LAWSON, William Henry

Known as: 
Bill
Rank: 
Private
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Sussex Regiment
Service: 
Army
Service numbers: 
6401966
P.O.W. number: 
18576
Operations: 
Pte Bill Lawson 2 Commando
Private William Lawson was wounded on 17 June1940 serving with the 6th Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment as part of the British Expeditionary Force in France [1].
Evacuated back to the UK and after recovery from his wound he volunteered for Special Service and joined 1 troop of No.2 Commando. On 28 March 1942 he was embarked on Motor Launch ML 457 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire [2].
Reported missing after the raid [3], later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland [4].
 
Sources
[1] British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/15.
[2] St Nazaire Society.
[3] British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/43.
[4] Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.
Family papers and photos.
 

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