Oral Answers to Questions — Marino Vicetti (Newspaper Report)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22 March 1945.

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Photo of Mrs Mavis Tate Mrs Mavis Tate , Frome 12:00, 22 March 1945

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will state the result of his inquiries into the case of Marino Vicetti, who, in hospital as the result of wounds inflicted at Arnhem, was informed that when discharged from hospital he would be sent back to Spain.

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

Yes, Sir. As I stated in reply to a Question on 13th February by the hon. Member for Barnstaple (Sir R. Acland) I had no information about this case beyond what had been reported in a newspaper. The effect of that report was that Vicetti had fought in France in 1939 and later in North Africa, Sicily and Italy; that he had been awarded the D.C.M. and M.M. and had been wounded at Arnhem. There is no trace of this individual in Home Office records, and I am informed that no soldier of this name, or answering to the description given in the newspaper report, can be traced in War Office records as serving, or having served, in the Army or as having been awarded any decoration.

Photo of Captain Edward Cobb Captain Edward Cobb , Preston

What was the name of the newspaper that published this alarming statement?

Hon. Members:


Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I would be charmed to give it. I think I know, but I am not quite certain about it, and if I made a mistake I might find myself in great difficulties.