BROWN, Robert Frederick

Known as: 
Lance Corporal (Acting Corporal)
Unit / Base: 
3 Commando
Royal Engineers
P.O.W. number: 
Honours & Awards: 
Wednesday, September 8, 1920
Corporal Robert Brown received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service after his capture on 29 March 1942 during Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire. One of the commando contingent who landed from ML 262 he was reported missing, later found to be a prisoner of war. 
"Brown was captured at St Nazaire on 29 March 1942 and subsequently imprisoned at various camps in France and Germany. His first attempt to escape while in hospital at Rennes resulted in recapture almost immediately.
Between March 1943 and March 1945 Brown made one escape while in transit to Stalag V111B and three from working parties, and was once free as long as 16 days. In March 1945 he successfully broke away from the line of march and reached the Allied front in April, where he stayed until the end of the war".
London Gazette 377787, page 5606 and 39355, page 5284 (errata).
National Archives file WO373/103/500.
Prisoners of War / National Archives files WO392/1 and WO392/11.
German Record Cards of British PoW's / National Archives file WO416/49/537 (Front Stalag 133).
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/42 and WO417/96.
St Nazaire Society 75th anniversary newsletter.

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