Information on these last two individuals is a bit sketchy.
Lt. W.J. Thomas
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In August 1940, William was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps. The Pioneer Corps was the labour corps of the Army, responsible for light engineering tasks. During World War 2, thousands of enemy aliens (Germans, Austrians, Italians) joined the Pioneer Corps to serve their adopted country. They came to be known as the "King's Most Loyal Enemy Aliens". Given the fact that William served as interpreter at Josef's court martial, he must have been quite fluent in German, probably one of the reasons he was commissioned into the Pioneer Corps.
A year later, on the 21 June, 1941, William was transferred to the Intelligence Corps. Finally, on 18 August, 1943, William resigned his commission as Lieutenant and was re-granted the rank of Lieutenant.
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In all likelihood, the stenographer was Bertram Anthony Balment. Born in Croydon in 1908, Bertram, went on to wed Mary Teresa Grannell in 1930.
Bertram was a stenographer in civilian life and ended up serving with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. He passed away in 1959 at the age of 51.