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BOLLAND, Stanley

Stanley Bolland
No 8 Commando
Guardsman Stanley 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 died during Operation Squatter, a raid on Axis airfields at Tmimi and Gazala, West of Tobruk in Libya.


Jock Cheyne 11 Commando
No 11 Commando
Sergeant John Cheyne, 8 troop, was posted to 'L' Detachment, Special Air Service Brigade, on the 28th August 1941. He died during Operation Squatter targetting an airfield at Timimi, west of Tobruk, Libya, whilst attached to 'L' Detachment, Special Air Service Brigade. 

DRONGIN, Anthony

No 8 Commando

Regimental Sergeant Major Anthony Drongin of No 8 Commando gave up his rank to join L Detachment SAS when 8 Commando was disbanded. He served as a Corporal and is reported to have died of wounds inflicted during SAS operations near Benghazi.

[Sources: CWGC, CA Newsletter 119, SAS and LRDG Roll of Honour 1941-1947.]

DUFFY, Michael James

Middle East Commando
Lieutenant Michael Duffy died 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
War Diary Records of ME Cdo Depot and 1 SSR.
Special Forces ROH website.

HILDRETH, Sidney James

No 7 Commando
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

No 11 Commando
Private 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

No 8 Commando
Lieutenant John 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.

MOORE, Harold

RAF Servicing Commando

3232 Servicing Commando.

War Deaths RAF (all ranks) 1939-48, Volume 10, General Register Office.
The RAFSC and TSW Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.

SHORTEN, Raymond Herbert

52ME Commando
Lieutenant Raymond Shorten left the Commando in July 1942 to join 'L' Detachment SAS. He  died in October during operations with the SAS at Sidi Barrani.
 Nov 40, enlisted General List
 Dec 40, 52 ME Cdo
 Jan 41, wounded
 Mar 41, merged into D Bn,Layforce
 Apr 42, merged into ME Cdo C Sqn
 July 42, joins L Det, SAS Bde.

SILLETT, Thomas John

No 8 Commando
Private 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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