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Sgt. Ronald James McEvoy . British Army 2nd Btn. Grenadier Guards from 97 Ritherdon Road, Balham, London)
In 1931 my father Ronald James McEvoy enrolled with the 2nd Battalion of the Grenadier Guards. In March 1936 his battalion was stationed at Mustapha Barracks, Alexandria, Egypt. As war was declared on Germany on the 31st August 1939, Ron had just finished his military service and had joined the Southampton Police Force, he put his uniform back on and headed for Wellington Barracks.
Ronís battalion then became part of the British Expeditionary Force on the French, Belgium frontier. He was one of the lucky ones and evacuated from Dunkirk. During his time in England he had prisoner escort duties and guard duties at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace; he was also escort for the keys to the Tower of London. On the 9th May 1942 he married Eileen Hendry at St Boniface Catholic Church, Tooting.
Between the 9th and 18th of September 1943 Ron's battalion became part of the 8th Army and landed at Salerno Italy. Ron was captured by the German's in November 1943 and after two weeks in a cattle wagon he became incarcerated at Stalag 357 Thorn, Poland.
On the advance of the Russians the prison population was marched to Stalag XI-B in Fallingbostel, Germany. After liberation from there my father teamed up with a few friends and roamed through the German countryside living off the land. After about a week they met up with some allied troops and were flown back home. I have come across three aces "dated 18th April 1945" from a pack of cards, the ace of clubs is signed by someone called J W T Hurlley? of Green-Royd, Boston Road, Holbeach, Spalding, Lincolnshire. The ace of hearts is signed by a gentleman called Maxwell of 16 Green Walk, Greater, Manchester. The ace of spades belongs to Fred W Bernard, Box 226 Chathery, New Brunswick, Canada.
Ron was offered a commission in another regiment however Ron and Eileen wanted the freedom of life away from the army. On being demobbed Ron was sent on an engineering course based in Cambridge; however on finishing he joined as an Agent of the Prudential Assurance Co Ltd; he was based in Balham, London. One year later he joined the War Office Police Service, later to become the Ministry of Defence Police Service. He was able to retain his military rank of Sergeant and was based at the War Office, Whitehall, London. In 1955 Ron was transferred to The Government Research Establishment in Waltham Abbey, Essex seeing out his working life until retirement in 1976.Ron McEvoy
Lt Cmdr. Surg. McEwan . Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve HMS Forfar
Peter McEwan . British Army 1st Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) from 7 Ashton Place, Netherton, Wishaw)
My father Peter McEwan was in Burma with the 1st battalion Cameronians during the Second World War. I would like to hear of anyone who served with him or their families who have any memories of their fathers who may have served with him in Burma.Morag Jenkins
Stephen Michael McFadden . from Ireland)
My father, Stephen Michael McFadden, probably known as Mick, was captured on Crete in 1941 and held in Stalag 8B until his repatriation in 1944. Sadly he died when I was 2 so I never knew him. Has anyone any memories or photos of him please? All I have is a small note book with the names and addresses of several men I assume were in prison with him.Josephine McFadden
Chief Petty Officer Frances McFadyen . Royal Navy Supply Depot Tobermory from Barnsley, Yorks)
I am posting this in memory of a dear Aunt who invited me to visit her when she was serving at Tobermory, Isle of Mull in the early forties, prior to her posting to Trinconmalee in Ceylon. What follows is a my personal experience made possible by Aunty Frances.
In a moment of nostalgia I decided to relive the most memorable event of my life, a day at sea in the final work-up aboard HMS Cowslip out of Tobermory in the summer of 1942. I must thank Dave Cox for the model he built which enabled me to fully visualise my experiences over again.
It may sound odd that an eight year old schoolboy was able to experience such an incredible voyage but it was made possible by my aunt who was a CPO in Supply at Tobermory. During the exercise all the ships weaponry was tested from the 4 inch gun thro' Oerlican cannons, depth charges and the Hedgehog anti-submarine grenades, I was even invited to dine with the Captain but being so young and shy I hardly spoke a word to him and had to leave for fresh air on deck because of sea sickness.
I am now 75 so it is extremely unlikely that any of the crew are still with us, if only I could express my gratitude to them for even at that young age I realised what they would be facing from then on. In studying Dave's model I am unable to recognise the Hedgehog launcher platform which I believe was on the bow deck in front of the 4 inch gun. Was that the case of in my memory playing tricks on me? Thank you once again for recreating that fantastic experience.Roy Stanyon
Sgt. James Armour mcfadyen . British Army 6th Battalion Cameronian Scottish Rifles from Edinburgh)
(d.18th Jan 1945)
James Armour McFadyen was a regular Soldier in the Cameronian Scottish Rifles. After landing in Baarland on the Island of Walcheren in the Nederlands on 26th October 1944 with the 6th and 7th Battalions of the Cameronians he was then involved in Operation Blackcock in the Industrial area of Maastricht and Sittard. He lost his life in the heavy fighting in that area and was buried in Sittard War Cemetery.
We have visited his grave many times over the years and have met the War Graves Commission from Maastricht who look after the graves in the area. We can only thank them from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing job they do in looking after the graves.Malcolm Macfadyen-Nichol
Sgt. James Armour McFadyen . British Army 6th Btn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) from Edinburgh, Scotland)
(d.18th Jan 1945)
My grandad, James Armour McFadyen, was killed in action in Western Europe on the 18th of January 1945, leaving his wife and two young children.Gillian Biddle
Tpr. Albert McFadzean . British Army 10th Royal Hussars (d.12th Jun 1940)Maureen
First Lieutenant Edward J McFarland . US Army Air Force
My father, Edward J McFarland, flew on B-24H-15-FO Liberator serial # 42-52413 and was shot down and emergency landed near a village named Nagyberki in Hungary. All members were captured and transported to the penitentiary in Budapest. The officers, which should include my Dad, were imprisoned in Stalag-Luft 3 in Sagan. I would like to research this and get more info about my Dad's term as a POW.Jim McFarland
First Lieutenant Edward J McFarland . USAAF
My Father, First Lieutenant Bombardier Edward J McFarland, flew on B-24H-15-FO Liberator, serial # 42-52413, and was shot down and emergency landed near a village named Nagyberki in Hungary. All members were captured and transported to the penitentary in Budapest. The officers, which should include my Dad, were imprisoned in Stalag-Luft 3 in Sagan. I would like to research this and get more info about my Dad's term as a POW.Jim McFarland
Cpl. William John McFarland . British Army Royal Irish Fusiliers from Coventry)
William McFarland was my father, who I know nothing about, as he died one month before I was born in 1946, but was buried with a Union Jack covering his coffin. He was a Prisoner of War, in Stalag Moosburg (Isar). Could anyone tell me anything about him, or even have a photo, as I don't know what he looked like.John McFarland
Pilot Officer D A McFarlane . RAF 149 SquadronDan Gardner
Assistant Steward George McFarlane . Naval Auxiliary Personnel HMS Forfar (d.2nd Dec 1940)
Sgt J. McFarlane . 428 Sqd. (d.30th Aug 1944 )
Cpl. Ronald Mcfarlane . South African Army 2nd Battalion Royal Durban Light Infantry from Pietermaritzbureg)
My Grandfather Ronald Mcfarlane was a POW at Stalag 4B he was captured at Tobruk on 21 June 1942.Rene Walker
G. McFerran . Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 419 Sqd.
2nd Lt. Robert L. McFetrich . United States Air Force 510th Bomb Squadron from Champion, Trumbull County, Ohio)
(d.29th March 1944)
Robert McFetrich was killed in a mid air collision between B24's near Halesworth, Suffolk, England on the 29th of March 1944. A cemetery memorial for Robert is at Champion Township Cemetery, Champion, Trumbull Co., Ohio.Bonnie Diehl
Vernon McGarity . United States Army 393rd Infantry from Memphis, TN)
President Harry Truman awarded the Medal of Honor to Vernon McGarity in October 1945. According to the U.S. Army Center of Military History, Mr. McGarity was a technical sergeant in the 393rd Infantry, 99th Infantry Division, during World War II. He was wounded in an artillery barrage that preceded a German counteroffensive near Krinkelt, Belgium, in December 1944. He received treatment but refused to be evacuated and returned to battle. He rescued two wounded soldiers, immobilized a tank with a round from a rocket launcher, replenished the unit's ammunition under heavy fire, and destroyed a German machine gun. Mr. McGarity received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and two Belgian medals in addition to the Medal of Honor.S. Flynn
Pte. D. McGarry . British Army Gordon Highlanders
Sgt Robert Robinson McGarvey . Royal Air Force 460 Squadron from Glasgow)
My late father, Bob McGarvey, was only 20 when he signed up as an RAF VR in Glasgow in May 1941. Based at Binbrook as a a WOP/AG, his Pathfinder Lancaster aircraft ED 658 crashed 8/9 October 1943 at Bahnof during Operation Hanover. All the crew became POWs. Dad was in Stalag Luft 6 and Stalag 357 until he was repatriated in 1945. Since I was only two when dad died, I would be interested to hear from any of the family of the crew or Bomber Command who included:
- Pilot F/O M C Caffyn (RAAF)
- Flight Engineer Sgt C W J Marshall (RAF)
- omb Aimer F/S N L Wulff (RAAF)
- Navigator F/O F Brown (RAAF)
- Air gunner A/G Sgt R N Cannon (RAF)
- Air Gunner F/S T A Richardson (RAF)Julie McGarvey
Pte. Francis John McGaughey . British Army Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers from Fintona, Co Tyrone, N Ireland)
My father, Private Francis John McGaughey, was a POW in WW2. He joined the Boysí Service of the Army on 12th July 1938, in Omagh, Co Tyrone, N Ireland. He enlisted in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and served 5 years 2 days with them. From 14th July 1943 until 5th June 1944 he was in the AAC. From 6th June 1944 until 21st May 1945 he was in the Paras in North West Europe, he remained in the Paras on his return home on 22nd May 1945 until he left the army on 12th August 1952.
He landed in France with the 6th Airbourne Division and was captured in July 1944. His POW number was 82290. He writes that at first he was in a camp within sight of Chartres Cathedral. Then he was put on a train with many others in terrible conditions. They arrived in Chalons and were marched to some barracks where they stayed for a while. He was eventually sent to a large Stalag Luft in Germany. From this Stalag Luft he was sent to (Chomutov- Czech name) Komotau in Czechoslovakia. He worked in an open cast mine there. There was a long, bitter winter and the workers were starving.
Actual words from my dadís notes: ďHear guns in distance all the time. Now fighter aircraft quite common, bombers around the clock and refugees increase. 8 May 1945 our guards are gone. No work today and Russian soldiers arrive.Ē
My Dad returned home and finished his time in the army. He married my mother and became a fire fighter with the Surrey Fire Brigade and they became parents to me and my brother. We have our own families now.
My dad never really talked about the war, only rarely would he mention being a POW in Czechoslovakia. He passed away in 1994 and we miss him a lot. I found some notes of his, some old photos and his AAC wings and badge. I was too upset to look at them properly until recently. Iím very proud and honoured to have had a father like him. Would be grateful to hear from anyone who knew my Dad or has information to share.
Respects to all the brave men and women who fought.Margaret Sabuncu
Len McGaughey . Royal Canadian Air Force bomb aimer 419 Sqd. from Canada.)
McGee . Royal Navy HMS Nelson
Assistant Steward Patrick McGee . Naval Auxiliary Personnel HMS Forfar from Walton, Liverpool)
(d.2nd Dec 1940)
Lt. Beverley McGeoch . Australian Army 2/7th Battalion from Australia)
My Dad, Bev McGeoch, served with 2/7 Battalion, 6 Division, 2nd AIF as Infantry Company Commander and was also at Oflag V11B. He had spoken of being near a concentration camp and I was trying to identify which one as my daughter is studying the holocaust.
Dad was captured on Crete in early June 1941 and I recently found his diary which he kept, sparingly of information, but pretty regularly for almost 4 years. Now as far as Marberg is concerned, he makes reference to it in the travel from Crete, via Greece and the Balkans to Germany. He refers to being in Belgrade 24 July 1941, Izlag 25 July, Zagreb 25 July, Marberg (spelt this way) 26 July and Graz 26 July. They then travelled through Germany to Wildpalk and then Lubeck 29 July to 8 October 1941 before arriving in Eichstatt (via some other places) September 1942. In the meantime they had also been at Warburg (is there a name confusion). This is near Kassel and was Oflag VI B. - I am not sure but Marberg seems to have been a transition town only. I did however find a reference to Stalag 4B Muhlberg, so I wonder whether that was it?
His diary then stops in March 1945, when they started being moved around as both the Americans and Russians closed. There is another much smaller diary of the last weeks which I have seen (somewhere buried in the papers I expect) which relates they were shelled by the Americans who took them for Hungarians. He speaks of the last few months as being hungry and in poor condition, yet excited as they seemed to be well aware of what was happening. They even knew almost immediately of the plot against Hitler.
It seems odd that after so many years, I so unexpectedly come across someone who Dad possibly knew, certainly spent time in the company of my Dad, during what was a pretty tough time for them all. My dad's health certainly suffered and he died at 60 - like so many, far too early.Jim McGeoch
Boyd Reynolds "Mac" McGeoch . Royal Navy HMS Hunter
My father Boyd McGeoch, who served on HMS Hunter. I am trying to find out about my late father's wartime experiences, I noticed that Alan Stevenson Cuthbutson has a printed book on survivors of this ship during WW2, if Alan could get in touch I would be most grateful.Carole Frost
Boyd Heath Reynolds "Mac" McGeoch . Fleet Air Arm 807 Sqd. from Leicester)
My father "Mac" McGeoch served with the Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm 807 Squadron on HMS Hunter. I am trying to contact Andrew Stevenson Cuthbutson, about a book on called 'Never the time nor the tide'. It is about life on HMS Hunter. I would dearly love a copy of this work, can anyone help?Carole Frost
James White "Jascket" McGhee . British Army from Paisley, Scotland)
Steward G. G. McGill . Naval Auxiliary Personnel HMS Forfar
Steward G McGill was amongst those who surved teh sinking of HMS Forfar in 1940.
F/O J. A.D. McGill . Royal Australian Air Force 97 Squadron
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