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Captain Ian Garrow was a Scottish army officer with the 51st Highland Division. The Division landed in France in 1940 and fought a ferocious battle at Saint-Valéry-en-Caux on the Normandy coast. Although the division surrender on 12 June, Garrow managed to escape being taken prisoner.

Operating from Marseilles and working alongside Scottish Pastor Donald Caskie, he helped organise the escape to Britain of military personnel like him stranded in France after the British retreat from Dunkirk and the subsequent French defeat. Nancy Wake was employed as a courier by Garrow's network.

He then became an associate of Albert Guérisse helping to found the Pat Line escape and evasion network which facilitated the escape of British military personnel from France.

For his activity he was arrested by the French police in October 1941 and interned at Mauzac (Dordogne). His role in the escape line was then taken over by Marie Dissard.

Michael Foot and Jimmy Langley describe him as 'a tall dark-haired captain in the Seaforth Highlanders in his early twenties, who spoke French with a noticeable Scots accent' [1].


  1. ^ M.R.D.Foot and J.M. Langley, MI 9, Escape and Evasion, 1939-1945, London, Book Club Associates, 1979, p 66.

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