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'Royal Marines Reserve'

The Royal Marines Reserve (RMR), together with the Royal Naval Reserve, form the Maritime Reserve. There are currently 4 units.
  • RMR Scotland draws recruits from across Scotland, North East England and Northern Ireland.
  • RMR Bristol draws recruits from across South West England and Wales.
  • RMR London draws recruits from across the south east of England.
  • RMR Merseyside is based in central Liverpool and draws recruits from the North West, North Wales, the Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber.


James Bensley
RM Reserve
Corporal James Bensley, a Royal Marines Reservist with the R.M.F.V.R. (Tyne), died [1] in a parachute training exercise at Poole, Dorset [2]. A former Gunner in No.1 Commando during WW2 [2], James Bensley had left the Army and was married with a child, residing at Isobella Street, Newcastle, and working as a clerk with the Ministry of Pensions [3]. A Coroner later recorded a verdict of accidental death [4].
[1] AFM ROH.

BRIGGS, Harold

Harold Briggs RM
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Sergeant Harold Briggs was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) on 31 December 1976 [1]. He was serving as an Intelligence sergeant in 3 Commando Brigade at the time.

CALLOW, Anthony, C.

RM Reserve

Marine Anthony Callow, RM Reserve Scotland, died in a road traffic accident. He joined the RM Reserve in 1994 earning his Green Beret in July 1995.  He had previously served almost 4 years in the Regular Army.

Globe and Laurel November/December 1997.
Photo of headstone on Scottish War Graves Project website.


Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher GC
RM Reserve
Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher, RM Reserve, was awarded the George Cross for his extreme gallantry on 9 February 2008 when he willingly risked his own life in a most deliberate act of self-sacrifice to save his comrades from death or serious injury.
He was deployed at the time to Helmand Province, Afghanistan as a reconnaissance operator in 40 Commando Group's Commando Reconnaissance Force, elements of which were operating from Forward Operating Base Robinson.


Major Henry Dowlen
RM Reserve
Acting Major Henry Dowlen, RM Reserve, received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the field during the period 1 January to 30 September 2015 [1].
  • Surg. Lt. H. T. B. Dowlen, was initially Commissioned on 1 July 2002 and appointed to the Trained Strength of the Royal Navy Medical Branch on 18th February 2008 [2].
  • Appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) (45 Commando Medical Officer) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1 October 2008 to 31 March 2009 [3].

FERRANTE, Simeon Mervyn

RM Reserve
Marine Simeon Ferrante died four days after landing badly in a parachute training exercise.  
Simeon Ferrante enlisted in the Royal Marine Reserve Bristol on 12 November 1985. He joined a parachuting course for reservist soldiers and marines run by No. I Parachute Training School, RAF Brize Norton, from 30 July to 11 August 1989. He was parachuting at RAF Weston-on-the-Green on 10 August when he landed badly. He died four days later.

HOLDER, Daniel

RM Reserve
Marine Daniel Holder, RM Reserve, was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat 'V' decoration bestowed by the President of the United States of America in recognition of meritorious, gallant and distinguished services during coalition operations in Iraq.


RM Reserve
Marine Jason Martin, RM Reserve Scotland, died in a traffic accident returning to Glasgow from a training course on Dartmoor.  Also killed were Mne. Hardie and Mne. Fleming. The East Devon Coroner ruled a verdict of accidental death.
The Herald Scotland newspaper website 26 November1997.


Royal Marines
Sergeant John Wilkinson, a Platoon Weapons Instructor (PW1) at RM Reserve Bristol, died in a road traffic collision [1][2]
[1] AFM ROH.
[2] Andy Holloway. WO2 RM.

WILLIAMSON, Kel Norman David

RM Reserve
Marine Kel Williamson, RM Reserve Merseyside, died on a night exercise when a vehicle collided with a column of soldiers in camouflage dress as they walked on the A53 across the Staffordshire Moorlands.
Early Day Motion in the House of Commons 2nd November 1993.

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