DARTS, Frederick Joshua

Known as: 
Freddy
Rank: 
Sergeant
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
5949117
Honours & Awards: 
Sgt. Frederick Darts DCM No 3 Commando
Frederick Darts was a veteran of the Vaagso raid when as a Lance Corporal he was present when Lieutenant O'Flaherty was seriously wounded during the assault on the Red Factory.
 
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. 
 
He was awarded the DCM 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).
 
Additional Sources
(1) London Gazettes Supp. 37484, page 1170
(2) NA ref WO392/1  - 'Germany & German Occupied Territories, Imperial POW List, Sec 1 - British Army'.
 

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