Middle East Commando ROH

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BROWN, Jack

Trooper Jack Brown was shot and killed whilst a prisoner of war and attempting to escape. The Casualty Lists show he was captured at Crete at the time of the evacuation of allied forces.
 
Service
The Tank Museum archives record the following:
  1. "X"1 list Depot Commando Training and Holding Unit 2/2/41 (Yorkshire Hussars 6/41) 

DUFFY, Michael James

Lieutenant Michael Duffy died during operations in Libya with the Middle East Commando (redesignated as 1 Special Service Regiment).
 
Service details are LRDG 1942, Middle East Commando (A Squadron) (2Lt) 1942, KIA Libya with D Squadron 1 Special Service Regiment
 
Sources
CWGC.
War Diary Records of ME Cdo Depot and 1 SSR.
Special Forces ROH website.
 

FISCHER, M.

Private Fischer died during operations in Eritrea.
 
Notes - Asmara War Cemetery
The Italian stronghold of Keren was taken by Commonwealth forces at the end of March 1941 and the retreating Italian force pursued to Asmara, which was occupied on 1 April.   Asmara War Cemetery contains the graves of those killed in the latter stages of the East African campaign, or who died subsequently at the garrison stationed at Asmara. (Source: CWGC.)
 

FROST, Henry Shelmerdine

Captain Henry Frost died [1] during operations in Eritrea when leading a patrol up a steep gulley running South from Beit Gabru to harass enemy positions [2]. He received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service [3].
 
Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Account by Lt. Col. Cator in the book Middle East Commandos by Charles Messenger.
[3] London Gazette 35396, page 7347 published 30 December 1941.
 

GREENWOOD, Jack

Corporal Jack Greenwood died by drowning after taking part in operations on the island of Castelorizzo on the 28th February.  He was reported missing believed drowned attempting to escape.  His body was later found and identified.
 
Sources
CWGC
50 Me Cdo Casualty List 25th-28th Feb. 1941 in Crete (War Office Oct 1941) Ref. National Archives /WO361/124
The Middle East Commandos, author Charles Messenger.
 

HARRISON, Ronnie

Lance Sergeant Ronnie Harrison, 'C' Company, died during operations in Eritrea to disrupt enemy communications between Kohr Kumar and Khor Abder.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Charles Messenger's book The Middle East Commandos.
 
Notes

HERAS, Bravlio

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. He is believed to have been killed by Russian fire at Stalag 4C Wistritz bei Teplitz,Germany. POW number 960172. Secondary service number 6100520 Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) [2].
 

HILL, Francis John

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

MATHER, James Henry

Pte James Mather 50ME Commando
Private James Mather was taken prisoner of war May 1941 in Crete, and died shortly after his release in 1945 due to ill treatment whilst a prisoner [1].
 
He had been imprisoned at Stalag 4C, a prisoner of war camp at Wistritz bei Teplitz, Sudetenland ( part of former Czechoslovakia).  His POW number being 12534. [2]
 

MAXWELL, Thomas Turnbull

Gdsm. Maxwell died whilst a prisoner of war.
 
The CWGC list him by his Regiment only. His name is however recorded on the Westminster Abbey Commando ROH as being a member of Layforce and dying as a Prisoner of War.  His name is therefore held on our ROH in the hope that further information establishing, or otherwise, any Commando service will come to light in the future.
 
Krakow Rakowicki Cemetery

MCCORMICK, John

The circumstances of the the death of Private John McCormick are not known to this archive. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged on operations on the island of Castelorizzo. 
 
Sources
CWGC.

MOYLES, Gerard

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:

PARKINGTON, Oswald

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, Natan

Lance Corporal Natan Rosenstein, an Austrian of Jewish Faith, served in the Commando from November 1941 and died of illness in July 1942.  
 
Sources
CWGC.
The SAS and LRDG ROH 1941-1947/ Service Record.
 

SHARMAN, Richard

The circumstances of the the death of Lance Sergeant Richard Sharman are not known to this archive. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged on operations on the island of Castelorizzo. 

SHIELDS, Ronald Francis

Lance Sergeant Ronald Shields, ‘D’ Squadron, died from burns received from an accidentally ignited petrol drum thrown up on the beach by sea at El Rakham Bay.
 
Sources
CWGC
Middle East Depot Commando War Diary Jan to June 1942 entry for 10th May.
National Archives file WO 218/159.
 

TAYLOR, Graham Cecil Gordon

The full circumstances of the death of Captain Graham Taylor are not known to this archive. At the time of his death his Commando, as part of  Layforce, were engaged in a rearguard action on Crete.
 
As a Second Lieutenant in the 2nd Bn. The Leicestershire Regiment, he had been awarded the MC for distinguished services rendered in the field in connection with operations in Palestine during the period 1st April to 30th July, 1939.
 
Sources
CWGC

THOMAS, Leslie

Trooper Leslie Thomas died during the evacuation of allied forces from Crete. No 52 ME Commando (as part of 'D' Bn Layforce) were engaged in a rearguard action whilst the evacuation took place. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Tank Museum archives re Cdo service and cause of death.
 

THOMAS, Norman

Private Norman Thomas was reported as missing in action on Crete on the 2nd June 1941, however he had been taken prisoner. He died whilst a prisoner of war.
 
The CWGC and Casualty Records list him by his Regiment only. His name is however recorded on the Westminster Abbey Commando ROH as being a member of Layforce and dying as a Prisoner of War.  His name is therefore held on our ROH in the hope that further information establishing, or otherwise,  any Commando service will come to light in the future.
 
Notes

ULRICH, Itzchaz

Private Itzchaz Ulrich died during operations in Eritrea when on a patrol up a steep gulley running South from Beit Gabru to harass enemy positions. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Account by Lt.Col. Cator in Middle East Commandos, author Charles Messenger.
 
Notes - Keren War Cemetery
Keren was the last Italian stronghold in Eritrea and the scene of the most decisive battle of the war in East Africa in February and March 1941. (Source: CWGC)

WAJNSZTEJN, Shmaryahu

Shmaryahu Wajnsztejn 51ME Commando
Private Shmaryahu Wajnsztejn died during operations in Eritrea when on a patrol up a steep gulley running South from Beit Gabru to harass enemy positions. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Account by Lt. Col. Cator in Middle East Commandos by Charles Messenger.
 
Notes - Keren War Cemetery
Keren was the last Italian stronghold in Eritrea and the scene of the most decisive battle of the war in East Africa in February and March 1941. (Source: CWGC)

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