POW's exchanging identity

Discussion in 'Prisoners of War' started by AB64, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    I'm trying to find a little more about why POW's exchanged identities - I know sometimes it was to cover for an escaper but beyond that I'm unsure - the particular example I am interested in is L Peltell 4804574 of the Lincolnshires (6th Battalion POW at Sedjenane I think) who exchanged identity with either F T Sedgewick 4389874 Green Howards or T Sedgwick. 1068450 of the Royal Artillery (according to the Ancestry POW lists), but the subject in general has got me thinking.


  2. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member


    Private Peltall's service book, he was with the BEF in France as well as teh later fighting in which he was captured.

  3. kiwigeordie

    kiwigeordie Senior Member

    Alistair, he seems to have signed his name Peltell. Which do you think is right?
  4. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    I'd say he knows best so Peltell, the discharge certificate at the back also has Peltell - ancestry has no L/Leslie Peltall's at all, but it does have L/Leslie Peltell in the POW, birth, marriage and death bits, so again E seems to be winning.

  5. Son of POW-Escaper

    Son of POW-Escaper Senior Member

    You should read Bill Ash's book ('Under The Wire').

    As a POW, he exchanged identities and ended up in a different camp (Heydekrug?), far away from Luft 3.

    A good read, either way.

  6. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    I've just made use of the services of "psywar.org" to get hold of a number of POW questionnaires including Pte Peltell's, I had hoped that it would give an explaination but no such luck - it did say after the Italian surrender he went on the run and evaded for 5 months before being recaptured by the Germans. Hopefully the answer will lie in one of the soldier whose identity he swapped with - both possibilities are on order and hopefully they exist and I'll have them by the end of the week.


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