2735229 Guardsman William Alfred COLLEDGE, 2 Welsh Guards: POW

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    Date of Enlistment: 15 December 1939
    Army Number: 2735229
    Rank: Guardsman
    Name: William Alfred COLLEDGE
    Unit: Welsh Guards

    Date of Birth: 11 June 1919
    Place of Birth: Shotton, Flintshire

    Date of Capture: 25 May 1940
    Place of Capture: Boulogne, France

    POW Number: 11568
    POW Camps: Stalag XXA, Stalag XXB
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    Name: William Colledge . Date of Birth: 11/6/1919 . Place of Birth: Shotton,... | The National Archives
    Reference: WO 416/72/232
    Name: William Colledge.
    Date of Birth: 11/6/1919.
    Place of Birth: Shotton, Flintshire.
    Service: British Army.
    Rank: Private.
    Regiment/Unit/Squadron: Welsh Guards, 2 Company.
    Service Number: 2735229.
    Date of Capture: 25 May 1940.
    Theatre of Capture: Boulogne.
    Camp Name/Number: Stalag XXA Thorn.
    PoW number: 11568.
    Date of Death: [unspecified].
    Number of Photographs: 0.
    Number of Fingerprints: 0.
    Number of X-rays: 0.
    Number of Cards: 1.
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    WO 344-68-2

    PART I
    General Questionnaire for British Ex-Prisoners of War

    1. No.: 2735229
    Rank: Guardsman
    Surname: COLLEDGE
    Christian Names: William Alfred
    Decorations: Nil

    2. Unit (Army): 2nd Battalion WELSH GUARDS
    3. Division (Army): Brigade of Guards

    4. Date of Birth: 11 June 1919
    5. Date of Enlistment: 15 December 1939
    6. Civilian Trade: Railway Checker
    7. Private Address: 28 Bridge Street, Shotton, near Chester, Flintshire, N. Wales

    8. Place of Capture: Boulogne
    Date of Capture: 25 May 1940

    9. Were you Wounded when Captured: No

    10. Main Camps or Hospitals in which imprisoned
    Camp No. Location From & To
    Stalag XXA Thorn 7 June 1940 - 18 April 1941
    Stalag XXB Marienburg 18 April 1941 - 2 July 1941

    11. Were you in a Working Camp?
    Location From & To Nature of Work
    Danzig 2 July 1941 - 21 March 1942 Railway
    Kielaw 21 March 1942 - 7 April 1944 Railway
    Rakmel 7 April 1944 - 18 February 1945 Railway

    12. Did you suffer from any Serious Illnesses while a P/W?:
    Nature of Illness Cause Duration

    Did you receive adequate Medical Treatment?:


    2. Lectures before Capture
    (State where, when and by whom)
    (a) Were you lectured in your unit on how to behave in the event of capture?:
    (b) Were you lectured on escape and evasion?:

    3. Interrogation after Capture
    (State where, when and methods employed by enemy)
    Were you specially interrogated by the enemy?:

    4. Escapes attempted.
    Did you make any attempted or party successful escapes?
    (Give details of each attempt separately, stating where, when, method employed, names of your companions, where and when captured and by whom. Were you physically fit? What happened to our companions?)

    5. Sabotage.
    Did you do any sabotage or destruction of enemy factory plant, war material, communications, etc., when employed on working-parties or during escape?
    (Give details, places and dates).

    6. Collaboration with enemy.
    Do you know of any British or American personnel who collaborated with the enemy or in any way helped the enemy against other Allied PoWS?
    (Give details, names of person(s) concerned, camp(s), dates and nature of collaboration or help given to enemy).

    7. War Crimes.
    If you have any information or evidence of bad treatment by the enemy to yourself or to others, or knowledge of any enemy violation of Geneva Convention you should ask for a copy of “Form Q” on which to make your statement.

    8. Have you any other matter of any kind you wish to bring to notice?

    I fully realised that all information relating to the matters covered by the questions in PART II are of a highly secret and official nature.
    I have had explained to me and fully understand that under Defence Regulations or U.S.A.R. 380-5 I am forbidden to publish or communicate any information concerning these matters.

    Date of Signature: 8 May 1945



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