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Medical Orderly William Sampson 10th Btn. Royal Berkshire RegimentMy late father William (Bill) Sampson was captured at Anzio early February 1944. He was a medical orderly and was in the 10th Battalion, The Royal Berkshire Regiment.
He was actually captured attending to an injured German soldier. He was transported to IV B by road via Rome and was in Transit camp FP31979 before ending up in IV B and stayed there until his release 23rd April 1945 by the Russians. His POW number was 279561.
I personally visited the camp in Muhlberg in 1999 and there is a museum in Muhlberg which I have also been to. The Museum has many photographs/maps etc. of which I have donated some new documents/maps/phots etc to the museum which opened after the reunification of Germany. The Russians refused to allow a museum to be opened until that time. I have also visited the war graves around the camp.
The address of the museum is: Initiativgruppe Lager Muhlberg e.V., Klostersrtasse 9, 04931, Muhlberg/Elbe, Germany
The currator is Angelica Stamm who is very helpful. There is a 21 page information book which I have translatted into English which gives the full history of the camp until it closed in 1948. I would recommend anyone to visit the museum and the site which still retains some basic outline of the camp. It is open Tuesdays to Thursdays 13.00 to 16.00 pm and every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month between 13.00 and 16.00pm. Telephone number is +49 35342 706 87.
If any one wants to get any further information from me please do not hesitate to contact me. If anyone remembers my dad who lived in London I would of course be very happy to hear from them.Roger Sampson
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