POW Liberation Questionnaires Search Engine

Discussion in 'Prisoners of War' started by PsyWar.Org, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    As I was getting tired of constantly looking up the correct National Archives reference for POW Liberation Questionnaires, I've knocked up a little search engine to find the correct reference: http://arcre.com/questionnaires

    Just type in the POW's last name and choose if he was a prisoner of the Germans or Japanese and it will give you a brief list of where the questionnaire might be located in the National Archives. There's no guarantee there will be a questionnaire for a particular prisoner of war but this gives you the place where to look for one.

    And if you want me to copy one for you, click the "Order" button and fill in POW's name, rank and number.

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  2. Rob Dickers

    Rob Dickers 10th MEDIUM REGT RA

    Well done Lee :)
    Took me an hour to find one on Mon & of course when i looked at the file at Kew on Wed, he had'nt made one. :mad:
    Just tried your search engine & bang the file ref in seconds.
  3. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Nice one Lee, a great short-cut. :)
  4. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    Thanks chaps, thought it would be useful!

    (Just did a little bug fix to correct a small error but should be working fine now).
  5. horsapassenger

    horsapassenger Senior Member


    Nice work - As you're aware I've done a lot of work on the German reports in the past year or so. In doing so I've encountered a number of instances of misfiling so don't give up if the record is not where you expect to find it (in alphabetical order) - have a scan through as it seems that these files may have been taken apart and the pages not always reinserted in the correct order.

    Also, surprisingly, I have encountered a very small number of reports for people who were captured in Singapore/Far East

  6. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    John, what's really needed is for all of them to be individually indexed but that's a hell of job to complete. Something like 140,000 names isn't it?

    The Japanese POW index cards are even more out of alphabetical order. Sadly readers not marking the card's place properly is mainly the cause of that.
  7. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Brilliant idea Lee, well done!
  8. horsapassenger

    horsapassenger Senior Member


    I thought about that but just looking at all of the rerecords, extracting the ones I needed, took about a year.

    There is a gent who's going through the Japanese cards and copying them. He's a fascinating fellow to talk with as he was a POW of the Japanese as a young boy and can read what's written on them. He comes about once a month and photographs a batch of about 2000 which he then works on until his next visit

  9. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Do the liberation questionnaires also contain details of how the POW was captured in the first place? I'm sure I read somewhere that after WW1 all liberated officer POWs had to account for their capture by the enemy, wondered if same happened after WW2?


  10. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    Have posted the first page of one, Tom. It contains the answer to your question,


    Attached Files:

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  11. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Thank you, that’s interesting. I guess I’ll just have to take a look next time I’m at Kew and hope for the best.


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  12. sirjahn

    sirjahn Member

    I got a hit on
    4197714 Hughes, H.
    3976643 Hughes, W.
    both from Rennes POW Hospital both in the WO 344/154/1 reference. It says they are not digitized yet and it appears the reading room is still closed. Is there a way to get a copy?

    Also are Canadians list there too?

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