Discussion in 'South African' started by Annemarie Gerber, Oct 28, 2020.
Good morning! Did you manage to find anything re the Shooting of Prisoners of War at Maratta?
Signaller WJ Myburgh
I have put in a request to the National Archives for the number of pages in the document to be checked. This is now the way forward for all copying requests made to them. I won't hear back from them until December. I know this is frustrating but at least it is possible to get hold of the document. We will just have to be patient.
I have said that in any case I would like a copy of the first 20 pages. This is a complete shot in the dark as there is no way of knowing who the victims of the crime were until I get them.
Thank you - Patience then!!
Good morning from a warm and sunny South Africa! I managed to obtain the military records of Willem Myburgh! Although limited, there is a note on his file pertaining to his death - he did indeed died while being with the Partisans. I hope your search will reveal more information. I am now on the hunt for his medals!
Today the War Crime file arrived - he wasn't the person concerned.
Usually, if a serviceman was killed whilst fighting with the partisans he was not considered to have been the victim of a war cirme.
The crime in the report took place some distance away at a place called Mareto and involved 7 unknown/unnamed British officers, who have not been traced, as all the documentation referring to the crime was destroyed.
There is still time to amend the book's proofs, so I will say that he was fighting with the partisans when he died. The group would have been the one mentioned in my earlier post.
Thank you - I only saw your remark after replying to the other message you send. Please let me know once your book is available.
I am trying to make sense of Willem's military records. The records indicated Camp 41 as the place where he landed up first. I saw somewhere that POWs were moved from this camp to Camp 49 in March 1943. I cannot find a lot of information on Camp 41. Do the Italian archives not carry records of these POWs and their movement...so many questions without answer!
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