Prisoner Of War Lists

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  1. papiermache

    papiermache WO 356 Mechanic

    Even the greatest soldiers had trouble obtaining POW lists. This is from WO361/238, with the usual apologies and acknowledgements:


    1 December 1945

    To:

    The War Office Casualty Branch,
    Edge Lane,
    Liverpool, 7.

    Dear Sir,

    With reference to your M/1038.R, I have been handed this letter by Captain J.N.Neale, R.A., who is one of the Officers in my Regiment.

    My own details are as follows:-

    33862 Lt.-Colonel P.J.D. Toosey, R.A.

    and I have been in command of the 135 Field Regiment, R.A., since the 1st September 1941.

    My Regiment has formed an Association in order to assist in the solving of the problem of our lost and dead members in the Far East.

    I have obtained a list of casualties of which we are certain. This amounts to some 170 names. I have fairly full particulars of these 170 men. We believe, however, that our total casualties must be in the neighbourhood of 260 and we are making every effort to complete these records.

    When these records are completed I propose, if possible, to write a letter to every next-of-kin as the Commanding Officer of the Regiment, which I feel to be my duty.

    There are also many other problems of a domestic nature which we shall endeavour to solve for our men. We have already arranged two Reunions the week after next, which will help to collect more information and solve some problems.

    If it is agreeable to you, I propose to call on you one day next week and discuss the whole matter with you, since I believe we can be mutually helpful. My telephone number is .... and I shall be at home from Monday afternoon, 3rd December, for at least ten days.

    I believe that through our Regimental Association we ultimately shall be able to solve the whereabouts of the whole Regiment, which will be a step towards the difficult problem of finding the number of deaths amongst Prisoners of War in the Far East.

    (...)

    (sgd) PJD Toosey

    Lt.-Colonel R.A.
    Commanding C.M.D.G. 135 (Herts Yeomanry)
    Field Regiment R.A.


    Reply dated 10th December 1945.

    The War Office,
    Edge Lane,
    Liverpool, 7

    M/367 Cas.L.

    Dear Colonel Toosey,

    Casualties 135 Fld. Rgt. R.A.

    I enclose the list of names of those under your command who are still shown as "missing" in our records. We should be so very grateful for any information you can supply regarding them. We will let you know as soon as any of the cases are disposed of - unhappily I am afraid in most, by presumption of death, so that you can then communicate with the relatives.

    (...)

    Thank you again very much indeed for the splendid records you have given in such desperate circumstances. They will do so much to relieve the minds of relatives - even though it be sad news - and make our work easier.

    Yours sincerely,

    V. Harvey


    A third letter is from Lieut-Colonel A.W. Hackett, 2nd-in-Command, Royal Artillery Records (Field), Foots Gray, Sidcup, Kent to:

    Mr. V. Harvey, War Office (Casualties), Edge Lane, Liverpool, 7, dated 4th Fenruary, 1946.

    Dear Mr Harvey,

    135 Field Regiment, R.A.

    Thank you for your M/367/66A/CAS.L. of 1 Feb 46.

    I am afraid with release problems at their peak, it is not possible to supply Colonel Toosey with the information he requires. As you can imagine, all Regiments have been on the same game, but in all cases we have, unfortunately, had to turn it down and they have supplied military clerks to attend at this office and get out the lists as required.

    I will write to Col. Toosey today and point out to him that we will co-operate if he can supply the man or men to do the job.

    (...)

    Yours sincerely,

    (sgd.) Ambrose W. Hackett

    (ends)
     
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  2. greglewis

    greglewis Member

    Could I post this here in case anyone with an interest in POW camps on Java or Japan comes looking for names?

    It is the index of the places and names which appear in 'FROM JAVA TO NAGASAKI', a 1942-1945 diary of a prisoner captured on Java (Magic Rat Books)



    Units

    3rd Hussars, 205
    6th HAA Regiment, 30, 33, 57, 218
    15th Punjab Regiment, Indian Army, 209
    16th AA Brigade, 204
    21st LAA Regiment, 219, 220
    34 (B) Squadron, 202
    35th LAA Regiment, 218
    48th LAA Regiment, 216, 218
    77th HAA, 5, 14, 30, 33, 35, 57, 58, 64, 69, 70, 76, 77, 120, 162, 167, 186, 187, 199, 202, 203, 205, 207, 208, 210, 212, 217, 218, 220, 221, 222, 223
    84 Squadron, RAF, 218
    174 Field Ambulance, 223
    211 Squadron, RAF, 218
    Royal Corps of Signals, 218
    Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, 220
    Royal Engineers, 209


    People and Places

    Ainsley, John, 11, 203
    Ambon, 212
    Angel Island, 195, 225
    Australia, 9, 13, 42, 47, 211
    B, Dick, 48, 58
    Baker, Billy, 212
    Bandoeng, 42, 67, 78, 210, 214
    Barry, Wales, 5, 203
    Batavia, 5, 10, 11, 16, 17, 23, 29, 30, 33, 40, 64, 67, 78, 81, 82, 202, 204, 205, 212, 213
    Baxter, John, 199, 201, 202, 205, 206, 208, 209, 213, 214, 215, 219, 220, 222
    Benghazi, 10
    Berlin, 152, 165, 173, 222, 223
    ‘Bijou Maru’, 223
    Birch, Captain, 20, 205
    Black, Bill, 11
    Blakey, George, 187, 224
    Blakey (PoW, unknown first name), 20
    Boei Glodok, 77, 205, 213
    Boei Glodok (life at), 17-23, 70-77
    Borneo, 41, 209, 210
    Boxall, Jimmy, 11, 203
    Bradford, England, 219
    Brandon, Sidney Charles, 106, 218
    Brooke, Rupert, 101
    Burma, 8, 84, 160, 203, 209, 212, 215, 222
    Burrlock (Burrluck), Sergeant AO, 103, 218
    California State Military Museum, 225
    Camp 8, Kamo, 216
    Camp 8, Kamo (life at), 87-190
    Canada, 195, 225
    Cape Town, 7, 8, 9
    Cardiff, 5, 29, 36, 81, 102, 118, 125, 197, 203, 208, 209, 211, 212, 219, 222
    Cardiff Arms Park, 197
    Cardiff City FC, 203, 208, 209, 212
    Cardiff Rugby Club, 5, 197, 203, 219
    Cardigan, 207
    Ceylon, 9
    Changi, 209, 212, 215
    China, 86, 87, 219
    Chungkai, 212
    Chungking, 187
    Churchill, Winston, 7, 10, 111, 208, 223
    Clapton, London, 219
    Coconut Grove, 45, 46
    Cole, Driver S, 187, 224
    Colombo, 9
    Convoy DM2, 5
    Convoy WS14, 5, 201
    Cox, Alan, 120
    Cox, Pat, 11, 59, 212
    Crete, 8
    Crewe, 210
    Curtis, Ernie, 34, 208, 212
    Cycle Camp (aka Bicycle Camp), 67, 70, 71, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 82, 212, 213, 214
    Cycle Camp (life at), 67-70, 77-78, 82-83
    Davies, Sergeant, 84
    Davies, Griff, 25, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 56, 57, 60, 61, 63, 65, 67, 68, 70, 71, 72, 75, 76, 77, 83, 207
    Derbyshire, 210
    Donnington, 210
    Dudley, 224
    Dunn, Frank, 202
    Dunn, Neville, 202
    Durban, 5, 7, 8
    Edwards, Hugh, 11, 132, 181, 199, 201, 203, 208, 216, 217, 220, 223
    ‘Empress of Australia’, 202
    England, 10, 13, 20, 25, 26, 32, 36, 58, 66, 81, 106, 109, 123, 130, 142, 165, 169, 170, 179, 203, 223
    Evans, Bert, 8, 23, 29, 37, 44, 45
    Evans, Dai, 191
    Evans, Horace, 11
    Evans, Ken, 81
    Exeter, 219
    Far East War Crimes Tribunal, 213, 220
    Fawcett, FS, 44, 211
    Fleming, Bill, 195
    Fobes, Hal, 165, 172, 186, 188, 222
    Forge, John ‘Dusty’, 43, 44, 210
    Formosa, 18, 86, 220
    Fort Lewis, 195
    Fort McDowell, 225
    Freetown, 5
    Frome, 5, 36, 125
    Fryett, Frank, 9, 18, 28, 33, 35, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 56, 57, 58, 60, 61, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 70, 71, 75, 76, 77, 78, 80, 83, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 100, 105, 107, 109, 110, 120, 122, 123, 125, 126, 128, 131, 132, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 143, 148, 149, 153, 156, 163, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 174, 175, 178, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 196, 202, 220
    Gardner, Les, 170
    Garoet, G, 16, 205
    Gaskell, Major GFG, 12, 16, 30, 81, 203
    Gibson, Corporal, 99, 218
    Glamorgan County Cricket Club, 197, 203
    Glasgow, 161, 210, 218
    Goronwy, John W, 182, 223, 224
    Gosney, Ronald, 128, 220
    Grandon, Dai, 11, 60, 119, 122, 128, 130, 187, 188, 189, 191, 196, 212
    Grider, James A, 152, 157, 164, 165, 169, 188, 221
    Guadalcanal, 208
    Guernsey, 205
    Hampson (PoW, unknown first name), 136
    Hancock’s Breweries, 203
    Hardacre, Harvey, 11, 60, 72
    Haruku, 212
    Hawarden, 210
    Hawkins, Charlie, 18, 205
    ‘H’ Force, 203, 212
    Higashi Misome, 211
    Hitler, Adolf, 166, 223
    HMS Glory, 196, 225
    HMS Ramillies, 9, 201
    Hoeffer, Frank, 213
    Honolulu, 193, 225
    Honshu Island, 211, 224
    Horner, RM, 210, 215
    Humphries, HR, 12, 17, 22, 27, 29, 30, 31, 40, 43, 44, 45, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 56, 57, 58, 59, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 212
    Hunt, Les, 19, 35, 36, 37, 39, 41, 42, 43, 44, 211
    Inatsukimachi, 87, 216, 221, 224
    Jakarta, 5
    Jakarta War Cemetery, 205, 207, 208
    James, Billy, 209, 212
    James, Noel, 19, 20, 28, 41, 42, 70, 76, 77, 83
    Japan, 5, 43, 44, 55, 57, 58, 66, 77, 84, 87, 105, 119, 123, 127, 138, 144, 148, 156, 160, 172, 182, 183, 197, 210, 211, 214, 216, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225
    Java, 5, 11, 16, 33, 39, 53, 83, 87, 117, 138, 141, 152, 162, 196, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 224
    Jesselton, 210
    Jones, Allan, 204
    Jungle Journal, 15, 17, 32, 62, 204, 207
    Kama, Fukuoka Prefecture, 223
    Kanchanaburi hospital camp, 212
    Kent, England, 219
    King, Reg, 120, 220
    King Victor Emmanuel III, 214
    Knight, William, 32, 208
    Kokura, 211
    Konno, Shiggy, 197
    Kuching, 210
    Kyushu, 87, 216, 219, 224
    Lanarkshire, 218
    Lane, Colonel CM, 40, 52, 53, 209
    Leicester, 218
    Lewendon, Brigadier RJ, 202
    Lewis, Jack, 7, 41, 141, 221
    Lloyd, Herbert ‘Doc’, 24, 25, 26, 42, 50, 51, 206
    Lock (unknown first name), 14
    Lock, George, 11
    MacMillan, Captain HMR (also McMillan), 11, 203, 224
    Malang, 56
    Malaya, 202, 209, 221
    Manchukuo, 166, 181, 223
    Manilla, 85
    Manorbier, 190, 191, 224
    ‘Marine Shark’, 192, 225
    Marriott, Ted, 207
    Middlesex, 219, 220
    Milligan, Jonny, 11
    Missen, Sergeant LA, 110, 121, 149, 219
    Mitchell, SD, 44, 211
    Miyata camp, 224
    Moji, 139, 211, 216, 224
    Moji Number 4 camp, 211, 221
    Mombasa, 8
    Motoyama, 211
    Mussolini, Benito, 79, 166, 214, 222
    Musson, John Wilfred, 108, 218
    Nagasaki, 182, 189, 190, 223
    Nelson, David, 209, 212, 215
    Newport, Wales, 5, 220
    New York, 196, 197, 225
    Nippon Times, 165, 222
    North Africa, 71, 213
    Norway, 8
    O’Fitzpatrick, M, 11, 59
    Ohama, 210, 211, 224
    O’Hara, Michael, 105, 218
    Okinoyama, 211
    Olympia, Canada, 195
    Onada, 211
    Otago, New Zealand, 211
    Ottawa, 196
    Oversay, 5
    Owens, Henry, 148, 221
    Owens, Tudor, 78
    Pearl Harbor, 5, 194, 220, 225
    Penarth, 191
    Penarth Water Polo Club, 203
    Perkins, Syd, 193, 225
    Perry, Harry, 150, 151, 158, 221
    Philippines, 85, 86, 192
    Phillips, Rev, 33, 208
    Pontefract, 218
    Pontypridd, 223, 224
    Pritchard, Jackie, 209, 212
    Probert, Johnny, 12, 44, 203, 211
    ‘Queen Mary’, 196, 197
    Rabinovitch, Simon, 112, 219
    Rangoon, 8
    Reardon Smith, Alan, 25, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 55, 56, 57, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 75, 76, 79, 83, 207, 215
    Reardon Smith, William, 207
    Rhondda, 204, 220
    Riley, Dennis, 207
    Roberts, Stan, 205, 207, 215, 216, 217, 222
    Roosevelt, Franklin D, 163, 222
    Russia, 28, 125, 131, 139, 142, 152, 165, 222
    Rutter, John, 38, 61, 65, 72, 76, 77, 79, 83, 84, 209
    San Antonio Express, 225
    San Franscisco, 192, 193, 194, 195, 223, 225
    Seattle, 194, 195
    Serang, 70, 213
    Shepherd’s Bush, 225
    Shikoku Island, 224
    Shrine, Ron, 11
    Sicily, 81, 214
    Simonoseki Hospital Camp, 211
    Singapore, 8, 9, 10, 39, 84, 85, 190, 202, 209, 210, 212, 215, 222, 223, 224
    ‘Singapore Maru’, 210, 211, 221, 224
    Sitwell, HDW, 13, 204
    Smead/Smeed, Joe, 105, 218
    Sonei, Kenichi, 213
    Southampton, 197
    Southend-on-sea, 217
    Southport, 212
    South Wales Echo, 197, 203, 209, 212, 219
    Staffordshire, 205, 208, 221
    Stalin, 223
    Stanton, Lionel, 112, 128, 163, 178, 182, 219
    Stiles (unknown first name), 14
    Stoodley, JH, 11, 203
    Street, Ken, 11, 203
    Street, Major, 141, 221
    Street, Stan, 24, 117, 207, 220
    ‘Suez Maru’, 204, 209, 212
    Suffolk, 222
    Sumatra, 10, 11, 39, 83, 215
    Sumption, Ted, 14, 67, 204
    Sunda Strait, 84, 215
    Surabaya, 11, 59, 69, 78, 202, 203, 204, 212, 223
    Surrey, 219
    Sutcliffe, Corporal, 108, 109, 219
    Sydney War Cemetery, 211
    Taiwan, 220, 223
    ‘Tamahoko Maru’, 223
    Tandjong Priok, 23, 67, 68, 72, 77, 82, 104, 156, 204, 205, 207, 208, 209, 210, 212, 214, 222
    Tandjong Priok (life at), 23-67
    Tasikmalaya, 14, 24, 204, 207
    Taylor, Ken, 19, 22, 41, 42, 58, 212
    Thai-Burma Railway, 203, 209, 212, 215, 222
    Thailand, 162, 212, 222
    Thompson, Charles, 19, 205
    Tjideng internment camp, 213
    Tjilatjap, 13, 14, 56, 204
    Tjimahi, 78, 214
    Tjisompet, 15, 204
    Toda, 1st Lt, 222
    Tojo, Hideki, 121, 220
    Tottenham, 218
    Trealaw, South Wales, 221
    Trogong, 205
    Truman, President, 223
    Twickenham, 20, 110, 219
    Ube, 211
    Upton, HC, 208
    USS Chenango, 190, 224
    USS Tang, 224
    USS Bonefish, 204
    ‘Ussuri Maru’, 215, 216
    V, Ken, 38, 48, 58
    Vancouver, 225
    Wallis, WL, 203
    Wangon Cross, 204
    ‘Warwick Castle’, 5, 50, 201
    Watson, Frank, 117, 124, 143, 151, 152, 169, 219
    Weeks, Mac, 11, 43, 211
    Welsford, Norman, 91, 112, 122, 123, 178, 217, 220
    Wermuth, Arthur, 225
    West Bromwich, 222
    Williams, Emrys, 159, 160, 222, 224
    Williams, Frank, 202, 205, 213
    Williams, Peter, 87, 89, 91-95, 101-105, 107-111, 113- 117, 119-123, 125-126, 130-137, 139- 144, 147-158, 160-162, 165-176, 178-180, 182-192, 196, 216
    Williams, Ronald, 202, 205, 213, 224
    Windhurst/Windust, Sergeant, 161, 222
    Winnipeg, 196
    Wood, Jack, 122, 136
    Wooller, Wilf, 12, 14, 17-23, 25-31, 33-53, 55-58, 60, 61, 63-68, 70, 71, 72, 74, 75, 76, 78-86, 118, 197, 203, 215, 219
    Woolley, AA, 99, 126, 217
    Wright, Sergeant A, 161, 222
    Yawata Steel Mill, 211
    Yokohama, 44
    Yokohama Cremation Memorial, 221
    Yokohama War Cemetery, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222
    ‘Yoshida Maru’, 210, 224
    Zentsugi camp, 224
     
  3. jillsteele

    jillsteele New Member

    I have come across this site and topic in the hope of finding more information on my Grandfather who was a POW in Italy and Germany from 23.1.42 to 16.4.45. I'm hoping one of you amazing knowledgable people can help me find more information on what camp he was at. His name was George H Sedgwick (think the H is for harold) and he was a gunner enlisted into Royal Artillery, Territorial Army his service number was 871287. I have his army record in front of me which just says served overseas: Middle East from 2.6.41 to 22.1.42 then POW Italy and Germany from 23.1.42. to 16.4.45. I only ever heard my grandad say " i have seen men sell out their best friend for a cigarette" :( . Would love to know more on what camps he was at so my son can know more. Also would like to know if there is a POW medal, I have his other medals of which there are 3. A 1939/45 Star, the Africa Star and War Medal 1939/45 Any help you can offer so we can pass down details for my children and remember my grandad would be very much appreciated. Thanks Jill xx
     
  4. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

     
  5. jillsteele

    jillsteele New Member

    Thanks Steve, youve given me some great starting points and they are much appreciated, sorry I posted in the wrong spot, but lucky for me you seen it. Thanks again!
     
  6. jjrc1991

    jjrc1991 Junior Member

    Hi,

    I'm in the process of researching for a book concerning the men of WWII who appear on my local war memorial. A few of those named died in POW camps. I apologise if this information has already been posted in this thread and/or on this forum but I could really do with a steer on how and where to locate any information that may be available on these men.

    Can anyone help?

    Regards

    Jeff
     
  7. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    http://ww2talk.com/forums/topic/49201-captured-at-tobruk/?p=579306
     
  8. Lucky Gunner

    Lucky Gunner Adult user

    HI Jeff,

    wondering if you have had further success since your August posting? May I ask whether the men that you are researching were to die in POW camps in Europe? Australians?

    kindly,
    KK. (daughter of one lucky gunner and former POW Italy)
     
  9. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Message for jillsteele

    This may be late, but have only just come across this thread today, is this your relation??

    UK, British Prisoners of War, 1939-1945 about G Sedgwick
    Name: G Sedgwick Rank: Gunner Army Number: 871287 Regiment: Royal Artillery POW Number: 139068 Camp Type: Stalag Camp Number: XI-B Camp Location: Fallingbostel, Lower Saxony Record Office: Royal Artillery (Heavy Anti-Aircraft) Record Office, St. Maries Hall, Dunchurch Road, Rugby Record Office Number: 43

    Edited to add:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stalag_XI-B
     
  10. jjrc1991

    jjrc1991 Junior Member

    Hi KK,

    I did have some luck since August although it came from a regimental museum and not this forum. I managed to find out about one of the men I am researching who had been taken at Tobruk and died two years later as a POW in Austria.

    All the men being researched are English and all appear on my local war memorial (see profile picture)

    Regards

    Jeff
     
  11. sirjahn

    sirjahn Member

    Is there a central repository/database of the British and Canadian PWs online like the US NARA POW database? In particular the units that the individuals were assigned prior to capture.

    I have the names and service numbers of approximately 300 British and Canadian PWs that passed through or were liberated at Rennes Military Hospital (AKA Frontstalag 221 W, Zweilager Rennes, EPS Rennes, Stalag 221) and am attempting to associate names with units and where they ended up. My eventual goal is to create a website dedicated to the Hospital with as much detail about the Germans, PWs and French that were there.
     
  12. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    Dale,

    There's this record at the National Archives that can be downloaded for free: WO 392/1: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/s/res?_q=WO+392%2F1&_sd=&_ed=

    It lists all the POWs in Occupied Europe and gives their Regiment or Corps. This is the document that started this thread. The list of POW camps given is very inaccurate but should be sufficient regarding regiment or corps.

    If you want more detail on the men, including which battalion they served in, next of kin, etc. then an alternative approach would be to search for liberation questionnaires for them. Not all returning POWs completed these but around 50 to 60% of them did.
    As the POWs were all liberated from the same place it could be a case of all of them or none of them completed a liberation questionnaire depending on whether they passed through an IS9 interrogation centre or were repatriated immediately back to the UK. Seeing as this was a hospital then perhaps it's the latter case but probably worth doing a spot check on a few names if you're able to get to the National Archives at Kew.

    Lee
     
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  13. sirjahn

    sirjahn Member

    Thanks. I will start with that link. If I can get the regiment I am good.

    Edit:

    In looking at the file it appears to be dated 3/2/43 on the second page of the document which is too early for me. Is there one dated October 1944 or so which might have the guys I am looking for?

    I have looked for all the officers that were at the Rennes Military Hospital and none are on that list. The next later version of the list is not online and a copy would have to be ordered.
     
  14. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    That list is supposed to date from September 1944.

    The date on page two I suspect is a badly written 3/2/93 as it seems to relate to the PRO (Public Record Office) rubber stamp and signature. That was probably the date the document was received by the Archives.

    There is an April 1945 edition of the list as well, files WO 392/11 to WO 392/20.

    But if you have a FindMyPast subscription or your local library has then this will probably meet your needs: http://www.findmypast.co.uk/search/military/indexes/ww2-prisoners-of-war/
    (They don't actually say which records were used to compile their lists)
     
  15. horsapassenger

    horsapassenger Senior Member

    The Canadian Forces have their own POW list - I found this and a few others (unlisted) in the depths of the National Archives

    John
     

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  16. sirjahn

    sirjahn Member

    I saw that each of the Commonwealth nations had their own PW lists. Unfortunately none are online and none are searchable. The expense of getting these lists at 200+ pages would break the bank.
     
  17. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    From the latest quotes I've been told TNA are charging £3.00 a page, so a 200 page document from them would likely cost you over £600.00.

    I provide digital photographs at £0.09 per page, so I'd charge £18.00 (that's less than $30 US) for a 200 page document.

    But wouldn't a number of your British POWs being listed in free September 1944 list or were they are captured too late to be listed in it?
     
  18. sirjahn

    sirjahn Member

    I have looked through the free list for all of the officers and a smattering of enlisted with no hits. So I would say they were captured too late to make that list. Consider that is 3 months (June, July, August) from the earliest possible capture to the publishing date it is quite probable that the Germans communications through the Red Cross would take longer.

    I would assume that using the September 44 list as a guide that the April 45 list would be about 500 pages. Canadians would be say 200 pages.
     
  19. Mike Mertens

    Mike Mertens New Member

    I have just discovered this page and now intend to research my father's wartime history. My father was Captain (later, Major) John Charles Mertens a member of the Tyneside Territorials Blackwatch, Ist Regiment, 51st Highland division. My father was wounded and captured outside of Dunkirk. I have yet to check his Regimental details. That is his Service number and to which POW camps he was incarcerated in. I believe he was in one camp with Airey Neave MP (deceased). Before my father's death he mentioned several incidents relating to attempted escapes however he never mentioned the disasters leading up to Dunkirk. He was an engineer in civilian life and post war he spent nearly 5 years in Germany before immigrating to Australia.. Any advice gratefully received. Please note that I am living in Australia. Also somethings that may be of interest. I have one of the silk maps of Europe and Germany that were provided as scarves. More importantly I have a copy of "The Quill". It is collection of POW cartoons, stories, poems etc that was edited and produced as a limited edition after WW2. I also have a Brass Bowl that appears to be a racing trophy for yachting. 1946. Kiel' I can only suspect that it would have been for racing captured /confiscated German yachts by allied crews.
    If this all makes sense to anyone I'd appreciate some assistance in researching some of the topics and items mentioned above.

    Thank you

    Mike Mertens
     
  20. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Hello and welcome to the forum
    The 1940 section would be the best place deal with his BEF, pre-captivity service, perhaps you could start a thread there for that aspect.
    http://ww2talk.com/forums/forum/63-1940/


    This from Ancestry: UK, British Prisoners of War, 1939-1945:

    Name: J C Mertens
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Army Number: 99148
    Regiment: Black Watch
    POW Number: 326
    Camp Type: Oflag
    Camp Number: IX-A/Z
    Camp Location: Rotenburg an der Fulda, Hesse
     
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