Fun filled day for 42 Commando families


42 Commando Royal Marines welcomed their families and friends to their home base of Bickleigh Barracks, near Plymouth on Saturday to say “Thank you for your support”.

The Commando hosted a fun filled “Families Day” of activities and entertainment for those who offer the vital support encouragement which allows them to fight in defence of the UK and her allies. 

Amongst the popular attractions was a children’s fair ground, a vintage military vehicle display and a Field Gun pulling demonstration by 42 Commando Filed Gun team who recently finished forth at the international Brickwoods Filed Gun Championships in their maiden season. 

Also present was the choir of HMS Heroes children’s charity who did a great job of entertaining the crowds on, what turned out to be, a sun filled day.

It was a particularly special day for Mrs Heather Ogburn, a founding member of HMS Heroes, as she was awarded an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours list for her services to education in the city.

It’s extremely important that we take the time to say “Thanks” for the invaluable support and encouragement that our families and friends provide at home.

Lieutenant Colonel Rich Cantrill OBE MC, Commanding Officer of 42 Commando Royal Marines

Speaking at the event, Heater said: “HMS Heroes is a fantastic support network for the children of service families throughout the UK which aims to ensure schools and communities understand the difficulties that can be caused by having parents in the Armed Forces.”

“To be recognised in the Birthday Honours this week is very humbling indeed”, she added.


Lieutenant Colonel Rich Cantrill OBE MC, Commanding Officer of 42 Commando, outlined the importance taking time out of the Units busy training schedule to recognise the work that families do to support our Armed Forces members. 

He said: “It’s extremely important that we take the time to say “Thanks” for the invaluable support and encouragement that our families and friends provide at home. Without them it wouldn’t be possible to do the important work that we do in keeping this nation secure.”

The Royal Marines are the amphibious soldiers of the Royal Navy and, with their specially adapted shipping, are able to land and operate in any environment in the world.

42 Commando are one of three elite, battalion sized Units, which make up the global reach of 3 Commando Brigade.  

They are currently preparing to take the role of Lead Commando Group, making them the UK’s premier deployable amphibious force in support of international crisis response.