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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"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them."
26th - 31st May 1941. The Commandos were No. 7 (U.K.), and Middle East Commando, formed by the amalgamation of No. 50 and 52 (M.E.) Commandos.
The cause of death of Pte. Beaumont is not known to this archive.
Pte. Flood was killed during operations in Eritrea.
Gdsm. Howarth was killed during operations in Eritrea.
The circumstances of the death of Pte. Humphrey are not known to this archive.
The full circumstances of the death of LCpl. Kelly are not known to this archive.
Lieut. Shorten left the Commando in July 1942 to join 'L' Detachment SAS. He was killed in October during operations with the SAS at Sidi Barrani.
Nov 40, enlisted General List
Dec 40, 52 ME Cdo
Jan 41, wounded
Mar 41, merged into D Bn,Layforce
Apr 42, merged into ME Cdo C Sqn
July 42, joins L Det, SAS Bde
[Source: The SAS and LRDG Roll of Honour 1941 - 47. www.sas-lrdg-roh.com/index.html]
The circumstances of the death of Tpr. Stott are not known to this archive.
The circumstances of the death of Pte. Whitelaw are not known to this archive
Tpr. Willcocks was killed during the period that his Commando were engaged as part of 'D' Bn. Layforce in the rearguard action covering the evacuation of allied forces from Crete.