GROSE, Reginald George

Rank: 
Fusilier
Unit/Base: 
3 Commando
Police Service: 
Metropolitan Police
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Fusiliers
Service: 
Army
Number: 
6482300
P.O.W. number: 
248034
Honours & Awards: 
Born: 
Wednesday, March 27, 1918
Birthplace: 
St Pancras, London
Died: 
1993
Fusilier Reginald Grose G.M. was reported missing 14 July 1943 during operations in Sicily, later found to be a prisoner of war. 
  • 1939 Police Constable residing at 162 Stanhope Street, Camden.
  • 27 June 1941 awarded the George Medal.
  • 1942 volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes that year.
  • Post war rejoined the Metropolitan Police.
  • Member of the Commando Association from London and later Torbay, Devon.
Citation
Reginald George Grose, Police Constable, 'D' Division, Metropolitan Police.
As a result of enemy action buildings were damaged. Detective Constable Coomber and Police Constable Grose entered one house and found several men lying severely injured and one man trapped.  They removed all of them to safety and then climbed to the second floor where they were joined by Captain Bailey. Search was made for two men known to be trapped on the premises. After removing a quantity of debris, one man was released and lowered to the ground. The rescuers then climbed to the third floor and eventually located the other man who had apparently fallen through to the floor below.
Coomber, assisted by Bailey, tunnelled under the wreckage while Grose removed rubble passed out to him. In spite of the fact that debris was continually falling around them, and a large slab of stonework was hanging overhead in a dangerous position, they succeeded in releasing the casualty.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/66.
Prisoners of War Lists / National Archives file WO392/1 (Stalag 4F).
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/153/311 (Stalag 4B).
The 1939 Register covering St. Pancras.
Award - London Gazette 35200, page 3645.
Article in the Norwood News 05 August 1960, page 16.
Commando Association Lost Legion List 5.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 99 (1994).
 

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