Great Escaper - Archive of Trooper Moreton.

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Moreton (3rd right) meets Princess Margaret in 1987 with Ernest Lofthouse (2nd right) the comrade who's live he had saved by escaping to find a doctor.<br />
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The amazing story of a fearless soldier who escaped from the Nazis eight times during five years as a POW including once to save a dying friend's life can be told after his bravery medals emerged for sale.<br />
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Trooper Thomas Moreton, of the 19th King's Royal Hussars, was held captive at the notorious Stalag XXB in East Prussia after being captured during the Battle of France in May 1940.<br />
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The tank driver was part of a defiant rearguard helping to buy time for the mass evacuation of British Expeditionary Force soldiers at Dunkirk.<br />
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After being recaptured following one of his escapes, he twice went in front of a Gestapo firing squad but emerged unscathed. On another occasion, he broke out of camp to find a doctor who would tend to his gravely ill comrade as he was being denied treatment by the camp guards.