7th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment
Military Honours and Awards

Royal Sussex Regiment Crest
7th Battalion

Thomas Harry Smith
Mentioned in Despatches

No. 5438571 Private Thomas Harry Smith, 7th Bn.

Smith was captured at Amiens on 20th May 1940. In autumn 1942 with three companions, he escaped from a farm near Luderan Grudenz. They were recaptured by military police in a Polish village. In summer 1943, Smith escaped from a farm at Bairsee near Bromberg. After five days liberty he was recaptured whilst trying to get food from a working party.

In spring 1944, Smith and a companion escaped from a goods yard. They were free for three days before being picked up by a patrol near Kotonterz. At Bairsee, Smith walked away from a farm in the middle of the day in uniform. He was recaptured two days later.

As a result of his attempts to escape, Smith was sent to Gros Waltz. Here he was one of fifteen P/W’s who broke down the wall of a small outhouse. He was free for three days and was caught whilst obtaining food from a British working party.

On 19th January 1945, when being marched from Thorn, Smith and a companion escaped and managed to reach the Russian lines.
(was a PoW at Stalag XXA.)