8 Commando

History of the Unit

8 Commando

The Commando was formed on the 23rd June 1940 reaching full strength in September at Burnham on Crouch, Essex. Mostly made up of members of the various Guards Brigades, it became unofficially known as No 8 (Guards) Commando.

After being redesignated into 4 Special Service Battalion on 24th October1940 under the reorganization which saw No.8 Commando paired with No.3 Commando as the two Companies within 4 Special Service Battalion. More training took place with the Commando moving from Largs in Ayrshire to Lamlash on the Isle of Arran. 

In 1941 the Commando embarked for the Middle East.  Arriving at Alexandria the Commando became part of  ‘B’ Battalion of ‘Layforce’.

After this the Commando was disbanded with many of the former members of the Commando moving to units such as the Long Range Desert Group,  Special Boat Squadron,  and  L Detachment Special Air Service Regiment. Others went back to their original Guards Regiment.

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