British Soldiers Murdered at Forêt de Nieppe / Nieppe Forest 1940

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  1. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Does anyone know of this incident, have any info or been to the location etc etc ?

    All I know is Corporal Bertie Bell (unit unknown) was the only survivor of a XYZ amount of PoW's murdered according to the book I'm reading which is a rather good book called Dunkirk-The Men They Left Behind.

    There are a few pages on the net but they all appear to be in French.

    Cheers
    Andy

    Title updated due to a more apt one
     
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  2. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique MOD

    Can you put a link to the French pages?
     
  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

  4. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

  5. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique MOD

    Can't see anything on any of those sites about a massacre of British prisoners.
     
  6. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Cheers Paul, Kate sent me a msg last night to that effect.

    I may email the author again (Hope he doesn't get fed up with me). I'm going back over to the Dunkirk area in Feb and this would be an ideal subject to look at.

    Andy
     
  7. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Being a National Archives novice (First time I've 'properly' tired to used it) can someone tell me if this may be this file could be related to the incident - WO 311/99 ?

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    Cheers
    Andy
     
  8. ADM199

    ADM199 Well-Known Member

    You could try TS 26/205 WO 208/4647 as well as WO 311/99


    Brian
     
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  9. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Cheers Brian !
     
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  11. ADM199

    ADM199 Well-Known Member

    Those who were killed are as follows:-

    Cpl. Theroux

    Ptes. Shilling - Mills - Daniels - Carter and Lancaster.



    Brian
     
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  12. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Hi Brian do you have a source or any further info?

    I'm thinking of having a look at the location etc if I can find out where it happened etc for when I go over in February 2010.

    Cheers
    Andy
     
  13. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

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  19. Verrieres

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    Horace James Theroux was born in 1920 at Bromley, Kent, the son of Horace Theroux and Elizabeth Lucy Farris; Horace James Theroux began his military service in England At time of death was corporal in Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment. 4th Battalion, Service Number: 6343184. He died on 28 May 1940 at France; Family history is that he died during evacuation of Dunkirk. He was buried at British Cemetery, Vieux-Berquin, Nieppe-Bois (Rue-Du-Bois), France.

    Family tree details here Drew;-

    Genealogy of Erin Mary Evans - Descendant chart for Wm. Fairis

    Verrieres
     
  20. idler

    idler GeneralList

    44 Div infantry orbat:

    131 Bde: 1/5 QUEENS; 1/6 QUEENS; 1/7 QUEENS; 2 BUFFS attached 4 May 40
    132 Bde: 1/6 SURREYS; 4 RWK; 5 RWK; 1 RWK attached 4 May 40
    133 Bde: 4 BUFFS; 4 R SUSSEX; 5 R SUSSEX; 2 R SUSSEX attached 20 Dec 39

    The SURREYS' history doesn't have much to say except that the Bn withdrew to the forward edges of three woods 27/28 May then C Coy attempted to clear through the village of Voormezeele before being recalled. The next event is the continuation of the withdrawal at 2100, presumably 28 May.

    The QUEENS' states a strong German attack from 1100 28 May hit 131 and 133 Bds who were centre and right/North flank respectively. Z Coy 1/6 QUEENS, on their extreme left and tying in with 132 Bde on the left/South, were not engaged but reported 4 RWK on their left were withdrawing around 2100 28 May.
     
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