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P.G. 49, Reggio Nelli Emilia, Fortenellato in the Second World War 1939-1945 - The Wartime Memories Project -

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P.G. 49, Reggio Nelli Emilia, Fortenellato

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    Those known to have been held in or employed at

    P.G. 49, Reggio Nelli Emilia, Fortenellato

    during the Second World War 1939-1945.

    • Fleming John A..
    • Randles Paul John Leonard. Pte
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    John A. Fleming

    My father John A. Fleming was a British POW in Italian camps around 1941-1943 at Camp 66, Camp 49 and Camp 17. He escaped with fellow POWs Dan Billany, David Dowie and Alex Harding. He was later captured and sent to Oflag 9.

    M Filban


    My father was a POW at Camp PG49 Fontanellato.

    Steve Sims

    Pte Paul John Leonard Randles Umvoti Rifles

    Paul Randles(19), former Head Boy of Hilton College, volunteered to fight for the Mother country. The Randles family had come from Shropshire and his mother's (Tweedie) from Peebles.

    He was sent to Egypt for army training. Fighting in the desert war in North Africa Private Randles was taken prisoner at the fall of Tobruk in July 1942. He was taken to Italy where he was held prisoner in Montalbo (PG41) in September 1942. In March 1943 he was transferred to another camp, Fontanelatto (PG49).

    On 9th September 1943 he was one of the 536 prisoners released by the Camp Commandant. He and his compatriots made their way south through the Apennine Mountains with the aim of joining the Allies. They covered 700km on foot. He was sheltered by a family called Vincenzo in San Donato in Frosinone. He was recaptured by Germans while attempting to cross to the Allied lines. He was entrained to Germany where he saw out the war in POW Camp Stalag VIIa, near Mooseburg northeast of Munich.

    Having survived the war Paul studied Law and became senior partner at Randles Davis and Wood in Pietermaritzburg, Natal. Paul played rugby and cricket for Natal and got a trial as wicketkeeper for the Springboks.

    While under the protection of the Vincenzo family he was invited to attend the christening of their youngest child. He made too merry after the service and slipped out of the haystack where he had been hiding and landed at the feet of a German officer. Quick thinking Ma Vincenzo took off her belt and scolded him shouting "Off to your room now and sleep it off - the young today just do not know how to behave". The officer roared with laughter and suspected nothing.

    Alexander Irvine-Fortescue

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