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- Crellin George Edward.
- Gray Thomas Andrew. Pte.
- Hebburn Mark Bernard.
- Marshall Cecil Stanley Frederick.
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Pte. Thomas Andrew " " GrayI am doing research on my grandfather Thomas Andrew Gray who was captured at Calais in May 1940. I have just received information from the Red Cross showing the various camps he was held at which included by date, Stalag xxa,111a,111d,xxa,xxb and finally 111a again.Darren Quinn
L/Bdr. Robert Shadforth 106th Light Ack AckCompany Royal ArtilleryMy grandfather, Robert Shadforth passed in 1995. He wouldnt really talk of his time during the conflict, even when I joined the Signals in 1986. I have been doing research about his time and have been speaking with the ICRC who kindly helped me find the basic details of his time served.
He was captured in Crete on the 1st of June 1941, which looks to be at the time of the retreat from Suda bay central sector. At the time he was with the 106th LAA which was supporting 2/3rd RAA (Australian). At this point it looks like the 106th consisted of 4 batteries each with 2 troops that where (LAA)light anti aircraft Lanc Hussars.
OPERATION MERCURY (german)
When the retreat was ordered many were left to fight on with the german 2nd army, 15 divisions, Fallschirmjaeger-Regiment (1st Parachute-hunter Regiment) This seems a bit vague, looks like a communication breakdown.
My grandfather spent 4 months on Crete POW awaiting transfer to Stalag III/D which happened on the 10th of October 1941, then Stalag IV/B 24/7/1942, then Stalag IV/D 27/7/1944. The only information I have was that he was a watchmaker and made compasses for the escape commitee, where I dont know.
Anyone with any information of 106th RHA in Crete - please help me out, I dont want to give this up now!Gregg
Mark Bernard Hebburn Royal ArtilleryHello There! I have been doing some research into my husband's family history and came across your site when I 'googled' Stalag XXB. My father-in-law, Mark Bernard Hebburn was a POW there for a substantial part of the war, like many of your other participants having been captured in France in 1940. He didn't really talk much to his sons about his time as a prisoner, but from time to time he would drop a snippet of information to me as we chewed the fat with a cup of tea in front of the fire!
It is a great shame that he died in 2002 and took a lot of his stories with him. During the war he was serving as a Lance Bombadier with the Royal Artillery. His service number was 819389 and his POW number at Thorn was 18598 ( I have his dog tag). He told me that for some time during his stay at Thorn he worked on a farm. He also developed acute appendicitis and very nearly died of peritonitis so presumably was hospitalised for some time. By September 1944 he had been transferred to Stalag 3D near Berlin and the photographs I am attaching are from that time. The writing on the back of the cards has been mostly censored. In the uniformed photograph Mark hebburn is in the front row, far right as you look at it. Something that may jog a memory from someone (I am hoping so) is that just before he left Thorn for Berlin Mark fathered a child, Margaret who we think was probably born round July 1945. I would love to find her and her family but really don't know where to start looking. If anyone out there knew Mark or can fill in any of the gaps, I would be very grateful.Barbra Hebburn
Cecil Stanley Frederick Marshall Royal ArtilleryThis Stalag 8b group photo has a date of 12.7.1943. My father-in-law, Cecil Stanley Frederick Marshall, known as Fred is 4th from right middle row. He was also held in Stalag IIIDSusan Nystrom-Marshall
George Edward Crellin 15th IoM Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, 129th Batte Royal ArtilleryMy late father, George Edward Crellin was with the 129th Battery, 15th (Isle of Man) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment. The 129th was raised on the IOM just before war broke out. He was one of the many soldiers and officers of the 129th captured in Crete (only 1 officer and 30 soldiers escaped capture). He eventually ended up in Germany and was in Stalag 3D from August 1941 to October 1943, then Stalag 4G from November 1943 to April 1945. During his time as a POW he was in several work parties. e.g. at a stone quarry. Along with many of his fellow Manx POWs, my father died young and probably as a result of the harsh treatment received. I would be very grateful for any further information about my father, the camps and about the liberation of Stalag 4G.Ann Graham
John Joseph PayneMy great uncle Jack Payne is a bit of a mystery man. All I know about him is through P.O.W letters he sent my Grandmother, from the letters he says he was taken prisoner in May 1940 in France, possibly Dunkirk. Jack hadn't see my Grandfather for 10 years until he found him on a stretcher about to be evacuated from Dunkirk with G.S.W Forehead. He survived.
The letters came from Stalag 111d camp 998, prisoner number 11096. I don't know what Regiment Jack was in or Rank but he was definitely in the Army. Jack married Victoria after the war, he lived in England and died in the 1960s. Can any one point me in the right direction to get more info on my Great Uncle Jack.Paddy Payne
Cpl. Arthur David "Yec" Yexley 9th (The Rangers) Btn. King's Royal Rifle CorpsTaken prisoner in Crete, Arthur Yexley my dad, was first sent to Stalag IIID, located at Freigeghlen near Berlin. He later transferred to Stalag 383 where he spent the remainder of his incarceration.
He told a few stories of the good times but only occasionally talked about the bad days. Like most camps, cigarettes were currency, for both prisoners and guards alike. Dad said that whilst they were reasonably fed (although often hungry), the Russian prisoners in the next camp along were in a very poor state. As the British went out on work parties, driving past the Russian camp, they would throw cigarettes over the fence. Dad swore that, on occasions, the Russian prisoners would grab whatever was thrown in and simply push it straight in their mouths and eat. That memory stayed with him always.
Whilst they didn't have it "cushy", he did love to talk about the long bridge tournaments in which he played; of the Gilbert and Sullivan productions (some photos of which he also had) and the fact that, far from digging tunnels, towards the end of the conflict, the guards would collude in prisoner escapes for the right amount of tobacco. He did not attempt an escape, always saying that life under the Nazis was preferable to my other!David
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