Basil William Seymour Irwin

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  1. peteden

    peteden Member

    Looking for information on Basil William Seymour Irwin who I believe was the officer for who my father William Gerald Denley was his wireless operator in Italy and possibly before this in Yugoslavia.

  2. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

  3. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    Was a member of the London Irish Rifles awarded the MC and the Italian Partisan Medal.
    His SOE Cairo Symbol was D/H 675

    His SOE training was carried out at ME102 in Haifa and his parachute training at Ramat David.
    In Yugoslavia he was with 38 Military Mission
    His Italian Mission was code-named CLOVER III

    His pre war employment was as a bank official.

    Attached Files:

  4. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

  5. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    The Canadian Military Forces seems an error on the part of the catalogers CMF on his SOE file stands for Central Mediterranean Forces
  6. arnhem2280

    arnhem2280 Member

    73300 Captain E W S Irwin was on parachute course 86 at Ramat David which started on 17/12/1943.

    Hope this is of some use.


  7. peteden

    peteden Member

    Many thanks to all for your replies and looking forward to doing more research on all the new details. will keep you updated.

  8. peteden

    peteden Member

    Have found a ref to Basil Irwin which states;
    "Joined the London Irish Rifles of the Territorial Army and served in the infantry until 1943, when he joined SOE Cairo. Parachuted into Jugoslavia to Basil Davidson's mission in April 1944 and to Liguria for operations in the Oltre Po near Pavia on 8th March 1945 along with his wireless operator W.G.Denley"
    This gives us a course to find out dads Italy details but I also found an article about a Roy Wardle who describes his story of going into Yugoslavia as the W/O with Irwin from April 3rd 1944 and were there for 10 months in total "trying to get up near the Danube oil barges" but never got there because of to many Germans in Fruska Gora.
    So it seems that when they returned to Italy Wardle then volunteered to go to the far east to report on Japanese shipping. It would seem that dad then replaced him with Irwin.
    So we have now to try and discover which agent he was with in Yugoslavia.

    Wishing you all a Happy Xmas and New Year and hopfully may meet some of you at NA one day.

  9. michael D

    michael D New Member

    I knew Basil around 1982-84 approx. He was running a small bond portfolio (no idea who for) and also acting as a consultant for Pinchin Denny, a Stock jobbing firm that had taken up gilt trading a few years earlier.
    My boss and I were moved into his office - but mostly we were there at different times of the day. He did give me, as a young lad, a 2 hour talk/lecture on the gilt market which was good value. I can't say anyone knew much about him, but the word did get around that he had been SOE.
    By about 1984 our dealers had no more need of his help and he moved on - no idea where.

    I saw somewhere on the internet that he died in 2000.
  10. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Ireland, Civil Registration Births Index, 1864-1958
    Name: Basil W S Irwin
    Date of Registration: Apr-May-Jun 1919
    Registration district: Dublin South
    Birth Country: Ireland
    Volume: 2
    Page: 661
    FHL Film Number: 101078

    Name: Basil Wm Seymour Irwin
    Gender: Male
    Age: 6
    Birth Date: abt 1919
    Departure Date: 7 Sep 1925
    Port of Departure: Avonmouth, England
    Destination Port: Kingston, Jamaica
    Ship Name: Bayano
    Search Ship Database: Search for the Bayano in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database
    Shipping line: Elders and Fyffes, Limited
    Official Number: 141870
    Master: F H Swain

    England & Wales, Death Index, 1916-2007

    Name: Basil William S Irwin
    Birth Date: 27 May 1919
    Date of Registration: Nov 2000
    Age at Death: 81
    Registration district: Uttlesford
    Inferred County: Essex
    Register Number: 36
    District and Subdistrict: 4781
    Entry Number: 66


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