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Walter James Henry Gillham .     British Army Kings Royal Rifle Corps   from London)

My grandfather, Walter Gillham was on a ship that was torpedoed in WWII and was rescued. All we know is he was in a death camp in Poland and was on a death march. He died never speaking about any of these events so we are eager to find out where he was and who with. He was very quiet when he came home and stayed distant his whole life until his death. We do not know anything including the name of the ship he was on. Any information would be appreciated



Radioman Joseph Gilliam .     United States 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. My father and his brother have both passed away, but Uncle Don is still alive and lives in the Palm Springs area of California.

A book giving the details of the Boise during WWII was written by a former member of the crew and was published in 2000. The book provides a great deal of information that relatives of the former crew members may find interesting. With All Our Might by Vincent A. Langelo



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.



Pte. William Gilmour .     British Army 6th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders

William Gilmour and the 17th Infantry Brigade including 6th Seaforth crossed the straits of Messina and landed in Italy on September 3rd 1943. By 2nd January 1944 they had returned to the west of Italy to take part in the operations to cross the Garigliano River. Unfortunately, William was captured in Minturno on January 18th and ended up bound for Germany on a POW train. 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 William Gilmour, 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.

He survived the wreck with slight wounds to both feet. Once recovered he was sent to Stalag 344 in Lamsdorf, Poland.



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.




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