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Oflag 6B Dössel

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    Those known to have been held in or employed at

    Oflag 6B Dössel

    during the Second World War 1939-1945.

    • Conway John. L/Cpl.
    • Gray George A.. Lt.
    • Jacob Kenneth Clive. Capt.
    • McConnell Robert James. F/Lt.
    • Nickols Hugo. This page is new, as yet no names have been submitted.

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    Capt. Kenneth Clive Jacob Cameron Highlanders

    Kenneth W Jacob

    Lt. George A. Gray Kings Own Scottish Borderers

    I am in the possession of 22 letters and some snapshots of a POW, Lt George A. Gray. The first letter dates May 28th 1941, the last March 24th 1944. They record the POW Camps he was in: On the 24th of May 1941 he is in Oflag VII-D; this is Tittmoning Castle, in south-eastern Bavaria On the 28th of November 1941 he is in Oflag VI-B; this is near Dessel (nowadays part of the town of Warburg in the north west of Germany) (1) On the 24th of November 1942 he is in Oflag VII-B; in Eichst�tt. He mentions Brig. W.Southam as a good friend (also photo) His last letter from the 24th of March 1944 is also from Oflag VII-B (as were all letters between both dates)

    From certain details in his later letters I conclude that George probably belonged to the 41 prisoners that escaped from this camp in the Warburg Wire Job in August 1942.

    In 1941 George was 33 years old, so he must have been born appr. 1908. He describes himself as a small chap, 5 foot 9 (1.72 m.) His father was Scottish, his mother English. He was married and had children (don't know how many, but at least two) Iin 1943 he writes: I will be living in England after the war. I have sold my house in Lockerbie, but I still hope to show you that charming countryside. During (and because of) the war his wife, named Gladys, and children stayed in their summerhouse in the Isle of Man. George worked for nine years (appr. 1925-1934) in the Garanty Trust Co. of New York & Liverpool. From 1934 he worked in the company of his brother-in-law, Jack Bibby: J. Bibby and Sons Ltd in Liverpool and sold cattle, poultry, sheep, pigs etc. George's father died in November 1942 after a heart attack; his mother, who had moved from Lockerbie to Kent to live with her sister, in December 1942 when the house was bombed; the sister was wounded.

    There is an entry of a Gray, George A. in the ABC Eichstett address book that reads a follows: Gray, George A., The Kings's Own Scottish Borderers, Seed Crushers; Manufacturers of Farm Stock Feeding Stuff, Soap and Trex (J Bibby and Sons Ltd, King Edward Street, Liverpool, Lancashire).

    I never heard if George survived the war; if he had I'm almost certain I would have heard, so I'm afraid not. Please could anyone help me to trace his children or other relatives. They might be interested in these letters.

    Hein Bloemers

    L/Cpl. John Conway 7th Btn Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

    My great grandfather John Conway served in the 7th Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. The pictures I have included are from a scrapbook he kept whilst he was a POW. It is currently held by the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders museum in Stirling Castle who were nice enough to send me the photos when I contacted them about the book. My mum always told me that John had been Douglas Bader's batman while he was a POW and looking at the dates and camps listed in the book it certainly seems possible as they were both in some of the same camps at the same time. I'm not sure when he was captured. I think he took part in the desert campaign and the song in his book seems to support this.
      From his book John appears to have been in the following camps:
    • Stalag IX-C in Bad Sulza in 1941
    • Oflag VI-B in Dossel, Warburg in 1942 where it is possible he came into contact with Douglas Bader
    • Stalag Luft III in Sagan between 1943-44
    • Stalag VIII-A Gorlitz (and possibly also C) from 1944
    • Stalag XI-B Falinbostel presumably up to the end of the war
    While he was a POW, John's brother Michael was serving with the 74th Field Company Royal Engineers. He was wounded in Normandy just after D-Day and died of his wounds 14th June 1944.

    John's father and one of his older brothers, James had both joined the Argyll's in September 1914. John Snr was in his fifties but lied about his age while James had been a Territorial before the war. Inevitably John Snr was invalided out due to poor health but James was posted to France and was killed in action 6th March 1917.

    Bill Robertson

    Hugo Nickols

    My father, Hugo Nickols, was in Oflag VIB, Eichstatt. I do not know anything about this place, although I have a list of the names and addresses of people who were there. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has information. Can you help, please?

    WR Nickols

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