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SAS with the Maquis, featuring Sergeant Ken Sturmey

ID Number – 1532

Image No – img006

Subject – The front cover of “SAS with the Maquis”

Date – 1994

Donor – LeventhalMichael

Location – Ouroux en Morvan, France?

Additional Information – This is the front cover of the book written by Ian Wellsted who was Ken Sturmey’s Commanding Officer during “Operation Houndsworth”

We would like to thank Michael Levanthal of Frontline Books for allowing us to copy this photo.

Sergeant Ken Sturmey in Ouroux en Morvan

 

ID Number – 1533

Image No – img019

Subject – Sgt Ken Sturmey with the Maquis in Ouroux en Morvan

Date – 1944

Donor – LeventhalMichael

 

Location – Ouroux en Morvan, France?

Additional Information – The estaminet (small bar, cafe or bistro) is still standing but has been converted to a private house. See John Dray’s video for more information. Just click on JOHN DRAY and advance the video to a position 5.30 on the scroll bar.

We would like to thank Michael Leventhal of Frontline Books for allowing us to copy this photo from Ian Wellsted’s book “SAS with the Maquis”. Ian was Ken Sturmey’s Commanding Officer during “Operation Houndsworth” in France.

Sergeant Ken Sturmey with the Maquis Bernard

Group Photo Info – From left: Sergeant Ken Sturmey(SAS), Dr. Georges Brule & Meurice a Maquisard (member of the Maquis)

ID Number – 1532.1

Image No – img017

Subject – Sgt Ken Sturmey with the Maquis Bernard

Date – 1944

Donor – LeventhalMichael

Location – Ouroux en Morvan, France?

Additional Information – The car was a Fiat which was one of many cars that the Maquis used to transport personnel around, Photo might have been taken in Ouroux en Morvan, France. The photo was taken from the book “SAS with the Maquis” by Ian Wellsted who was Ken’s Commanding Officer.

We would like to thank Michael Levanthal of Frontline Books for allowing us to copy this photo.

Ken Sturmey’s Signed Fly Sheet of the Book “SAS with the Maquis”

ID Number – 1464

Image No – img1780

Subject – Ken Sturmey’s signed Flysheet

Date – 1945

Donor – AllenSandra

Location – Morvan, France

Additional Information – Fly sheet of the book “SAS with the Maquis” by Ian Wellsted signed by some of Ken Sturmey’s old comrades in the SAS. John (Johnny) Wiseman was a Captain in A Squadron who took part in Operation Houndsworth and Terry Moore was in the original 1st SAS “L” Detachment which served with the Long Range Desert Group in the desert campaign.

For more information on John (Johnny) Wiseman click on WISEMAN

Ken Sturmey’s Inside Cover of “SAS with the Maquis”

 

ID Number – 1463

Image No – img1779

Subject – Ken Sturmey’s inside cover of the book “SAS with the Maquis”

Date – 1995

Donor – AllenSandra

 

Location – Morvan, France

Additional Information – Inside Cover of the book “SAS with the Maquis” by Ian Wellsted signed by the author. ” To:- Ken   With happy memories of those months in the wild wet woods of the Morvan. Get well soon   Best Wishes Ian Wellsted “. 

Ian was Ken Sturmeys’ commanding Officer in A Squadron, 1st SAS Regiment during “Operation Houndsworth”. Ken took part in raids on railway marshaling yards etc to cause disruption to German transport lines during the Normandy offensive.

For more information regarding “Operation Houndsworth” click on HOUNDSWORTH and on JOHN DRAY to see Ken’s exploits with his mate Arthur Dray

There is a sad note to this item as Ian Wellsted’s signed “Get Well Soon” must refer to Ken being ill and in fact Ken sadly died in the same year.

Sergeant Ken Sturmey’s Pay Book, Page 1

ID Number – 1436

Image No – img1750

Subject – Army Pay Book, Page 1

Date – circa 1945

Donor – AllenSandra

Street – Outside Rodbourne

Location – Unknown

Sergeant Ken Sturmey’s Army Pay Book, Inside Cover

ID Number – 1435

Image No – img1749

Subject – Army Pay Book, Inside Cover

Date – circa 1945

Donor – AllenSandra

Street – Outside Rodbourne

Location – Unknown

Additional Information – As can be seen this was a replacement for the original that was lost in action. This could have been in one of two places. At Termoli in Italy just North of Naples where Ken was wounded serving in the Special Raiding Squadron taking part in the “Battle of Termoli”, this being part of “Operation Devon” in 1943. The second being the Morvan region of France just west of Dijon, where Ken’s 1st SAS Regiment was parachuted behind German lines to support the Maquis (French Resistance fighters) as part of “Operation Houndsworth”

For more information click OPERATION DEVON & OPERATION HOUNDSWORTH

Sergeant Ken Sturmey’s Pay Book Cover

ID Number – 1434

Image No – img1748

Subject – Army Pay Book Cover

Date – circa 1945

Donor – AllenSandra

Street – Outside Rodbourne

Location – Unknown

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