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51ME Commando

Some of 51ME Cdo in Asmara, Eritrea
 

51 ME Commando in East Africa February - October 1941

 
This article was written by Harry Fecitt MBE TD , ex-68 Company, Royal Pioneer Corps.
 

The Beginning

BROWN, Leslie Jock

Cpl. Leslie Brown 1st SAS

Cpl. Leslie Brown was killed when his jeep patrol was attacked whilst en route to harass the enemy in Southern Tunisia. He was serving with 1st SAS  ('B' Sqn.) at the time of his death having left the Commandos. He had previously served in both No 8 Commando and 51ME Commando. 

FISCHER, M.

Pte. Fischer was killed during operations in Eritrea.
 
Asmara War Cemetery
The Italian stronghold of Keren was taken by Commonwealth forces at the end of March 1941 and the retreating Italian force pursued to Asmara, which was occupied on 1 April.   Asmara War Cemetery contains the graves of those killed in the latter stages of the East African campaign, or who died subsequently at the garrison stationed at Asmara. (Source: CWGC.)
 

FROST, Henry Shelmerdine

Captain Frost was killed during operations in Eritrea when leading a patrol up a steep gulley running South from Beit Gabru to harass enemy positions. 
(Source: Account by Lt. Col. Cator in Middle East Commandos by Charles Messenger.)
 
Keren War Cemetery
Keren was the last Italian stronghold in Eritrea and the scene of the most decisive battle of the war in East Africa in February and March 1941. (Source:CWGC.)
 

LANDLER, Sandor

Private Sandor Landler was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East.

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Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 35250, page  4788 & Supp. 37184, page 3760 (errata).
National Archives file WO 373/28/199.
 

ROSENSTEIN, Natan

LCpl. Rosenstein , an Austrian of Jewish Faith, served in the Commando from November 1941 and died of illness in July 1942.  Although the service record shows 1 Special Service Regiment, there is some thought that he may have been with the SAS when he died. 
[Source of Commando service and cause of death: The SAS and LRDG ROH 1941-1947/ Service Record]
 

SHIELDS, Ronald Francis

Lance Sergeant Ronald Shields, ‘D’ Squadron, died from burns received from an accidentally ignited petrol drum thrown up on the beach by sea at El Rakham Bay.
 
Sources
CWGC
Middle East Depot Commando War Diary Jan to June 1942 entry for 10th May.
National Archives file WO 218/159.
 

ULRICH, Itzchaz

Pte. Ulrich was killed during operations in Eritrea when on a patrol up a steep gulley running South from Beit Gabru to harass enemy positions. 
(Sources: Account by Lt.Col. Cator in Middle East Commandos by Charles Messenger)
 
Keren War Cemetery
Keren was the last Italian stronghold in Eritrea and the scene of the most decisive battle of the war in East Africa in February and March 1941. (Source: CWGC)
 

WAJNSZTEJN, Shmaryahu

Shmaryahu Wajnsztejn 51ME Commando
Pte. Wajnsztejn was killed during operations in Eritrea when on a patrol up a steep gulley running South from Beit Gabru to harass enemy positions. 
(Source: Account by Lt. Col. Cator in Middle East Commandos by Charles Messenger.)
 
Keren War Cemetery
Keren was the last Italian stronghold in Eritrea and the scene of the most decisive battle of the war in East Africa in February and March 1941. (Source: CWGC)
 

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