Research help: Operation Colossus

I’m researching a book about the Second World War Operation Colossus, the first operation undertaken by British paratroopers. I know there aren’t any surviving veterans of the operation, but I’m hoping to contact family members who may have diaries, notes, photographs, etc that veterans left behind.

If you’re related to someone that took part, or know someone who is, please email me: Russell@nullRussellPhillips.uk

Below is a list of the men involved in the operation.

Major Trevor Allan Gordon ‘Tag’ Pritchard, Royal Welch Fusiliers
Captain Christopher Gerald Lea, Lancashire Fusiliers
Captain Gerrard Daly, Royal Engineers
Lieutenant Anthony Deane-Drummond, Royal Signals
2nd Lieutenant George Robert Paterson, Royal Engineers
2nd Lieutenant Arthur Geoffrey Jowett, Highland Light Infantry
Pilot Officer Ralph Henry Lucky, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Warrant Officer II Arthur William Albert ‘Taff’ Lawley, Royal Army Service Corps
Sergeant Percy Priestly Clements, Leicestershire Regiment
Sergeant Edward William ‘Little Jock’ Durie, Royal Engineers
Sergeant Joe Shutt, Leicestershire Regiment
Sergeant John ‘Big Jock’ Walker, Royal Signals
Corporal C. E. McD. ‘Derry’ Fletcher, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)
Corporal J. E. Grice, North Staffordshire Regiment
Corporal Philip Julian, Royal Engineers
Corporal Peter O’Brien, Royal Engineers
Lance-Corporal Harry Boulter, North Staffordshire Regiment
Lance-Corporal Douglas ‘Flash’ Henderson, Coldstream Guards
Lance-Corporal Doug E. Jones, Royal Engineers
Lance-Corporal Jim E. Maher, Royal Engineers
Lance-Corporal Harry Pexton, South Staffordshire Regiment
Lance-Corporal Harry Tomlin, Royal Engineers
Lance-Corporal Robert Brimer ‘Mad Bob’ Watson, Royal Engineers
Private Ernest Humphrey, Royal East Kent Regiment
Private Nicola Nastri (using the pseudonym John Tristan), Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Private Albert Samuels, East Lancashire Regiment
Sapper ‘Jock’ W. Crawford, Royal Engineers
Sapper R. Davidson, Royal Engineers
Sapper Alf Parker, Royal Engineers
Sapper James Parker, Royal Engineers
Sapper Owen D. J. Phillips, Royal Engineers
Driver Glyn Pryor, Royal Engineers
Sapper Alan B. Ross, Royal Engineers
Sapper David L. Struthers, Royal Engineers
Fortunato Picchi (using the pseudonym Private Pierre Dupont), Special Operations Executive

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