Lance-Corporal Robert Brimer Watson


Unit : Royal Engineers, attached to "X" Troop, 11th Special Air Service Battalion

Army No. : 1888304

Awards : Military Medal


Watson was captured on 13th February 1941 at Avellino after being dropped by parachute to carry out a special mission. As a result, he was imprisoned at Naples, Sulmona and Aquila. Watson served as a member of the Escape Committees and sent valuable information to the War Office by secret means.


Released on 11th September 1943, he found shelter at Coppito until his recapture on 6th December 1943. Six days later he escaped from the Germans and returned to Coppito. On 27th December 1943 he went with a companion to Aquila. At the beginning of May 1944, when attempting to reach the Allied lines, Watson was caught. Imprisonment at Aquila and Laterina followed. Entrained for Germany on 23rd June 1944, he and two officers escaped through a hole they made in the floor of the truck. Travelling North to Switzerland on foot, they crossed the border on 15th July 1944.


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