DARTS, Frederick Joshua

Known as: 
Freddy
Rank: 
Sergeant
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
5949117
Sgt. Frederick Darts DCM No 3 Commando
Sergeant Frederick Darts was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field during operations in Sicily (1)
Taken prisoner during the Sicily operations he was later transported to Stalag XVIIIA at Wolfsberg (Kärnten) (2).
 
He was a veteran of the Vaagso raid . Brig. Peter Young mentions him in his book Storm from the Sea, not only in relation to Vaagso above, but  also at Agnone, Sicily,  when Sgt. Darts was in 6 troop, "Sergeant Darts, a young giant well known to me since Dunkirk days when he was in the Pioneer platoon of the battalion I had served in."  He later mentions Sgt Darts carrying a wounded officer on his shoulders for over 400 yards. 
 
Additional Sources
(1) London Gazette 37484, page 1170
(2) NA ref WO392/1  - 'Germany & German Occupied Territories, Imperial POW List, Sec 1 - British Army'.
 

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