jrhardy Posted 15 April , 2016 Share Posted 15 April , 2016 Does anyone have knowledge of Military Intelligence files in the National Archives that cover the use of the correspondence from POWs to send coded intelligence messages to the UK? The reason for asking is that the correspondence between Sergeant Alpin MacGregor 9981 of the 1st Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders and his father the Revd. Duncan MacGregor, Minister at Inverallochy was used in this way. This was at their own initiative. Alpin also actively recruited others, particularly when they moved from Sennelager to other camps. One of these were was CSM Hugh Rennie 7088 of the 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Alpin’s granddaughter believes that the incoming letters from Alpin were intercepted by the War Office before being forwarded to his father. Later Military Intelligence used Revd Duncan MacGregor to interview exchanged and escaped prisoners in Holland in mid-1917 when his son Alpin was also present. These focused on identifying possible POWs willing to send intelligence to create a network of ‘agents’ and on the materials and techniques necessary for a successful escape as well as bad treatment of POWs. Why use a Minister from the north of Scotland for these interviews? John Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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