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ABDALE, Edward

52ME Commando
Private Edward Abdale was reported missing on 2nd June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been wounded and taken prisoner of war. He was transported to Stalag 383 in Germany. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/27 and WO417/54.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

ABERDIEN, Archibald

45RM Commando
Marine Archibald Aberdien was taken prisoner of war on 8 June 1944 during operations in Normandy, France.
 
Sources
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Achives file WO392/7.
Royal Marine POWs / National Archives file ADM201/111.

ABRAHAMS, Arthur Thomas

No 7 Commando
Private Arthur Abrahams was reported missing believed a prisoner of war on 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete.  Later imprisoned at Stalag 344 in Poland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.
 

ABRAM, Cyril Henry

No 2 Commando
Executed
Rifleman Cyril Abram was one of the seven men of No. 2 Commando who were captured after Operation Musketoon, and later executed under Hitler's Commando Execution Order, at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Berlin, 1942.

ADAMSON, Alexander Naismith

Middle East Commando
Lance Corporal Alexander Adamson, Depot M.E. Commando, was reported missing on 2nd June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 3D in Germany.
 
Sources
[1] Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/27, WO417/96
[2] Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

ADAMSON, Ronald H.

Middle East Commando
Private Ronald Adamson, Depot M.E. Commando, was reported missing on 2nd June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 3D in Germany.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

ALBALADEJO, Alexander

50ME Commando
Private Alexander Albaladejo, a Spanish volunteer attached to 'D' Bn. Layforce, was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941; found to have been wounded, captured and later transported to Stalag 344.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/30; WO417/34; and WO417/92.

ALLEN, Ronald

No 7 Commando
Driver Ronald Allen was reported missing believed a prisoner of war on 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later imprisoned at Stalag 4A and Stalag 4B.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

ALTASS, Derek

No 6 Commando
Private Altass was reported as missing on 26 February 1943 and later found to be a prisoner of war in Italy and later in Germany. There is no Camp number in Italy listed. The German POW camp is listed as 101 [see notes below].
The date coincides with No.6 Commando's action in what became known as the Battle for Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia.

ALVAREZ, Jose

'Layforce'
Corporal Jose Alvarez, a Spanish volunteer attached to 'D' Bn. Layforce, was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/35..
Prisoners of War Lists, Second World War, 1943-1945. / National Archives file WO392/20.

ANDREWS, William

50ME Commando
Sergeant William Andrews was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 383. Post war member of the Commando Association from Bow, London.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

ANNETTS, George Henry

No 1 Commando
Corporal George Annetts was reported missing during operations in North Africa 2 March 1943, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/58; WO417/59.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

ARMITAGE, H.E.

No 2 Commando

Private H.E. Armitage was reported missing on 13 September 1943 [1] during operations at Salerno, Italy. He was last seen patrolling the Eastern slopes of Liberatore Hill [2]. Later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 4DZ in Germany [3].

ARMSTRONG, R.

No 3 Commando

Private R. Armstrong was reported missing on 14 July 1943 during operations in Sicily, later found to be a prisoner of war. Transported to Stalag 18A in Austria.
Post war member of the Commando Association from Largs, Ayrshire.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/65 and WO417/66.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.

ASHCROFT, Arthur

Arthur Ashcroft
Arthur Ashcroft 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Private Arthur Ashcroft, 5 Troop, was one of the Commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot , the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Wounded and taken prisoner war after the raid, he was later transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
  • 25 April 1940 posted to 'X' Company 1st Liverpool Scottish.

ASPDEN, Jack

No 9 Commando
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Lance Bombardier Jack Aspden was one of the Commando contingent on board ML 267 for the raid at St. Nazaire. The launch was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the 11 Commandos, and all bar 5 of the RN crew,  on board were killed [1a]. Jack Aspden was taken prisoner of war and transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland [2].

ASTBURY, Albert Ernest

No 6 Commando
No 7 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Albert Astbury, No.6 Commando, died during operations in Germany [1]. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting at the River Aller crossing. He had earlier served with No.7 Commando and was taken prisoner of war in 1941 [2][2a] but escaped in 1943 [3]. He then joined No.6 Commando.

AUSTIN, James Herbert

James Austin 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Bombardier James Austin was reported missing 6 June 1944 whilst serving in the Adriatic, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/82.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.
CBF List of No.2 Cdo.

BACKHOUSE, Charles, R.

Charles Backhouse 2 commando and 1st SAS
SAS
Mentioned in Despatches
Charles Backhouse served with No.2 Commando before joining the 1st S.A.S. [1].
He received a Mention in Despatches for his escape having been taken prisoner of war whilst serving with the 1st SAS [2].
Recommendation 

BAILEY, Arthur, A.

46RM Commando
Marine Arthur Bailey, B troop, was taken prisoner of war during operations at Rots and le Hamel, Normandy, on 11 June 1944. 
 
Sources
[1] CVA Gallery image of 'B' Troop.
[2] National Archives files ADM201/111 and WO392/7.

BALE, John Henry

No 1 Commando
Private John Bale was reported missing 2 December 1942 during operations in North Africa (Tunisia), later found to be a prisoner of war in Italy [1][1a].
1943 escaped from captivity to a neutral country [2][2a].
1944 repatriated back to the UK [3].

BANKS, Ronald Douglas

No 3 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Private Ronald Banks, attached to Commando Group,  was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the field [1]. 
  • 19 August 1942 (Private) No.3 Commando) was reported missing during operations at Dieppe, France, later found to be a prisoner of war [2].

BARBOUR, Alexander, E.

No 7 Commando
Private Alexander Barbour was reported missing on 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/30.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/18/68.
 

BARNES, Reginald Arthur

No 3 Commando
Fusilier Barnes was reported wounded and missing 7 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. Later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/81 and WO418/82.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.

BARNETT, William Henry

50ME Commando
Fusilier William Barnett was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 3D.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

BARRETT, Edwin Charles

No 3 Commando
Private Edwin Barrett was taken prisoner during operations at Dieppe and later transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf Poland..
 
Sources
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/52.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/20/227.
 

BARROSO, Montiano

50ME Commando

Lance Sergeant Montiano Barroso, a Spanish volunteer attached to 'D' Bn. Layforce, was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941; found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 383.
 
Sources
[1] Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/35..

BARROW, Henry

41RM Commando
Sources
RM Prisoners of War / National Archives file ADM201/111 and WO392/7 (Marlag and Milad Nord).
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/20/418 (Stalag 12A)
 

BARRY, J.

No 6 Commando

Private Barry was reported missing during operations in North Africa on 26 February 1943 (Battle for Steamroller Farm) later found to be a prisoner of war.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/59.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

BATEMAN, Sidney Gordon

No 7 Commando
Bombardier Sidney Bateman was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to be a prisoner of war. Post war member of the Commando Association from Bedfordshire.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/30.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

BELL, William White

No 2 Commando
Acting Lance Corporal William Bell, 6 Troop, embarked on board motor launch ML 192 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942 [1]
Reported missing after the raid, found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland [2][3].
 
Sources

BIBBEY, Newman James

46RM Commando
Marine Newman Bibbey, B troop, was taken prisoner of war during operations at Rots and le Hamel, Normandy, on 11 June 1944. 
 
Sources
[1] CVA Gallery image of 'B' Troop.
[2] National Archives files ADM201/111.
[3] The Story of 46RM Commando by Capt. P.K.W. Johnson RM.

BIRCH, Frederick

Fred Birch 7 Commando
Sergeant Frederick Birch 7 Commando
No 7 Commando
51ME Commando
Sergeant Frederick Birch served in No.7 Commando taking part in operations at Bardia and Crete before moving to 51 Middle East Commando. He was attached to 'C' Bn Layforce for Operation Flipper after which he was taken prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/36, WO417/37, and WO417/96.

BIRD, R.D.

No 7 Commando
Private Bird was reported missing 20 April 1941 (Bardia raid) later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Source
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives WO417/24.
Prisoners of War Lists / National Archives file WO392/1 and WO392/21.

BISHOP, Ronald, C.

No 1 Commando
Private Ronald Bishop was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 306 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Wounded and taken prisoner he was later imprisoned at Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-1945 / National Archives file WO417/43.

BLACK, Graeme Delamere

No 2 Commando
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Military Cross (MC)
Executed
Captain Graeme Black DSO, MC, was executed whilst a Prisoner of War. He was one of the seven Commandos of No. 2 Commando who were captured after Operation Musketoon, and later executed under Hitler's Commando Execution Order, at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Berlin, 1942. 

BLACKWELL, Alun Trevor

No 2 Commando
S.O.E.
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Private Alun Blackwell enlisted with the South Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales Volunteers) in October 1939. In 1940 he volunteered for the Independent Companies and took part in the Scissors Force expedition to Norway. He was later selected for a Special Operations Executive operation in Tunisa in 1941.

BLYTHE, William

Bill Blythe 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company

Lance Corporal William Blythe, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 177 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid, found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.

BOAST, E.A.

50ME Commando

Corporal Boast was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 383.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

BOGLE, James

James Bogle 11 Commando
No 11 Commando

Private James Bogle was reported missing 24 November 1941 after Operation Flipper, the raid on Rommel's HQ, later found to be a prisoner of war. After his release in 1945 he served two years in Germany in the Scottish Rifles*.

BOOKER, Clifford

No 7 Commando
Lance Corporal Clifford Booker was reported wounded and a prisoner of war 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete [1][2]. He had been captured on 29 May 1941 [3].
 
Sources
[1] Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/32.
[2] Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

BOYLE, Peter, J.

50ME Commando
Fusilier Peter Boyle was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

BRADLEY, J.R.

No 7 Commando

Private Bradley was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war. He had been captured on 29 May 1941.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/33.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 and 11.

BRADLEY, John Stanton

52ME Commando
Guardsman John Bradley, a Journalist born in Margate Kent, was attested into the Coldstream Guards on 23 October 1939 aged 26.  Reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been taken prisoner of war and transported to Stalag 344 in Poland. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/27 and WO417/34.

BRADLEY, Richard

LSgt Richard Bradley MM 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant Richard Bradley, 1 troop,  was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in the field relating to his successful escape in October 1943 after being wounded and captured during the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942.

BRANSCOMBE, L.

No 6 Commando

Gunner Branscombe was reported missing in North Africa on 26 February 1943 (Battle of Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia), later found to be a prisoner of war initially in Italy before being transported to Austria.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/60.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1,  WO392/11 and WO392/21.

BRETT, Gerrard

No 12 Commando
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant Gerrard Brett was awarded the Military Cross [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 27/28 March 1942. He embarked on board HMS Campbeltown [2], was taken prisoner after the raid and sent to Stalag 3D Berlin-Steglitz [3].

BRIGHT, Gerald Kitchener

No 5 Commando
Lance Sergeant Gerald Bright embarked on board HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was taken prisoner after the raid and transported to Stalag 357 at Oerbke, Nr. Fallingbostel.

Sources
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1 and WO392/11.

BRINKLEY, J.

No 2 Commando

Private J. Brinkley was reported missing on 13 September 1943 [1] during operations at Salerno, Italy. He was last seen patrolling the Eastern slopes of Liberatore Hill [2]. Later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 4DZ in Germany [3].

BRISTOW, William Frederick

No 7 Commando
Died whilst a prisoner of war
Gunner William Bristow died from an intestinal obstruction at Salonica Greece whilst a Prisoner of War. He had been taken prisoner during operations at Crete on 2 June 1941.
 
Sources
CWGC.
German Record Cards of British POWs / WO416/42/342.

BRITTAIN, E.

'Layforce'

Private Brittain, attached to 'D' Bn., Layforce, was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war. 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/26 and WO417/91.
Prisoners of War / National Archives files WO392/1.

BRITTLEBANK, John

No 3 Commando
No 8 Commando
SBS
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Bombardier John Brittlebank served in both No.3 and No.8 Commando [1] before joining 1 S.B.S. [2].  He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field [3].
Recommendation

BROWN, Jack

Middle East Commando
'Layforce'
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Trooper Jack Brown, 'D' Bn., Layforce, was shot and killed whilst a prisoner of war and attempting to escape. The Casualty Lists show he was captured at Crete at the time of the evacuation of allied forces.
 

BROWN, James

No 5 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Private James Brown was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in the field relating to his successful escape in October 1943 after being captured during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. 

BROWN, Louis Walter

Louis Walter (Ben) Brown 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Sergeant Louis 'Ben' Brown, aged 24 and from Liverpool, served in 5 Troop and took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Embarking on board HMS Campbeltown, he was wounded during the raid and reported missing. Later found to be a prisoner of war. Imprisoned at Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources

BRUCE, Charles

No 11 Commando

Sergeant Charles Bruce, from Brechin, Angus, was reported missing 24 November 1941 after Operation Flipper, the raid on Rommel's HQ, later found to be a prisoner of war at Camp 59 in Italy from which he managed to escape back to allied lines after the Italian Armistice. Post war member of the Commando Association last residing in Australia.

BUCKLEY, Alfred, J.T.

'Layforce'
Corporal Alfred Buckley was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

BULLEN, John

50ME Commando
Private John Bullen was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

BURFORD, Norman Alan

No 7 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
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

BURN, Michael Clive

Capt. Burn MC 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Military Cross (MC)

Captain Michael Burn, 6 troop, was awarded the Military Cross  for gallant and distinguished service during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. 

He was in charge of the commando contingent on board motor launch ML 192. Reported missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner. He was imprisoned at Oflag 4C Saalhaus Colditz.

BURT, Joseph Smith Swan

4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade

Corporal Joseph Burt, 4 Special Service Brigade, was taken prisoner of war on 7 June 1944 at Cherbourg, France.

Sources
RM Prisoners of War / National Archives file ADM201/111 (Marlag and Milag Nord).
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/52/87 (Stalag 12A).

BUSHE, Patrick

Paddy Bushe 2 Commando
No 2 Commando

Rifleman Patrick Bushe, 6 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 177 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Initially reported as missing he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.

BUTLER, Ronald Herbert

No 1 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant Ronald Butler was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during Operation Chariot, the raid on St. Nazaire. He was one of the Commando contingent on board HMS Campbeltown and was a prisoner of war after the raid.
Recommendation

BUXTON, L.J.

No 8 Commando
Lance Bombardier Buxton was wounded 12 June 1941 during operations in Libya [1].
  • 18 January 1943 reported missing during operations in Libya later found to be a prisoner of war [2][3].
Sources
[1] Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/26.

BYRNE, John Vincent

John Vincent Byrne DCM
No 11 Commando
SAS
No 6 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
3 May 1940 wounded at Dunkirk France serving as a Private with 1st Bn. Gordon Highlanders, British Expeditionary Force [1].
Attached to and served with No.11 Commando 8 Troop (Layforce) until disbanded [5][7]. 
Joined 'L' Detachment Special Air Service 1941 attaining rank of Corporal [2][3][3a]

CADDIS, James

No 3 Commando

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

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/52.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/53/431.
 

CALLAWAY, Thomas, F.

Thomas Callaway12 Commando
No 12 Commando
Corporal Thomas Callaway was one of the commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942.
Reported missing after the raid, found to have been taken prisoner and later transported to Stalag 357 at Oerbke, Nr. Fallingbostel.
 
Sources

CAMPBELL, Hugh Alexander Henry

No 7 Commando
Gunner Hugh Campbell was reported missing believed a prisoner of war on 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete.  Later imprisoned at Stalag 4A in Germany.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.
Royal Artillery Attestations 1938.
 

CAMPBELL, Roderick

No 7 Commando

Gunner Roderick Campbell was reported missing believed a prisoner of war on 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later imprisoned at Stalag 4G in Germany.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.
Royal Artillery Attestations 1938.

CANNON, Peter Macdermack

No 7 Commando

Gunner Peter Cannon was reported missing believed a prisoner of war on 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete.  Later imprisoned at Stalag 4C in the Sudetenland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.
Royal Artillery Attestations 1939.

CANTLEY, William, J.

No 7 Commando
Corporal William Cantley was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/28 and WO417/34.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/1 (Stalag 344) and WO392/11 (Stalag 3A).

CARR, Francis Arthur

No 5 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Francis Carr was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] for his gallantry during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was the senior NCO of a demolition party led by Lieut Burtinshaw on board HMS Campbeltown [2].

CARR, Richard Philip

No 11 Commando
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Captain Richard Carr, 1 troop, was attached to the Commandos from the Royal Artillery. He was taken prisoner of war early in 1942 and, despite several escape attempts, remained in captivity for the remainder of the war. POW Camps Oflag 5 and Oflag 79.

CARR, Thomas

No 7 Commando

Corporal Thomas Carr, R.A.M.C. attached No.7 Commando, was reported missing during operations at Crete on 2 June 1941, later found to be a prisoner of war.

CARROLL, John Joseph

No 2 Commando

Fusilier J. Carroll, 3 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 177 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942 [1].
Reported missing after the raid, found to have been taken prisoner [2]. 
Detained at Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland, and also at Stalag 3A Luckenwalde [3].

CASSIDY, P.

52ME Commando

Private Cassidy was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations on Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/27 and WO417/33.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

CHAMBERLAIN, W.W.Robert, J.

No 1 Commando

Lance Sergeant Bill Chamberlain was one of the commando contingent embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid, found to have been wounded, taken prisoner, and later transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.

CHANDLER, J.H.

46RM Commando

Marine Chandler, B troop, was taken prisoner of war during operations at Rots and le Hamel, Normandy, on 11 June 1944. 
 
Sources
[1] CVA Gallery image of 'B' Troop.
[2] National Archives files ADM201/111 and WO392/7.
[3] The Story of 46RM Commando by Capt. P.K.W. Johnson RM.

CHAPMAN, Charles

Charles Chapman 7 Commando
No 7 Commando

Private Charles Chapman was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war. 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/30 and WO417/94.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
[Image] CVA Gallery.
 

CHARLWOOD, Harry

Marine Harry Charlwood 46 Commando
46RM Commando
Military Medal (MM)

Marine Harry Charlwood, 'B' troop, was awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry during the attack on Rots, Normandy.  Wounded and taken prisoner of war he was transported to Marlag and Milad Nord camp in Germany. Released when the prison camp was overrun by the 11th Armoured Division near Lubeck in May 1945. 

CHEESEMAN, H.A.

No 7 Commando
Private Alfred Cheeseman was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to be a prisoner of war. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Ontario, Canada.
 
Sources
[1] Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/29 and WO417/94.
[2] Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

CHIVERS, Frederick, J.

50ME Commando
Lance Corporal Frederick Chivers was reported missing on 2nd June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/27 and WO417/94.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 (Stalag 4A).

CHUNG, Ronald Robert Fong

Ron Chung 12 Commando
No 12 Commando
Corporal Ron Chung took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. Embarked on board HMS Campbeltown he was taken prisoner after the raid and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland. Post war Ron was a regular attendee at Commando Association events. His son Martin also completed Commando training and received his own green beret on 30 May 1980.
 

CHURCHER, George

George Churcher 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant George Churcher, 5 Troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent embarked on motor launch ML262.  Initially reported as missing he was later found to have been taken prisoner after the raid. He was transported to Stalag 344 (aka Stalag V111B) at Lamsdorf Poland.

CLAY, Alfred

No 7 Commando

Bombardier Alfred Clay was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941; found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 383.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/28.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/11.
RA Attestation records.

CLEAVELEY, Francis, G.

Francis Cleaveley 4 Commando
No 4 Commando
Private Francis Cleaveley was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/52 and WO417/94.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.

CLELLAND, F.

No 3 Commando

Fusilier Clelland was reported missing during operations at Dieppe, France, later found to be a prisoner of war in Poland.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/52.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.
 

COCKIN, Robert

Lance Corporal Robert Cockin 2 Commando
Robert Cockin 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal Robert Cockin, aged 22 and from Stockton, served in 4 Troop and took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. He embarked on Motor Launch ML 267 which was hit by enemy fire and sank.

COFORD, Alan, E.

46RM Commando
Marine Alan Coford, B troop, was taken prisoner of war during operations at Rots and le Hamel, Normandy, on 11 June 1944. 
 
Sources
[1] CVA Gallery image of 'B' Troop.
[2] National Archives file ADM201/111.
[3] The Story of 46RM Commando by Capt. P.K.W. Johnson RM.

COGGINS, Ernest Dennis

No 3 Commando
Private Ernest Dennis Coggins was reported missing on 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe France, later found to be a prisoner of war. Post war member of the Commando Association from Bristol. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/52.
Prisoners of War  / National Archives file WO392/1.

COLEMAN, Nicholas John

52ME Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal Nicholas Coleman, M.M.,  was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 4B in Germany [1][2]
  • A Labourer from West Hartlepool he was attested on 21 October 1933 aged 18 years 11 months [3]

COLGROVE, Frederick

No 7 Commando
Private Fred Colgrove was reported missing on 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to be a prisoner of war. Post war member of the Commando Association residing in Dalston, London E8.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/34.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

COOK, Frank, B.

50ME Commando
Fusilier Frank Cook was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war from 1 June 1941. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27 (army no. amended in WO417/29.)
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

COOK, George, M.

52ME Commando
Lance Corporal George Cook was reported missing 1 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/75/194.
 

COPLAND, William Oranmore

No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Territorial Decoration (TD)
Major William Copland was second in command of No 2 Commando. He served with No 4 Independent Company and then with the newly formed No 2 Cdo. He took part in Operation Chariot and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his gallantry on the raid. He was taken prisoner and subsequently held at Oflag 9A/H at Spangenberg.
Citation

CORDA, Francisco

'Layforce'
50ME Commando
Spanish volunteer who served in 'D' Bn., Layforce. Reported missing on 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been taken prisoner of war and transported to Stalag 21A at Thorn, Poland.
 
Notes/Sources
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/10 shows surname as CORDA (Stalag 21A)

COUTTS, John Davies

52ME Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Bar to the Military Medal
Corporal John Coutts was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service during his escape from a Prisoner of War Camp at Salonika, Greece [1][2].
 

COWIE, Aikman Duncan

No 7 Commando
Bombardier Aikman Cowie was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941; found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 4C.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/28.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/11.
RA Attestation records.

COX, Charles Frederick

Charles Cox 7 Commando
No 7 Commando
Private Charles Cox was reported missing on 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/33.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
[Image] Chrissie Cox.
 

COX, Victor John

No 12 Commando
Executed
Sergeant Victor John 'Jack' Cox, No 12 Commando, was assigned to No.14 Commando for Operation Checkmate.  He was captured on the raid at Kopervik in Norway on 29th April 1943.  He was imprisoned and later executed after being taken to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and shot.  
 

CRAIG, John

John Craig 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Private John Craig from Blackpool served in 'A' Section, No.2 Sub-Section of 5 Troop. He was reported missing 13 September 1943 whilst with Rfn. A. Davies in a forward section post on Hill 321 at Vietri Sul Mare, Italy, which was overrun by the enemy for a period of 2 hours. Both were later found to be prisoners of war.

CRAIG, Robert, P.

52ME Commando
Private Robert Craig was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations on Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war. In 1943 he is reported repatriated and no longer a prisoner.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/27, WO417/33 and WO417/68.

CRAMPTON, Jack Barraclough

No 7 Commando
Died whilst a prisoner of war
Lance Corporal Jack Crampton, 3 Special Service Bn. died in Berlin as a prisoner of war. He had been reported missing, later found to have been taken prisoner in Crete on 2 June 1941. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/33.

CRAWFORD, T. McG.

Middle East Commando

Private T.McG. Crawford, Depot M.E. Commando, was reported missing on 2nd June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 344 in Poland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.

CREW, John William

No 4 Commando
No 7 Commando
Sergeant John Crew, No.7 Commando, known as 'Jack', was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war from 1 June 1941. He had served in No.4 Commando prior to embarking with No.7 Commando for the Middle East. Post war member of the Commando Association from Harpenden.
 
Sources

CROSS, Walter

52ME Commando
Guardsman Walter Cross from Hull was reported wounded and missing on 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war [1][1a][3].
  • Repatriated to the UK in 1944 [2] and medically discharged 25 December 1944 due to wounds resulting in the loss of his right eye and a fractured skull [3][3a].

CRUICKSHANKS, John

No 7 Commando
Sapper John Cruickshanks was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/28 and WO417/32.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/1.

CULLEN, John

52ME Commando

Private John Cullen was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war. 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/34 and WO417/96.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/84/355.
 

CUMMINGS, John

No 3 Commando
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.
Extract from Commando Association newsletter 82

CURTIS, Eric Gordon

No 2 Commando
Executed
Private Eric Curtis was one of the seven men of No. 2 Commando who were captured after Operation Musketoon, and later executed under Hitler's Commando Execution Order, at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Berlin, 1942.
 
Sources
CWGC.

DALGLEISH, John George

No 3 Commando

Corporal John Dalgleish was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, later found to be a prisoner of war imprisoned in Poland.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/52.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.

Prisoner of War Cards / National Archives file WO416/87/25.

DARGUE, T.D.

No 7 Commando
Sergeant Dargue was reported wounded and prisoner of war 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27 and WO417/28.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
 

DARTS, Frederick Joshua

Sgt. Frederick Darts DCM No 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)

Sergeant Frederick Darts was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field during operations in Sicily [1]
Taken prisoner during the Sicily operations he was later transported to Stalag XVIIIA at Wolfsberg (Kärnten) [2]. Post war member of the Commando Association [3].

DAVIES, Arthur Henry William

A. Davies 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Rifleman Arthur Davies served in 'A' Section, No.2 Sub-Section of 5 Troop. He was reported missing 13 September 1943 whilst with Pte. John. Craig in a forward section post on Hill 321 at Vietri Sul Mare, Italy, which was overrun by the enemy for a period of 2 hours. Both were later found to be prisoners of war. 

DAVIS, Stanley Berkeley Edward

LSgt Stanley Davis 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant Stanley 'Dai' Davis, 3 Troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. Embarking on board HMS Campbeltown he was wounded and taken prisoner after the raid and transported to Stalag 383 at Hohenfels, Germany.

Sources
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/11.

DAY, Stanley Ambrose

Capt Stanley Day MC 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Military Cross (MC)
Captain Stanley Day, adjutant of No 2 Commando, was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during Operation Chariot, the raid on St. Nazaire. He was one of Lt. Col. Newman's HQ party on board MGB 314 and was taken prisoner after the raid. He was held at Oflag 9A/H at Spangenberg, Germany.
 

DAY, William, C.

No 3 Commando
Lance Corporal William Day took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire. Embarking on motor launch ML262 he was taken prisoner after the raid and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
British Army Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/11.

DE LA TORRE, Luis Eric Rupert

Luis Eric de la Torre 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Lance Corporal Eric de la Torre took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. Embarked on motor launch ML262, taken prisoner after the raid, and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland [1][2].
  • Post war honorary Secretary of the St. Nazaire Society for many years [2]

DE WAARD, Willie

Willie De Waard 10 Commando 2 Troop
No 10 Commando

Sergeant Willie De-Waard, No.10 (IA) Commando 2 Troop 'Dutch' was wounded and taken prisoner of war on 24 September 1944 during operations at Oosterbeek, Holland. He was one of the twelve Dutch commandos who were attached to the 1st Airborne for Operation Market Garden at Arnhem.

DEAN, Horace

No 7 Commando
Private Horace Dean was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to be a prisoner of war. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/32.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/92/322.
 

DEERY, Stewart

No 12 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Stewart Deery was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services during Operation Chariot at St Nazaire. He was one of the Commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown.

DEWICK, H.S.

40RM Commando
First name possibly Holford.*

Sources
RM Prisoners of War / National Archives file ADM201/111 (M&MN) and WO392/7 (Stalag 8C). 
* German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/95/414 (Closed until Jan. 2023).
 

DOCKERILL, Arthur Henry

No 1 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Lance Sergeant Arthur Dockerill was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] for his gallantry during the raid at St Nazaire. Part of a demolition team on board HMS Campbeltown led by Lieutenant Chant [2], he was later imprisoned in Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf , Poland [3].
 
Sources

DOLBY, William Arthur Watkins

No 3 Commando
Private William Dolby was reported missing 14 July 1943 during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the Bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge), later found to be a prisoner of war.
A serving Police Officer from Wombwell near Barnsley he volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes.

DOLLERY, Edmund Charles

47RM Commando
HQ Troop. Prisoner of War 7 June 1944 Port en Bessin, France.
 
Sources
Prisoners of War / National Archives files ADM 201/111 and WO392/7.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/99/148 (shows camp as Stalag XX11A Limburg).

DONALD, Matthew Ewing

45RM Commando
Marine Matthew Donald was taken prisoner of war 6 June 1944 in France.
 
Sources
RM Prisoners of War / National Archives file ADM201/111 (Marlag and Milag Nord) and WO392/7.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/99/284 (Stalag 12A).
 

DONOVAN, James

No 3 Commando
Private James Donovan was reported missing on 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe France, later found to be a prisoner of war. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/52.
Prisoners of War  / National Archives file WO392/1.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/100/87.

DREWITT, Glanville

52ME Commando
50ME Commando

Private Glanville Drewitt, 52 Middle East Commando, was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war. He also served in 50 Middle East Commando. Post war member of the Commando Association, London Branch.

DRIVER, John

No 3 Commando
Fusilier John Driver was reported missing 14 July 1943 during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the Bridge at Malati (3 Commando bridge), later found to be a prisoner of war.
A serving Police Officer from Preston he volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was Police Constable 128 residing Linnet Street, Preston.
 

DUNBAR, W.

SBS
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant W. Dunbar, 'M' Section of the  Special Boat Section, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field.

DUNGATE, Walter Henry

Sergeant Walter Dungate 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Sergeant Walter Dungate was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later found to be prisoner of war [1][1a].
  • Attested into the Royal Artillery in 1930 [2].
Sources
[1] Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/52.
[1a] Prisoners of War / Nation Archives file WO392/1.

DUNLOP, James Manson

45RM Commando
Lance Corporal James Dunlop, Medical Orderly of 'E' Troop, volunteered to remain with casualties during operations at Franceville- Plage, Normandy, 7 June 1944. He was taken prisoner and later transported to Stalag 12A in Germany.
 
Sources
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/79.

EARL, Dennis Victor

No 3 Commando
Trooper Dennis Earl was reported missing 14 July 1943 during operations in Sicily, later found to be a prisoner of war.
A serving Police Officer he volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable, single, and residing at 37 Cotham Vale, Bristol.

EDNEY, Frank Leslie

No 7 Commando
Private Frank Edney was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete; found to have been taken prisoner and subsequently transported to Stalag 8B Lamsdorf Poland (renamed Stalag 344).
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/28 and WO417/29.

EDWARDS, Denis Gold

No 5 Commando
Private Denis Edwards took part in Operation Charot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Embarking on board HMS Campbeltown he was wounded and taken prisoner. Later transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/49.

EDWARDS, P.

No 3 Commando

Guardsman Edwards was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, later found to be a prisoner of war imprisoned in Poland.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/52 and WO417/94.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

ELLIOTT, Alfred John

No 2 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Croix de Guerre (France)

Private Alfred Elliott, 3 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the Commando raid at St Nazaire on 28/29 March 1942. Embarking on board HMS Campbeltown he was taken prisoner after the raid and later imprisoned at Stalag 344 Lamsdorf* and Stalag 3A Luckenwalde**.
Recommendation

ELLIOTT, Thomas Wilson

No 3 Commando
Gunner Thomas Elliott was reported wounded and missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later found to be a prisoner of war.
Post war member of the Commando Association from Cleveland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/54.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

ELY, H.P.

No 7 Commando

Lance Corporal Ely was reported missing on 20 April 1941 during operations at Cyrenaica (Bardia raid). Later found to be a prisoner of war in Italy. In 1943 he was reported no longer a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/24, WO417/26, and WO417/69.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/21.

EMMOTT, Harry

Harry Emmott 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Company Sergeant Major Harry Emmott was reported missing on 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe France, later found to be a prisoner of war. Post war member of the Commando Association from Yatton, Avon.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/52.
Prisoners of War  / National Archives file WO392/1.

ETCHES, William Whitson

Col Bill Etches OBE MC
No 3 Commando
Military Cross (MC)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant William Etches, a veteran of the Lofoten and Vaagso raids in Norway 1941 (he received a Mention in Despatches during the latter) [1],  was awarded the Military Cross for his gallantry at St Nazaire in

EVANS, E. Michael

No 1 Commando
Acting Lance Sergeant Evans took part in the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. He embarked on Motor Launch ML 306 and was reported missing after the raid, but was subsequently found to have been taken prisoner. He was later transported to Stalag 357 at Fallingbostel, Germany.
 
Sources

EVANS, T.W.

No 7 Commando
Private Evans was reported missing 20 April 1941 during operations in Cyrenaica, later found to be a prisoner of war.
  • 10 September 1943 escaped from captivity.
Sources
Casualties Lists / National Archives file WO417/24 and WO417/26.

EVERETT, William, J.

No 3 Commando
Private William Everett was reported missing 14 July 1943 serving with No.3 Commando during operations in Sicily, later found to be a prisoner of war.
A serving Police Officer from Cardiff he volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes and resumed his Police service after the war ended.
 
Sources

EVERITT, Harry, C.

No 7 Commando
Lance Corporal Harry Everitt, a veteran of Dunkirk, was reported missing 20 April 1941 (Bardia raid) during operations at Cyrenaica, later found to be a prisoner of war. 
 
Sources
Registers of Royal Engineers 1900-1949.
Casualty Lists / National Archives WO417/15, WO417/19, WO417/24, and WO417/26.

FAHY, James or John

No 2 Commando
Private J. Fahy, 4 troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Embarked on motor launch ML 177 he was taken prisoner after the raid. He is listed as having been detained at both Stalag 3A at Luckenwalde and Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf.
 
Sources
St Nazaire Society website.

FAIRBRIDGE, A.F.H.

No 4 Commando
No 7 Commando

Fusilier Fairbridge served in No.4 Commando before embarking with Layforce for the Middle East. He was reported missing during operations at Cyrenaica on 20 April 1941 (Bardia Raid) later found to be a prisoner of war.

FAJARDO, Joaquin

50ME Commando
'Layforce'

Private Joaquin Fajardo, a Spanish volunteer attached to 'D' Bn. Layforce, was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941; found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 4C. Liberated in 1945.

FARRINGTON, John Beddell

John Beddell Farrington
No 4 Commando
Layforce
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Lance Corporal John Farrington was reported missing on 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete with Layforce. He was held as a prisoner in both Germany and Poland, and later awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) for his numerous escapes from different camps.
Citation

FELLOWES, Hubert, H.

50ME Commando
Corporal Hubert Fellowes was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 (Stalag 383).

FENTON, David

Middle East Commando

Lance Sergeant David Fenton, attached Middle East Commando Depot, was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war. 

FIELD, William, F.

No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal William Field, 1 Troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Embarked on board motor launch ML 457 he was reported missing after the raid but later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources

FILMER, Ronald

50ME Commando
Corporal Ronald Filmer was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war from 1 June 1941.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/120/167.

FINCH, V.W.C.

Corporal V Finch 2 Commando
No 2 Commando

Corporal Finch, 3 Troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Embarked on HMS Campbeltown he was reported missing after the raid but later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.

FLETCHER, D.

Special Service Brigade

Served in 40RM Commando and/or 41RM Commando.

Sources
RM Prisoners of War / National Archives file ADM201/111 (41RM Cdo). 

Commando Association list of RM (40RM Cdo).

FOX, Joseph

No 7 Commando
Corporal Joseph Fox was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war from 1 June 1941.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/33.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 (Marlag and Milag).

FOY, T.

No 3 Commando

Private Foy was reported missing on 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later found to be a prisoner of war.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/49 and WO417/52.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

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.

FURNIVAL, William Roy McGarry

52ME Commando
'Layforce'
Sergeant William Roy McGarry Furnival was reported missing and later a prisoner of war 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete. Post war member of the Commando Association from Hampshire.
 
Sources
[1] Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27 and WO417/30. 
[2] Prisoners of War / National Archives files WO392/1 and WO392/11.

FYFE, Charles Alexander

No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal Charles Fyfe from Glasgow served as Signaller in No.2 Commando HQ. He embarked on HMS Campbeltown for the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. He was reported missing after the raid but later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources

GALERA, R.

50ME Commando
'Layforce'
Corporal Galera, a Spanish volunteer attached to 'D' Bn. Layforce, was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941; found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 8C.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/34.

GALLAGHER, John

No 2 Commando
Acting Lance Sergeant John Gallagher, 4 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on motor launch ML 306 for the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Wounded and taken prisoner he was subsequently transported to Stalag 357 at Oerbke, Nr. Fallingbostel Germany.
 
Sources

GARDNER, John, A.

No 2 Commando
Private John Gardner, 3 Troop, embarked on HMS Campbeltown for the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Reported as missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.

GAYLARD, Albert Jack

No 7 Commando
Died on war service
Lance Corporal Albert Gaylard was reported missing in action 20 April 1941 during operations in Cyrenaica Libya, and later found to have been captured by the enemy [1][4]. He died during an air raid [2][3] whilst a prisoner of war in Camp PG78 Italy [4][5].
 
Sources

GICQUEL, Georges

No 10 Commando
Executed
Lance Corporal Georges Gicquel, 1st Batallion Fusiliers Marins Commando, badge no.163, was reported missing presumed killed after a patrol at Breville (Calvados).  On the 24th May 1945 a report recorded the present view on his death as follows " Taken prisoner, tortured by the Germans, and left hanging from a tree."
Mort pour la France.
 

GILL, John Henry

No 3 Commando
Private John Gill was reported missing on 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe France, later found to be a prisoner of war. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/52.
Prisoners of War  / National Archives file WO392/1.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/138/340.

GLYPTIS, G.

No 7 Commando

Lance Corporal G. Glyptis was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941; found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 344 in Poland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/28 and WO417/96.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/1.

GODDEN, Anthony, J.

Marine Godden
46RM Commando
Marine Godden, B troop, was taken prisoner of war during operations at Rots and le Hamel, Normandy, on 11 June 1944. 
 
Sources
[1] CVA Gallery image of 'B' Troop.
[2] Prisoners of War Records / National Archives files ADM201/111 and WO392/7.

GODWIN, John

Lieutenant John Godwin, 14 Commando
No 14 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Executed
Lieutenant John Godwin, a veteran of Operation Crackers * [view],  was an Argentinian in the RNVR.  He was Commanding Officer of the raiding party at Kopervik, Norway (Op. Checkmate).

GOLDEN, William James H.

No 7 Commando

Corporal Golden was reported missing on 20 April 1941 during operations at Cyrenaica (Bardia raid), later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/24, WO417/27, WO417/55, and WO417/95.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1, WO392/11, and WO392/21.

GOODE, Frank Cecil

Frank Goode 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Rifleman Frank Goode, 3 Troop,  was one of the Commando contingent for the raid at St Nazaire. He embarked on HMS Campbeltown. After heavy street fighting and when all ammunition was spent he was captured and became a prisoner of war. He was transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society.

GOODSIR, Georges Albert Jacques

No 7 Commando
Lance Bombardier Georges Albert Jacques Goodsir was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941; found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 4C.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/28.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/11.
RA Attestation records.

Probate Records Oxford.

GORNALL, James

No 11 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
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.

GREENFIELD, Arthur Stephen

No 3 Commando
Lance Corporal Arthur Greenfield, No.1 Section of No.6 Troop, was taken prisoner during operations at Dieppe, France.
 
Sources
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/150/72.

GREENWOOD, Stephen

No 7 Commando
Layforce
Died on war service
Trooper Stephen Greenwood died in 1945 whilst a prisoner of war after being captured at Crete on 2 June 1941, and then transported to Germany. He spent the rest of the war in Stalag 3D near Berlin. He died during a forced march West whilst still a POW, when they were fired on by a Russian tank at Waganitz.
 
Sources

GRIEF, George, V.

George Grief 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal George Grief, 1 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML177 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources

GROSE, Reginald George

No 3 Commando
Fusilier Reginald Grose was reported missing 14 July 1943 during operations in Sicily, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/66.
Prisoners of War Lists / National Archives file WO392/1 (Stalag 4F).

GROVE, Ronald

Ronald Grove 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Troop Sergeant Major Ronald Grove, 5 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field.
Recommendation

GUNN, David

No 11 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Private David Gunn was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service in Libya January 1943 whilst serving with the Long Range Desert Group after leaving the Commando [1][1a]. 
Recommendation

GUNN, Harper

No 7 Commando
Private Harper Gunn was reported missing on 20 April 1941 during operations in the Middle East (Bardia raid), later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/24 and WO417/29.
Prisoners of War / National Archives files WO392/1 and 11 (Stalag 344) and WO392/21 (Camp 78).

HALLS, Albert Richard

No 3 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Albert Halls, No. 1 Section of 6 Troop, was taken prisoner of war during operations at Dieppe. He was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37484, page 1170 dated 28 February 1946.

HANLON, Walter

Walter Hanlon 40RM Commando
40RM Commando

Marine Walter Hanlon from Hartlepool, reported missing after the Dieppe raid, was later found to be a prisoner of war in Stalag 344, Poland. Post war member of the Commando Association.

HANNAH, J

No 7 Commando

Private Hannah was reported missing on 20 April 1941 during operations at Cyrenaica (Bardia raid). Later found to be a prisoner of war in Italy. In 1943 he was reported no longer a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/24, WO417/27, WO417/64, and WO417/68.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/21.

HARDING, J.A.D.H.

50ME Commando

Lance Corporal Harding was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 3D.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

HARPER, Henry Joseph

No 7 Commando
Sergeant Henry Harper was reported as a prisoner of war during operations at Crete 2 June 1941. In 1943 he was reported as repatriated to UK.
  • 29 December 1930 enlisted into the Royal Tank Corps.

Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/68.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/11.

HARPER, Ian Rennie

No 7 Commando

Sergeant Ian Harper was reported missing and a prisoner of war 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete. In 1943 it was reported he was back in the UK no longer a prisoner of war.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/34 and WO417/68.
RA Attestations Register 1938.

HARPER, Stanley Eric

Stanley Eric Harper 7 Commando
Harper 7 Commando
No 7 Commando
Sapper Stanley Harper was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war. he had previously served in No.4 Commando.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/30.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

HARRINGTON, Jack Lonsdale

No 2 Commando
Military Medal (MM)

Lance Corporal Jack Harrington was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of distinguished services during Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942.  He was one of the Commando HQ contingent who embarked on board MGB 314.  Reported missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.

HARRIS, Roy Edward

Marine Roy Harris 46 Commando
46RM Commando

Served in 'B' Troop.

Sources
RM Prisoners of War / National Archives file ADM201/111 and WO392/7. 
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/164/408 (closed until Jan 2025).
[Image] 'B' Troop photo in 46RM Cdo Gallery.

 

HARRISON, C.F.

'Layforce'

Corporal Harrison, 'D' Bn., Layforce, was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 383.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/29.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

HARRISON, Thomas

No 7 Commando

Gunner Thomas Harrison was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to be a prisoner of war. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/45.
Prisoners of War / National Archives files WO392/11 and WO392/21.
RA Attestations Register 1938.

HAWKINS, Kenneth Scott

40RM Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Acting Company Sergeant Major Kenneth Hawkins was awarded the Military Medal for leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty during operations at the crossing of the Garigliano River, Italy, on 22 January 1944 [1][2].  He later became prisoner of war and was transported to Germany [3].
Recommendation

HAYE, James

52ME Commando
Private James Haye was reported missing on 2nd June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 3D in Germany.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27 (HAYE).
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 (HAYE).

HAYWARD, Arthur, N.

No 7 Commando
Lance Corporal Arthur Hayward was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/94.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 (Stalag 4C).

HENDRY, William

No 3 Commando

Trooper William Hendry was reported missing on 14 July 1943 during operations in Sicily, later found to be a prisoner of war. Transported to Stalag 18A in Austria.
Post war member of the Commando Association from Perth, Scotland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/66.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.

HERAS, Bravlio

'Layforce'
50ME Commando
Died on war service
Private Bravlio Heras, 50 Middle East Commando, and from Spain, died [1] whilst a prisoner of war having  been captured during operations in Crete in 1941 [2]. He is believed to have been killed by Russian fire at Stalag 4C. 
 
Sources
CWGC.

HERD, James

No 7 Commando
Layforce
Sapper James Herd was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/28 and WO417/32.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/11 and WO392/1.

HEWETT, Herbert Edward

No 2 Commando

Troop Sergeant Major Herbert Hewett, 2 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on motor launch ML447 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.

HEWITT, W.

'Layforce'

Sergeant Hewitt, 'D' Bn., Layforce, was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 383.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.

HIGGINS, Walter

No 3 Commando

Gunner Walter Higgins was reported missing during operations at Dieppe, France, later found to be a prisoner of war. 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/52.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/176/117.
 

HINDMARSH, George Peel

52ME Commando
Lance Corporal George Hindmarsh was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 4D. Post war member of the Commando Association with whom they lost contact, last known residing Cyprus.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27 and WO417/31..

HISCOCK, Harold

Petty Officer Harold Hiscock, 14 Commando
No 14 Commando
Executed

Petty Officer Harold Hiscock, a Canadian from Newfoundland, was one of the raiding party at Kopervik, Norway (Operation Checkmate). He was captured and later executed at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. 

HOLBROOK, Alfred

No 7 Commando
Private Alfred Holbrook was attested into the Royal Artillery in 1930 before transferring to the Royal Army Medical Corps on 29 September 1934 [1]
  • 2 June 1941 (R.A.M.C. attached No.7 Commando) reported missing during operations at Crete and later found to be a prisoner of war at Stalag 4B [2][3]
Sources

HOLLAND, William Anthony

William Holland 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches

Private William 'Dutch' Holland, 3 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the raid on St. Nazaire on the night of 27/28th March, 1942.  Embarking on board HMS Campbeltown he was reported missing after the raid but later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf.
Recommendation

HOLLINGSHEAD, Robert, W.

50ME Commando
Corporal Robert Hollingshead was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war from 1 June 1941.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 (Stalag 4A) and WO392/11 (Stalag 11B).

HOLT, Frederick

Corporal Fred Holt 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company

Corporal Frederick Holt, 5 troop, was one of the commando contingent on board HMS Campbeltown during the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942 [1]. He was initially reported missing in action until it was discovered he had been taken prisoner [2][2a][2b].  He was transported to Stalag 383 at Hohenfels Germany [3].

HOMER, Levi

Leo Homer 2 Commando
Leo Homer 2Cdo
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company

Lance Corporal Levi Homer, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 457 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.

HONEY, Peter

Pte Pete Honey MM 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Military Medal (MM)
Private Peter Honey, 5 troop, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services during Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was one of the Commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown. Reported missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.

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