Transcript of J. Witton's MI9 Escape and Evasion report:
ACCOUNT OF ESCAPE OF
### PTE J. WITTON, 5/KINGS OWN ROYAL REGT., 42 DIV.
CAPTURE 29.5.40 FINAL ESCAPE 28.7.40
LEFT GIBRALTAR 19.11.40 ARRIVING LIVERPOOL 4.12.40
Home Address: ######
Length of Army Service: 1 year, 4 months.
Profession in peacetime: Tinsmith.
My unit was on the road to ARMENTIERES to LILLE, when I was detached from them, and this was the last time I saw my Company. After losing sight of the Coy. I returned to LILLE, where, with about 60 O.Rs., I was captured on the 29th May. The German took over all our equipment and, on the march from LILLE to BRUSSELS, treated us very roughly.
ESCAPE and RECAPTURE.
Just beyond BRUSSELS I managed to slip out of the column and hide in a wood until the road was clear. A little later, at FECAMPS, I was recaptured and taken to DOULLENS prison, where I spent a month and was made to do light work. Here I met Sgt. Phillips, R.A.F., with whom I managed to escape on the 29th July.
We went South-East of PARIS, keeping to side roads, until we came to CHALLONS s/MARNE. We stayed there the week-end and then made our way to DIJON and CHALLONS s/SOANE, and so into free France.
After crossing the line of Demarcation, we went to a barracks at LYONS, from where we were placed for two weeks at another barracks at VALENCE. Afterwards we were escorted to LORIOL and interned there in a camp. Later we were taken to another barracks in GRENOBLE but escaped from here and got to PERPIGNAN.
On the 15th September, we crossed the Pyrenees, with the help of a French gendarme, but were caught on the other side and taken to the internment camp at FIGUERAS.
Later on we were removed to MIRANDA DEL EBRO, from where we were eventually released and taken to GIBRALTAR by way of MADRID.
INTERVIEWED BY M.I.9 on 5th December 1940.
M.I.3(a) and M.I.6 were informed of the date and time of this interview.