No 7 Commando
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Three UK based Army Commando units, Nos. 7, 8, and 11 Commandos, were initially combined within 'Force Z' for operations initially envisaged against Rhodes in the Eastern Mediterranean. Other elements of the Force included a number of men from No.3 Commando and the Canoe section of No.8 (Guards) Commando. They sailed from the Isle of Arran on the 31st January 1941, and arrived at Suez on the 7th March.
26th - 31st May 1941. The Commandos were No. 7 (U.K.), and Middle East Commando, formed by the amalgamation of No. 50 and 52 (M.E.) Commandos.
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.
In 1946 the Army Council decided that the Army Commandos were to be disbanded and no provision was allowed or made for any depository or office which would have at least contained a complete Roster of Names of the men who served in the various units.
The exact circumstances of the death of Gunner John Challis are not known to this archive.
Sapper Alexander Cowper died during the period No 7 Commando, as part of Layforce, were engaged in a rearguard action whilst allied troops were evacuated from Crete.
Bombardier Cyril Emms died during the period No 7 Commando, as part of Layforce, were engaged in a rearguard action whilst allied troops were evacuated from Crete.
Captain Frank Nicholls, No 7 Commando and Layforce, was killed whilst attached to No 1 Special Service Detachment. There is a plaque in his honour inside Stratton Parish Church and he is also remembered on their War Memorial.
Photos and more information are in our Gallery entry for Captain Nicholls.
Lieutenant Donald Passmore died during operations at Bardia to gather intelligence, take prisoners and destroy the Italian barracks there.*
Corporal George Sheridan died during the period No 7 Commando, as part of Layforce, were engaged in a rearguard action whilst allied troops were evacuated from Crete.
Charles Edward Vaughan, born 1893, was originally attached to No.7 and No.4 Commando before taking up his role as the Commandant of the newly formed Commando Depot (CBTC) at Achnacarry.
Citation for the MM recommended by Lt. Col. A.D. Stirling, D.S.O.
- He was transported to Germany and imprisoned at Oflag O9/AH at Spangenburg .