T/Major Thomas Edward Spencer -Special Ops

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  1. johnp

    johnp Junior Member

    I Had an Uncle T/Major Thomas Edward Spencer who served with the RA during WW2 and was captured at Singapore and held in Changi. He was awarded the MBE for his work in changi but what is confusing is in his record of Award it states Theatre of Operations - Special Ops.

    Any clarification on what Special Ops could mean please


  2. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    This is his M.B.E. Citation, awarded under the Category, Services whilst Prisoner of War. When you read it, there is nothing there to indicate Special Ops, just a great care towards men under his command.

  3. DaveB

    DaveB Very Senior Member

    The LG only refers to his work as a POW -


    Second Supplement to the London Gazette of Tuesday, the 10th of September, 1946


    St. James's Palace, S.W.1. 12th September, 1946.

    The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following appointments to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, in recognition .of gallant and distinguished services while prisoners of war:

    To be Additional Members of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:

    Major (temporary) Thomas Edward SPENCER (42016), Royal Regiment of Artillery.
  4. johnp

    johnp Junior Member


    Got the Special Ops info from "Find my past" website under "Royal Artillery Honours and Awards 1939 -45" but they have probably got it wrong

    A huge thank you for all the info you continue to amaze me with what you know

    Best Regards


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