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A.T. Bamber   to   J.G. Burton
Bamber,
Alexander Thomson
J.B. Blacklaws
Son of William Henry Bamber, and
Jessie Ann H. Thomson.
Married (27.03.1943, Cathedral
Church of All Saints, Cairo) Third
Officer Elizabeth Reid Halliday,
WRNS.
(09?).1919
Portsmouth district, Hampshire
-
T/2nd Lt. 28.12.1941
T/Lt. 28.06.1942 (reld 04.05.1946)
A/T/Capt. 22.09.1943-(06.1944),
15.03.1945-(07.1945)
(08.1942) - (06.)1944 Mobile Naval Base Defence Organization (1)
1944 - (10.1944) attached Group 3, Holding Company, RM Training Group (Devon)
? - (07.1945) Adjutant, 26th RM Battalion
Bartlett,
Harry Royston
"Roy"
H.R. Bartlett (Photo courtesy of Dr Jonathan Bartlett)
H.R. Bartlett (Photo courtesy of Dr Jonathan Bartlett)
Son of Brig. Harry Bartlett, CBE, and Hilda Mary Hodder.
Brother of Capt. William James Osborne Bartlett, MC and Bar, Royal Tank Regiment.
Married (15.04.1944, Church of St Mary, Hayling South, Havant, Gosport district, Hampshire) Joan Cook[e], of Budleigh Salterton.
(03?).1924
Andover district, Hampshire / Wilthsire
-
01.11.1944
Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital
(died of illness) [age 20]
[Budleigh Salterton Church Cemetery, H.5.2]
T/2nd Lt.
21.08.1942
T/Lt.
10.05.1943
Education: Imperial Service College, Windsor
(08.1942?)
-
(02.)1943
1st RM Mobile Company
(06.)1943
-
(12.1943)
41 RM Commando 
[received a massive wound from a German machine gun in the back after running up and placing a pole charge against a pill-box around Vietri near Salerno in early September 1943 during Operation Avalanche]
12.03.1944
-
01.11.1944
HMS Copra (Combined Operations accounting base) (for landing craft duty) [died of illness from his wounds received at Salerno]
Beeman,
Philip
P. Beeman

Son of Robert Beeman, and Margaret Kate Madden.
21.11.1916
Wandsworth district, London
-
05.2002
South Hams district, Devon
2nd Lt.
01.09.1935
Prob. Lt.
01.10.1937
Lt.
18.04.1938, seniority 01.10.1937
A/Capt.
15.11.1941-03.06.1942
Capt.
04.06.1942
A/Maj.
29.11.1944-18.03.1946
Maj.
30.06.1950
local Lt.Col.
17.10.1956-12.03.1957
A/Lt.Col.
13.03.1957-16.06.1958
local Lt.Col.
17.06.1958-29.06.1958
Lt.Col.
30.06.1958
Col.
30.06.1962 (retd 21.11.1965)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
08.01.1942
withdrawal from Crete [investiture 09.02.43]
?
-
(02.1936)
Chatham Division RM
(01.1937)
-
(02.)1937
Portsmouth Division RM
1937
-
(07.)1937
RM Depot, Deal
18.10.1937
-
(02.)1938
HMS Resolution (battleship) (Home Fleet)
18.02.1938
-
(10.1938)
HMS Royal Sovereign (battleship) (Home Fleet)
02.01.1939
-
(04.)1939
gunnery course, HMS Excellent
1939
-
(08.)1939
Chatham Division RM
27.08.1939
-
(02.)1941
HMS Calcutta (cruiser)
15.11.1941
-
(10.)1943
HMS Charybdis (cruiser)
1943
-
(12.1943)
RM Siege Regiment
?
-
(04.)1944
RM Armoured Support Group
(06.)1944
-
(10.)1944
Instructor of Gunnery, RM Amphibious Training Centre (Burma Camp, Llwynwril) [under RM Training Group Wales]
29.11.1944
-
(07.1945)
HMS Turtle (Combined Operations training establishment, Poole)
?
-
(04.1946)
Portsmouth Division RM
?
-
(07.1948)
Gunnery School RM
(05.1949)
-
(05.1950)
Pay and Records Office RM
(05.1953)
-
(07.1954)
RM Office (London)
(04.1955)
-
(01.)1956
RM Barracks, Eastney
17.10.1956
-
(01.1957)
Material Staff, Amphibious Warfare HQ (London)
30.06.1958
-
(01.1959)
Assistant Adjutant General, "A" Staff, Royal Marine Office (London)
(07.1961)
-
(02.1964)
RM Barracks, Eastney
01.07.1965
-
21.11.1965
RM ADC to the Queen
Belbin,
George Craven
G.C.Belbin (Imperial War Museum © IWM (A 21370))
16.02.1920
-
25.01.2008
... ...
Lt. 01.02.1940
A/Capt. 30.06.1941
... - ... ...
13.09.1943 - (10.1943) HMS Belfast (cruiser)
... - ... ...
Bell,
Arnold
A. Bell (Photo courtesy of Mr Ed Bell)
Son (with three sisters and two brothers) of John Thomas Bell (1878-1941), and Alice Hall (1880-1969).
Husband of Muriel Hannah Bell, of Chatham; one son.

His son writes: "My father Capt. Arnold Bell RM was stationed at HMS Nile between May and November  1944. In October he took a detachment of Royal Marines to the Greek port of Piraeus to keep law and order in the interim period between the German's withdrawal and the establishment of civil law. The following is a quote from an ex-Marine who lived in New Zealand and was a member of the detachment. "This party had the exciting designation of 'Haddock' and consisted of two sergeants, four corporals and 46 marines who gathered at Sphinx. Training was commmennced on commando principle with emphasis on -riots and street fighting etc." The detachment landed on Greek soil on October 12 and remained until the beginning of November when they were ordered to board HMS Easton and harrass the Germans remaining on the island of Milos. An attack on a radar unit sited on Mount Topakas, on the South West corner of Milos was planned and executed on the night of November 13/14 during which my father and three Royal Marines were killed. The Radar unit ceased to operate from that date, two German prisoners were taken and a number of Greek teenagers who wished to fight for the Allies were taken on board Easton."

09.01.1908
-
14.11.1944
Milos, Greece
(KIA)
[Phaleron War Cemetery, Greece, collective grave 23.B.2-5]
T/A/Sgt.Maj.
07.10.1940
Lt.
01.01.1944
A/Capt.
15.07.1944
Mentioned in Despatches MID
08.06.1944
HM's birthday 44
Mentioned in Despatches MID
11.12.1945
wind up Europe 45 [posthumously]
(02.1941)
-
(12.1941)
Sergeant-Major, 7th Battalion, 103rd RM Brigade
(08.1942)
-
(02.)1943
101st RM Brigade
(06.)1943
-
(08.)1943
Mobile Naval Base Defence Organisation 2
(10.)1943
-
(12.1943)
RM Military School
?
-
(04.)1944
RM Training Group Wales (Mobile Naval Base Defence Organisation 2)
1944
-
(06.)1944
RM Training Group Devon (Mobile Naval Base Defence Organisation 2)
15.07.1944
-
14.11.1944
HMS Nile (RN base, Alexandria, Egypt)
Blacklaws,
John Berry
J.B. Blacklaws

Married Wendy Patricia Ware-Austin; two sons.
?
Scotland
-
1964
East Africa
Mne.
01.06.1943 [114295]
T/2nd Lt.
12.08.1944
T/Lt.
12.02.1945 (reld > 04.1946)
01.06.1943


enlisted RM
?
-
(07.1945)
RM Commandos
?
-
(04.1946)
Plymouth Division RM
Went home to Kenya post-war (farmer/game warden/safari leader).
Blake,
George Michael
G.M. Blake

15.08.1918
-
22.01.2007
2nd Lt.
01.01.1937
A/Lt.
30.01.1939-31.01.1939
Lt.
01.02.1939
A/Capt.
28.10.1940-17.08.1943,
04.10.1943-31.03.1946
Capt.
01.04.1946
Maj.
31.12.1953
...
-
...
...
?
-
(06.1944)
102nd RM Brigade
(08.1943)
-
(06.1944)
RM Depot, Deal
29.09.1944
-
(07.1945)
HMNZS Gambia
...
-
...
...
Blow,
Leslie
L. Blow (Photo courtesy of Mrs Janet Martin) L. Blow (Photo courtesy of Mrs Janet Martin)

?
-
Col.Sgt.
? [PO/215863]
T/Sgt.Maj.
26.06.1942
T/Lt. (QM)
15.01.1943 (reld < 04.1946)
British Empire Medal BEM
01.07.1941
HM's birthday 41 [investiture 04.11.41]
26.06.1942
-
(08.1942)
HMS Watchful (RN base, Yarmouth)
(02.1943)
-
(12.1943)
Mobile Naval Base Defence Organisation (MNBDO) 2
(04.1944)
-
(10.1944)
Administrative Officer, 1st RM Armoured Support Regiment (RM Armoured Support Group)
(03.1945)


Naval Party 2402 (Rhine crossing)
(07.1945)
 
 
no appointment listed
Bradley,
John William Evance
J.W.E. Bradley
Son of ... Bradley, and ... Burt.
Lived in Swanage in the 1990s.
04.08.1920
Wareham district, Dorset
-
05.1994
Poole district, Dorset
T/Lt.
18.08.1941
A/T/Capt.
01.10.1942
Military Cross MC
08.02.1944
capture of Termoli (Italy)
?
-
(12.1941)
15th (S) Battalion, 101st RM Brigade
?
-
(08.1942)
no appointment listed
?
-
(02.1943)
Commando Group HQ
(06.1943)
-
(06.1944)
40 RM Commando
?
-
(07.1945)
Assistant to Officer-in-Charge Cadets, Cadet Wing, RM Military School
?
-
(04.1946)
Plymouth Division, RM
Brockbank,
Maurice Chester
M.C. Brockbank
Son of Clarence Jesse Brockbank (1884-1970), and Caroline Brockbank.
Married ((09?).1938, Surrey Mid Eastern district) Marjorie Winifred "Madge" Adams (1916? - 30.11.2006), of Ewell, Surrey; one son. Madge Brockbank remarried (1952) Donald Burton Baker.
1910 ?
Lancashire ?
-
12.04.1945
(KIA) [age 35]
[Becklingen War Cemetery, Niedersachsen, Germany, 8.D.13]
T/2nd Lt. 05.02.1943
T/A/Lt. 13.06.1943
T/Lt. 05.08.1943
T/A/Capt. 14.12.1944
Mentioned in Despatches MID 23.01.1945 operations with Army in Italy 01-04.44
(04.)1943 - (06.)1944 40 RM Commando
(10.)1944 - (01.)1945 RM Holding Commando
1945 - 12.04.1945 "C" Troop, 45 RM Commando (killed at the crossing of the Aller River)
Brown,
Frank Weyer
J.W.E. Bradley

18.07.1910
-

Prob. 2nd Lt.
01.01.1929
Lt.
01.01.1932
Capt.
09.05.1938
T/Maj.
< 08.1942 (retd, reld or died > 06.1944)
RAF:

F/O
16.09.1934
F/Lt.
01.07.1938
03.01.1929
-
(08.1929)
course for Probationary Second Lieutenants, RM at RN College, Greenwich [HMS President]
?
-
(04.1930)
RM Depot, Deal
?
-
(02.1931)
Portsmouth Division. RM
?
-
(01.)1932
Plymouth Division, RM
22.01.1932
-
(09.1932)
HMS Ramillies (battleship) (Mediterranean)
06.01.1933
-
(01.)1934
HMS Glorious (aircraft carrier) (Mediterranean)
16.09.1934
-
25.11.1937
employed under the Air Ministry:
16.09.1934
-
(07.)1935
pilots' course, No. 1 Flying Training School, Leuchars [attached to RAF]
21.08.1935
-
(02.1937)
S/R Squadron 823 FAA [HMS Glorious (aircraft carrier)] (Mediterranean) [attached to RAF]
(07.1937)


HMS Glorious (aircraft carrier) (Mediterranean) [attached to RAF] *
03.01.1938
-
(01.1940)
specially employed [attached to RAF]: 
(02.1938)
-
(08.1938)
HMS Victory (RN base, Portsmouth) [attached to RAF] *
15.08.1938
-
(04.1939)
TSR Squadron 810 FAA [HMS Ark Royal (aircraft carrier)] (Home Fleet)  [attached to RAF]
(08.1939)
-
(04.1940)
Fleet Air Arm
06.12.1940
-
(02.1941)
Commanding Officer, 786 Squadron FAA [HMS Jackdaw (RN Air Station, Crial, Fife)]
11.08.1941
-
(12.1941)
Second-in-Command, 824 Squadron FAA [HMS Eagle (aircraft carrier)]
?
-
(08.)1942
Commanding Officer, 824 Squadron FAA [HMS Eagle (aircraft carrier)]
09.1942
-
(02.1943)
HMS Activity (escort carrier) **
20.04.1944
-
(06.1944)
HMS President (for duty with 5th Sea Lord)
* indexed, but not listed as such
** (06.1943) - (04.1944) still indexed, but no longer listed as such
Buckley,
Arthur Henry Rede
A.H.R. Buckley
Residence: (1944) Plymouth.
06.02.1903
St George Hanover Square, London, Middlesex
-
Prob. 2nd Lt.
01.09.1921
2nd Lt.
1922?, seniority 01.09.1921
Prob. Lt.
01.10.1924
Lt.
1925?, seniority 01.10.1924
Capt.
28.03.1934
Bt. Maj.
31.12.1940
Maj.
01.02.1944 (retd 25.02.1949)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) OBE
08.06.1944
HM's birthday 44 [investiture 12.12.44]
01.09.1921


commissioned, Royal Marine Artillery
(08.1923)


no appointment listed
1924?


transferred, Royal Marines (Plymouth Division)
12.1924
-
(05.1926)
HMS Hood (battlecruiser) (Atlantic Fleet)
?
-
(07.1927)
12th RM Battalion
(04.1928)
-
(05.)1928
Depôt RM, Deal
1928
-
(06.1928)
Plymouth Division, RM
(08.1929)
-
(02.)1931
Portsmouth Division, RM
1931
-
(01.)1932
Chatham Division, RM
1932
-
(09.1932)
Depôt RM, Deal
(05.1933)
-
(06.1933)
no appointment listed
(01.1934)
-
(07.1934)
Depôt RM, Deal
29.11.1934
-
(07.1935)
HMS Shropshire (cruiser) (Mediterranean)
?
-
(02.1936)
Chatham Division, RM
05.08.1936
-
(07.)1937
HMS Dolphin (submarine depot, Gosport) (for Fort Blockhouse)
29.11.1937
-
(02.1939)
HMS Cornwall (cruiser) (Devonport)
(04.1939)


no appointment listed
(08.1939)
-
(06.1944)
Plymouth Division, RM
?
-
(07.1945)
HMS Drake (RN base, Devonport) *
?
-
(04.1946)
Plymouth Division, RM
?
-
(07.1948)
Royal Naval School of Music
Headed Seamenship Instructor Department of the naval boarding school Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, Suffolk, early 1950s.

* indexed, but not listed as such
Burge,
Humphrey Edward Kelsey
H.E.K. Burge
Son (with two brothers and one sister) of George Henry Kelsey Burge (1890-1957), and Evelyn Alice Stiles (1884-1977).
Married 1st ((12?).1944, Hampstead district, London) Beatrix Hope Campbell "Bo" Robertson (09.08.1907 - 30.03.1998) [she married before (1934) Harry Oxford Paton Evans (1907-1936), and later (1970) Alfred Robert Llewellin-Taylour (1877-1972)], daughter (with one brother) of Archibald Campbell Robertson (1861-1946), and Marjorie Urqhuart (1881-1959); three sons.
Married 2nd ((03?).1961, West Cheshire district, Cheshire) Beatrice M. Sherwood.
17.01.1917
-
(12?).1978
Leominster district, Hereford and Worcester
2nd Lt.
01.09.1939
Prob. Lt.
16.02.1941
Lt.
02.12.1941, seniority 16.02.1941
A/Capt.
18.10.1943-12.08.1945,
28.11.1945-...
A/Maj.
13.08.1945-28.11.1945
Capt.
16.02.1949 (retd 29.08.1955)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
03.10.1952
Korea (4th list) [investiture 03.03.53]
Silver Star Medal (US) SSM
30.10.1953
enemy action Moggumpo 30.08.51 [decoration presented]



served in the ranks for 2 years, 344 days
01.09.1939
 
 
commissioned RM
?
-
(04.1940)
RM course, Portsmouth
?
-
(02.)1941
RM Reserve Depot, Exton
18.03.1941
-
(06.)1943
HMS Glasgow (cruiser)
(08.)1943
-
(10.)1943
Plymouth Division RM
18.10.1943
-
(07.1945)
General Staff Officer, 3rd grade (GSO3) (Air), HQ Special Service Group [from 12.1944 Commando Group]
?
-
(04.1946)
3rd Commando Brigade (Light)
(07.1948)
-
(05.1949)
Pay and Records Office, RM
01.03.1950
-
(08.1951)
HMS Ceylon (cruiser)
?
-
(05.1953)
RM Forces Volunteer Reserve Merseyside
07.12.1953
-
(07.1954)
HMS Royal Prince (parent ship, Germany) (for service at Krefeld)
?
-
(04.1955)
Pay and Records Office, RM
Burnford,
Alfred Myer
"John"
A.M. Burnford A.M. Burnford
Son of Alfred Myer and Katharine Burnford, of New Zealand.
Married (08.10.1946, Maidstone, Kent) Beryl Marjorie Roddam.

25.09.1920
-
2012 still alive
T/2nd Lt.
10.01.1941
T/Lt.
10.07.1941
T/A/Capt.
15.09.1944
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE 14.03.1944 escape as POW while on a train to Verona
Education: MRCS Eng, LRCP Lond 17.05.1951; MB, BS Lond 1952; DCH Eng 1954; DObst RCOG 1954.
(02.1941)     Mobile Naval Base Defence Organisation (MNBDO) (1) *
(12.1941) - (08.1942) 11th RM Battalion (Land Defence Force), Mobile Naval Base Defence Organisation (MNBDO) (1)
(02.1943) - (12.1943) no appointment listed: POW (escaped)
? - 04.1944 Plymouth Division RM
04.1944 - (07.1945) HMS Copra (Combined Operations accounting base) (for landing craft duty)
(04.1946)     HMS Copra (Combined Operations accounting base) *
General practitioner, Stoklinch, Ilminster, Somerset, later Lynchetts Barley, Royston, Hertfordshire.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Burnford,
John Michael
J.M. Burnford
Son of ... Burnford, and ... Wreyford.
18.01.1921
St Marylebone district, Greater London
-
10.02.1981
Pulborough, Worthing district
T/2nd Lt. 22.11.1940
T/Lt. 22.05.1941 (reld < 04.1946)
(02.1941) - (08.1942) 11th RM Battalion (Land Defence Force), Mobile Naval Base Defence Organisation (MNBDO) (1)
(02.1943) - (07.1945) no appointment listed: POW
Burton,
John George
J.G. Burton

20.04.1921
-
(12?).1978
Winchester district, Hampshire
2nd Lt. ?
T/Lt. 17.09.1941 (commission terminated 29.12.1944)
A/T/Capt. 10.07.1943-26.10.1943,
07.06.1944-09.08.1944
Military Cross MC 29.08.1944 Italy
(08.1942)     102nd RM Brigade
(02.1943) - (06.1944) Intelligence Officer, 41 RM Commando (Sicily, Salerno, Normandy)
 
       
 
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