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BATE, James Howard

50ME Commando
Corporal James Bate was reported missing presumed drowned whilst attempting to escape the enemy during operations on the occupied Greek island of Castelorizzo (Operation Abstention). He joined the Commando on the 15th Ocotber 1940.
 

BROWN, Charles Gilbert

No 9 Commando
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. 
  • The War Diary for 9 Commando records that on the 28 Sept 1944 at 1000 hrs, 1 OR received battle accident and died on board ship 1440 hrs. Casualty Lists confirm this was Private Brown.

Sources
CWGC.
No.9 Commando War Diary.
Casualty List 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/84.

HERAS, Bravlio

50ME Commando
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.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45.

HILL, Francis John

52ME Commando
Trooper Francis Hill died during the period of the evacuation of allied forces from Crete. Elements of Layforce were engaged in a rearguard action whilst the evacuation took place. He was attached to the Commando on the 13th January 1941.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Tank Museum archives re Cdo service

LUMBRERA, Francisco

Francesco Lumbrera 50ME Commando
50ME Commando
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.
[Image] : Tony Fajardo, via Special Forces Roll of Honour website.

MCCORMICK, John

50ME Commando
Private John McCormick died during operations against the enemy occupied Greek island of Castelorizzo (Operation Abstention). 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/48.

MOYLES, Gerard

Middle East Commando
'Layforce'
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) 
  2. Reported missing 2/6/41 (Cas. 137/41 ) 
  3. Died (BC) 2/6/41.
Sources
CWGC.
Tank Museum archives

PARKINGTON, Oswald

'Layforce'
The full circumstances of the death of Pte. Parkington are not known to this archive. The date of his death coincides with that of the evacuation of allied forces from Crete. Elements of Layforce were engaged in a rearguard action whilst the evacuation took place. 
 

ROSENSTEIN, Ernest Zeno

No 2 Commando
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
Lance Sergeant Richard Sharman was reported missing presumed killed in action.
At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations against the enemy occupied Greek island of Castelorizzo (Operation Abstention). 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/48.
The Middle East Commandos, author Charles Messenger.
 

SMITH, Michael Arnold

50ME Commando
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 Castelorizzo (Operation Abstention). 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/2.
CWGC.
The Middle East Commandos, author Charles Messenger.
 

TAYLOR, Graham Cecil Gordon

50ME Commando
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.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/9.
London Gazette 34758, page 8529.
 

THIRKELL-WHITE, Derek John Plantaganet

No 1 Commando
Captain Derek Thirkell-White died during operations with the King's Own Regiment at Leros having left the Commando. He had earlier served with the Middle East Commando (redesignated as 1 Special Service Regiment) in July 1942.
 
Sources
​War Office Casualty List 1402
ME Cdo Depot and 1 Special Service Regt. War Diary Nominal Roll of Officers July 4th  1942 ref. National Archives WO 218 / 159.
 

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