Spirit of Resistance

Noel Andrew Cotton CROFT

Lieutenant-Colonel Noel Andrew Cotton CROFT DSO

Essex Regiment, SOE

Served with MI(R) in Finland and Norway, 1939/40 then with Auxiliary Units in East Anglia: posted to Stockholm, June 1941-December 1942: took part in operations in Norway with No 14 Commando, December 1942-March 1943: joined SOE for operations in Tunisia, 31 March 1943. With SOE’s Massingham Naval Section, June-September 1943.  Set up Balaclava mission in Corsica for sea operations into France and Italy, September 1943-August 1944.  Parachuted into Southern France as leader of Operation Snow White to cut enemy communications, 16 August 1944: returned to UK, September 1944: leader of only Jedburgh team to reach Denmark before German surrender.