51447 Major Ronald Loftus CUMMINS, MC, 6 DLI.

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  1. Cpl Hadaway

    Cpl Hadaway Active Member

    I've just stumbled across this POW escaper stories website, which has a lot of information, mainly transcribed wartime letters written by the above officer and his wife:


    It's a shame the site doesn't highlight his regiment, battalion and personal number, so here they are:

    Cummins, Major R L, MC, 51447, 6 DLI.
    Awarded MC for leading his Coy in the Arras counter-attack, 21/5/40, rank Lt (A/Capt)
    NB: initials 'B L' in NA database; 'R L' on document itself:
    Reported missing, Middle East, Western Desert, 27/7/42.
    POW, previously reported missing.
    Previously reported POW in Italian hands, now not POW (1944 list).
    PG 29, Italy in 1943.

    The site also has a section devoted to Major Ian English MC of 8 DLI and there could be others: all the stories are listed by surname only, with no reference to regiment or corps....
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  2. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    London Gazette : 16 April 1935
    6th Bn. Durham L.I.—
    The undermentioned 2nd Lts. to be Lts. 16th Apr.1935:—
    R. L. Cummins.

    London Gazette : 11 July 1940
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the undermentioned awards for gallant and distinguished services in action in connection with recent operations.:—
    The Military Cross.
    Lieutenant (acting Captain) Ronald Loftus Cummins, The Durham Light Infantry, Territorial Army.

    Recommendation for Award for Cummins, B L Rank: Captain Regiment: 6 Durham... | The National Archives
    Reference: WO 373/15/132
    Name Cummins, B L
    Rank: Captain
    Regiment: 6 Durham Light Infantry
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: British Expeditionary Force
    Award: Military Cross
    Date of announcement in London Gazette: 11 July 1940
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  3. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Ronald Loftus Cummins
    Birthdate: March 01, 1913
    Birthplace: Bishop Auckland, County Durham,
    Death: November 16, 1992 (79) Jersey
    Additional Information Son of Charles Edward Cummins and Mary Stratford Cummins
    Husband of Brenda Patience Furber Cummins


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