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|Our father, Duncan Greig, enlisted with the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders in 1939 and was part of the the 51st Highland Division who were captured on 12th June 1940 at St Valery-en-Caux.
According to confidential reports, Duncan’s first two attempts to escape were unsuccessful, but on 4th July, when the column had marched from France into Belgium, Duncan with three other Scotsmen, hid in a potato field where they were fortunately found and assisted by a Belgian policeman. Duncan and his colleagues were then kept hidden in various locations and aided by a Belgian organisation, the Comete Line, who subsequently helped numerous Allied Airmen to return to the UK.
Having been provided with false papers, Duncan was keen to start on his journey back to the UK. The guides, however, did not know the way, so Duncan set off on his own and travelled through Belgium and France until he reached Lourdes on 17th July 1941 where he waited another six weeks for other guides to help him over the Pyrenees. When the guides failed to turn up, Duncan and two Belgians he had met in Lourdes, undertook the 2 day hike over the Pyrenees and after some close encounters, eventually made it to Spain where they were initially arrested and put into a small Spanish village prison, before being transferred to the infamous concentration camp, Miranda de Ebro, where conditions were fairly harsh.
Finally, through the British Consulate in Pamplona, Duncan was repatriated to the UK, via Madrid and Gibraltar, arriving back in Gourock in early January 1942. Duncan later gained a Commission and was sent to India to train Gurkhas. As a Major with the Royal Scots, he died serving in Aden in 1961.
We have further particulars of the personnel with whom Duncan came into contact during this time and would be happy to provide details should anyone wish to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.