British Civilians Fighting During WW2

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  1. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I found this citation tonight by chance of this chap who is clearly a civilian.

    Mr Michael Taperell
    Civie 1.jpg

    civie 2.jpg

    It got me thinking if there was anymore and if any of them were well known British civilians that fought during WW2?
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  2. Owen

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  3. phylo_roadking

    phylo_roadking Very Senior Member

    Interesting; means he joined the Resistance when Vichy was still technically Neutral.

    IIRC there were several British citizens in Vichy - particularly in 1940 - active in and around the early haphazard evasion networks, and mentioned in Saturday in MI9
  4. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    Name:TAPERELL, MICHAELInitials:MNationality:United KingdomRank:CivilianRegiment/Service:Civilian War DeadDate of Death:between 03/09/1939 and 31/12/1947Additional information Died at Hamburg.Casualty Type:Civilian War DeadReporting Authority:GERMANY

    He was a name I recently submitted for inclusion on the civilian ROH so it is wonderful to see these docs
  5. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    New information has come to hand with regard to Michael Tapperell; I will post more later. He did receive the BEM.

    Thought the attached would be of interest with regard to a British Merchant Seaman fighting with guerillas in the Phillipines.

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  6. davyclev

    davyclev Junior Member

    Michael Taperell's death was the subject of the UN War Crimes Commision.

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  7. davyclev

    davyclev Junior Member

    One of the witness statements re Michael Taperell's treatment leading to his death at Neuengamme;

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  8. Roy Martin

    Roy Martin Senior Member

    Stout man, an Apprentice is a trainee officer, akin to a Midshipman in the Navy
  9. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    First time I have seen this thread and it peaked my interest

    Michael Michel Omer Treleaven Taperell
    BIRTH 27 MARCH 1922 • Mons-en-Baroeul, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France.
    DEATH 4 MARCH 1945 • Wilhelmshaven, Niedersachsen, Germany, while serving as a Lieutenant in the French Resistance and SOE

    His Father:
    Bernard Treleaven Taperell
    BIRTH 1889 • West Norwood, London, England
    DEATH C1954 • Lille, Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France

    His Mother:
    Henriette Palmyre-Josephe Godin
    BIRTH Paris
    DEATH Unknown

    England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995
    Name: Michel Omer Treleaven Taperell
    [Michael Omer Treleaven Taperell]
    Death Date: 4 Mar 1945
    Death Place: France
    Probate Date: 26 Feb 1955
    Registry: London, England

    If anyone has wider Ancestry access then there is a record of him here
    Hamburg, Germany, Deaths, 1874-1950 Michel Taperell

    He appears in this French Government document
    Google Translate

    I am sure that Jedburgh22 will have his SOE file
    Michael TAPERELL - born [27.03.1922], died 03.03.1945 | The National Archives
    Reference: HS 9/1441/6
    Michael TAPERELL - born [27.03.1922], died 03.03.1945
    Date: 1939 Jan 01 - 1946 Dec 31
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew

    There are also at the TNA:
    Nazi persecution claim: Mrs Henriette Palmyre Josephe Taperell for Mr Michael Omer... | The National Archives
    Nazi persecution claim: Mr Michael Omer Treleaven Taperell | The National Archives
    Recommendation for Award for Taperell, Michael Regiment: British Subject ... | The National Archives

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