Independent Companies and Special Service Battalions
- No.1 Independent Company from 52nd Lowland Divn.,
- No.2 Independent Company from 53rd Welsh Divn.,
- No.3 Independent Company from 54th East Anglian Divn.,
- No.4 Independent Company from the 55th (West Lancs) Division. At the time the 55th were a two Brigade Motor Divn consisting of 164 Bde. : 9th Btn. Kings Regt, 1/4th Btn The South Lancs Regt, and 2/4th Btn. the South Lancs. Regt; 165 Bde. : 5th Btn. Kings Regt, 1st Btn. Liverpool Scottish QOCH, and 2nd Btn. Liverpool Scottish QOCH.
- No.5 Independent Company from the 56th (1st London) Divn.,
- No.6 Independent Company from the 9th Scottish Divn.,
- No.7 Independent Company from the 15th Scottish Divn.,
- No.8 Independent Company from the 18th Eastern Divn.,
- No.9 Independent Company from the 38th Welsh Divn.,
- No.10 Independent Company from the 66th East Lancs Divn.
- No.11 Independent Company formed 14 June 1940 under Major R. Tod. with 350 OR's.
In June 1940 the first of the new army commando units were also being raised. A few months later on 11 October 1940 the Independent Companies were reorganised into Special Service (SS) Battalions merging with some of the new Commando units.
- 1st Special Service Bn., A and B Coys., formed from Nos.1,2,3,4,5,8 and 9 Independent Companies.
- 2nd Special Service Bn. formed from No.6 and 7 Independent Companies and the only recently formed No.9 and 11 Commandos;
- 3rd Special Service Bn. formed from Nos.4 and 7 Commando;
- 4th Special Service Bn. formed from Nos.3 and 8 Commando;
- 5th Special Service Bn. formed from Nos.5 and 6 Commando.
It should be noted that in January 1941 some of these units had already departed for a Middle East deployment known as Layforce. As a result Army Casualty Records for Layforce [more....] recorded a few individuals by their now defunct Special Service Battalion designation at the time of departure rather than by their current designated Commando unit within Layforce.
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