Possible help with identifying Commando SSI?

Discussion in 'Commandos & Royal Marines' started by marksikes, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. marksikes

    marksikes Junior Member

    Greetings and Happy New Year.
    I am writing today to see if there might be one that can ID the SSI's for the chap on the right. I apologize for the condition of the scan but it is how I received it. If it helps he was, at some time, attached to 41 Cdo.

    Thanks in advance,

    Mark Eddy Modified.jpg Eddy Modified.jpg
     
  2. marksikes

    marksikes Junior Member

    In all fairness and to hopefully sweeten the pot for possible ID the above and following scans are all part of a small Commando lot I recently became the custodian of. Hard to tell in the scans but in the one with his tags the small wooded item is a wooden shoe and there is a small 1939 3 pence as well. Also and its hard to tell but it appears that he or someone has circled Norway, Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium and maybe France and Germany (All places where he saw action??) on the map. Seems at least in Germany with the notation of Eutin on the 45 RM Commando pamphlet.

    Best regards

    Mark img001 (2).jpg img002.jpg img003.jpg img004.jpg img005.jpg img006.jpg img007.jpg
     
  3. DannyM

    DannyM Member

    Hi,

    He could be using the Cash’s tape “Royal Marines” over “Commando” title along with the Commando brigade formation sign. The number of the RM Commando unit he is in is at the top of the title.

    Some RM Commando units also used embroidered titles instead of the Cash’s tape titles.

    45 RM Commando did wear their insignia in the style shown in the photo, straight “45" over "Royal Marines” over a curved “Commando” title. Normally this was of the embroidered type.

    The photo was taken after December 1944, when the dagger formation sign was authorised.

    It also looks like he has a coloured loop on his epaulette. Various colours were used to show which Troop the Marine was in.

    There is an example of the 45 RM Commando insignia on this CVA page 46 Commando RM.

    Nice collection.

    Regards

    Danny
     
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  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    DUCHAN, JOHN JOSEPH
    Rank:Corporal
    Service No:EX/4120
    Date of Death:28/01/1945
    Age:27
    Regiment/Service:Royal Marines No. 45 R.M. Commando.
    Grave Reference: IV. F. 3. Cemetery:NEDERWEERT WAR CEMETERY
    Additional Information:Son of Michael and Mary Ann Duchan; husband of Margaret Whyte Duchan.

    WINSTON, PETER STANLEY
    Rank:Lieutenant
    Date of Death:28/01/1945
    Age:20
    Regiment/Service:Royal Marines No. 45 R.M. Commando.
    Grave Reference: IV. F. 1. Cemetery:NEDERWEERT WAR CEMETERY
    Additional Information:Son of John Henry Ernest and Winifred Winston, of Sanderstead, Surrey.

    It seems quite a number of those marked on the church service card are buried at Nederweert Cemetry - http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead.aspx?cpage=1

    Perhaps the War Diaries would open up some research

    TD

    edited to add:

    From Wiki
    45 Commando - Wikipedia
    including Montforterbeek on 23 January 1945.[3] During the Ardennes Offensive, the retitled 1st Commando Brigade was given the task of holding a stretch of the river Maas; it was during this period of operations that Lance Corporal H. Harden, a medical orderly of the RAMC attached to 45 (RM) Commando, won the Victoria Cross

    Henry Eric Harden - Wikipedia

    Interesting that Harden is noted is not noted by a pencil square around his name to signify KIA
     
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  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    What are the names on the dog tags??

    TD
     
  6. marksikes

    marksikes Junior Member

    To all thanks. As to the name it is PLX113619 W (William/Bill/Billy) EDDY. I know from his SR that he was a war time enlistment. I have been unsuccessful in finding anything else about him. If you looked at the photos you will, of course, see him with 41 Sniper. He is also named in the list of names under the D Troop 45 Cdo.

    Regards

    Mark
     
  7. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Mark

    By SR I assume you mean you have his service record, if so can you post up his date and place of birth as we might be able to trace photos of this person from other sources - in fact any other useful info on him

    TD
     
  8. marksikes

    marksikes Junior Member

    Sorry but should have clarified. I know from his service number. I dont have his records as I was not able to find them via Kew online. I have been trying to identify him better but all I can add for now is that the grouping came from Australia.

    Mark
     
  9. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    The problem is that we can start going on goose chases, e.g. based on your comments above :

    Name: William C R Eddy
    Gender: Male
    Age: 24
    Birth Date: abt 1925
    Departure Date: 3 Mar 1949
    Port of Departure: London, England
    Destination Port: Adelaide, Australia
    Ship Name: Strathaird

    Could be the man as he went (as a carpenter to Australia) after the War.

    It might be worth, depending on how far you want to research this person, obtaining his service records - I think this link is for the Royal Marines (but I could be wrong) - https://www.gov.uk/government/uploa...service_details_rnrm_application_part2_1_.pdf

    TD
     
  10. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    As far as I am aware service records are not online and can only be ordered via the MOD. As you're presumably not next of kin you are only able to get some but not all of the records. Other members might be able to tell you more about what you would be likely to miss out on.
     
  11. marksikes

    marksikes Junior Member

    Sorry for the initial confusion. As for records, Royal Marine records are available online if entry into service was prior to 1925 and Royal Navy up until 1928. There are some variations if an Officer.

    TD,

    Before I can order from MOD I have to establish that his full name, DOB and the is deceased and that one has been some for 25+ years to the best of my knowledge. I have included hyper links for both RM and RN for those that are interested.

    Royal Marines' service records 1842-1925 - The National Archives

    Royal Navy ratings' service records 1853-1928 - The National Archives

    Sorry TD I just saw your notation ref the immigration of an Eddy. Thanks!
     
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  12. marksikes

    marksikes Junior Member

    Just an update and based upon what TD noted for William C R Eddy, I went back into my notes as I asked the seller as to how he came about them and he told me that they came from an estate sale in Adelaide about 5 years prior! Could be my chap! Have to dig more.

    William C R Eddy
    Birth: Sep 1924 - Cornwall, England
    Death: 1984 - Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
     
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  13. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    William C R Eddy in the England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916-2005
    Name: William C R Eddy
    Mother's Maiden Surname: Nethercott
    Date of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep 1924
    Registration district: Falmouth
    Inferred County: Devon, Cornwall, Scilly. Dorset, Somerset
    Volume Number: 5c
    Page Number: 230


    William C R Eddy
    1924–1984
    BIRTH SEP 1924 • Mawnan Smith, Cornwall, England
    DEATH 1984 • Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


    William C R Eddy in the UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960
    Name: William C R Eddy
    Gender: Male
    Age: 24
    Birth Date: abt 1925
    Departure Date: 3 Mar 1949
    Port of Departure: London, England
    Destination Port: Adelaide, Australia
    Ship Name: Strathaird
    Search Ship Database: Search for the Strathaird in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database
    Shipping line: P and O
    Official Number: 162670
    Master: H S Allan R D R N R
    41039_b001639-00503.jpg

    Its worth checking the address on the above image for William Eddy

    TD
     
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  14. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    From the 45 Commando War Diary
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