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Stalag 18d

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    Those known to have been held in or employed at

    Stalag 18d

    during the Second World War 1939-1945.

    • Baker Harry Jack. L/Cpl.
    • Daniels Thomas.
    • Enever William Robert. Pte.
    • Whiteland Leslie. This page is new, as yet no names have been submitted.

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    Thomas Daniels

    My father, Thomas Daniels was captured in Crete and spent some time in Lamsdorf 1941. He went on to Marburg (escaped), Wolfsburg (escaped), Gurtchdorf, Setsdorf and Muisburg. I spent many years trying to get him to talk about his memories but he would not say much at all. I would be grateful if anyone can remember him and get in touch.

    Lynne OConnor

    L/Cpl. Harry Jack Baker T Reserve Royal Engineers

    My father, Harry Jack Baker, was a POW from 1941 until the end of the war. He was held in Stalag 18a and 18d. He was a sapper(L/Cpl.) in the Royal Engineers, T Reserve. I think this was his unit: No6 (R&R)D.B.R.E. Any information would be welcome.

    Paul Baker

    Leslie Whiteland Royal Engineers

    My father-in-law, Lesley Whiteland, RE2112887 was captured in Greece in 1941 and taken to Stalag XVIIID in Marberg (Austria) now Slovenia. He was later taken to a camp in Sieradtz which I believe is in Poland from which he escaped in 1944. I would like any information on this camp and I have a photo taken in this camp with the following people on 23rd February 1942:
  • Gunner J Devlin RA. Scotland
  • Gunner F Backhouse RA. London
  • RFL C Walker KRR. South Africa
  • Cpl F Kingsford RE. Weymouth
  • L/C R Handley RN.F London
  • Pvt W Smith RWK. Southampton
  • Pvt E Cowens DLIN. ewcastle
  • Pvt T Tompkinson Glos R. Bristol
  • Pvt G Gardner QRR. London

    Any help in finding out more would be very welcome.

  • Noel Chatfield

    Pte. William Robert Enever Royal Signals

    "Once you've been starved, you're never hungry again" - my father, Bob Enever told me, his daughter, memories of his war experience, as a prisoner for four and a half years. He was cattle trucked, marched and dragged to Marburg, from Kalamata in Greece where he was captured (failed and dreadful strategic Battle of Kalamata).

    He recounted Greek women being shot trying to give him bread, a child shot in front of him, comrades all around him killed, some dying in the cattle trucks and on the marches. He told of drinking from puddles, eating maggots, being covered in lice.

    In the camp at Marburg, he went to work on farms in the hope of stealing food. The Red Cross saved their lives by dropping parcels. He spent a week in solitary confinement for 'insulting the Fuhrer' and barely survived on bread and water rations.

    The camp was evacuated by the Germans, all prisoners becoming hostages, marched across into Italy where they were liberated by Americans and British. My father could barely walk (some had clogs, others rags for shoes).

    When he returned to England, his father didn't recognise him - he was changed, too thin and gaunt. His experience had a profound effect on all of us, my mother (he married within weeks of returning), and my brother, and myself. He was prone to raging, nervous temper outbursts and worry that sometimes left him with a throat and mouth full of ulcers. He had grooves in his shoulders where the pack he was forced to carry had damaged his starved bones. He never really enjoyed food. He failed to put on any weight beyond his initial recovery period after the war. Some of his friends died from eating too much when they were liberated.

    The only happy tale he told was that all British prisoners used to laugh at the German propaganda, relayed over a tannoy system, intended to demoralise them. The Germans never understood the laughter!

    Jeannie Wells

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