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A WW2 Efficiency Medal Group – Royal Signals, who was taken prisoner of war on the Aegean island of Leros, Greece, on 17 November 1943.

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A WW2 Efficiency Medal Group awarded to Lance-Corporal William G. Buckingham, Royal Signals, who was taken prisoner of war on the Aegean island of Leros, Greece, on 17 November 1943.

1939-45 Star;Italy Star;Defence and War Medals, 1939-45;Efficiency Medal, G.VI.R., with Territorial clasp, 2584829 Sigmn. W.G. Buckingham R. Sigs.

Lance-Corporal William G. Buckingham was born in London, on the 29th October 1915, the son of William and Florence Buckingham.

He joined the Royal Signals (T.A.) prior to 1942, and was serving with 234 Infantry Brigade Signals at Leros when he was captured on 16/17 November 1943 during the German airborne and seaborne surprise attack, after which Leros was duly occupied by German forces.

Following his capture, Lance-Corporal Buckingham was transferred to mainland Greece, and then from Dulag 135/II in Goudi, Athens, to Germany.

He arrived at Stalag IV-B (in Muhlberg), and was then transferred on 25 March 1944 to Stalag IV-F (Hartmansdorf Chemnitz). Here, many POW detainees were forcibly employed in the large railway marshalling yard, where Buckingham remained until his eventual liberation by Allied Forces and return to the U.K. in May 1945.

Condition EF,  Group court-mounted on board for display.