ALTASS, Derek

Rank: 
Private
Unit/Base: 
6 Commando
Regiment/Corps: 
King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Service: 
Army
Number: 
4698558
P.O.W. number: 
153182
Born: 
1922
Private Altass was reported as missing on 26 February 1943 and later found to be a prisoner of war in Italy and later in Germany. There is no Camp number in Italy listed. The German POW camp is listed as 101 [see notes below].
The date coincides with No.6 Commando's action in what became known as the Battle for Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia.
Post war member of the Commando Association with whom they lost contact.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/60.
Prisoners of War / National Archives files WO382/1, WO392/11, and WO392/21.
Commando Association Lost Legions List 1.
 
Notes
  • No details can be found of a German POW Camp called 101 at the time of his captivity. However there was a 327 Reserve Lazaret 101 (served Stalag 3-B) at Furstenberg Brandenburg, Prussia 52-14. This was a Hospital. Stalag 3 B was at Furstenburg. Treat as a possible but not confirmed.
  • In the German Record Cards of British POWs there is a file which is closed until 1 January 2023 shows name as Derek Altass and date of birth as 1922 / National Archives file WO416/238/440.

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