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Stalag 10a

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    Those known to have been held in or employed at

    Stalag 10a

    during the Second World War 1939-1945.

    • Szybkowski Jozef. Strzelec
    • Townsend Albert Edward. RSM.
    • Young Henry Hynd. Pte This page is new, as yet no names have been submitted.

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    Pte Henry Hynd Young 8th Pioneer Btn Kings Own Royal Regiment

    My dad, Harry Young, died some years ago, but I only recently got sight of his war record. He was captured on 29 April 1940 at Amiens, France and was taken to Stalag XXA, prisoner no. 19412, on 21 July 1940 from a Dulag. He was transferred to Stalag XXB on 1 November 1940 and appears to have stayed there until repatriated. He arrived back in the UK on 19 May 1945. Would be interested to know how he would have spent his time and any photographs would be particularly welcome as he never spoke about his time as a POW apart from mentioning he went on a Death March.

    Ray Young

    RSM. Albert Edward Townsend Royal Army Medical Corps

    RSM. A.E.Townsend was captured near Dunkirk. He was marched to Stalag 10A then to Stalag 8B. He was repatriated in 1944.


    Strzelec Jozef Szybkowski 3rd Coy. 37th Battalion

    Marriage Certificate

    My great grandfather Jozef was conscripted into the Polish military in 1938, being assigned to the 37th 'Leczycki' Regiment located in the city of Kutno. Prior to this he had worked as a farm labourer in the village of Morawce. He participated in what is now known as 'The Battle of Bzura' or 'The Battle of Kutno'.

    He surrendered along with the remainder of his regiment at Ilow on 18th September 1939. From here he was transferred to Stalag XA and designated as Prisoner No. 339P, where he remained until 5th January 1941, when he and seven other men from the camp were 'Released for civilian work' and assigned to a farm in the area of Handewitt, known as Handewitt Field, the employers' name was M. Clausen. Here he remained, and met my great grandmother Antonina Jeremenko, who had been deported from the occupied territory of Ukraine in 1943 as an 'Ostarbeiter' to perform domestic duties at the Clausen household.

    When Flensburg fell to the allies they were placed in the Wentorf DP camp and married on 28th July 1945 in the Flensburg Registry Office. Over the course of the next few years the pair were transferred to various DP camps. Jozef joined the Civil Mixed Labour Organization and later the Watchman service within the British Zone, and Antonina gave birth to three children, one of whiom suffered an accidental death at the Wedel DP camp.

    They had initially intended on leaving for Morawce, but decided otherwise because of the Soviet presence. They applied for assistance from the IRO and on 8th July 1950 they left Bremerhaven harbour aboard the SS Fairsea bound for Australia.

    The family spent some time in a refugee camp at Somers in Victoria, where Jozef had to work on contract in exchange for the family's asylum. Eventually the family was released and they settled in a nearby town with three new children. Jozef returned to Poland for the first time in 1973 to attend his mother's funeral, he died in 1990.


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