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Rfn. Joseph Alfred Taylor 3rd Btn. Rifle Brigade

Rifleman Joseph Alfred Taylor

Joseph Alfred Taylor Rifleman was my maternal grandfather. I have been given his pay book, pow card and section d reserve discharge papers from my Auntie. My Mum also had his photo. He was born in 1895 and lived in Clerkenwell, Islington. He was married to Hanna Simpson. They lived in Rawstone Street, Clerkenwell and later moved to Sadlers Street (now demolished ) but off Lloyds Row ( near the famous Sadlers Wells Theatre).

The first entry on his pay book is July 1916,(in the field) which suggests to me the Somme Offensive. On 28/7/1917 he was captured wounded (gassed) and taken to Limburg POW camp. He survived the war and went on to serve in section D reserves. He suffered ill health as a result of the gassing and died in 1931 (gastric ulcers) when my mum was just 8 years old. Joseph was reported as captured on 28th July 1917 around the opening of the 3rd Battles of Ypres. This coincided with the early uses of Mustard Gas by the Germans.

Card he sent home to say he had been taken prisoner

Steve Stone


Cpl. Michael Ryan Royal Irish Regiment

My Grandfather Michael Ryan joined the Royal Irish Regiment on 4th of January 1896, training at Clonmel and then posted to India on 28/10/1897. He earned the India Medal with clasp for Punjab frontier 1897-98. He re-deployed to South Africa 3/2/1902 and transfered to the reserve 20/11/1903. In 25/1/1908 re-enlisted for 6 years in the SR, he was promoted to Corporal on 14/6/1913.

He was mobilised for Great War and arrived in France on the 7th of October. Michael was listed as missing in action between the 19th and 21st of October 1914. He was held as a POW at Hamel and later Limberg. He was repatriated on the 18th of November 1918.

Kevin Daniel Ryan


L/Cpl. Harry Wiseman 9th Btn. Rifle Brigade

I am in possession of WW1 pair for Harry Wiseman. His service record shows he was listed as Missing from 21st to 31st March 1918, then as a POW at Limburg.

C Giles


Rfmn. John Thomas Gutberlet 25th Btn. London Regiment

John Thomas Gutberlet, taken on his Silver Wedding Anniversary 1958

John Thomas Gutberlet, known as Jack, served as Rifleman S/35235, 25th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. He enlisted on 10th December 1915, and was mobilised on 28th July 1917. He was posted to 17th Battalion, London Regiment on 6th October 1917. He went to France on 6th January 1918, and joined the Battalion in the field on 16th February 1918 and was missing from 21st March 1918, but later confirmed as a prisoner-of-war in Limburg Camp.

John Thomas and his wife Lettuce May Martin.

Janet Fouad


Pte. Louis Cartz 2nd Btn. Z Company Suffolk Regiment

My grandpa, Louis Cartz joined up in 1914 as Private 5635 with the London Rifles but was pulled out by his parents as he was only 15. He then rejoined not sure which regiment but definitely by 1917 he was with Z company, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. He was also in the process joining the Tank. I checked with the Red Cross records and found he was transferred from a German military hospital to POW camp Limburg an Lahn on 24/05/1918.

He came back to London in 1919 and had a scroll and letter from King George the Fifth. Grandpa considered himself lucky and had a cheerful nature. He told me that he got tangled German field station. There was morphine and they got him drunk and put a piece of wood in his mouth and sawed his left leg off as gangrene was setting in. Then to a military hospital where he was popular as could speak German and translated papers,letters etc. He took his disability in his stride and tried to make the best of his life.

Michael Cartz


James Bailey 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters

James Bailey send a POW acknowledgment card, while at the German POW camp at Limburg, addressed to The Secretary, Soldiers Fund, Nottingham, England. The text thanks the organisation for a parcel and mentions there are three others from the Sherwood Foresters held with him. The card is in pencil and dated 29th March 1915, the Limburg circular date stamp is 7th April 1915.


L/Cpl. James Cummins 2nd Btn. Royal Irish Regiment

My grandfather James Cummins was a veteran of the Boer War, He signed on the Special Reserve of the Royal Irish Regiment in 1912. In 1914 he was with the BEF and badly wounded & taken prisoner near La Bassee and was a POW in Limburg, due to a foul up he was listed as missing presumed dead and remained so for three years. My grandmother received a letter from him and brought it to the Royal Irish Regiment depot in Clonmel. She was told it was a ruse by some soldier who had gotten his army number and was looking for socks etc. It was however his writing and she convinced them to check again.

James Cummins was repatriated through the Red Cross in 1918 and came home to find out that his brother had been killed at Cambrai and of his three brothers in law one had been killed at Suvla Bay, One had been badly injured at the same place and one had come home unscathed. James lived till 1954. We still have the POW release letter also his enlistment record to the Royal Irish Regmt. Two of his sons served with the armed forces of Britain during WW2.

Tony Cosgrave


Cpl Robert Fleming 2/6 Btn. A Coy North Staffordshire Regiment

My father, Robert Fleming, was a prisoner of war, captured by the Germans on 21st March 1918 in Bullecourt. According to the International Red Cross he was "a Prisoner of war in German hands detained in Lager Dulmen, coming from Marchiennes (according to a list dated 04.04.1918) and detained in Lager Parchim I/Meckl., coming from Lager Limburg (according to a list dated 11.05.1918). Both lists issued by the German authorities. My mother said he was very bitter towards the Germans because of his experiences as a prisoner of war and always said he would be one of the first to enlist should he ever get the chance to fight them again. He died in 1938 age 41.

Richard Fleming


Rfm. Francis Albert Vose MID. 9th Btn. Kings Royal Rifle Corps

Francis Albert Vose served in the First World War in France. He was at Ypres and was in the trenches at Passchendaele. Went 'Over the top' three times. It is understood that when the trench was over run by German troops a captured and wounded German officer in the dugout saved Francis and cook from being killed on spot. His family were notified that he was missing between 21st and 27th March 1918 and then were notified he was a POW at Limburg on 31st May 1918. He spent time unloading scrap from railway wagons, escaped with another and, with help from Belgian and French people made their way to Calais. He was certainly there in October 1918.

James E. Vose


Pte. William Hedley Worley North Staffordshire Regiment

Hedley Worley, my uncle, he was called up under the Derby scheme 1916, and spent a short time making shell cases at Sharp Bros, Burton on Trent. After a short period of training he was drafted to Ireland to put down the Sir Roger Casement Rebellion. He took part in the seige of Jacob's Biscuit Factory in Sackville Street.

Late in 1916 he was drafted to France, captured and spent the rest of the war on a POW camp in Limburg on the Lower Rhine. At this camp Casement, had through German influence, offered a large number of Irishmen their freedom if they would return to Ireland to fight the British. He was stoned from the camp and nearly all of the prisoners remained loyal. Pte Worley developed double pneumonia and was taken to hospital in Cologne. After returning to camp he remained there until the end of the war. The camp was thrown open and the prisoners were allowed to go where they pleased. Only the Red Cross parcels had kept them alive. Their diet was rye bread, potatoes and mangold soup. Hedley, and others who were fit to walk did so, to Metz and from there they went by cattle truck to Nancy. They reached Calais where they were medically examined, reclothed and re-equipped.

He arrived home in December 1918. It took him along while to get really fit and went through a period of unsettlement. He married a nurse who during the war was nursing at an RAF hospital in Luton.

Jo Baker


Pte Patrick Moreland 2nd Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers

My Grandfather Patrick Moreland was in the 2nd Royal Dublin Fusiliers and was held by the Germans in Limburg Lahn

John Moreland

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