30 Battalion Royal Marines

 

The unit was one of two created to address the manpower shortage of 21st Army Group in early 1945. The brigade was created on 1 January 1945 from former members of the Royal Marines Division, which had been broken up in 1943 and the troops distributed to Marine Commandos, or retrained as landing craft crew. They were quickly re-mustered as regular infantry, organised as a standard Army brigade. (27RM, 28 RM and 30 RM)

 

The 116th Brigade was sent into action in February 1945, serving under the First Canadian Army in the crossing of the Maas, and in the advance across the Rhine into north-west Germany to the naval ports, with the 28th Battalion particularly distinguishing itself in the fighting around Oldenburg,and 27th Battalion fighting with the 4th Canadian Armoured Division in their advance through Oldenburg towards Wilhelmshaven.

 

The brigade remained in northern Germany after the surrender as part of XXX Corps, with their headquarters at Buxtehude,but operating in the naval ports of Wilhelmshaven, Emden, Brunsbüttel, and Cuxhaven, overseeing the capitulation of German naval ships and personnel, until returning to the UK at the end of June 1945 to be disbanded.

 

Name: Cooper, Ernest William,

Rank: Marine

Age:30

No.CH/X 116414

Unit

Missing since: 23-04-1945

Next of Kin:Husband of May Eveline Cooper, of Enfield, Middlesex.

 Son of Charles Edward and Helen Cooper

 

Chatham  memorial Panel: 82-1

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in Alem/Kerdriel area during Operation Orange.

Name: Johnson, Geoffrey Albert

Rank: Marine

Age:19

No.PLY/X 109071

Unit

Missing since: 23-04-1945

Next of Kin:Son of William Albert and Doris Iree Johnson, of Hartshorne, Derbyshire.

 Plytmouth memorial Panel: 95-1

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in Alem/Kerdriel area during Operation Orange.

 

Believed to be the unknown Marine buried at Geldermalsen General Cemetery