ASHCROFT, Arthur

Known as: 
The Hawk
Rank: 
Private
Regiment/Corps: 
Liverpool Scottish Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
2929623
P.O.W. number: 
18712
Operations: 
Arthur Ashcroft
Arthur Ashcroft 2 Commando
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.
  • Volunteered  for the Independent Companies.
  • Attached to No 4 (Liverpool Scottish) Platoon of No 4 Independent Company based at the time in Paignton.
  • February 1941 joined No 2 Commando 5 troop on its formation.
  • Post war resided Liverpool 5 and was a regular attendee at the Warrington reunions.
  • His death was announced in Commando Association newsletter 118 issued February 2004.
Sources
Dennis Reeves, Liverpool Scottish Museum Trust.
St Nazaire Society website.
Prisoners of War 1715 - 1945, National Archives file WO392/1.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939 - 45 / National Archives file WO417/47.
Commando Association newsletters 69 and 118.
Commando Benevolent Fund list of No.2 Cdo.
 

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