WW2 Escapers and Evaders Switzerland

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  1. ADM199

    ADM199 Well-Known Member

    I have completed catalogueing by name all those who Escaped into Switzerland from Italy Post Armistace.
    The information shown is---Name Rank No.Unit. Date Captured and date of Arrival in Switzerland.
    If anyone would like a report locating just send the name.
     
  2. paulp4180

    paulp4180 Junior Member

    I have completed catalogueing by name all those who Escaped into Switzerland from Italy Post Armistace.
    The information shown is---Name Rank No.Unit. Date Captured and date of Arrival in Switzerland.
    If anyone would like a report locating just send the name.

    Thanks, hoping you'll be able to help with the below?

    Private Herbert James Blanchard 2nd Btn Hampshire Regiment 2610798
     
  3. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Hello and welcome to the forum.

    I am sure that Brian will get back to you when he sees your post.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  4. DaveB

    DaveB Very Senior Member Patron

    This seems to be a good a place as any to place some info from National Archives of Australia (NAA) files on Commonwealth personnel in Switzerland.



    “Department of Defence - escapes to Switzerland” Item barcode 30321857 (Report by Senior British Officer - see extract)

    Medical staff mentioned:

    Major I A B CATHIE RAMC - Ian Aysgarth Bewley CATHIE, M.D. (157850) Royal Army Medical Corps

    Major S G O’NEILL IMS - (MZ/13198) Indian Medical Service

    Major J A G CARMICHAEL RAMC - (67840) Royal Army Medical Corps

    Captain W G GRAY NZAMC - (11645) Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps (New Zealand Military Forces)

    Captain A G ANDERSON RAMC


    The CWGC shows 48 burials in Switzerland, 12 of which are army. Five are mentioned in the SBO’s report:

    EC/1901 Lieutenant MCDOWALL, Peter Carey Stuart of 2nd Bn 4th Prince of Wales' Own Gurkha Rifles (Infantile Paralysis)

    VX34508 Private O’RAFFERTY, Patrick James of A.I.F. 2/24 Bn (Injuries following fall from a window)

    2657262 Guardsman RICHARDSON, Cyril Sidney Malcolm of 3rd Bn Coldstream Guards (Pneumonia & Pleurisy)

    3314546 Private TAYLOR, Lawrence of 2nd Bn Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) (Sepsis from endocardiac ulcers)

    6952 Naik Jit Bahadur Limbu of 2nd Bn 7th Gurkha Rifles “Report follows” (not found)


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    Other digitized files:


    “Prisoners of war escapees to Switzerland” Item barcode 4757413 (Insurance matters)

    “Australian POW escapees in Switzerland” Item barcode 448601 (Mailing addresses etc)
     

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  5. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey Patron

    Hi Paul,

    There is a Escape and Evasion report for Blanchard at the National Archives. If you need any help getting a copy of it, drop me a personal message.

    Best wishes,

    Lee
     
  6. ritsonvaljos

    ritsonvaljos Senior Member Patron

    Do you have a report for my kinsman, Gunner James Bouch, R.A. by any chance please? He escaped from a P.O.W. camp in Italy when the Italian guards left and before the Germans arrived to take over. He made his way to the Swiss border with the assistance of Italian partisans. Once in Switzerland he was interned until after the liberation of France, when internees were allowed to walk across the frontier.

    Thanks in advance if you can assist.
     
  7. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    From Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 26 May 1944

    Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 26 May 1944.png
     
  8. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    I have checked out WO 392 21 and presumably this is Cpl Hopkinson:

    Hopkinson.jpg

    Given that the Camp PG 53 is a long way from the Swiss border I imagine that he had been sent north from there to a camp made up of work parties based on farms - e.g. PG 106 Vercelli or PG 146, Mortara, from where he escaped at the Armistice. I am particularly interested in escapers from Mortara who got to Switzerland so if anyone knows anything about Cpl. Hopkinson, such as whether or not there is an E & E Report for him, please let me know,

    Regards,

    Vitellino
     

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