- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Middle East Branch, Military Intelligence Section 9 (M19), Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI), Imperial General Staff, War Office, British Government
- Awarded on:
- March 26th, 1942
"Sergeant McNab was the leader of an organised party which left Greece for Turkey in October 1941.
Every detail of the escape was carried out by Sergeant McNab himself. He managed to hire a boat - the money for which he obtained by collection from various Geek helpers. He collected together a party of escapers and sailed for Turkey. The skipper of the boast endeavoured to betray them (by trying to land them on the island of Samos which was occupied by Germans) and McNab took charge. He navigated the boat and reached Turkey successfully.
By skilful manoeuvring and forced marching he managed to get his party right through the military area before being captured by the Turks.
Whilst in Greece Sergeant McNab ran an intelligence bureau in Athens for the collection of military information. On leaving Greece he collated all this and concealed it inside the lining of his clothing. It was discovered by the Turks during a search and confiscated. Sergeant McNab later managed to get the papers back and eventually passed them on to the British authorities."