MILNE, Robert

Rank: 
Gunner
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Artillery
Service: 
Army
Service numbers: 
2567490
P.O.W. number: 
18756
Honours & Awards: 
Operations: 
Gunner Robert Milne 2 Commando
Gunner Robert Milne, 5 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the Commando raid at St Nazaire on 28/29 March 1942. Embarked on board HMS Campbeltown, he was shot in the back during the raid, taken prisoner, and later imprisoned at Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland. 
Recommendation
"Gnr Milne proved himself to be a courageous and determined soldier.  His disregard to personal danger in the attack and efforts to destroy enemy gun positions mounted on the roof of the Pumping Station were outstanding. Later in the street fighting, although wounded, he continued setting a fine example until, when ammunition was exhausted, and very weak through loss of blood, he was taken prisoner. "
  • Robert Milne was married and from Broad Green, Liverpool.*
Sources
London Gazette 37162, page 3493.
National Archives file WO373/46/283.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/53.
St Nazaire Society 75th anniversary newsletter.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.
*Report in the Liverpool Echo, Tuesday May 12th 1942.
[Image] His son Ken Milne.
 

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