PURDON, Corran William Brooke

Rank: 
Lieutenant (later Major General)
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Ulster Rifles
Service: 
Army
Service numbers: 
112917
P.O.W. number: 
18771
Died : 
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Operations: 
Corran Purdon 12 Commando
Lieutenant Corran Purdon volunteered for the Commandos whilst serving as a young officer with the Royal Ulster Rifles, and was attached to No.12 Commando. He took part in raids on Norway and St Nazaire.
He was  in charge of a demolition team embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Wounded and taken prisoner during the raid, he was transported to a prison in camp in Germany from which he later escaped. He was recaptured and transferred to Oflag 4C at Saalhaus Colditz.
  • Awarded the Military Cross in recognition of distinguished service during the raid on St. Nazaire [1].
  • 13 June 1970 (Brigadier) appointed C.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
  • 23 January 1975 appointed General Officer Commanding Near East Land Forces [3].
  • 1976 retired as General Officer Commanding Near East Land Forces [4].
  • 1978-81 Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Hong Kong Police Force. Awarded the Colonial Police Medal [5].
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/43.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/11.
[1] London Gazette 37162, page 3493.
[2] London Gazette 45117, page 6369.
[3] London Gazette 46476, page 1218.
[4] London Gazette 46984, page 10913.
[5] London Gazette 48837, page 29.
 

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