COSTELLO, M.

Rank: 
Driver (later Lance Sergeant)
Unit/Base: 
6 Commando
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Army Service Corps
Black Watch
Service: 
Army
Number: 
T/95342
Honours & Awards: 
Driver M. Costello received a Mention in Despatches for his escape from captivity in Italy. After his escape he joined the Black Watch [1][2]. Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Prestonpans, Scotland [3].
Recommendation
T/95342 Dvr. Costello, M. 
R.A.S.C. attached No.6 Cdo.
Captured at Tunis on 26 Feb.1942. Sent via Capua and Rome to Camp 70 ( Monturano). At Tunis in Feb 42 Costello climbed onto the roof of the camp, but the attempt failed when the rope broke. In Aug '43 at Camp 70 Costello took part in a tunnel scheme which was discovered before it could be used. After the Armistice, prisoners of war at Monturano were forbidden to escape but on 12 Sep.'43 Costello, in company with three seaman, escaped. Making for the coast they stole a small sailing boat. After all the gear had blown away they rowed ashore near Mileto, whence, through the assistance of an American internee, they reached Bari which was in possession of the Allies, on approximately 26 September 1943 [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 36563, page 2856.
[2] National Archives file WO373/95/214
[2] National Archives file WO208/3345.
[3] Commando Association Lost Legion list 3.
 

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