Awards MiDs Dvr. King, Royal Artillery & Cpl Kettlewell, Green Howards (Escape & Evasion, Italy)

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  1. brithm

    brithm Senior Member

    (1) After the Armistice with Italy, P/W in this camp were ordered by the Italian Commandant and the Senior British Officer to remain. The guard was doubled and sentries told to shoot at any P/W trying to escape.

    On 14th September 1943 all Italian guards vanished and conditions became confused. Some P/W escaped with Red Cross parcels which the Senior British Officer had issued, but a cordon of British guards was posted round the camp and most of the P/W remained.

    On 16th September 1943 the Germans arrived and took over the cam and about six-sevenths of the original number of PW. Some P/W escaped from trains in transit to Germany.

    Mentioned in Despatches

    1558210 Dvr. William John King, 259 Battery 65 Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery, 50 Division

    4390730 Cpl. Donald Exley Kettlewell, 4 Bn Green Howards, 50 Division

    WO 373/63/241

    WO 373/63/242
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