An interesting WW2 South African Prisoner of War Group.
1939-45 Star; Africa Star; 1939-45 war medal; Africa Service medal, All named to 178917 W.F.W. Kelly
Private William Francis Walter Kelly was born on the 25th April 1907. Working as a Motor Mechanic in London, he enlisted on the 4th October 1940, serving in the 4th South African Brigade, war substantial, Technical Service Corps.
He was capture at Tobruk on the 20th June 1942, and imprisoned , spending time in camps in Libya, Italy and Germany. He was made to work firstly with pick and shovel, then as a mechanic on a stone crusher, and finally as a machine fitter and mechanic. It is noted in his POW debrief that he undertook sabotage whilst doing this work, breaking parts of lathes, drilling machines, belt gear, all of which was “Accidentally done”
Medals mounted as work, a little grubby but entirely original, generally NVF