52ME Commando

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'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.

HARRISON, Ronnie

LSgt Harrison, 'C' Company,  was killed during operations in Eritrea to disrupt enemy communications between Kohr Kumar and Khor Abder.
[Source: Charles Messenger's book The Middle East Commandos.]
 
The CWGC list LSgt Harrison by Regiment only with no mention of Commando service
 
Khartoum Memorial

HILL, Francis John

Tpr. Hill died during the period of the evacuation of allied forces from Crete. Elements of Layforce were engaged in a rearguard action whilst the evacuation took place. He was attached to the Commando on the 13th January 1941.
 
Sources
Tank Museum archives re Cdo service

NICHOLAS, John Harry

Tpr. Nicholas was attached to the Commando on the 1st November 1940 and died on Crete. 
 
Sources
Tank Museum archives re Cdo service
Westminster Abbey Commando Roll of Honour file ref. National Archives DEFE/2/843.
CWGC
 

THOMAS, Leslie

Tpr. Thomas was killed during the evacuation of allied forces from Crete. No 52 ME Commando (as part of 'D' Bn Layforce) were engaged in a rearguard action whilst the evacuation took place. 
(Sources: Tank Museum archives re Cdo service and cause of death)
 

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