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Leslie George Batt
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Leslie, George as you were also known,
My father was also an escaped POW from Campo 106.
I’ve researched many of the men who worked with you both on the rice farms of Piedmont in April-Sept 1943. You were so very unlucky, and I have been saddened to write with graphic detail of your murder within my work about the POWs. Most of your peers made it.
Know that you were not forgotten, by the POWs with you, men who wrote your name in their liberation reports. Nor by the Italians who gave affidavits to War Crimes tribunal.
Eva and Elma who cared for you and those men with you, never forgot you. They tended to your bodies and were devastated that men they cared for had been brutally betrayed by fascist spies, and that you were murdered. I have seen videos of Italians visiting the farmhouse ruins to pay respects. They too mourn young foreign men killed in their hills. I hope I’ve honoured you.