BROWN, Jack

Rank: 
Trooper
Unit/Base: 
'Layforce'
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Armoured Corps Yorkshire Hussars
Service: 
Army
Number: 
326038
P.O.W. number: 
96212
Honours & Awards: 
Died : 
Saturday, July 8, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
26
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Trooper Jack Brown, 'D' Bn., Layforce, was reported missing 2 June 1941 at Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war. In 1944 he was shot and killed whilst attempting to escape. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service.
Service
The Tank Museum archives record the following:
  1. "X"1 list Depot Commando Training and Holding Unit 2/2/41 (Yorkshire Hussars 6/41) 
  2. Reported missing believed POW (Cas. 133/41). 
  3. Prisoner of War (Cas. 215/41) 
  4. Reported died whilst POW (while escaping) 8/7/44 (Cas.154/44).
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/27, WO417/30, and WO417/79.
Prisoners of war: action logs of deaths and woundings; books 1-3 / National Archives WO361/1937.
MiD - London Gazette 37194, page 3860.
Tank Museum archives
Westminster Abbey Commando Roll of Honour file ref. National Archives DEFE/2/843.
The Middle East Commandos, author Charles Messenger.
 
Notes
  • "Depot Commando Training and Holding Unit." This Depot came into being mid December 1940 and was formally established at Geneifa beside the Great Bitter Lake under the command of Maj. D.W. Melville MC on the 25th January 1941. Its role to provide training and reinforcements for 50, 51, and 52 Commandos who were all deployed at the time, and also as a Holding Unit for Commandos.
  • 'D' Bn. Layforce Commando was formed from 50 and 52 ME Commando and took part, in the rearguard action in Crete. 
Primary Roll of Honour: 

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