Sydney Jones - Special Operations Executive

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  1. CTNana

    CTNana Member Patron

    A local man discovers that his father was a spy during the war.
    Man discovers father's WW2 spy past

    I can only find one book by the author (Chris Robbilard - From Barry to Bari) but would be interested to read the one above if anyone knows how to get it.
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  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    From panel from my photo collection of Brookwood Memorial


    Service Number 125265

    Died 06/09/1944

    Aged 52

    Royal Engineers

    Special Operations Executive

    M B E

    Son of Charles and Emily Louise Jones; husband of Rose-Marie Jones.

    Commemorated at BROOKWOOD 1939-1945 MEMORIAL

    Location: Surrey, United Kingdom
    Number of casualties: 3417

    Cemetery/memorial reference: Panel 4. Column 3.
  3. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    One of those odd articles that seems to mix things up. Not sure why 'MI5' would be sending the son his father's SOE records in 2016 when they have been open at the National Archives since 2003: Sidney Charles JONES - born 25.11.1902, died 06.09.1944 | The National Archives

    And then the article fails to give any details about Sydney Jones' activities in France, how he earned his MBE, or gives the title of the book.

    Would be interesting to learn more about him.

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  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Sydney Charles
    • UNIT
    F Section SOE
    • RANK
    • NUMBER
    6th September 1944
    • AGE
    Brookwood Memorial,Surrey Panel 4 Column 3
    parent unit Royal Engineers
    born 25.11.1902 France
    resided France
    son of Charles and Emily Louise Jones
    husband of Rose-Marie Jones
    codename Felix and Elie
    Inventor Circuit (Prosper sub circuit) (organiser and arms instructor)
    awards M.B.E.,C.deG.,M.R.F.
    arrested 19.11.1943
    executed Mauthausen,Austria
    F Section Memorial,Valencay,France

    Viewing Image: S. Jones - Special Forces - Roll Of Honour
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  5. CTNana

    CTNana Member Patron

    I didn't know that Lee. I just assumed that he had applied for his service records and that these were sent when they could be released. I further assumed that the detail had been omitted to whet ones appetite!

    Was it unusual for someone of his age to be involved in Special Ops?

    Has anybody read the other Chris Robbilard book?
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  6. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    One of a number of a large group of SOE operatives,both F Section and Dutch Sections, who were murdered at Mauthausen....there is a memorial plaque to the group on the back wall which overlooks the camp entry courtyard.

    There used to be a comprehensive document on SOE strength,entitled The Most Secret List of SOE Agents which was generated by Eliah Meyer and freely available on the internet ........unfortunately it is now in the possession of Academia Edu

    Sydney Jones (field names "Elie" and "Felix" ) was betrayed by Roger Bardet who was also involved in the betrayal of Peter Churchill /Odette Sansom with Abwehr Sqt Hugo Bleicher acting as the controller.Assuming the fictitious. character of an anti Nazi as "Colonel Henri",Bleicher was able to deceive Henri Frager who became another victim of Bardet's treachery. From Bardet's treachery, Bleicher became more successful in rounding up SOE agents.

    Sydney Jones doubted the loyalty of Bardet too late and was arrested as "Elie" while in bed early in the morning at his apartment...a brave man Bleicher recorded, who took his arrest calmly and said "It's a pity,it's such a nice day today"

    Postwar Bleicher was found by the British authorities to have no war crimes case to answer and and after interrogations resumed civilian life as a tobacconist back in Germany.

    Bardet was put on trial and surprisingly escaped the death sentence when his sentence was reprieved and commuted to 20 years imprisonment...freed in 1955,he was freed to live under an assumed name.
  7. CTNana

    CTNana Member Patron

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  8. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Interesting story, thanks for posting in the first place CTNana.
  9. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    I think the author is Chris Robillard not Robbilard. Slap dash reporting by BBC; they've used both spellings in the article.
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  10. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher

    If the date of birth in 1902 is correct, then Captain Jones was 42 when he died, not 52...
  11. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

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  12. CTNana

    CTNana Member Patron

    Thanks Lee - for some reason I cannot subscribe to that but I'll have another look for the book. Interesting, in the bit that I could read, that he says that the papers arrived out of the blue. Anybody any idea why that might have been?

    Incidentally his first book is very expensive for a paperback.

    Thanks too for the other comments. I hadn't noticed the discrepancies in the spelling of the author's surname nor his Dad's age.
  13. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    To confirm dates on one of the forms in the photo in BBC article you can just make out birth as 25 Nov 1902, Paris.
    CWGC have age wrong as well: Casualty


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