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Soltau POW Camp

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Those known to have been held in

Soltau POW Camp

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Bowman Matthew Nielson. Cpl.
  • Cork Horace Stanley. Pte.
  • Gill Ernest. Pte.
  • Hope John Henry. Pte.
  • Hufton John Ernest. Pte. (d.29th Oct 1918 )
  • Watford William. Sgt.

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Pte. Horace Stanley Cork 9th Btn., A Coy. Rifle Brigade

Horace Cork was conscripted in 1916. In early 1917 he was moved to France. The unit was in action during April and May at Arras. On the morning of 3rd May the unit carried out a pre-dawn attack which was to follow a rolling barrage, the objective was Triangle Wood. It was a disaster. "A" Company suffered 75 per cent losses, with Horace Cork being taken prisoner at some point during the battle. He was moved to Dulmen POW camp via Douai, and at a later time moved to Soltau POW camp, where he spent the rest of the war.

Pete Cork


Pte. John Henry Hope 1st Battallion Cheshire Regiment

Jack Hope was taken prisoner on 24th of August 1914 and held at the Soltau German prisoner of war camp in Hanover for four years. He had a wife, Blanche, and three children at home, one dying while he was a captive.

He returned to England after the Armistice and received the lithographed commendation letter from King George V, which is still in possession of his descendants. He became a postal carrier after the war.


Pte. John Ernest Hufton 2nd Battalion Northumberland Fusliers (d.29th Oct 1918 )

My Great Grandfather, Private John Ernest Hufton 16997, was captured by the Germans on Saturday 8th May 1915. He was with 2nd Northumberland Fusiliers. It is easy to understand that he was captured during the defence of the lines at the Battle of Frezenberg. Documentation kept by my Great Grandmother Florence Hufton, show that he was taken POW, and that he subequently was marched or tranferred to the POW camp at Soltau, near Hamlen in Germany.

Post cards, letters, photgraphs and official documents from the Army show that he was in fine health albeit bruised and having a black eye from the recent battle. He is shown with fellow captives and a few other photos show German guards with fixed bayonets. He was eventually set to work in a local sugar factory. Later photographs show him in poor health, and just less than two weeks prior to Armitice he died on 29th October 1918. He is buried at Neiderzwehren War cemetary near Kassel, Germany.

I paid homage and visited my great-grand father's war grave in September 2008 with my mother (who is his grand daughter) and my step father.

Alan Bell


Sgt. William Watford 2nd Btn. The Queens Regiment

My grandfather was William Watford, he served as a Private & Sergeant in The 2nd Battalion, Queens Regiment. I also know that during the 1917 ‘Battle of Arras’, France he was captured and became a Prisoner of War. I have recently found some group photographs which I believe were taken during his capitivity. All the photographs were taken by ‘Frau Anna Nieworth, Gamsen Kastorp, Kr Gifhorn’. One photo refers to "S Thomas 14th Battn A.I.F" On the reverse of another postcard is written “With Best Wishes for 1918 Sgt 106970 Harry Bra(u?)ce, 27853 Matthews, 9863 Leonard C Brown, 6551 George (William J) Quinnell. If anyone recognises these names please contact me.

Phil Watford


Cpl. Matthew Nielson Bowman 2nd Btn. D Coy Royal Scots Fusiliers

Matthew Nielson Bowman of Irvine Scotland was born in 1883, was a corporal in the 2nd Battalion, Company D of the Royal Scots Fusiliers during WWI. On his arrival in France he was attached to the 9th Infantry Brigade which in turn was subordinate to the 3rd Division. He was captured by the Germans and spent time in a POW camp. The Red Cross Archives in Geneva attest that he was captured March 23, 1918 at Ham, France. He was a prisoner of war in German hands, present in the camp of Soltau coming from Aachen (according to a German list dated 23.9.1919). Family anecdotes say that he was captured when he was shot in the knee and that he was made to work in the salt mines while he was a prisoner. Like many veterans, he never liked to talk about his wartime experiences.

Eleanor Clouter

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