Has this Wolver­hamp­ton war hero been for­got­ten?

Black Country Bugle - - YOUR LETTERS -

READ­ING my li­brary of old mil­tary books re­cently, I no­ticed one from 1979 en­ti­tled ‘MI9 Es­cape and Eva­sion’, by M.R.D. Foot and Jimmy M Lan­g­ley.

Lan­g­ley was born in Wolver­hamp­ton in 1916. The jacket bi­og­ra­phy says:

‘J.M. Lan­g­ley was born in Wolver­hamp­ton in 1916, and was ed­u­cated at Up­ping­ham and Trin­ity Col­lege, Cam­bridge. He lost an arm at Dunkirk as a sub­al­tern in the Cold­stream Guards. He was taken pris­oner but es­caped to Lon­don, where he was taken on by MI6 to or­gan­ise the safe re­turn to Eng­land of Al­lies es­cap­ing from the Ger­mans in oc­cu­pied ter­ri­tory.

‘He be­came head of the de­part­ments of MI9, deal­ing with north-west Eu­rope and re­spon­si­ble for bring­ing about 3,000 peo­ple back to Eng­land.

‘He was awarded MBE and MC. De­mo­bilised as Lieu­tenant-colonel in 1946, he spent many years with Fisons be­fore be­com­ing a book­seller in Suf­folk, from 1967 to 1976. He is now re­tired.’

A pic­ture of him on a faked French ID card is shown in the back of the book. He died not long af­ter the book came out, in 1983. He was mar­ried to Peggy Van Lier, a guide for es­capees in 1944 and they had five chil­dren.

I have never seen men­tion of Jimmy Lan­g­ley be­fore, even in re­cent years, to recog­nise fa­mous Wul­fru­ni­ans in the town’s Hall of Fame.

Stephen King, Le­ices­ter Street, Whit­more Reans, Wolver­hamp­ton

Jimmy Lan­g­ley

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