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Inverlair, Chrismas 1943
left to right, back
Rourke, Pond S, Spence, Duffy
middle
Peacock J, Richards G, Ponsonby F, Colson A, Crafter
front
Gascoigne R, Neil J, Cumberland C
 
       
Crafter    
       
Colson Alexander Francis Lionel
Captain

M.B.E.
Mention in Despatches

 

 

 
Cumberland Crawford
Sergeant

Mention in Despatches

Duffy
       
Gascoigne Robert Amos
T/A Petty Officer

Mention in Despatches (twice)

Neil, James G
A/Leading Seaman

Mention in Despatches

       

Peacock, John Michael T/A/Lieutenant.

Mention in Despatches (twice)

 
Lt. Cdr Michael (JM) Peacock enlisted with the Royal Navy at the outbreak of the war and served with COPP 8 in England, Scotland, Ceylon, India and Burma, where he was captured b.y Japanese soldiers after being separated from his party and left behind on an island beach.
 
His family thought he had died but he was liberated from Rangoon jail by a battalion of the East Yorks regiment and eventually regained enough health to return home. After the war he qualified as a veterinary surgeon and built up a successful and well-respected practice in his home town Bedford, as well as service in the RNVR. He retired to rural Warwickshire and, with his wife Sheila, was a regular attender at COPP re-unions. Michael died 17 June 2012, a day before his 90th birthday.    

 

     

Pond, Stanley Victor
Electrical Mechanic Fourth Class

Mention in Despatches

Ponsonby, Frederick William
Lieutenant

Mention in Despatches

     

 

Richards, Geoffrey
Lieutenant Commander

Mention in Despatches

Rourke Spence

 

   
  January 2013  

 

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