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BORWICK, Michael George

Temporary Captain (later Lieutenant Colonel)
50ME Commando
Royal Scots Greys, Royal Armoured Corps
Mentioned in Despatches
Deputy Lieutenant (DL)
  • 25 February 1941, Kastelorizzo, Captain, 50 Middle East Commando, engaged in Operation Abstention [1].
  • 28 March 1941, Geneifa, Captain, 'C' Company, 'D' Bn., Layforce [2].

CLEMENT, Robert Andrew

No 3 Commando
Royal Scots Fusiliers
Territorial Decoration (TD)
27.12.1941, Lieutenant, 2 Troop, Operation Archery, Vaagso, Norway [1]
19.08.1942, Lieutenant, Operation Jubilee, Dieppe, France, wounded and prisoner of war [2].


No 3 Commando
King's Own Royal Regiment
Lieutenant John Cummings was reported missing 13 September 1943 after being seriously wounded and taken prisoner of war during operations in Italy. After recovery from his wounds he was repatriated to the UK the following year.

DAWNAY, Guy Nicholas

Lieutenant (later Major)
No 3 Commando
South Wales Borderers
Lieutenant Guy Dawnay was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later found to be a prisoner of war.

Released from captivity in 1945 he remained in military service with the South Wales Borderers until 1967, final rank attained Major.


Second Lieutenant
No 2 Independent Company
Royal Welch Fusiliers, 6th Bn.

Second Lieutenant John Fitton was reported prisoner of war during operations at Pothus, Norway (Scissors Force). He was captured on 26 May 1940. Previously wrongly reported missing believed killed.

FLOOD, John Alexander Mackintosh

Temporary Captain (later Major)
No 7 Commando
King's Own Scottish Borderers, 7th Bn.
Captain John Alexander Mackintosh Flood was captured 1 June 1941 during operations in Crete. Postgraduate student enlisted 30 September 1939. Resided Streatham, London. Remained in service post war. Transferred to the Royal Army Educational Corps, promoted Major. Retired 30 September 1962.

HOWIE, Robert Cullen

General List
28 March 1941 Acting Quartermaster 'D' Bn Layforce HQ.
2 June 1941 (Lieutenant) prisoner of war Crete.
52 Middle East Commando War Diary 28 March 1941 ('D' Bn Layforce Officers).

JONES, Richard Babington

Lieutenant (later Major)
52ME Commando
Staffordshire Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps
Royal Artillery
Territorial Efficiency Medal
09.03.1940 commissioned Second Lieutenant, Staffordshire Yeomanry [1].
01.11.1940 (Second Lieutenant) posted to 52 Middle East Commando at Geneifa [2].
28.03.1941 serving in 'D' Company, 52 Middle East Commando [2].

LYMBERY, John Graham

Sherwood Foresters 1st Bn.
Lieutenant John Lymbery from Dulwich, London, was captured 1 June 1941 during operations in Crete whilst attached to 'D' Bn., Layforce. He remained in captivity for the rest of the war. Enlisted 20 April 1938 whilst a Medical Student at the University of London. Embarked for the Middle East.

MCGIBBON, Robert Lorne

Robert Lorne McGibbon 50ME Commando
Lieutenant (later Captain)
50ME Commando
Leicestershire Regiment 2nd Bn.
1939-1940 served in Palestine before joining No.50 Middle East Commando [1][1a].
28.03.1941 Lieutenant, 'B' Company, 'D' Bn., Layforce at Geneifa [2].

OSMOND, Charles Geoffrey

Charles Geoffrey Osmond 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Devonshire Regiment
Military Cross (MC)
Territorial Efficiency Medal
Captain Charles Geoffrey Osmond was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations on 19 August 1942 at Dieppe, France, during which he was severely wounded and taken prisoner of war.

RUSSELL, Douglas Alexander

Douglas Russell MC 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
North Staffordshire Regiment
Military Cross (MC)
Second Lieutenant Douglas Russell was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant conduct in action with the enemy. He was serving with with the North Staffordshire Regiment as part of the British Expeditionary Force in Belgium in 1940 [1][1a].


50ME Commando
Queen's Royal Regiment

Private Manuel Sanchez, a Spanish volunteer attached to 'D' Bn. Layforce, was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
Casualty Lists  / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/35.

SMALE, Kenneth William Ridley

40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant Kenneth Smale was awarded the Military Cross for bravery, endurance and inspiring devotion to duty whilst serving in Commando operations in the raid on Dieppe, 19th August, 1942, after which he was a prisoner of war in Germany, August 1942—May 1945.


No 3 Commando
Royal Scots Fusiliers

Fusilier James Spiers was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later found to be a prisoner of war.

WILLS, Richard Lloyd Joseph

No 3 Commando
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Captain Richard Wills was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service during operations at Dieppe 19 August 1942 during which he was shot in the neck and became a prisoner of war [1][1a][2]. There is an additional reference to this in our entry for Gunner Hub

WRIGHT, Henry Walter

Henry Walter Wright 3 Commando
Lieutenant (later Major)
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Lancashire Fusiliers
17.08.1932 attested into the Royal Artillery.
16.08.1938 released to Army Reserve.
04.10.1939 mobilized for service Royal Artillery.
07-11-1940 Sergeant (Royal Artillery) attached to No.3 Commando.

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