BROWN, Robert, F.

Known as: 
Lance Corporal (Acting Corporal)
Royal Engineers
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Corporal Robert Brown received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field.  On 28 March 1942 he was part of the Commando raiding party at St Nazaire. Embarking on board motor launch ML 262 he was captured after the raid and later imprisoned at Stalag V111(b). 
"Brown was captured at St Nazaire on 29 March 1942 and subsequently imprisoned at various camps in France and Germany. His first attempt to escape while in hospital at Rennes resulted in recapture almost immediately.
Between March 1943 and March 1945 Brown made one escape while in transit to Stalag V111B and three from working parties, and was once free as long as 16 days.
In March 1945 he successfully broke away from the line of march and reached the Allied front in April, where he stayed until the end of the war."

London Gazette 377787, page 5606 and 39355, page 5284 (errata).
National Archives file WO373/103/500.
St Nazaire Society 75th anniversary newsletter.

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