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Dulmen POW Camp

   Dülmen POW camp was located in Haltern-Sythen on the way to Dülmen.

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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. Angus Duncan "Dunc" McCallum 16th Battalion

Great Uncle Dunc (as he was known) was born on 10 September 1880. Before the Great War, Dunc McCallum worked as a soap maker, clerk and labourer. He tried to enlist on 27 July 1915 but was rejected because of weakness of the heart and cardiac murmur.

He re-applied in March 1916 and was enlisted on 21 August that year at the age of 35. After basic training at Blackboy Hill, he was assigned to the 20th Reinforcements of 16 Btn and the unit finally departed Fremantle on the HMAT Suffolk on 13th of October 1916. After a short training period in the UK the unit crossed to France on the Princess Clementina on 28th of December 1916 where they undertook more rigorous training.

Finally Dunc was taken on strength in the field on 11th of February 1917 at Bazentin. The 16th Battalion were in the thick of things at the Battle of Bullecourt (the black day of the AIF) on 11th of April 1917. There were significant casualties killed and wounded with 300 captured. Total 16 Btn losses on that day alone were 17 officers (from a total of 20) and, 623 other ranks (from a total of 797). Dunc was one of those casualties, having been wounded by shrapnel in his left knee. He was interned firstly in Dulmen POW camp until August and then transferred to Hembahn, Munster II Camp where POWs were assigned to work on farms and forests and often enjoyed a superior diet to the civilian population.

After the Armistice, Dunc was allowed generous leave in the UK until he was repatriated to Australia on 5th March 1919 and arrived in Albany on the SS Nevasa on 13 April. He spent 6 days in the sick bay suffering from myalgia on the journey home and was discharged as medically unfit on 3rd June 1919. He married Whilemina Denyer later that year, joined the WAGR (keeping it in the family) and was on the staff at Swanbourne Station as a railway porter for 16 years. He was described as a man of remarkable personal charm with a kindliness of character which won him close friendships. Dunc passed away peacefully after a long illness in 1950. He was buried at Fremantle Cemetery in a non-military grave. The Office of the Australian War Graves Commission recently have commissioned an official plaque in the Garden of Remberance plus a small plaque to be placed on Dunc's existing grave.

Postcard sent from Dunc to his Brother Alex McCallum MLA

back of postcard

AWM plaque

Wendy Mahoney


Capt. Gore MC

Captain Gore was a POW in Dulmen and Holzminden POW camps during the war. He escaped from Dulmen and was recaptured. He was then sent to Holzminden and spent nearly two months in solitary confinement as a punishment for attempting to escape from Dulmen.


Lt. H. H. Baker Lancashire Fusiliers

Lt Baker was a POW at Dulmen in the Rhine and also at Holzminden in Brunswick. While in Dulmen an escape attempt earned him seven weeks in solitary confinement at Holzminden where he had been sent after recapture.



Pte. John George Summers 18th Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers

John Summers was conscripted to the 18th Batt Lancs Fusiliers on 14th of January 1917. He was reported missing on the 13th of April 1918 and held POW at Dulmen, Germany where he appears to have been first found on 28th of August 1918. I know he was repatriated at Hull in December 1918 or January 1919. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal after the war. Both medals have since sadly gone missing.

I can find no record of where my Grandfather went missing, what action he would have been involved in and exactly what his war effort might have consisted of. It is interesting to read that the Battalion was mostly comprised of men who were short in stature. He was only 5' 5" tall and was a publican in a dockside pub in Middlesborough. He was nearly 30 when he was conscripted and had seven children (my Father included) by the time he was called up. My Grandmother was one of very few women (at that time) who was permitted a Justices licence to run a pub/hotel. He never spoke of his time as a POW but for some reason, had an abiding dislike for Belgians after the war, the reason for this is not known.

I would be very grateful if you have any records or information about him that you would be kind enough to share with me. My Father's family are nearly all gone now, save for one very elderly Aunt who is 93. My father also served as an army Chaplain for many years and retired as as a Major before going back to 'civvy street.' He spent many years in the TA following his regular service in Singapore and British Guyana but he missed the Army to his dying day. Many thanks in anticipation.

Steve Summers


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


Pte James Henry Jordan MM. 7th Btn Suffolk Regiment

Jim Jordan joined the 1st Battalion Suffolk Regiment in 1907 at the age of 19. He was quickly posted to Malta, where he learned his trade of tailor. After Malta came Khartoum and Egypt. The Battalion arrived back in England in November 1914, and set foot in France in February 1915, where they took part in the Second Battle of Ypres and later that year the Battle of Loos. My grandfather was wounded three times during the war but we do not know when. We only know that after the war he was left with shrapnel embedded in his shoulder. The first occasion must have taken him out of action when the 1st Battalion left for Salonika in November 1915 and we assume then he went into the Second Battalion, and later into the 7th. He was with the 7th Battalion when he received his Military Medal (London Gazette, October 1917). On 28th November, following the Battle of Cambrai, when the use of tanks helped break through the Hindenburg Line, he and some comrades were captured. Jim spent the rest of the war at Dulmen Camp. He had four brothers on active service, one in the Navy (who served on the Royal Oak at the Battle of Jutland), and three in the Army. Unfortunately, Jim died in 1932 at the age of 44.

James and Ben

Regimental Pioneers, Armourers & Tailors Lt  & Qr Mr C Quarrell

Marian Thornley

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