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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

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Crafter
Crafter
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Colson, Alexander
Colson, Alexander

Alexander Francis Lionel Captain Mentioned in Dispatches

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Colson, Alexander
Colson, Alexander

Alexander Francis Lionel Captain Mentioned in Dispatches

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Cumberland, Crawford
Cumberland, Crawford

Sergeant Mentioned in Dispatches

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Duffy
Duffy
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Gascoigne, Robert
Gascoigne, Robert

Robert Amos T/A Petty Officer Mentioned in Dispatches

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Neil, James G
Neil, James G

A/Leading Seaman Mentioned in Dispatches

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Peacock, John
Peacock, John

John Michael T/A/Lieutenant Mentioned in Dispatches 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.

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Peacock, John
Peacock, John

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.

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Pond, Stanley
Pond, Stanley

Stanley Victor Electrical mechanic Fourth Class Mentioned in Dispatches

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Ponsonby, Frederick
Ponsonby, Frederick

Frederick William Lieutenant Mentioned in Dispatches

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Richards, GeoffreyLieutenant Command
Richards, GeoffreyLieutenant Command
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Rouke
Rouke
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Spence
Spence
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