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Cpl C R(Bob)Rogers

Bob was born in Sheffield in 1919, and moved with his parents to Malta, when he was fifteen.

In 1937, after being turned down by the Royal Navy, Bob joined the Royal Artillery as a Gunner Signaller. He served with the British Expeditionary Forces in France and was rescued from the beach at Dunkirk, and later in the Middle East for two years. he was recruited into SOE, and after parachute training saw special service in Persia and Iraq in 1943.

Bob transfered to the Royal Signals later in 1944 and served in Albania, Italy and Middle East until his release in 1946.He was a member of the Dunkirk Veterans Association until its colours were laid up, The S O E Signals Section and a life member of the Royal Signals Association, and an active member of the Peterborough Branch. He is also a member of the RSARS and better known to his fellow members as G0CNL.

On the 25th. June 1999 Colonel Ken Smith and Major Bob Rowlands President and Chairman of the Peterborough Branch of the Royal Signals Association presented the Royal Signals Museum at Blandford on behalf of Cpl Bob Rogers the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Medal "For Valour" which he received in 1944. The medal was received on behalf of the Museum by Colonel Cliff Walters, Regimental Colonel.

Towards the end of 1943 he took part in "Operation Mulligatawny" which was an S O E operation in the Balkans to assist Partisans by organising dropping zones and arranging the reception of arms behind enemt lines.

During the operation many of his comrades including his mission leader were killed or captured and executed. In spite of very difficult conditions the mission continued to provide dropping zones.


The "B2" (Spy radio)used by SOE

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