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ALEXANDER, Charles Henry

Trooper
14241760
No 1 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Leicester Police
Lance Corporal Charles Alexander was reported missing 2 March 1943 during operations in North Africa, later found to be a prisoner of war. He had volunteered as part of the Police Intakes to the Commandos.
In 1939 he was a Police Constable in Leicester residing at 7 The Cresent, Melton Mowbray.

ARMSTRONG, Robert

Private
3452445
No 3 Commando
Durham Light Infantry
Private Robert Armstrong was reported missing 14 July 1943 during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the Bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). Later found to be prisoner of war. 
Post war member of the Commando Association from Largs, Ayrshire.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/65 and WO417/66.

BARBOUR, Alexander, E.

Private
5956234
No 7 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
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.
 

BATEMAN, Sidney Gordon

Bombardier
930701
No 7 Commando
Royal Artillery
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.

BOWEN, Alfred Leighton

Known as: 
Leighton
Alfred Leighton Bowen
Trooper
318358
52ME Commando
'Layforce'
North Somerset Yeomanry
1938 joined the North Somerset Yeomanry rank Trooper. 
20 February 1940 arrive in Palestine with his Regiment.
March 1940 injury to knee from horse kick.
August 1940 posted to Air Defence Operations Room at Haifa *.
5 January 1941 posted back to North Somerset Yeomanry.

BUTLER, Roy

Private
4802679
No 6 Commando
Lincolnshire Regiment

Private Roy Butler was reported missing 6 January 1943, later found to be a prisoner of war.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/56, WO417/57, and WO417/94.
Prisoners of War / National Archives files WO392/11 (Stalag 4C) and WO417/21 (PG70)
German Record Cards of British PoW's / National Archives file WO416/98/246 (Stalag 4B).

CANNON, Peter Macdermack

Gunner
919866
No 7 Commando
Royal Artillery

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.

CHAPMAN, Charles

Known as: 
Charlie
Charles Chapman 7 Commando
Private
3658109
No 7 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment

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.
 

COLGROVE, Frederick

Known as: 
Fred
Private
5953029
No 7 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
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.

COWIE, Aikman Duncan

Gunner
884272
No 7 Commando
Royal Artillery
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.

CRAPNELL, John James

Lance Corporal
5823141
No 6 Commando
Suffolk Regiment

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

DRIVER, John

Fusilier
14241662
No 3 Commando
Lancashire Fusiliers
Preston Borough Police
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.
 

DUNK, Leonard

Fusilier
3449378
No 7 Commando
Lancashire Fusiliers
Fusilier Leonard Dunk was reported missing 20 April 1941 (Bardia raid) during operations at Cyrenaica, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/24, WO417/28 and WO417/95.
Prisoners of War / National Archives files WO3921/1 and WO392/21.

ETHELSTONE, Harry

Private
5670462
No 8 Commando
Layforce
Somerset Light Infantry

Private Harry Ethelstone was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war. Originally shown on Casualty Lists as No.7 Commando attached 'A Bn., Layforce this was amended to No.8 Commando attached 'A' Bn., Layforce.

FAJARDO, Joaquin

Private
6100512
50ME Commando
'Layforce'
Queen's Royal Regiment

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.

FRY, William Charles

Private
14241823
No 3 Commando
Gloucestershire Regiment
Bristol Police Gloucestershire
Private William Fry was reported missing 14 July 1943, later found to be a prisoner of war,  during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the Bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). 
He volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a probationary Police Constable with Bristol Police residing in Somerset Street, Bristol.
 
Sources

GOODSIR, Georges Albert Jacques

Lance Bombardier
1467168
No 7 Commando
Royal Artillery
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

Known as: 
Jim
Gunner
3856286
No 11 Commando
Royal Artillery
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.

GRAHAM, James

Lance Corporal
6981125
No 7 Commando
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

Lance Corporal James Graham was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.

HAYWARD, Arthur, N.

Lance Corporal
5567812
No 7 Commando
Wiltshire Regiment
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).

HERAS, Bravlio

Known as: 
First name also seen as Braulio
Private
13808248
6100520
'Layforce'
50ME Commando
Pioneer Corps
Queen's Royal Regiment
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

Sapper
1986469
No 7 Commando
Royal Engineers
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.

HIGGIN, Arthur

Private
4126259
'Layforce'
Cheshire Regiment

Private Arthur Higgin, HQ Layforce, was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations on Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war.

HOLBROOK, Alfred

Private Alfred Holbrook
Private
815569
No 7 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Royal Artillery
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

JENKINS, T.

Private
3959786
52ME Commando
Welch Regiment

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

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/34.
Prisoners of War / National Archives files WO392/1.

JONES, Glyn Watkar

Gunner
1545477
No 7 Commando
Royal Artillery

Gunner Glyn Jones 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.

LAMBERT, Joseph, W.

Fusilier
3714345
No 7 Commando
Lancashire Fusiliers
Fusilier Joseph Lambert 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 Lancashire.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/34.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

LILLEY, Harold

Gunner
950256
No 7 Commando
Royal Artillery
Gunner Harold Lilley was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/30.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 (Stalag 4C).

LUMBRERA, Francisco

Known as: 
Surname also seen as LUMBRUA
Francesco Lumbrera 50ME Commando
Private
ME/13808250
6100524
'Layforce'
50ME Commando
Pioneer Corps
Queen's Royal Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Francisco Lumbrera*, 50 Middle East Commando, and from Spain, died whilst a prisoner of war having been captured during operations in Crete in 1941. He is believed to have been killed by Russian fire at Stalag 4C Wistritz bei Teplitz,Germany. 
 
Source
CWGC.

LYONS, John, G.

Lance Corporal
2763806
50ME Commando
Black Watch
Lance Corporal John Lyons was reported missing between 25 and 28 February 1941 during operations on the occupied Greek island of Kastellorizo, later found to be a prisoner of war
 
Sources
Casualty Lists WO417/23 and WO417/97.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 (Stalag 4C) and WO392/21 (Campo 78).

MacPHEE, John Peter

Lance Corporal
3311343
52ME Commando
Highland Light Infantry 2nd Bn.
Lance Corporal John MacPhee 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.
Stalag 4C - Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 and WO392/11.

MARSDEN, John Jardine

Gunner
1474306
No 7 Commando
Royal Artillery

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

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/29, WO417/30, and WO417/95.
Prisoners of War / National Archives files WO392/1.
RA Attestations Register 1938.
 

MATHER, James Henry

Pte James Mather 50ME Commando
Private
3960750
50ME Commando
Welch Regiment
Died on war service

Private James Mather was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete and later found to be a prisoner of war [1]. He had been imprisoned at Stalag 4C, a prisoner of war camp at Wistritz bei Teplitz, Sudetenland ( part of former Czechoslovakia) [2a]. He died shortly after his release in 1945 due to ill treatment whilst a prisoner [3]

MCGEACHY, E.

Rifleman
3245800
No 7 Commando
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

Rifleman McGeachy was reported missing during operations at Crete on 2 June 1941 and later found to be a prisoner of war at Stalag 4C. 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War Lists / National Archives file WO3921/1.

MCMURTRIE, William Vass

Gunner
906239
No 7 Commando
Royal Artillery

Gunner William McMurtrie 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 WO392/1.
Royal Artillery Attestations 1939.

MYCOCK, George Reginald Nicholls

Gunner
904853
No 7 Commando
Royal Artillery

Gunner George Mycock 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.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/29.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
RA Attestations Register 1939.

PEARSON, William, G.V.

Lance Sergeant
5825220
No 7 Commando
Suffolk Regiment
Lance Sergeant William Pearson was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war having been captured on 1 June 1941. Post war member of the Commando Association.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/34 and WO417/92.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

ROUGH, T.

Private
4861701
'Layforce'
Leicestershire Regiment

Private Rough, 'D' Bn., Layforce, was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 4C.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

SALISBURY, Frank

Private
14241695
No 6 Commando
King's Own Scottish Borderers
Cheshire Constabulary
Private Frank Salisbury was reported missing North Africa 26 February 1943 (Battle of Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia) but was found to have been taken prisoner [1], held initially at Camp 66 at Capua in Italy [2] before being transported to Stalag 4C [3].

SMITH, Ernest William

Lance Bombardier
909986
No 7 Commando
Royal Artillery
Lance Bombardier Ernest Smith was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 4C.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/33.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/1.

Royal Artillery Attestation Records.

SMITH, John Henry

Gunner
1797299
No 1 Commando
Royal Artillery

Gunner John Henry Smith was reported missing 6 December 1942 during operations in North Africa (Bizerte, Tunisia), later found to be a prisoner of war. 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/55 and WO417/56.
Prisoners of War / National Archives files WO392/1.
RA Attestations Register 1941.
 

TARGELL, T.H.

Private
5933074
No 1 Commando
Suffolk Regiment

Private Targell was reported missing 4 March 1943 during operations in North Africa, later corrected to 'wounded and a prisoner of war'.

VARNEY, Frank Ernest

Frank Varney 11 Commando
Lance Corporal
4977399
No 11 Commando
Sherwood Forresters

Lance Corporal Frank Varney, 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.

WALSH, Percy John

Bombardier
786833
No 7 Commando
Royal Artillery
Bombardier Percy Walsh was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. Later found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 4C.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/34.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/1.
Royal Artillery Attestation Records.

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