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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.

50ME Commando

The Middle East Commando began to form at Geneifa in August 1940. No.50 ME Commando formed up in September 1940 and became fully operational in October. It included a detachment of 63 Spaniards. No.50 ME Commando operations included Operation Abstention 25 to 28 February 1941 on the enemy occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo (or Castellorizo). 
The history of 50, 51, and 52 Middle East Commandos is a complex one.  In June 1941 50 and 52 ME Commando became 'D' Bn. of Layforce for operations in Crete.

ADDICOTT, H.L.

Known as: 
Len
Trooper
50ME Commando
Warwickshire Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps
Post war member of the Middle East Commando Historical Research Group (MECHRG).
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/54.
50 Me Cdo Casualty List 25th-28th Feb. 1941 in Crete - Ref. GRO2E/1188/69C / National Archives WO361/124.

ALBALADEJO, Alexander

Private
50ME Commando
Pioneer Corps
Queen's Royal Regiment
Private Alexander Albaladejo, a Spanish volunteer attached to 'D' Bn. Layforce, was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941; found to have been wounded, captured and later transported to Stalag 344.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/30; WO417/34; and WO417/92.

ALVAREZ, Jose

Corporal
'Layforce'
Queen's Royal Regiment
Corporal Jose Alvarez, a Spanish volunteer attached to 'D' Bn. Layforce, was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/35..
Prisoners of War Lists, Second World War, 1943-1945. / National Archives file WO392/20.

ANDREWS, William

Sergeant
50ME Commando
Royal Sussex Regiment 1st Bn.
Sergeant William Andrews was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 383. Post war member of the Commando Association from Bow, London.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

ARCHER, C.D.

Private
50ME Commando
Leicestershire Regiment 2nd Bn.
Private Archer was wounded between 25 and 28 February 1941 during operations on the occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists WO417/23.
50 Me Cdo Casualty List 25th-28th Feb. 1941 in Crete - Ref. GRO2E/1188/69C / National Archives WO 361/124.
 

BARNETT, William Henry

Fusilier
50ME Commando
Royal Fusiliers 1st Bn.
Fusilier William Barnett was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 3D.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

BARROSO, Montiano

Served as : 
Surname seen elsewhere as Banoso and Banosa
Lance Sergeant
50ME Commando
Queen's Royal Regiment

Lance Sergeant Montiano Barroso, a Spanish volunteer attached to 'D' Bn. Layforce, was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941; found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 383.
 
Sources
[1] Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/35..

BATE, James Howard

Corporal
50ME Commando
Queen's Own Yorkshire Dragoons, Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal James Bate was reported missing presumed drowned whilst attempting to escape the enemy during operations on the occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo. He had joined the Commando on 15 Ocotber 1940 and has no known grave.
Report by Trooper Weston

BEEDELL, Lawrence Henry

Known as: 
Harry
Trooper
50ME Commando
Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps
Trooper 'Harry' Beedell, 50ME Commando and 'D' Bn., Layforce, was reported missing 2nd June 1941 during operations in Crete, later discovered captured on 1st June.
Post war member of the Commando Association, employed in his early life as a Farm Baliff later as a Purser on cross channel ferries. Member of the Middle East Commando Historical Research Group (MECHRG).

BENTLEY, W

Lance Corporal
50ME Commando
Royal Sussex Regiment 1st Bn.

Lance Corporal Bentley was was reported missing between 25 and 28 February 1941 during operations on the occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo, later found to be a prisoner of war 

BLACKBURN, Thomas

Trooper
50ME Commando
Cheshire Yeomanry
Killed in action or died of wounds
Trooper Thomas Blackburn was reported missing presumed drowned during operations on the enemy occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo. He has no known grave.
Report by Tpr Weston

BOAST, E.A.

Corporal
50ME Commando
Royal Fusiliers 1st Bn.

Corporal Boast was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 383.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

BORWICK, Michael George

Temporary Captain (later Lieutenant Colonel)
50ME Commando
Layforce
Royal Scots Greys, Royal Armoured Corps
Mentioned in Despatches
Deputy Lieutenant (DL)
Captain Michael Borwick was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete with 'D' Bn. Layforce (50 and 52 Middle East Commandos), later found to be a prisoner of war [1][1a].
  • Mentioned In Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in the Middle East [2].

BOYLE, Peter, J.

Fusilier
50ME Commando
Royal Fusiliers 1st Bn.
Fusilier Peter Boyle was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

BRITTAIN, E.

Private
'Layforce'
York and Lancaster Regiment

Private Brittain, attached to 'D' Bn., Layforce, was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war. 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/26 and WO417/91.
Prisoners of War / National Archives files WO392/1.

BROWN, J.

Lance Corporal
50ME Commando
Household Cavalry Regiment
Lance Corporal J. Brown was reported missing between 25 and 28 February 1941 during operations on the occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo, later found to be a prisoner of war in Italian hands [1][1a][1b]. 
  • 1944 reported no longer a prisoner of war [2].

Sources
[1] Casualty Lists WO417/23.

BULLEN, John

Private
50ME Commando
Royal Sussex Regiment 1st Bn.
Private John Bullen was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

BUSBY, John Henry

Corporal
'Layforce'
York and Lancaster Regiment 2nd Bn.
Died on war service

Corporal John Busby from Hull was reported in the Casualty Lists as attached to 'D' Bn Layforce [1] at the time of his death through illness in the Middle East [2][3].

CHAPMAN, Alfred James

Lance Corporal
50ME Commando
British Military Mission 204
Royal Artillery
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
1937 attested into the Royal Artillery [1].
27 March 1938 transferred to Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment [1].
29 May 1941 wounded during operations in Crete whilst attached to Layforce [2].
50 Middle East Commando [3].
204 Military Mission to China [3].

CHIVERS, Frederick, J.

Lance Corporal
50ME Commando
Royal Fusiliers 1st Bn.
Lance Corporal Frederick Chivers was reported missing on 2nd June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/27 and WO417/94.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 (Stalag 4A).

COCHRANE, Archibald Leman

Known as: 
Archie
Captain
'Layforce'
Royal Army Medical Corps
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Professor Archibald Cochrane, CBE, MB, FRCP, was the Medical Officer of 'D' Bn. Layforce (50 and 52 Middle East Commandos). He was taken prisoner of war during operations at Crete continuing his work as a Doctor in the prison camps.
  • 1 November 1945 appoined M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service whilst a Prisoner of War.

COLLINS, R.

Sergeant
50ME Commando
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Sergeant Collins was wounded between 25 and 28 February 1941 during operations on the occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists WO417/23.
50 Me Cdo Casualty List 25th-28th Feb. 1941 in Crete - Ref. GRO2E/1188/69C / National Archives WO361/124.
 

COOK, Frank, B.

Fusilier
50ME Commando
Royal Fusiliers 1st Bn.
Fusilier Frank Cook was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war from 1 June 1941. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27 (army no. amended in WO417/29.)
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

CORDA, Francisco

Known as: 
seen elsewhere as JORDA or FORDA
Lance Corporal
'Layforce'
50ME Commando
Queen's Royal Regiment
Spanish volunteer who served in 'D' Bn., Layforce. Reported missing on 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been taken prisoner of war and transported to Stalag 21A at Thorn, Poland.
 
Notes/Sources
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/10 shows surname as CORDA (Stalag 21A)

CROSSAN, William George

Trooper
50ME Commando
Royal Dragoons, Royal Armoured Corps
Trooper William Crossan was reported missing between 25 and 28 February 1941 during operations on the occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo, later reported prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists WO417/23 and WO417/94.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1, WO392/11, WO392/21.

DAWES, Ernest William

Private
50ME Commando
South Staffordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Ernest Dawes died during operations on the Greek island of Kastellorizo. 

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/23.

50 Me Cdo Casualty List 25th-28th Feb. 1941 in Crete - Ref. GRO2E/1188/69C / National Archives WO361/124.
The Middle East Commandos, author Charles Messenger.

DENNIS, V.L.

Private
50ME Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment 1st Bn
Private Dennis, 50 Middle East Commando, was wounded between 25 and 28 February 1941 during operations on the occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo [1][2]
  • 21 November 1941 (1st Bn. Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment) wounded Western Desert [3].

Sources
[1] Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/23.

DREWITT, Glanville

Private
52ME Commando
50ME Commando
Welch Regiment

Private Glanville Drewitt, 52 Middle East Commando, was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war. He also served in 50 Middle East Commando. Post war member of the Commando Association, London Branch.

ENGLAND, Leslie Frank

Trooper
50ME Commando
Life Guards
Killed in action or died of wounds

Trooper Leslie England was reported missing later presumed killed in action during operations on the enemy occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo. He has no known grave [1][1a][1b]
26 October 1932 attested into the Royal Tank Corps [2]
5 November 1939 transferred to the Royal Household Cavalry [2].

FAJARDO, Joaquin

Private
50ME Commando
'Layforce'
Queen's Royal Regiment

Private Joaquin Fajardo, a Spanish volunteer attached to 'D' Bn. Layforce, was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941; found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 4C. Liberated in 1945.

FARMER, H.

Private
50ME Commando
York and Lancaster Regiment 2nd Bn.

Private Farmer was reported missing between 25 and 28 February 1941 during operations on the occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo (Operation Abstention), later found to be a prisoner of war. 

FELLOWES, Hubert, H.

Corporal
50ME Commando
Hampshire Regiment
Corporal Hubert Fellowes was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 (Stalag 383).

FILMER, Ronald

Corporal
50ME Commando
Royal Sussex Regiment 1st Bn.
Corporal Ronald Filmer was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war from 1 June 1941.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/120/167.

FOX-DAVIES, Harley Edmond Fitzroy

Known as: 
Harry
Captain (Acting Major)
50ME Commando
52ME Commando
Durham Light Infantry
Military Cross (MC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Attached from the Durham Light Infantry to MI (R) Military Intelligence in July 1940 to assist with the setting up of Commando units in the Middle East.*
  • Second in Command of No.50 Middle East Commando July 1940*.
  • Commanding Officer No.52 Middle East Commando November 1940. Left the Commando shortly afterwards due to illness*.

GALERA, Enrique

Corporal
50ME Commando
'Layforce'
Queen's Royal Regiment
Corporal Enrique Galera, a Spanish volunteer attached to 'D' Bn. Layforce, was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/34.
Prisoners of War Lists, Second World War, 1943-1945. / National Archives file WO392/10 and 20 (Stalag 8C).

GREENWOOD, Jack

Corporal
50ME Commando
York and Lancaster Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Jack Greenwood died during operations against the enemy occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo. He was initially reported missing believed drowned attempting to escape. His body was later found and identified.
 
Sources
CWGC.

HACKETT, Harry

Gunner
50ME Commando
Royal Artillery
Gunner Harry Hackett, 50 Middle East Commando, was wounded between 25 and 28 February 1941 during operations on the occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo [1][2]
  •  Enlisted RA 1937 [3].
  • 23 March 1943 (64 Medium Regiment RA) wounded Tunisia [4].

HARDING, John Aubrey, D.H.

Lance Corporal
50ME Commando
Royal Fusiliers 1st Bn.
Lance Corporal John Harding was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
German Record Cards of British PoW's / National Archives file WO416/162/90.

HARRISON, Charles, F.

Corporal
'Layforce'
Leicestershire Regiment
Corporal Harrison, 'D' Bn., Layforce, was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/29.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

HARVEY, C.

Signalman (Lance Corporal)
50ME Commando
Royal Corps of Signals
Cheshire Yeomanry

Lance Corporal C. Harvey was reported missing between 25 and 28 February 1941 during operations on the occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo, later found to be a prisoner of war in Italian hands [1][1a]
1943 unit and rank amended to Signalman, Royal Corps of Signals [2][2a].
1944 reported no longer a prisoner of war [3].

HERAS, Bravlio

Known as: 
First name also seen as Braulio
Private
'Layforce'
50ME Commando
Pioneer Corps
Queen's Royal Regiment
Died on war service
Private Bravlio Heras, 50 Middle East Commando, and from Spain, died [1] whilst a prisoner of war having  been captured during operations in Crete in 1941 [2]. He is believed to have been killed by Russian fire at Stalag 4C. 
 
Sources
CWGC.

HEWITT, W.

Sergeant
'Layforce'
Leicestershire Regiment

Sergeant Hewitt, 'D' Bn., Layforce, was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 383.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.

HODGSON, Albert

Lance Corporal
50ME Commando
Coldstream Guards
Lance Corporal Albert Hodgson was reported missing on 2nd June 1941 during operations in Crete; later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
[1] Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
[2] Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 and 11.

HOLLINGSHEAD, Robert, W.

Corporal
50ME Commando
Royal Fusiliers 1st Bn.
Corporal Robert Hollingshead was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war from 1 June 1941.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 (Stalag 4A) and WO392/11 (Stalag 11B).

IRWIN, Thomas

Private
'Layforce'
Leicestershire Regiment
Private Thomas Irwin, 'D' Bn., Layforce, was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 (Stalag 4A).

JARY, James, W.

Trooper
50ME Commando
Nottinghamshire Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps
Trooper James Jary was reported missing between 25 and 28 February 1941 during operations on the occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo, later reported prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists WO417/23 and WO417/94.
50 Me Cdo Casualty List 25th-28th Feb. 1941 in Crete - Ref. GRO2E/1188/69C / National Archives WO361/124.

JOHNSON, William Edward

Lance Corporal
'Layforce'
Leicestershire Regiment
Lance Corporal William Johnson, 'D' Bn., Layforce, was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 (Stalag 4D).

JOHNSTONE, Robert

Fusilier
50ME Commando
Royal Fusiliers 1st Bn.
Fusilier Robert Johnstone was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 (Stalag 4A).

JONES, Albert, G.W.

Fusilier
50ME Commando
Royal Fusiliers 1st Bn.
Fusilier Albert Jones was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 (Stalag 4A).
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11 (Stalag 4G).

JONES, William

Trooper
50ME Commando
Royal Dragoons, Royal Armoured Corps

Trooper William Jones was reported missing between 25 and 28 February 1941 during operations on the occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo, later found to be a prisoner of war.

LAKER, Jesse, A.

Trooper
50ME Commando
Royal Armoured Corps

Trooper Jesse Laker was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in the Middle East, later found to be a prisoner of war. On this date his Commando were engaged in operations in Crete.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National archives files WO417/42, WO417/94.
Prisoners of War / National Archives files WO392/1 and WO392/11 (Stalag 4G).

LINSDELL, R.

Private
50ME Commando
Royal Sussex Regiment 1st Bn.

Private R. Linsdell was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later reported no longer missing.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/27 and WO417/34.

LOCKINGTON, Arthur

Trooper
50ME Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Died on war service

Trooper Arthur Lockington died whilst assigned from the Commando to Middle East Detachment 2, later redesignated 2nd Special Service Detachment (SSD 2), in Burma.

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LOWENTHAL, M.J., or N.

Private
50ME Commando
Cheshire Regiment 1st Bn.

Private Lowenthal was wounded between 25 and 28 February 1941 during operations on the occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo. 
 
Sources
[1] Casualty Lists WO417/23.
[2] 50 Me Cdo Casualty List 25th-28th Feb. 1941 in Crete - Ref. GRO2E/1188/69C / National Archives WO361/124.

LUMBRERA, Francisco

Known as: 
Surname also seen as LUMBRUA
Francesco Lumbrera 50ME Commando
Private
'Layforce'
50ME Commando
Pioneer Corps
Queen's Royal Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Francisco Lumbrera*, 50 Middle East Commando, and from Spain, died whilst a prisoner of war having been captured during operations in Crete in 1941. He is believed to have been killed by Russian fire at Stalag 4C Wistritz bei Teplitz,Germany. 
 
Source
CWGC.

LYONS, John, G.

Lance Corporal
50ME Commando
Black Watch
Lance Corporal John Lyons was reported missing between 25 and 28 February 1941 during operations on the occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo, later found to be a prisoner of war
 
Sources
Casualty Lists WO417/23 and WO417/97.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 (Stalag 4C) and WO392/21 (Campo 78).

MARINO, Angel

Known as: 
Surname also seen as MARIONO
Private
'Layforce'
Queen's Royal Regiment

Private Angel Marino, a Spanish volunteer attached to 'D' Bn. Layforce, was reported missing in Crete 2 June 1941 later found to be a prisoner of war.

MARSON, Kenneth

Private
'Layforce'
Leicestershire Regiment 2nd Bn.

Private Kenneth Marson, 'D' Bn. Layforce, was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations on Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/34 and WO417/94
Prisoners of War / National Archives files WO3921/1 (Stalag 3D) and WO392/11 (Stalag 4G).

MARTINEY, Aurelio

Served as : 
surname also seen as MARTINEZ
Private
50ME Commando
Layforce
Queen's Royal Regiment

Private Aurelio Martiney, a Spanish volunteer attached to 'D' Bn. Layforce, was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations on Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war

MATHER, James Henry

Pte James Mather 50ME Commando
Private
50ME Commando
Welch Regiment
Died on war service

Private James Mather was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete and later found to be a prisoner of war [1]. He had been imprisoned at Stalag 4C, a prisoner of war camp at Wistritz bei Teplitz, Sudetenland ( part of former Czechoslovakia) [2a]. He died shortly after his release in 1945 due to ill treatment whilst a prisoner [3]

MCALLISTER, H.

Private
50ME Commando
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

Private McAllister was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war. Repatriated to the UK in 1943.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/34 and WO417/68.
 

MCCORMICK, John

Private
50ME Commando
King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John McCormick was reported missing between 25 and 28 February 1941, later presumed killed in action, during operations against the enemy occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo. He has no known grave.
 
Sources
CWGC.
50 Me Cdo Casualty List 25th-28th Feb. 1941 in Crete - Ref. GRO2E/1188/69C / National Archives WO361/124.

McEWAN, Alexander

Trooper
Middle East Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Trooper Alexander McEwan was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National archives files WO417/29 and WO417/30.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

MEALOR, Joseph

Private
50ME Commando
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Private Joseph Mealor, aged 26, was reported missing and later a prisoner of war 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete.

MENA, J

Private
50ME Commando
'Layforce'
Queen's Royal Regiment

Private J. Mena, a Spanish volunteer attached to 'D' Bn. Layforce, was reported as a prisoner of war in German hands (in Germany)  after operations in Crete 1941. In 1943 he is reported as repatriated to the UK.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/35 and WO417/69.
 

MILLER, Ean Creighton

Known as: 
Ian
Second Lieutenant
50ME Commando
King's Royal Rifle Corps
22 June 1940 commissioned second Lieutenant [1].
25-28 May 1941 wounded during operations at Kastellorizzo [2][2a]. 
1 June 1941 prisoner of war during the rearguard action at Crete [2a][3][3a]
 
Sources

MOTHERSOLE, H.

Trooper
50ME Commando
Warwickshire Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps

Source: 50 Me Cdo Casualty List 25th-28th Feb. 1941 in Crete - Ref. GRO2E/1188/69C / National Archives WO361/124.

MUNRO, George

Sergeant
No 11 Commando
50ME Commando
SBS
Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) 2nd Bn.
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant George Munro, a veteran of the Litani River raid, died during operations with the S.B.S., 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

MURPHY, P.

Private
50ME Commando
Highland Light Infantry 2nd Bn.
Private P. Murphy was wounded between 25 and 28 February 1941 during operations on the occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo [1][2]. 
  • 2 June 1941 Crete reported missing, later found to be a prisoner of war [3][4].
Sources
[1] Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/23.

MURRAY, Alfred

Sergeant
Middle East Commando
Royal Armoured Corps

Sergeant Alfred Murray was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/29 and WO417/30.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 (Stalag 383).
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/266/462 (Stalag 3D).
 

NOBLE, Arthur Frederick

Private
50ME Commando
Royal Sussex Regiment 1st Bn.
Private Arthur Noble was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 (Stalag 4F).

NUNN, Robert Richard

Known as: 
forenames also seen as Richard Robert
Sergeant
50ME Commando
Royal Fusiliers 1st Bn.
Sergeant Nunn was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war having been captured on 1 June 1941.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 (Stalag 344).

PATRICK, G.A., or J.

Private
50ME Commando
Leicestershire Regiment 2nd Bn.

Private Patrick was wounded between 25 and 28 February 1941 during operations on the occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo. 
 
Sources
[1] Casualty Lists WO417/23.
[2] 50 Me Cdo Casualty List 25th-28th Feb. 1941 in Crete (War Office Oct 1941) Ref. GRO2E/1188/69C.

Notes
Source [1] initials G.A. Source [2] initial J.

PEMBERTON, Hugh

Private
50ME Commando
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Hugh Pemberton was reported killed in action in the Western Desert.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/34.

POSTELLO, Rafael

Known as: 
Surname also seen as POSTILLO
Lance Corporal
'Layforce'
50ME Commando
Queen's Royal Regiment
Lance Corporal Rafael Postello was a Spanish volunteer who served in 'D' Bn., Layforce. He was reported missing on 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/20.
British Army Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28.

POUCHER, William

Private
'Layforce'
Leicestershire Regiment
Private William Poucher, 'D' Bn., Layforce, was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

ROBINSON, George Edgar

Trooper
50ME Commando
Royal Scots Greys (2nd Dragoons), Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Trooper George Robinson was reported missing presumed drowned whilst attempting to escape the enemy during operations on the enemy occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo.
He has no known grave.
Report by Trooper Weston

ROUGH, T.

Private
'Layforce'
Leicestershire Regiment

Private Rough, 'D' Bn., Layforce, was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 4C.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

SADD, Albert Norman

Lance Sergeant
50ME Commando
Royal Corps of Signals
Lance Sergeant Albert Sadd was reported missing on 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/3, errata in WO417/54.
Prisoners of War Lists / National Archives file WO392/11.

SHARMAN, Richard

Lance Sergeant
50ME Commando
South Staffordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Richard Sharman was reported missing between 25 and 28 February 1941, later presumed killed in action, during operations against the enemy occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo. He has no known grave
 
Sources
CWGC.

SHEEHY, Richard, W.

Lance Corporal
50ME Commando
Warwickshire Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps
Lance Corporal Richard Sheehy was reported missing between 25 and 28 February 1941 during operations on the occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo, later reported a prisoner of war. Post war member of the Commando Association.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists WO417/23  and WO417/94.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1, WO392/11, WO392/21.

SHELTON, L.

Lance Corporal
50ME Commando
Royal Corps of Signals

Lance Corporal Shelton was reported missing during operations at Crete on 2 June 1941 and later found to be a prisoner of war at Stalag 4B. 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27 and WO417/49.
Prisoners of War Lists / National Archives file WO3921/1.

SLADE, William Henry

Private
50ME Commando
Queen's Royal Regiment West Surrey
Private William Slade was reported missing and a prisoner of war 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete. Post war member of the Commando Association from Sussex.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/27 and WO417/30.
Commando Association newsletters 101 and 116.
 

SMITH, Alexander

Known as: 
See notes below regarding NEWCOMBE
Private
50ME Commando
Cheshire Regiment 1st Bn.
Private Alexander Smith, 1st Bn. Cheshire Regiment attached 50 Middle East Commando, was wounded between 25 and 28 February 1941 during operations on the occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo [1][2]
  • 5 June 1942 (2nd Bn. Cheshire Regt.) reported prisoner of war Western Desert [3][4].

SMITH, J.

Lance Corporal
'Layforce'
Household Cavalry Regiment

Lance Corporal J. Smith, 'D' Bn. Layforce, was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations on Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/28, WO417/32, WO417/94.
Prisoners of War / National Archives files WO3921/1 and WO392/11.

SMITH, Michael Arnold

Second Lieutenant
50ME Commando
Royal Sussex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Second Lieutenant Michael Smith was reported wounded and missing between 25 and 28 February 1941, later presumed killed in action, during operations against the enemy occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo. He has no known grave.
 
Sources
CWGC.

SQUIER, H.G.

Corporal
50ME Commando
Royal Corps of Signals

Corporal Squier was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. He was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 8A.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/29 and WO417/31.
Prisoners of War Lists / National Archives file WO392/11.

STEVENS, A.K.

Fusilier
50ME Commando
Royal Fusiliers 1st Bn.

Fusilier Stevens was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 4F.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

STEVENSON, Joseph

Lance Corporal
50ME Commando
'Layforce'
Leicestershire Regiment 2nd Bn.
Lance Corporal Joseph Stevenson, 50 ME Commando attached 'D' Bn., Layforce, was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war. Post war member of the Commando Association (Leeds Branch).
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.

STEWART, W.S.

Corporal
50ME Commando
Black Watch
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal W.S. Stewart was reported missing between 25 and 28 February 1941 during operations on the occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo, later found to be a prisoner of war in Italian hands [1][1a][1b]
1943 reported no longer a prisoner of war [2].

SUMMERFIELD, J.

Corporal
50ME Commando
Welch Regiment
Corporal Summerfield was was wounded between 25 and 28 February 1941 during operations on the occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo [1][2]
  • 2 June 1941 Crete reported missing later found be a prisoner of war [3][4].
Sources
[1] Casualty Lists WO417/23.

SWINBURN, Arthur

Arthur Swinburn DCM
Warrant Officer 2 Company Sergeant Major
50ME Commando
Leicestershire Regiment & Royal Pioneer Corps
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Arthur Swinburn enlisted into the Leicestershire Regiment on 24th November 1928 for 9 years, and then a further 3 years in Reserve, before volunteering for the Commandos in 1940 [1].

TALBOT, D.G.

Signalman
50ME Commando
Royal Corps of Signals

Signalman Talbot was reported missing on 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. He was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 8B in Poland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/29.
Prisoners of War Lists / National Archives file WO392/11.

TAYLOR, Alfred George

Lance Corporal
50ME Commando
Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) 2nd Bn.
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Alfred Taylor died during operations on the enemy occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/23.

TAYLOR, George

Trooper
50ME Commando
Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps
Royal Tank Corps
Trooper George Taylor was reported missing between 25 and 28 February 1941 during operations on the occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo, later reported prisoner of war.
  • 5 January 1929 attested into the Royal Tank Corps serving additionally with the 8th Hussars and 9th Lancers.
Sources
Casualty Lists WO417/23 and WO417/94.

TAYLOR, Graham Cecil Gordon

Temporary Captain
50ME Commando
Leicestershire Regiment
Military Cross (MC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Graham Taylor was reported missing presumed killed in action during operations in Crete.
  • 1 April to 30 July 1939 (Second Lieutenant) (2nd Bn. The Leicestershire Regiment) awarded the Military Cross for distinguished services rendered in the field in connection with operations in Palestine.
Sources
CWGC.

TAYLOR, Stanley Benjamin

Sergeant
50ME Commando
Coldstream Guards

Sergeant Stanley Taylor was reported missing on 2nd June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 383 in Germany.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/27 and WO417/29.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

THOMAS, P.

Private
50ME Commando
Welch Regiment

Private Thomas was reported missing between 25 and 28 February 1941 during operations on the occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo, later reported prisoner of war.
 
Sources
[1] Casualty Lists WO417/23, WO417/89, and WO417/94.
[2] Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 and WO392/21.

TRUSTY, R.

Private
'Layforce'
Leicestershire Regiment

Private Trusty, 'D' Bn., Layforce, was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 3D.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

TUNSTALL, Francis Barnard

Private
50ME Commando
Royal Sussex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Francis Tunstall was reported missing presumed drowned attempting to escape the enemy during operations on the enemy occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo. He has no known grave.
Report by Trooper Weston

TURNER, Edward

Known as: 
Ted
Corporal
50ME Commando
Hampshire Regiment

Corporal Turner was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 344.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.
 

VAUGHAN, John Henry

Known as: 
Jack
Trooper
'Layforce'
Royal Horse Guards, Household Cavalry Regiment

Trooper John Henry 'Jack' Vaughan, 'D' Batallion Layforce, was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.

WALDOCK, H.F.

Private
50ME Commando
Hampshire Regiment

Corporal Waldock was reported missing on 2nd June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 4F.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.

WESTON, Richard John

Trooper (later Lance Sergeant)
50ME Commando
Cheshire Yeomanry / Durham Light Infantry
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Richard Weston, 9th Bn., Durham Light Infantry, was killed in action 16 July 1943 during operations at Sicily [1][1a]. 
25-28 May 1941 (Trooper, 50 ME Commando) Operation Abstention at Kastellorizzo [2].
22 March 1943 (Lance Corporal, 9th Bn., Durham Light Infantry) wounded Middle East [3].
 

WILLIAMS, G.J.

Fusilier
50ME Commando
Royal Fusiliers 1st Bn.

Fusilier Williams was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 344.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

WILLIAMSON, C.E.F.

Acting Lance Corporal
'Layforce'
Leicestershire Regiment

Lance Corporal Williamson, 'D' Bn., Layforce, was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 383.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

WILSON, A.

Trooper
50ME Commando
Yorkshire Dragoons, Royal Armoured Corps

Trooper Wilson was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations on Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/31, WO417/32, WO417/94.
Prisoners of War / National Archives files WO3921/1.

YOUNG, George Alan Dawson

Temporary Lieutenant Colonel
52ME Commando
50ME Commando
Royal Engineers
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Colonel George Alan Dawson Young R.E., was the Commanding Officer of 50 Middle East Commando until November 1940 when he assumed  command of 52 Middle East Commando after its former commanding officer, Harry Fox-Davies, was taken ill.

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