His SOE personal file is open at the National Archives. If you haven't seen it, I can grab a copy for you.
I suspect it went to the Bovington Christmas Fayre, chez @Grownup_Rafbrat a good few years ago, mucker.Met a lad yesterday looking for info on his grandfather who served in SOE, in Albania and the Far East .
Oupa was a South African of British descent.
The only source I could think of, off the cuff was MRD Foot's history -
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This would be of great interest to the lad concerned.
Is there a poc at the National Archive who is the specialist on SOE? Thanks.
@AlienFTM - have you still got it ? Happy to buy it off you if so ? (Wiltshires connection )
I'm almost certain though not quite 100% that this excellent tome was authorised to be published on the understanding that although SOE ops could be mentioned only in passing, no specifics were to be given on Far East operations.
This series contains material relating to the organisation, administration and activities of the Special Operations Executive in the Far East during the Second World War. It includes sections on Burma, Siam, French Indo-China, Malaya, China, Japan, India, Australia and the Dutch East Indies. It also includes files from the C and AD/SI series and papers on black market commodity and currency operations and currency counterfeiting.
It's a novel but also well worth reading, Eight Hours From England by Anthony Quayle (yes the actor ), based on his experiences with SOE in Albania:For whomever was looking for information about the SOE in Albania, try:
Bailey, P. (2009): The Wildest Province, SOE in the Land of the Eagle. Vintage,
It is an excellent account of the SOE in Albania, along with how internal Albanian politics works. Also how despite all the support received, the communists crapped all over the SOE and others, including the deliberate destruction of the graves of British soldiers killed while helping them.