MOYLES, Gerard

Rank: 
Lance Corporal
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Cheshire Yeomanry
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
318430
Died : 
Tuesday, May 20, 1941
and (if between 2 dates): 
Monday, June 2, 1941
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
30
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
LCpl. Moyles was killed during the evacuation of allied forces from Crete. Elements of Layforce were engaged in a rearguard action whilst the evacuation took place. 
 
On the 31st January 1941 he was posted from the Cheshire Yeomanry 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 Posted to Depot Commando Training Wing and Holding Unit 31/1/41 (Cheshire Yeomanry 6/41) 
  2. Reported missing 2/6/41 ( Cas. 137/41 ) 
  3. Died (BC) 2/6/41

The Casualty Lists show he was a casualty at Crete .

'D' Bn. Layforce Commando was formed from 50 and 52 ME Commando and took part, in the rearguard action in Crete.

Sources:
Tank Museum archives
Westminster Abbey Commando Roll of Honour file ref. National Archives DEFE/2/843.
The Middle East Commandos by Charles Messenger
 

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