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Roberts, Charles Douglas

Service number:
106176
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Charles Douglas Roberts was a member of the British Military Mission to South Russia, embarking on 14th May 1919. He served as an Artillery Instructor at Armavir from 1st March 1920 until 21st October 1920 for which he was awarded the Order of St. Anne 3rd Class with Swords.
Recalled for the Second War, he was commissioned into the Royal Artillery on 2nd October 1939 as 2nd Lieutenant and subsequently served in the Middle East with the Intelligence Corps. His remarkable success in counter-intelligence work resulted in the appointment to O.B.E. in 1943 and advancement to C.B.E. in 1946. On retirement from the Army, Brigadier Roberts joined the Foreign Office.

He was also awarded the Brtish War and Vicoria Medal, the General Service Medal 1918-62, 1 clasp, Palestine 1945-48 and the Coronation 1953

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Lieutenant-Colonel
Unit:
Royal Regiment of Artillery
Awarded on:
June 24th, 1943
Citation (general):
"In recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East during the period ist May, 1942, to 22nd October, 1942."
Mentioned in Dispatches
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Lieutenant-Colonel
Unit:
Royal Regiment of Artillery
Awarded on:
October 14th, 1943
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Brigadier
Unit:
Royal Regiment of Artillery. Security Intelligence, Middle East. (Royal Regiment of Artillery. Security Intelligence, Middle East.)
Awarded on:
January 1st, 1946
Recommendation:
"Lt.-Colonel Roberts has been responsible for organising and conducting the counter-intelligence work in Syria since July 1941. His work has largely contributed to our immunity from enemy espionage and sabotage in that territory. He has succeeded in breaking up their early stages several enemy organisations and has been responsible for the capture and conviction on a charge of espionage of twelve enemy agents."
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Brigadier
Unit:
Royal Regiment of Artillery
Awarded on:
November 19th, 1948
Legion of Merit - Officer (LoM - O)
Recommendation:
"Brigadier C. Douglas Roberts, British Army performed meritorious service to the United States as Defense Security Officer in the Levant cities of the Middle East from June 1942 to August 1944."

Sources

  • - Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 34737 published on the 17 November 1939
    - Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36209 published on the 12 October 1943
    - Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 37407 published on the 28 December 1945
    - Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 38459 published on the 16 November 1948
    - Second Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 38523 published on the 28 January 1949
    - The London Medal Company

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