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John Robertson

Administrator
Staff member
  • SURNAME
Newman
  • FORENAME
Isidore
  • UNIT
F Section SOE
  • RANK
Captain
  • NUMBER
216306
  • AWARD
Member of the Order of the British Empire, Mention in Despatches, Croix de Guerre (Fr)
  • PLACE
France 1943-44
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
also awarded Medaille de la Resistance Francaise
died - see Roll of Honour
 

ROLL OF HONOUR:

https://www.specialforcesroh.com/index.php?threads/newman-isidore.4091/

CITATION:

Member of the Order of the British Empire :

This Officer carried out two missions in FRANCE.

He was first sent to FRANCE by sea on the 8th March 1942 as W/T operator to a circuit in south-eastern FRANCE. He worked there for 8 months, maintaining almost daily W/T communication with LONDON and sending nearly 200 messages. In spite of the strain of operating in occupied territory and the constant efforts made to detect his set, he seldom missed a schedule, and his messages were always clear and accurate.

In November 1942 NEWMAN returned to ENGLAND. He volunteered for a further mission, and in July 1943 was sent back to FRANCE by Lysander as W/T operator to a new circuit in the ROUEN area. Here he worked until his arrest at the end of March 1944 and by his untiring and devoted work in an area thick with enemy troops and Gestapo, he made possible the delivery of arms to his circuit on a large scale. He was forced to move about constantly in order to avoid enemy detection, and covered 1,500 kms a month by bicycle in order to be able to operate from a different place at each schedule.

On the 31st March 1944 NEWMAN was arrested by the Gestapo and was later deported to GERMANY.

For his courage and devotion to duty during his two clandestine missions in France, it is recommended that Captain NEWMAN be appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division).

Since this citation was prepared, it has become known that Capt. NEWMAN was executed at MAUTHAUSEN concentration camp on 6th September, 1944.

WEB LINKS:

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C8996119 (SOE File)
https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D7396868 (MBE)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isidore_Newman

NATIONAL ARCHIVES:

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C8996119 (SOE File)
https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D7396868 (MBE)
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