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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.

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.
German Record Cards of POW's / National Archives file WO416/5/264.
 

ASHFORD-RUSSELL, Brian Harborough

No 7 Commando
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). 
 
The death of Major Brian Harborough Ashford-Russell OBE of Alresford, Hants., was announced in Commando Association newsletter 116 issued Feb. 2003.
 
Sources
MBE - London Gazettes Supp. 36850, page 5845.

ASTBURY, Albert Ernest

No 6 Commando
No 7 Commando
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.
Extract from the Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail Tuesday 24 April 1945.

BARWICK, A.

No 7 Commando

Private Barwick 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 WO417/34.
Prisoners of War Lists / National Archives file WO3921/1.

BEASLEY, Frederick

No 7 Commando
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.
 

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, C.

No 7 Commando

Lance Corporal Booker was reported wounded and a prisoner of war 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/32.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

BRISTOW, William Frederick

No 7 Commando
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.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/29 and WO417/41.
Royal Artillery Other Ranks: Casualty Cards 1939-1947.

BURFORD, Norman Alan

No 7 Commando
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
[1] London Gazette 37616, page 3115.
[2] Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/28.

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, W.J.

No 7 Commando
Layforce

Corporal W.J. Cantley was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941; found to have been taken prisoner and later transported overseas spending his captivity in Stalag 3A and to Stalag 344.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/28 and WO417/34.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/1 and WO392/11.

CARR, T.

No 7 Commando

Corporal Carr, R.A.M.C. attached No.7 Commando, 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.
Prisoners of War Lists / National Archives file WO3921/1.

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.
 

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.

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.
Records of Deaths in England and Wales / Dover, Kent
 

COX, Charles Frederick

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.

CRAMPTON, Jack Barraclough

No 7 Commando
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.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/81/257.
 
Notes

CROSBIE, John

No 7 Commando
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.
"Dumfries Commando Dies Of Wounds :-  James Crosbie, 32 Shakespeare Street, Dumfries, has received intimation from the War Office that his son, Pte. John Crosbie, K.O.S.B., who was reported as wounded and missing while serving as a Commando in Crete two years ago, must now be presumed to have died of wounds." [2].

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.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 78 issued March 1984.
 
Notes
  • Commando Association newsletter above list his unit as No.7 Commando.

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.
 

DICKERSON, L.J.

No 7 Commando

Private Dickerson, R.A.M.C. attached No.7 Commando, 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.
Prisoners of War Lists / National Archives file WO3921/1.

DUGUID, W.D.

No 7 Commando

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

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

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.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1 and WO392/11.
 

ELSE, John

No 7 Commando
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.
 

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.
Prisoner of War - Escapers & evaders - MI9 report / National Archives WO208/3343 and WO208/5395.
 
 

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
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
"Farrington was captured in Crete in June 1941, and held a prisoner in Germany and Poland. His first escape was in September 1941. He slipped from a column of new prisoners arriving at Luckenwalde but was arrested next night and sent to Berlin.

FLYNN, John

No 4 Commando
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].
Recommendation

FORD, Dennis

No 7 Commando
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, J.

No 7 Commando

Corporal Fox was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/33.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

FREEMAN, Frederick Edward, L.

No 7 Commando
Private Frederick Freeman was reported missing 2 June 1941 in Crete; found to have been taken prisoner and later transported to Stalag 4A.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/34.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 108 issued March 1999.
Peterborough Register of Deaths.
 

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.
20 April 1941 Cyrenaica, Middle East, Missing - Prisoner of War ( Bardia raid).
 
Sources
Service Record extract on CVA Forum.
Casualty Lists WO417/24 and 25.

GAYLARD, Albert Jack

No 7 Commando
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
[1] Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/27.

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.

GRAHAM, J.

No 7 Commando

Lance Corporal Graham 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.
 

GREEN, William Alfred

No 7 Commando
Layforce

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
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
CWGC.
Prisoners of War 1939 - 45 / National Archives file WO392/1.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/ 28 and WO417/93.

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.

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.
Royal Tank Corps Enlistment Records, 1919-1934.

HAYWARD, A.N.

No 7 Commando

Lance Corporal 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.

HERD, J.

No 7 Commando
Layforce

Sapper J. Herd was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941; found to have been captured and later imprisoned at Stalag 4B and at Stalag 4C.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/28 and WO417/32.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/11 and WO392/1.

HILDRETH, Sidney James

No 7 Commando
LCpl. Sidney Hildreth, formerly 7 Commando, was killed whilst attached to 'L' Detachment SAS.  He left the Commando to join the SAS on the 30th August 1941. He was fatally injured parachuting into the SAS first raid, Operation Squatter, an abortive attack against airfields at Tmimi and Gazala. 
 

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

[1] Royal Artillery Attestations 1883-1942.
[2] Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
[3] Prisoners of War Lists / National Archives file WO3921/1.

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.
 

LISTER, Dudley Stuart

Dudley Stuart Lister MC
No 10 Commando
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].
  • 1918 (Second Lieutenant)(The Buffs) awarded the Military Cross in recognition of conspicuous gallantry [2]

MALLETT, J.

No 7 Commando

Sergeant J. Mallett was reported missing believed a prisoner of war on 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later imprisoned at Stalag 383.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28 and WO417/30.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 and WO382/11.

Notes
Surname also seen spelt as MALLET.
 

MATTHEWMAN, John Stewart

No 7 Commando

Served in No.7 Commando before moving to Mission 204 and 1 SSD in the Far East. Post war member of the Commando Association and the Burma Star Association residing in Boston, Lincolnshire.

Sources
Commando Association Newsletter 101 issued September 1995.
Burma Star Association Membership no. M/483/54.
 

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
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.
In 1944 he managed to successfully escape from Stalag 344 in Poland and was eventually repatriated back to the UK on 24 September 1944. He was subsequently awarded the Military Medal in recognition of his gallant and distinguished service.
Post war member of the Commando Association from Cambuslang, Lanarkshire.
 

MCGUNNIGLE, William Mitchell Pollock

William McGunnigle
No 7 Commando
No 10 Commando
No 4 Commando
'B' Company, 6th Bn. HLI.
Volunteered for Commandos.
'G' Troop No.7 Commando.
HQ Troop No.10(IA) Commando.
'D' Troop No.4 Commando, Normandy.
Wounded 25 July 1944 Breville.
Emigrated to Canada post war.
Remembered at the National Field of Honour, Pointe Claire, Quebec, Canada.
 
Sources
Commando Association newsletters 88 and 96.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/80.
[Image] His daughter Amanda.
 

MCHUGH, G.T.

No 7 Commando

Lance Corporal McHugh was reported as a prisoner of war 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/30 and WO417/96.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

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.
[2] [Image] John McKee (son).
[3] Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/68.
Royal Artillery Attestations 1938.
CVA No.7 Commando Gallery.

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
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].
Sources
[1] Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
[2] Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/21.

MEISTER, D.M.

No 7 Commando

Driver Meister was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 344.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/72.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

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.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 102 issued March 1996.

MUNACHEN, J.

No 7 Commando

Corporal Munachen was reported missing during operations in Cyrenaica on 16/17 November 1941, later found to be a prisoner of war at Stalag 383.

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.

PATERNOSTER, Harry

No 7 Commando

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.
 

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

No 7 Commando
Sergenat Bendon Raeside was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 4B.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/33.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/1.

Royal Artillery Attestation Records.

REDWOOD, Albert C.

No 7 Commando
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.
 
Notes
  • Commando Association newsletter above list his unit as No.7 Commando.

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
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
[1] Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/21.

ROBERTSON, W.T.

No 7 Commando

Private Robertson was reported missing during operations at Cyrenaica. Later found to be a prisoner of war in Stalag 344.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files 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
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 'D' Battalion of Layforce [1]
Service History [2]
13 February 1938 enlisted at Ely into the T.A.*
3 September 1939 mobilised with the Cambridgeshire Regiment.
1940 volunteered for the Commandos.
1941 No.7 Commando designated as 'D' Bn., Layforce.
Served with Layforce in North Africa and Crete.

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, 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.
Prisoners of War Lists / National Archives file WO392/11.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 115 issued Sept 2002.
 

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.

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.

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
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
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.)

WYLIE, Kenneth Neil

No 7 Commando
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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