50ME Commando

Useful Tip: If you don’t find what you are looking for here, use the search facility on the panel to the right below 'Whats New'. The image gallery and forum also have their own search facilities.

'Layforce'

Three UK based Army Commando units, Nos. 7, 8, and 11 Commandos, were initially combined within 'Force Z' for operations initially envisaged against Rhodes in the Eastern Mediterranean.  Other elements of the Force included a number of men from No.3 Commando and the Canoe section of No.8 (Guards) Commando.  They sailed from the Isle of Arran on the 31st January 1941, and arrived at Suez on the 7th March.

FROST, Terence Ernest Manitou

Terence Ernest Manitou Frost, better known as the renowned artist Sir Terry Frost, was born in Leamington Spa. In 1933 he joined the Territorial Army. He served in France and was then sent out to the Middle East serving in Palestine, Lebanon and the Sudan with the Middle East Commandos. 
He was captured when the island of Crete fell in May 1941 and eventually ended up in Stalag 383, Hohenfels, Rhineland - Palanate, P.O.W. No.12199.
(Source: Alan Orton, CVA associate member.)
 

GREENWOOD, Jack

Cpl. 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 by Charles Messenger.
 

LOCKINGTON, Arthur

The circumstances of the death of Tpr. Lockington are not known to this archive. 

He is remembered on the Rangoon Memorial and is therefore likely to have been one of the volunteers from the ME Commandos for a detachment that was raised for operations in the Far East. See our entry for British Military Mission 204.

The CWGC show his unit as 50 ME Commando and in the absence of fuller details he is remembered on our ROH.

MATHER, James Henry

Pte James Mather 50ME Commando
Pte Mather was taken prisoner of war May 1941 in Crete, and died due to ill treatment whilst a prisoner shortly after his release in 1945 [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]
 

MUNRO, George

Sgt. Munro, a veteran of the Litani River raid, was killed during operations with the SBS on the island of Samos after leaving the Commando.
 
Postings
Sep   1940 - volunteered for 11 Cdo.
Mar  1941- arrive Middle East - 'C' Bn Layforce
Aug  1941- 11 Cdo absorbed into ME Cdo
Jan   1943 - volunteered  for SAS
Mar 1943 - posted to D Sqn - promoted Sgt - D Sqn becomes SBS.
 

WESTON, Richard John

LSgt. Weston was killed on operations at Sicily whilst serving with the Durham Light Infantry.
 
He had previously served as a Trooper in 50 ME Commando taking part in operations on Crete. When the main force left Crete he and others were left behind but he managed to escape back to allied lines.

Register on our Forum and post any additional information that you may hold.
All content researched and administered by the Commando Veterans Archive www.commandoveterans.org