6845322, Rifleman G.H.C. Piper King's Royal Rifle Corps Pow Calais

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  1. ypres5

    ypres5 Junior Member

    I would be grateful if anyone could help me trying to find out were the above soldier came from. I know Rifleman Piper was Pow at Calais ( He was also M.I.D. for the Defence of Calais). Any help would be most grateful. Thank you Mick.
  2. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    One possible candidate:

    PIPER, George H C - Pontefract - Mar 1911
  3. ypres5

    ypres5 Junior Member

    harkness, thanks that could be my man. I have his medal group in my collection and would love to put a photo with the group, thanks again Mick.
  4. gmyles

    gmyles Senior Member


    British Army Casualties 1939-1945 says Rfm Piper was in the 2nd Battalion KRRC. He was decalared missing initially, later changed to POW. The same list states he was no longer a POW in 1945.

    From Ancestry POW database

    NAME: G H C Piper
    RANK: Rifleman
    ARMY NUMBER: 6845322
    REGIMENT: Kings Royal Rifle Corps
    POW NUMBER: 4691
    CAMP TYPE: Stalag
    CAMP LOCATION: Malbork,Poland

    Hope this helps

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  5. ypres5

    ypres5 Junior Member

    Gus, thanks Mick
  6. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    Mick, he's the only Piper with the initials G.H.C. born in England/Wales between 1880-1920. That doesn't GUARANTEE he's your man, but the evidence is strong.
  7. ypres5

    ypres5 Junior Member

    I agree, I will see if i can find anything about him . i might give the the Pontefract Library a ring, Thanks for everyone's help.
  8. Rachael kendall

    Rachael kendall New Member

    You are correct and that is my grandad
  9. Rachael kendall

    Rachael kendall New Member

    This is grandad
  10. ypres5

    ypres5 Junior Member

    Hi Rachael, Your grandfather was a brave soldier and just like the rest of them who defended Calais in 1940. Mick
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