Royal Marines

Historical Time Line  

2000

2000. Friday 24th March. 769 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.

2000. September.  The SBS was involved in Operation Barras, a hostage rescue operation in Sierra Leone.

2000. Thursday 19th October. 781 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.

2000. 42 Commando deployed to Sierra Leone. As part of the Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) deployed from HMS Ocean to carry out peace keeping operations after relieving the 1 PARA battle group that had been earlier deployed.

2000. HQ 3 Commando Brigade, 45 Commando, the Commando Logistic Regiment and the Royal Marine Band Plymouth were deployed to Kosovo.

2000. Royal Marine National Memorial in London was unveiled.

2000. Comacchio Group was renamed Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines.

2000. Monday 10th - 15th July. The first and only, Royal Military Tattoo - a Tri-Service event held on Horse Guards Parade and led by the Royal Marines Band Service under Lieutenant Colonel Richard Waters.

2000. 'Operation Agricola IV' saw 3 Commando HQ, logistic and signals take control of the Multi-National Brigade in Kosovo. Elements of 45 Commando made up part of the multi-national force.

2000. 45 Commando deployed on operations in Afghanistan.

2001. The Fleet Protection Group was moved from Arbroath to Faslane.

2001. New Colours were presented to 40, 42 and 45 Commandos at Plymouth.

2001. Elements of 40 Commando were deployed on HMS Ocean for operations in Afghanistan.

2001. 3 Commando Brigade Signal Squadron Royal Marines were renamed United Kingdom Landing Force Command Support Group.

2001. 3 Commando Brigade took part in a large scale exercise, Exercise Saif Sareea 2 (Swift Sword 2), in the Gulf state of Oman, following the terrorist attacks of September 2001. 200 Royal Marines from 40 Commando embarked on board HMS Fearless for potential deployment into Afghanistan.

2001. Command Support Group. Royal Marines Poole renamed 1 Assault Group.

2001. Friday 6th April. The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following as having been Mentioned in Despatches or Commended for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Sierra Leone during the period May to September 2000.
Mention in Despatches. MID:
Colour Sergeant Alexander Keith Gibb Royal Marines PD41688W.

2001. Thursday. 12th July. Presentation of Colours to 40, 42 and 45 Commando Royal Marines by The Duke of Edinburgh on Plymouth Hoe. Musical support from the Massed Bands formed from the Royal Marines Bands of Plymouth Commando Traiing Centre Royal Marines, and Britannia Royal Naval College under the Direction of Lieutenant Coronel R.A. Waters, Principal Director of Music and led by WO1 Bugler A.D. Bridges, the Corps Drum Major, and WO2 Bugler C. Lawton, the Corps Bugle Major.

2001. November. C and M squadron SBS had an extensive role in the invasion of Afghanistan at the start of the War in Afghanistan and were involved in the Battle of Tora Bora. The SBS was integrated directly into Task Force Sword - a Black SOF, under direct command of JSOC, this was a so-called hunter-killer force who's primary objective was of capturing or killing senior leadership and HVT within both al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Operators from M squadron (with at least one SEAL attached to them) were tasked with several missions, some with General Dostum's Northern Alliance forces at Mazar-e-Sharif. On Saturday 10th November, C squadron inserted into the recently captured Bagram Airbase, which caused an immediate political quandary with the Northern Alliance leadership which claimed that the British had failed to consult them on it before the deployment. Members of M squadron SBS, were involved in a prison revolt during the Battle of Qala-i-Jangi, members of the SBS along with US and Northern Alliance troops quelled the uprising, however during one CAS mission, a misdirected JDAM bomb wounded 4 SBS operators. In appreciation for the SBS contribution to the battle, the CIA attempted to recognise the operators with US decorations, however due to Military and political bureaucracy, the decorations were never awarded. The SBS continued to work with Task Force Sword and the CIA.

2002. May. 815 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.

2002. Thursday 6th June. 818 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.

2002. 45 Commando Group deployed on operations in Afghanistan.

2002. Headquarters United Kingdom Amphibious Force established with the Commandant General as COMUKAMPHIBFOR.

2002. Corps Strength at this time was 6,100.

2002. Tuesday 22nd October. Two hundred RMBS personnel commence training and briefing to cover fire fighters strike which began on the 13th November 2002 and lasted until late January 2003.

2002. Tuesday 29th October. The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following appointments to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period Monday 1st October 2001 to Sunday 31st March 2002.
Order of the British Empire. OBE. To be an Additional Commander of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Allan Pickup Royal Marines.
Menber of the British Emopire. MBE:
Captain Nigel John Powell Somerville Royal Marines.

2002. Tuesday 29th October. The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2001 to 31st March 2002.
Military Cross. MC:
Colour Sergeant Stuart Anthony Brown, Royal Marines P044265X.
Mention in Despatches. MID:
Sergeant Paul McGough Royal Marines P043260W
Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service:
Major Robert Graham Cundy Royal Marines.

2003. During the invasion of Iraq, M squadron was involved in a fierce firefight, which has since been commended by senior British officials. Sixty Men from M squadron with the call sign Zero Six Bravo travelled 1,000 km (620 m) into Iraq to take the surrender of the Iraqi 5th Corps. The call-sign was engaged in a fierce firefight that saw most of its vehicles destroyed. The SBS squadron escaped by splitting up, two men escaped on quad bikes to Syria. C squadron also had a 3 month tour in early 2003. Corporal Ian Plank, an SBS operator attached to the SAS was killed by Iraqi insurgents during a house-to-house search for a wanted high-ranking Islamist terrorist in an insurgent compound in Ramadi on Friday 31st October 2003, he was the first UKSF combat casualty of the Iraq War. The SBS was also very active as part of Task Force Black, C squadron deployed to Baghdad as part of the task force in 2004, in its four-month deployment it mounted 22 raids. On Saturday 23 July 2005, M squadron, supported by operators from the SAS and US forces carried out Operation Marlborough, killing 3 members of AQI.

2003. Tuesday 30th September. The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following appointments to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Democratic Republic of the Distinguished Service Order Congo during the period Thursday 1st October 2002 to 31st Monday March 2003.
Order of the British Empire. OBE.
Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Frederick Barry Barnwell Royal Marines Reserve.

2003. Friday 7th February. Composite Royal Marines Band to serve on board RFA Argus as casualty handlers and in other roles including musical support. Other members of the RMBS deployed to Iraq to serve as two Decontamination Teams were involved in operations in Umm Qsar and the assault on Basra. Duties extended to armed protection force for battlefield ambulances and convoy escort. Probably the most integrated military involvement of the RMBS since the end of World War II.

2003. Thursday 20th March. The Iraq War and 'Operation Telic' carried out by 3 Commando Brigade saw operations on the Al Faw peninsula and the liberation of Basra. 40 and 42 Commando moved into Southern Iraq to secure the oil fields and prevent Saddam from setting them on fire, as he had when withdrawing from Kuwait in 1991. 40 Commando were flown in by Helicopters onto the Al Faw Peninsula in order to secure the oil infrastructure and sweep the area clear of enemy forces. US Navy SEALS worked closely with 40 Commando in securing a key oil facility.

2003. Sunday 30th March. Major Alexis Ballard aged 33 of 3 Commando Brigade died from none hostile, natural causes. While serving on Operation Telic in Afghanistan.

2003. Thursday 12th June. RMBS Beat Retreat in the grounds of Buckingham Palace to celebrate Prince Philip's Birthday and his 50th Anniversary as Captain General Royal Marines.

2003. Tuesday 30th September. Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood. St James’s Palace, London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for Watch. the following promotion in and appointments to The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period Tuesday 1st October 2002 to Monday 31st March 2003.
Member of the British Empire. MBE.  To be Additional Member of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:
Colour Sergeant William George Reid Royal Marines P043751N.
Queen’s Commendation for Bravery:
Corporal Paul George McIntosh Royal Marines P052283G.
Queen’s Commendation for Bravery:
Corporal Paul George McIntosh Royal Marines P052283G.

2003. Tuesday 30th September. The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for ARMY the following appointments to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Democratic Republic of the Distinguished Service Order Congo during the period Thursday 1st October 2002 to 31st Monday March 2003.
Order of the British Empire. OBE.
Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Frederick Barry Barnwell Royal Marines Reserve.

2003.  Friday 31st October. Royal Marine Corporal Ian Plank age 31 from Poole in Dorset was killed during a coalition operation in Iraq, near Mosul and outside the British area of responsibility. News of his death was delayed by several days due to the fear of jeopardising a secret operation targeting terrorist units still loyal to Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq. Royal Marines seconded to the SBS were working under cover with U.S. special services in missions aimed at guerrilla units and at finding Saddam Hussein. Colonel Jerry Heal paid this tribute: "Corporal Plank was an extremely popular and greatly admired member of the Royal Marines, widely respected for his professional excellence, commitment and determination. He was particularly well known for his resilience and robustness under pressure, when his leadership, example and sense of humour were especially valued. He embodied all the personal and professional qualities associated with the Royal Marines and he enriched the lives of those who knew him, both socially and in the work place. His positive outlook, bright disposition and zest for life will be remembered with deep pride and affection by all who knew him, and most of all by his family and those members of the Royal Marines and others with whom he served around the world."

2003. Special exhibition marking the 100th Anniversary of the opening of the Royal Naval School of Music at Eastney Barracks at the Royal Marines Museum. All 32 Silver memorial Bugles were on display, this being only the forth time that they had been together in their eighty three year history. Visited by HRH Prince Philip, the Captain General Royal Marines.

2003. The Armoured Special Company RM established to develop operating procedures fro Viking armoured vehicles.

2004. Friday 13th February. 856 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.

2004. Wednesday 28th April. The Band of HM Royal Marines, Britannia Royal Naval College, given the Freedom of Dartmouth. The first time that a Royal Marines Band had received such an honour.

2004. 40 Commando conducts an operational tour in Iraq.

2004. 45 Commando completes it's final operational deployment in Northern Ireland.

2004. The Viking enters service with 3 Commando Brigade.

2005. Friday 2nd December. 895 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.

2005. COMUKAMPPHIBFOR is deployed to Iraq with his HQ to command Multi-National Division Southeast.

2005. Spring. Afghanistan. The Director of Special Forces rebalanced British special forces deployments so that Afghanistan would be the responsibility of the SBS and Iraq would be the 22nd SAS Regiment's.

2006. Wednesday 11th January. The Death of Lieutenant Coronel R.A. Waterer, Princible Director of Music 1994 - 2002, at Valley Forge Military Academy, Pennsylvania, where he was Commandant of Cadets.

2006. Friday 24th March. Ministry of Defence London Whitehall SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards for gallant and distinguished services in Iraq during the period Friday 1st April to Friday 30th September 2005.
Conspicuous Gallantry Cross. CGC:
Sergeant (Acting Colour Sergeant) Matthew Robert Tomlinson Royal Marines P049020H.
The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following as having been Mentioned in Despatches, Commended for Bravery or Commended for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Iraq during the period Friday 1st April to Friday 30th September 2005.
Queen’s Commendation: Additional Members of the Military Division of the Valuable Service.
Major Michael John Tanner Royal Marines.
Corporal Stephen Michael Head Royal Marines P053258F.

2006. Friday 24th March. Ministry of Defence London Whitehall SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following as having been Commended for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field during the period Friday 1st April to Friday 30th September 2005.
Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service:
Sergeant Thomas Palmer QGM Royal Marines P047880V.

2006. Tuesday 27th June. Sergeant Paul Bartlett of the Special Boat Service (SBS) aged 35, was killed near Sangin, while on active service in Afghanistan.

2006.  Tuseday 27th June. Captain David Patten, SAS (other sources say SRR) and Sergeant Paul Bartlett SBS, age 35 were killed and another serviceman seriously injured in a Taliban ambush in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan. They were part of an SBS patrol that had arrested 4 Taliban organisers when they were ambushed by a large Taliban force, their vehicles were destroyed and the team were pursued by at least 70 Taliban insurgents, they were rescued by a platoon of Gurkhas who were supported by US and British aircraft, however in the chaos, Bartlett and Patten became separated from the main group, their bodies were later found. One SBS member was awarded the MC.

2006. Spring. Afghanistan. The British military deployed over 4,000 troops to southern Afghanistan and the SBS were assigned to take the lead in supporting the deployment. The SBS were part of Task Force 84: the British contingent in the Joint Special Forces command; the SBS carried out missions all over southern Afghanistan with US Apache helicopters. The main objective of the SBS (and later on other British special forces units with Afghan forces) was targeting Taliban leaders and drug barons using ‘Carrot and stick’ tactics.

2006. Registered Computerised numbers. Tthe demise of the ‘N’ (officers) and ‘P’ (other ranks) system and under Joint Personnel Administration the service numbers of personnel in all three services now universally start with the digit 3 followed by seven further digits.

2006. Saturday 2nd September. Royal Marine Joseph David Windall aged 22. Lost his life while on active service in Afghanistan, following the crash of a RAF Nimrod MR2 aircraft.

2006. September. Two Buglers are deployed to Camp Bastion for duties that include Repatriation Ceremonies.

2006. Tuesday 5th December. Marine Jonathan Wigley aged 21, was killed while serving with Zulu Company 45 Commando on active service in Afghanistan.

2008. Tuesday 12th December. Marine Richard J. Watson (age 23) was killed in action while serving with 42 Commando, in the North of Helmand, Afghanistan.

2006. 3 Commando Brigade is in Norway for Winter Deployment, then Afghanistan (less 40 Commando).

2007. Thursday 4th January - 15th May. RMBS provided the Cyprus Reinforcement Unit of ninety five personnel. Responsible for security at British Sovereign Base Area at Episkopi, Troodos, Olympus and Salt Lake City. Also able to provide musical support and entertainment to military and civilian population.

2007. Monday 24th September. Members of the SBS and Italian commando's rescued two Italian intelligence officers who were kidnapped by the Taliban in Herat province near Farah Afghanistan, they had been kidnapped 2 days before. The mission was successful the officers were rescued and all 8 or 9 Taliban were killed. 

2007. Saturday 12th May. An SBS team killed the Taliban leader Mullah Dadullah in Helmand province Afghanistan after a raid on a compound where his associates were meeting. 

2007. Thursday 19th July. Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood. St James’s Palace London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following appointments to, and promotion in, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period Friday 1st October 2006 to Saturday 31st March 2007:
Distinguished Service Order. DSO. To be Companions:
Lieutenant Colonel Matthew John Holmes Royal Marines.
Brigadier Jeremy Hywel Thomas Royal Marines.
Conspicuous Gallantry Cross. CGC:
Corporal John Thomas Thompson Royal Marines P055927F.
Military Cross. MC:
Colour Sergeant Hefin Jones Royal Marines  P048583J.
Sergeant Jason Layton Royal Marines P048374V.
Sergeant Andrew Peter Miller Royal Marines P048526D.
Sergeant David Albert Montgomery Royal Marines P047665F.
Sergeant Andrew David Pearson Royal Marines P047829N.
Corporal Michael Cowe  Royal Marines P060082K.
Corporal Alan Hewitt  Royal Marines P056210P.
Corporal Simon Willey Royal Marines P056153P.
Marine Matthew Bispham Royal Marines  P064521K.
Marine Daniel Claricoates Royal Marines P062664H.
Marine Ian Paul Danby  Royal Marines P062617U.
Marine Daniel Fisher  Royal Marines P063328S.
Mention in Despatches. MID:
Major Philip Gadie, Royal Marines.
Major Damien John Huntingford Royal Marines.
Captain Alistair Scott Carns Royal Marines.
Captain Duncan Graham Forbes Royal Marines.
Captain Jason Robert Milne Royal Marines.
Second Lieutenant Richard Sharp Royal Marines.
Corporal Adam Lison Royal Marines P058086L
Corporal Ashley Oates Royal Marines P053529A.
Warrant Officer Class 2 Robert Daniel Jones Royal Marines.
Warrant Officer Class 2 Steven Shepherd MBE Royal Marines.
Marine Thomas Curry Royal Marines P063705H (killed in action).
Marine Jonathan Paul Hart Royal Marines P060214H.
Marine Alexander Hoole Royal Marines P060269B.
Marine Paul Mayfield Royal Marines P062833B.
Marine Mark Roughsedge Royal Marines P057291P.
Marine Matthew Smith Royal Marines P063286V.
Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service:
Major Matthew Churchward Royal Marines.
Lieutenant Colonel Duncan Andrew Dewar Royal Marines.
Lieutenant Colonel Charles Richard Stickland Royal Marines
Military Cross. MC:
Captain James Knight Royal Marines.
Corporal Terry Robert Knights Royal Marines P051200Y.
Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service:
Sergeant Wayne Hunt MBE Royal Marines P045908R.

2007. Thursday 19th July. Ministry of Defence Whitehall, London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards for gallant and distinguished services in Iraq during the period Friday 1st October 2006 to Saturday 31st March 2007.
Military Cross. MC:
Captain James Knight Royal Marines.
Corporal Terry Robert Knights Royal Marines P051200Y.

2007. Thursday 19th July. Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood. James’s Palace London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following appointments to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2006 to 31st March 2007.
Order of the British Empire. OBE. To be an Additional Officer of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:
Major Justin William Hedges Royal Marines.
Member of the British Empire. MBE. To be Ordinary Members of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:
Major Oliver Andrew Lee Royal Marines.
Major Ewen Murchison Royal Marines.
Warrant Officer Class 2 Martin Charles Reeves Royal Marines.

2007. Thursday 19th July. Ministry of Defence Whitehall London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the name of the following as having been Commended for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Field during the period Monday 1st October 2006 to Saturday 31st March 2007.
Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service:
Sergeant Wayne Hunt MBE Royal Marines P045908R.

2007. 3 Commando Brigade returns to the UK.

2007. The Royal Marines School of Music no longer under the direct administration control of the Royal Navy, now placed under the control of Commando Training Centre.

2007. Eagle House reintroduced to the Royal Marines School of Music.

2007. Armoured Special company RM (Afghanistan) is formed, and remains in theatre to support Army units.

2007. 40 Commando deploys to Afghanistan.

2007. The Corps strenght is 6,550.

2008. Monday 18th February. Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Matin and one of his sub-commanders, Mullah Karim Agha, were travelling through the desert in Helmand province Afghanistan on motorbikes when they were ambushed and killed by an SBS unit dropped into his path by helicopter.

2008. Wednesday 20th February. Corporal Damian Mulvihill of 40 Commando Royal Marines died in Afghanistan. He had been taking part in a joint ISAF/ANA patrol near Sangin. Leading from the front while conducting a clearance patrol, when he was killed by an IED. Corporal Mulvihill is described as a giant of a man, with a fearsome look but a warm heart. He had joined the Royal Marines in 1998, and served in Northern Ireland before deploying to Afghanistan. His C.O. said: "The loss of Corporal Mulvihill is a devastating blow. An outstanding junior leader, he was immensely popular in both his company and the wider Commando unit. A charismatic man, he possessed an irrepressible sense of humour and would always be found with a broad smile on his face, regardless of the challenges or difficulties that he was facing. As a Marine, he epitomised the Commando spirit. A courageous and selfless comrade, his cheerfulness in adversity could be guaranteed, and he always demonstrated the very highest standards of professional competence in everything that he undertook. Corporal Mulvihill played a full and distinguished part in all operations conducted by his company, leading his section of men fearlessly on countless patrols and engagements. He knew and accepted the risks, but he understood completely the value of his work and took tremendous pride in the achievements of the men he commanded. As a friend he was loyal and trusted, as a comrade he was admired and emulated; a man of considerable ability, he will be sadly missed." Damian, from Plymouth, was 32 years old and engaged to be married.

2008. Friday 7th March. Ministry of Defence Whitehall, London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following as having been Commended for Bravery or Commended for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period Sunday 1st April to Tuesday 31st July 2007.
Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service.
Corporal William David Hayes Royal Marines P053632W.

2008. Friday 7th March. Ministry of Defence Whitehall London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following as having been Commended for Bravery in recognition of gallant and distinguished services at sea during the period Thursday 11th to 25th May 2007.
Queen’s Commendation for Bravery:
Sergeant Ian McDougall Royal Marines P050369Y.

2008. Sunday 30th March. Just after 1653 hours local time, Lieutenant John Thompson and Marine David Marsh were conducting a patrol in the vicinity of Kajaki, Helmand Province Afghanistan. When the vehicle they were travelling in was caught in an explosion. Medical treatment was provided prior to both being evacuated to the field Hospital at Camp Bastion. Despite the best efforts of the medical team, both sadly died as a result of their wounds.

2008. Friday 25th July. Ministry of Defence Whitehall London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following as having been Mentioned in Despatches, Commended for Bravery or Commended for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period Monday 1st October 2007 to Monday 31st March 2008.
Mention in Despatches. MID:
Major Duncan Manning Royal Marines.
Warrant Officer Class 2 David William Layton Royal Marines P045089F.
Corporal Garry Lee Banford Royal Marines P054437L.
Marine Gary Ogden Royal Marines P059473N.
Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service:
Colonel Gerard Mark Salzano MBE Royal Marines.
Acting Major Peter Lawton MBE Royal Marines.
Acting Colour Sergeant Ian McDougall Royal Marines P050369Y.
Corporal Lee Andrew Houltram Royal Marines P053349X.

2008. Friday 25th July. The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following as having been Mentioned in Despatches, Commended for Bravery or Commended for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period Monday 1st October 2007 to Monday 31st March 2008.
Mention in Despatches:
Major Duncan Manning Royal Marines.
Warrant Officer Class 2 David William Layton Royal Marines P045089F.
Corporal Garry Lee Banford Royal Marines P054437L.
Marine Gary Ogden Royal Marines P059473N.
Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service:
Colonel Gerard Mark Salzano MBE Royal Marines.
Acting Major Peter Lawton MBE Royal Marines.
Acting Colour Sergeant Ian McDougall Royal Marines P050369Y.
Corporal Lee Andrew Houltram Royal Marines P053349X.
Corporal John Robert Stephenson Royal Marines P048930W.
Marine Matthew Corcoran Royal Marines P062867T.
Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service:
Acting Lieutenant Colonel Steven John Hussey MBE Royal Marines N028488K.
Warrant Officer Class 2 Wayne Anthony Hoyle Royal Marines P045164H.

2008. Friday 25th July. Ministry of Defence Whitehall London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period Monday 1st October 2007 to Monday 31st March 2008.
Military Cross. MC:
Major Adrian Morley Royal Marines N028540D.
Sergeant Paul Andrew Norris Royal Marines P052669T.
Sergeant Dean Charles Sykes Royal Marines P051224Y.
Corporal Wayne Robert Lloyd Royal Marines P049169S.
Corporal Christopher Steven Wetton Royal Marines P054289T.
Marine Eroni Sikavou Bulabalavu Cinavilakeba Royal Marines P058122K.
Marine Mkhuseli Jones Royal Marines P064011A.
Marine Richard Reginald Withers Royal Marines P057029L.

2008. Friday 25th July. Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood. James’s Palace London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following promotions in and appointments to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period Monday 1st October 2007 to Monday 31st March 2008.
Order of the British Empire. MBE. To be Additional Members of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:
Major Mark Andrew Bowra Royal Marines.
Major Daniel James Edward Cheesman Royal Marine.

2008. Friday 25th July. Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood. James’s Palace London SW1.  The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the following appointments to the Distinguished Service Order in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period Monday 1st October 2007 to Monday 31st March 2008.
Distinguished Service Order. DSO. To be Companions:
Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Martin Birrell Royal Marines.

2008. Saturday 27th November. Royal Marines Tony Evans aged 20 and Georgie Sparks aged 19 both of J Coy 42 Commando were killed. They had been conducting a foot patrol to the north-west of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province Afghanistan. Marines Evans and Sparks had moved on to the roof of a compound when, at around 0900 hours, there was an attack by insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades and they were badly wounded. Both received immediate medical attention and were moved to a secure location before being put on a helicopter to be transferred back to Camp Bastion. However, both sadly died from their injuries during the flight.

2008. Friday 12th December. Corporal Marc Birch age 26 of 6 Troop X-Ray Company, 45 Commando.

2008. Friday 12th December. Marine Damien Davies aged 27 of Commando Logistics, was killed in action while serving in 45 Commando in Afghanistan.

2008. Friday 12th December. L/Cpl Steven Fellows aged 26 of Whiskey Company 45 Commando was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan.

2008. Friday 12th December 2008. Sergeant John Henry Manuel aged 38 of X-Ray Company HQ, was killed in action while on Operation 'Frankton'

2009. February. Members of the SBS took part in Operation Diesel, which resulted in the seizure of £50 million of heroin and the killing of at least 20 Taliban insurgents.

2009. Friday 6th March. Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood. St James’s Palace London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the following promotions in, and appointments to, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period Tuesday 1st April to Tuesday 30th September 2008.
Order of the British Empire. MBE. To be an Additional Member of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:
Major Sven Christopher Hanson Royal Marines N029350D.
Military Cross. MC:
Acting Lance Corporal Stephen Burns Royal Marines P056221X.
Mention in Despatches.MID:
Colour Sergeant Benn Adam Soutine Royal Marines P047807V.
Corporal John Robert Stephenson Royal Marines P048930W.
Marine Matthew Corcoran Royal Marines P062867T.
Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service:
Acting Lieutenant Colonel Steven John Hussey MBE Royal Marines N028488K.
Warrant Offcer Class 2 Wayne Anthony Hoyle Royal Marines P045164H.

2009. Monday 23rd February. Afghanistan: Royal Marine Michael 'Mick' Laski aged 21 of 45 Commando passed away. Yankee Company was conducting a foot patrol to provide security to the local Afghanistan community when they were engaged by heavy and accurate enemy fire. Caught in open ground during this initial exchange, Marine Laski was struck by an enemy bullet whilst the patrol fought back to regain the initiative. In spite of every effort by his colleagues, and his own trademark determination, he never regained consciousness. Michael Laski, 21, was born in Liverpool on 11th May 1987. After completing Royal Marines Commando recruit training in September 2006, he joined 45 Commando Royal Marines and was immediately deployed with the unit on Operation HERRICK 5 to Afghanistan. Returning to the unit in early 2008 after successfully completing his Royal Marines Signals Specialisation course, his dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism ensured that he immediately stood out from his peers. The epitome of a Royal Marine, his desire to be right at the heart of Commando unit life manifested itself in his single-minded determination and desire to return to a close combat company. Confident in his abilities, his relentless drive and tenacity and the continual pestering of the Signal Troop Sergeant Major saw him joining Yankee Company in time for operations in the Upper Sangin Valley in Afghanistan on Operation HERRICK 9. Marine Laski was a dependable, brave and selfless man. He loved his job, and was exceptionally good at it. His spirit and tenacity in the face of adversity and danger were unswerving and his sense of humour and love for life was apparent in everything he did. He was an exceptional Commando, and he was blessed with a truly engaging personality that endeared him to all. Hugely popular within the company, his natural and infectious sense of humour always meant that he was at the centre of company banter. Marine Laski was a ferociously loyal Royal Marine, dedicated to his friends and to the Corps, and that is how he will best be remembered. His loss will be felt deeply by all. Lieutenant Colonel Jim Morris Royal Marines, Commanding Officer, 45 Commando Group, said: Marine Mick Laski was a Royal Marine Commando through and through. Bright, quick-witted, incredibly determined and extremely brave he always sought out every opportunity to operate as close to the front line as possible. “As a signaller in Yankee Company he was invariably on the shoulder of his Company Commander in the thick of the fighting ensuring communications whatever the circumstance. This was his second operational deployment to Afghanistan, and his commitment and bravery in the face of the enemy has been a continual example to us all. “His loss is a heavy blow to Signals Troop and 45 Commando, and we will all miss his loyalty, humour and friendship. The whole of 45 Commando Group joins me in sending my deepest condolences to his father and brothers as they begin to come to terms with these devastating events.”

2009. Friday 6th March. Ministry of Defence Whitehall London SW1 The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following as having been Mentioned In Despatches, Commended for Bravery or Commended for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Iraq during the period 1st April to 30th September 2008:
Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service:
Acting Lieutenant Colonel Steven John Hussey MBE Royal Marines N028488K.
Queen’s Commendation for Bravery.
Sergeant Mark Sheraton Royal Marines P053138C.

2009. Wednesday 20th May. A Ceremonial Farewell to Dartmouth following the announcement of the disbandment of the Band of HM RM Britannia Royal Naval College. One of the outcomes of the Lean Review was that changes to the structure and the size of the five Royal Marines Bands were required. As a result, and commensurate with the need to deploy RMBS personnel as Medical Support to 3 Commando Bde. in Afghanistan, the decision was taken to remove the RM Band from Britannia Royal Naval College and, upon completion of the Afghanistan deployment, to form HM RM Band Collingwood at the shore establishment of HMS Collingwood.

2009. Tuesday 16th June. The Band of HM Royal Marines Collingwood, formed under Major J. Burcham.

2009. Saturday 29th August. Royal Marine Sergeant Lee Andrew (Andy) Houltram age 33 a member of the Special Boat Service (SBS), died while on active service in Gereshk, Helmand Province Afghanistan. Sgt Houltram was part of a team dropped by helicopter behind enemy lines into Gereshk, to destroy known bomb factories. After uncovering IEDs and rocket-propelled grenades hidden in a mosque, Sgt Houltram and his team - all wearing night vision goggles and body armour - were making their way across a footbridge over a river to other compounds when the device was triggered. Sgt Houltram from Cowie in Stirlingshire, suffered fatal injuries in the blast and six other members of his team were also injured.

2009. Wednesday 9th September. An SBS team supported by the SFSG rescued Times journalist Stephen Farrell after he was captured by the Taliban in Kunduz Province.

2009. Friday 11th September. Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood St James’s Palace London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the following promotions in and appointments to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period Thursday 1st October 2008 to Tuesday 31st March 2009.
Order of the British Empire. OBE. To be Additional Officers of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:
Lieutenant Colonel Alan Litster MBE Royal Marines N028222V.
Lieutenant Colonel Charles Richard Stickland Royal Marines N028196P.
Member of the British Empire MBE. To be Additional Members of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:
Warrant Officer Class 2 Kevin John Cheeseman Royal Marines P046175L.
Major Adam Timothy Stephen Crawford Royal Marines N029091C.
Major Tristan Harris Royal Marines N028505Q.
Major Ross Walker Preston Royal Marines N029108K.

2009. Friday 11th September. Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood St James’s Palace London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve a Bar and the following appointments to the Distinguished Service Order in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period Thursday 1st October 2008 to Tuesday 31st March 2009.
Bar to Distinguished Service Order. DSO.
Brigadier Gordon Kenneth Messenger DSO OBE Royal Marines N027960S.
Distinguished Service Order. DSO. To be Companions:
Lieutenant Colonel James Andrew John Morris Royal Marines N028223M.

2009. Friday 11th September. Ministry of Defence Whitehall London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards for gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period Thursday 1st October 2008 to Tuesday 31st March 2009.
Conspicuous Gallantry Cross. CGC:
Major Richard John Cantrill Royal Marines N029210Q.
Sergeant Noel Gerard Connolly Royal Marines P047206T.
Sergeant Andrew Leaver Royal Marines P051736R.
Marine James Malone Royal Marines 30008326.
Marine Steven Nethery Royal Marines P063177B.
Military Cross. MC:
Marine Samuel Alexander Royal Marines P065042N.
Corporal John Ballance Royal Marines P060508L.
Corporal Richard Bateman Royal Marines P052775P.

2009. Friday 11th September. Ministry of Defence Whitehall London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following as having been Mentioned in Despatches, Commended for Bravery or Commended for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period Thursday 1st October 2008 to Tuesday 31st March 2009:
Mention in Despatches. MID:
Major Nigel John Powell Somerville MBE Royal Marines N029204N.
Major Andrew Patrick Leonard Watkins Royal Marines N029144P.
Sergeant James Ian Melhuish, Royal Marines P054681M.
Acting Sergeant Jason Paul Walker Royal Marines P051075Q.
Corporal Russell Howard Coles Royal Marines P056941M.
Corporal Samuel Joseph McCormick Royal Marines P057559F.
Corporal Scott Muir Royal Marines P056589N.
Corporal Scott Muir Royal Marines P056589N.
Corporal Mathew Silcock Royal Marines P062690U.
Corporal Andrew Watt Royal Marines P055489A.
Corporal Thomas Webster Royal Marines P059916A.
Corporal Edward James Winslow Royal Marines P060566H.
Acting Corporal Adam Mabrouk Royal Marines P060784W.
Warrant Officer Class 2 Adrian Webb Royal Marines P048900U.
Lance Corporal Steven Daniel Fyfe Royal Marines P904085J.
Marine David George Middlemas Royal Marines 30024308.
Marine Iain Andrew Penros Royal Marines P062839Y.
Marine Mark Adams Royal Marines P054173K.
Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service:
Colonel Andrew Thomas Westenberg Maynard Royal Marines N028149B.
Major Julian Graham Wilson Royal Marines N029050X 
Sergeant Derrin Mark Canterbury Royal Marines P052382J.
Sergeant James Horrocks Royal Marines P051971R.
Acting Warrant Officer Class 2 Garry Mason Royal Marines P048477N.
Corporal Elvet Llewellyn Williams Royal Marines P056321R.

2009. Friday 11th September. Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood St James’s Palace London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following appointment to the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Iraq during the period Thursday 1st October 2008 to Tuesday 31st March 2009.
Order of St Michael and St George. CMG. To be an Ordinary Member of the Third Class, or Companion, of the said Most Distinguished Order:
Major General Andrew Salmon OBE Royal Marines N025777X.

2009. Friday 11th September. Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood St James’s Palace London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the following promotions in and appointments to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Iraq during the period Thursday 1st October 2008 to Tuesday 31st March 2009.
Order of the British Empire. OBE. To be Additional Officers of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:
Colonel David Christopher Michael King Royal Marines N028282A.
Colonel Peter George David Taylor Royal Marines N028051U.
Lieutenant Colonel Colin David Ward Royal Marines.

2009. Friday 11th September. The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following as having been mentioned in Dispatches, Commended for bravery or commended for valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Iraq during the period of Wednesday 1st October 2008 to Tuesday 31st March 2009:
Order of St Michael and St George. To be an Ordinary Member of the Third Class, or Companion, of the said most Distinguished order:
Major General Andrew Salmon OBE Royal Marines N025777X.
Queen’s Commendation for Bravery:
Corporal Gregory Llewellyn Royal Marines P058989B.
Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service:
Lieutenant Colonel Matthew John Andrew Jackson Royal Marines N029098X.
Mentioned in Dispatches. MID:
Marine Lee Tyers, Royal Marines, P062749X.

2009. Monday 28th September. The specially formed RM Band of Commando Logistic Regiment arrived in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, as an operational unit within 3 Commando Brigade RM, during Operation 'Herrick 9'. Pre-deployment training had commenced in March 2008. Deployed was to Camp Bastion and to Forward Operating Bases. Duties include MT Troop, Ambulance Troop, Combat Logistic Patrols and Musical support.

2009. Friday 30th October. 984 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone. Marine Harrison was awarded the Kings Badge.

2009. Brigadier M J D Noble commanded Royal Naval Air Station, Yeovilton, from July 2009 to May 2011. Tuesday 2nd May 1911. Lieutenant Eugene Louis Gerrard RMLI became the first Royal Marines Officer to qualify as a pilot.

2010. Marines in 40 Commando began using the Sharpshooter rifle in Afghanistan.

2010. Friday 19th February. 991 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone. Marine Salisbury was awarded the Kings Badge.

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2010. Friday 19th March. Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood St James’s Palace London SW1. St. James’s Palace, London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the following promotions in and appointments to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period Wednesday 1st April 2009 to Wednesday 30th September 2009.
Order of the British Empire. OBE. (Military Division) Royal Navy CBE to be an Additional Commander of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:
Brigadier David Arthur Hook Royal Marines N028857Q.
Member of the British Empire. MBE. To be an Additional Member of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:
Sergeant Paul Andrew Norris MC Royal Marines P052669T.

2010. Friday 19th March. Ministry of Defence Whitehall London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards for gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period Wednesday 1st April 2009 to Wednesday 30th September 2009.
Military Cross. MC:
Sergeant Shane David Fisher Royal Marines P05366P.
Warrant Officer Class 2 Matthew Robert Tomlinson CGC Royal Marines P049020H.

2010. Friday 19th March. Ministry of Defence Whitehall London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following as having been Mentioned in Despatches, Commended for Bravery or Commended for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period Wednesday 1st April 2009 to Wednesday 30th September 2009.
Mention in Despatches. MID:
Corporal David Ashley Brackstone Royal Marines P051455E.
Corporal Spencer James Brooks Royal Marines P058316U.
Sergeant Lee Andrew Houltram Royal Marines P053349X (killed in action).

2010. Friday 19th March. Ministry of Defence Whitehall London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following as having been Commended for Bravery or Commended for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Iraq during the period Wednesday 1st April 2009 to Wednesday 30th September 2009.
Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service:
Brigadier Rupert Paul Stearns Royal Marines N025868Q.

2010. April. One Bugler deployed to Afghanistan with 40 Commando RM. Apart from the Vigil and Ramp ceremonies for 40 Commando RM, and eventually 4 Mech Bne. He was also responsible, with on other, for deploying all 40 Commando RM Cheshire Regiment stores requirements from Camp bastion via Chinook under slung loads.

2010. Tuesday 1st June. The Memorial Day Commemoration for the men of the Royal Marine bands of the School of Music who were killed during the  two World Wars was re-instituted. The fanfare to Comrades Sleeping subtitled "The Spirit of Joy and Thanks giving for Victory and Meditation for those who gave their lives in its cause", composed by Leon Young, was played by a Fanfare team from the Royal Marines School of Music under the direction of Corps Bandmaster WO1 T. Hodge. Ceremony took place on the School parade with all Students and Staff assembled. The Dedication was read by the Director of Music (training) Major A. Thornhill RM.

2010. Thursday 1st July. Royal Marine Corporal Seth Stephens SBS aged 42, was Killed in Afghanistan. Stephens was posthumously awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for his bravery after rescuing comrades from the Special Boat Service who were pinned down by heavy fire.
In his citation for the award, that is second only to the Victoria Cross, the court heard that the former Royal Marine had "almost certainly saved the lives of his comrades" after exposing himself to enemy fire during a substantial gun battle.
An inquest heard that Cpl Stephens was part of a large British and Afghan special forces raid on a Taliban headquarters in Helmand province.
In the during the early hours of July 1st 2010 Chinooks carrying the teams landed near Haji Wakil village in the Bahram Chah area at 2am and quickly came under determined enemy resistance.
After more than five hours of heavy fighting the SBS force found "progress extremely difficult" as they fought their way through an orchard coming under fire from all sides. On his own initiative Cpl Stephens used a ladder to climb a 9ft compound wall and began to fire down onto enemy positions that were attacking the men stranded in the orchard.
"In adopting this position he would have been acutely aware of his own vulnerability," an inquest learnt.
An SBS Marine who followed him into the compound was shot and wounded by an insurgent firing over a 7ft wall close to Cpl Stephens. The fellow Marine tried to warn him of the threat as the gunman had a clear line of sight onto Cpl Stephens.
Between 15 and 30 seconds later Cpl Stephens was shot in the back of the head in the exposed area between his helmet and body armour.
It is not known how many enemy were killed although Lt Col Freddie Kemp, from the MoD's inquest unit, later said it was a "significant firefight but we came out on top".
Sheriff Payne, the coroner, said: "Cpl Stephens made a conscious decision to move to provide more effective covering fire.
"He was in a very exposed position under accurate fire at increased risk to himself.
"That single act of selfless bravery almost certainly saved the lives of his comrades."

2010. Thursday 8th July. Royal Marine David Charles Hart aged 23 of 40 Commando, on the eve of his 24th birthday, was fatally wounded.
David Charles passed out for duty as a Royal Marines Commando on 16th October 2009, having been awarded The Commando Medal.
The Commando Medal is awarded to the man who, throughout training, shows, to an outstanding degree, the qualities of the Commando Spirit. These are defined as: Determination, Courage, Cheerfulness and Unselfishness.
On completion of recruit training he was drafted to 40 Commando Royal Marines, based in Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton.
Joining Charlie Company in October 2009 he immediately conducted Mission Specific Training for an operational tour with 40 Commando in Afghanistan. Qualifying as a combat medic, and singled out as an impressive and mature individual, he was quickly selected to become part of the newly formed Police Mentoring Team.
In April 2010 he deployed to Afghanistan and was based at Forward Operating Base Sabit Qadam and Patrol Base Sangin Tufann.
During the early evening of Thursday 8th July 2010, Charlie Company was conducting a joint reassurance patrol with the local Afghan Army. At 1825 hours local, west of patrol base Sangin Tufann, an explosion occurred, fatally wounding Marine Hart.

2010. Friday 16th July. Royal Marine Jonathan Crookes aged 26 of 40 Commando was killed. Johnathan had joined the Royal Marines Reserve, Birmingham Detachment, during September 2005 passing for duty as a Royal Marines Commando in November 2006. He was awarded the Commando Dagger for the best all-round recruit in training. Outside of the Royal Marines he was studying for a degree in international relations and worked as a tree surgeon and labourer.
Volunteering for an operational tour to Afghanistan, he was drafted to 40 Commando Royal Marines in May 2007. Shortly after, he deployed to Sangin, Afghanistan, on Op Herrick 7. In September 2009 he was once again mobilised to join 40 Commando Royal Marines for deployment to Afghanistan.
Joining Charlie Company, he immediately conducted Mission Specific Training (MST) for Op Herrick 12. In April 2010 he deployed to Afghanistan and was based at Forward Operating Base Sabit Qadam.
During the early evening of Friday 16th July 2010, Charlie Company was conducting a local reassurance patrol. At 1839hrs local time an explosion occurred. Tragically Marine Crookes was killed in action as a result of the blast.
Comrades dragged him back to his patrol base where medical treatment was given and he was stabilised. The inquest at Hertfordshire Coroner's Court heard the ongoing firefight meant it was too dangerous for a helicopter to land, so he was taken by quad-bike to a forward operating base. From there he was flown by a US helicopter to the Camp Bastion field hospital, but his condition deteriorated during the flight and he was pronounced dead soon after arrival. Mr Thomas told Marine Harrison's family: "He was a brave man. He was serving his country and he was serving it well.

2010. Friday 30th July. 101 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.

2010. Thursday 23rd September. Captain Carl Manley aged 41 died while on active service of an undiagnosed medical condition at Bagram Airhead in Afghanistan this day in 2012.

2010. Friday 24th September. Ministry of Defence Whitehall London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards for gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period Monday 1st October 2009 to Wednesday 31st March 2010. Conspicuous Gallantry Cross. CGC:
Corporal Robert Turner Royal Marines P053814G.
Military Cross. MC:
Major Nigel John Powell Somerville MBE Royal Marines N029204N.
Acting Sergeant Richard Edward Wiseman Royal Marines P054464P.

2010. Friday 24th September. Ministry of Defence Whitehall London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following as having been Mentioned in Despatches, Commended for Bravery, Commended for Bravery in the Air or Commended for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period Monday 1st October 2009 to Wednesday 31st March 2010.
Mention in Despatches. MID:
Marine Tobias Gutteridge Royal Marines P065066N.
Queen’s Commendation for Bravery:
Lance Corporal George Burgess Royal Marines P060621A.

2010. Friday 24th September. 2010. Friday 24th September. Ministry of Defence Whitehall London SW1. Decoration Conferred by the President of the United States of America. The Queen has been graciously pleased to grant unrestricted permission for the wearing of the following award which has been conferred on the undermentioned in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during Coalition operations in Afghanistan.
Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer)
Lieutenant General Sir James Dutton KCB CBE Royal Marines N022005F.
Bronze Star Medal:
Major J. P. Hill Royal Marines N029253J.
Colonel R. J. Pulvertaft Royal Marines N028134C.

2010. Thursday 30th September. Central Chancery of the orders of Knighthood St James’s Palace London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following promotion in and appointments to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period Tuesday 1st October 2002 to Monday 31st March 2003.
Member of the British Empire. MBE. To be Additional Members of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:
Colour Sergeant William George Reid Royal Marines P043751N.

2010. Thursday 30th September. Ministry of Defence Whitehall London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following as having been Commended for Bravery or Commended for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the period Tuesday 1st October 2002 to Monday 31st March 2003.
Queen’s Commendation for Bravery:
Corporal Paul George McIntosh Royal Marines P052283G.

2010. Thursday 30th September. Central Chancery of the orders of Knighthood St James’s Palace London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to give order of the British Empire in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Democratic Republic of the Congo during the period Tuesday 1st October 2002 to Monday 31st March 2003.
Order of the British Empire. OBE. To be Ordinary Officers of the Military Division of the said Ministry of Defence Most Excellent Order:
Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Frederick Barry Barnwell Royal Marines Reserve.

2010. Thursday 30th September.  Central Chancery of the orders of Knighthood St James’s Palace London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following as having been Mentioned in Despatches or Commended for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Sierra Leone during the period May to September 2000 (To be dated 6th April 2001).
Mention in Despatches. MID:
Colour Sergeant Alexander Keith Gibb Royal Marines PD41688W.

2010. Thursday 30th September.  Central Chancery of the orders of Knighthood St James’s Palace London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following appointments to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period Monday 1st October 2001 to Sunday 31st March 2002 (To be dated 29th October 2002).
Order of the British Empire. CBE. To be an Additional Commander of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Allan Pickup Royal Marines.
To be Additional Members of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:
Captain Nigel John Powell Somerville Royal Marines.
Military Cross. MC:
Colour Sergeant Stuart Anthony Brown, Royal Marines P044265X.

2010. Thursday 30th September.  Central Chancery of the orders of Knighthood St James’s Palace London SW1.The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following as having been Mentioned in Despatches or Commended for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period Monday 1st October 2001 to Sunday 31st March 2002 (To be dated 29 October 2002).
Mention in Despatches. MID:
Sergeant Paul McGough Royal Marines P043260W.
Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service:
Major Robert Graham Cundy Royal Marines.

2010. New Entry Military training syllabus expanded to include six weeks at the Commando Training Centre.2011

2010. HM Royal Marine Band of Commando Training Centre RM, undertake training in preparation for 2011 deployment to Afghanistan as part of Commando Logistic Regiment's Medical Support Squadron.

2010. December. Troop 1/10 complete the first extended military training syllabus.

2011. Tuseday 27th February. During the Libyan Civil War, the BBC reported that C Squadron assisted in the evacuation of 150 oil workers in three flights by RAF C-130 Hercules from an airfield near Zella to Valletta.

2011. Tuesday 25th March. Ministry of Defence Whitehall London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards for gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period Thursday 1st April 2010 to Thursday 30th September 2010.
Order of the British Empire. OBE:
Major Philip Mark Totten Royal Marines N029309N.
Staff Sergeant Paul George McIntosh Royal Marines P02283G.
Distinguished Service Order DSO. To be Companion:
Lieutenant Colonel Paul Melvyn James Royal Marines N028434H.
Conspicuous Gallantry Cross. CGC:
Corporal Seth Vincent Scott Stephens Royal Marines P999732L (killed in action).
Marine Mark Anthony Jackson Royal Marines 30060425.
Military Cross. MC:
Lieutenant Jack Anrude Royal Marines P903592A.
Colour Sergeant Brian Bridger Royal Marines P051960H.
Corporal Billy George Murphy Royal Marines P060325K.
Marine Lewis Lockwood Royal Marines 30004758.
George Medal. GM.
Marine Ryan Shelley Royal Marines P61442J.
Mentioned in Despatches. MID.
Captain Johnathan James Phelps Royal Marines 25213288.
Corporal Toni Galacki Royal marines P059094Q.
Warrant officer Class 2 Paul William Ryan Royal Marines P045870P.
Corporal Darren William George Simpson Royal Marines P055815M.
Marine Alexander Charles George Tostevin Royal Marine 30063068.
Queens Commendation For valuable Service.
Sergeant Duncan Gillhooly Royal Marines P053478C.

2011. Thursday 12th May. 108 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.

2011. Sunday 5th June. Lance Corporal Martin Gill age 22, serving in K Company 42 Commando was aftally wounded by smalls fire while on a foot patrol in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was an hour into his patrol when, when it was fired upon from a nearby compound.

2011. Thursday 7th July. Royal Marine helicopter winch man Sergeant Anthony (Tony) Russell (42), saved the lives of two stranded yachtsmen, and was awarded the George Medal for his bravery on the 25th March 2013 and was later awarded the George Medal for bravery. The award read:
During the night the yacht ‘Andriette’ was 110 miles offshore foundering in heavy seas with no steerage and an unserviceable engine. In extreme conditions of heavy rain squalls, high winds and mountainous seas the yacht was pitching and rolling in state 7 seas. The stricken yacht was 110 miles south east of Culdrose (approx 80nm south east of the Isles of Scilly). Stranded and foundering and beyond the reach of other rescue assets, a Royal Navy Sea King helicopter from 771 Squadron, Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose was scrambled to assist the yacht. Whilst the yacht was moving violently and unpredictably Sgt Russell volunteered to conduct a conventional rescue in full knowledge of the hazards he would face. Winched down in complete darkness, immediately engulfed in waves and losing communications, with gritty determination he hauled himself into the life raft and secured the first survivor. Dragged back under the water he was winched up to the relative safety of the helicopter. The life raft now capsized due to the heavy swell and pitching seas, the remaining survivor was lost from sight. With little regard for his own safety he was courageously winched back down despite the buffering waves was able to swim to the inverted life raft, diving under it and surfacing in an air pocket. At this point Tony was unsighted by the helicopter crew and was without communications with them, at this point, the crew decided to attempt to winch him using the winch wire, causing the life raft to flip over, fortuitously with the survivor inside. At this point he was entangled in ropes which he managed to cut free, swim back to the survivor and place him in a strop and complete the rescue. When recounting his daredevil rescue, Tony said: “It was an extremely difficult and tense rescue, the whole crew onboard the helicopter worked well as a team in what was technically an extremely difficult rescue. “At this point my training and professionalism just kicked in, I was their last chance, their last hope."

2011. Friday 27th July. The Ministry of Defence confirmed that Lieutenant Oliver Richard Augustin (23) and Marine Samuel Giles William Alexander MC (28), both serving with Juliet Company 42 Commando Royal Marines on active service, were killed in Afghanistan. Lieutenant Augustin and Marine Alexander were killed by an improvised explosive device whilst on patrol in the Loy Mandeh area of the Nad ‘Ali district in Helmand province. The patrol, which was led by Lieutenant Augustin, was tasked to disrupt insurgent activity in their perceived rear area and provide depth to the Clear, Hold, Build Operation occurring to the north in Loy Mandeh Kalay further to expand the influence of the Government of Afghanistan.
During 2009 Marine Alexander had been awarded the Military Cross by the Queen for his bravery in charging down a group of insurgents to draw fire away from an injured colleague. Having used all the ammunition in his machine gun, he continued his assault with his 9mm pistol until that too was empty, forcing the enemy to retreat. The citation for his award said he carried out his brave actions "despite being completely exposed to heavy and accurate enemy fire".

2011. Friday 5th August. Royal Marine James Wright aged 22 was Killed on active service in Afghanistan.
Marine James Wright was part of Juliet Company, 42 Commando, serving as part of Combined Force Nad ‘Ali (North). On 5th August his patrol was involved in a significant engagement with insurgents in the Shpazh Gerebian area of Nad ‘Ali district.
After being pinned down by accurate fire for several hours, the patrol managed to extract themselves back to their base at Checkpoint Kamiabi. The checkpoint then came under attack from small arms fire and underslung grenade launchers. Marine Wright was wounded by a grenade which was fired into the checkpoint. He was extracted to the hospital at Camp Bastion where sadly, despite medical treatment, he later died of his wounds.
Lieutenant Colonel Ewen Murchison Royal Marines, Commanding Officer, 42 Commando Royal Marines and Coalition Force Nad ‘Ali (North), said:
"Marine James Wright was an impressive young man with an insatiable appetite for life. A spirited and passionate character, he loved his job, his fellow Marines and his family and leaves behind a massive void in the lives of all those who knew him.
An extremely bright prospect, he was renowned for his cheerfulness, no matter how dire the situation, and indefatigable loyalty and commitment to his profession. Tonight, as I sat with the tight-knit group of Marines with whom he has been working for the past four months in an austere combat outpost, the grief was palpable - a clear indication of the high regard in which he was held within Juliet Company and more broadly across 42 Commando - but so too was the resolve to continue with the challenging task in hand; exactly as he would have wanted, and in honour of his memory.
Marine Wright has selflessly given his life in the service of his country and for the good of the Afghan people. Time and again he has displayed considerable courage, inner strength and physical robustness whilst taking the fight to the enemy; in doing so he has upheld the finest traditions of the Royal Marines. His personal contribution during what has been a demanding operational tour has been both extraordinary and humbling; he was a true Bootneck, a warrior and a consummate professional.

2011. Thursday 15th September. In the Helmand Province, Afghanistan there was an incident that involved the killing, of an injured Taliban insurgent by Royal Marines. Three Royal Marines, known during their trial as Marines A, B, and C, were anonymously tried by court-martial. On 8th November 2013, Marines B and C were acquitted, but Marine A was found guilty of the murder of the Afghan combatant, in contravention of section 42 of the Armed Forces Act 2006. This made him the first British soldier to be convicted of a battlefield murder whilst serving abroad since the Second World War.
On Monday 5th December, Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas and two other High Court judges lifted the existing anonymity order on Marine A, allowing him to be named as Sergeant  Alexander Wayne Blackman. On Tuesday 6th December, Sergeant Blackman was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of ten years, and dismissed with disgrace from the British Armed Forces. On Thursday 22nd May 2014, the Courts Martial Appeal Court reduced his minimum term to eight years. In March 2017, the conviction for murder was overturned and reduced to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. Sergeant Blackman was released from prison on Friday 28th April 2017, but his dismissal from the Marines remains in place.
On Thursday 19th December 2013, the anonymity order on Marines B and C was also lifted by the Court, and they were named as Corporal Christopher Glyn Watson and Marine Jack Alexander Hammond.
On Wednesday 28th October 2015, the Ministry of Defence banned a large number of serving soldiers from attending a rally in support of Sergeant Blackman, saying that the event was a "political protest". However, lawyers representing the rally organisers stated that was not the case, rather, the event was "a show of support to one of our fellow Royal Marines and not a 'political protest'". A related online government petition raised over 100,000 signatures calling for Sergeant Blackman's immediate release stating that the soldier had been condemned for defending his country. Within hours of the MoD's decision Michael Fallon, Minister for Defence, put out a government statement saying that the UK would maintain military operations in Afghanistan for the foreseeable future.
The incident took place in Helmand Province during Operation Herrick 14, part of the British effort in the War in Afghanistan. Sergeant Blackman, of 42 Commando, Royal Marines, was part of a Marine patrol that came across an Afghan fighter in a field wounded by Apache Helicopter gunfire. Sergeant Blackman ordered the Afghan to be moved out of sight of the British Persistent Ground Surveillance System, a camera attached to a balloon above British Forward Operating Base Shazad, Helmand, covering the area Sergeant Blackman's patrol had been sent to. Video evidence played at the Marines' subsequent trial shows some of the patrol dragging the man across the field and then kicking him. Sergeant Blackman ordered Marine B and C to stop administering first aid to the insurgent and eventually shot the man in the chest with a 9 mm pistol, saying: "Shuffle off this mortal coil, you cunt. It's nothing you wouldn't do to us." He then added: "I just broke the Geneva Convention."
After the 15th September incident, Sergeant Blackman continued with his tour of duty, leaving Helmand Province in late October 2011. On Saturday 13th October 2012, at the decision of the Service Prosecution Authority, Marines A–E were charged with the murder of the unnamed Afghan insurgent. The lead came after British civilian police discovered suspicious video footage on a serviceman's laptop. Marines D and E had charges against them dropped on Tuesday 5th February 2013. Marines A, B and C first appeared in court in August 2013, where they entered a not-guilty plea. The military trial of Marines A, B and C, protected from view in court behind a screen because of an anonymity order, began on Wednesday 23th October 2013, and lasted two weeks. Their court-martial board (equivalent to a jury in the civilian justice system) was seven members strong, instead of the five used for less serious cases.
The verdict (Friday 8th November 2013) and sentence (Friday 6th December 2013) were both delivered at the Military Court Centre in Bulford, Wiltshire. The judge advocate (the civilian judge heading the panel at a court-martial) was Judge Advocate General Jeff Blackett. The verdict carried with it a mandatory life sentence, so it was only in the judge advocate's and court-martial board's power to decide on the minimum sentence once the board had found Blackman guilty. He was sentenced to a minimum of 10 years in prison. On Thursday 22nd May 2014, at the Courts Martial Appeal Court, its most senior judge, Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas, upheld the life sentence, but reduced Blackman's minimum term to 8 years.
In December 2016 Blackman was denied bail pending a second appeal due to be heard by the Court Martial Appeal Court (CMAC). On Wednesday 15th March 2017, the CMAC reduced the conviction to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. UK newspaper The Guardian reported that, Outside court Blackman’s wife, Claire, who has led the campaign to free the former sergeant, said she was delighted by the result saying it 'much better reflected the circumstances that [her] husband found himself in during that terrible tour of Afghanistan'. On Tuesday 28th March 2017, Blackman was given a 7-year sentence for manslaughter with diminished responsibility. However, due to time served he was released from Erlestoke Prison at 12.18am on Friday 28th April 2017.

2011. Monday 19th September. Royal Marine David Fairbrother aged 24 of Kilo Company 42 Commando was on active service and killed.
Marine Fairbrother was deployed as part of Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj in support of an Afghan National Army (ANA) patrol into the village of Old Khorgajat in Afghanistan.
Just under two hours into the patrol they were engaged with small arms fire from close range and Marine Fairbrother was fatally wounded. Despite the best efforts of his colleagues to administer first aid, Marine Fairbrother died of his wounds.
David was born on 23th February 1987 and grew up in Blackburn with his mother, Julie, and sisters, Ruth and Emily. He attended Queen Elizabeth Grammar School where he completed three A-levels in Geography, Geology and Classical Civilisation before studying a BSc degree in Geography at Leeds University.
Marine Fairbrother joined the Royal Marines on Monday 2nd November 2009, and was passed fit for duty on Friday 10th September 2010. He was drafted to 42 Commando Royal Marines where he joined Kilo Company, ‘The Black Knights’, and immediately began pre-deployment training for Operation Herrick 14.
He enthusiastically immersed himself in training, and qualified as a Team Medic; a responsibility which he assumed with characteristic diligence and professionalism. His sharp mind and strong soldiering skills made him a natural choice for training as a member of an All Arms Search Team, seeing him conduct numerous compound clearances at significant risk in order to ensure the safety of his comrades.

2011. Friday 30th September. The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the following promotions in, and appointments to, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period Friday 1st October 2010 to Thursday 31st March 2011.
Order of the British Empire. OBE. To be Additional Members of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:
Acting Lieutenant Colonel Simon O’Herlihy, Royal Marines, N029112E.

2011. Friday 30th September. Ministry of Defence Whitehall London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period Friday 1st October 2010 to Thursday 31st March 2011.
Military Cross. MC:
Captain Alistair Scott Carns, Royal Marines N029561Y.
Marine John Matthew Watson Royal Marines P054799D.

2011. Friday 30th September. Ministry of Defence Whitehall London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following as having been Mentioned in Despatches, Commended for Bravery, Commended for Bravery in the Air or Commended for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period Friday 1st October 2010 to Thursday 31st March 2011:
Mention in Despatches:
Marine Dexter Bogle Royal Marines P065095Y.
Corporal Michael Robert Waker Royal Marines P056489U.

2011. Friday 30th September. Ministry of Defence Whitehall London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following as having been Commended for Bravery, Commended for Bravery in the Air, or Commended for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field during the period Friday 1st October 2010 to Thursday 31st March 2011.
Queen’s Commendation for Bravery:
Colour Sergeant Wayne Barfoot Royal Marines P062415A.

2012. Thursday 8th March. A small Special Boat Service (SBS) team, attempted to rescue two hostages, Chris McManus (British) and Franco Lamolinara (Italian), being held in Nigeria by members of the Boko Haram terrorist organisation loyal to al-Qaeda. The two hostages were killed before or during the rescue attempt. All the hostage takers were reportedly killed.

2012. 23rd March. Ministry of Defence Whitehall London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period Friday 1st April 2011 to Friday 30th September 2011.
Conspicuous Gallantry Cross. CGC :
Corporal Simon Wright-Hider Royal Marines P063295W.
Military Cross. MC:
Corporal Paul Anthony Vice Royal Marines P057946N.
Marine Mark George Williams Royal Marines 30031388.
Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service.
Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Stovin-Bradford Royal Marines N028494M.
Sergeant Alexander James MacNeil Farrant Royal Marines P056850U.
Corporal Lewis William Frisby Royal Marines P061016X.
Lieutenant Colonel Dominic Peter May MBE Royal Marines N028329D.
Major Matthew Charles Parker Royal Marines N029436K.
Sergeant Mark Ian Ramsey Royal Marines P057347T.
Sergeant Matthew Gerard Weites Royal Marines P046560L.
Sergeant Adam Whittle Royal Marines P060134Y.

2012. Wednesday 23rd March. Central Chancery of the orders of Knighthood St James’s Palace London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the following appointments to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field during the period Friday 1st April 2011 to Friday 30th September 2011.
Member of the British Empire. MBE. To be Ordinary Members of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:
Lieutenant Colonel Leonard Anthony Brown Royal Marines N028958A.

2012. 23rd March. Ministry of Defence Whitehall London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field during the period Friday 1st April 2011 to Friday 30th September 2011.
Queen’s Gallantry Medal:
Acting Colour Sergeant Adrian Thomas Lister Royal Marines P051203X.

2012. Monday 26th March. Sgt. Luke Taylor age 33, while serving as part of Task Force Helmand was shot and killed at the main entrance to Laskar Gah Main operating base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

2012. Thursday 15th April. During the Taliban attack on Kabul Afghanistan, SBS operators cleared Taliban militants from a central location overlooking foreign embassies.

2012. Friday 21st September. 139 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone. Marine Thornton was awarded the Kings Badge.

2012. Friday 28th September. Ministry of Defence Whitehall London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period Saturday 1st October 2011 to Saturday 31st March 2012.
Military Cross. MC:
Corporal Christopher Terrence Downey Royal Marines P053586F.
Lance Corporal Hamish Robertson Hame Renton Royal Marines P057830E.

2012. Friday 28th September. Ministry of Defence Whitehall London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following as having been Mentioned in Despatches, Commended for Bravery or Commended for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period Saturday 1st October 2011 to Saturday 31st March 2012.
Mention in Despatches:
Acting Lance Corporal Christopher Raymond Casey Royal Marines P063005D.
Major Simon Milward Rogers Royal Marines N029442M.

2012. Friday 28th September. Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood St James’s Palace London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the following appointments to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field during the period Saturday 1st October 2011 to Saturday 31st March 2012.
Member of the British Empire. MBE. To be Ordinary Members of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:
Sergeant Ruairi Dwyer Royal Marines P054571B.

2012. Friday 28th September. Ministry of Defence Whitehall London SW1. The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following as having been Commended for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field during the period Saturday 1st October 2011 to Saturday 31st March 2012.
Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service:
Captain Nils Thomas Dingwall Royal Marines N029687A.
Major Adam Thomas Whitmarsh Royal Marines N029505K.

2012. Friday 28th September. Decorations Conferred by the President of the United states of America. The Queen has been graciously pleased to grant unrestricted permission for the wearing of the following awards which have been conferred on the under mentioned in recognition of meritorious, gallant and distinguished services during coalition operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Bronze Star Medal:
Major Martin Thomas Twist Royal Marines N029045M.

2012. Friday 28th September. Decorations Conferred by the President of the United states of America. The Queen has been graciously pleased to grant unrestricted permission for the wearing of the following awards which have been conferred on the under mentioned in recognition of meritorious, gallant and distinguished services during coalition operations in Iraq:
Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device (Bronze “V”):
Marine Daniel Holder Royal Marines Reserve 30010145.

2012. September – April 2013. This list recognises service on operations in Afghanistan and national operations during September 2012 to April 2013.
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE):
Brigadier Robert Andrew Magowan MBE Royal Marines.
Distinguished Service Order. DSO:
Lieutenant Colonel Matthew John Andrew Jackson Royal Marines.
Conspicuous Gallantry Cross. CGC:
Lieutenant (now Acting Captain) Owen Edward Davis Royal Marines.
Bar to the Military Cross. MC:
Corporal John Matthew Watson MC Royal Marines.
Military Cross. MC:
Sergeant Samuel Joseph McCormick Royal Marines.
Acting Lance Corporal Harry Thomas Robinson Royal Marines.
Marine Craig Andrew Buchanan Royal Marines.
Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service. QCVS:

Major General David Arnold Hook CBE Royal Marines.
Major Michael John Scanlon Royal Marines.
Captain William Goodman Royal Marines.
Captain Thomas James Limb Royal Marines.
Lieutenant Colonel Simon Jeremy Hall OBE Royal Marines.
Acting Lance Corporal Thomas Harrison Royal Marines.
Member of the Order of the British Empire. MBE:
Acting Colour Sergeant Francis Stuart William McMurry Royal Marines.

2012. Wednesday 24th October. Corporal David O'Connor from Hampshire and 27 years old. While serving in 40 Commando Royal Marines, and Corporal Channing Day, from 3 Medical Regiment, were participating in a patrol to conduct low level training with the Afghan Local Police when they came under fire near the village of Char Kutsa, and both were fatally injured. 
Corporal O’Connor, was considered to be an outstanding Marine, inspirational leader and excellent soldier. Captain Steve Taylor said: "More than anyone in the Company, Corporal O’Connor embodied the history and ethos of everything we stand for: utterly professional and exceptionally sharp when it counted and the social epicentre of the Troop. His ability to both inspire and reduce you to tears of laughter within the same conversation was irreplaceable and we will forever miss that unmistakable smile. He was a brother to many in the Troop who he took under his wing and guided through patrols with steadfast bravery and upstanding responsibility. His moral reserves were never drained, even in the worst of situations and his commitment to his brothers in arms was unwavering. We were privileged to have served alongside him - a true Royal Marines Commando and a true friend.”
Corporal Day is described as much-loved, a “quirky girl” who played mother hen to the younger medics. Major Paul Sandle RAMC paid this tribute: “Corporal Day was a very experienced Combat Medical Technician who had already served operational tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Channing had recently been promoted to the rank of Corporal and was enjoying the opportunity to lead the junior medics of 3/5 Troop who were working alongside 40 Commando Royal Marines as part of Transition Support Unit Nahr-e Seraj. Channing’s strong character, good nature and unique sense of humour were invaluable in contributing to the efforts of the Squadron. She was never one to shy away from a challenge, and would fully immerse herself in the task at hand, fully embracing the role of a close support medic.” Channing, who grew up in Newtownards, Co. Down, was 25 years old.

2012. Wednesday 31st October. Lieutenant Edward Drummond-Baxter and Lance Corporal Siddhanta Kunwar, 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles (attached to 40 Commando Royal Marines) were killed in Afghanistan. They were based in Checkpoint Prrang, in the southern area of the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province, participating in a meeting with members of the Afghan Uniform Police inside the checkpoint when they were shot and killed by a man wearing an Afghan police uniform who had been attending the meeting. 
Lieutenant Drummond-Baxter gained a BSc degree in Psychology and while at university was a member of his local Army Reserves Regiment, The Honourable Artillery Company. He worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for two years then joined the army, qualifying as an Infantry Platoon Commander and Jungle Operations Instructor. Major Dave Pack said: "Edward was an outstanding officer; trustworthy, honest and exceptionally competent. He saw it as a privilege to command his Gurkhas. His robust and proactive nature combined with irrepressible cheerfulness made him perfectly suited to the austere conditions in which he was working. Brilliant with the locals, fearless on patrol, he operated with a calm confidence that gave us utter faith in him. He was inspirational, a shining example of what a Gurkha officer should be; professional, brave and selfless." Edward, from Peterborough, was 29 years old.
Lance Corporal Kunwar was on his third operational tour of Afghanistan. He joined the army in 2005, also served in Bosnia-Herzegovina, then moved with 1 RGR to Brunei where he conducted extensive jungle training and qualified as a sniper. Lieutenant Colonel Matt Jackson said: "Lance Corporal Siddhanta Kunwar epitomised everything that a Gurkha should be; he was dedicated, professional and brave. This was his third deployment to Afghanistan and he was continuing to excel in everything that he did, but especially in his role as a sniper, where his fieldcraft skills were beyond reproach. It is clear that he thrived on the challenges that operations bring and enjoyed using the skills that he worked so hard to gain; he was never found wanting. He demonstrated the highest qualities of a Gurkha soldier and his legacy lives on in Delhi Company." Siddhanta, from Nepal, was 28 years old.

2012. Friday 14th December. 144 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.

2012. 43 Commando was again reformed and was officially titled 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines. It is the largest in the Corps and is responsible for protecting the nation’s nuclear deterrent as well as taking the fight to modern-day pirates in specialist boarding teams.

2013. Monday 20th May. 152 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.

2013. Friday 31st May. 153 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone. Marine J. Hall was awarded the Kings Badge.

2013. Tuesday 30th July. 157 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.

2013. Friday 6th December. 164 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone. Marine Martin J. Knight was awarded the Kings Badge.

2013. Thursday 19th December. 165 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone. Marine Basset Smith was awarded the Kings Badge.

2013. Sunday 23rd December. Captain Richard Holloway was serving with the SBS when he was killed by two Taliban bullets while conducting an operation to suppress the Taliban in a joint SBS-Afghan forces raid (with air support) on Taliban insurgents in a valley east of Kabul ahead of the Afghanistan elections.

2014. January. 166 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone. Marine Andy Tout was awarded the Kings Badge.

2014. Friday 28th February. 169 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.

2014. Friday 14th March. 170 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.

2014. Friday 6th June. 174 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.

2014. Friday 20th June. 175 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.

2014. Friday 4th July. 176 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone. Marine Martin Astley was awarded the Kings Badge.

2014. Friday 18th July. 177 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.

2014. Friday 1st August. 178 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone. Marine Martin J. Knight was awarded the Kings Badge.

2014. Friday 3rd October. 180 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone. Martin Lawes was awarded the Kings Badge.

2015. Friday 2nd January. 932 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.

2015. Friday 6th February. 187 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.

2015. Friday 20th November. 203 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.

2016. Friday 12th February. 207 Troop Kings Squad passed for duty from Lympstone.

2016. Monday 1st February. The trained strength of the Royal Marines was Officers 770, Marines 6,170.
All totals are rounded in accordance with the Defence Statistics rounding policy, therefore totals may not equal the sum of their parts. All numbers are rounded to the nearest 10 with numbers ending in 5 rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to avoid bias. These figures were published on 10th March 2016.

2017. May - June. The 125th Anniversary Edition of the 'Globe & Laurel' Editor Major G.E. Adcock RM. The magazine is still popular with the Corps family as it has been and is looking forward to the future in the launch of a digital edition and a healthy following on several social media platforms. The current team are working hard to ensure the legacy of those who have gone before us continues long into the corps future.