Braysher John O

NAME Braysher John Oliver
RANK IN GREECE

Gunner

ON DEMOB

N/K

SERIAL NUMBER SERVICE

1398316

PRISONER

5938

UNIT IN GREECE

2 Regt RHA

ACTIVE

 

IN GREECE

17 March – 28 April

METHOD OF DEPARTURE

 

Captured/surrendered at Kalamata  29 April 1941
POW CAMPS

 

IN GREECE

Presumably Dulags 185 Corinth & 183 Salonika

IN OCCUPIED EUROPE

Stalag XVIIID, Marberg;

Stalag XVIIIA, Wolfsberg;

Stalag XVIIIC, Markt Pongau.

 

ArbKdo 76HV, Gosting, Graz;

ArbKdo 571/L Mitterlasnitz bei Graz

NOTES

Source:  Son (Chris)

“John met my mother . . . before he was posted to fight in North Africa. He sent letters to (her) via his sister during the war and when he returned home in 1945, he sought her out and they married on 25th September 1946. On 23rd July 1947, they joined an overland trek from Margate to South Africa to start a new life in that country, as he had fallen in love with the place following his brief wartime stay. Whilst crossing the Sahara the trek leader Robert McKay was killed by an exploding petrol can and by 20th September 1947 the party had returned to the UK – the result of which led to me being British rather than South African. 

Dad worked for Shell all his working life, but the experience of war and long-term POW caused him to suffer later mental problems, which led to early retirement. (He) died on the 31st October 1993 in Tunbridge Wells aged 77.”

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