Tobruk Prisoner of War group to Captain E P Rogers RASC / Late RE
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Edward Peter Rogers was born on 21st November 1897 at 9, York Road, Henley – on Thames. Edward worked as a Fitter and Turner in a factory. During the Great War, he served in the Royal Engineers as a Sapper for eighteen months.
After his discharge, he moved to Lancashire, on 20th January 1921 Rogers re-enlisted joining the Royal Army Service Crops. By the late 1930’s he had been awarded the Long Service Good Conduct Medal and was a Warrant Officer 2nd Class.
Rogers was commissioned as a Lieutenant on the outbreak of the Second World War and as Captain took part in the Africa campaign. While serving with the 201st Guards brigade, 903 Company RASC attached to the 1st Armoured division, he was taken prisoner at Tobruk on 20th June 1942.
Initially held in POW camps in Italy, Cap 75 at Bari and Camp 21 at Chieti, before being moved to Germany after the Italian surrender. It was during his transport to Germany via train that Rogers was involved in an escape. However, due to an acute case of Lumbago, it wasn’t possible for him to escape, although several of his fellow prisoners did. He was then held in Stalag VIIA at Moosburg, Bavaria; Oflag VIIIF at Mahrisch-Trubai in Czechoslovakia and finally in Oflag 79 at Waggum, Brunswick, from which he was liberated.
BWM, Victory, 1939-45 star, Africa star, War medal, GVI army LSGC