EARL, Dennis Victor

Unit / Base: 
3 Commando
Prior Police Service: 
Bristol City Police
Royal Armoured Corps
Wiltshire Regiment 2nd Bn.
P.O.W. number: 
Friday, November 15, 1918
Trooper Dennis Earl was reported missing 14 July 1943 during operations in Sicily, later found to be a prisoner of war. Dennis was a Police Officer who volunteered for the Commandos in 1942 and was part of a Police Intake to the Commando Depot (Commando Basic Training Centre), Achnacarry. In 1939 he was a Police Constable, single, and residing at 37 Cotham Vale, Bristol.
Extract from the Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Saturday 11 September 1943.
Commando Son Safe:- Only four days after hearing that their son, Trpr. Dennis Victor Earl, of the Commandos, was missing in Sicily, his parents Mr. and Mrs. Earl have received a card from him saying he is quite fit and uninjured in an Italian prisoner of war camp. Trpr. Earl was captured in the fighting in Sicily in the middle July. The youngest son of an ex-police sergeant, he was a member of the Bristol Police Force. 
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/65 and WO417/94.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
The 1939 Register covering Bristol.
British Newspaper Archive (website britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board.

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