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Warren Gilliam .     US Navy USS Boise

My father Joe Gilliam, his twin brother Warren, and the fellow who became their brother-in-law after the war, Don Tucker all served on the Boise. All three were Radiomen and were ship's company by mid 1941. My Uncle Warren was transfered off the ship after the Battle of Cape Esperance and served on an LST for the rest of the war.

Lt. Courtney Gilliatt .     Royal Air Force 107 Squadron

Canadian flying with the RAF. Mosquito Pilot

S J Gillingham .     RAF VR 59 Squadron

Able Seaman John Albert, Charles Gillott .     Royal Navy HMS Forfar   from Forrest Hill, London)

(d.2nd Dec 1940)

Pte. John Gillott .     British Army Duke of Wellington's The West Riding   from Sheffield, Yorkshire)

My father, John (Jack) Gillott was in the Duke of Wellington's Regiment, The West Riding, and was Pte. J. Gillott 862992. He wrote a small autobiography for his 5 children, of which I am the oldest. I learned a lot about my father with this book. Dad, who turned 90 on June 27, 2010 and is still living as of this date, joined the Royal Artillery in 1936 and was called into action on September 3, 1939 the day WW II was declared. My dad was shot 3 times in the fleshy part of his hip by the enemy and to this day still has one bullet inside his body - something Dad didn't even realize until many years later - it was at one point in his left chest very close to his heart. The surgeons on several occasions have told him the bullet 'travelled' and by the time the surgery was scheduled, the bullet itself could have 'moved' again. Dad and many of the men in his Regiment were captured and sent to Stalag XXB. I have a very dark photo which I will try to lighten up and put here. Dad only mentions the names of 2 of his friends in XXB, one being Gordon Rolls who apparently was the son of Rolls Royce automobiles, who Dad said used his name and influence to buy food etc. for the men in XXB. The other man mentioned was Cassagrande and it doesn't mention if this is the first or last name. On January 11, 1945 the start of the 'Black March' began and Dad didn't know the exact date but he thought May 1945 he and his friends were turned over to the American sector for liberation. There is so much in his book of 100 pages or so that I would love to reprint here. I would think not too many members of his Regiment are alive today but the one paragraph I will copy verbatim is this one: "It was June 4: history recorded the evacuation of Dunkirk was completed on this day. There was however, no mention of the men who had sacrificed their lives and others who had been wounded or taken prisoner, simply because they had been sacrificed defending the embarkation of the bulk of the British Army. These men at least deserved a medal, however, I am not aware that any such medal was awarded other than the '39-'45 Star which did not honour the defendants of Dunkirk." I love you Dad more than you'll ever know and thank you and your friends at Stalag XXB for helping give me the free life I have today, all because of you!

Able Seaman. Frank Henry Gillson .     Royal Navy HMS Cairo (d.28th May 1940)

F/S H. Gilmore .     Royal Air Force 514 Sqd.

Having been shot down on the 3rd of August, F/S Gilmore was interned in Stalag Luft 7.

Sgt. Albert Edward Gilverson .     Royal Canadian Air Force 1663 HCU   from Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

(d.19th Aug 1943)

Albert Edward Gilverson, RCAF

Air Gunner Sgt Albert Edward Gilverson was killed in a collision between two Halifax Bombers, one from Riccall and one from Rufforth, on 19 August 1943.

Rufforth Crew, Air Gunner Sgt Albert Edward Gilverson 2nd row back, middle

Air Gunner Sgt Albert Edward Gilverson on left

Mjr. Daniel Ginyard .     United States Army   from Willingboro, NJ)

Daniel Ginyard enlisted in the Army in 1943. During 10 years of active duty, he served as a communications officer and a transportation officer, including for a time in Japan.

Albert P. Giordano .     United States Navy   from Washington Township, NJ)

Stephen Edward Giorgianni .     US Army   from Fort Edward, NY)

Davina Girdwood .     Land Army

Stanley Douglas Gittings .     British Army 65th RA Field Regiment, 257 Bty. Royal Artillery

We are in the process of typing up my father's diary of his time in Stalag VIIIB between June 1940 and 1945. His name was Stanley Douglas Gittings and he was in the 257/65th RA Field Regiment.

In the back of his diary is a list of names of people who he seems to have been incarcerated with. If anybody would like me to check the list for their relatives please email me, although the diary does not mention anything other than their names and addresses at the time.

Jack Gittleman DFC..     United States Army Air Force   from Paramus, NJ)

Jack Gittleman flew 52 combat missions. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters.

Aerographers Mate 1st Cl John Nathaniel "Jack" Given .     USNR USS Boise CL-47

My father served on the Boise from early '42 through the end of the war. He was on board for all major campaigns including the Battle of Cape Esperance and McCarther's tour of the Phillipines. As Aerographers Mate or meteorologist, he was positioned near the Bridge of the ship and we have some of the messages or reports. As with many servicemen that saw action, he didn't speak much about the actual battles or even the war in general.

Flt.Sgt. Thomas Henry Gladders .     Royal Air Force 207 Squadron   from Blackhill, Durham)

Tommy Gladders was shot down over Berlin on 24/12/43 and was sent to Stalag Luft 3. He sent a postcard home dated 26.04.44 saying 'there has been plenty of entertainment to keep us going (POW talent is pretty good), this was written just after the famous 'Great Escape'

Sgt.Maj. Cyril Walter Glasgow .     British Army Royal Engineers

My great grandad, Cyril Glasgow, was in the Royal Engineers, he was a seargant major. He served in many countries Afica, Germany, Italy. He did mainly bomb disposal.

Pte. Evans Truelove "Beans" Glass .     U.S. Army   from Okmulgee, OK)

All I know about my Grandfather Evans Glass's POW story is that he was captured at the Battle of the Bulge, and spent the remainder of the war in Stalag 3b. He never would talk much about the war other than a few amusing stories about his friends.

Charles Henry Glasson .     Royal Navy HMS Prunella (d.21st Jun 1940)

P/O. Peter Augustine Gleeson DFC..     Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 83 Sqd.   from Surrey)

(d.13th Aug 1944)

The Lancaster took off from Coningsby at 21.07 to target Brunswick but the flight was hit by nightfighters over Hodenhagen (Germany) and 5 of the crew were killed and 2 taken POW:

Those killed:

  • Flying Officer Cyril Erritt age 24
  • Flight Sergeant Goronwy Jones age 19
  • Warrent Officer Edwin Alexander Taylor age
  • Warrent officer Robert William Callagher age 28
  • Pilot Officer Peter Augustine Gleeson age 21
All are buried in the Becklingen War Cemetery in Germany

Pilot Officer N P Delayen and Warrent Officer J McWilliamson were taken POW.

Peter Augustine is in my wife's family line and his family have a long tradition of duty. His father was a Lieutenant in WWI as was an uncle (both being awarded both service and bravery awards). Another uncle was killed in action in France in 1917. Peter's grandfather was also a regular soldier and Lieutenant and died in 1900 in South Africa during the Boer War. A brother of Peter's Grandfather (Andrew Fitzwilliam Gleeson) was also a career soldier being a Lt.Col and awarded an OBE. This line of the family also gave service with two of his sons serving in WWI and one of them being killed on action in WWII.

Whilst Peter Augustine does not belong in my family I am very proud of him.

Spr. James Glen .     British Army Royal Engineers (d.13th Sep 1945)

James Glen died aged 23. Born in Jarrow in1922, he was the son of Alexander and Margaret B. Glenn (nee Wilkinson) of Jarrow.

He is buried in Jarrow Cemetery and is commemorated on the WW2 Roll of Honour Plaque in the entrance of Jarrow Town Hall.

Cpl. William Frazer Glen .     British Army 10th Btn. Highland Light Infantry   from Glasgow)

Served with A company 10th HLI from 1942 until 1944 - wounded in Normandy.

Sgt. William Lewis Jr. Glenn .     US Army

Cpl Janek Glogiewicz .     Polish Army Infantry   from Dolinyany, Poland)

My father Janek Glogiewicz was in Torun Stalag XXA for a major part of WW2. He could not return to his native Dolinyany, as the Russian occupiers gave that part of Poland to the Ukraine and expelled the Poles or had them sent to Siberia. Dad was expatriated to Australia in 1950, and lived mainly in Richmond Victoria and never lived in fear of War again till his death in 1993.

Earnest Albert Glover .    

My Grandfather Earnest Albert Glover was held in Stalag 8b. I would welcome any information about him.

Flt.Sgt. Henry Raymond Glover .     Royal Air Force 7 Squadron   from Chislehurst, Kent)

(d.25th June 1943)

My brother, Henry Glover is mentioned in the "Memoirs of Group Captain T.G. Mahaddie: The story of a Pathfinder." The plane he was in was shot down over Holland and he is buried in Castricum Protestant Churchyard Noord, Netherlands. Plot J Coll.grave 6. His squadron flew Stirlings, from Oakington, Cambridgeshire.

F/O. Mike Gnius .     Royal Canadian Air Force 434 (Bluenose) Squadron   from Regina, Saskatchewan)

(d.20th Jan 1944)

Mike Gnius flew 6 missions in a Halifax; 5 as Middle Upper Air Gunner and 1 as Rear Air Gunner. On November 18, 1943 during an operation against Ludwigshafen, the aircraft was attacked by an FW 190. Rear Gunner Hill and MU/AG Gnius fired and F/O Brest took evasive action. F/O Brest and P/O Gnius were interviewed the following day and their account of the fight and flight back to base on 3 engines and an inoperable rear turret was reported in the Canadian Press. Also mentioned in the article were Wilf Kipp, James Snowsell and Jack Morgan.

CSM. George Arthur Godbold .     British Army Leicestershire Regiment

George A. Godbold started as a boy soldier with Leicestershire Regiment in 1924. He became a POW following the Fall Of Singapore in 1942, and was sent to Fukuoka No. 17 after surving the sinking of the Japanese ship "Hofuku Maru".

S/Sgt. Denis George "Lofty" Goddard MID.     British Army Royal Artillery   from Bentworth, Hants)

My Father Denis George "Lofty" "Badgie" Goddard joined the Royal Artillery Boys Service in Woolwich in 1938. His early wartime service 1939-42 included being a very young staff sergeant training anti tank crews in Wales, most of whom ended up in North Africa.

Overseas wartime service from 1943-45 included Special Operations Executive (SOE) attachment as radio operator in various Greek Islands followed by special forces operations in the Balkans, Northern Italy and Southern France in the following units:- Special Raiding Squadron (SRS), Raiding Support Regiment (RSR), and Special Air Service (SAS)

He finished the back end of the war in a 25 pounder RA unit (the Ayeshire Yeomanry) in Northern Italy (Argenta gap etc.) and Southern Austria where he was part of the operation that handed back to the Soviet Red Army the White Russian Cossacks who fought for the Nazis.

Post WW2 Lofty continued as a professional soldier until 1972. Units included 33rd RA, 66th RA, 7th RHA, 17 RA. Postings included:- India 1945/6 , Palestine 1946/7, Malaya 1950/52, Singapore 1952/53, Dusseldorf 1954/56? , Cyprus 1956?/60 then was UK based after that.

Lofty faded away in June 2007.

F/Lt. Gordon Frank Goddard .     Royal Air Force 115 Sqd.

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