
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Marine (Acting Temororary Corporal) Harold Jones, 4 Commando Brigade Signal Troop, was awarded the MM for "gallantry, determination and great devotion to duty during assault operations at  Walcheren and Flushing whilst attached to No 4 Commando. "

JONES, James

Marine
42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Marine James Jones was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service in 3 Commando Brigade operations at Perak, Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June, 1952. He had been employed since July 1950 in this region, much of the time as a Leading Scout with 42 Commando RM.

KEMP, George Lamb

George Kemp 48RM Commando
Temporary Sergeant
48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant George Kemp, 'B' troop, was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry, leadership and undaunted devotion to duty during the assault on the Island of Walcheren [1][1a].
 
Recommendation

KEMSLEY, George William

Temporary Company Sergeant Major
44RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Company Sergeant Major George Kemsley was awarded the MM distinguished service while operating with the Army in Burma.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36925, page 757.
3 Cdo. Bde. Third Jungle Book No.9. [view].

KENDALL, Harold Robert Francis

Sergeant Harry Kendall MM
Sergeant
No 6 Commando
Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
Military Medal (MM)

Sergeant Harold Kendall was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North-West Europe.

The death of Sergeant Harold Robert Francis Kendall of Plumstead London was announced in Commando Association newsletter 93 issued September 1991.

KENDRICK, Percy George

Known as: 
Shock
Lance Corporal
47RM Commando
No 4 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal Percy Kendrick, RAMC attached 47RM Commando, was awarded the Military Medal [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during the assault on Port-en-Bessin on 7 June 1944. [2]. He was the 'X' Troop Medical Orderly [3].
 

KHYTOVITCH, Eric

Eric Khytovitch 6 Commando
Lance Sergeant
No 6 Commando
Royal Engineers
Military Medal (MM)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Eric Khytovitch MM from Ancoats, Manchester, was reported missing 10 June 1944 during operations at Normandy later confirmed killed in action [1][1a]1b].
No.6 Commando War Diary 10th June 1944:

KING, Edward George

Known as: 
Lofty
Edward King MM 3 Commando
Troop Sergeant Major
No 3 Commando
Rifle Brigade
Military Medal (MM)

Troop Sergeant Major Edward 'Lofty' King, at the time a Lance Sergeant,  was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services at Agnone, Sicily. 

KING, Leonard Sydney

Marine (Acting Temporary Corporal)
Brigade Signals
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Leonard King, Special Service Group Signals RM, was awarded the Military Medal for courage and enterprise in reconnaissance operations.
Recommendation

KING, Robert

Robert King MM 9 Commando
Private
No 9 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Private Robert King, from Aberdeen, was wounded in April 1945 at Lake Comacchio, Italy, and subsequently awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service. He had previously been wounded on 3 February 1944 in Italy.
Recommendation
Ref: Maps Italy Sheets 13 and 19, Sqs (w) M 55, 56, 65 & 66.

KINNEAR, Ernest Arthur

Sergeant (Acting Troop Sergeant Major)
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Ernest Kinnear was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service during operations in Italy at Lake Comacchio, and on the enemy held Dalmatian Island of Brac [1].
Recommendation
"(Ref. Map Italy 1/200,000. Sheet 12).

KOONS, Franklin Marion

Known as: 
Zip
Corporal
No 4 Commando
US Rangers 1st Bn.
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Franklin Koons, 1st US Ranger Bn., United States Army, aged 23 and from Swea City, Iowa, was attached to No.4 Commando for Operation Jubilee at Dieppe, France on 19 August 1942. He was awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous gallantry and admirable leadership during the operation.
 
Sources

LANGTON, Henry

Corporal
41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Henry Langton was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service during the Korean war.
Extract from the Liverpool Echo
Commando's Bravery in Korea

LANYON, Frederick Woodman

Marine Frederick Lanyon MM 47 Commando
Marine
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Marine Frederick Lanyon was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry, leadership and undaunted devotion to duty during the assault on the Island of Walcheren. Post war member of the Commando Association from Bodmin, Cornwall.
 
Sources
London Gazette 36947, page 998.

LEECH, John Ernest

Known as: 
Jack
Jack Leech MM 3 Comando
John 'Jack' Leech MM and bar
Sergeant (later Company Sergeant Major)
No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Bar to the Military Medal
Private John Leech was awarded the Military Medal [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations in Calabria, Italy, between 28 August and 5 September 1943, a period in which he was also suffering the effects of malaria [2].

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

LEWIS, Hugh Howell

Lance Sergeant
No 3 Commando
Royal Corps of Signals
Military Medal (MM)

Lance Sergeant Hugh Lewis was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36349, page 519.
National Archives file WO 373/4/287.
 

LEYLAND, Samuel Joseph

Samuel Leyland MM 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant
No 3 Commando
Welch Regiment
Military Medal (MM)

Lance Sergeant Samuel Leyland, HQ Troop, from St Helens Lancashire, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy [1][3].
1938 attested into the Royal Artillery [2].
16 February 1942 joined No.3 Commando [2].
Award Recommendation

LISTER, William

Lance Sergeant
No 6 Commando
Border Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant William Lister was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in North Africa. Post war member of the Commando Association from Burnley, Lancashire.
Recommendation

LITHERLAND, Harry

Acting Temporary Corporal
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Harry Litherland was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe [1].
Recommendation
"Throughout the campaign in North-West Europe, Cpl Litherland's cheerfulness and devotion to duty, no matter what have been the circumstances, have been beyond praise.

LITTLEWOOD, Peter

Sergeant
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Peter Littlewood was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in operations in the South Arabian Federation.
 
Recommendation

LORAINE, Paul Peter

Known as: 
forenames also seen as Peter Paul
Captain
No 6 Commando
Essex Regiment and Border Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Bronze Star Medal (USA)
Croix de Guerre (France)
Private Loraine, Essex Regiment, was awarded the Military Medal, announced in London Gazettes on 12 August 1941, in recognition of distinguished services in the Field [1].

LOWSON, Robert Charles

Known as: 
Bob
Robert Lowson Special Air Service
Sergeant
SAS
No 4 Independent Company
No 2 Commando
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Robert Lowson was awarded the Military Medal serving with 1st S.A.S., Army Air Corps.
Recommendation

LUCAS, William Frederick

Sergeant Major
42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Sergeant Major William Lucas was awarded the MM for distinguished services during the war in the Far East.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 37636, page 3390.
National Archives file WO 373/47/111.
 

MACDONALD, William

Marine
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Marine William Macdonald was awarded the MIlitary Medal for gallant and distinguished service while operating with the Army in Normandy.

Sources
London Gazette 36697, page 4218.
Award Recommendations / National Archives file WO373/47/29.

MACKIE, Alastair

Sergeant
42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Alastair Mackie was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in operations at Sarawak, Borneo, during the period June 1963 to September 1963.
 
Sources
London Gazette 43416, page 7156.
National Archives file WO373/139/11.
 

MACNISH, Charles James

Charles James Macnish 42 Commando
Colour Sergeant
42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal (Acting Sergeant) Charles Macnish, 'S' Troop [1], was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service with 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June, 1952 [2]. His final rank attained was Colour Sergeant [3].

MAINDONALD, Gersham

Corporal
41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Gersham Maindonald was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service during the Korean War. He had previously served with 40 Commando, Royal Marines in Palestine, 1948.
 
Sources
London Gazette 39230, page 2749.
IWM Oral History recording, catalogue 16627.

MALCOLM, George

Acting Temporary Company Sergeant Major
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Company Sergeant Major George Malcolm died during operations in Italy to cross the River Garigliano. He had been recommended for the Military Medal for his gallantry on the day prior to his death.

MALLORIE, Herbert

Sergeant Herbert Mallorie 46RM Commando
Acting Temporary Company Sergeant Major
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Company Sergeant Major Herbert Mallorie was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37464, page 909.
Award Recommendations / National Archives file WO373/47/99.
 

MANN, Richard

Known as: 
Dickie
Lance Corporal Richard Mann MM
Lance Corporal
No 4 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal Richard Mann, 'C' Troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the combined attack on Dieppe [1]
Award Citation

MCCARTHY, Peter Francis

Sergeant
No 4 Commando
The King's Regiment (Liverpool)
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Peter McCarthy was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the combined attack on Dieppe [1]. Also served at the CMWTC and with 46RM Commando. [2]. 
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 35729, page 4328.

MCCARTHY, Richard

Lance Corporal
46RM Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal Richard McCarthy, R.A.M.C. attached to 46 RM Commando, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service during operations at Rots and Le Hamel, France.
Recommendation

MCDONOUGH, Thomas

Thomas McDonough 4 Commando
Gunner
No 4 Commando
Royal Artillery
Military Medal (MM)
Gunner Thomas McDonough was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the combined attack on Dieppe. 

MCGLONE, Andrew

Rifleman
No 7 Commando
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Military Medal (MM)
Rifleman Andrew McGlone was reported missing during operations at Crete on 2 June 1941 and later found to be a prisoner of war. During the years that followed he escaped several times from captivity only to be recaptured later.

MCGOLDRICK, John

Gunner
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Military Medal (MM)

Gunner John McGoldrick was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service whilst serving as part of the British Expeditionary Force in France. After volunteering for No.3 Commando he took part in Operation Ambassador, a raid on Guernsey, in July 1940. He was reported missing presumed drowned during the raid, but later found to be a prisoner of war.

MEAD, Michael Edward

Corporal
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Michael Mead, Section Commander, No.7 Section, 'B' Troop, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service on the 6th November 1956 during Operation Musketeer, the Anglo-French Invasion of Port Said, Egypt [1] [2].
Recommendation

MELLOR, Peter Joseph

Marine
42RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Marine Peter Mellor was awarded the Military Medal for distinguished service during the war in the Far East [1][2]. Post war resided in Portsmouth [3].
Recommendation
"Mne. Mellor, throughout the period of the Unit's fighting in Burma, has shown himself a brave, reliable and resourceful, fighter.

MESSANOT, Georges

George Messanot 10 Commando French
Sergeant
No 10 Commando
No 4 Commando
Free French Forces
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Georges Messanot, 2nd Battalion Fusiliers Marins Commando, badge no.71,  was awarded the Military Medal whilst attached to No.4 Commando during operations at Flushing, Holland.
Recommendation

MORGAN, Francis Cecil

Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London) Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal Francis Morgan was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service. He was one of the Commando contingent that took part in operations from HMS Triumph against the Palermo and Messina railway on the 29/30 August 1941. His party could not be re-embarked and were captured [1][2][3].
Recommendation

MORGAN, Thomas

Marine (Acting Temporary Colour Sergeant)
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Colour Sergeant Thomas Morgan was awarded the MM for leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty while serving with Royal Marine Commandos in Italy.
 

MORRIS, Luke John

Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
Royal Ulster Rifles / Royal Army Service Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal Luke Morris was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service. He was one of the Commando contingent that took part in operations from HMS Triumph against the Palermo and Messina railway on the 29/30 August 1941. His party could not be re-embarked and were captured [1][2][3].
Recommendation

MULLARD, Sidney John

Sergeant
No 4 Commando
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
??
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Sidney Mullard was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe [1][2].
  • 27 July 1945 commissioned Second Lieutenant (Camerons) [3].
  • 1948 first Honorary Secretary of the new Birmingham branch of the Commando Association. Remained as such for many years [4].

MURPHY, Dennis Eric

Known as: 
Spud
Capt D.E. Murphy CBTC
Captain
Commando Basic Training Centre
Irish Guards 1st Bn
Military Medal (MM)

Dennis Murphy was serving as a Guardsman in the 1st Bn of the Irish Guards in 1938 when he was awarded the Military Medal for his " conspicuous gallantry during an engagement with an armed band in the vicinity of Deir Bejjala o the 18th August 1938", Recommended by the Officer Commanding British Forces in Palestine and Trans-Jordan.

MUSGROVE, Leslie

Sergeant
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Sergeant Leslie Musgrove was awarded the MM for gallantry, leadership and undaunted devotion to duty during the assault on the Island of Walcheren.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36947, page 998.
National Archives file WO 373/47/45.
 

MYRAM, Albert Edward

Albert Edward Myram 2 Commando
Private (Sergeant Ind.Coy Gibraltar)
No 2 Commando
Somerset Light Infantry | Independent Company of Gibraltar
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Albert Myram, Independent Company of Gibraltar, attached as a Private to 3 Troop of No. 2 Commando, was awarded the M.M.  in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations at Scaletta, Sicily on the 16th August 1943.
 
Recommendation
Operation Blackcock Sicily 16th August 1943.

NASH, Douglas James

Sergeant
No 12 Commando
Worcestershire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Douglas Nash was awarded the MM  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field on the 26th December 1943. 
 
The death of Sgt. Douglas J. Nash, MM (12 & 6 Cdos) of Cleveland, Ohio, USA., formerly of Birmingham, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 75 issued September 1982.
 

NICHOLLS, Charles

Marine
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Marine Charles Nicholls was awarded the Military Medal for great courage and exemplary behaviour whilst carrying out commando operations under heavy enemy fire off the Yugoslavian coast.
Recommendation
Operation Flounced, ref Map Yugoslavia 1/100000 sheet 109.
Night Attack on Pt.622 (0960) 3 Jun.44.

NICHOLSON, Donald

Marine
48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Marine Donald Nicholson was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry, leadership and undaunted devotion to duty during the assault on the Island of Walcheren.
Recommendation
Near Westkapelle, Walcheren island, 1 November 1944

NOAKES, William James

Sgt William Noakes MM 45 RM Commando
Noakes MM
Sergeant
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant William Noakes, 'B' troop, was awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry during operations in North West Europe.
Recommendation
"Sgt. Noakes landed with his unit on D Day at Ouistreham. During this landing he distinguished himself by getting out gangways on the LCI(s) ; after the seamen had become casualties.

NORRIE, Alexander

Known as: 
Alec
Sergeant
No 6 Commando
Royal Northumberland Fusiliers
Military Medal (MM)

Sergeant Alexander Norrie, 6 Troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe.

O'BRIEN, Richard

Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant Richard O'Brien, 2 troop, was one of the Commandos who returned from Operation Chariot, the raid on St Nazaire. He sailed on board ML 447.
 

OSBORNE, Vincent Arthur

Known as: 
Ozzie
Vincent Osborne MM 3 Commando
Lance Corporal
No 3 Commando
Welch Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal Vincent Osborne, 3 Troop, a veteran of the Dieppe raid, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Normandy, France. 
Award presented at L'écarde quarry, Amfreville on the 16th July 1944 [view].

PACKER, Mark Charles

Temporary Corporal (Acting Temporary Sergeant)
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Sergeant Mark Packer was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry, leadership and undaunted devotion to duty during the assault on the Island of Walcheren [1].

PALMER, Ernest Edward

Marine (Acting Temporary Corporal)
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Ernest Palmer was awarded the M.M., for gallantry, zeal and skill during the attack on Sarande and the seizure of the Island of Solta.
 
Source
London Gazette Supp. 37013, page 1791.
 

PANTALL, Richard William White

Bombardier
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Brighton and Hove Police
Military Medal (MM)
Bombardier Richard Pantall was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy [1], during operations at Bova Marina between 24 August and 5 September 1943 [2].
26 August 1944 commissioned Second Lieutenant, King's Shropshire Light Infantry [3].

PARSONS, Cecil Douglas

Acting Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Cecil Parsons, 3 Troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services at Argenta, Italy.
Recommendation
On 17 April 1945 Sgt Parsons was Section Sgt of 3 Tp, No. 2 Commando when his section was ordered to attack the bridges over the canals west of Argenta.

PATERSON, George Begg

Sergeant
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant George Paterson was awarded the Military Medal for distinguished service in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate, during the period 13th April to 15th October 1964 [1][2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 43636, page 4130.

PATON, Charles White

Marine
RM Engineer Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Marine Charles Paton, 4 RM Engineer Commando, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe.
Recommendation
"Marine Paton, of the Royal Marine Engineer Commando Detachment attached to 4 Commando Brigade, landed in Normandy on 26th June 1944. 

PATRICK, Neil

Marine (Acting Temporary Corporal)
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Neil Patrick was awarded the Military Medal  for courage, leadership and resource in operations which led to the crossing of the Garigliano River in the face of determined opposition from the enemy [1][2].
On  8 September 1945 he was posted to 4 Commando Brigade [3].
Award recommendation

PATRICK, Neil John

Marine
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Marine Neil Patrick was awarded the M.M. for courage and great devotion to duty whilst serving with the Army in North-West Europe [1].
 
Citation
23 January 1945 Brachterbeek.

PEACHEY, Frederick

Known as: 
Fred
Fred Peachey MM and bar
Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
South Lancashire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Bar to the Military Medal
Lance Sergeant Frederick Peachey from Warrington served with the Independent Companies and No 2 Commando. 
  • 27 December 1941 Pte. Peachey was one of the No.2 Commando detachment who took part in Operation Archery at Vaagso.

PENN, Leonard William

Known as: 
Inky
Leonard Penn MM 6 Commando
Private
No 6 Commando
Dorsetshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Private Leonard Penn, 3 Troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations in North West Europe [1]
Recommendation

PERKINS, Leonard

Known as: 
Len
Len Perkins 2 Commando
Sergeant (later Sergeant Major)
No 2 Commando
Liverpool Scottish QOCH
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Leonard Perkins, 5 troop ('A' section) [1], was awarded the Military medal [2], and also received a Mention in Despatch [3], both in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field. From Liverpool he was employed as a clerk before the war. [1].
 
Sources

PICKERING, Kenneth Richard

Acting Temporary Sergeant
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Kenneth Pickering was awarded the Military Medal for great courage and exemplary behaviour whilst carrying out commando operations under heavy enemy fire off the Yugoslavian coast.
Recommendation
Operation Flounced, ref Map Yugoslavia 1/100000 sheet 109.
Night Attack on Pt.622 (0960) 3 Jun.44.

POLLARD, Gordon

Maj Gordon Pollard MC MM
Major
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Military Medal (MM)
Military Cross (MC)
Bar to the Military Cross
Mentioned in Despatches
Territorial Decoration (TD)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
The then Sergeant Gordon Pollard, RA,  was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East (Egypt and Libya) during the period May, 1942 to October, 1942.
 

POMFORD, Douglas

Sergeant
No 11 Commando
SBS
South Lancashire Regt (Prince of Wales Volunteers)
Military Medal (MM)
Bar to the Military Medal
Corporal Douglas Pomford joined the S.B.S. from No. 11 Commando. He was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the field [1].
 

PORTMAN, Irving

Known as: 
Bill
Bill Portman MM 4 Commando
Troop Sergeant Major
No 4 Commando
Royal Engineers
Military Medal (MM)
Irving 'Bill' Portman, then a Lance Sgt.,  was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe. 

PRYOR, Frederick William

Sergeant
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant Frederick Pryor, M.M., died on board HMCS Algonquin during operations at Normandy, France. He was awarded the Military Medal for leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty while serving with Royal Marine Commandos in Italy.

PYMM, Arthur Leslie

Marine Acting Temporary Corporal
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Arthur Pymm, HQ Troop, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe. 
Recommendation

RABBITT, Eric William

Gunner
No 1 Commando
Royal Artillery
Military Medal (MM)
Gunner Eric Rabbitt was awarded the Military Medal [1] in in recognition of gallant and distinguished services at Alethangyaw, Arakan in Burma, on 12 November 1944.
 
Citation

RAE, Walter

Known as: 
forename also seen as William
Sergeant
No 6 Commando
South Staffordshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Walter Rae (see note) was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa [1] during the action that came to be known as the Battle of Steamroller Farm. 
Recommendation
26th Feb 1943 Fedi Et Attia (516128 Sheet 34)

RALPHS, Edward

Private
No 7 Commando
SAS
South Lancashire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Private Edward Ralphs was awarded the Military Medal whilst serving in the Special Raiding Squadron [1][2]. He had previously served in No.7 Commando [3].
Recommendation

RAWLINSON, Robert Croft

Corporal
42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Robert Rawlinson was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in operations. He commanded one of the two sections of the Commando that assaulted Limbang Police Station, Sarwak, on the 12th December 1962 to release hostages being held there. Cpl. Rawlinson was wounded during this operation in which five other Marines died. 
 

REES, Cecil Thomas

Known as: 
Taff
Sergeant
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Cecil Thomas Rees, 45 Commando RM, was seconded to the Northern Frontier Regiment for operations in Oman.
He was awarded the Military Medal for courage, initiative and devotion to duty in the face of well armed Omani rebels. He successfully led a fighting patrol against an enemy strong point, inflicting casualties upon the rebels.
 

REID, William

Marine (Acting Temporary Colour Sergeant)
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Colour Sergeant William Reed was awarded the MM for leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty while serving with Royal Marine Commandos in Italy.

RENNIE, William

Marine
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Marine William Rennie was awarded the MM for distinguished service whilst attached to the Allied Armies in the invasion operations in North West Europe.

RIGG, Pearson

Known as: 
Pete or Digger
Sergeant Pearson Rigg MM, 3 Commando
Sergeant
No 3 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)

Sergeant Pearson Rigg was awarded the MM whilst a Private in No 3 Commando for his courage under fire between 3rd and 6th October 1943 at Termoli (Operation Devon).

ROGERS, Joseph Gerard Anthony

Known as: 
Joe
Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)

Lance Sergeant Joseph Rogers, 5 troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations at Spilje Albania on 28/29 July 1944.
  
Recommendation
Military Medal (Immediate) Spilje Bay, Albania, Operation Healing 2. 

ROZEN, B.J.

Lance Corporal
No 10 Commando
Polish Forces
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal B.J. Rozen, No.10 Commando 6 Troop (Poland), was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of his leadership and gallantry in Italy.
Citation

SAERENS, Robert

CSM Robert Saerens MM
Company Sergeant Major
No 4 Commando
French Fusiliers Marins
Military Medal (MM)
Company Sergeant Major Robert Saerens serving in the French troop of No. 4 Commando was awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry, leadership, and example.
 
Recommendation

SCANLON, George

Corporal (Acting Sergeant)
No 4 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)

Sergeant George Scanlon, RAMC attached to No.4 Commando, a veteran of the Dieppe raid, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe. Post war George Scanlon, a resident of Troon, was an active member of the Troon and District Branch (later the Central Ayrshire Branch) of the Commando Association being their Honorary Secretary in 1951.

SCOTT, Andrew

Private
No 9 Commando
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)

Private Andrew Scott was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.

SCULLION, James Patrick

Corporal James Scullion 46 Commando
Corporal
46RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal James Scullion, 'Z' troop, was awarded the MM for bravery and great devotion to duty whilst operating with the Allied Armies in North-West Europe.
 
Source 
London Gazettes Supp. 37127, page 3090.
 

SEARSON, Alfred Clarence

Known as: 
Alf
LSgt Alf Searson MM 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Royal Sussex Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant Alfred Searson, 1 troop, was one of the Commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 457 for the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Wounded and taken prisoner he was later awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in the field relating to his successful escape from captivity in October 1943 .

SEEKINGS, Albert Reginald

Known as: 
Reg
Albert Reginald Seekings 7 Commando and SAS
Private (later Warrant Officer 1 (SAS)
No 7 Commando
SAS
Cambridgeshire Regiment
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Albert Reginald Seekings served in No.7 Commando. Due to illness he did not take part in the Crete landings after which he joined 'L' Detachment SAS [1][2].
 
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Lance Sergeant, 'L' Detachment SAS, Middle East.
Recommendation

SHAW, Ashley George

Known as: 
Pat
Driver
No 9 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Driver Ashley Shaw was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East during the period November 1941 to April 1942  whilst serving as an ambulance driver with 5 Light Field Ambulance. [1].

SHORT, Bert

Private (later Warrant Officer Class 1)
No 1 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Private Bert Short was awarded the Military Medal, announced in Gazettes on the 13th October 1939, for "gallant and distinguished service in recent operations."
 

SIDDALL, Harry

Corporal
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Harry Siddall was awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry during operations on the Falkland Islands.
Citation

SIMISTER, Charles Arnold

Known as: 
Arnold
Cpl Charles Simister MM 2 Commando
Corporal
No 2 Commando
43RM Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)

Corporal Charles Simister, attached to No 2 Commando from the RAMC, was one of the Commando contingent on board ML 307 during the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942.  He was one of those evacuated back to the UK after the raid. [1]

SIMPSON, Peter Leash

Acting Sergeant
42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Acting Sergeant Peter Simpson was awarded the MIlitary Medal for gallant and distinguished services in Malaya during the period 1st July to 31st December, 1951.[1]
 

Extract from the Aberdeen Evening Express - Monday 14 April 1952

SIMS, Richard William

LCpl Richard Sims MM 2 commando
Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's)
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal Richard Sims, 2 Troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field for his successful evasion from capture.

SMITH, Clifford William

Lance Corporal
43RM Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal  Clifford Smith, RAMC, attached 43RM Commando, was wounded on 22 September 1944 [1].  He was wounded a second time (remaining on duty) with 43RM Commando on 18 April 1945 at Lake Comacchio, Italy [2]

SMITH, Harold

Temporary Sergeant
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Harold Smith was awarded the Military Medal (periodic) [1] for gallant and distinguished service shown during operations in Italy at Anzio, Sarande, and Lake Comacchio, and on the enemy held Dalmatian Island of Brac [2]. He also received a Mention in Despatches for services in Italy, 1st April, 1945 to 8th May, 1945 [3].

SMITH, Robert William

Quartermaster Sergeant (Acting Regimental Sergeant Major)
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Quartermaster Sergeant Robert Smith was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) in the New Years Honours List 1st January 1965 [1].
Additionally awarded the Military Medal for distinguished service in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate between the 9th to 15th February 1965 [2].

SMITH, Thomas

Known as: 
Tom
LSgt Tom Smith MM 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant Tom Smith was awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry during operations to try and rescue his missing Commanding Officer, Lt Col. Jack Churchill, on the Dalmatian island of Brac after Operation Flounced.
Recommendation

SMITH, William Thomas

Corporal (Acting Sergeant)
No 3 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant William Smith, 5 Troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy [1][2][3].
Recommendation
"For devotion to duty and great powers of leadership under fire.

SNOW, Henry Thomas

Lance Corporal
42RM Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal Henry Snow, RAMC attached to 42RM Commando, was awarded the MM  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Burma.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 37040, page 20180.

SNOW, Henry Thomas

Lance Corporal
42RM Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal Henry Thomas Snow [see notes], R.A.M.C., attached to 42 RM Commando, was awarded the M.M.[2] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services at Myebon, Burma, on the 15th January 1945 [1].
 
Citation

SOUTHWORTH, John Charles Hughes

CSM John Southworth MM 1 Commando
Company Sergeant Major
No 1 Commando
South Wales Borderers
Military Medal (MM)

3rd July 1939 Enlisted in the TA South Wales Borderers (The Monmouthshire Regiment). 
28th April 1940 Volunteered for and was posted to No.9 Independent Company; 
10th November 1940 Posted to 'A' Coy., No.1 Special Service Bn., 
4th March 1941 Posted to No.1 Commando 4 troop.

SPEAKE, Terence

Marine (Acting Corporal)
42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Terence Speake, 'B' Troop, was awarded the Military Medal for courage and leadership in operations in Malaya on 1st May, 1951 [1][2].
Recommendation
"Perak, Malaya.

SPEARS, Thomas

Sergeant Thomas Spears MM 3 Commando
Company Sergeant Major
No 3 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Company Sergeant Major Thomas Spears, HQ Troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Sicily [1]. He held the rank of Sergeant at the time, and the award was for his gallantry specifically during operations at Malati. [view an account of this operation].
 

SQUIRE, John Robert

Marine
43RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Marine John Squire was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service displayed in the Italian campaign in April 1945.
Recommendation
Op. 16-20 Apr. Advance North between R. Reno and Canals West of Argenta.
Ref. Maps Italy 1:25,000 - Sheets 88 I NW and NE.

STEPHENSON, George, W.

Gunner
No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Military Medal (MM)
Gunner George Stephenson was awarded the M.M. in recognition of distinguished services in the field, this being announced in Gazettes on the 26th August, 1941.
 
The death of Gnr. George W. Stephenson (No.9 Cdo) of Bristol, Avon., was announced in Commando Association newsletter 117 issued September 2003.
 
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STOKELL, Charles Leslie

Corporal (Temporary WO2)(Company Sergeant Major)
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Company Sergeant Major Charles Leslie Stokell was awarded the MM for gallantry, leadership and undaunted devotion to duty during the assault on the Island of Walcheren.

STRINGER, Eric

Acting Corporal
41RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Corporal Eric Stringer was awarded the MM for leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty while serving with Royal Marine Commandos in Italy.

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