South Africans in Italian POW Camps

Discussion in 'South African' started by HilikusZA, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. Robert Ross

    Robert Ross New Member

    Hello everyone, what an amazing scource of information this forum is.

    My grandfather was Eric Augustus Jordan POW number 224186. I have very little information on him apart vague references from my Mom that he was captured in Tobruk, possibly sent to Italy and then definitely ended up in Stalag ivb from where he was liberated and sent home. I know he was in Stalag ivB as the only thing I have from him is his tag. I have mailed the SANDF to get whatever they have on record but wondered if he appeared in any other records that members of this forum have.
     
  2. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    Hello Robert,

    Upon arriving in Italy your grandfather spent some time in Prisoner of War Camp 85 at Tuturano near Brindisi. He is registered as being there in a document held in the National Archives, London, catalogue number WO 392/21. (Copy of part of the relevant page attached) This information was collected by the International Red Cross and passed on to Great Britain and her allies and unfortunately is not always accurate.

    Campo PG 85, as it is called, was a transit camp, and before being sent to Germany to Stalag IVB he would almost certainly have been held in another camp in Italy. This information should be available from the report you have requested from SANDF.

    Best wishes,

    Vitellino
     

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  3. Robert Ross

    Robert Ross New Member

    Thanks so much for your reply Vitellino, I will continue the search. It means a lot to me so thanks again for the time you take to research this and respond.
     
  4. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    Please post the information you get back from SANDF.
     
  5. Robert Ross

    Robert Ross New Member

    Waiting for SANDF info in the meantime I have the following from my grandfather
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  6. dawie botha

    dawie botha New Member

    i am new to the forum and hope i am asking this in the correct way.I recently got my handwritten few pages from my aunt that my gf wrote.He was held at campo 52 and escaped together with Charly Bouwer( not sure if correct as diff to read his handwriting.)
    I know he ended up in Switserland with 4 other men but do not have the details how they got there.
    i am trying to fill in the blanks if anybody read his name somewhere. He was no 26055 D I Botha who served with the 5th brigade when he was captured.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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  9. Clock3r

    Clock3r New Member

    Looking for details on my grandfather Edward Joseph Phelan, he was a south african
     
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  10. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    Hello Clock3r,

    I have done a lot of research involving S. African POWs and their camps.

    I am in the UK at the moment but will look him up when I get back to Italy next week,

    Vitellino
     
  11. Clock3r

    Clock3r New Member

    Thanks So Much Vitellino
     
  12. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    Hello Clock3r,

    Your grandfather was held at one time in Campo P.G. 65, which was at Gravina in Puglia, down in the heel of Italy. He may well have been moved on from there as the Allies advanced up the peninsula.

    I have a list of South Africans being held in Germany but it is a box somewhere - we are in the process of moving house.

    The only way to find out exactly what happened to him is to send for his service records from SANDF ( If you put this word into the search box at the top of this page you will get some more information).

    Best wishes,

    Vitellino
     
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  13. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

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  14. micky

    micky Member

    Hello Tarquini, you mentioned Captain Jobling.
    I have a picture of an "English airman, captain Hugh Jobling" that returned in Italy in the '50s to pay a visit to Don Ximenes Azzolini, priest of Villa Fogliano, near Reggio Emilia. Don Azzolini has hidden Jobling and another unknown British airmen for some time, later the two escapers was bring in the partisan held area in high Apennines mountains. Do you have more informations on him? Thanks in advance.

     

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  15. Hi! I am looking for information for WJ Myburgh? Conflicting records stated that he died in Jun 44 and was a POW in CAMP 49 Italy. I need confrimation that he was in fact a POW?
     

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