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COPP 8
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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
Crafter
Colson, Alexander
Colson, Alexander

Alexander Francis Lionel Captain Mentioned in Dispatches

Colson, Alexander
Colson, Alexander

Alexander Francis Lionel Captain Mentioned in Dispatches

Cumberland, Crawford
Cumberland, Crawford

Sergeant Mentioned in Dispatches

Duffy
Duffy
Gascoigne, Robert
Gascoigne, Robert

Robert Amos T/A Petty Officer Mentioned in Dispatches

Neil, James G
Neil, James G

A/Leading Seaman Mentioned in Dispatches

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.

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.

Pond, Stanley
Pond, Stanley

Stanley Victor Electrical mechanic Fourth Class Mentioned in Dispatches

Ponsonby, Frederick
Ponsonby, Frederick

Frederick William Lieutenant Mentioned in Dispatches

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