Missing & POW East Yorks Reg. 1942

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  1. amberdog45

    amberdog45 Senior Member

    This news article is mainly East York men missing in the Middle East (reported 1942)

    These all have photos
    Pte. Eric Pearson (26)
    L. Sgt. H. Baron (26) Coldstream Guards
    Pte. Jack Clark (25) Green Howards
    Pte. George Greenwood (27)
    Pte. James Edward Lison (23)
    Cpl. George Hall (32)
    Pte. Henry Martin (26)
    Pte. Charles Earles (23)
    Pte. Arthur Bell (25)
    Sgt. Fred W. Shillito (31)
    Pte. Stanley Robb (23) R.A.O.C.
    Pte. Simeon Hairsine (24)
    Pte. Thomas W. Greenley (25)
    Pte. George Mooney (25)
    Pte. Joseph Hirst (24)
    Pte. D. Gibson (23)
    Pte. Charles William Dick (25)
    pte. George Thomas Johnson (26)
    Pte. John Ellerby (23)
    Pte. Leonard Howe Ellenton (22)

    Sgt. John Minister (21) POW in Italy
    Pte. Arthur Jackson

    Reported Wounded (no picture)
    Pte. Bernard Cook - Green Howards in the Middle East

    Hopefully someday, somebody will search for these mens names and find their photo here.

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  2. amberdog45

    amberdog45 Senior Member

    Yorkshire men missing in Libya 1942 (no photo's for the last 3 men)

    L. Cpl. George Mallory (26) East Yorks
    Pte. Ernest William Walgate (22) Green Howards
    Pte. Edgar Benson (22) Green Howards
    Pte. Charles Petty (22) East Yorks
    Pte. Charles Priestman (23)
    Pte. Ronald Key (25) East Yorks
    L. Cpl. H. Gilbert RASC
    C.Q.M.S. Arthur E. Turner (27) East Yorks
    Pte. Leonard Bratley (26) East Yorks
    Pte. F. Vickers (26) East Yorks
    Cpl. Eric Holliday (21) East Yorks
    Sgt. C. Stark East Yorks Service Number 4344722
    Pte. Jack Hulland (25)
    Cpl. Charles Perry (24) Green Howards
    Pte. John William Smith (31) Green Howards Medical Section

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  3. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Thanks for putting these up on the forum. I have stumbled upon men from my research in just this kind of way, so it is well worth doing. :)
  4. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    The first newspaper article was a few weeks after the Battle of Gazala and ensuing Gazala Gallop.

    The 150th Infantry Brigade, 50th (Northumbrian) Division was overrun by the DAK on 1 June 1942 and those not killed, with few exceptions, became PoW. The 150th Infantry Brigade included 4th Bn East Yorkshire Regiment, and 4th and 5th Bns Green Howards.

    Their position (or 'Box') within the Gazala defences was at/near Rotunda Ualeb - situated between the Trigh El Abd and Trigh Capuzzo and they were very unfortunate to be there. They had previously been situated at Bir Hacheim and worked hard on that position's defences; something the Free French were to make good use of in the Battle of Gazala. However, they were moved north to Ualeb and took over the not so good defences vacated by the 201st Guards Brigade, who in turn went into reserve behind 50 Div at Knightsbridge.

    Why mention this... One of the 'missing' men mentionioned was a Coldstream Guardsman and the 201st Guards Brigade included the 3rd Bn Coldstrean Guards. I am assuming, therefore, that L. Sgt. H. Baron probably served with the 3rd Bn Coldstream Guards and was lost/missing in the ensuing battles around Knightsbride.

    The 69th Infantry Brigade, 50th (Northumbrian) Division, was also invloved in these actions and therefore, some of the men could belong to the 5th Bn East Yorkshire Regiment, and 6th and 7th Bns Green Howards...

    I will research these 'missing' men some more over the next few days and see what I can find; it may be little or nothing though.


  5. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    I found no trace of the soldiers mentioned at Messages # 1 & 2 on the CWGC (via Geoff's Search Engine) nor a mention of the East Yorkshire Regiment men in the Appendix of 'The Story Of The 5th Battalion The East Yorkshire Regiment TA' (Garwood).

    Search continues!
  6. Rowan Coupe

    Rowan Coupe New Member

    Cyril Stark was my great grandfather on my dad's mother's side.

    He achieved the DSO. But we never found out the full story. Some details from my dad was that he was a bit of a lad. And something about storming a machine gun nest.
    We know he was a pow in an Italian camp.
    Escaped with someone else.
    Was recaptured and sent to Germany. To one of the stalags for repeat escapees.

    If anyone has more info. Would love to hear it.
  7. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    German camp details

    UK, British Prisoners of War, 1939-1945
    Name: C Stark
    Rank: Serjeant
    Army Number: 4344722
    Regiment: East Yorkshire Regiment
    POW Number: 131283
    Camp Type: Stalag
    Camp Number: VII-A
    Camp Location: Moosburg an der Isar, Bavaria
    Record Office: Infantry and Army Educational Corps Record Office, York
    Record Office Number: 20

  8. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Cyril Stark was held for a time at Camp 66, Capua. This information is from the POW listing WO392/21 POW's of the Italians as of August 1943. Hopefully, other forum members can tell you more about this camp:

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  9. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Not a DSO but a Military Medal
    No. 4344722 Sergeant Cyril STARK, The East Yorkshire Regiment (The Duke of York's Own) (Hull). London Gazette November 8th 1945.

    Missing 4th June 1942 Held Campo Pg 54 also ,pre Italian surrender listed as 4 Batt, East Yorks Regt
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