I received from my friend Brian Sims this morning Jack Young’s official repatriation papers, which Brian had copied during one of his research sessions at the British National Archives.
Here are details from the four-page report:
Leslie John Young
Service number 7901430
Trooper, 4th Battalion, Royal Tank Regiment
Date of interrogation: August 10, 1944
Date and place of capture: June 17, 1941, Sidi Omar
Date and place of final escape: September 9, 1943, Sforzesca Pavia
Date of arrival in Switzerland: October 27, 1943
Brief circumstances of capture: put out of action by heavy artillery firing at point-blank range, evacuated tank and were then surrounded by enemy tanks.
Where and when imprisoned, and how employed:
Tripoli German working camp, July 1941–January 1942, employed loading convoys, camouflaging dumps
59 Servigliano, February 1942–June 1943
146/18 Sforzesca, June 1943–September 1943, employed in farming