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BATE, James Howard

50ME Commando
Queen's Own Yorkshire Dragoons, Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal James Bate was reported missing presumed drowned whilst attempting to escape the enemy during operations on the occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo. 
He had joined the Commando on 15 Ocotber 1940.
Report by Trooper Weston

BLACKBURN, Thomas

50ME Commando
Cheshire Yeomanry
Killed in action or died of wounds
Trooper Thomas Blackburn was reported missing presumed drowned during operations on the enemy occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo. 
Report by Tpr Weston

BROWN, Charles Gilbert

No 9 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Died on active service
Private Charles Brown died as a result of an accident on board a ship. At the time of his death No 9 Commando were engaged in operations by the Pelopenese peninsula, Greece. They were transported to various locations on HMS Prince David. 

ENGLAND, Leslie Frank

50ME Commando
Life Guards
Killed in action or died of wounds

Trooper Leslie England was reported missing later presumed killed in action [1][1a]
At the time of his death his Commando were engaged on operations on the enemy occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo. 
26 October 1932 attested into the Royal Tank Corps [2]
5 November 1939 transferred to the Royal Household Cavalry [2].

GREEN, William Alfred

No 7 Commando
Suffolk Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private William Green was reported missing presumed died died during the period No 7 Commando, as part of Layforce, were engaged in a rearguard action whilst allied troops were evacuated from Crete. 

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/45.

HERAS, Bravlio

'Layforce'
50ME Commando
Pioneer Corps
Queen's Royal Regiment
Died on war service
Private Bravlio Heras, 50 Middle East Commando, and from Spain, died [1] whilst a prisoner of war having  been captured during operations in Crete in 1941 [2]. He is believed to have been killed by Russian fire at Stalag 4C. 
 
Sources
CWGC.

HILL, Francis John

52ME Commando
Royal Armoured Corps Staffordshire Yeomanry
Killed in action or died of wounds
Trooper Francis Hill died during operations at Crete. He was attached to the Commando on the 13 January 1941.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Tank Museum archives re Cdo service

LUMBRERA, Francisco

Francesco Lumbrera 50ME Commando
'Layforce'
50ME Commando
Pioneer Corps
Queen's Royal Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Francisco Lumbrera*, 50 Middle East Commando, and from Spain, died whilst a prisoner of war having been captured during operations in Crete in 1941. He is believed to have been killed by Russian fire at Stalag 4C Wistritz bei Teplitz,Germany. 
 
Source
CWGC.

MCCORMICK, John

50ME Commando
King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private John McCormick died during operations against the enemy occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/48.
The Middle East Commandos, author Charles Messenger.

MCDAID, Francis

30 Commando Assault Unit
Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Trooper Francis McDaid, 34 Army Troop, was killed during operations on Leros when his unit was attacked and bombed by enemy aircraft. 
 

MOYLES, Gerard

Middle East Commando
'Layforce'
Cheshire Yeomanry
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Gerard Moyles died during the evacuation of allied forces from Crete. 
 
Service
The Tank Museum archives record the following:
  1. "X"1 list Posted to Depot Commando Training Wing and Holding Unit 31/1/41 (Cheshire Yeomanry 6/41) 

PARKINGTON, Oswald

'Layforce'
The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) 2nd Bn.
Killed in action or died of wounds
Pte. Parkington died during operations in Crete. Elements of Layforce were engaged in a rearguard action during the evacuation. 
 

ROBINSON, George Edgar

50ME Commando
Royal Scots Greys (2nd Dragoons), Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Trooper George Robinson was reported missing presumed drowned whilst attempting to escape the enemy during operations on the enemy occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo.
Report by Trooper Weston

ROSENSTEIN, Ernest Zeno

No 2 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Ernest Rosenstein died during the period No 2 Commando were engaged on Operation Healing 2, a raid at Spilje, Albania. 
 
Notes
Son of Max and Sophie Rosenstein, of New York City, U.S.A. (CWGC)
Nephew of Mr. Bendhein, Nesher Yagur nr. Haifa Palestine (Handwritten Nom Roll of 2 Cdo).

SHARMAN, Richard

50ME Commando
South Staffordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Richard Sharman was reported missing presumed killed in action during operations against the enemy occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/48.
The Middle East Commandos, author Charles Messenger.

SMITH, Michael Arnold

50ME Commando
Royal Sussex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Second Lieutenant Michael Arnold Smith was reported wounded and missing during operations between 25 -28 February 1941.  He was later reported killed in action 28 February. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged on operations against the enemy occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo.
 
Sources

TAYLOR, Graham Cecil Gordon

50ME Commando
Leicestershire Regiment
Military Cross (MC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Graham Taylor was reported missing presumed killed in action during operations in Crete.
  • 1 April to 30 July 1939 (Second Lieutenant) (2nd Bn. The Leicestershire Regiment) awarded the Military Cross for distinguished services rendered in the field in connection with operations in Palestine.
Sources
CWGC.

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