Private D. Milner

 

National Archives catalogue reference - WO 208/3307/71

 

Name: 2872609 Pte. Milner, D.

Unit: 1st Battalion The Gordon Highlanders, 51st (Highland) Division.

Captured: 13th June 1940.

Escaped: 26th June 1940.

Left: 20th October 1941 (Gibraltar).

Arrived: 26th October 1941 (Greenock).

Army Service: 15 years.

Peacetime Profession: Labourer.

Private Address: Tilly Kerrie, Tough, Aberdeenshire.

 

I was captured at ST. VALERY on 13 Jun '40. I was marched through ST. POL, LILLE and into BELGIUM. I escaped near RENAIX on 26 Jun and stayed for 7 months at CYSOING. I left early in Feb. '41. via ROUBAIX and LILLE accompanied by -

 

Pte. WICKINGS (at ST. HIPPOLYTE)

Pte. Haslet MARTIN (at ST. HIPPOLYTE)

Spr. SIMPSON, R.E. (S/P.G.(F) 472)

A Frenchman and his wife.

A French guide.

 

We were provided with identity cards and 800 frs. each by the organization and we crossed the Zone Interdite near ABBEVILLE. Spr. BURGESS (S/P.G.(F) 451) R.E., from the same unit as SIMPSON, was left behind at CYSOING. I last saw WICKINGS and HASLET MARTIN at ST. HIPPOLYTE. I reached the demarcation line via PARIS and ROUEN, and crossed it in March in the vicinity of CHATEAUROUX, assisted by the organization. I went to MARSEILLES where I was arrested and sent to ST. HIPPOLYTE. I was 4 months in ST. HIPPOLYTE until I escaped on 11 Jul. 41. alone. I was aided by the organization to leave FRANCE and I crossed the PYRENEES on 29 Jul. with a guide, I was arrested and interned for 2 months in Spain before being released in the middle of Oct. and sent to GIBRALTAR.

 

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