PPA Honours and Awards


PPA AND PRE-PPA HONOURS AND AWARDS
NORTH AFRICAN AND ITALIAN CAMPAIGNS 1940-1945


All honours and awards shown in the first part of this page were won by PPA personnel (Establishment and Attached) during service with PPA, with four exceptions prior to PPA service, as indicated by a (with...) suffix to their names[1]. This list is more complete[2] and accurate than the Honours and Awards Appendix to Popski's book.


Each main award entry on this page (i.e. excluding the Mentions in Despatches) is cross-linked to its matching citation detail on the PPA Citations page.


Ranks shown are those held at the time of PPA Disbandment in September 1945 (whereas the PPA Honours and Awards Citations page shows ranks held at the time of the commended action). The second part of the page shows honours and awards won after PPA was disbanded with ranks held subsequently.


By his retirement from the Diplomatic Service in 1981, Major John Campbell had become PPA's most highly decorated veteran.



 

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER

Peniakoff, Major V.

General List

'Original'

MILITARY CROSS

Cadell, Lieutenant M. (with A&SH)

Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

'B' Patrol

Campbell, Captain J. (and Bar)

Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

'S' Patrol

Caneri, Captain J.

General List

'HQ'

Peniakoff, Major V. (with LAFC)

General List

'Original'

Yunnie, Captain R.

Black Watch

'B' Patrol

DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL

Porter, Sergeant D.

Corps of Royal Engineers

'R' Patrol

MILITARY MEDAL

Beautyman, Sergeant J.

Royal Corps of Signals

'Blitz' Patrol

Burrows, Private C.

Royal Army Service Corps

'Blitz' Patrol

Cahill, Lance-Corporal A.

Royal Army Service Corps

'S' Patrol

Galloway, Sergeant D. (and Bar)

Royal Army Service Corps

'B' Patrol

Higgins, Driver J. (with 166 LFA)

Royal Army Service Corps

'Blitz' Patrol

O'Leary, Sergeant W.

Parachute Regiment

'S' Patrol

Riches, Sergeant F.

1st King's Dragoon Guards

'B' Patrol

Sanders, Sergeant E. (with LRDG)

2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force

'R' Patrol

Waterson, Squadron Sergeant-Major G.

1st King's Dragoon Guards

'Blitz' Patrol

MENTION IN DESPATCHES

Cahill, Lance-Corporal A.

Royal Army Service Corps

'S' Patrol

Cawthorn, Sapper A.

Corps of Royal Engineers

'PPN'[3]

Dobinson, Corporal J.

Corps of Royal Engineers

'PPN'

Foweraker, Sapper L.

Corps of Royal Engineers

'PPN'

Freeman, Sapper L.

Corps of Royal Engineers

'PPN'

Hodgson, Corporal D.

Royal Artillery

'S' Patrol

Kineally, Sergeant J.

Corps of Royal Engineers

'PPN'

North, Corporal R.

Royal Irish Fusiliers

'R' Patrol

Owen, Corporal B.

Royal Army Service Corps

'B' Patrol

Parr, Sapper K.

Corps of Royal Engineers

'PPN'

Petrie, Sapper A.

Corps of Royal Engineers

'Original'

Sonley, Lance-Corporal G.

16th/5th Queen's Royal Lancers

'B' Patrol

Taylor, Sergeant S.

The Queen's Bays (2nd Dragoon Guards)

'R' Patrol

Thomas, Lieutenant B.[4]

Corps of Royal Engineers

'PPN'

  1. ^ Sir Christopher Lee's MID is not included in the main Honours and Awards list as it was unrelated to PPA. Similarly, although Sergeant Cooper and Seekings, SAS originals briefly attached to PPA in North Africa, were decorated for their work behind the lines, they are also not included. We have followed Popski's lead by including awards for attached personnel only if relevant to PPA.
  2. ^ Popski's list is missing Lance-Corporal Cahill's MM and MID, Driver Higgins' MM and the MID's of six out of seven of "Popski's Private Navy". See also Note 4.
  3. ^ PPN means Popski's Private Navy, not a PPA patrol as such, just the men of 945 Inland Water Transport Company, Royal Engineers, all of whom, possibly uniquely for an entire attached section, were awarded a Mention in Despatches for their work in transporting PPA jeeps at night on shallow-draught Ramp Cargo Lighters (RCLs) up the Adriatic and around the Po delta to get behind the German lines, disentangling mines from their propellers as they went, and bringing scores of POWs back again.
  4. ^ Popski gave Lieutenant Thomas' middle initial, E for Ewen, instead of his first name, B for Brian, and incorrectly noted his parent unit as RASC instead of RE: the Corps of Royal Engineers. Brian is still very chipper, attending many PPA Remembrance Events, to represent the unit. Note also the difference between the two Corps: with the Royal Army Service Corps, it is the Corps as a whole that is Royal, whereas with the Corps of Royal Engineers, each Engineer is Royal.
  5. ^ John Campbell's Italian Merit award, his Africa General Service Medal and his Mention in Despatches only became apparent after his death in July 2015.
  6. ^ We only discovered this at Jan's graveside in Geneva in July 2012.