LILLEY, Ernest Thomas

Guardsman (later RSM 21 SAS)
Coldstream Guards & South Staffordshire Regiment
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Lance Sergeant Ernest Thomas Lilley was awarded the M.M., serving with 'L' Detachment Special Air Service having left the Commando [1]. He had previously served in No. 8 Commando [2].
This NCO was cut off and captured after a raid on Berka aerodrome in May 1942. Although completely unarmed he subsequently managed to surprise and strangle his guard and so return by himself to the R.V. He has distinguished himself by great coolness and courage in other raids. [Recommended by Lt.Col. A.D. Stirling DSO. [3].
In 1952 he was awarded the B.EM. (Military Division), whilst Regimental Sergeant Major of  21 Special Air Service Regiment (Artists)  (TA). [Recommended by Lt Col. A.C. Newman VC.] [4 + 5].
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 35799, page 5142.
[2] CA Newsletter 25 of 1957 & CA Lost Legion list 7.
[3] National Archives file WO 373/46/50.
[4] London Gazettes Supp. 39421, page 28.
[5] National Archives file WO 373/159/305.

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