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'3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines'

At the end of the war and without notice a decision was made to disband the Army Commandos. Demobilization commenced almost immediately with some Commando Units being merged for short periods as numbers dwindled.
The RM Commandos did not escape the cutbacks being reduced from nine units down to three.
  • October 1946 after the disbandment of the merged No.1/5 (Army) Commando, 3 Commando Brigade, still in the Far East, was redesignated as 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines.

ABBOTT, Grant Paul

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
Major Grant Abbott received The Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in Afghanistan during the period 1 April 2013 to 30 Sept. 2013.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 60813, page 5838.
 

ADAMS, Alan Maclean

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
Corporal Alan Adams received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in Northern Ireland [1].
  • Appointed M.B.E. (Military Division)(rank Warrant Officer Class 1) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Northern Ireland  2004/5 [2].

ADAMS, Ross William

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Ross Adams received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan in 2011.
 
Source
London Gazette 60095, page 5849.
 

ADDIS, Alan

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Died in service
Marine Alan Addis was serving with Naval Party 8901 when he disappeared in suspicious circumstances on the Falkland Islands in 1980.  [Sources: AFM ROH / Numerous online reports.]
 

AHERN, Gerard

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Died on active service
Marine Gerard Ahern, from Darwen Lancashire, died whilst a prisoner of war in Korea.
Extract from an article in the Lancashire Telegraph 28th January 2004

ALDRIDGE, Dennis Leolin Samuel St Maur

Dennis Leolin Samuel St Maur Aldridge Royal Marines
44RM Commando
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Bar to the Military Cross
Silver Star (USA)
7 January 1949 Captain Dennis Aldridge, who had served during the war with 44RM Commando [1], was appointed MBE (Military Division) for gallant and distinguished services with 40 Commando RM in Palestine during the period 27th March, 1948 - 30th July, 1948. [2]

ALEXANDER, David Crichton

Major General David Crichton Alexander
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
Major General David Alexander was appointed C.B. (Military Division) on 12 June 1976 [1].
  • 1969–1970 (Lieutenant Colonel) Officer Commanding 40 Commando RM [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 46919, page 8016.
[2] + [Image] Globe and Laurel October 1970.

ALLAN, Brian Gavin

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Sergeant Brian Allan was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period 1st April to 30th September 2003.
 
Source
London Gazette 57269, page 5129.
 

ALLEN, Thomas Charles

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Died in service

Marine Thomas Allen, Garrison Squadron, Commando Logistic Regiment RM, died as a result of a road traffic accident in Winchester.

Sources
AFM ROH
Globe and Laurel, July - August 1977 edition.
Navy News July 1977, p8.
 

ANDREWS, Trevor John

SBS
Died in service
Sergeant Trevor Andrews was  a member of the SBS personnel who were on the submarine HMS Affray to carry out further training in exiting submarines etc. The submarine sank with all hands in Hurd Deep off Alderney in 1951. 

ANRUDE, Jack

Lieutenant Jack Anrude
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant Jack Anrude was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan in 2010 [1].
 
Lt. Anrude led his troop out of Patrol Base Hanjar accompanying an Afghan Special Forces unit to speak with locals at a mosque. 

ARGLES, Edward Varnier

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Lieutenant Edward Argles was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division), in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Iraq in 2007.
 
Source
London Gazette 58633, page 3615.
 

ARMOUR, Thomas

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
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.]
 

ARMSTRONG, Liam Peter

Marine Liam Armstrong MC
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Military Cross (MC)
Marine Liam Armstrong was awarded the Military Cross  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan in 2002.
 
Sources
London Gazette 56920, page 5274.
[Image] BBC News online 4 Dec. 2006.
 

ARNOLD, David James

SBS
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant David Arnold, SBS formerly 45 Commando, died during operations in Aden [1].
  • On August 7, 1964, the marines were conducting operations in the Radafan Mountains. Sgt Arnold was killed during a planned night ambush near the village of Dhala, a centre of intense dissident activity.

ASH, Martin

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Colour Sergeant Martin Ash was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in 2014.
 
Sources
London Gazette 60728, page N5 (New Years Honours).
 

ASHBY, Philip James Conyers

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM)

Major Philip Ashby was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Sierra Leone during Operation Turner in May 2000.

Sources
London Gazette 56168, page 4246.
Globe and Laurel May/June 2001.

ASHENDEN, Steven

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Marine Steven Ashenden was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period 1 October 2000 to 31 March 2001.
 
Sources
London Gazette 56373, page 12745.
 

ASHLEY, Scott

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Acting Major Scott Ashley was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in June 2014 [1].
  • 1 October 2014 promoted Major [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 60895, page B6 (H.M. Birthday Honours).
[2] London Gazette 61031, page 20825.
 

ASHTON, Paul

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Queen's Commendation for Bravery
Colour Sergeant Paul Ashton received the Queen's Commendation for Bravery in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period 1st April 2006 to 30th September 2006.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 58183, page 17355.
 

ASKWITH, Graham

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Graham Askwith received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in operations in Borneo on the 1st January 1964. He had been recommended for the Military Medal.
 
Sources
London Gazette 43492, page 9824.
National Archives file WO373/139/37.
 

ATKINS, Steven Mark

RM Poole
Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Steven Atkins received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st February 1979 to 30th April 1979 [1].
  • 1982 awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland [2].
Sources

AUBERTIN, Jack Stanley

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Jack Aubertin 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 WO373/130/123.
 

BABB, Ronald Benjamin

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Ronald Babb died [1] in the Korean war during a raid on the night of 6th/7th October, when two troops of the Commando landed under the command of Major D. L. St. M. Aldridge, R.M., at Churonjang.  A rail and road tunnel was blown up with two tons of explosive and completely blocked [2]
 

BAILEY, David Lindsay

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Lieutenant Colonel David Bailey was appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) on the 12th June 1971 [1].
  • 22 October 1970 to 22 March 1972  Commanding Officer 40 Commando RM [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 45384, page 5961. Her Majesty's Birthday Honours.

BAILEY, Nicholas

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Died in service

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

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

BAINBRIDGE, Stephen Paul

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Colour Sergeant Stephen Bainbridge was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the field during the period 1st October 2003 and 31st March 2004.
 
Sources
London Gazette 57402, page 11252.
 

BAINES, James

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Military Medal (MM)
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Bronze Star (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].
 

BAIZLEY, Michael John

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Major Michael Baizley was appointed M.B.E., (Military Division),  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate, during the period

BALDWIN, David

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
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.
 
 

BALLANCE, John

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Military Cross (MC)
Corporal John Ballance was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2008 to 31st March 2009 [1].
 

BALMENT, Robert Ernest

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Colour Sergeant Robert Balment was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) in recognition of meritorious service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st August to 31st October 1980.
 
Sources
London Gazette 48583, page 5527.
 

BANFORD, Garry Lee

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Garry Banford received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2007 to 31st March 2008.
 
Source
London Gazette 58776, page 11242.
 

BARFOOT, Wayne

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Queen's Commendation for Bravery
Colour Sergeant Wayne Barfoot received the Queen's Commendation for Bravery in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field during the period 1st October 2010 to 31st March 2011.
 
Source
London Gazette 59924, page 18717.
 

BARKER, Alfred

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
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.
 

BARLOW, Phillip

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service

Colour Sergeant Phillip Barlow received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in in the field during the period 1 April to 30 September 2016.

Source
London Gazette 61908, page 8515.

BARNES, Charles Ernest

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Charles Barnes, 'B' Troop, died during operations at Hodo Pando, Korea. He was part of a raiding party that landed by canoe and were engaged in a daylong firefight.

BARNES, Michael Roger

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM)
Colour Sergeant Roger Barnes was awarded The Queen's Gallantry Medal in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st May 1974-31st July 1974.
 
Sources
London Gazette 46456, page 221.
 

BARNWELL, Thomas Frederick Barry

RM Reserve
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Barnwell, RM Reserve, was appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
 
Source
London Gazette 57070, page 12066 published 30 September 2003.
 

BARTON, Francis Christopher

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Major Francis Barton received a Mention in Despatches in 1951 in recognition of gallant and distinguished services with 40 Commando RM in Malaya [1].
  • 31 December 1960 (Colonel) appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
  • 1 January 1964 (Brigadier) appointed C.B.E. (Military Division) [3].

BAVIN, Richard Julian Ebblewhite

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Died in service
Lieut. Colonel Richard Bavin OBE was killed whilst on board a US Marine Corps transport plane that crashed into Mount Tobin, Nevada during a snowstorm.  18 US servicemen also died in the crash.  He was serving as the UK Royal Marines representative at the Quantico Education and Development Centre.
 

BEADON, Colin John Alexander

Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Captain Colin Beadon was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distingushed services in Northern Ireland during the period 1st April to 30th September 1994 [1]
  • 1994 promoted Major [2].
  • 2 June 2007 (Lieutenant Colonel) to retired list [3].
Sources

BEASLEY, Nicholas

Royal Marines
Died in service
Sergeant Nicholas Beasley died 2 weeks before his retirement after 22 years service.  At the time he was serving on the staff at the Royal Navy's basic training establishment, HMS Raleigh, in Cornwall. His career included service in Iraq and tours of duty in Northern Ireland.
[Source:  AFM ROH / Northants Telegraph dated 11/8/2010]

BELL, Alan William

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Alan Bell received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st November 1979 to 31st January 1980.
 
Source
London Gazette 48237, page 9373.
 

BELL, Thomas Matthew

CTCRM
Died in service
Marine Thomas Bell from Gateshead, was serving at the Commando Training Centre RM at the time of his death.  He and his colleagues were celebrating the end of their training at Penhale Camp near Perranporth, Cornwall. On the way back to his quarters along the cliff path he accidentally fell to his death.  The Coroner recorded a verdit of Misadventure.
 

BENNETT, Henry

45RM Commando
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]
 

BEST, James Nigel

40 Cdo. RM
Mentioned in Despatches
Acting Lieutenant James best received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in operations in the Borneo Territories during the period 24th December 1962 to 23rd June 1963.
 
Sources
London Gazette 43189, page 10451.
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Major J.C. Beadle MBE MC.

BETTERIDGE, Michael John

SBS
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM)
Corporal Michael Betteridge was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the field, dated 20th June 1994 [1].
  • 30 December 2000 (Sergeant) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 54212, page 15370.

BEVERLEY, Henry York la Roche

Royal Marines
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Lieutenant General Henry York La Roche Beverley, O.B.E., was appointed K.C.B. (Military Division) on the 31st December 1990 [1].
  • April 1978 (Lieutenant Colonel) appointed Commanding Officer 42 Commando RM [2].

BEVIS, Timothy John

Royal Marines
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Timothy Bevis received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland in 1986 [1].
  • 13 December 2015 (Brigadier) appointed C.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
  • 31 May 2016 promoted Major General [3].
  • 28 December 2019 appointed C.B. (Military Divisionj [4].
Sources

BEWLEY, Neil

45 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Neil Bewley was shot and killed during operations in Turf Lodge, Belfast, Northern Ireland. [Source:  AFM ROH / Northern Ireland - An Agony Continued author Ken Wharton.]
 

BILLINGHAM, Paul Jonathon

Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Staff Sergeant Paul Billingham, serving with the Parachute Regiment, was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of his gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1 October 2013 to 30 June 2014 [1]
  • 26 August 2008 (Corporal) (Royal Marines) awarded the Royal Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal [2].

BIRCH, Marc John

Cpl. Marc Birch
45 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Marc Birch died whilst deployed on operations with X-Ray Company, 45 Commando Group, Royal Marines. The company was conducting an operation alongside Afghan National Army troops to dominate areas posing a dangerous threat to British forces and the local Afghan population.

BIRDSALL, Steven James

Marine Steven Birdsall
40 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Steven Birdsall died during operations in Afghanistan. 
During the late afternoon of Sunday 13 June 2010, Bravo Company was providing security to Royal Engineers who were reinforcing the defences at one of the UK Check Points in Sangin.

BLAKEWAY, Benet Carr

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
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].

BLIGHT, Timothy

Royal Marines
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Lance Corporal Timothy Blight was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) in recognition of meritorious service in Northern Ireland.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 51296, page 4325 dated 12 April 1988..
 

BLOOM, Peter John

Royal Marines
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Peter Bloom was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) in recognition of meritorious service in Northern Ireland in 1978 [1].

BLYTH, Eric Joseph

45 Cdo. RM
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Eric Blyth received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service with 45 Commando in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate, during the period 13 April to 15 October 1964 [1].

BOGLE, Dexter

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Dexter Bogle received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2010 to 31st March 2011.
 

BOTHAM, Grenville

Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Meritorious Service Medal (MSM)
Warrant Officer 2 Grenville Botham was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) on the 19 June 2000 [1].
  • 25 April 2006 (Warrant Officer 1) awarded the Meritorious Service Medal [2].
  • 1996 (Sergeant) Zulu Company 45 Commando RM [3].
  • 2007 RSM at the Commando Training Centre RM [4].

BOWES, Frederick James

Royal Marines
Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM)
Corporal Frederick Bowles was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 50486, page 5187 dated 15 April 1986.
 

BOWKETT, Robert Murray

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Bowkett received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st October 1998 to 31st March 1999.

Sources
London Gazette 55651, page 11554.

BOWRA, Mark Andrew

SBS
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
Captain Mark Bowra received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the former Yugoslavia during the period 1 October 2000 to 31 March 2001 [1].

BRADFORD, John Gwyther

45 Cdo. RM
Mentioned in Despatches
Surgeon Lieutenant John Bradford, attached to 45 Commando RM, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished services in the Operations in the Near East, October-December, 1956.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 41092, page 3418.
 

BRAMBLE, George

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
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].

BRAND, Douglas John

45 Cdo. RM
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant Douglas Brand was awarded the Military Cross for distinguished service in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate during the period 1st to 15th February 1965.
 

BRAY, George Albert

40 Cdo. RM
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Regimental Sergeant Major George Bray was awarded the British Empire Medal on 1st January 1965. 
 
Sources
London Gazette 43529, page 26.
The Light Blue Lanyard, author Major J.C. Beadle MBE MC.
 

BRAY, Matthew

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
Second Lieutenant Matthew Bray received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in recognition of services in the former Republic of Yugoslavia during the period April 1993 to November 1993.
  • 1993 promoted Lieutenant.
Sources
London Gazette 53653, page 6168.
 

BREAM, George Leonard

Captain Leonard George Bream
48RM Commando
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

George Leonard Bream, or 'Percy', as he was known in the Corps, was born on June 1st 1919 in the hamlet of Buckworth, Huntingdonshire. He was the middle son of a a family of six, his father being a farm labourer. After leaving school with a basic education he moved to his eldest sister's home in Luton where he at first worked as a market trader, and then in a gent's outfitters.

BRETT-IVESON, Christopher

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Died in service
Marine Christopher Brett-Iveson died as a result of an accident involving electric power cables during Exercise Gaelic Venture.  He was serving  at HQ and Sig. Sqn., 3 Commando Bde RM, at the time. [Source: Globe and Laurel Jan/Feb 1996 ]
 

BRICE, Ian William

SBS
Mentioned in Despatches

Sergeant Ian Brice, S.B.S., received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of his service during operations on South Georgia and patrols in the Mount Kent region of the Falklands.

Sources
London Gazette 49134 page 12843.
National Archives file WO373/188/205.

BROWN, Adam Robert

Marine Adam Brown
40 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Adam Brown died during operations in Afghanistan. 

He was conducting a reassurance patrol as part of 3 Troop, Alpha Company 40 RM Cdo., to provide security for the locals in the area. At approximately 1750hrs on Sunday 1 August, there was an explosion in the vicinity of his patrol base and he was killed instantly in the blast. [Source: MOD]

BROWN, Alfred George

Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Captain Alfred Brown was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) 31 December 1960 [1].
Service [2].
1937 enlisted Royal Marines.
Served aboard HMS Curlew, HMS Argus, and HMS Penelope.
1941 promoted Corporal at Eastney and a Military Training Instructor.

BROWN, Stuart Anthony

Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Colour Sergeant Stuart Brown was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan.
 
Source
London Gazette Supp. 57070, page 12068 published 30 September 2003.
 

BROWN, W.E.

41 Ind. Cdo. RM
Marine W.E. Brown was reported missing during operations in Korea, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
British Casualties, Korean War 1950-1953.
 

BROWNING, James Gardner

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Died in service

Corporal James Browning, HQ 3 Commando Bde. RM,  was reported missing presumed drowned, after the cessation of hostilities on the Falklands, when caught in a sudden squall whilst in a dinghy off Port Stanley. He had previously served in 45 Commando workshops. 

BRUCE, Robert James

Major Robert Bruce
Royal Marines
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Major Robert Bruce was appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of service within the operations in the South Atlantic.
 
Sources
London Gazette 49134, page 12857.
[Image] From an ITV film on an open day at Eastney.
 
Notes

BUCHANAN, Craig Andrew

Marine Craig Andrew Buchanan 40 Commando
40 Cdo. RM
Military Cross (MC)
Marine Craig Buchanan was awarded the Military Cross for his immense bravery and remarkable composure under fire when his patrol was attacked by a rogue Afghan policeman, during the period 1 October 2012 to 31 March 2013.

BUDGEN, Paul Kindersley

45 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Paul Budgen died whilst deployed oversees to Malaya.
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
Malayan Emergency Commonwealth Deaths 1948-1960.
Plaque on the north wall at St Leonards Church, Misterton Somerset.
 

BURDETT, Julian

45 Cdo. RM
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Corporal Julian Burdett was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his gallantry during operations on the Falkland Islands.
Citation

BURGESS, George

Royal Marines
Queen's Commendation for Bravery
Lance Corporal George Burgess recieved The Queen's Commendation for Bravery in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan.
 
Source
London Gazette Supp. 59554, page 18537,  24 September 2010.
 

BURTON, Nathaniel Paul

CTCRM
Died in service
Junior Marine Nathaniel Burton drowned in a remote pool on Dartmoor.  He was 11 weeks into his 30-week Commando training course and was taking part in a river crossing exercise at Crazy Well Pool, near Burrator reservoir.
[Sources: AFM ROH / BBC News online 16th Oct. 1998.]
 

BUTCHERS, Peter John

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

BUTTERY, George Desmond

46RM Commando
40 Cdo. RM
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 

BUXTON, James George

45 Cdo. RM
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Colour Sergeant James Buxton was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division), for gallant and distinguished service with 45 Commando, Royal Marines, in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June, 1952.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 39675, page 5527.

BYE, Francis Clifford Edward

Holding Operational Commando
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Lieutenant Francis Clifford Edward Bye served in the Holding Operational Commando in April 1945 [1].
  • May 1966 to July 1967 Commanding Officer 45 Commando [2].
  • 1 January 1968 (Lieutenant Colonel) appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) [3].
Sources

BYRNE, Kenneth

Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Colour Sergeant Kenneth Byrne received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in operations in the Borneo Territories, and in supporting operations during the period 24th June to 23rd December 1964.
 
Sources
London Gazette 43691, page 5981
 

CALLAN, Paul David

45 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Paul Callan died on the 10th June 1982 of wounds received during an enemy bombing attack at Ajax Bay, Falkland Islands that occurred on the 27th May 1982.
 

CALWAY, David Gerald

45 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine David Calway was gunned down by unknown Arabs in the back streets of the Crescent area of Aden while in civilian clothes.

Sources
AFM ROH.
British Casualties, Aden 1955-1967.
The Times 18th May 1967.

CAMERON, Angus Arthur

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Mentioned in Despatches

Corporal Angus Cameron received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in operations in Brunei during the period 8-22 December 1962.

Sources
London Gazette 43009 page 4693.
 

CAMERON, Charles Peter

Major Charles Peter Cameron
3 Cdo. Bde. Air Sqn / Helicopter Force
Military Cross (MC)
Major Charles Cameron, OC 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron [1][2], was awarded the Military Cross for his actions during operations on the Falkland Islands [2].
 
Citation
"Major Cameron is the Commanding Officer of 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron. 

CAMPBELL, Gordon Alexander

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Died in service
Lance Corporal Gordon Campbell died during training  at the Pontrilas Army Training Area near Hereford involving fast roping from a helicopter. During his nine years in the Corps he had served in Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. His funeral with full military honours, took place at Oldmeldrum Parish Church, Aberdeenshire.  

CAMPBELL, Robert Adair

45 Cdo. RM
Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct
Major Robert Adair Campbell received the Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct  in recognition of distinguished service in operations in the Radfan Area during the period 8th-14th May 1965 [1].
  • 1971 Lieutenant Colonel commanding 41 Commando RM [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 43773, page 8973.

CAMPBELL-SMITH, Richard Carl

Mne Richard Campbell-Smith CTCRM
CTCRM
Died in service

Marine Recruit Richard Campbell-Smith was four weeks from the end of his 32-week course at the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon, when he reportedly scratched his legs while running. He was admitted to the base medical unit, and later taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital where he died on 2 November. 

CANTERBURY, Derrin Mark

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
Sergeant Derrin Canterbury received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2008 to 31st March 2009 [1].
  • 4 January 2016 commissioned Lieutenant and appointed to the Trained Strength 17 March 2016 [2].
  • 4 January 2018 promoted Captain [3].

CAPEWELL, David Andrew

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Colonel David Capewell was appointed O.B.E. (Military Division)  15 June 2002 [1].
  • 2000/1 (Lieutenant Colonel) Officer Commanding 40 Commando RM [2].
  • July 2007 (Brigadier) (Brigade Commander) 3 Commando Bde. RM [3].
  • 31 December 2013 (Lieutenant General) appointed K.C.M.G. (Military Division) [4].

CAPPER, Francis William

Royal Marines
Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM)
Sergeant Francis Capper was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st November 1974 - 31st January 1975.
 
Source
London Gazette Supp. 46614, page 8051.
 

CARTER, Dean

Comacchio Gp. RM
Died in service

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

Sources
AFM ROH.
Navy News published 1st August 1995.

CARTER, Kevin Charles

Royal Marines
George Medal (GM)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
Sergeant Kevin Carter was awarded the George Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan. [1].

CARTY, Michael Gareth

Royal Marines
US Air Medal
Major Michael Carty was awarded the US Air Medal conferred by the President of the United States of America  in recognition of meritorious, gallant and distinguished services during coalition operations in the field.
 
Source
London Gazette 62283, page 8434 published 11 May 2018.
 

CHADWICK, James

40 Cdo. RM
Died on active service
Marine James Chadwick died when a 3 tonne vehicle he was driving ran off the road during the hours of darkness in the Lenggong area of Malaya.
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
Malayan Emergency Commonwealth Deaths 1948-1960.

The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
 

CHARNOCK, Andrew

CTCRM
Died in service
Marine Recruit Andrew Charnock collapsed and died from heat exhaustion during a 30-mile training run on Dartmoor. He was in the final stage of training with the Royal Marines.
[Source: AFM ROH / Daily Mirror and other media reports 10 July 1997]
 

CHEESEMAN, Daniel James Edward

Major Daniel Cheeseman
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Major Daniel Cheeseman, 40 Commando RM, was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2007 to 31st March 2008 [1].
  • 30 June 2010 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
  • 2012 Chief of Staff, HQ 3 Commando Brigade RM [3].

CHEESEMAN, Kevin John

45 Cdo. RM
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Warrant Officer Class 2 Kevin Cheeseman was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2008 to 31st March 2009.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 59182, page 15639.
 

CHICKEN, Simon Timothy

Royal Marines
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Captain Simon Chicken was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period 1st October 1994 to 31st March 1995 [1].
  • 2001 (Lieutenant Colonel) Commanding Officer 45 Commando Group [2].

CHISNALL, David Alan

WO1 David Chisnall
42 Cdo. RM
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Colour Sergeant David Chisnall was awarded the British Empire Medal in recognition of meritorious service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st November 1979 to 31st January 1980 [1].
  • 16 April 1982 promoted Warrant Officer 1, and RSM of 42 Commando RM [2].
Sources

CHURCHWARD, Matthew

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
Major Matthew Churchward, HQ ISAF, received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 to 31st March 2007 

CLAPSON, Keith

Captain Keith Clapson
40 Cdo. RM
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Keith Clapson, 40 Commando RM [1], received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period 1st April to 30th September 1994 [2].
  • May/June 2001 (Major) Commanding Officer Amphibious Trials and Training Unit Royal Marines (ATTURM) [3].

CLARK, Graham David

Royal Marines
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
Colour Sergeant Graham Clark received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st October 1996 to 31st March 1997.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 54969, page 13690.
 

CLARK, Ian Campbell

Lieutenant Ian Clark RM
42 Cdo. RM
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Ian Clark died during a cross border operation to Sajingan Besar*, Indonesia. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for distinguished service in support of operations. He had previously served in Aden with 45 Commando RM.
 

CLARK, Robert Anthony

40 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Robert Clark died of wounds during operations in Malaya.
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
Malayan Emergency Commonwealth Deaths 1948-1960.
 
Notes
Surname spelt CLARKE at second source above.
 

CLARKE, Nigel Ronald

Royal Marines
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
Sergeant Nigel Clarke was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland, award to be dated 12 May 1992 [1].

CLIFFORD, Richard

Captain Richard Cormac Clifford
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct
Lieutenant Richard Clifford received the Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct.
Citation
"On the morning of 18th May 1972, a team of Service personnel was sent to deal with a bomb threat in the Queen Elizabeth II which at that time was in mid-Atlantic on her way to Europe.

CLUTTERBUCK, Wesley Andrew

Mne Leslie Clutterbuck 43 Commando
43 Cdo. RM
Died in service
Marine Wesley Clutterbuck was assaulted and killed in Rochdale whilst on leave to attend a friend's funeral.  The assailant was subsequently arrested and convicted of his manslaughter.
 
Sources
AFM ROH
Numerous press reports of the trial online.
 

COLE, Adrian

Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Sergeant Adrian Cole was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) on the 30th December 2000.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 56070, page 5.
 

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