2722522 Frank CHARLTON, 1 Irish Guards

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    WO 344-60-2


    PART I
    General Questionnaire for British Ex-Prisoners of War

    1. No.: 2722522
    Rank: Corporal
    Surname: CHARLTON
    Christian Names: Frank
    Decorations:-

    2. Unit (Army): IRISH GUARDS
    3. Division (Army): -

    4. Date of Birth: 25 October 1913
    5. Date of Enlistment: 10 September 1940
    6. Civilian Trade: Foreman on Highways, Pavier trade
    7. Private Address: 66 Meredith Street, Crewe, Cheshire, England

    8. Place of Capture: TUNISIA
    Date of Capture: 30 March 1943

    9. Were you Wounded when Captured:
    Yes

    10. Main Camps or Hospitals in which imprisoned
    Camp No. Location From & To
    PM 202 Hospital Lucca Italy 7 APril 1943 - 26 September 1943
    Stalag 8B Lamsdorf Germany 29 September 1943 - 5 March 1944
    Stalag 357 Thorn Polan 5 March 1944 - 13 August 1944
    Stalag 357 Fallingbostel Germany 13 August 1944 - 7 April 1945
    from 7 April 1945 on the March until released 2 May 1945 at Kulpin

    11. Were you in a Working Camp?
    No
    Location From & To Nature of Work
    -

    12. Did you suffer from any Serious Illnesses while a P/W?:
    -
    Nature of Illness Cause Duration
    Pain from Wounds - On and off at all the while

    Did you receive adequate Medical Treatment?:
    Yes


    PART II

    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?:
    Yes
    (b) Were you lectured on escape and evasion?:
    No

    3. Interrogation after Capture
    (State where, when and methods employed by enemy)
    Were you specially interrogated by the enemy?:

    4. Escapes attempted.
    Did you make any attempted or party successful escapes?
    No
    (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).
    No

    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?
    No
    (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?
    On 14 January the Germans took away our palliasses and we lay on 8 bed boards, also tables and forms were taken away, as some form of retaliation for our treatment of their prisoners.


    SECURITY UNDERTAKING.
    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: 4 May 1945
     
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    Army Number: 2722522
    Rank: Lance-Sergeant
    Name: Frank CHARLTON
    Unit: 1 Irish Guards
    Theatre: North Africa
    POW Number: 31910
    Date of Capture: 30/03/1943
    Place of Capture: Tunisia
    Camp: Stalag 357
    TNA Reference: WO 344-60-2


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