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BALLANTYNE, Alexander A.

Lance Corporal
No 11 Commando
Queens Own Cameron Highlanders

Lance Corporal Alexander Ballantyne died whilst assigned from the Commando to Middle East Detachment 2, later redesignated 2nd Special Service Detachment (SSD 2), in Burma.

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CAWSEY, Francis William

Private
No 8 Commando
Somerset Light Infantry
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Francis Cawsey was first reported missing 29 April 1942 during operations in Burma, later corrected to missing presumed killed in action on or shortly after 13 May 1942. He is believed to have been attached from No 8 C

COULDREY, Edwin Robert

Bombardier
No 8 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Bombardier Edwin Couldrey, Special Service Detachment*, was reported missing 18 August 1942, later confirmed as having died, during operations in Burma. Royal Artillery Casualty Cards record his death as a battle casualty. He has no known grave.
 
Sources
CWGC.

GILLINGHAM, Reginald John

Company Quartermaster Sergeant
'Layforce'
Royal Armoured Corps
Company Quartermaster Sergeant Reginald Gillingham was reported missing presumed died during operations in Burma on 19 June 1942, his secondary unit recorded as 'B' Batallion Layforce on each of the casualty listings [1][2].

JOHNSTON, Robert

Known as: 
Jock
Corporal Robert Johnston 11 Commando
Corporal
No 11 Commando
Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Died on active service
Corporal Robert Johnston died of exhaustion and malaria whilst assigned from the Commando to Middle East Detachment 2, later redesignated 2nd Special Service Detachment (SSD 2), in Burma. He has no known grave.
  • 9 June 1941 (Private) wounded during Operation Exporter at Litani River, Syria.

LACEY, Leonard Frank

Private
No 8 Commando
Somerset Light Infantry
Died on active service

Private Leonard Lacey died whilst a prisoner of war. He had been assigned from the Commando to Middle East Detachment 2, later redesignated 2nd Special Service Detachment (SSD 2), in Burma.

LOCKINGTON, Arthur

Trooper
50ME Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Died on war service

Trooper Arthur Lockington died whilst assigned from the Commando to Middle East Detachment 2, later redesignated 2nd Special Service Detachment (SSD 2), in Burma.

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MCKENNA, Edward Thomas

Lance Corporal
'Layforce'
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Border Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Edward McKenna, King's Regiment and Special Service, was wounded during operations in Crete on 28 May 1941. On the 31st March 1944 he is listed with the Border Regiment and killed in action in Burma.
 
Sources
CWGC.

MILLER, John

Private
No 8 Commando
East Surrey Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Miller was one of a contingent from Layforce (No 8 Commando)  who were attached to Middle East Detachment 2, later known as 2nd Special Service Detachment or SSD2, for operations in the Far East.

NICHOLLS, Frank Raymond Jocelyn

Captain
No 7 Commando
Royal Artillery
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds

Captain Frank Nicholls, No 7 Commando and Layforce, was killed whilst attached to No 1 Special Service Detachment. There is a plaque in his honour inside Stratton Parish Church and he is also remembered on their War Memorial.

REDWOOD, Albert C.

Sergeant
No 7 Commando
Dorsetshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Albert Redwood died [1] having left the Commando and joined Force 136, the S.O.E.  At the time of his death he was part of Operation Ramrose, team Fox at Myothit - Irrawaddy. 
 
Extract from a Force 136 battle casualty report about his death [2].

RICHARDSON, Arthur

WO2 Company Sergeant Major
No 8 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Company Sergeant Major Arthur Richardson was reported missing presumed killed in action during operations in Burma. He is believed to have been one of a contingent from Layforce who were attached to Middle East Detachment 2, later known as 2nd Special Service Detachment or SSD2, for operations in the Far East.
 
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SCANES, Lewis Ralph

Trooper
No 8 Commando
1st Royal Dragoons Royal Armoured Corps
Died on war service
Trooper Lewis Scanes was reported missing presumed died during operations in Burma on or shortly after 19 June 1942, his secondary unit shown simply as "Commando" on each of the casualty listings [1][2].
  • The Westminster Abbey Commando Roll of Honour lists his Unit as No.8 Commando [3][notes]
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SMITH, William James

Trooper
'Layforce'
Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Trooper William Smith was reported missing August 1942 during operations in Burma, later presumed killed in action on or shortly after 31 August 1942. He was attached to the Special Service Detachment and has no known grave. 
Son of William Henry and Ada Emily Smith, of Enfield, Middlesex.
Service in Burma

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