BROWN, James

Known as: 
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
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Honours & Awards: 
Sunday, March 13, 1921
Died : 
Sunday, December 5, 1993
Private James Brown was awarded the MIlitary Medal for gallant and distinguished services in the field relating to his successful escape in October 1943 after being captured during the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942 [1] He was one of the Commando contingent on board HMS Campbeltown [2].
He escaped to Switzerland with two others, LSgt. Dick Bradley and LSgt. Alf Searson, both from No.2 Commando. They were then interned. All 3 were later awarded the MM.
An account by LSgt Bradley MM is on the website of the BBC WW2 People's War.
On return to Britain at the end of the war, Jim Brown spent a year in the Auchengeoch pit, near Glasgow, with a grant from the Commandos which he made a point of paying back. This experience gave him entrance to the mining engineering course at the Royal Technical College in Glasgow, and then to Glasgow University. He joined Royal Dutch Shell, and served Shell in Trinidad, Turkey, Kuwait and Venezuela. Later he became a respected Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University. [3]
The death of Professor Jim Brown was announced in Commando Newsletter 98 issued March 1994.
Additional sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 37194, page 3858
[2] St Nazaire Society website
[3] Obituary in The Independent newspaper.

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