Ian Garrow

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Ian Grant Garrow
Born (1908-08-24)24 August 1908
Died 28 March 1976(1976-03-28) (aged 67)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Rank Captain
Unit Highland Light Infantry
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Distinguished Service Order

Captain Ian Grant Garrow DSO (24 August 1908 - 28 March 1976)[1] was a British army officer with the Highland Light Infantry. Following the surrender of the Highland 51st Division at Saint-Valéry-en-Caux on the Normandy coast on 12 June 1940, Garrow managed to escape being taken prisoner. On hearing that France had surrendered, Garrow tried to escape with companions to the Channel Islands, but ultimately was interned in Marseilles.[2]

Operating in Marseilles from October 1940 and working alongside other British officers, including Nancy Wake, he helped organise the escape to Britain of military personnel stranded in France after the British retreat from Dunkirk and the subsequent French defeat.

He was joined by Albert Guérisse in June 1941, whose nom de guerre of "Pat O'Leary" became the name of the first network, the Pat Line to organise the escape of British military personnel from France.

Garrow was arrested by Vichy French police in October 1941 and later interned at Mauzac (Dordogne). His role as head of the escape line was taken over by O'Leary. Garrow was rescued from Mauzac in December 1942 by the Pat O'Leary organisation and sheltered with Francoise Dissard in Toulouse before he was taken across the Pyrenees to the British Consulate in Barcelona. Garrow returned to England at the beginning of February 1943.

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' .[3]

See : WO208/3312-1075


  1. ^ "Ian Garrow". conscript-heroes.com. 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Long, Christopher (1984). "Secret Papers (Pat Line, Escape & Evasion in WWII France)". christopherlong.co.uk. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Foot, M.R.D & Langley, J.M (1979). MI9 : Escape and Evasion 1939-1945. London: Book Club Associates. p. 66. ISBN 978-0316288408.