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.
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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.
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.
PostingsSep 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.
The circumstances of the death of Pte. Pemberton are not known by this archive.
Pte. Tunstall was reported missing presumed drowned attempting to escape the enemy during operations on the island of Castelorizzo Crete on the 28th February.
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