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BOLLAND, Stanley

Gdsm. Bolland was serving with  "L" Detachment, S.A.S. Bde., Special Air Service Regiment, A.A.C. at the time of his death, having previously served in No. 8 Commando. He was killed during Operation Squatter, a raid on Axis airfields at Tmimi and Gazala, West of Tobruk in Libya.


Jock Cheyne 11 Commando
Sgt Cheyne, 8 troop, was posted to 'L' Detachment, Special Air Service Brigade, on the 28th August 1941. He was killed during operations targetting an airfield at Timimi, west of Tobruk,  whilst attached to 'L' Detachment, Special Air Service Brigade. 

DRONGIN, Anthony

Former Regimental Sergeant Major of No 8 Commando,  he gave up his rank to join L Detachment SAS when 8 Commando was disbanded. He served as a Corporal and died a short time later of wounds during SAS operations near Benghazi.

[Sources: CA Newsletter 119, and numerous books referring to the SAS operations.]

DUFFY, Michael James

Lieut. Duffy was killed during operations in Libya with the Middle East Commando (redesignated as 1 Special Service Regiment).
Service details are LRDG 1942, Middle East Commando (A Squadron) (2Lt) 1942, KIA Libya with D Squadron 1 Special Service Regiment
(Sources: War Diary Records of ME Cdo Depot and 1 SSR / Special Forces ROH website)

HILDRETH, Sidney James

LCpl. Sidney Hildreth, formerly 7 Commando, was killed whilst attached to 'L' Detachment SAS.  He left the Commando to join the SAS on the 30th August 1941. He was fatally injured parachuting into the SAS first raid, Operation Squatter, an abortive attack against airfields at Tmimi and Gazala. 

KEITH, Douglas

Pte. Douglas Keith, formerly 11 Commando,  was posted to 'L' Detachment, Special Air Service Brigade, on the 28th August 1941, and was taken prisoner after Operation Squatter.  He died whilst being transported on the Italian prison ship SS Sebastiano Venier, after it was was torpedoed by a British submarine.

LEWES, John Steel

Lieut. Lewes  was serving with  "L" Detachment, S.A.S. Bde., Special Air Service Regiment, A.A.C. at the time of his death. His previous service in No. 8 Commando is mentioned in various books but nothing official confirming this has yet been found by this archive.  His name is recorded here in the hope that this can be clarified in the future. He was killed during operations against an airfield at Nofilia. 

MARTIN, Francis Joseph

Pte. Francis Martin is shown on the CWGC database as being seconded to 11th RM Commando, Royal Marines. There was no such unit. We have no detail to confirm at this stage whether he was attached to the 11th RM Battalion, Royal Marines, No. 11 (Army) Commando, or some other unit. 

He died when the British submarine torpedo'd the Italian POW ship the S.S Scillin on the 14 Nov.1942.

Awaits confirmation to establish, or otherwise, service in a Commando unit.

SILLETT, Thomas John

Pte. Thomas Sillett died of illness (diptheria) whilst serving with 1st SAS, 'A' Sqn.  He had joined No 8 Commando in 1940 and embarked with them for the Middle East at the end of January 1941 as part of Layforce.  He later left the Commandos and joined 'L' Detachment SAS in June 1942.

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