LILLEY, Ernest Thomas

Guardsman (later RSM 21 SAS)
Coldstream Guards & South Staffordshire Regiment
Lance Sergeant Ernest Thomas Lilley was awarded the Military Medal serving with 'L' Detachment Special Air Service having left the Commando [1]. He had previously served in No. 8 Commando [2].
This NCO was cut off and captured after a raid on Berka aerodrome in May 1942. Although completely unarmed he subsequently managed to surprise and strangle his guard and so return by himself to the R.V. He has distinguished himself by great coolness and courage in other raids. [Recommended by Lt.Col. A.D. Stirling DSO. [3].
  • Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Middle East, rank Sergeant (Acting C.Q.M.S.) [4].
  • 1952 Regimental Sergeant Major, 21 Special Air Service Regiment (Artists)(TA) awarded the British Empire Medal. [Recommended by Lt Col. Newman VC.] [5][6].
[1] London Gazette  35799, page 5142.
[2] CA Newsletter 25 of 1957 & CA Lost Legion list 7.
[3] National Archives file WO 373/46/50.
[4] London Gazette 36327, page 264 issued january 1944.
[5] London Gazette 39421, page 28.
[6] National Archives file WO 373/159/305.

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