'Malta detachment - Force X'
This was a detachment of 4 Officers and some 60 OR's formed December 1940 from volunteers within 'B' Company No.1 Special Service Battalion. They trained at Gourock using Submarines and Folbots. After training the Force embarked from Greenwich joining a convoy for Malta.
On arrival the Force came under naval command at the base of the 10th (Malta) Submarine Flotilla, Officer Commanding Captain George Simpson RN. They were redesignated as No.1 Section Egyptian Detail. Their own base was Manoel Island, Malta, from where they engaged in clandestine operations from submarines including HMS Upholder, HMS Upright, HMS Utmost, and HMS Triumph.
After a few months some of the Force was dispersed to other specialist units or returned to the UK. By this time 'B' Company No.1 Special Service Bn., had been redesignated as No. 2 Commando.
Captain Larry Taylor remained with a Force of about 20 men conducting operations until August after which those left were dispersed mainly to the SBS or SAS.
Amongst the OR's:
LSgt. Robert Brown;
Pte's Luke Auld, John 'Nobby' Clark, Les Forshaw, Bob Lowson, Bill Page, John McGarrity, Les Prout, Norman Rolph, Bill Stalker, Eric Mitchell, Jack Smith (Capt. Taylor's batman); and Rfn. Albert Andrews.
Dennis Reeves, Liverpool Scots Regimental Museum.
Recommendation for awards written by Captain George Walter Gillow Simpson, RN (Schofiled , De Nobriga, and others)