fraser mcluskey 1SAS
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Fraser McLuskey (Rev) 1SAS MC

First in with 1SAS.

Parent unit Royal Army Chaplains Department
born 14.9.1914 Edinburgh
resided Glasgow
M.A.,B.D.(Edinburgh)
Church of Scotland minister in civilian life
HQ SAS Brigade 1943-44
1 SAS (HQ Squadron) 1944-45
Author “Parachute Padre : Behind Enemy Lines with the SAS” (1951)

died 24.7.2005

Fraser Mcluskey Reverend

In 1939 McLuskey succeeded Dr Archie Craig as chaplain to the University of Glasgow. In 1942 he took leave of absence to become an Army chaplain, and after parachute training he was posted to the Special Air Service, with whom he served in France, Germany and Norway. He was awarded the Military Cross.

He was chaplain to the 1st SAS regiment, and was dropped into occupied France by parachute to an area between Nevers and Dijon. He landed in a tree, upside down, and after cutting himself free managed to join up with the soldiers from whom he had become separated. Equipped with a Renault car and personal bodyguard Harry Wilson he ministered to the disparate groups of SAS men. He wrote about his experiences in the book ‘Parachute Padre’.

As part of 1SAS McLuskey entered Belsen on 15th April, 1945.

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This archive has been established after my own relative, Reg Price, took part in the liberation and subsequent humanitarian effort of Bergen Belsen in April 1945. Reg produced this famous sign at Belsen. As part of the 113th DLI, Reg and his comrades were at Belsen for 5 weeks and left when the last hut was empty and ceremonially burnt down. This archive compiles all available resources to build a lasting tribute to all the men and women who helped - any unit, any nationality. If you have a relative, or any info, on the relief effort at Belsen, we’d love you to please get in touch. Email us: liberator@belsen.co.ukThank you Nick Price CreativesFacebookTwitter