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    Bernard Berco Iticovici

    We are searching for any information about Bernard (Berco) Iticovici or his relatives.

    Bernard (Berco) Iticovici was a French POW at Stalag VIII A, Gorlitz, Germany in 1941. He was a Romanian Jew who lived in Paris in the 1930’s. He was inducted into the French Army in 1940 and in June 1940 was captured during the Battle for France and sent as a French POW to Stalag VIIIA at Gorlitz, in Germany. Bernard was at the Stalag in 1941 as prisoner #29347.

    It is possible that Bernard was present at Messaien’s first performance of his “Quartet for the End of Time” at Stalag VIIIA on a cold January day in 1941.

    The archives at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC contain a German deportation list showing that two men with the surname Iticovici were deported from Paris to Auschwitz in 1942: Itic Iticovici, born in Iasi, Romania, in 1905, and Joseph Iticovici who was listed as a French national It is possible that these victims may have been relatives of Bernard.

    We seek anyone who many know the fate of Bernard in the camp and after the war, or may know of any relatives of his that have survived.

    David Lewin

    Bernard Berco Iticovici

    We are searching for any information about Bernard (Berco) Iticovici or his relatives.

    Bernard (Berco) Iticovici was a French POW at Stalag VIII A, Gorlitz, Germany in 1941. He was a Romanian Jew who lived in Paris in the 1930’s. He was inducted into the French Army in 1940 and in June 1940 was captured during the Battle for France and sent as a French POW to Stalag VIIIA at Gorlitz, in Germany. Bernard was at the Stalag in 1941 as prisoner #29347.

    It is possible that Bernard was present at Messaien’s first performance of his “Quartet for the End of Time” at Stalag VIIIA on a cold January day in 1941.

    The archives at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC contain a German deportation list showing that two men with the surname Iticovici were deported from Paris to Auschwitz in 1942: Itic Iticovici, born in Iasi, Romania, in 1905, and Joseph Iticovici who was listed as a French national It is possible that these victims may have been relatives of Bernard.

    We seek anyone who many know the fate of Bernard in the camp and after the war, or may know of any relatives of his that have survived.

    David Lewin

    John Cecil Banfield

    My father John Cecil Banfield was captured in Libya and was sent to C.C.N.52 P.M.3100 in Italy. He was then sent to Stalag VIII A in Germany on 13/03/1944. He was later sent to Hospital Stalag XI B on 23/02/1945. He did not talk much about his time as a POW, but what I did get out of him was not very good. He passed away in 1991, but I am still trying to find out what happened to him as a POW.

    G. Banfield

    Pte. Norman William Baxter MID 2/1 Ord. Store Co.

    My father Private Norman William Baxter joined the Australian Army in Sydney on 29 May, 1940, aged 22. He served in Libya and North Africa, Greece and Crete, where he was captured and taken prisoner by the Germans on the 1st June, 1941. He was taken to Stalag V11A (Mooseburg) on 23 August, 1941. By August 1943 he was at Stalag V111A (Gorlitz)and at various working camps. He was at Stalag X1B (Duderstartd), where he was liberated by the Americans on 9th April, 1945. After R and R in England he arrived back home at Sydney on 17th June, 1945. It turned out to be my birthday six years later!

    My father loved to watch Hogans Heroes. He would watch that show and laugh his head off. He obviously had some fond memories as a P.O.W. He always spoke well of the German people. I have a few photos and two surviving postcard/letters he sent from the P.O.W. camps.

    Lorayne Mahoney

    Lance Corporal Derek Charles Greene 1st Btn. Rifle Brigade

    My Father Derek Charles Greene served in the 1st battalion of the Rifle Brigade in the 2nd world war, he was captured at Dunkirk and ended up eventually in Stalag VIIIA prisoner of war camp in Upper Silesia, Lamsdorf. During his time there he learnt to converse in several languages and was able to talk to other prisoners from different backgrounds. At some point he acted in one of the many plays that were put on at the camp, the play he remembers was called `Golden Boy ' by Clifford Odettes and it was produced by A.W Cullingham at the camp I have put a copy of the actors on here and if anyone recognises any please get in touch. While my father was at stalag VIII he had to work as a punishment breaking rocks up and one fell onto his leg and crushed his ankle which has never really healed properly as he did not recieve any proper treatment but he managed to walk on it eventually , during this time he couldnt get out of bed and a fellow prisoner used to share his food with him , then Dad got a fever and nearly died but somehow he pulled through , his weight had dropped dramatically and he , told me that they once ate one of the german officers dog it was a sausage dog and Dad said the officer called them babarians but never found out who actually killed it.

    My father eventually came back to England in an American plane in the bomb hatch as he had by now become infected with T.B he told the pilot that if he died please drop him out over the English sea ... but Dad survived. Eventually back in an English Hospital where he stayed for some months, he met his childhood sweetheart Joan [Kenward} and went on to have five children, Dad will be 92years old in August 2009 and has endured ill health form his chest problems all through these years and after a year long battle, is now in remmision of cancer, he is a true surviver ... he is now in the process of writting his life story ...

    Marjorie Giles

    Pte. George Alfred Scaife 4th Btn, B Company Green Howards

    Like many lads from the North East of England Alf joined the territorial army in his home town of Guisborough. He was just 19yrs old when he signed up for military service in April 1939 and a after a brief spell of training left with the B.E.F to follow his brothers to France. He sent a letter to his sister on the eve of his departure which we have, in which he mentions that the king is coming to see the battalion before it leaves for battle.

    He was injured at Dunkirk and taken capture by the Germans. He was sent to Stalag v111b and spent some time in Stalag v111a at Gorlitz. We have many photos from V111A and postcards from v111b. Like many of his P.O.W pals he didn't talk much about his experience of the war but we know he spent some time on the long march from the camp which took place at the end of the war. He passed away in 2002 at 82yrs but was a keen member of the Green Howards Society up until his death.

    John Scaife

    Tpr. Andrew Jeffrey Evinou 4th Btn. Royal Tank Regiment

    He Will Get On With It

    My father, Andrew Jeffrey Evinou, served as a tank driver with the Fourth Royal Tank Regiment during WW2. He served with the British Eighth army in France and was one of the soldiers rescued off the beaches at Dunkirk. He told of how the ship he was on was hit by Messerschmitz and many were killed on deck. He was saved because he went below deck where tea was being served. After a very short leave during which time he married my mum, he was sent to North Africa. He fought with the Fourth armoured division at Tobruk where he was captured when his tank was hit. Dad lost a finger in that incident. He was a POW with the Italians for a year and a half then handed over to the Germans. He was a POW at stalag V111b and stalag V111a. He worked in the mines fourteen hours a day. He participated in the great march, but luckily survived it. He was ninety pounds in weight when he got home. I will always be my dad's proud daughter. He was eighty seven when he died in October of 2005. LEST WE FORGET.

    Janet Thompson

    Sgt. George Frank "Gert" Parker

    I always knew that my father had been in a prisoner of war camp in Germany, and heard a few stories but didn't know a great deal. I had a childhood friend who lived a few blocks away from us, and for some reason throughout our childhood our parents never met. We'd known each other for years, and when I was about 15, I was visiting her and there was a great thunderstorm. I usually walked home, but I rang my Dad and asked him to come and fetch me. We heard the doorbell ring, and heard my friend's father answer the door. We heard a shout and then strange scuffling sounds and were terribly alarmed to see our fathers in each others' arms and crying.

    Our fathers had both served in Stalag 8a. My father, Gert (or possibly known as George) Frank Parker, was with the South African Forces, and I think he was a sargent. My friend's father was Horace Lee, and was with the British Army. They had been best friends during their time in the camp. They both had photographs of each other, and Horace had done drawings of all his friends including my father.

    When the war was over, Horace went back to England and my father returned to Durban in South Africa. They completely lost touch with each other. Both married, and Horace came to live in Johannesbury, South Africa with his wife, not knowing where to even look for my father, knowing my father lived somewhere in Durban. However, by that time, my father and his family had moved to Cape Town, and then South Africa, not knowing that they were both living a few blocks apart! As you can imagine, they made up for lost time and saw each other each week until my father died in 1979. Horace died a few years later.

    Carmel Suthons

    Cpl. Joseph William Grubb

    My Dad, Joseph Grubb said he was a sniper serving in Egypt and other places. He was captured and sent to Stalag 8A. He also told a story of how he saved the lives of some newspaper men who were sightseeing at the front, by shooting down a Messerschmit. I used to have a news clipping of it, he had glued to an old piece of card, but it was lost when I moved and would like to replace it if possible. I think he also did some guard duty at Buckingham Palace.

    I would love to know more about his exploits if anyone can help.

    Wendy Gee

    Georges Pieltani

    My great grandfather, Georges Pieltani, from Pepinster, Belgium was held in Stalag 8A. My grandmother told me stories how he and some of the others would kill a pig and have a barbecue or ruin the laundry on purpose. It was sort of their little ways of fighting the Germans discretely. I know he saw some really horrible things during the five years he was there and I have a letter from Red Cross telling my great grandmother where her husband was.

    Crystal Geron

    Pte. Francis Thomas Wallace 26 Btn. (d.6th Apr 1944)

    My uncle Francis Wallace, died while a POW. His POW number was 32803. We believe he may have been in a work camp in Stalag 344. He was transfered to Stalag VIIIa on 05.01.44. My father thought he was at work in a mine but do not have any details to say if this was correct. Cause of death was given as heart failure on the certificate sent from Berlin. He is buried in the British Military Cemetary in Krakow, Poland.

    We would love to hear any thing about him and if he is remembered from that time. As younger members

    Sarah Wallace

    Reginald Alban Smith 3 Commando

    My father, Pte. Reginald Alban Smith of 3 Commando was taken prisoner 19th August 1942 at Dieppe and was held in shackles for about 18 months following capture, a Prisoner at Stalag 8b (334)

    Graham Smith

    Cpl. Albert Arthur "Nobby" Clark Royal Army Service Corps

    My dad, Albert Clark, Nobby, died 15 years ago and is only now I relise how little I know or knew about him and am keen to find out more. If anyone has details of him or his war time history, in particular, the time he spent as a Army Prisoner of War in Görlitz, Saxony. He worked in the NAFFI all his life so I am not sure if that continued during his war time sevice. I have many pictures of the camp with other prisoners some are signed but I have no idea who these people are.

    Mary Hooker

    Pte. John Clarke Royal Horse Artillery

    My dad Jack Clarke, was in the Royal Horse Artillery fighting rearguard near Dunkirk when he was captured and spent the next six years as a POW in Stalag 8. I would love to find out more about his time in the camp so I could understand more of what it was like for the POW's living through their ordeal but he was a proud man and would never talk about it.

    If there is anyone who could tell me more about his regiment and the camps I would be more than grateful.

    Gary Clarke

    Dvr. Horrie George Stanley Carpenter Royal Engineers

    My dad, Horrie Carpenter, was captured at the fall of Tobruk. He was taken to Italy where I believe he was put to work in a car factory, then onto Breslau Stalag 8a where he worked in a sugar beet factory. He told us that he escaped by swimming a river with two other prisoners, one of whom died. They were captured by the Russians and put to work digging graves for their fallen.

    He was repatriated by the Red Cross through Odense. I have the map they used for their escape and his Stalag 8a dog tag. These almost got them killed by the Russians, they thought they were German but an Engliah speaking Russian realised they were English, then put them to work. Sadly, dad has passed away. I wish I had asked him more but he seemed reluctant to talk about it further. I don't know who the other guy was. I know he made friends with New Zealanders because he talked about going there to live.

    Barbara Brewin

    Sgt. Thomas Partridge 8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment

    My grandfather, Sgt Thomas Partridge, was at Stalag 8A and 8b. He died when I was 14 and I have very little information about his wartime experiences. I found his POW release and a couple of other documents. I know he was captured nr Dunkirk on 29/5/1940 and was released on 1/5/1945 and I think spent most of the war at Stalag 8b. If any one has any information, photos or documents it would be greatly appreciated.

    Craig Oakes

    Pte. John Alphonsus Stuart McKenna D Company 19th Battalion

    On 25 January 1941 my father, John Alphonsus Stuart McKenna, volunteered for war service and was attested into the 2nd NZ Expeditionary Force (2NZEF). He had been offered “essential industry” status but refused, preferring instead to go overseas and fight. He had prior service in the Territorial Force as a Sergeant. His record shows he entered Trentham Camp on 18 February 1941 and embarked for Egypt on 7 April 1941 as a member of the 5th Reinforcements. They embarked on the ‘Nieuw Amsterdam’ at Wellington and sailed for the Middle East via Sydney, Perth, Singapore and Colombo, Ceylon. The ship disembarked in Egypt on 16 May 1941 and Dad was taken on the strength of Taranaki Company, the 19th Battalion, 4th NZ Brigade Group, 2nd NZ Division, on 26 June 1941.

    He began desert training at the Infantry Training Depot, 2 NZEF Base Camp at Maadi on 27 September and marched back into the 19th Battalion on 19 October 1941. He was in the 1941 battles around Tobruk (Ed Duda and Sidi Rezegh), followed by the 1942 Break-Out at Minqar Qaim, where he was in the leading (Taranaki) company, and the Battle of Ruweisat Ridge where the 4th NZ Brigade, particularly the 19th Battalion was decimated. Dad was captured by the Germans on 15 July 1942 on Ruweisat Ridge. On 15 July 1942, the last day of the Battle, his Army record shows that Dad was posted missing.

    On 24 October 1942 a cable from Rome (The Vatican we were told as children) was received stating he was incarcerated at Campo PG 57 at Gruppignano. His Army record shows he was posted as a Prisoner of War (POW) on 25 October 1942.

    On 24 July 1943 a communication was received from Rome stating he was in Campo PG 103/7 at La Maina (Sauris) in the Dolomites. According to a Top Secret questionnaire completed by Dad in the UK on 25 April 1945 he said he worked at this camp on a hydroelectric scheme. Cables from Rome advised that Dad had been ill with chronic intestinal catarrah in April 1943 and had been discharged from the “Hospital Militaire” at Udine cured of the illness but in “organic decline”.

    After the Italian surrender Dad and other prisoners from Campo PG 103/7 were transferred to Germany by train. According to the 25 April 1945 Top Secret questionnaire Dad arrived at Stalag VIIA at Moosberg on 15 September 1943. On 3 November 1943 Dad moved to Stalag XIA, Altengrabow, near Magdeburg, arriving on 6 November 1943. A capture card reporting Dad at Stalag XIA was noted in his records on 15 November 1943. On 24 December 1943 Dad was moved to Stalag XIB at Fallingbostel. A camp leader communication was received by the NZ Army on 23 January 1944 advising Dad was in Stalag XIB as POW number 138645. On 25 December 1943 he was moved to work camp KDO 7002 at Ufingln, where he worked building air raid shelters. On 6 August 1944 he was moved to Arbeitskommando 7001 at Halendorf where he worked in a steel works. He stayed there until 9 April 1945. Both work camps were attached to Stalag XIB.

    At Stalag XIB, on 13 April 1945, the German Commandant announced that the British Forces were very close and that he proposed to move his guard company, leaving a token guard on the camp to avoid possible interference by SS troops in the area. Senior prisoner NCOs then took over the complete administration of the camp, even to issuing leave passes to the German guards. On the morning of 16 April British tanks of units of the 7th Armoured Div (the Desert Rats) arrived at the camp gates and the POWs were released from Stalag XIB at 0837 hours 16th April 1945. Dad’s records show him being reported “safe in the UK” on 23 April 1945. and also show him embarking in England on 18 June 1945. Dad arrived back in NZ on 19 July 1945 (I was then nearly 7 and my brother Denis was 5).

    Kevin McKenna

    PFC Harvey Leo La Doucer BSM 36th ID 141st

    My Grandfather was in Company B, 1st Bn, 141st IR, 36th ID. He was taken prisoner on the 26th of October 1944 and was part of the lost battalion in the Vosges Mountains of France.

    He was taken POW as part of a patrol that was trying to find a way to attack a big German road block by the rear in an attempt to try to liberate the remainder of the trapped men that he was with. This patrol was composed of about 50-55 men, only 5 returned to the lost bn perimeter. He spent the remainder of the war as a POW in Stalag VIIA.


    Cpl. Ernest Albert "Chalky" White 5th Battalion Hampshire Regiment

    Having been captured by the Germans in Tunisia on 27 February, 1943 my father, Ernie White, was handed over to the Italians and embarked on an Italian ship at Bizerta for Naples and then by train to PG 66 at Capua.

    He received his first letter from his wife, Iris, on 15 May, enclosing a photo of herself taken in February 1943. On 16 June he was moved to PG 82 at Laterina. On 23 August another move took him to a working camp - No. 82/XV at Borgo san Lorenzo - where he worked on building a sugar refinery.

    On 8 September 1943 Italy signed the Armistice and the prisoners of war finished work the next day. The Italians deserted the camp and the prisoners, having heard (false) reports of Allied landings at Ancona and Leghorn, fled into the countryside. After 3 days of liberty Ernie bumped into a column of German tanks and was recaptured (13 September)and taken the following day to an evacuated officers' camp at Bologna. On 16 September 1943 Ernie, along with many other P.O.W.s, were herded into railway horse trucks and after a nightmare journey of 4 days and nights via the Brenner Pass arrived at Stalag VIIIA in Gorlitz in Lower Silesia.

    Hilary Spon

    Dvr. Frederick John Gilbert Royal Army Service Corps

    I do not know very much about my Uncle Fred Gilbert except that he was a driver in the Royal Army Service Corps. He was captured during the Battle of Crete and spent much of the rest of the war at Stalag VIIIA in or near the town of Gorlitz. He never spoke about his time there very much except that he worked for quite some time in a quarry near the town.

    Pete Gilbert

    Rfmn. Charles West Kings Royal Rifle Corps

    My late Father-In-Law Charlie West, Kings Royal Rifle Corps was a pow in xv111a in 1941-43, bit of a singer so presume he was doing his bit in entertaining, I have come across a photo, on back is written L\Cpl Gordon Simpson (Dick) 14247 Stalag V111B, E196 Germany.


    L/Cpl. Donald George Durrant Royal Engineers

    Don Durrant - taken in Italy.





    My Dad, Donald George Durrant, was an engineer in the 8th Army. They were called the Desert Rats and he was posted to the Sahara Desert. He was taken prisoner - it may have been at Tobruk - and was sent to a POW Camp. He attempted to escape twice. Once with his friend Tich. As they were crawling on their bellies along a wall some Germans were crawling along the other side of the wall. Unfortunately they met at the end and they were both returned to the camp. He tried escaping again but got caught on the wire and was shot through the groin but recovered.

    The guys in the camp were shipped over the Med to Italy and the prisoners were marched up through Italy all the way to Bologna where the city turned out in the streets to watch the column march through. Don dropped down to his knees and crawled out into the crowd under the noses of the German guards. He was taken in by Italians. Don let his black hair and moustache grow. He learned to speak Italian and joined the Italian resistance. However after a couple of years he was re-captured and sent to a POW camp in Gorlitz, Poland called Stalag 8a.

    He was badly treated and starved there and the prisoners were made to break rocks in a quarry. Don somehow survived to the end of the war and was liberated by the Russians.

    He was taken back home where my grandmother had decorated the street and everyone turned out to welcome him home. However he was too tired and emaciated. He couldn't face up to all the fuss and hid around the corner.

    To add to the trauma, since he was away for years, his fiancee thought he was dead, as he hadn't been heard of and had married someone else which broke his heart.

    There is lots more to tell and I have been asked to write a book of his story so I am researching and gathering evidence in earnest. If anyone has a relative or knows anyone from the WW2 Desert Rats or knows of his friend who was nicknamed Tich as he was short in stature, or maybe had a relative that was in Stalag 8a, please do get in touch, any information or contacts you have would be gratefully received.

    Annie Durrant

    L/Cpl. Francis Daniel "Knocker" Johnson Welch Regiment

    My late grandfather, Francis Daniel Johnson, was captured in Crete 1939, taken to Stalag 8a or 8b he was held as a POW from 41 to 45, and put to work in salt mines in Poland. He faked an appendix while a POW, and the Germans operated using a lid from an empty can. Then he tried to escape with three mates and was shot through the foot,and punished.

    When my grandfather died, my mum was clearing out a box and found a map of all the German POW camps, we took a copy to Welch Regiment museum in Cardiff Castle, and John Dart was asking did we know how my Dad came to have it? It is on show in a glass case. I believe it is now held in the museum in Brecon.

    We have heard from an ex POW in New Zealand who was with my grandad and has sent pictures of them all on parade. Following his release he was transferred to 246 Plant Sqn. Royal Engineers Reserves I believe. I would like to take my mum on a visit to Stalag 8a in Poland and wondered if it was worthwhile doing. Great website!


    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

    John Darbyshire East Lancashire Regiment

    My late father, John Darbyshire, was a prisoner of war in Stalag 8a in Gorlitz. He swapped identities with a Corporal Trenfield and wrote to my mother under this assumed identity. He managed to escape and, after being helped along the way by several kind people, he eventually landed at Speke airport.

    Gillian Miles

    Loren George Resterhouse 634th AAA WA

    My father, Loren George Resterhouse, was a POW in WWII. After capture he was sent to Stalag 4B, then to 8A. He was in an Anti-Aircraft & Artillery Unit Battery D 634th AAA AW Bn First Army.

    Laura Resterhouse

    Cpl. Ronald William "Dick" Dwyer 2/8th Btn. Infantry

    My grandfather was a POW in Stalag 8b for about four years, according to his service record. His name was Ronald William Dwyer, also known as `Dick'. He was a corporal in the 2/8th Battalion, Australian Army. On the rare occasions when he spoke of his experience, he mentioned at least two attempted escapes. I would love to know more.

    He was captured on the Greek/Yugoslav border after being left on Crete. After a withdrawal there wasn't enough room on the ships and I believe some people were just left behind with no food or ammo.


    Your grandfather is listed in the government-issued information book as being in Stalag 8A, VIIIA or VIIIB, as the last camp before repatriation, although he may have been transferred there. His German issue POW number is 24417; rank: corporal; Australian Service No. VX6410 2/8 Infantry Btn.

    Many Canadians were also held at Stalag VIIIB. Note the listing includes all Australians. Setting out similar ones at the same camp, plus POW numbers which would indicate soldiers captured at the same time as your grandfather.

    Pippa Guest

    Bill Palmer Commandos Royal Marines

    My great uncle was a commando. He was also a POW in Stalag 8b.

    Andrew Kane

    Wilf Chorley 5th Btn East Yorks Rgt

    My late father was in the 5th Btn East Yorkshire Rgt. He served in the Faroe Islands and was a POW at Weetzen, Germany. He worked in the sugar factory in 1944.


    British POWs book records the following: 8A 82336 Chorley, W.L. Pte 3663680 E. York. 8A is the camp (Goritz), the next number is the person's POW number and the remainder could refer to your late father. Also try for POW interrogation questionnaires(Stuart Brown)


    Claude Turner

    My father, Claude Turner, was an Australian soldier and was captured on Crete. He was a POW in Italy and in Stalag 8b Moosburg, Germany.

    Nola Alexander

    Bernard "Pete" Peters 5th Bgde Artillery 2NZEF

    My uncle was captured in Greece in 1940. He served with the 5th Brigade Artillery 2NZEF. He was interned at Stalag VIII in Austria.


    Pte. Harry Arthur Tuck Attchd. Welch Rgt. Royal Army Service Corps

    My father, Private Harry Arthur Tuck, served with the Welch Regiment on Crete in 1941 and was wounded and taken prisoner. I think he may have been a bren gun carrier driver as he was RASC, attached to the Welch Regiment. He was a POW in Stalg 8 in Lansdorf and was repatriated in October 1943 via Sweden.

    Simon Tuck

    Wilfred Lawrence Chorley

    My father was captured in 1944. The POW camps he was in were: Stalag XIIA (Limberg), Stalag VIIIA (Zgorzelec, Poland), finaly Stalag VIIIC (Sagan, Poland).

    RSM Fredrick William Hamilton 2nd Field Artillery

    I am looking for any information about my grandfather, Fredrick William Hamilton, who served with the South African 22nd Field Artilery from Pietermaritzburg. He was captured in Tobruk and was in POW camps in Tuturano (PG 85) in Italy and Stalag 8A in Germany (now Poland). He served with Archie Martin and Jimmy Douglas. If anyone has any information I would be most grateful.

    Julian Hamilton

    Pte Paul John Leonard Randles Umvoti Rifles

    Paul Randles(19), former Head Boy of Hilton College, volunteered to fight for the Mother country. The Randles family had come from Shropshire and his mother's (Tweedie) from Peebles.

    He was sent to Egypt for army training. Fighting in the desert war in North Africa Private Randles was taken prisoner at the fall of Tobruk in July 1942. He was taken to Italy where he was held prisoner in Montalbo (PG41) in September 1942. In March 1943 he was transferred to another camp, Fontanelatto (PG49).

    On 9th September 1943 he was one of the 536 prisoners released by the Camp Commandant. He and his compatriots made their way south through the Apennine Mountains with the aim of joining the Allies. They covered 700km on foot. He was sheltered by a family called Vincenzo in San Donato in Frosinone. He was recaptured by Germans while attempting to cross to the Allied lines. He was entrained to Germany where he saw out the war in POW Camp Stalag VIIa, near Mooseburg northeast of Munich.

    Having survived the war Paul studied Law and became senior partner at Randles Davis and Wood in Pietermaritzburg, Natal. Paul played rugby and cricket for Natal and got a trial as wicketkeeper for the Springboks.

    While under the protection of the Vincenzo family he was invited to attend the christening of their youngest child. He made too merry after the service and slipped out of the haystack where he had been hiding and landed at the feet of a German officer. Quick thinking Ma Vincenzo took off her belt and scolded him shouting "Off to your room now and sleep it off - the young today just do not know how to behave". The officer roared with laughter and suspected nothing.

    Alexander Irvine-Fortescue

    Pte. Norman Warf 16th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

    Norman Warf was captured at Sedjenane in Tunisia in February 1943. He was transported to Italy and held in Camp 66 Capua. Then he was sent to Camp 82. After the Italian surrender Norman was transported to Stalag 8a and then, in November, to Stalag 8b Lamsdorf. He worked on railways and in mines. Norman survived the long march and was liberated by the Americans in May 1945.

    Mark Burton

    Henri Tajfel

    Henri Tajfel volunteered for the French army in 1940 (we think). He was a Polish Jew, living in Paris at the time (known then as Hersz Tajfel). He later became a famous social psychologist whose biography I am writing. In this picture, taken at Stalag XVIIIC, Markt Pongau, Austria, he is second from the right, next to the man in the white shirt. He was also imprisoned in Stalag VIIIA

    I would love to hear from any relatives of other prisoners from Stalag XVIIIC, whether French or other nationality, who might have known Henri or who have diaries or other accounts of camp life.

    R Brown

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