AULD, Luke Patchcott
Unit / Base:
4 Independent Company
Middle East Commandos
'Special Boat Section'
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Thursday, December 28, 1916
Corporal Luke Auld was reported missing 14 September 1942 during an SBS operation in Cyrenaica, later found to be a prisoner of war. He escaped from captivity via Switzerland, the report of his interview there being dated 24 September 1943. Post war member of the Commando Association from Aintree, Liverpool.
- Previous service included Scissors Force at Norway with No.4 Independent Company; No.1 Special Service Bn; embarked for Malta as part of Force 'X' serving with the SBS; Middle East Commando at Geneifa; SBS at Alexandria; attached Naval Intelligence for a short period before embarking on board HMS Sikh for an operation at Tobruk during which the ship was sunk; survived and picked up by HMS Zulu which was also sunk; prisoner of war at Naples, Rome, and Brindisi; on return to UK attached No.6 Commando taking part in the Rhine crossing*.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/52, WO417/55, and WO417/67.
Prisoners of War / National Archives files WO392/
POW Escape via Switzerland Report / National Archives file WO 208/4239
Nominal Roll of No.4 Independent Company from LSgt Joe Rogers MM.
* Dennis Reeves, Liverpool Scottish Museum; supplied by Cpl Luke Auld.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 74 (1982).
[Image] Report in the Liverpool Echo 15 December 1942.