BURFORD, Norman Alan

Rank: 
Corporal
Unit/Base: 
7 Commando
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Engineers
Service: 
Army
Number: 
5571232
P.O.W. number: 
12249
Honours & Awards: 
Corporal Norman Burford was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field [1]. This occurred during No.7 Commando's rearguard action on Crete. On 2 June 1941 he was reported missing; found to have been taken prisoner and later transported to Stalag 383 [2][2a].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 37616, page 3115.
[2] Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/28.
[2a] POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/1.
 
Notes
Source at [2] above shows his unit as No. 3 SS Bn.  This Unit was formed by merging No 4 and 7 Commandos. It was short lived and by Feb 1941 the units had been redesignated back to individual Commando units. However in the interim period on the 31st January 1941, all of No 7 Commando, with some men from No 4 Commando, had sailed for the Middle East as part of Layforce [view]
 

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