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I`ve just come across your website and I thought that you may be interested to see pictures of some items that were given to me by Royal Marine Commando 1058622 Stanley Stevens. Stan told me that in the film "Cockleshell Heroes", the marine that had the slops thrown over the side of the ship onto him, was based on his character and actually happened on a different raid that he took part in, but elements of both raids were used in the making of the film. I`ve always taken this as gospel, but would you have any information on this? Stan passed away quite a few years ago now, but was always a very quiet, unassuming gentleman.
I have responded to Martin initially and he tells me that his service number has PLY/X in front of it. Sadly Martin has no picture of Stanley. Stanley did tell Martin this about the little saw in one of the pictures :
The small hacksaw blade in the piece of plastic was for concealement in the shoe. Stan said that they were told that if they were imprisoned anywhere they would be able to escape by using this blade. Well, Stan said that if he had been locked up during the war, he would still be there sawing now!!!!