My grandads ww2 timeline

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by Jaybul, Jul 26, 2017.

  1. Jaybul

    Jaybul New Member


    Hoping someone can help. I was in my nanas house other day and she shown me a bible that had some of my grandads personal army record information along with large number of other POW names who I assume was in his barracks which was stamped with Stalag Viii D or B handwriting hard to interpret.

    His name was Private James Christopher Wilson and it says in bible he was part of the 4th Green Howard's. He never spoke of the war to his family or wife. My nana believes he served in Africa but I can only assume this was not the only continent he stepped foot in during the war and wonder how he ended up in Stalag 13?
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    UK, British Prisoners of War, 1939-1945
    Name: J C Wilson
    Rank: Private
    Army Number: 4390813
    Regiment: Green Howards
    POW Number: 13675
    Camp Type: Stalag
    Camp Number: 344
    Camp Location: Lambinowice, Poland
    Record Office: Infantry and Army Educational Corps Record Office, York
    Record Office Number: 20

    Does the service number match up??

    Others will know better than I but yes he could have been captured in North Africa, shipped to Italy then as Italy collapsed moved again to Germany.

    Stalag VIII (8) was also know as 344 or Lamsdorf - Stalag VIIIB 344 Lamsdorf

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  3. Jaybul

    Jaybul New Member

    Thank you TD

    Certainly seems to be his records. Both POW and service number look the same apart from a couple numbers I can't make out. Would certainly be nice to know his story.
  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Obtaining his service records is the best place to start - link - Request records of deceased service personnel - GOV.UK.
    Then War Diaries for his units he served in.
    Then more POW research

    You have started on an eventful journey
  5. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Captured in France so no Africa service I`m afraid
    4390813 Pte J C Wilson
    4th Btn Green Howards
    Posted missing 19th June 1940
    Confirmed P.o,W


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  6. Jaybul

    Jaybul New Member

    Thank you for the document!

    It blows the Africa capturing advised by family members out of the question. Would it be possible he was a straggler who was captured after the Dunkirk evacuation?

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  7. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Following Dunkirk there were several other attempts to bring back Allied troops fro northern France from ports on the north and west coasts - Operation Ariel - Wikipedia

    I guess he was somewhere in there


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