7 Commando

The first troops of this Commando formed up in several locations.  ‘A’ Troop in Gamblingay under Capt. Wylie R.E. while the H.Q. Staff came together in Billericay Essex. A small party of ‘B’ Troop formed in St. Albans and the remainder in Newmarket under Capt G March Phillips who was later to command No.62 Commando. After this scattered beginning all the various sections came together finally in Felixstowe at the end of July 1940. H.Q. being in a school in Station Rd Felixstowe.

Slowly reaching full strength the Commando eventually moved to Girvan in Scotland and in December 1940 embarked on the ships ‘Glenroy’ and ‘Glengyle’ for passage to Inverary where they underwent boat training. Lt Col F.B. Colvin took command of the whole Commando.  On 31st January 1941 the Commando embarked for the Middle East. Arriving at Alexandria the Commando was now known as ‘A’ Battalion of ‘Layforce’ . 

Operations included Bardia 19th April 1941 and Crete. Ordered to assist in the evacuation of British Troops from the island against overwhelming odds many of the Commando were taken P.O.W by the German invasion force.

After this the Commando was disbanded.

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