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Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburghs)

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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There are 3 pages in our library tagged Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburghs)  These include information on officers service records, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Second World War.

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Pte. Jack H.D. Futter 2nd Btn. Wiltshire Regiment

Jack Futter fought with 2 Wiltshire Regiment at Cassino as part of 5 British Infantry Division, where they were involved in the crossing of the Garigliano. After being captured Jack was most likely taken to a transit camp at Frosinone, south of Rome. From here he was loaded onto a POW train bound for Germany on 26th January 1944, and it was on this journey that the Allerona tragedy took place. On 28th January 1944 at the Orvieto North railway bridge at Allerona, Italy, a train full of Allied prisoners, most of whom had come from Camp P.G. 54, Fara in Sabina, north of Rome, was hit by friendly fire from the American 320th Bombardment Group. U.S. Army member Richard Morris was on the train and wrote that the journey was stopped on the bridge over the river, and that the German guards fled as soon as the bombs struck. The prisoners were left locked inside the carriages. Many, including Jack Futter, managed to escape through holes in the boxcars caused by the bombing, and jumped into the river below. It was a great tragedy of the war resulting in the deaths of hundreds of men.

Jack Futter escaped the wreck with numerous slight wounds for which he was treated in Orvieto Hospital after being captured in Garigliano. He was then sent to POW camp Stalag 344 in Lamsdorf, Poland.

S Flynn



Pte. Alfred King 2nd Btn. Wiltshire Regiment

Alfred King fought with 2 Wiltshire Regiment at Cassino as part of 5 British Infantry Division, where they were involved in the crossing of the Garigliano. After being captured Alfred was most likely taken to a transit camp at Frosinone, south of Rome. From here he was loaded onto a POW train bound for Germany on 26th January 1944, and it was on this journey that the Allerona tragedy took place.On 28th January 1944 at the Orvieto North railway bridge at Allerona, Italy, a train full of Allied prisoners, most of whom had come from Camp P.G. 54, Fara in Sabina, north of Rome, was hit by friendly fire from the American 320th Bombardment Group. U.S. Army member Richard Morris was on the train and wrote that the journey was stopped on the bridge over the river, and that the German guards fled as soon as the bombs struck. The prisoners were left locked inside the carriages. Many, including Alfred King, managed to escape through holes in the boxcars caused by the bombing, and jumped into the river below. It was a great tragedy of the war resulting in the deaths of hundreds of men.

Alfred escaped the wreck, but was then captured in Garigliano and sent to Stalag 344 in Lamsdorf, Poland.

s flynn



Pte. A. Stamp 2nd Btn. Wiltshire Regiment

Private Stamp fought with 2 Wiltshire Regiment at Cassino as part of 5 British Infantry Division, where they were involved in the crossing of the Garigliano. After being captured he was most likely taken to a transit camp at Frosinone, south of Rome. From here he was loaded onto a POW train bound for Germany on 26th January 1944, and it was on this journey that the Allerona tragedy took place.

On 28th January 1944 at the Orvieto North railway bridge at Allerona, Italy, a train full of Allied prisoners, most of whom had come from Camp P.G. 54, Fara in Sabina, north of Rome, was hit by friendly fire from the American 320th Bombardment Group. U.S. Army member Richard Morris was on the train and wrote that the journey was stopped on the bridge over the river, and that the German guards fled as soon as the bombs struck. The prisoners were left locked inside the carriages. Many, including Stamp, managed to escape through holes in the boxcars caused by the bombing, and jumped into the river below. It was a great tragedy of the war resulting in the deaths of hundreds of men.

Private Stamp escaped the wreck but was then captured and sent to POW camp Stalag 344 in Lamsdorf, Poland.

s flynn



L/Cpl. Harry Clark 2nd Btn. Wiltshire Regiment

Harry Clark was Captured at Garigliano and was on his way from Camp PG 54 to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf on 28 January 1944 by train. Whilst crossing the Orvieto North railway bridge at Allerona, Italy, they were subjected to an inadvertent bombing by the American 320th Bombardment Group hitting a train filled with Allied prisoners. Most of the POWs had come from Camp P.G. 54, Fara in Sabina, 35 kilometres to the north of Rome, and had been evacuated in anticipation of the Allied advance. One of the men on the train, Richard Morris recalled that the train was halted on the bridge over the river when the Allied bombs started to fall, and that the German guards fled the train, leaving the prisoners locked inside. Many escaped, Morris included, through holes in the boxcars caused by the bombing, and jumped into the river below. Historian Iris Origo wrote that 450 were killed when the cars ultimately tumbled into the river.

s Flynn



Pte. George Frederick Cowley 2nd Battalion, C Coy. Wiltshire Regiment (d.21st May 1940)

returned letter after George's death

George Cowley was killed at the Battle of Arras on 21st of May 1940 at the age of 20.

Martin Cowley









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