2722673 Harold George BEARMAN, 1 Irish Guards

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    WO 344-21-1

    PART I
    General Questionnaire for British Ex-Prisoners of War

    1. No.: 2722673
    Rank: Guardsman
    Surname: BEARMAN
    Christian Names: Harold George
    Decorations: -

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

    4. Date of Birth: 16 Feb 1911
    5. Date of Enlistment: 26 Sep 1940
    6. Civilian Trade: Gardener
    7. Private Address: Holfield Grange, Coggeshall, Essex, England

    8. Place of Capture: Anzio, Italy
    Date of Capture: 3 February 1944

    9. Were you Wounded when Captured:

    10. Main Camps or Hospitals in which imprisoned
    Camp No. Location From & To
    Stalag VIIA Moosburg 8 Mar 1944 - 24 Mar 1944
    Stalag XIA Alten Grabon 26 Mar 1944 - 14 Jun 1944

    11. Were you in a Working Camp?
    Location From & To Nature of Work
    Gerwish 14 Jun 1944 - 12 Apr 1945 Cement Factory

    12. Did you suffer from any Serious Illnesses while a P/W?:
    Nature of Illness Cause Duration
    Pneumonia - 28 Mar 1944 - 16 Apr 1944

    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?:
    Yes. Ayr, Scotland, 1 February 1943. Captain FITZGERALD officer commanding Support Company, 1st Battalion IRISH GUARDS.
    (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?:

    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?
    I wish to state that Captain TATE, Medical Officer at XIA Alten Grabow did extremely good work.

    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: 2 May 1945
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    Army Number: 2722673
    Rank: Guardsman
    Name: Harold George BEARMAN
    Unit: 1 Irish Guards
    POW Number: 142734
    Date of Capture: 03/02/1944
    Place of Capture:
    Camp: Stalag XIA
    TNA Reference: WO 344-21-1



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