BLAIR, David Arthur

Captain (later Major)
11 Commando
Seaforth Highlanders
Captain David Blair 11 Commando © NMS/2012 courtesy of National Museum Scotland
Captain David Blair was the O.C. No. 11 Commando 6 troop. 
  • Appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) 7th April 1944 [1].
Captured at El Adem  on 26 June 42. Imprisoned Campo 21 (Italy). After the Armistice the S.B.O.(Senior British Officer) refused to allow P/W (Prisoners of War) to escape, and the Camp was taken over by the Germans who removed the P/W to Germany. Capt. Blair had been working on a tunnelling scheme, of which there were several in the Camp, and hid with five others in the tunnel for 36 hours. They came out after the Germans had left, made their way South, and arrived in British hands on 13 Oct 43 [2].
  • Awarded Military Cross [3] whilst commanding 'B' Coy, 5th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders, in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe on 4 November 1944 [4].
[1] London Gazette Supp. 36486, page 1925.
[2] National Archives file WO373/94/304.
[3] London Gazette Supp. 37015, page 1809..
[4] National Archives file WO373/53/263.
[Image] © NMS/2012 courtesy of National Museum Scotland.

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