William Gibb 1288 & Joseph English

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by Janwalk, Jul 30, 2018.

  1. Janwalk

    Janwalk Member

    image.jpeg Does anyone know a William Gibb pictured in this photo next to my Dad Joseph English taken in a German POW camp in 1941 ?
    I'm not sure if they stayed here because my Dad was sent to work in a salt mine I thought in Poland but could be wrong.
    Any info or insight would be appreciated and I would love to track down anyone who knows William or presuming he would have shortened it to Bill
  2. Tricky Dicky

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    UK, British Prisoners of War, 1939-1945
    Name: W Gibb
    Rank: Fusilier
    Army Number: 4272331
    Regiment: Royal Northumberland Fusiliers
    POW Number: 1288
    Camp Type: Stalag
    Camp Number: IX-C
    Camp Location: Mühlhausen, Hesse
    Record Office: Infantry and Army Educational Corps Record Office, York
    Record Office Number: 20

    On Ancestry family trees there seems to be only one possible tree

    William R Gibb
    BIRTH APR 1914 • Morpeth, Northumberland
    DEATH Unknown

    Looks as though you have further research to do

    I would suggest as a possible
    England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
    Name: William Robert Gibb
    Death Age: 86
    Birth Date: 25 Apr 1914
    Registration Date: May 2000
    Registration district: Northumberland Central
    Inferred County: Northumberland
    Register Number: 1D
    District and Subdistrict: 6771D

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  3. Guy Hudson

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    He was serving in the same battalion as your father and was captured with him at St. Valery in 1940

    Fusilier William GIBB 4272331 7th Battalion Royal Northumberland Fusiliers

    Stalag IX Mulhausen Pow. No. 1288

    Fusilier Joseph ENGLISH 4271559 7th Battlaion Royal Northumberland Fusiliers
    Stalag IX C

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    Your dad was repatriated back to the U.K. in 1943 due to ill health
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    Newcastle Evening Chronicle 29th October 1943
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  4. Janwalk

    Janwalk Member

    Ah great thanks that now gives me the camp they must have been in.
    I assumed he would probably be diseased like my Dad but was hoping maybe some family members may have seen it.
    But anyway I have more info which is fab thanks
  5. Janwalk

    Janwalk Member

    Thank you yes I have all that info now from another member, was in tears last night reading it all and memories came flooding back
  6. Janwalk

    Janwalk Member

    Oh except for that detailed info on the pow camp thank you
  7. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Below is an image from an IRC report made in 1944 [there was another made in 1943 I think but the details are pretty much the same] which shows the details of Stalag IX - C where both men were held captive.
    It provides the co-ordinates geographically of the site so you can find it 'exactly'


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  9. Janwalk

    Janwalk Member

    Just adding to this thread.
    I've been in touch with my last remaining 1st cousin from my Dads side of the family and he and his wife have sent me some photos of my Dad in POW camps.
    They all have Stalag 1XC stamped on the back apart from this one which my Dad has written all the others names on the back

    Attached Files:

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  10. Janwalk

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    Should add my Dads mother died in childbirth while having him so his older sister more or less brought my Dad up while their Dad worked down the mine.
    So hence why the pics were passed on to my Dads sisters remaining son.
    Also were these pics too, my Dads in a few but not all these pics, does anyone recognise any of the other guys ?

    Attached Files:

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