John Robertson

Staff member
Esmond Charles
  • UNIT
HQ SAS Brigade (Brigade Major and GSO 1)
  • RANK
Major (T/Lieutenant Colonel)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (etc)
NW Europe 1945
parent unit 4th County of London Yeomanry, R.A.C.
born 11.3.1914 Pewsey, Wiltshire
son of LtCol Hon.Guy Victor and Olive Althea (nee Smith) Baring
resided Abbotsworthy House, Winchester, Hampshire
educated Eton College
educated Trinity College,Cambridge
SAS Brigade Feb.1944 -45 (Brigade Major + GSO 1)
foreign awards
Legion d'Honneur (France)
Croix de Guerre (France)
Croix de Guerre avec palme (Belgium)
King Haakon VII Freedom Cross (Norway) 1945
Croix Militaire, First Class (Belgium)
married Zalia Snagge 16.4.1936 (divorced 1951) (died 1986) (4 children)
married Judith Lawson 21.1.1960 (died 1991)
died 24.11.1963 Mill House Kingsworthy, near Winchester, Hampshire


Freedom Cross (Norway) : Lt-Col BARING, as GS01 SAS Tps in NORWAY, has done an outstanding job of work. Besides having to act as G1 in BERGEN zone, he was also concerned with many duties with regard to the SAS in BRITAIN, FRANCE and GERMANY at the same time. During the Bde Comd's illness, he acted in his place as Zone Comd with skill and efficiency, earning the confidence of all staff officers of the Norwegian naval and military HQs. His unflurried demeanour in the face of intricate problems and his intelligence in dealing with them, made an increasing number of officers of all nationalities come to him to find solutions to their problems. He has done an outstanding job of work for the British in NORWAY and has been of definite assistance to the Norwegian Forces.

WEB LINKS: (Freedom Cross (Norway)) (Croix de Guerre with Palm)

NATIONAL ARCHIVES: (Freedom Cross (Norway)) (Croix de Guerre with Palm)
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