Camp 5, Gavi, Piedmont, Italy

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FREEMAN, Thomas Louis

No 7 Commando
Service Record
5 March 1940 enlisted Suffolk Regiment.
11 June 1940 posted 2nd Bn The Cambridgeshire Regiment.
25 October 1940 attached No.7 Commando.
11 June 1940 3 Special Service Battalion.
8 April 1941  'A' Battalion Layforce.
20 April 1941 Cyrenaica, Middle East, Missing - Prisoner of War ( Bardia raid).
Service Record extract on CVA Forum.
Casualty Lists WO417/24 and 25.


No 11 Commando
Gunner James Gornall, 3 troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field [1]. He took part in Operation Exporter at Litani River and was captured after Operation Flipper, the raid on Rommel's HQ. for which he would later be awarded the M.M. Imprisoned initially at Gavi Camp in Italy and later at Stalag 4 C.
Post war member of the Commando Association he remained in service for 30 years, final rank attained was Sergeant. He ran the Recruiting Office in Chester before finally retiring there.

PAXTON, Charles Henry

No 11 Commando

Private Charles Paxton, 10 Troop, was reported missing on 24 November 1941 after Operation Flipper, the raid on Rommel's HQ in Libya, and later found to be a prisoner of war.

Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/36.
Prisoners of War / National Archives files WO392/1, WO392/11, and WO392/21.
Photo of 10 Troop in Gallery.

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