2656317 Guardsman Frank PARSONS, 3rd Bn Coldstream Guards: POW, Italy 27/12/1944

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  1. DAVE MARTIN

    DAVE MARTIN Member

    Hello members,
    I've recently bought a General Service Medal with a Palestine clasp to 2656317 Guardsman Frank Parsons. He had a busy war!! Wounded in France circa 1th June 1940 (date not reported) and then captured in Italy on 27th December 1944 together with 2665249 Guardsman E A Lemon (both 3rd Battalion).
    We all know that POWs for that period in the war are fairly scarce, so I was wondering if perhaps anyone had the war diary, and the two men are mentioned?
    Thanks very much to anyone who can help.
    Dave
     
  2. Gary Tankard

    Gary Tankard Well-Known Member

    Hi Dave,

    Here are the pages from the war diary for that dates.

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  3. Gary Tankard

    Gary Tankard Well-Known Member

    These are reports from members of the platoon giving a more detail on the circumstances in which the two Guardsmen were captured.

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    Hope these help.

    Regards,
    Gary.
     
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  4. DAVE MARTIN

    DAVE MARTIN Member

    Gary, That's absolutely fantastic. Thanks very much. I never imagined I would know so much detail about his capture.
    Dave
     
  5. Gary Tankard

    Gary Tankard Well-Known Member

    Dave,

    As an addition it appears Lieutenant Llloyd, the carrier platoon commander mentioned above, was awarded the Military Cross for this action.

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  6. DAVE MARTIN

    DAVE MARTIN Member

    Thanks once again Gary. Great, really paints a picture of the action. Parson's was safely released from captivity at the end of the war and was discharged to the reserve in 1946. His enlistment book entry is on Find My Past, so I know a few bits about him.
    Regards
    Dave
     

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