SergeantBANKS, ARTHUR

Service Number 1607992

Died 20/12/1944

Aged 22

112 Sqdn.
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

G C

Son of Charles Chaplin Banks and Harriet Margaret Banks, of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Inscription

THE RIGHTEOUS ARE IN THE HAND OF GOD AND THERE SHALL NO TORMENT TOUCH THEM

Citation

The following details are taken from the citation in the London Gazette of 5th November, 1946, announcing the posthumous award of the George Cross

On 29th August 1944, Sgt. Banks took part in an armed reconnaissance of the Ravenna and Ferrara areas. Making a forced landing when his aircraft was damaged, he decided, after the aircraft had been destroyed, to try and reach the Allied lines. He made contact with a group of partisans, among whom he became an outstanding figure for his advice and encouragement in action against the Germans. Early in December, a crossing by boat into Allied territory was planned, but the whole party was captured. Sgt. Banks was cruelly tortured at his interrogation, which was presided over by the German district commander. Getting hold of a machine gun, he might have killed most of his captors His conduct was in all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the service, even in the face of brutal and inhuman treatment.

Buried at ARGENTA GAP WAR CEMETERY

Location: Italy
Number of casualties: 618

Cemetery/memorial reference: III, A, 7.

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This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.