Alfred Raymond Barratt
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Alfred Raymond Barratt, RASC Alfred Raymond Barratt, RASC Alfred Raymond Barratt, RASC


These images depict some elements of the war-time experience of Alfred Raymond Barratt of Thurmaston, who served with the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC). In May 1941 he was stationed at Batley, Yorkshire, serving with 'C' Section of the 240th General Transport Company, RASC. Three months later he was stationed at Habbinaya, in the heat of Iraq. In that part of Iraq, on the banks of the Euphrates River, was sited RAF Habbaniya, an air station that had been in operation from the mid-1930's. The RAF station was one of several focal points for attacks by rebellious forces within the country during April 1941. As a result of the rebellion, a large force of British and Imperial troops was sent to the country. Once engaged they successfully suppressed the rebel Iraqi army, under Rashid Ali. Thereafter, with the end of the rebellion, Iraq came under the authority of British military forces.

Alfred Barratt was one of many thousands of soldiers that were sent to Iraq after the suppression of the rebellion. After serving at Habbinaya, Alfred Barratt completed futher service in Iraq, near Matruk, in October 1941, before eventually leaving the country for Egypt later that same year. After some time in Cairo, by April 1942 he was stationed at Amariya, his duties included riding a motorcycle. In June 1942, Corporal, T/217939, Alfred R. Barratt, whilst serving with the RASC, was captured during Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps victory at Tobruk, North Africa. He was taken to an Italian prisoner of war camp, but later moved to Germany.

He became prisoner of war 220106 and was held at Stalag 357, at Kopernicus, Poland. He was also held within Stalag VIII-B, Lamsdorf, Poland. Corporal Barratt was not released from captivity until April 1945.

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