5180670 Joseph James Alexander NURDING, 2 Gloucestershire Regiment, POW Dunkirk 1940

Discussion in '1940' started by devon1923, Dec 5, 2019.

  1. devon1923

    devon1923 Junior Member

    hi, searching for british prisoners of war at (dunkirk) 1940 and what camps they
    went to. The 2nd and 5th Battalions both fought in the Battle of France

    any help please.
  2. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Have you got the soldiers names?

    Which regiment?
  3. devon1923

    devon1923 Junior Member

    Yes, Joseph James Alexander Nurding Born 1911. 5th Battalaion Gloucestershire Reg T/A 1929
    Army No 5180670
    Called up for Military Service 03/09/1939

  4. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member


    I can’t see him listed in the official copy of U.K. POW in German Hands (1944) that I have from UK National Archives.

    Are you sure he was taken POW in 1940 or is it a “fishing expedition”?

    Other members might be able to look for him in the U.K. Casualty lists available on FMP.

    If you have solid information that he was POW your best bet would be to apply to Swiss Red Cross for his POW records via this link -

    Requests for information about people held during Spanish Civil War or Second World War: Quarterly limit reached

    You need to check the site 8am GMT 20th January 2020 to see if the online application form is available - if not check every 15 minutes until it is available and then speedily complete and submit it as the application window closes within 2 hours of opening due to over subscription.

    You could also ask a forum member to check UK National Archives to see if he completed a Post Liberation Questionnaire on his return to UK.

    Good Luck

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  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    All UK, British Prisoners of War, 1939-1945 results for Alexander

    Have checked this Ancestry database and there are zero results for the surname and/or service number

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  6. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    He served with the 2nd Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment and was repatriated in 1943.
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  7. devon1923

    devon1923 Junior Member

  8. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Thanks Guy.

    Peter - as per my earlier post you need to co tact Red Cross. They will give you full chapter and verse on the camps he passed through.

    It takes over 4 months to get a reply back from Switzerland. Annoyingly you don’t get an electronic confirmation that your application form has been received. You just get an envelope containing the copy papers after 4 to 5 months.

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  9. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

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    Bath Weekly Chronicle 29th June 1940
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    Bath Weekly Chronicle 21st September 1940
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    Bath Weekly Chronicle 7th March 1942
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  10. devon1923

    devon1923 Junior Member

    O thats great news, thank you so much for that.

  11. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    If you haven’t already got a copy of his army service papers you ought to apply to MOD via this link -

    Requests for personal data and service records: a detailed guide



    It likely won’t have much information about his time as POW.
  12. devon1923

    devon1923 Junior Member

    Thanks for that.

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