Two POWs in Italy saved by a partisan

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  1. tedfromscrubs

    tedfromscrubs Junior Member

    Hi All

    I have been asked by an Itlaian friend Giordano Viozzi if I can find out anything about the two men whose names and addresses appear on the attached chits. They were sheltered by Oreste Belleggia, a well-known partisan in the Le Marche region of Italy. His daughter would like to know if they made it home

    The addresses on the scraps of paper are:
    Ronald P. Holmes, Esq.
    16, Crundale Avenue
    Kingsbury, London, N.W. 9
    (On this paper is also written some simple notes about Italian pronunciation.)
    George Hart
    32 Lynn Street

    They must have been in one of the 3 camps in the vicinity - Monte Urano, Sforzacosta or Servigliano. Any info on which camp, or on the UK addresses gratefully received as always

    I also attach Oreste's Alexander certificate

    Details also here

    All the best to you all


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  2. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Hello ,
    Ronald Percy Holmes appears not to have made it;-

    Rank:Warrant Officer
    Service No:1375674
    Date of Death:08/02/1944
    Regiment/Service:Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Grave Reference:XVI, D, 1.
    Additional Information:Son of James Albert and Mary Holmes, of Kingsbury, Middlesex.

  3. tedfromscrubs

    tedfromscrubs Junior Member

    Thankyou Kyle.

    That's a bit of a mystery then. Unusual for PoWs to get back into the fight and Coriano Ridge is quite a long way North of Marche. But I know of at least one other - Sidney Seymour Smith - who was killed by the NaziFascisti in Marche, buried in the local cemetery then re-interred at Coriano in due course.

    Or maybe he wasn't a PoW but sent in to help organise the local partisans. Can anyone find him on a prisoner list for PGs 70 MonteUrano, 59 Servigliano or 53 Sforzacosta??

    I'll be speaking to the italian connections next March and will let you know of any developments

  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Hi Ted

    I am trying to help someone else trace the living relatives of service men who were helped by Italians, but it is proving exceptionally difficult (except if they appear on CWGC records or as a POW later in Germany).
    The only info at present for your George Hart I can find is a possible birth cert:

    Name: George Hart
    Mother's Maiden Surname: Verity
    Date of Registration: Apr-May-Jun 1921
    Registration district: Oldham
    Inferred County: Lancashire
    Volume Number: 8d
    Page Number: 1306

    Unfortunately I cannot as yet find a family tree in which he is noted

  5. tedfromscrubs

    tedfromscrubs Junior Member

    Many thanks TD - helpful as always. Let me know if I can do anything at the Italian end of your search.

    Meanwhile here is Ronald's grave at Coriano Ridge


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