7 Commando

The first troops of this Commando formed up in several locations.  ‘A’ Troop in Gamblingay under Capt. Wylie R.E. while the H.Q. Staff came together in Billericay Essex. A small party of ‘B’ Troop formed in St. Albans and the remainder in Newmarket under Capt G March Phillips who was later to command No.62 Commando. After this scattered beginning all the various sections came together finally in Felixstowe at the end of July 1940. H.Q. being in a school in Station Rd Felixstowe.

Under a restructuring that only last a few months No.7 was combined with No.4 Commando as the 3rd Special Service Bn., under the command of Lt. Col. Dudley Lister MC before being redesignated again as No.7 Commando. Lt Col F.B. Colvin took over command from Lt Col Lister MC who assumed command of No.4 Commando.  

In December 1940 they embarked on the ships ‘Glenroy’ and ‘Glengyle’ for passage to Inverary where they underwent boat training. On 31st January 1941 the Commando embarked for the Middle East. Arriving at Alexandria the Commando was now ‘A’ Battalion of ‘Layforce’ . 

Operations included Bardia 19th April 1941 and Crete. Ordered to assist in the evacuation of British Troops from the island against overwhelming odds many of the Commando were taken P.O.W by the German invasion force.

After this the Commando was disbanded.


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7 Cdo. Roll of Honour

Below is an A-Z view of the Roll of Honour with information about each of the Fallen. Displaying 1 - 20 of 20

BEASLEY, Frederick

Corporal
3532735
No 7 Commando
Manchester Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Frederick Beasley was initially reported missing presumed prisoner of war. He was later presumed killed in action during operations in Crete as part of Layforce. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45.
 

BRISTOW, William Frederick

Gunner
927388
No 7 Commando
Royal Artillery
Died whilst a prisoner of war
Gunner William Bristow died from an intestinal obstruction at Salonica Greece whilst a Prisoner of War. He had been taken prisoner during operations at Crete on 2 June 1941.
 
Sources
CWGC.
German Record Cards of British POWs / WO416/42/342.

CRAMPTON, Jack Barraclough

Lance Corporal
1892271
No 7 Commando
Royal Engineers
Died whilst a prisoner of war
Lance Corporal Jack Crampton, 3 Special Service Bn. died in Berlin as a prisoner of war. He had been reported missing, later found to have been taken prisoner in Crete on 2 June 1941. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/33.

CROSBIE, John

Private
3190340
No 7 Commando
King's Own Scottish Borderers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Crosbie died on or shortly after 26 May 1941 during operations in Crete [1][1a].
Extract from the Dumfries and Galloway Standard
Published Saturday 12 June 1943.

DURAND, Montague Ongley De Beauvoir

Second Lieutenant
244790
No 7 Commando
West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Second Lieutenant Montague Durand was killed in action during operations in the Western Desert. He had been commissioned Second Lieutenant on 24 May 1942.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/4.

ELSE, John

Sergeant
5624579
No 7 Commando
Devonshire Regiment
Died on war service
Sergeant John Else was accidentally killed in India.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/59.
 
Notes

EMMS, Cyril Deeley

Bombardier
805557
No 7 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Bombardier Cyril Emms died during operations in Crete. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/62.
 

GAYLARD, Albert Jack

Lance Corporal
5725267
No 7 Commando
Dorsetshire Regiment
Died on war service
Lance Corporal Albert Gaylard was reported missing in action 20 April 1941 during operations in Cyrenaica Libya, and later found to have been captured by the enemy [1][4]. He died during an air raid [2][3] whilst a prisoner of war in Camp PG78 Italy [4][5].
 
Sources

GREEN, William Alfred

Private
5933643
No 7 Commando
Suffolk Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private William Green was reported missing presumed died died during the period No 7 Commando, as part of Layforce, were engaged in a rearguard action whilst allied troops were evacuated from Crete. 

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/45.

GREENWOOD, Stephen

Trooper
7904241
No 7 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Died on war service
Trooper Stephen Greenwood died in 1945 whilst a prisoner of war after being captured at Crete on 2 June 1941, and then transported to Germany. He spent the rest of the war in Stalag 3D near Berlin. He died during a forced march West whilst still a POW, when they were fired on by a Russian tank at Waganitz.
 
Sources

NICHOLLS, Frank Raymond Jocelyn

Captain
71042
No 7 Commando
Royal Artillery
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds

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.

PATERNOSTER, Harry

Private
5827448
No 7 Commando
Suffolk Regiment
Died on war service

Private Harry Paternoster died at the 13th General Hospital, Suez, as a result of heatstroke.

Sources
CWGC.
War Diary A Bn,Layforce, file ref National Archives WO 218/168, Entry for the 6th April "The death from Heatstroke of 5827448 Pte Paternoster H. occurred in 13th General Hospital, Suez."

RICHARDS, Branson

Captain
108195
No 7 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Branson Richards was captured during operations in Cyrenaica in 1941 and detained at Camp P.G. 29, Veano, Piacenza, Italy [1][1a].  He was reported shot and killed whilst escaping captivity [2][3]. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches [2]4]. 
 
Sources

STAMPER, Sydney

Lance Corporal
3060120
No 7 Commando
Royal Scots
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Sydney Stamper died during operations in the Middle East.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/44.
 

STILL, Edgar Thomas

Lance Corporal
5572401
No 7 Commando
Wiltshire Regiment
Died on active service
Lance Corporal Edgar Still died as a result of an accident in the Middle East.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/48.
 
Cemetery Historical Information

7 Commando Nominal Roll

In 1946 the Army Council decided that the Army Commandos were to be disbanded and no provision was allowed or made for any depository or office which would have at least contained a complete Roster of Names of the men who served in the various units. 

For historical & research purposes, we have tried to compile the names of all No.7 Commando volunteers which were obtained from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Lists of Casualties, the No7 Commando War Diary, papers from the National Archives and further research by members of the CVA and various other resources. In preparing this list, we acknowledge that it is very likely there are omissions.

Note: Where a service number is shown on our nominal rolls and no source is shown in the end column, it should be treated as possible but not confirmed. Contact the Archive if you suspect an error.

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Commando Veterans Archive Nominal Roll for No 7 Commando.
© Commando Veterans Archive 2016. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction is only permitted if accompanied by the copyright marker and a clear acknowledgement to the Commando Veterans Archive.
 
Notes
Click on highlighted surnames for more information.
CA followed by a number = entry in a Commando Association newsletter.
LL followed by a number = entry in Commando Association Lost Legion List.
LKA =Last known address
CasList = National Archives Army Casualty Lists.
WO = War Office file at the National Archives
PG = entry in CVA Photo gallery
 
SURNAME
FORENAME
RANK
NUMBER
AWARD
ADDITIONAL
Arthur, Thomas
Pte
5949273
 
Beds & Herts; PoW  (WO392/1); (CA84)
Adams
W J
Sgt
5828073
 
Suffolks; PoW Stalag 383 (WO392/1)
Alchin
C
Pte
 
 
East Surreys
Ronald
Dvr
2591915
 
Royal Signals; PoW Crete
Allison
John
Gnr
921805
 
RA attestations; PoW Stalag 4C (WO392/1) (CasList WO417/29)
Angus
Alan, Smillie
Dvr i/c
2091142
 
RE; and 4 Cdo (CA115); wounded 28May41; CasLists WO417/28; wounded/PoW 20Jan43 WO417/63;
repatriated 1944 WO417/82
Appleyard
John, Geoffrey
Lt (Major)
86639
DSO, MC*
RASC /SOE / SSRF/ kia 2SAS
Arnold
Douglas
LCpl
2932948
 
QOCH; and SAS (PG); from Colwyn Bay (CA106)
Arslett
Charles, Harry
Pte
5110553
 
R.Warwicks; & 4 Cdo; PoW Crete; WO416/10/381
Brian, Harborough
Lt. later Major
111708
MBE
RASC; (CA116)
Albert, Ernest
CQMS
918259
 
RA; kia with 6 Cdo
E
LCpl
7896888
 
 
Cameronians; PoW Bardia WO417/24; lka Hull (LL1)
Atkinson
J
Cpl
 
 
East Surreys
Austin
E.P.
Pte
 
 
RASC
Badger
Edward, Atchison
Bdr (Lt) 
898919; 325123
MM (SAS)
RA attestations; L.Detach SAS; 26Jun44 to Lieut. SAS (LG36659)
Baker
J
Pte
6020776
 
Suffolks; PoW Cyrenaica CasLists WO417/28.
Alexander, E.
Pte
5956234
 
Beds & Herts; PoW Crete
Barkham
Frederick, Spencer
Gnr
915214
 
RA; 7 Cdo 1940/41; (PG); PoW with RA - Escaped
John, William
Pte
6143343
 
E. Surreys; PoW Bardia  Raid
Edgar, Albert
LBdr
933008
 
RA attestations; PoW Campo 78 and Stalag 11B (WO392/1 & 21)
Arthur
Pte
5504046
 
Hants. Regt; PoW Crete
Bason
R.P.
Pte
5726900
 
Dorsets; CasLists 28May41 WO417/28 wounded Crete
Bateman
Kenneth
Cpl
5572359
 
Wilts Regt/ME Cdo/SRS/1 SAS executed
Sidney, Gordon
Bdr
930701
 
RA; CasList PoW WO417/28;  CA82
Beale
W
Cpl
5947082
 
Beds&Herts; PoW CasList WO417/94
Frederick
Cpl
3532735
 
Manchesters; kia Crete
Beckett
T
Pte
5958171
 
Beds & Herts; 2Jun41 CasList WO417/28 and 35.
Bell
James
 
 
 
from Berwick on Tweed (CA88)
Bell
Thomas, Herbert
Pte
185054
 
RASC; PoW WO416/26/217
Donald
Sgt
3443124
 
Lancs Fusiliers; PoW Bardia
WO417/31; WO416/28/155
Frederick
Sgt
2931860
 
Liv. Scots QOCH; 51ME Cdo; attd 'C'Bn Layforce for Operation Flipper
R.D.
Pte
5828120
 
Suffolks; PoW; Bardia
Bishop
Frederick
LCpl
 
 
 
Black
 
Pte
5729322
 
Dorsets
Blake
Gerald, Coldman
Pte
5501875
 
Hamps. Regt; Pow 12/9/42 WO417/56; Escaped WO417/85
Clifford
LCpl
5729301
 
Dorsets; PoW Crete
Booth
 
Pte
2929371
 
Liverpool Scottish
Borthwick
John, T.
Fus
4273582
 
R.N.F; PoW Crete CasList WO417/27; WO416/36/12
Bourke
Jack
Cpl
 
 
From Warrington (CA84)
Boyce
Adam
LCpl
 
 
1958 residing Chicago (CA26)
Boyes
 
CSM
 
 
RA
John, R.
Pte
4752870
 
Yorks & Lancs; PoW Crete
William, Frederick
Gnr
927388
 
RA; died as a PoW
Britten
William, Charles
Pte
5109799
 
R.Warwicks;& 4 Cdo; (CA94); PoW Crete CasList WO417/32
Broad
Harry, O.
Pte
5435324
 
Duke Of Cornwalls LI; PoW Crete CasList WO417/34; WO416/42/469
Burch
George, Henry
LCpl
6971028
 
Royal Berks;
PoW WO416/46/227
Burdett
 
Pte
2932684
 
Liverpool Scottish
Norman, Alan
Cpl
5571232
MM
RE; PoW
Burke
Jack
Pte
 
 
Liverpool Scottish
Bury
Robin C.L.
Lt
287459
 
CMP, kia SBS
Cadman
David, Edward
Sgt
1881635
 
RE; PoW WO416/54/20
Bernard, McNamara
Pte
3192140
 
KOSB; PoW Crete CasLists WO417/27; WO416/54/155
Hugh, A.H.
Gnr
891088
 
RA; PoW (WO392/1)
Roderick
LBdr
1442866
 
RA; PoW (WO392/1)
Peter, Macdermack
Gnr
919866
 
RA; PoW (WO392/1)
William, J.
Cpl
1881409
 
RE; PoW Crete
Carr
B
Dvr i/c
1498710
 
R. Sigs; PoW Bardia WO417/24   
and 68. Escaped WO417/83
Carr
George, H.
Sig
2577040
 
R. Sigs; PoW Bardia WO417/24;
WO416/58/108
Thomas
Cpl
5382064
 
RAMC; PoW Crete
Case
Patrick
Capt
 
 
 
Cattell
Charles Sydney
Pte
6141548
 
East Surreys
Caudell
Raymond, Douglas
LCpl
140951
 
RASC; PoW
WO416/60/422
Norman
L/Cpl
3655756
 
S. Lancs Regt; PoW Crete WO417/27; WO416/61/292
John, William
Gnr
849602
 
RA; died UK
Chambers
Dennis, Russell
Cpl (2/Lieut)
EC/10951
 
RASC; HQ Layforce,Depot ME Cdo;  commissioned Gurkha Rifles, kia  Chindits 24/3/43 (Chindits website).
Charles
Pte
3658109
 
South Lancs; PoW
H.A. 'Alfred
Pte
6145046
 
East Surreys; PoW Crete
Alfred, Robert
Bdr
915218
 
RA; kia
Chisholm
John, Fowler
Pte
3318170
 
Highland Light Inf
Clark
William
Cpl
318423
 
RAC; PoW 16 Jan 1944
WO416/67/279
Clark
 
Capt
 
 
R.A.C.D.
Alfred
Bdr
815069
 
RA; PoW (WO392/1.
Close
C C
LCpl
6207909
 
Middlesex Regt (PLKR)
Cockbill
E.J.
Pte
5257172
 
Worcesters
Colbeck
John, Vivian
Capt
101039
 
R Tank Regt Rac
Colclough
G.D.
Pte
5726964
 
Dorset Regt
Frederick
Pte
5953029
 
Beds & Herts; PoW
Collingwood
F
Pte
4454313
 
Wiltshires
Collins
 
Pte
2029462
 
Liverpool Scottish
Felix, Beale
Lt Col
78288
MiD
Dorsets; PoW
Corps
Thomas, Henry
Gnr
861127
 
RA attestation 1936
Walter, William
Pte
3769228
 
Liverpool Scots; CasLists WO417/28 wounded Crete
Aikman, Duncan
Gnr
884272
 
RA; PoW
Alexnder, Bruce
Spr
2077985
 
RE; kia
Charles, F. 'Wag'
Pte
5950061
 
Beds & Herts; PoW.
Jack, Barraclough
LCpl
1892271
 
RE; died as a PoW
John, William, 'Jack'
Sgt
5947714
 
Beds & Herts; and 4 Cdo;
PoW Crete
Crooke
Alexander
Bdr
6202077
 
RA; PoW Crete WO417/28 and 34;
(CA107)
John
Pte
3190340
 
KOSB; kia
Crosby
Alfred, John
Pte
3771804 
 
King's Regt
Crowe
Wilfred, Raymond
Capt
115744
 
RAMC; PoW M.E. till 1944 (Stalag 4D); WO417/2 and 7; WO392/1
John
Spr
 
RE; (CA78)

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Commando Veterans Archive Nominal Roll for No 7 Commando.

© Commando Veterans Archive 2016. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction is only permitted if accompanied by the copyright marker and a clear acknowledgement to the Commando Veterans Archive.

Notes
Click on highlighted surnames for more information.
CA followed by a number = entry in a Commando Association newsletter.
LL followed by a number = entry in Commando Association Lost Legion List.
CasList = National Archives Army Casualty Lists.
WO = War Office file at the National Archives
 
SURNAME
FORENAME
RANK
NUMBER
AWARD
ADDITIONAL
T.D.
Sgt
4987897
 
Dorsets; PoW Crete
Darling
Thomas, D.
Lt
88841
 
Royal Northumberland Fus; PoW Crete WO416/88/76.
Dart
E.A.
Dvr
 
 
RASC
Dashfield
Fred
Dvr
 
 
'F' Troop (CA81), (CA83)
Davidson
Sydney, H.
Cpl
 
RE; PoW WO416/89/36
De Pury
Edward, G. 
Capt
103531
 
GHQ Sec. Intel. Corp; (CA36); & 10 Cdo; CasList WO417/1
De V Martim
 
Capt
 
 
 
Horace
Pte
5675816
 
SLI; PoW Crete
Dear
William, Sidney.
Pte
5889468
 
Northants Regt; PoW
WO416/93/3
Deerin
Henry
Pte
3316201
 
Yorks & Lancs; PoW Cyrenaica WO417/28; WO416/93/218
Leslie, John
Pte
7949673
 
RAMC; PoW Crete
Dixon
E.C. (Ernie)
Pte
4391507
 
Grn Howards; PoW 1941 to 1944 CasList WO417/81; (CA50)
Dominey
R.T.J.
Pte
5724842
 
Dorsets;   CasList WO417/69
Douglas
S
2Lt
121443
 
Cameronians; PoW Crete CasList WO417/2.
William, D.
LCpl
3251304
 
Cameronians; PoW Crete
Duncan
W.D.
Cpl
3251703
 
Cameronians
Leonard
Fus
3449378
 
Lancs Fus. PoW Bardia
Montague, Ongley, De Beauvoir
Lt
244790
 
West Yorks; kia
Frank, Leslie
Pte
6205420
 
Middx Regt; PoW Crete
John, Robert
Pte
5933349
 
Suffolk Regt (Cambs); PoW Crete
John
Sgt
5624579
 
Devonshires; died in1SSD
H.P.
LCpl
3131999
 
KOSB; PoW Bardia Raid
Cyril, Deeley
Bdr
805557
 
RA; kia Crete
England
 
Lt
 
 
RA
Evans
Alex
Pte
3313836
 
HLI; PoW 30 Oct 1941
WO416/113/479
Evans
George, Lancelotte
Cpl
2931202
 
Liv.Scots; PoW Crete CasList WO417/96; WO416/114/162
T.W.
Pte
3960772
 
Wiltshires; PoW escapee
Harry, C.
LCpl
 
RE; PoW Cyrenaica (Bardia)
A.F.H.
Fus
3452795
 
Lancs Fus & 4 Cdo; PoW Cyrenaica (Bardia)
John, Beddell
Pte
5111745
BEM
Royal Warwicks/ & 4 Cdo; PoW Crete
Finch
John
LCpl
 
RE; PoW Bardia
WO416/120/200
Fleetwood
Leonard
Pte
5727759
 
Dorset Regt; PoW Crete CasList WO417/27;
WO416/122/325
Flood
John, Alexander, Mackintosh
Capt
99069
 
KOSB; PoW Middle East; Post war Major
John
LCpl
3192275
MM
To 4 Cdo MM at Dieppe
Fookes
Victor, James
LBdr
 
Hon. Art. Coy. to 4Cdo 18Jul'40; kia with RA (query 7 Cdo)
Dennis
T/Maj
124856
MC,MBE
Black Watch; to Far East
Fordham
 
Lt
 
 
Coldstream Guards
Forrest
P
Pte
3319531
 
HLI; PoW Crete CasList WO417/34
Joseph
Cpl
3653001
 
South Lancs; PoW Crete 
Fred, E.L.
Pte
5830905
 
Suffolks; POW Crete
Thomas, Louis
LCpl
5831031
 
Suffolks; POW  Cyrenaica
Gabbott
G
LCpl
 
 
HLI
Gadsby
A.C.
Gnr
948829
 
RA; wounded Crete CasLIst WO417/28
Gale
Donald, Maurice
Pte
5726852
 
Dorsets/wounded Crete/ ME Cdo/ SRS/kia 1SAS 18Jun'44
Gale
H. Walter
Pte
5728440
 
Dorsets; PoW Crete CasList WO417/27; WO416/132/89
Robert, Allen
Gnr
 
RA; Crete
Gardiner
Charles, W.H.
Pte
5505777
 
Hants Regt; POW 20Apr'41 Bardia WO416/133/215
Albert, Jack
LCpl
5725267
 
Dorsets; died as a PoW
George
R
LCpl
 
 
Dorsets
Gibb
Robert
Capt
88025
 
HLI 2nd Bn; (WD)
G.E.
LCpl
 
RE; PoW Crete
William, James
Cpl
 
RE; PoW Bardia
Georges, Albert, jacques
Gnr
 
RA; PoW Crete
Gourlay
William, P.
Pte
3320956
 
HLI; PoW Crete CasList WO417/29; WO416/144/276
Graham
F.W.
LCpl
6207868
 
Middx Regt;Caslists 6Jun41 WO417/68 - repatriated 
James
Pte
6981125
 
Cameronians; PoW Crete 
J.L.
Pte
3191535
 
KOSB; PoW Crete CasList WO417/34
Graham
John, Allen
Lt
69973
 
Liv Scots 7 Cdo and SOE; Source Liv. Scots curator D. Reeeves
Gray
Andrew
LCpl
3315234
 
HLI; PoW Crete
WO416/147/223
Gray
F.G.
Pte
5831099 
 
Camb. Regt; CasList  WO417/28 wounded  28May41
John, B.
LCpl
3132719
 
R.Scots Fus; PoW Crete 
Gray
Paul, James
Bdr
878431
 
RA attestations 1938; PoW Albania 1944 CasList WO417/81
Greaves
Sydney
Cpl
MM 
RE/ME Cdo/award with SBS/ kia with SBS 9Oct'43
John
Bdr
849929
 
RA attestion 1935; PoW Bardia CasLists WO417/24 and 27
William, Alfred
Pte
5933643
 
Suffolks / 3 SS Bn. / kia
Stephen
Tpr
7904241
 
RAC; died as a PoW
Guard
Ronald
Pte
2929492
 
Liv.Scots/ME Cdo/ SRS/1SAS executed
Harper
Pte
3319490
 
HLI; PoW Bardia raid
Gurney
 
Lt
 
 
Norfolks
R.C.W.
Pte
7347120
 
RAMC; PoW
James
Pte
3190809
MM
KOSB; Bardia raid; POW escaper
Henry, Joseph
Sgt
5180531
 
RAC; PoW Crete; UK 1943
Ian, Rennie
Sgt
 
RA;  (CA52); PoW Crete; UK 1943
Stanley, Eric
Spr
 
RE; PoW Crete
Thomas
Gnr
 
RA; PoW Crete
Harvie
 
LCpl
 
 
 
Hassam
D.H.
Pte
5830657
 
Suffolks; PoW Crete CasList WO417/30
Hawkins
A
Pte
6343573
 
Royal West Kents
Harold, Ralph
Pte
5503346
 
Hants Regt; PoW Crete 2/6/41 CasList WO417/28 
Arthur, N.
LCpl
5567812
 
Wiltshires; PoW Crete CasList WO417/28; WO416/170/5
Heavens
Robert, Eric
Sgt
820065
 
RA/L Det/SRS/1SAS executed
Daniel
LCpl
3657716
 
S. Lancs Regt; PoW Bardia
Henry
William
Gnr
 
RA; ME Cdo Depot; PoW Crete
WO417/ 28 and 31; WO416/173/259
James
Spr
 
RE; PoW Crete
Sydney, James
LCpl
3657806
 
South Lancs; kia with SAS
Hills
Arthur
Spr
 
 
RE
Hogan
G. Arthur
Pte
3656809
 
South Lancs; PoW Crete WO417/27;  WO416/179/410
Alfred
Pte
815569
 
RAMC; PoW
Gilbert, C.
Pte
76332126
 
RAOC; PoW Crete
Howlett
Dennis, U
Pte
6205094
 
Middx Regt; PoW Cyrenaica CasLists WO417/29; Forum.
Hutton-Williams
Brent, Elworthy
Lt
128173
MBE
Query Cdo Source; MBE-1944 GHQ Liaision Regt. WO373/84/349

No 7 Commando Nominal I - O

Commando Veterans Archive Nominal Roll for No 7 Commando.

© Commando Veterans Archive 2016. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction is only permitted if accompanied by the copyright marker and a clear acknowledgement to the Commando Veterans Archive.

Notes
Click on highlighted surnames for more information.
CA followed by a number = entry in a Commando Association newsletter.
LL followed by a number = entry in Commando Association Lost Legion List.
CasList = National Archives Army Casualty Lists.
FO = Foreign Office file at the National Archives.
WO = War Office file at the National Archives
 
SURNAME
FORENAME
RANK
NUMBER
AWARD
ADDITIONAL
Reginald, Thomas
LBdr
914872
 
RA; PoW Crete
Eric, Albert
Cpl
 
RE; PoW Crete
Jamieson
J.C.
Pte
2933872
 
Liv. Scots; PoW Crete CasLists WO417/28
Jeffs
Arthur, B.
Pte
5504715
 
Hants; PoW Crete WO417/28; WO416/196/153
Jessiman
John, Russell
LSgt
 
RA/ME Cdo/SRS/1SAS executed
Johnson
J.S. 'Stan'
Cpl/WO2
5727506
 
Dorsets; CasLists 28May41 WO417/28 wounded Crete; (CA16 and CA32)
Glyn, Watkar
Gnr
 
RA; PoW
Jones
John, J.  'Jack'
Pte
2933682
 
Liv. Scots; PoW Crete CasLists WO417/28; (CA105)
Kaufman
Ivor
Pte
6098454
 
Queens regt; PoW WO416/203/521
Keenan
J
Pte
 
 
 
Kendall
James, William
LCpl
2327604
 
East Kent Regt; PoW WO416/206/409
Kendall
William, Edward
Sgt
402039
 
RAC/L Det/1SAS died natural causes  
Kerr
John
Cpl
 
 
Liv.Scots QOCH; 51ME Cdo attd 'C' Bn Layforce for Operation Flipper
King
Thomas, J.
Pte
5191561
 
Glosters; & 4 Cdo PoW Crete WO417/28; WO416/210/163
Ronald, Harry
LCpl
5572477
 
Wiltshires; PoW Crete
Kinross
J.M.
2/Lt
13000
 
Cameronians
Kenneth, Campbell
Pte
3189636
 
KOSB; PoW WO416/211/168
Knapton
R.A. 'Dick'
 
 
 
East Surreys ( & WO1 at 1SSD)
Thomas, Rae
Pte
3315134
 
Highland LI; PoW Crete
Laing
Warrington, David, Frederick
Lt
36639
 
R. Fusiliers; 1939 Register;  (LG33198); (LG34905);   
(LG 35612); query cdo source
W.P.
LBdr
5384244
 
RA; PoW Crete
Joseph, W.
Fus
3714345
 
Lancs Fus; PoW Crete; (CA89)
Lavery
Joseph, P.
Pte
3318060
 
HLI; PoW Crete WO417/28; WO416/217/340
Le Butt
Paul
T/Capt
130553
 
Oct'42 MBE serving in the Black Watch - WO373/68/25
Lenton
Thomas, H.
Cpl
5728469
 
Dorsets; CasLists 28May41 WO417/28 wounded Crete; PoW WO416/221/325
Liddy
Keith
 
 
 
Beds & Herts
Harold
Gnr
950256
 
RA; PoW Crete
J
LCpl
3319495
 
HLI; Bardia raid
Dudley, Stuart
Maj
 
MC
East Kents; to 4 Cdo; to 10Cdo
Lister
E
Pte
 
 
HLI
Lockwood
James, F.
Pte
5776217
 
Norfolk Regt; PoW WO416/226/392
Loveridge
Norman, S
Pte
5724856
 
Dorset Regt; PoW Crete CasList WO417/27; WO416/228/250
Lysons
Robert 
Pte
5111965
 
R.Warwick Regt; PoW WO416/230/380
Maccarthy-Morrogh
J.C.F.
Lt 
65233
 
RE
Macdonald
 
Pte
 
 
 
Mackey
 
Lt
 
 
 
W
LCpl
3247568
 
RE; PoW Crete
John
A/Sgt
5333348
 
R. Berks; PoW Crete
Malone
Edward
Pte
7022315
 
Royal Ulster Rifles; PoW WO416/244/358
Mann
N
Cpl
3773436
 
Kings; CasList Crete POW
WO417/31 and 93
March-Phillips
Gustavus, Henry, 'Gus'
Major
39184
DSO, MC
RA; SSRF; Killed 1942
John, Jardine
Gnr
 
RA; PoW Crete
Marshall
Thomas, Green
LCpl
3244576
 
HLI; PoW Crete WO417/28;  WO416/247/281
John, Stewart
Sgt
 
 
Mission 204, 1SSD, (Burma Star Assn) (CA101)
Maxwell
Kenneth, H.
Lt
87670
 
Liv. Scots; Wounded and PoW Crete WO417/2; WO416/242/430.
McArthur
Ray, A. 'Kid'
Pte
6013412
 
Suffolks; PoW Crete CasLists WO417/28; (CA103)
McConville
Maurice, J.
Cpl
5947918
 
Beds&Herts; PoW CasList WO417/94
William, H.F.
Spr
 
RE; Pow Crete
E
Pte
3245800
 
Cameronians; PoW Crete
Andrew
Rfn
3249718
MM
Cameronians; PoW escapee
William, M.P., 'Bill'
Pte
3313894
 
HLI ; & 4 Cdo DDay, & 10 Cdo (CA88&96)
Gerard, Thomas
LCpl
2929358
 
Liv. Scots; PoW Crete
Peter,McIntyre, Hugh
TSM
1477227
 
RA; PoW Crete
McKenzie
S.J.
Sgt
2689208
 
HLI; 3 SS Bn CasLists 28May41 WO417/28 wounded Crete
Donald
Gnr
898731
 
RA; PoW Crete
William, Vass
Gnr
906239
 
RA; PoW Crete
McNeill
John, Robert
Spr
2069189
 
RE; PoW WO416/241/392
McNess
A
Tpr
7887725
 
RAC
Charles, Henry, Hubert
Pte
5724665
 
Dorsets; PoW Crete
Meedley
George, A.
Spr
1888651
 
RE; PoW Middle East CasList WO417/30; WO416/251/423
Donald, Martin
Pte
117289
 
RASC; PoW Crete
John
RSM
2927484
 
Liverpool Scottish; PoW Crete
Mills
Charles, Ernest
Pte
5827821
 
Suffolk (Cambridgeshire); PoW Crete CasList WO417/28; WO416/256/211
Mills
John
Lt
 
 
 
Milner
Harold
LCpl
3653894
 
S. Lancs Regt; PoW Crete WO417/27;  WO416/257/10
Milton
 
Major
 
 
Royal Fusiliers
Mitchell
G
Pte
 
 
East Surreys
Mitchener
J
Pte
5500217
 
Hants Regt; PoW Crete CasList WO417/28
Mount
 
Lt
 
 
A/Tank 129 Inf Bde
Edward, Ernest
Cpl
5949820
 
Beds & Herts; PoW Crete
James
Cpl
3318575
 
HLI; PoW with SAS
Murray
Eric, Gilbert
Sgt
2930808
 
Liv. Scots; PoW Crete CasLists WO417/28; WO416/267/14
Murray
Joseph
Pte
3313065
 
HLI; PoW Crete CasList WO417/28; WO416/267/118
Murray
Walter, Maurice
Pte
3777721
 
Kings Regt ; Crete CasList WO417/27; WO416/267/206
Musk
Eric, R.
Pte
5830939 
 
Camb Regt. &SAS; CasList   WO417/28  28May41
Mutter
Anthony, Robert
Lt
73448
 
Wiltshires; PoW ref. FO 916/256 and CasLIst WO417/2.
George, R.N.
Gnr
904853
 
RA; PoW Crete
James, Mack
Gnr
924941
 
RA; PoW Crete
William 
Cpl
3127276
 
Royal Scots Fus.; PoW Crete 
Nevett
 
LCpl
3534581
 
Manchester Regt
Nicholls
J
Capt
 
 
RASC
Frank, R.J.
Capt
71042
MiD
RA; kia with 1SSD
Nicholson
Jack, Turner
Sgt
3056933
DCM, MM
R.Scots & SBS
F.G.
Sgt
6209694
 
Middx Regt; PoW Crete
Norman
M
LCpl
 
 
 
Norton
James
Pte
 
 
 
Ogden-Smith
Colin, Malcolm
Lt (Major)
91977
MiD, E.D.
kia 29Jul44 SOE Jedburgh Team (Francis)
Owen
 
Lt
 
 
Manchester Regt

No 7 Commando Nominal P - Z

Commando Veterans Archive Nominal Roll for No 7 Commando.

© Commando Veterans Archive 2016. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction is only permitted if accompanied by the copyright marker and a clear acknowledgement to the Commando Veterans Archive.

Notes
Click on highlighted surnames for more information.
CA followed by a number = entry in a Commando Association newsletter.
LL followed by a number = entry in Commando Association Lost Legion List.
CasList = National Archives Army Casualty Lists.
WO = War Office file at the National Archives.
 
SURNAME
FORENAME
RANK
NUMBER
AWARD
ADDITIONAL
R.G.
Pte
5437449
 
Duke Of Cornwalls LI;
PoW Crete
W.H.
LCpl
1877757
 
R.E; PoW Crete
Donald, Percy
Lt
105317
 
Northamptonshires; died
Harry
Pte
5827448
 
Suffolks; died
Patterson
 
Pte
 
 
 
Payde
 
Lt
 
 
Dorset Regt
Ronald, McClure
Gnr
896888
 
RA; PoW Bardia
W.G.V.
Sgt
5825220
 
Suffolks; PoW Crete
A.T.
Pte
5952655
 
Beds & Herts; PoW Crete
Petrie
David
Cpl
3313425
 
HLI; PoW Crete WO417/28;
Pettiward
 
Lt
 
 
Beds & Herts
Phillips
A
Pte
5107891
 
Royal Warwicks
Phillips
Donald
Pte
5498990
 
Hamps/ME Cdo/L Det/ SRS/ 1SAS executed
Phillips
Terry
Sgt
 
 
(CA84)
Phipps
T.R.
Cpl
2931001
 
Liv. Scots; PoW Crete CasList WO417/28
Pickavance
G
Pte
5676596
 
Somerset Light Inf
L.E.
Tpr
405323
 
RAC; Pow Bardia raid
B.L.
Gnr
2044484
 
RA; PoW Crete
Pryde
Douglas Freddie
LCpl
 
 
Norfolks
Quarrie
R.C.M.
Lt
94826
 
West Yorks
Douglas, Gordon
Sgt
3658119
 
S. Lancs Regt; and 5 Cdo
Radley
H.J.
Pte
5728600
 
Dorsets
Bendon, Walker
Sgt
898968
 
RA; PoW Crete
Edward
Pte
3656776
MM
S.Lancs; MM with the SRS.
Ratcliffe
 
Lt
 
 
 
Rayner
R.A.
Cpl
5381593
 
Ox & Bucks LI; and 4 Cdo PoW Crete  WO417/28
K.E.
Pte
5673603
 
SLI; PoW Cyrenaica 20Apr41 (Bardia) CasList WO417/26.
Albert, C.
Sgt
5727778
 
Dorsets; kia with Force 136
Redwood
J
Pte
 
 
 
Robert, Middleton
LSgt
913675
 
RA; PoW Crete
Rees
George
 
 
 
 
Francis, Samuel
Sgt
2079933
 
RE; PoW Crete
William
Gnr
882766
 
RA; PoW Crete
Leo, Gerard
Pte
5955044
 
Beds &Herts/ ME Cdo/ 1st SAS / SBS / executed
Branson
Capt
108195
MiD
Royal Berks; died as a PoW
Richardson
Peter, Lingwood
LBdr
908598
 
RA attestation  1939; PoW Bardia CasList WO417/30
Ritchie
J.G.
Pte
 
 
later Sgt; 1956 in Baillieston (CA22)
J
Cpl
3648905
 
S. Lancs Regt; PoW Crete
Roberts
A.L.G.
Pte
3657924
 
S. Lancs Regt; PoW Crete WO417/27
W.T.
Pte
3055828
 
Royal Scots; PoW Bardia
Robinson
J.W.
Pte
T/166871
 
RASC; CasList WO417/24 and WO417/30
Rodger
T.B.W.
Cpl
2924891
 
RE
Rose
Harry, E.G.
LCpl
5827498 
MiD
Cambridgeshires; PoW Cyrenaica WO417/25; 10Sept'43 PoW escape WO208/3343; LG36563.
Rowton
M.B.
Lt
 
 
 
Royle
W.M.
2/ Lt
 
 
Dorsets
Ruggles-Brise
G.E.
Capt
62117
 
Essex Yeomanry / PoW escape file WO208/3320
Russell
F.J.
Pte
5572601
 
Wiltshires; PoW Crete CasList WO417/28
Samuels
 
Lt
 
 
Devon Regt
Alistair, C.M.
Capt
63567
MiD (x2)
Queens Royal Regt; PoW Crete; post war Major
E
Rfn
3251748
 
Cameronians; PoW
Albert, Reginald
Pte
5933155 
DCM,MM,MiD
 Cambs Regt; to SAS
Robert, William
Pte
5932934 
 
Cambs. Regt;  to SAS
Shailes
Richard
Pte
 
 
& 4 Cdo
Sharples
 
LCpl
 
 
RASC
H.A.
Pte
5502080
 
Hants. Regt. PoW Bardia 
George, A.M.
Cpl
5502361
 
Hants; kia
Sibley
N.M.
Pte
5503482
 
Hants; PoW Crete CasList WO417/28
Sidell
 
Sgt
 
 
 
Simmonds
Frederick,John
LSgt
7584420
 
South Staffs; CasList 2Jun41 WO417/28
A.C.
LBdr
946847
 
RA; PoW Crete
D.
Pte
2933253
 
QOCH; wounded 21/4/41 Middle East
D
Cpl
3310206
 
HLI; PoW Crete CasList WO417/28
Simpson
W.H.J.
Cpl
6008410
 
Suffolks; PoW Cyrenaica CasLists WO417/25
Simpson
 
Sgt
4387898
 
Royal Artillery
Skelton
H
Pte
3248925
 
Cameronians
H
LCpl
7907192
 
RAC; PoW Crete
Eric, A.
LCpl
 
 
and 4, 6 Cdos (CA101)
Ernest, William
LBdr
909986
 
RA; PoW
George
Sgt
833291
 
RA; PoW Crete
Lawrence, George 
Sgt
316217
 
RAC; PoW Bardia
T.B.G.
LCpl
3058615
 
Cameronians; PoW Bardia
William, Henry
LBdr
904285
 
RA; PoW Crete; (CA81)
Smith
W.J.
Pte
5726899
 
Dorset; PoW Crete CasList WO417/27
Sneesby
E
Pte
67473
 
RASC
Snelson
Cyril
LCpl
3655291
 
South Lancs
William
Pte
5830134
 
Green Howards; PoW
Spencer
Frederick
Gnr
 
 
RA
Sidney
LCpl
3060120
 
Royal Scots; kia
Luke
LCpl
1890170
 
RE; and 4 Cdo; Pow Crete. UK 1943
Staples
J
Sgt
 
 
RASC
Steele
 
Sgt
 
 
 
R.F.
Cpl
6207800 
 
Middx. Regt;  PoW Crete
Stelson
 
LCpl
3655291
 
South Lancs
Stevenson
J.
Cpl 
 
 
Later Drum Major; post war R.Lincs Regt (CA 22)
Stewart
C
Sgt
2979811
 
HLI; PoW Crete CasList WO417/28
Edgar,Thomas
LCpl
5572401
 
Wiltshires; died
M.F.
Pte
5950066
 
Beds & Herts; PoW 
Suffler
G. (or) R.
LCpl
3777098
 
Kings; PoW Crete
Norman, Tracy
LCpl
4618047
 
East Yorks; &4 Cdo; PoW Crete CasList WO417/27
George, Martin
Gnr
1517018
 
RA; PoW
Tait
 
Sgt
 
 
 
Taylor
Graham, P.
Capt
 
 
(CA64)
J.M.
Cpl
T/71576
 
RASC; PoW Bardia raid
P.V.C.
LCpl
5111406
 
Royal Warwicks; PoW 
Taylor
W.E.
Pte
5505898
 
Hants
J.S.
Pte
3319284
 
HLi
Thomas
Leslie
Pte
 
 
 
Thompson
A
Pte
3771992
 
Kings
Henry, Beverley
Bdr
897673
 
RA; PoW
Tocher
A
Sgt
2873733
 
R.A.C; PoW Crete CasList WO417/28
Todhunter
 
Maj
 
 
RA
Totman
B.W.
Pte
6021180
 
Suffolks; PoW Cyrenaica CasLists WO417/25.
Trapnell
A.H.
Pte
5379599
 
Ox & Bucks Light Inf
Travis
F
LCpl
328067
 
R.A.C; PoW Stalag 4C -WO392/1 refers
Trenfield
F.C.
Pte
5383884
 
Ox & Bucks Light Inf
Turney
E.L.
Cpl
6199216
 
East Surreys
Charles, Edward
Capt (LtCol)
142142
OBE
RE Kent (The Buffs); 1942 OIC CBTC
Walker
 
LCpl
 
 
 
Wall
 
Pte
 
 
Liverpool Scottish
Percy, John
Bdr
786833
 
RA; PoW
Peter,Michael
Lt
143484
OBE, MC
HAC and Wiltshire Regt; award with SOE
A.G.
Pte
5951286
 
Beds & Herts
Ward
D.J.
Sgt
3765469
 
Kings
Waugh
Arthur,Evelyn,  St. John
Lt
 
 
Royal Marines
Westerburg
C
Cpl
320584
 
RAC; PoW Crete CasList WO417/94
Alexander
Gnr
876932
DCM
RA; died 
Whaley
J.A.
Cpl
5950224
 
Beds&Herts; PoW CasList WO417/94
Wheeler
Charles
Cpl
 
 
(CA24)(CA25)
Harold
Pte
154976
MM
RASC / to 'L' Detachment SAS
Williams
C.W.
CQMS
5107882
 
Royal Warwicks
Williamson
C
Pte
 
 
HLI
Wilson
Peter
LBdr
947129
 
RA; PoW Crete CasList WO417/28
Winterbotham
Sydney. J.
LCpl
T/2574005
 
RASC; 'F' troop (CA83); PoW Crete CasList WO417/28
Wintle
Arthur, E.W.
Sgt
 
 
and 4 Cdo (CA100)
Wooding
F.R.
Pte
5572396
 
Wiltshires; PoW Crete CasList WO417/28
Wylie
D
LCpl
5502007
 
Hants; PoW Crete CasList WO417/28
Kenneth, Neil
Major
51356
DSO, MBE
RE; PoW 
D.A.
Pte
5955706
 
Beds & Herts; PoW
Zeylmans
 
Lt
 
 
 

COLVIN, Felix Beale

Rank: 
Lieutenant Colonel
Unit/Base: 
7 Commando
Regiment/Corps: 
Dorsetshire Regiment
Service: 
Army
Number: 
78288
P.O.W. number: 
3702
Honours & Awards: 
Acting Lieutenant Colonel Felix Beale Colvin was Commanding Officer of No.7 Commando until taken sick  during operations on Crete. Major Wylie was appointed by Laycock to take his place [1].
Lt. Col. Colvin was taken prisoner of war and subsequently received a Mention in Despatches for his actions whilst in captivity  [2][3].
Recommendation
"Following his capture on Crete on 1 June 1941 Lt. Col. Colvin was imprisoned in Greece and Germany. For three years he served as an active member of the Escape Committee at Oflag IX A/H (Spangenberg) being mainly concerned with the security angle. In addition Lt. Col. Colvin was in secret communication with the War Office." [3].
  • 29 February 1956 ceases, through age, to belong to the T.A. Reserve of  Officers,  retaining the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel [4].
Sources
[1] Middle East Commandos, author Charles Messenger
[2] London Gazette 37396, page 6189.
[3] National Archives file WO373/100/542.
[4] London Gazette 40719, page 1218.
 

WYLIE, Kenneth Neil

Known as: 
Ken
Rank: 
Major (later Honorary Colonel)
Unit/Base: 
7 Commando
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Engineers
Service: 
Army
Number: 
51356
P.O.W. number: 
3313
Temporary Major Kenneth Wylie, B.A. was second in command of No.7 Commando. During operations on Crete he was placed in command replacing the sick Lt. Col. Colvin and was subsequently captured by the enemy [1]
  • He was transported to Germany and imprisoned at Oflag O9/AH at Spangenberg [2].
  • 13 September 1945 awarded the Distinguished Service Order in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Field [3].
  • 29 August 1946 appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services whilst a prisoner of war [4][4a].
  • 1 October 1958 (Lieutenant Colonel) (Royal Engineers) retired with reserve liability [5].
  • 7 September 1966 (Lieutenant Colonel)(Honorary Colonel) having attained the age limit ceased to belong to the Reserve of Officers [6].
Sources
[1] The Middle East Commandos, author Charles Messenger.
[2] Prisoners of War Lists 1715-1945. 
[3] London Gazette 37262, page 4560.
[4] London Gazette 37704, page 4341.
[4a] National Archives file WO373/102/656.
[5] London Gazette 41508, page 5955.
[6] London Gazette 44103, page 9753.