I WONDER IF ANY READER CAN HELP ME with any knowledge of the fate of family member, Driver William Arthur Mapplebeck T/114066 RASC?
He was taken prisoner near Tripoli, Libya in 1942 by Italians and they intended to transfer him to a camp in Italy, but he never arrived there. The last news we have of Arthur is a telegram from the War Office dated 14 Nov 1942, just saying “missing, presumed dead.” We have no confirmation, but believe that he was put aboard Italian (Clyde built 1902) merchant vessel Scillin, along with 1,000 other prisoners of war.
However, this unmarked vessel was mistakenly torpedoed and sunk by submarine HMS Sahib (P21) whilst on passage. Survivors were 25 British and the entire 35 crew of Italians. Neither the MoD nor the RASC has a list of the prisoners, and we would appreciate any knowledge that anyone has of the event.
VINCE MC DONAGH
Odyssey, 23 Mason Drive
Sheffield, S26 3RW
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