COLVIN, Felix Beale

Lieutenant Colonel
Unit / Base: 
7 Commando
Dorsetshire Regiment
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Acting Lieutenant Colonel Felix Beale Colvin was Commanding Officer of No.7 Commando until taken sick  during operations on Crete. Major Wylie was appointed by Laycock to take his place [1].
Lt. Col. Colvin was taken prisoner of war and subsequently received a Mention in Despatches for his actions whilst in captivity  [2][3].
"Following his capture on Crete on 1 June 1941 Lt. Col. Colvin was imprisoned in Greece and Germany. For three years he served as an active member of the Escape Committee at Oflag IX A/H (Spangenberg) being mainly concerned with the security angle. In addition Lt. Col. Colvin was in secret communication with the War Office." [3].
  • 29 February 1956 ceases, through age, to belong to the T.A. Reserve of  Officers,  retaining the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel [4].
[1] Middle East Commandos, author Charles Messenger
[2] London Gazette 37396, page 6189.
[3] National Archives file WO373/100/542.
[4] London Gazette 40719, page 1218.
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