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  1. HMS Drake is the name given for HMNB Devonport (Guzz). This is similar to HMS Excellent which is the NCHQ on Whale Island in Portsmouth. My Grandfathers LSGC is also named to a shore establishment so I think this is absolutely fine.
  2. A brilliant new addition! Thank you for educating me on this extraordinary battalion! It’s interesting to see some Elphinstones amongst the prisoners.... One of their relatives, John Elphinstone, was a Captain in the Black Watch and after capture in WW2 was sent to Oflag IV-C Colditz Castle. Due to his being King George VI nephew and cousin of Queen Elizabeth, he was placed as a prominente prisoner on the orders of Adolf Hitler and was to be used as a bargaining chip should the war not go in Germany’s favour. Thanks again and look forwa
  3. Next up is a very interesting group to a Crete POW and subsequent casualty. I have been looking for an MI9 debrief but as the national archives have been closed for a year, I am tired of waiting and will post now with the hope of embellishing with more detail at a later date! William Brown was born in 1920 to Mr and Mrs William Brown of Walkley, Sheffield, England. William Brown enlisted in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders with the service number 2982310 and served with the 1st battalion in Palestine before the second world war. When war broke out,
  4. Dear All, I am trying desperately (and unsuccessfully) to research a French officer who was captured in May 1940 and wound up at Colditz Castle, Oflag IV-C for his escapes. I have found his name (Captain Jean Tarrade) in Pat Reids book on Colditz but I wonder if anybody knows of any other books about Colditz perhaps written by the French? I am desperate to find details of how he escaped his previous camps as the LOH recommendation doesn't go into detail and to find out of any clandestine activity at Colditz itself. I would be very appreciative of
  5. Great new posts John! I particularly like the latest to Sgt Maj Dakyn-Hockin and the unusual name! Ive got a great NZ group coming soon! Best, Rob
  6. Hi guys, I own a group of medals and documents to confirmed Colditz POW Capt Jean Tarrade. His Legion D’Honour recommendation says that he made 3 escape attempts prior to being sent to Colditz and I would love to find out more information. After the French were removed, he was in Oflag X-C at Lubeck and organised the French resistance movement within the camp and subsequently disarmed the guards and secured the town upon liberation. Does anybody know how I can research this man further? French pows are not my usual bag. I have posted the group on ‘My POW collection’
  7. My Apologies for the long delay in posting, but the national archives closure has meant that research has been impossible since March! However, I have a fantastic new medal in the collection which does not require much more research and I will share it now. 2752522 Sgt David Reid of the Black watch enlisted in 1928 with his civilian profession being listed as a miner. He was serving with the 51st Highland Division in France in June 1940 when he was captured. His MI9 POW Debrief takes up the story below: "I was rather badly wounded on 12 June 1940
  8. Next up is a lovely group to a man who made an escape attempt which includes one of my favourite medals; The Africa General Service Medal with Kenya clasp. Harold Ward Brown was born on the 8th June, 1919. His birth was registered in the district of Sculcoates, Yorkshire North Riding. In August 1938, at the age of 19 years, he enlisted into the Royal Army Service Corps, giving his civilian occupation as Driver, and home address as Bainton Grove, Endyke Lane, North Hull Estate, Hull, Yorkshire. A little more that a year later, he was embarked with the 1st Lines of Communication Railhead M.
  9. Not to worry, happy to help. To clarify, the reason I said ‘Italy star is most likely’ is that the ribbon for the Italy Star and the France and Germany Star look identical when black and white, but the Italy star is much more plausible. The 1977 jubilee medal would make sense as that would be 30 years since joining the police and 30 years is the fairly standard term one would serve before retiring. Best, Rob
  10. 1939-45 star, Africa star with 1st army clasp, Italy star is most likely, defence medal, war medal with MID, I think the 1977 silver jubilee medal followed by police lsgc. Hope this helps.
  11. Dear all, It is with sadness that I am reporting the passing of Audrey Portman of Rhino Research who was a long-standing member of this forum. Sadly, Audrey passed away in March from a tumour. Audrey did some stellar work as a researcher at the South African Archives and helped me immensely to uncover some interesting documents and stories which I have been able to bring to life on my posts about POW medal groups that I own. She was very professional and a charming lady to do business with. Audrey’s daughter, Diana, is continuing her mother’s legacy and is still contactable
  12. Dear all, It is with sadness that I am reporting the passing of Audrey Portman of Rhino Research who was a long-standing member of this forum. Sadly, Audrey passed away in March from a tumour. Audrey did some stellar work as a researcher at the South African Archives and helped me immensely to uncover some interesting documents and stories which I have been able to bring to life on my posts about POW medal groups that I own. She was very professional and a charming lady to do business with. Audrey’s daughter, Diana, is continuing her mother’s legacy and is still contactable
  13. For those of you who have followed my thread for a long time, you will know that I am always trying to find WW2 Royal Navy POW groups as they are especially rare and I have found a brilliant one here..... Stanley Partington James was born on the 31st of March 1902 in Ryde, Isle of Wight. He joined the Royal Navy as a Boy Sailor (J/87892) on the 24th of April 1918 and served through to the end of the war. His civilian profession on enlistment was a Horse Driver. He was 5’10 (pretty tall for a 16 year old at the time!) with brown hair, blue eyes and a fresh complexion. He had a
  14. Walter Henry Elrick Crowsen was born in Johannesburg on the 16th of March 1912. Whilst working as a sorter for the General Post Office, He enlisted in the 2nd Battalion Royal Durban Light Infantry, which was a part time unit of the Active Citizen Force. On the 17th of May 1940, Walter volunteered for full time service with the unit. By this time, he was a Sergeant Major and was heavily involved in the recruitment process following the news of the fall of France. The recruitment drive was successful and 750 men were enlisted to the unit. Walter served as a Senior NCO throughout t
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