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'Special Raiding Squadron'

In April 1943 1st SAS Regiment was restyled as the Special Raiding Squadron and undertook raids in Sicily and Italy alongside the 2nd Special Air Service, which came into existence in May 1943 in Algeria.
The Special Raiding Squadron was commanded by Major Robert Blair Mayne, better known as 'Paddy'.
In 1944, the S.R.S. and 2 S.A.S. were placed under the umbrella Special Air Service Brigade.
 

A timeline of the Special Boat Section (Home)

Type: Official Letters
Author: Lt Henry S. Quigley, Admin Officer 2SBS
Year of Publishing: 2010
Keywords: sbs, horner

7 pages of a Special Boat Section memorandum about 2 SBS from its formation through to February 1944. An official memorandum by Lieut. Henry S. Quigley, Admin. officer 2 SBS dated February 1944. The last page details equipment used by 2 SBS. This document is from the collection of Arthur Horner who was attached to No.1 Commando and 2 SBS, provided to the CVA in 2010 courtesy of his son Ashton Horner. 

ALLOTT, Richard Knowles Brian

Lieutenant (Temporary Captain)(later Major)
77673
No 8 Commando
SBS
Middlesex Regiment
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Temporary Captain Richard Allott was awarded the Military Cross [1] whilst attached to the S.B.S. after his service with No. 8 Commando, Layforce, and the 1st Special Service Regiment [2][2a] ended. 
Recommendation

ANDREWS, Trevor John

Sergeant
CH/X 3263
SBS
Royal Marines
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. 

ARNOLD, David James

Sergeant
RM 15389
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant David Arnold died during operations in Aden [1].
Obituary in the Globe and Laurel [2]
"Sergeant David Arnold was killed during night operations on 7th August 1964. He was serving in 2 Troop 'X' Company 45 Commando in the Dhala area which has recently become the centre of intense dissident activity.

BARNES, George

George Barnes MM Special Boat Section
Company Sergeant Major (later Lieutenant)
2617252
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
3325427
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

BOOTH, John Hamilton

Corporal
2824715
No 8 Commando
SBS
Seaforth Highlanders
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Corporal John Booth was attached to No.8 Commando until joining the SBS [1][2]. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Middle East [3][4].
Recommendation

BOWRA, Mark Andrew

Lieutenant Colonel
N029151H
SBS
Royal Marines
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].

BREMNER, George

Sergeant
2880295
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

BRICE, Ian William

Sergeant
P027697Y
SBS
Royal Marines
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.

BRITTLEBANK, John

Bombardier
930882
No 3 Commando
No 8 Commando
SBS
Royal Artillery
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Bombardier John Brittlebank served in both No.3 and No.8 Commando [1] before joining 1 S.B.S. [2].  He was taken prisoner of war and later awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field [3][3a].
Recommendation

BUCKLEY, Edward Lindsay

Sergeant
P025425T
SBS
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Edward Buckley received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of his service during special forces patrols in the initial phase for the battle of Port Stanley between 10 -14 June 1982.
 
Sources
London Gazette 49134 page 12843.
National Archives file WO373/188/206.
 

CLIFFORD, Richard

Captain Richard Cormac Clifford
Captain (Local Major)
Royal Marines
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.

COLLINS, Thomas

Sergeant
P029088B
SBS
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Thomas Collins, SBS, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service during operations on the Falkland Islands.
Citation

CROUCH, Alfred John

Trooper
7952333
SBS
Special Air Service and Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds

Trooper Alfred Crouch, Special Boat Service, SAS Regiment, AAC, attached to 2 Commando Brigade, died during operations at Lake Comacchio.

DARLINGTON, Kenneth Carr

Kenneth Darlington MM 12 Commando
Private
3605415
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.

DEAN, Martin, R.

Known as: 
Marty
Corporal
P047698G
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Died in service
Corporal Martin Dean died in service, cause unknown to this archive. The headstone at his grave shows Special Boat Service.
 
Sources
AFM ROH
RM Historical website.
Headstone at his grave.
 

DUNBAR, W.

Sergeant
2986278
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.

DUNCAN, George Ian Alistair

Temporary Captain George Duncan MC and bar
Lieutenant (Temporary Captain)
132481
No 11 Commando
SBS
Black Watch
Military Cross (MC)
Bar to the Military Cross
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant George Duncan served No 11 Commando and Layforce before moving to the Special Boat Section as a Temporary Captain. He was awarded the Military Cross 

EDSALL, Keith Valentine

Trooper
7912260
No 8 Commando
SBS
Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Trooper Keith Edsall was killed in action during operations in the Western desert.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/36.
 

ELLIS, Derek Charles

Sergeant
4032370
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].

EMBELIN, Arthur Edward

Company Sergeant Major
1867223
SBS
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Company Sergeant Major Arthur Embelin, 2 Special Boat Section, was reported missing later presumed killed in action during operations at Oran Harbour, Algeria. He had previously served in 101 Troop, the Folbot section of No. 6 Commando, and was the first CSM of 2 Special Boat Section. He has no known grave and was the son of Marion Embelin, of Dublin, Irish Republic.

France - Operation Hardtack 11

Friday, December 24, 1943

Location

Gravelines
France
51° 0' 47.88" N, 2° 5' 56.724" E
A reconnaisance raid of the beaches and dunes along the coast of Gravelines, France, between Calais and Dunkirk.
The raiding party embarked on MTB 25 at Dover on the night of the 24th and consisted of five members of 1 Troop (French) of No.10 Inter Allied Commando, Rene Navrault, Caron, Albert Meunier, Pourcelot, and Marcel Madec, led by Warrant Officer Pierre Wallerand. They disembarked on the morning of the 25th.
Also on board the MTB were Special Service Brigade Signals Officer Arthur Leahy and a French Doctor, Captain Villiere.

GILBERT, Barry

Lance Corporal
P040829B
SBS
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Lance Corporal Barry Gilbert received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service during operations on 13 -15 June 1982 in the South Atlantic. He was coxwain of a Rigid Raiding Craft in a special forces raid on the Port Stanley area on the night of the final battle 
 
Source
London Gazette 49134 page 12843.

GILMOUR, John

Sergeant John Gilmour SBS
Sergeant
976483
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.

GOATLEY, George John

Marine
RMV200249
RM Reserve
Royal Marines
Died in service
Marine George John Goatley, RMFVR, drowned during a training exercise with No.4 Special Boat Section.
 
Extract from the Globe and Laurel 
"No.4 Special Boat Section 

GUTTERIDGE, Tobias

Known as: 
Toby
Marine
P065066N
SBS
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Toby Gutteridge, Special Boat Service, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan. 
 

HOLDEN-WHITE, Harold Vere

Temporary Major
2013352
162512
SBS
Royal Sussex Regiment
Royal Engineers
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
16.05.1940 enlisted Sapper, Corps of Royal Engineers [1].
05.09.1940 transferred from Corps on posting to 163 O.C.T.U.[1].
21.12.1940 commissioned Second Lieutenant, Royal Sussex Regiment [2].
April 1942 (Second Lieutenant) joined 2 Special Boat Section from the Royal Sussex Regt. [3].

HOOPER, Alfred Herbert George

Marine
PO/X 6485
SBS
Royal Marines
Died in service
Marine Alfred Hooper 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.
[ Sources: AFM ROH / CVA Gallery information from Tom Crosbie RM]
 

HOULTRAM, Lee Andrew

Known as: 
Andy
Sgt. Lee Andrew Houltram RM
Sergeant
P053349X
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Lee Houltram, SBS, died [1] during operations targetting a Taliban bomb making factory near Gereshk, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service [2].
  • July 2008 received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in Afghanistan [3].

HOWARD, Henry Colin Francis

Captain
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Captain Henry Howard was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of service within the operations in the South Atlantic.
 
Sources
London Gazette 49134, page 12857; errata in 49196, page 16351.
 

HOWE, Gilbert Rex

Colour Sergeant
CH/X4522 & T004522T
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

HOWELLS, Ellis

Ellis Howells 1st SBS
Lance Corporal Ellis Howes
Lance Corporal
3910267
No 12 Commando
Small Scale Raiding Force
SBS
South Wales Borderers
Special Air Service Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Ellis Howells was killed in action having left the Commandos and joined the 1st Special Boat Service, S.A.S. Regiment, Army Air Corps. He died during an attack on a railway bridge at Limpljani in the former Yugoslavia. Previously served No.12 Commando,  the Small Scale Raiding Force, No.10 (Inter Allied) Commando, and Fynnforce.

HUGHES, Stanley Raymond

Fusilier
4130995
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

HUNT, Ian Nicholas

Known as: 
Kiwi
Sergeant
P030085W
SBS
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant Ian Hunt, Special Boat Service,  was killed during an exchange of fire with an SAS patrol near Teal, Falklands.  They had accidentally strayed into an area patrolled by the SAS. He was the only member of the SBS who died in the conflict.

Click here to Watch a video of a service at the memorial to him on the Falkland Islands in 2012.

JARVIS, Dennis William

Marine
CH/X 4883
SBS
Royal Marines
Died in service
Marine Dennis Jarvis was  a member of the S.B.S. 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. 

KEALY, Michael Robert Bayley

Temporary Major (later Honorary Lieutenant Colonel)
50892
No 8 Commando
Middle East Commando
SBS
Devonshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Served in No.8 Commando and Layforce [1].
July 1942 (Major) 1st Special Service Regiment [1a].
Commanded No.1 S.B.S. Middle East after departure of Major R.J. Courtney M.C. [2].
Returned to the UK 28 July 1943 [2].

LAPRAIK, John Neilson

Known as: 
Ian Lapraik, or Jock
Acting Captain (later Honorary Colonel)
132519
51ME Commando
SBS
SAS
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Bar to the Military Cross
Mentioned in Despatches
Territorial Decoration (TD)
Acting Captain John Neilson Lapraik was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service in the Middle East [1].
Recommendation

LOASBY, Ronald William

Corporal
6482237
SBS
Royal Fusiliers
Metropolitan Police
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Ronald Loasby, 2 Special Boat Section, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the Oran landings, North Africa.
  • 1939 Metroplitan Police Constable residing at Gilmour House, Lambeth.
  • 1942 volunteered for the Commandos as part of the 1st Police Intake.

LUNN, Eric John Alfred

Captain Eric Lunn SBS
Captain (later Major)
198819
SBS
Royal Artillery
Military Cross (MC)
Bar to the Military Cross
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Eric Lunn was awarded the Military Cross twice and also received a Mention in Despatches for his gallantry during operations with 2 Special Boat Section [1][2][3].

McCLAIR, Alexander Richard

Known as: 
Alex
Alexander McClair 2 Commando and SBS
Lance Sergeant (later Captain)
6968725 & 251446
No 2 Commando
SBS
London Rifle Brigade / Essex Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Lance Sergeant Alexander McClair, 2 Troop No.2 Commando, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch 156 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [1][2]
  • He then joined the SBS and was posted to OCTU [3].

MCGONIGAL, Ambrose Joseph

Ambrose McGonigal MC
Lieutenant (later Honorary Major)
113419
No 12 Commando
SBS
Royal Ulster Rifles
Military Cross (MC)
Bar to the Military Cross
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Ambrose McGonigal was awarded the M.C. [1] for distinguished service during a raid on the enemy held island of Sark on the night of the 27th December 1943. This was a reconnaissance operation to obtain certain information and if possible capture a prisoner.

MCGOUGH, Paul

Known as: 
Scruff
Sergeant
P043260W
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
Sergeant Paul McGough received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service at sea in October 2004 [1].
  • 2001 - Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during the three-day siege of Afghanistan's Qala-i-Jangi jail [2][3].

MOORES, B.

Trooper
7893181
No 3 Commando
SBS
Royal Armoured Corps

Trooper Moores, No.3 Commando, was wounded 27 December 1941 during Operation Archery at Vaagso [1]. He later joined 2 Special Boat Section [2][3] and by 1944 was serving in 'Z' Special Boat section operating from Ceylon [3].

MUNRO, George

Sergeant
3323555
No 11 Commando
50ME Commando
SBS
Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) 2nd Bn.
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant George Munro, a veteran of the Litani River raid, died during operations with the S.B.S., on the island of Samos after leaving the Commando.
Postings
Sep   1940 - volunteered for 11 Cdo.
Mar  1941- arrive Middle East - 'C' Bn Layforce
Aug  1941- 11 Cdo absorbed into ME Cdo

NEWBY, George Eric

Known as: 
Eric
Lieutenant
153984
SBS
The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant George Eric Newby, 'M' Section of the  Special Boat Section, was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field [1][2][3]. He had previously served in 1 Special Service Regiment.

NORDASS, Geoffrey

Marine
P038320X
SBS
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Geoffrey Nordass received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service during the operations in the South Atlantic.
 
Sources
London Gazette 49134 page 12843.
National Archives file WO373/188/224.
 

O'REILLY, John Myles

Lance Sergeant
2716586
SBS
Irish Guards
Lance Sergeant John O'Reilly was awarded the Military Medal whilst serving in 1st Special Boat Squadron having left the Commando.
Recommendation
For distinguished conduct during the operation on the island of Santorin.

PAGNAM, Joe Colin Conesa

Joe Pagnam 2 SBS
Pagnam 2 Special Boat Section
Captain
233300
SBS
Gordon Highlanders
Mentioned in Despatches
Second Lieutenant Joe Pagnam, 2 Special Boat Section, received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service during the Oran landings at Algeria [1][2].
Recommendation
Oran Landings - Assault on port by H.M.S. Walney and H.M.S. Hartland 8th November 1942.

PARK, John

Sergeant
3709917
No 4 Commando
SBS
Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Sergeant John Park, a veteran of the 1942 Dieppe raid whilst attached to No.4 Commando, was reported missing 25 December 1943, later reported killed in action during the Hardtack 11 raid at Gravelines on the French coast.

PETERS, Richard James McGregor

Lieutenant Richard Peters 2 SBS
Lieutenant
226391
SBS
Kings Royal Rifle Corps, 7th(1st Bn Queen Victoria's Rifles)
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Richard Peters, 2 Special Boat Section, died [1] whilst leading a small reconnaissance operation to gather intelligence from villagers on the strength and disposition of Japanese forces on the other side of a bridge across the River Irrawaddy in the area of Pakkoku-Pagan. He was accompanied by 2 Corporals and an Interpreter. 

PHILLIPS, Mark Christopher

Known as: 
Foggy
Lieutenant Colonel
N029239W
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Acting Major Mark Phillips was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the field in 2004 [1].
  • 30 June 2010 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
  • Died after a short illness aged 56yrs having retired from the Service [3].
Sources

PLANK, Ian

Corporal
P051163J
SBS
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Ian Plank, a Swimmer Canoeist with the S.B.S.,  was killed by hostile fire during a Coalition operation in Iraq.  [Sources: AFM ROH / MOD / email Jase]
 

POMFORD, Douglas

Sergeant
3456406
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].
 

PREECE, Frederick Amos

Trooper Frederick Preece 6 Commando
Sergeant
404153
No 6 Commando
SBS
Royal Armoured Corps (Dragoon Guards)
Royal Tank Regiment
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Trooper Frederick Preece, 101 Troop, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] for his gallantry in a raid on Boulogne Harbour.
Recomendation for award

ROBERTS, Edward

Corporal
5884746
SBS
Special Air Service & Hampshire Regiment 5th Bn.
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Edward Roberts, Special Boat Service, SAS Regiment, AAC, attached to 2 Commando Brigade, died during operations at Lake Comacchio.

RODNEY, John Francis

Lieutenant
No 1 Commando
SBS
Mentioned in Despatches
Baron John Francis Rodney served as a Lieutenant in No.1 Commando HQ and also as an Operational Officer in HQ, 2 SBS. Post war member of both the Commando and Burma Star Associations.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 96 issued March 1993.

SEVERN, Clive

LCpl. Severn SBS
Lance Corporal
5887258
No 11 Commando
SBS
Northamptonshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Clive Severn died at sea. He received a posthumous MiD "in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East. [Source: London Gazettes Supp. 36065, page 2870.]
 

SHERGOLD, Edward Norman

Marine
PO/X 5874
SBS
Royal Marines
Died in service
Marine Edward Shergold was a member of the S.B.S. 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. 

SIDLOW, Ronald

Sgt Ronald Sidlow 2SBS
Sergeant
2621940
SBS
Grenadier Guards
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Ronald Sidlow joined 2 Special Boat Section on its formation from 101 Troop of No.6 Commando [1][2]. 8 November 1942 Mentioned In Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in North Africa [3].
Recommendation

STANWORTH, John

Corporal
RM 24064
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Died in service
Corporal John Stanworth was serving at HMS Rooke, a shore establishment in Gibraltar, at the time of his death. He was King's Badge man for JE26 Squad in 1966.
 
Sources
AFM ROH
Andy Holloway. WO2 RM.
 
Notes

STEPHENS, Seth Vincent Scott

Cpl Seth Stephens CGC
Corporal
P999732L
SBS
Royal Marines
Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Seph Stephens, S.B.S., died during operations in Southern Afghanistan. He was hit by enemy small arms fire while he was protecting and inspiring his British and Afghan comrades. He made a conscious decision to move to provide more effective covering fire. Moving along what was a very exposed position while under accurate fire, increased the risk to him significantly.

THOMSON, Jonathan James

Lieutenant Colonel (later Brigadier)
45 Cdo. RM
SBS
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Thomson O.B.E., was awarded The Queen's Gallantry Medal in recognition of gallantry within the operations in Northern Iraq and Southern Turkey  in 1991[1].
Citation 

VAN DER HORST, Richard Evert

Lieutenant Colonel
N028003Q
SBS
Royal Marines
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Queen's Commendation for Bravery
Died in service
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Evert van der Horst OBE, Officer Commanding the Special Boat Service, died on the 14th March 2005 after a diving accident on the 7th March during an amphibious exercise off Norway.
Service
  • 1984 joined the Royal Marines as a university cadet entrant and passed out in 1988 with the Sword of Honour.

WALTON, Richard Anthony Carl

Colour Sergeant
P044439X
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Died in service unknown cause

Colour Sergeant Richard Walton was serving at RMDIV Leconfield at the time of his death.

Richard Walton joined the Royal Marines in 1985 and served 2 days short of 20 years. During his career he served at Poole, 40 Commando, Commando Logistics Regiment, 42 Commando, CTCRM, and SBS. [Sources: AFM ROH / Navy News issue 1st June 2005.]

WESLEY, Edward Alfred Wellesley

Edward Arthur Wellesley Wesley SBS
Lieutenant (later Captain)
2889509
305003
SBS
Gordon Highlanders
Military Cross (MC)
Corporal Edward Wesley serving at the time in 2 S.B.S. was granted an immediate emergency commission and appointed Second Lieutenant on the 6 December 1943 [1]. He was retained within 2 S.B.S. and then proceeded overseas to Supreme Allied Command, South East Asia (S.A.C.S.E.A.) [2].

WILLIAMS, Thomas Ivor

Thomas Ivor Williams MM, SBS
Sergeant
3909922
SBS
No 1 Commando
South Wales Borderers
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Thomas Ivor Williams, 'B' Group 2 Special Boat Section, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service in Burma between August and November 1944 [1][1a].
Recommendation

WILSON, Robert

Captain (later Lieutenant Colonel)
97240
No 8 Commando
SBS
Royal Artillery
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Bar to the Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches
Territorial Efficiency Medal
Gunner Robert Wilson was commissioned Second Lieutenant on 2 September 1939 [1]. After volunteering for the Commandos he joined the folbot section of No.8 Commando, prior to a move to the Special Boat Section in the Middle East.

WRIGHT, Harold

Gunner
14241643
SBS
Royal Artillery
1st Police Intake
Mentioned in Despatches
Gunner Harold Wright 2 Special Boat Section, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in North Africa. The operation was the Oran Landings, an assault on the port by HMS Walney and HMS Hartland, 8th November 1942.  He formed one of the crew of No.3 Folbot with Cpl. Sidlow, which was launched from HMS Walney.

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