CORPORAL, T/217939, ALFRED RAYMOND BARRATT,
depict some elements of the war-time experience
of Alfred Raymond Barratt of Thurmaston, who
served with the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC).
In May 1941 he was stationed at Batley, Yorkshire,
serving with 'C' Section of the 240th General
Transport Company, RASC. Three months later
he was stationed at Habbinaya, in the heat of
Iraq. In that part of Iraq, on the banks of
the Euphrates River, was sited RAF Habbaniya,
an air station that had been in operation from
the mid-1930's. The RAF station was one of several
focal points for attacks by rebellious forces
within the country during April 1941. As a result
of the rebellion, a large force of British and
Imperial troops was sent to the country. Once
engaged they successfully suppressed the rebel
Iraqi army, under Rashid Ali. Thereafter, with
the end of the rebellion, Iraq came under the
authority of British military forces.
was one of many thousands of soldiers that were
sent to Iraq after the suppression of the rebellion.
After serving at Habbinaya, Alfred Barratt completed
futher service in Iraq, near Matruk, in October
1941, before eventually leaving the country
for Egypt later that same year. After some time
in Cairo, by April 1942 he was stationed at
Amariya, his duties included riding a motorcycle.
In June 1942,
Corporal, T/217939, Alfred R. Barratt, whilst
serving with the RASC, was captured during Erwin
Rommel's Afrika Korps victory at Tobruk,
North Africa. He was taken to an Italian prisoner
of war camp, but later moved to Germany.
He became prisoner
of war 220106 and was held at Stalag 357, at
Kopernicus, Poland. He was also held within
Stalag VIII-B, Lamsdorf, Poland. Corporal Barratt
was not released from captivity until April
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