2720308 Hyman BENJAMIN, 1 Irish Guards

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    WO 344-24-2

    PART I
    General Questionnaire for British Ex-Prisoners of War

    1. No.: 2720308
    Rank: Guardsman
    Surname: BENJAMIN
    Christian Names: Hyman
    Decorations: -

    2. Unit (Army): IRISH GUARDS
    3. Division (Army): 1st DIVISION

    4. Date of Birth: 7 April 1918
    5. Date of Enlistment: 15 March 1940
    6. Civilian Trade: Machinist
    7. Private Address: 8 Kimberley Street, Higher Broughton, Salford 7, Lancs.

    8. Place of Capture: Anzio, Italy
    Date of Capture: 29 January 1944

    9. Were you Wounded when Captured:

    10. Main Camps or Hospitals in which imprisoned
    Camp No. Location From & To
    Lazarette 744 Konigswarthy Germany 1 Mar 1944 - 6 Jun 1944
    Stalag IVA Hohnstein, German 6 Jun 1944 - 14 Jun 1944

    11. Were you in a Working Camp?
    Location From & To Nature of Work
    1182 Radebeul, Dresden 14 Jun 1944 - 13 Nov 1944 Shoe Factory
    234 Neundorf, Pirna 13 Nov 1944 - 1 May 1945 Asphalt Factory

    12. Did you suffer from any Serious Illnesses while a P/W?: Yes
    Nature of Illness Cause Duration
    Loss of middle finger right hand Faulty Machine 23 Nov 1944 - 10 Mar 1945

    Did you receive adequate Medical Treatment?:


    2. Lectures before Capture
    (State where, when and by whom)
    (a) Were you lectured in your unit on how to behave in the event of capture?:
    Pamphlets were issued by unit on above
    (b) Were you lectured on escape and evasion?:

    3. Interrogation after Capture
    (State where, when and methods employed by enemy)
    Were you specially interrogated by the enemy?:
    In Italy I was asked by a German Officer how many Battalions of Irish Guards in England. I said I don’t know. He also asked a lot of other questions.

    4. Escapes attempted.
    Did you make any attempted or party successful escapes?
    (Give details of each attempt separately, stating where, when, method employed, names of your companions, where and when captured and by whom. Were you physically fit? What happened to our companions?)

    5. Sabotage.
    Did you do any sabotage or destruction of enemy factory plant, war material, communications, etc., when employed on working-parties or during escape?
    (Give details, places and dates).

    6. Collaboration with enemy.
    Do you know of any British or American personnel who collaborated with the enemy or in any way helped the enemy against other Allied PoWS?
    (Give details, names of person(s) concerned, camp(s), dates and nature of collaboration or help given to enemy).

    7. War Crimes.
    If you have any information or evidence of bad treatment by the enemy to yourself or to others, or knowledge of any enemy violation of Geneva Convention you should ask for a copy of “Form Q” on which to make your statement.

    8. Have you any other matter of any kind you wish to bring to notice?
    Whilst working in Asphalt Factory we were greatly assisted by Willi Stephen, Manager of “Norma’s” Asphalt Factory, who was later dismissed for being too friendly to the prisoners. He and his family were a great help to us. He lives at Neundorf Pirna.

    I fully realised that all information relating to the matters covered by the questions in PART II are of a highly secret and official nature.
    I have had explained to me and fully understand that under Defence Regulations or U.S.A.R. 380-5 I am forbidden to publish or communicate any information concerning these matters.

    Date of Signature: 19 May 1945
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    Army Number: 2720308
    Rank: Guardsman
    Name: Hyman BENJAMIN
    Unit: 1 Irish Guards
    Theatre: Italy
    POW Number: 40015
    Date of Capture: 29/01/1944
    Place of Capture: Anzio
    Camp: Stalag IVA
    TNA Reference: WO 344-24-2



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    Army Number: 2720308
    Rank: Guardsman
    Name: H BENJAMIN
    Unit: 2 Company, 1 Irish Guards
    Theatre: Italy
    Missing Personnel file: 1st Battalion IRISH GUARDS - Italy, Missing Personnel file
    TNA Reference: WO 361/784
    Notes: Date of Payment 14 January 1944, 500 Local Currency ;
    Missing, POW 30 January 1944

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    Last edited: Nov 6, 2019

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