DARTS, Frederick Joshua

Known as: 
Freddy
Rank: 
Sergeant
Unit/Base: 
3 Commando
Regiment/Corps: 
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Service: 
Army
Number: 
5949117
P.O.W. number: 
7733
Sgt. Frederick Darts DCM No 3 Commando

Sergeant Frederick Darts was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field during operations in Sicily [1]
Taken prisoner during the Sicily operations he was later transported to Stalag XVIIIA at Wolfsberg (Kärnten) [2]. Post war member of the Commando Association [3].

Brigadier Peter Young mentions him in his book Storm from the Sea in relation to the Vaagso raid and also at Agnone, Sicily,  when Sgt. Darts was in 6 troop, "Sergeant Darts, a young giant well known to me since Dunkirk days when he was in the Pioneer platoon of the battalion I had served in."  He later mentions Sgt Darts carrying a wounded officer on his shoulders for over 400 yards. 

Additional Sources
[1] London Gazette 37484, page 1170
[2] Prisoners of War Lists / National Archives file WO392/1.
[3] Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 108 issued March 1999.
[Image]  Luisa Di Blasio (granddaughter).
 

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