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ASHTON, Colin William

Fusilier
14241646
30 Commando Assault Unit
Lancashire Fusiliers
Lancashire Constabulary
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier Colin Ashton, 34 Army Troop, died during operations in the Aegean when his unit was attacked on Leros and bombed by enemy aircraft. He has no known grave.

BATE, James Howard

Corporal
553100
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 joined the Commando on 15 Ocotber 1940 and has no known grave. 
Son of James William and Minnie Jane Bate.

BELCHER, Thomas Eaton

Captain
94064
30 Commando Assault Unit
South Staffordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Thomas Belcher, 34 Army Troop, was killed in action during operations in the Aegean when his unit was attacked on Leros and bombed by enemy aircraft. He has no known grave.

BLACKBURN, Thomas

Trooper
321988
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

BROWN, Charles Gilbert

Private
7358386
No 9 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Died on active service
Private Charles Brown died as a result of an accident on board a ship. At the time of his death No 9 Commando were engaged in operations by the Pelopenese peninsula, Greece. They were transported to various locations on HMS Prince David. 

EMMS, Cyril Deeley

Bombardier
805557
No 7 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Bombardier Cyril Emms died during operations in Crete. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/62.
 

ENGLAND, Leslie Frank

Trooper
552907
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. Son of Arthur England and of Mary Ann England, of Cheylesmore, Coventry [1][1a][1b]
26 October 1932 attested into the Royal Tank Corps [2]

GREEN, William Alfred

Private
5933643
No 7 Commando
Suffolk Regiment
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.

HERAS, Bravlio

Known as: 
First name also seen as Braulio
Private
13808248
6100520
'Layforce'
50ME Commando
Pioneer Corps
Queen's Royal Regiment
Died on war service
Private Bravlio Heras, 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. He has no known grave.
 
Sources
CWGC.

HILL, Francis John

Trooper
324039
52ME Commando
Royal Armoured Corps Staffordshire Yeomanry
Killed in action or died of wounds
Trooper Francis Hill, 52 Middle East Commando ('D' Bn., Layforce) died during operations at Crete. He had served in the Commando since 13 January 1941.
Son of F. E. Hill and Jane Hill, of Winshill. Burton-on-Trent.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.

LUMBRERA, Francisco

Known as: 
Surname also seen as LUMBRUA
Francesco Lumbrera 50ME Commando
Private
ME/13808250
6100524
'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 has no known grave. Believed killed by Russian fire at Stalag 4C Wistritz bei Teplitz,Germany. 
 
Source
CWGC.

MCCORMICK, John

Private
3711810
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. Son of Peter McCormick and of Annie McCormick, of Bolton, Lancashire.
 
Sources
CWGC.

MCDAID, Francis

Trooper
14317298
30 Commando Assault Unit
Royal Armoured Corps
Glasgow City Police
Killed in action or died of wounds
Trooper Francis McDaid, 34 Army Troop, was killed in action during operations in the Aegean when his unit was attacked on Leros and bombed by enemy aircraft. He has no known grave. Son of William and Mary McDaid, of Glasgow.

MOYLES, Gerard

Lance Corporal
318430
Middle East Commando
'Layforce'
Cheshire Yeomanry
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Gerard Moyles died during the evacuation of allied forces from Crete. 
 
Service
The Tank Museum archives record the following:
  1. "X"1 list Posted to Depot Commando Training Wing and Holding Unit 31/1/41 (Cheshire Yeomanry 6/41) 

PARKINGTON, Oswald

Private
6085077
'Layforce'
The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) 2nd Bn.
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Oswald Parkington died during operations in Crete. Elements of Layforce were engaged in a rearguard action during the evacuation.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Westminster Abbey Commando Roll of Honour file ref. National Archives DEFE/2/843.

POLLARD, Jack Kenneth Verdon

Trooper
323901
50ME Commando
Cheshire Yeomanry
Killed in action or died of wounds
Trooper Jack Pollard 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. Son of Frank and Clara Agnes Pollard, of Altrincham, Cheshire.
Member of the Salford Harriers before the war.
Report by Trooper Weston

ROBINSON, George Edgar

George Robinson 50 Middle East Commando
Trooper
408973
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. Son of George Edgar Robinson and of Jessie Robinson, of Dundee.
Report by Trooper Weston

ROSENSTEIN, Ernest Zeno

Lance Corporal
PAL/1115
No 2 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Ernest Rosenstein died during Operation Healing 2 at Spilje, Albania. He has no known grave. Son of Max and Sophie Rosenstein, of New York City, U.S.A.

SHARMAN, Richard

Lance Sergeant
4910237
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. Son of Lilian Licence, of Derby.
 
Sources
CWGC.

SMITH, Michael Arnold

Second Lieutenant
143725
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. Son of Harry Neville Smith and of Winifred Mary Smith, of Sutton, Surrey.
 
Sources
CWGC.

TAYLOR, Graham Cecil Gordon

Temporary Captain
74627
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. He has no known grave. Son of Colonel H. W. Taylor, O.B.E., and Mrs. E. M. Taylor, of St. Minver, Cornwall.

THIRKELL-WHITE, Derek John Plantaganet

Captain
73116
Middle East Commando
Suffolk Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Derek Thirkell-White died during operations with the King's Own Regiment at Leros having left the Commando. He has no known grave. Previously served with the Middle East Commando and 1 Special Service Regiment.
Extract from 'The King's Own..The Story of a Royal Regiment' by Col. Cowper

TUNSTALL, Francis Barnard

Private
6400012
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. Son of Sydney Charles and Alice Louise Tunstall; grandson of Alice Short, of Plymouth.
Report by Trooper Weston

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