Great Uncle Lost 1940 Dunkirk

Discussion in '1940' started by ciderlion, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. ciderlion

    ciderlion Member

    IMG_2581.JPG IMG_2580.JPG Very odd that POW Changi reference. This is Leonard, commemorated panel 139 Dunkirk.
     
  2. harkness

    harkness Active Member

    I get the feeling that someone has taken the details below and somehow concluded that he must have died in captivity. Why Changi, specifically, I have no idea.

    Conflict World War 2
    Record set Prisoners Of War 1715-1945
    Archive reference FO 916/50
    First name(s) Leonard
    Last name Somerfield
    Year -
    Rank Driver
    Ship name Royal Army Service Corps
    Country of imprisonment -
    Ship or corps Royal Army Service Corps
    Prison camp or ship -
    Archive The National Archives
    Document details List of missing combatants - circulation among POW camps 1941
    Category Military, armed forces & conflict
    Subcategory Regimental & service records
    Collections from Great Britain, UK None
     
  3. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member Patron

    The Army report is less specific in date of death - between 27 May and 2nd June, reflecting the chaos and loss of records at the time.
    With no identified body, then it could be he was trapped in a ship lost at any time between those dates.
    Are there any other personnel deaths in that period who were also attached to I Corps HQ?
    That might guide to a potential vessel, but in the confusion we may never know any better detail.
     
  4. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Changai reference appears to be a transcription error by find my past as original document clearly states `BEF`
    bef somerfield.jpg

    Perhaps a mix up between;-
    SOMERFIELD
    Driver
    115116
    LEONARD
    Sunday, June 2, 1940
    Age 21
    DUNKIRK MEMORIAL
    Royal Army Service Corps
    United Kingdom
    and
    SOMERFIELD
    Private
    QX12346
    EDWARD
    Sunday, November 22, 1942
    Age 42
    KRANJI WAR CEMETERY
    Australian Infantry
    Australian


    Kyle
     
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