MOYLES, Gerard

Rank: 
Lance Corporal
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Cheshire Yeomanry
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
318430
Died : 
Tuesday, May 20, 1941
and (if between 2 dates): 
Monday, June 2, 1941
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
30
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
Lance Corporal Gerard Moyles died during the evacuation of allied forces from Crete. The Casualty Lists show he was a casualty from 'D' Bn. Layforce,which was formed from 50 and 52 ME Commando. 
 
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
Westminster Abbey Commando Roll of Honour file ref. National Archives DEFE/2/843.
The Middle East Commandos, author Charles Messenger.
 
Notes - "Depot Commando Training Wing and Holding Unit."  
This Depot came into being mid December 1940 and was formally established at Geneifa beside the Great Bitter Lake under the command of Maj. D.W. Melville MC on the 25th January 1941. Its role to provide training and reinforcements for 50, 51, and 52 Commandos who were all deployed at the time, and also as a Holding Unit for Commandos.
 

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