Special Service Detachment
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Mission 204 was the designation given to the British Military Mission to China.
An account from the Australian War Museum of Australian involvement in Mission 204.
Lance Corporal Alexander Ballantyne died whilst assigned from the Commando to Middle East Detachment 2, later redesignated 2nd Special Service Detachment (SSD 2), in Burma.
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- 2 January 1924 enlisted Royal Tank Corps aged 18. Former trade 'Shop Assistant'. Residence 'Fisherton Salisbury Wiltshire' .
 Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archive files WO417/57, WO417/66, WO/417/100.
Private Leonard Lacey died whilst a prisoner of war. He had been assigned from the Commando to Middle East Detachment 2, later redesignated 2nd Special Service Detachment (SSD 2), in Burma.
Served in No.7 Commando before moving to Mission 204 and 1 SSD in the Far East. Post war member of the Commando Association and the Burma Star Association residing in Boston, Lincolnshire.
Captain Frank Nicholls, No 7 Commando and Layforce, was killed whilst attached to No 1 Special Service Detachment. There is a plaque in his honour inside Stratton Parish Church and he is also remembered on their War Memorial.
Photos and more information are in our Gallery entry for Captain Nicholls.
- The Westminster Abbey Commando Roll of Honour lists his Unit as No.8 Commando [notes].
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