My grandfather was captured at Sidi Barrani

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My grandfather was captured at Sidi Barrani

Post by CristinaMarie » 21 Aug 2020 05:21

Hello All,
My granfather was with the Bersaglieri, was captured and imprisoned in the UK six years. Through some research, I have been able to obtain some documentation regarding his service, capture, and imprisonment. I’m trying to find as much information as I can regarding his service and capture and hoping the experts here can kindly assist with this. I will attach the documents that I have. Thank you in advance.
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Re: My grandfather was captured at Sidi Barrani

Post by Dili » 21 Aug 2020 07:07

Thanks Cristina always nice to have historical documents. It appears he was with 1 Regiment Bersaglieri in 1936-1939.

In II World War he was - at least when captured 1940 - with 8º Workers Batallion mostly a construction unit so not anymore with Bersaglieri

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Re: My grandfather was captured at Sidi Barrani

Post by Lupo Solitario » 22 Aug 2020 08:17

He was 28 when captured, quite old... he was incorporated in a second line mobilization logistical unit

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Re: My grandfather was captured at Sidi Barrani

Post by Sheldrake » 22 Aug 2020 08:44

He spent two weeks at Camp 18 is Featherstone Camp, Featherstone Castle, Haltwhistle, Northumberland.
Eight months in Camp 51 Allington, Grantham, Lincolnshire,. https://repatriatedlandscape.org/englan ... allington/
Seventeen months at Camp 52 Nether Headon Camp, Ladywell Rise, East Retford DN22 0PA Lincolnshire I think the camp is still visible https://www.google.com/maps/@53.2940671 ... a=!3m1!1e3 https://repatriatedlandscape.org/englan ... er-headon/
and the rest of the war at Camp 138 The Rectory Camp, Bassingham Lincolnshire. https://www.lincstothepast.com/The-Rect ... ecord?pt=S https://repatriatedlandscape.org/englan ... e-rectory/

He would have been working on a farm or maybe in the coal mining industry. My mother was an evacuee to Langwith in the same part of the country. Her mother's house was requisitioned at the start of the war as her home town of Lowestoft was a naval base. The children were sent inland.

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Re: My grandfather was captured at Sidi Barrani

Post by CristinaMarie » 12 Sep 2020 21:12

Everyone thank you so much for this amazing and helpful information. From what I have always understood, he worked on farms while he was imprisoned. And the fact that he was in a construction battalion makes sense because my family started a construction business here in the US after emigrating. Also thank you for telling me the actual locations of the camps as this has been a major focus of this research as well. I really can’t thank you all enough.

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Re: My grandfather was captured at Sidi Barrani

Post by Dili » 13 Sep 2020 09:20

Since he was accepted into Bersaglieri before II War he should have been tall and have good physical capabilities. Bersaglieri were above the common soldier of Regio Esercito.

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