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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.

'Operation Flipper'

Friday, November 14, 1941

Location

Beda Littoria
Libya
32° 45' 59.0004" N, 21° 44' 30.0012" E

The raiding party landed 14 November. The attack on Rommel's HQ by units from Layforce took place 17 November. The raiding party included a group from No 11 Commando (see What Links Here above) led by Lt Col Keyes supported by others, including two from No 7 Cdo who had escaped from Crete, Sgt Fred Birch (No 7 Cdo & 51ME Cdo) and Cpl John Kerr (No 7 Cdo & 51ME Commando)

7 Commando

The first troops of this Commando formed up in several locations.  ‘A’ Troop in Gamblingay under Capt. Wylie R.E. while the H.Q. Staff came together in Billericay Essex. A small party of ‘B’ Troop formed in St. Albans and the remainder in Newmarket under Capt G March Phillips who was later to command No.62 Commando. After this scattered beginning all the various sections came together finally in Felixstowe at the end of July 1940. H.Q. being in a school in Station Rd Felixstowe.

7 Commando Nominal Roll

In 1946 the Army Council decided that the Army Commandos were to be disbanded and no provision was allowed or made for any depository or office which would have at least contained a complete Roster of Names of the men who served in the various units. 

ABRAHAMS, Arthur Thomas

No 7 Commando
Private Arthur Abrahams was reported missing believed a prisoner of war on 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete.  Later imprisoned at Stalag 344 in Poland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.
 

ALLEN, Ronald

No 7 Commando
Driver Ronald Allen was reported missing believed a prisoner of war on 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later imprisoned at Stalag 4A and Stalag 4B.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

ASHFORD-RUSSELL, Brian Harborough

No 7 Commando
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Served in No. 7 Commando as a Lieutenant. Appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy serving with the Intelligence Corps having left the Commando. 
 
On the Ist january 1968 he was appointed O.B.E. (Civil Division). 
 

ASTBURY, Albert Ernest

No 6 Commando
No 7 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Albert Astbury, No.6 Commando, died during operations in Germany [1]. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting at the River Aller crossing. He had earlier served with No.7 Commando and was taken prisoner of war in 1941 [2][2a] but escaped in 1943 [3]. He then joined No.6 Commando.

BARBOUR, Alexander, E.

No 7 Commando
Private Alexander Barbour 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 WO417/30.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/18/68.
 

BATEMAN, Sidney Gordon

No 7 Commando
Bombardier Sidney Bateman 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 from Bedfordshire.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/30.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

BEASLEY, Frederick

No 7 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Frederick Beasley was initially reported missing presumed prisoner of war. He was later presumed killed in action during operations in Crete as part of Layforce. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45.
 

BIRCH, Frederick

Fred Birch 7 Commando
Sergeant Frederick Birch 7 Commando
No 7 Commando
51ME Commando
Sergeant Frederick Birch served in No.7 Commando taking part in operations at Bardia and Crete before moving to 51 Middle East Commando. He was attached to 'C' Bn Layforce for Operation Flipper after which he was taken prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/36, WO417/37, and WO417/96.

BIRD, R.D.

No 7 Commando
Private Bird was reported missing 20 April 1941 (Bardia raid) later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Source
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives WO417/24.
Prisoners of War Lists / National Archives file WO392/1 and WO392/21.

BOOKER, Clifford

No 7 Commando
Lance Corporal Clifford Booker was reported wounded and a prisoner of war 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete [1][2]. He had been captured on 29 May 1941 [3].
 
Sources
[1] Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/32.
[2] Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

BRADLEY, J.R.

No 7 Commando

Private Bradley was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war. He had been captured on 29 May 1941.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/33.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 and 11.

BRISTOW, William Frederick

No 7 Commando
Died whilst a prisoner of war
Gunner William Bristow died from an intestinal obstruction at Salonica Greece whilst a Prisoner of War. He had been taken prisoner during operations at Crete on 2 June 1941.
 
Sources
CWGC.
German Record Cards of British POWs / WO416/42/342.

BURFORD, Norman Alan

No 7 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Norman Burford was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field [1]. This occurred during No.7 Commando's rearguard action on Crete. On 2 June 1941 he was reported missing; found to have been taken prisoner and later transported to Stalag 383 [2][2a].
 
Sources

CAMPBELL, Hugh Alexander Henry

No 7 Commando
Gunner Hugh Campbell was reported missing believed a prisoner of war on 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete.  Later imprisoned at Stalag 4A in Germany.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.
Royal Artillery Attestations 1938.
 

CAMPBELL, Roderick

No 7 Commando

Gunner Roderick Campbell was reported missing believed a prisoner of war on 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later imprisoned at Stalag 4G in Germany.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.
Royal Artillery Attestations 1938.

CANNON, Peter Macdermack

No 7 Commando

Gunner Peter Cannon was reported missing believed a prisoner of war on 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete.  Later imprisoned at Stalag 4C in the Sudetenland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.
Royal Artillery Attestations 1939.

CANTLEY, William, J.

No 7 Commando
Corporal William Cantley was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/28 and WO417/34.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/1 (Stalag 344) and WO392/11 (Stalag 3A).

CARR, Thomas

No 7 Commando

Corporal Thomas Carr, R.A.M.C. attached No.7 Commando, was reported missing during operations at Crete on 2 June 1941, later found to be a prisoner of war.

CHAPMAN, Charles

Charles Chapman 7 Commando
No 7 Commando

Private Charles Chapman was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war. 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/30 and WO417/94.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
[Image] CVA Gallery.
 

CHEESEMAN, H.A.

No 7 Commando
Private Alfred Cheeseman 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 residing Ontario, Canada.
 
Sources
[1] Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/29 and WO417/94.
[2] Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

CLAY, Alfred

No 7 Commando

Bombardier Alfred Clay was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941; found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 383.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/28.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/11.
RA Attestation records.

COLGROVE, Frederick

No 7 Commando
Private Fred Colgrove was reported missing on 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to be a prisoner of war. Post war member of the Commando Association residing in Dalston, London E8.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/34.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

COWIE, Aikman Duncan

No 7 Commando
Bombardier Aikman Cowie was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941; found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 4C.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/28.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/11.
RA Attestation records.

COX, Charles Frederick

Charles Cox 7 Commando
No 7 Commando
Private Charles Cox 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 WO417/33.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
[Image] Chrissie Cox.
 

CRAMPTON, Jack Barraclough

No 7 Commando
Died whilst a prisoner of war
Lance Corporal Jack Crampton, 3 Special Service Bn. died in Berlin as a prisoner of war. He had been reported missing, later found to have been taken prisoner in Crete on 2 June 1941. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/33.

CREW, John William

No 4 Commando
No 7 Commando
Sergeant John Crew, No.7 Commando, known as 'Jack', was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war from 1 June 1941. He had served in No.4 Commando prior to embarking with No.7 Commando for the Middle East. Post war member of the Commando Association from Harpenden.
 
Sources

CROSBIE, John

No 7 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Crosbie died on or shortly after 26 May 1941 during operations in Crete [1][1a].
Extract from the Dumfries and Galloway Standard
Published Saturday 12 June 1943.

CRUICKSHANKS, John

No 7 Commando
Sapper John Cruickshanks was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/28 and WO417/32.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/1.

DARGUE, T.D.

No 7 Commando
Sergeant Dargue was reported wounded and prisoner of war 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27 and WO417/28.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
 

DEAN, Horace

No 7 Commando
Private Horace Dean was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to be a prisoner of war. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/32.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/92/322.
 

EDNEY, Frank Leslie

No 7 Commando
Private Frank Edney was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete; found to have been taken prisoner and subsequently transported to Stalag 8B Lamsdorf Poland (renamed Stalag 344).
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/28 and WO417/29.

ELSE, John

No 7 Commando
Died on war service
Sergeant John Else, No 7 Commando and Layforce, was accidentally killed whilst attached to No 1 Special Service Detachment.
 
Sources
CWGC.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45.
 

ELY, H.P.

No 7 Commando

Lance Corporal Ely was reported missing on 20 April 1941 during operations at Cyrenaica (Bardia raid). Later found to be a prisoner of war in Italy. In 1943 he was reported no longer a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/24, WO417/26, and WO417/69.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/21.

EVANS, T.W.

No 7 Commando
Private Evans was reported missing 20 April 1941 during operations in Cyrenaica, later found to be a prisoner of war.
  • 10 September 1943 escaped from captivity.
Sources
Casualties Lists / National Archives file WO417/24 and WO417/26.

EVERITT, Harry, C.

No 7 Commando
Lance Corporal Harry Everitt, a veteran of Dunkirk, was reported missing 20 April 1941 (Bardia raid) during operations at Cyrenaica, later found to be a prisoner of war. 
 
Sources
Registers of Royal Engineers 1900-1949.
Casualty Lists / National Archives WO417/15, WO417/19, WO417/24, and WO417/26.

FAIRBRIDGE, A.F.H.

No 4 Commando
No 7 Commando

Fusilier Fairbridge served in No.4 Commando before embarking with Layforce for the Middle East. He was reported missing during operations at Cyrenaica on 20 April 1941 (Bardia Raid) later found to be a prisoner of war.

FARRINGTON, John Beddell

John Beddell Farrington
No 4 Commando
Layforce
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Lance Corporal John Farrington was reported missing on 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete with Layforce. He was held as a prisoner in both Germany and Poland, and later awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) for his numerous escapes from different camps.
Citation

FLYNN, John

No 4 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal John Flynn, a radio operator with 'B' troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the combined attack on Dieppe on 19 August 1942 [1]

FORD, Dennis

No 7 Commando
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Dennis Ford was commissioned Second Lieutenant on 9 March 1940 [1]. He served with No.7 Commando and later in the Far East [2][3][4]
  • November 1946 announcement of his award of the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service whilst engaged in Special Operations in South East Asia [3].

FOX, Joseph

No 7 Commando
Corporal Joseph Fox was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war from 1 June 1941.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/33.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 (Marlag and Milag).

FREEMAN, Thomas Louis

No 7 Commando
Service Record
5 March 1940 enlisted Suffolk Regiment.
11 June 1940 posted 2nd Bn The Cambridgeshire Regiment.
25 October 1940 attached No.7 Commando.
11 June 1940 3 Special Service Battalion.
8 April 1941  'A' Battalion Layforce.

GALLIER, Robert Allen

No 7 Commando

Gunner Robert Gallier was reported missing believed to be a prisoner of war 2 June 1941 after operations at Crete. In 1942 it was reported he was no longer missing.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/42.
RA Attestations Register 1938.

GAYLARD, Albert Jack

No 7 Commando
Died on war service
Lance Corporal Albert Gaylard was reported missing in action 20 April 1941 during operations in Cyrenaica Libya, and later found to have been captured by the enemy [1][4]. He died during an air raid [2][3] whilst a prisoner of war in Camp PG78 Italy [4][5].
 
Sources

GLYPTIS, G.

No 7 Commando

Lance Corporal G. Glyptis was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941; found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 344 in Poland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/28 and WO417/96.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/1.

GOLDEN, William James H.

No 7 Commando

Corporal Golden was reported missing on 20 April 1941 during operations at Cyrenaica (Bardia raid), later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/24, WO417/27, WO417/55, and WO417/95.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1, WO392/11, and WO392/21.

GOODSIR, Georges Albert Jacques

No 7 Commando
Lance Bombardier Georges Albert Jacques Goodsir was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941; found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 4C.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/28.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/11.
RA Attestation records.

Probate Records Oxford.

GREEN, William Alfred

No 7 Commando
Layforce
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private William Green was reported missing presumed died died during the period No 7 Commando, as part of Layforce, were engaged in a rearguard action whilst allied troops were evacuated from Crete. 

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/45.

GREENWOOD, Stephen

No 7 Commando
Layforce
Died on war service
Trooper Stephen Greenwood died in 1945 whilst a prisoner of war after being captured at Crete on 2 June 1941, and then transported to Germany. He spent the rest of the war in Stalag 3D near Berlin. He died during a forced march West whilst still a POW, when they were fired on by a Russian tank at Waganitz.
 
Sources

GUNN, Harper

No 7 Commando
Private Harper Gunn was reported missing on 20 April 1941 during operations in the Middle East (Bardia raid), later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/24 and WO417/29.
Prisoners of War / National Archives files WO392/1 and 11 (Stalag 344) and WO392/21 (Camp 78).

HAMMOND, R.C.W.

No 7 Commando

Private Hammond, R.A.M.C. attached No.7 Commando, was reported as a prisoner of war during operations at Crete on 2 June 1941[1].  In 1943 he is recorded as repatriated and back in the UK [2].

Sources
[1] Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/34.
[2] Casualty Lists  / National Archives file WO417/68.

HANNAH, J

No 7 Commando

Private Hannah was reported missing on 20 April 1941 during operations at Cyrenaica (Bardia raid). Later found to be a prisoner of war in Italy. In 1943 he was reported no longer a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/24, WO417/27, WO417/64, and WO417/68.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/21.

HARPER, Henry Joseph

No 7 Commando
Sergeant Henry Harper was reported as a prisoner of war during operations at Crete 2 June 1941. In 1943 he was reported as repatriated to UK.
  • 29 December 1930 enlisted into the Royal Tank Corps.

Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/68.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/11.

HARPER, Ian Rennie

No 7 Commando

Sergeant Ian Harper was reported missing and a prisoner of war 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete. In 1943 it was reported he was back in the UK no longer a prisoner of war.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/34 and WO417/68.
RA Attestations Register 1938.

HARPER, Stanley Eric

Stanley Eric Harper 7 Commando
Harper 7 Commando
No 7 Commando
Sapper Stanley Harper was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war. he had previously served in No.4 Commando.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/30.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

HARRISON, Thomas

No 7 Commando

Gunner Thomas Harrison was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to be a prisoner of war. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/45.
Prisoners of War / National Archives files WO392/11 and WO392/21.
RA Attestations Register 1938.

HAYWARD, Arthur, N.

No 7 Commando
Lance Corporal Arthur Hayward was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/94.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 (Stalag 4C).

HERD, James

No 7 Commando
Layforce
Sapper James Herd was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/28 and WO417/32.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/11 and WO392/1.

HOLBROOK, Alfred

No 7 Commando
Private Alfred Holbrook was attested into the Royal Artillery in 1930 before transferring to the Royal Army Medical Corps on 29 September 1934 [1]
  • 2 June 1941 (R.A.M.C. attached No.7 Commando) reported missing during operations at Crete and later found to be a prisoner of war at Stalag 4B [2][3]
Sources

HOROBIN, Gilbert, C.

No 7 Commando
Private Gilbert Horobin was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to be a prisoner of war. 
 
Sources
[1] Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/31.
[2] Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 (Stalag 383).

IBBETSON, Reginald Thomas

No 7 Commando

Lance Bombardier Reginald Goodsir was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941; found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 357.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/28.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/11.
RA Attestation records.

JONES, Glyn Watkar

No 7 Commando

Gunner Glyn Jones was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941; found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 4C.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/28.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/11.
RA Attestation records.

KINGSNORTH, Ronald Harry

Lance Corporal Ronald Kingsnorth was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/94.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 95 issued Sept.1992.
 

LALEY, W.P.

No 7 Commando

Lance Bombardier Laley was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to be a prisoner of war. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/32.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

LAMBERT, Joseph, W.

No 7 Commando
Fusilier Joseph Lambert 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 from Lancashire.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/34.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

LILLEY, Harold

No 7 Commando
Gunner Harold Lilley was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/30.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 (Stalag 4C).

LINDSAY, J.

No 7 Commando

Private Lindsay was reported missing on 20 April 1941 during operations in the Middle East (Bardia raid). Later found to be a prisoner of war in Italy. In 1943 he was reported no longer a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/68.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/21.

LISTER, Dudley Stuart

Dudley Stuart Lister MC
No 10 Commando
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Colonel Dudley Lister MC, a veteran of World War One, was Commanding Officer of three different commando units in WW2. An international sportsman his forte was boxing. He had been Army heavyweight champion and had represented Great Britain in the Golden Gloves contest in Madison Squuare Gardens, New York, before the war [1].

MACKIE, W.

No 7 Commando

Lance Corporal Mackie was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war. 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/30.
Prisoners of War / National Archives files WO392/1.

MALLETT, John

No 7 Commando
Sergeant John Mallett 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 and WO417/30.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 and WO382/11 (Stalag 383).

MARSDEN, John Jardine

No 7 Commando

Gunner John Marsden was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war. 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/29, WO417/30, and WO417/95.
Prisoners of War / National Archives files WO392/1.
RA Attestations Register 1938.
 

MCGEACHY, E.

No 7 Commando

Rifleman McGeachy was reported missing during operations at Crete on 2 June 1941 and later found to be a prisoner of war at Stalag 4C. 

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

MCGLONE, Andrew

No 7 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Rifleman Andrew McGlone was reported missing during operations at Crete on 2 June 1941 and later found to be a prisoner of war. During the years that followed he escaped several times from captivity only to be recaptured later.

MCHUGH, Gerard Thomas

No 7 Commando
Lance Corporal Gerard McHugh was reported as a prisoner of war 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete. He had been captured on 1 June 1941.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/30 and WO417/96.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 (Stalag 383)

MCKEE, Peter

Peter Mckee 7 Commando
No 7 Commando
Troop Sergeant Major Peter McKee was reported missing believed a prisoner on  2 June 1941 during operations at Crete [1].  He was a prisoner of war at Stalag 4A [2] and reported repatriated to the UK in 1943 [3].
 
Sources
[1] Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28.

MCLEAN, Donald

No 7 Commando

Gunner Donald McLean was reported missing on 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. He was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 in Poland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28.
Prisoners of War Lists / National Archives file WO392/1.
Royal Artillery Attestations 1939.

MCMURTRIE, William Vass

No 7 Commando

Gunner William McMurtrie was reported missing believed a prisoner of war on 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete.  Later imprisoned at Stalag 4C in the Sudetenland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
Royal Artillery Attestations 1939.

McSHANE, Charles Henry Hubert

No 7 Commando
Died on war service
Sergeant Charles McShane, No.7 Commando, was reported missing on 2nd June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Camp 78 in Italy [1][2].
  • 1943 repatriated to the UK [3].
  • 15 January 1944 died in the UK attached 4th Bn. Dorset Regiment [4][Notes].

MEISTER, Donald Martin

No 7 Commando
Driver Donald Meister was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to have been captured on 1 June 1941.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/72.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 Stalag 8B)

MILLIGAN, John

No 7 Commando

Regimental Sergeant Major John Milligan was reported missing and later a prisoner of war 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete. Post war member of the Commando Association from Ayr.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/30 and WO417/96.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

MOORE, Sydney Henry

No 7 Commando
No 8 Commando
51ME Commando
Post war member of the Commando Association from Tadcaster in Yorkshire. His brother Albert served in No.3 Commando.
 
Sources
Commando Association newsletters 64, 77, 105, and others.
 

MOXEY, Edward Ernest

No 7 Commando
Corporal Edward Moxey 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 from Cambridge.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/32.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

MUSK, Eric

Eric Musk 7 Commando
No 7 Commando

Lance Corporal Eric Musk was wounded during operations in Crete on 28 May 1941 whilst his unit were designated as part of Layforce. He avoided capture at Crete and later served in the SAS.

NEAVES, James Mack

No 7 Commando

Gunner James Neaves was reported missing believed a prisoner of war on 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later imprisoned at Stalag 4A in Germany.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.
Royal Artillery Attestations 1939.

NOLTING, F.G.

No 7 Commando

Sergeant F.G. Nolting was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete; found to have been taken prisoner and subsequently transported to Stalag 4C, Wistritz bei Teplitz, Sudetenland (part of former Czechoslovakia). 

Sources
British Army Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.

PALMER, R.G.

No 7 Commando

Private Palmer 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 files WO392/1 and WO392/11.

PARKER, W.H.

No 7 Commando

Lance Corporal Parker was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war. 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/33.
Prisoners of War / National Archives files WO392/1.

PATERNOSTER, Harry

No 7 Commando
Died on war service

Private Harry Paternoster died at the 13th General Hospital, Suez, as a result of heatstroke.

Sources
CWGC.
War Diary A Bn,Layforce, file ref National Archives WO 218/168, Entry for the 6th April "The death from Heatstroke of 5827448 Pte Paternoster H. occurred in 13th General Hospital, Suez."

PAYNE, Ronald McClure

No 7 Commando

Gunner Ronald Payne was reported missing on 8 April 1941 at Cyrenaica (Bardia raid), later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/24 and WO417/30.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.

PEARSON, W.G.V.

No 7 Commando
Lance Sergeant Pearson 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.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/34 and WO417/92.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
Commando Association newsletter 28.

PETERS, A.T.

No 7 Commando
Private Peters was reported wounded and a prisoner of war 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Detained at Stalag 334.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/35.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 and WO392/11.
National Archives file WO311/123 (ill treatment of POW's).
 

PREECE, B.L.

No 7 Commando

Gunner B.L. Preece was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941; found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 344.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/30.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/11.

RAESIDE, Bendon Walker

Bendon Raeside 7 Commando
No 7 Commando
Sergeant Bendon Raeside was reported missing on 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists  / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/33.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
Royal Artillery Attestation Records 1939.

RALPHS, Edward

No 7 Commando
SAS
Military Medal (MM)
Private Edward Ralphs was awarded the Military Medal whilst serving in the Special Raiding Squadron [1][2]. He had previously served in No.7 Commando [3].
Recommendation

REDWOOD, Albert C.

No 7 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Albert Redwood died [1] having left the Commando and joined Force 136, the S.O.E.  At the time of his death he was part of Operation Ramrose, team Fox at Myothit - Irrawaddy. 
 
Extract from a Force 136 battle casualty report about his death [2].

REED, Robert Middleton

No 7 Commando
Lance Sergeant Robert Reed was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 383.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/28.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/11.

RA Attestation records.

REEVES, Francis Samuel

No 7 Commando
Sapper Francis Reeves was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to have been captued and later transported to Stalag 344.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/28 and WO417/30.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/11.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 117 issued September 2003.

REGAN, William

No 7 Commando
Gunner William Regan was reported missing during operations in Crete on 2 June 1941. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 4A.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/34.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/11.

Royal Artillery Attestations Records.

RICHARDS, Branson

No 7 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Branson Richards, a prisoner of war detained in Camp P.G. 29 at Veano, Piacenzo, Italy [1], was reported shot and killed whilst escaping captivity [2][3].
He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches [2][4]. 
 
Sources

ROBERTS, J.

No 7 Commando

Corporal Roberts was reported wounded and missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war. 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27 and WO417/29.
Prisoners of War / National Archives files WO392/1.

ROBERTSON, W.T.

No 7 Commando

Private Robertson was reported missing 20 April 1941 during operations at Cyrenaica (Bardia). Later found to be a prisoner of war.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/24, WO417/26 and WO417/94.
Prisoners of War Lists / National Archives file WO392/1.
 

SCOTT, E.

No 7 Commando

Rifleman Scott was reported missing during operations at Crete on 2 June 1941 and later found to be a prisoner of war at Stalag 344. 

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

SEEKINGS, Albert Reginald

Albert Reginald Seekings 7 Commando and SAS
No 7 Commando
SAS
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Albert Reginald Seekings served in No.7 Commando. Due to illness he did not take part in the Crete landings after which he joined 'L' Detachment SAS [1][2].
 
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Lance Sergeant, 'L' Detachment SAS, Middle East.
Recommendation

SEEKINGS, Robert William

Robert William Seekings 7 Commando and SAS
No 7 Commando
SAS
Private Robert Seekings, No. 7 Commando, was wounded 28 May 1941 during operations in Crete whilst his unit were designated as part of Layforce [1]
Service History [2]
13 February 1938 enlisted at Ely into the T.A.*
3 September 1939 mobilised with the Cambridgeshire Regiment.

SIMPSON, A.C.

No 7 Commando

Lance Bombardier A.C. Simpson was reported missing during operations in Crete on 2 June 1941. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 4A.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/34.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/1.

SMETHURST, H.

No 7 Commando

Lance Corporal Smethurst was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/30.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.

SMITH, Ernest William

No 7 Commando
Lance Bombardier Ernest Smith was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 4C.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/33.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/1.

Royal Artillery Attestation Records.

SMITH, George

No 7 Commando
Sergeant George Smith was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 383.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/30.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/1.

Royal Artillery Attestation Records.

SMITH, Lawrence George

Lawrence Smith 7 Commando
No 7 Commando
Sergeant Lawrence Smith was attested into the Royal Tank Corps on 28 October 1927 aged 14yrs 2 months, trade recorded as Musician [1].
In World War 2 he was reported missing on 20 April 1941 during operations with No.7 Commando in Cyrenaica (Bardia raid), later found to be a prisoner of war [2][3].

SMITH, William Henry

No 7 Commando
Lance Bombardier William Smith was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 344.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/29.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/11.
Royal Artillery Attestation Records.

SPEECHLEY, William

No 7 Commando
Private William Speechley, No.7 Commando, was reported missing 20 April 1941 during operations at Cyrenaica.  Later found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 344. Had earlier served in No.4 Commando. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Cambridgeshire.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/26 and WO417/95.

STANNACK, L.

No 7 Commando
No 4 Commando

Lance Corporal Stannack was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war. In 1943 he is reported as back in the UK no longer a prisoner.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/30.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

STEINKE, R.F.

No 7 Commando

Corporal Steinke was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 383.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/33.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.

STILL, Edgar Thomas

No 7 Commando
Died on active service
Lance Corporal Edgar Still died as a result of an accident in the Middle East.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/48.
 
Cemetery Historical Information

STRATFORD, M.F.

No 7 Commando

Private Stratford was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to be a prisoner of war. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/36.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

SUTHERLAND, George Martin

No 7 Commando

Gunner George Sutherland was reported missing believed a prisoner of war on 20 April 1941 during operations at Cyrenaica, Libya. Later imprisoned at Stalag 4F. 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/24, WO417/28, and WO417/93.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.
Royal Artillery Attestations 1938.

TAYLOR, P.V.C.

No 7 Commando

Lance Corporal Taylor, 3 Special Service Bn., was reported missing on 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. He was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 4A in Germany.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28 and WO417/36.
Prisoners of War Lists / National Archives file WO392/11.

THOMAS, J.S.

Independent Companies and Special Service Battalions
Layforce
Private J.S. Thomas, 3 Special Service Bn. was reported missing in the Middle East on 20 April 1941, later found to be a prisoner of war at Stalag 344.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists  / National Archives files WO417/24 and WO417/27.

Prisoners of War Lists / National Archives file WO392/1.
 
Notes

THOW, Henry Beverley

No 7 Commando
Bombardier Henry Thow was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 8B (344).
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/34.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/1.

Royal Artillery Attestation Records.

VAUGHAN, Charles Edward (Lt Col)

No 4 Commando
No 7 Commando
Commando Basic Training Centre
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Charles Edward Vaughan, born 1893, was originally attached to No.7 and No.4 Commando before taking up his role as the Commandant of the newly formed Commando Depot (CBTC) at Achnacarry.

WALSH, Percy John

No 7 Commando
Bombardier Percy Walsh was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 4C.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/34.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/1.
Royal Artillery Attestation Records.

WARD, A.G.

No 7 Commando

Private Ward 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 WO417/33.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

WESTWATER, Alexander

No 7 Commando
SAS
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Died on war service
Sergeant Alexander Westwater DCM, formerly 7 Commando and SAS,  was killed in Italy after an explosion in what is described as a battle accident whilst serving with the Royal Artillery (AFHQ).
[Source: Royal Artillery Deaths 1939-1946, Form RH, stamped RA Record Office Field Branch]
 

WHITE, Harold

Harold White 7 Commando and SAS
No 7 Commando
SAS
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Harold White was awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry whilst serving with 'L' Detachment, Special Air Service Brigade, having left the Commando after operations in Crete.
Recommendation
(by Lt. Col. A.D. Stirling, D.S.O.)

WILSON, Peter

Peter Wilson 7 Commando
No 7 Commando

Lance Bombardier Peter Wilson was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/34
Prisoners of War / National Archives files WO392/1.
[Image] His son an namesake Peter Wilson.
 

WYLIE, Kenneth Neil

No 7 Commando
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Temporary Major Kenneth Wylie, B.A. was second in command of No.7 Commando. During operations on Crete he was placed in command replacing the sick Lt. Col. Colvin and was subsequently captured by the enemy [1]
  • He was transported to Germany and imprisoned at Oflag O9/AH at Spangenberg [2].

YOUNG, D.A.

No 7 Commando

Private D.A. Young  was reported missing believed prisoner of war on 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to be imprisoned at Stalag 4B. 


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