Corps of Military Police

Cap Badge of the Corps of Military Police (King George VI)
Soldier Details:
Surname: Southcott
Initials:   E.R.
Rank:   Sergeant
Army No.:  14316243
Notes:   CMP/SIB. 74 Section. Enlisted in the Royal Artillery, Coast, transferred to SIB. 8/4/46 Died. He was born and resided in Devon. War Diary WO 171/10775, 74 Section, SIB. Bad Salzuflen, 8/4/46. Sgt Southcott of this section murdered by Theo Walasek, Polish DP (Displaced Person), wanted for murder and armed robberies etc in the British Sector. Walsek having being arrested produced a pistol and shot the 3 NCO's who were arresting him. Killing one and seriously wounding the other two. Walsek escaped but was later re arrested. War Diary WO 171/10792 120 Pro Coy, CMP. 8/4/46 Sgt Southcott killed and Sgt's Kingston and Ridge seriously wounded by Pole Theo Walasek at this HQ (Bad Salzuflen) NCO's are from 74 Section SIB at this HQ. 11/4/46 Burial of Sgt Southcott with full military honours and escort. Walasek had been arrested and searched but on leaving the building he picked up his overcoat which had a Walther pistol in the pocket. Casualty List 2029, Western Europe, Died, 8/6/1946. Inscription on gravestone:Too dearly loved to ever be forgotten. Ernest Robert Southcott.

Casualty Details:
Date Killed: 8th April 1946
Company: 74 SIS SIB
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