Ramensky, World War II, Royal Fusiliers, Peterhead Prison, world war
Daily Record Front Page 20th October 1958.Johnny Ramensky April 6, 1905 - November 4, 1972) was a Scottish career criminal who used his safe-cracking abilities as a commando during World War II. Ramensky was born Jonas Ramanauckas, the son of Lithuanian immigrant parents, at Glenboig, a mining village in North Lanarkshire, near Coatbridge. He initially worked down the coal mines, as his father had, and it was there he became familiar with the uses of dynamite. During the depression of the 1920s following the first world war Ramensky's family were forced to move to the slums of the Gorbals, in the south side of Glasgow.Whitehall contacted Ramensky while he was serving a sentence in Peterhead Prison, offering a pardon if he were to put his expertise to good use with the British army. He enlisted with the Royal Fusiliers in January 1943, becoming an instructor in the Commandos. *** Local Caption *** a.k.a.John RamseyGentleman JohnnyGentle Johnny
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