Unit / Base:
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Honours & Awards:
Sunday, March 13, 1921
Sunday, December 5, 1993
Private James Brown was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in the field relating to his successful escape in October 1943 after being captured during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was one of the Commando contingent on board HMS Campbeltown.
He escaped from Stalag 344 (V111b) at Lamsdorf Poland to Switzerland with two others, LSgt. Dick Bradley and LSgt. Alf Searson, both from No.2 Commando. They were then interned. All 3 were later awarded the Military Medal. An account by LSgt Bradley MM is on the website of the BBC WW2 People's War. [Read the full account here]
The death of Professor Jim Brown was announced in Commando Newsletter 98 issued March 1994.
POW - Escape via Switzerland - report / National Archives file WO208/4243.
German Record Cards of British PoW's / National Archives file WO416/49/196.