BROWN, Jack

Rank: 
Trooper
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Armoured Corps Yorkshire Hussars
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
326038
Honours & Awards: 
Died : 
Saturday, July 8, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
26
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
Tpr. Brown was shot and killed whilst a prisoner of war and attempting to escape.
 
On the 2nd February 1941 he was posted from the Yorkshire Hussars to the "Depot Commando Training 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.
 
The Tank Museum archives record the following:
  1. "X"1 list Depot Commando Training and Holding Unit 2/2/41 (Yorkshire Hussars 6/41) 
  2. Reported missing believed POW ( Cas. 133/41 ) 
  3. Prisoner of War ( Cas. 215/41 ) 
  4. Reported died whilst POW (while escaping) 8/7/44 ( Cas.154/44 )

The Casualty Lists show he was captured at Crete at the time of the evacuation of allied forces.

'D' Bn. Layforce Commando was formed from 50 and 52 ME Commando and took part, in the rearguard action in Crete. The POW Record list him only by his Regiment which was in Palestine at the time of the action in Crete. His name is on the Westminster Abbey Commando ROH as being a member of Layforce. 

On the 24th July 1945 it was announced that he had received a posthumous MiD "in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field."
 
Sources:
Tank Museum archives
Westminster Abbey ROH
Prisoner of War Record 96212
London Gazettes Supp. 37194, page 3860 re MiD
The Middle East Commandos by Charles Messenger
 

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