Pendlebury John D S

NAME Pendlebury John Devitt Stringfellow
RANK IN CRETE

SOE – British Vice-Consul (nominal) (Partisan Liaison & Intelligence)

ON DEMOB

N/A – executed May 1941, Crete

SERIAL NUMBER SERVICE

N/A

PRISONER

N/A

UNIT IN CRETE

British Embassy, Crete

ACTIVE

 

IN CRETE

May 1940 – May 1941

METHOD OF DEPARTURE

 

*Executed by Germans, 22 May 1941
POW CAMPS

 

IN GREECE & CRETE

N/A

IN OCCUPIED EUROPE

N/A

NOTES

John Pendlebury was an archaeologist working on the excavation of Knossos in Crete. The following taken from Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Pendlebury

Anticipating the coming war and strategic nature of Crete, Pendlebury succeeded in convincing the British military authorities of the value of his unique knowledge. They sent him back to England for military training, and in May 1940 he returned to Heraklion  as British Vice Consul, but his job title did not hide from most of the diplomatic community the nature of his duties. He immediately set-to working up his outline plans: improving the reconnaissance (routes, hiding places, water sources and chiefly sounding out the local clan chiefs. In October, on Italy’s attempted invasion of Greece, Pendlebury became liaison officer between British troops and Cretan military authority.

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