John Charles Hitchings, a native of Aberdare, South Wales, was born on 12 July 1919 and attested for the Royal Engineers on 16 July 1937.
He served with the 7th Armoured Division during the Second World War, and was captured and taken Prisoner of War at Kalamata, Greece, on 29 April 1941. Whilst held at Krusdorf P.O.W. Farm Camp he escaped with an Australian named James Terrance on 1 May 1944, but was re-captured at Halbenrain on 5 May 1944, by police.
With a copy of the recipient’s M.I.9 P.O.W. Questionnaire.