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Stalag 383 Hohenfels

    22nd Feb 1942 106 Squadron Hampden lost

    31st May 1942 10 Squadron Halifax lost

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    Those known to have been held in or employed at

    Stalag 383 Hohenfels

    during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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    Henry Thow No. 7 Commando

    My father Henry Thow was in Stalag 383. He was Scottish and was taken prisoner on Crete after the parachute drop by the Germans. My Dad was in number 7 Commando and were really left to fight the rearguard. He hid out for a while in the mountains but was taken prisoner. The Germans were very bad to them and made them march to the boat to Italy. the men were in cattle trucks and very rarely let out. By the time they reached the camp many had died in the trains.

    My Dad said he had been a 'Guest of the Furer' for 5 years! When he came home he was very thin and the last months in the camp was pretty rough as the Germans were not giving them their red cross parcels. He escaped twice and was in solitary often, also for refusing to work on New Years day!!

    He had a lovley experience when he went back to Crete and was made a honorory member of the local Crete resistance.

    Morag Thow

    WO1 Alfred Edward Smithard Royal Army Ordnance Corps

    My husband was in 383 and what he as told me he was on the escape committee and on day they where playing, puffer trains without the train, football with no ball and any other games they could think off. He had a book called the barb wire given to him, while in the camp they were not allowed any showers and one day somebody had made up some andrew liver salts tblets, and when the top man of the German came and checked the camp some of the prisoners put the tablets in there mouths and let it froth and a doctor was called and they where allowed to have showers after that.My husband has wrote abook about A Surviver returns but it is not in the shops to buy.

    Heather Smithard

    CSM Charles Herbert Baggs 2nd Battalion Black Watch

    My grandfather, CSM Charles Herbert Baggs, 2nd Battalion Black Watch, was held in Stalag 383 from 1940 until 1945.

    John Ross

    Sgt. George Lownsborough

    My father in law was in Stalag 383, POW No.11139. His name was George Lownsborough. We are trying to find out when he was captured and when released.

    Patrick Cahill

    Stephen Featherstone

    My uncle, Stephen Featherstone, was a POW at Stalag XXA in the early 1940s and then in Stalag 383 around 1943. I don't know what regiment he was in but he was captured after only a few weeks in the army and was a POW for the duration of WW2. He never talked about his wartime experiences but there are dozens of photos which were sent home during this period.




    Derek, Steve, Bobbie in Stalag XXA

    Derek, Steve & Bobbie in Stalag XXa

    Stalag XXA 1941

    Stalag XXA 1941

    Stalag 383

    Stalag 383

    Stalag 383,  15th of Nov 1943

    Stalag 383 15th of Nov 1943

    Stalag 383

    Stalag 383

    Stalag 383

    After the war he married the girl who waited for him throughout, had three children and died at the great age of 88 in 2002. Born in Hunwick, Co Durham, in 1913, he was a wonderful uncle, father and grandfather. After the war he worked until retirement as a railway signalman in the Stockton on Tees area.

    Sue Nicholson

    Sgt. William James Hands 3rd Battalion. Black Watch

    My father was Sergeant William James Hands of the 3rd battalion Black Watch Tyneside Scottish. He was a prisoner of war for 5 years, first at Thorn in Poland and then marched to Hohenfels in Bavaria at Stalag 383. I have a 3 year diary which he kept also various photographs including some of his dance band "Bill Hands and his Blue Rhythm Boys".

    Mavis Collins

    Pte. James Anderson Taylor 1st Btn. Gordon Highlanders

    Trying to find info about James Anderson Taylor who served with the 1st Ballalion, Gordon Highlanders who was captured at St Valery. He refused to work for the Germans so was sent to a reprisal camp and we think it was Stalag 383. If anyone knows anything please get in touch.

    Fiona Taylor

    Rfm. Jack Lee

    My father, Rifleman Jack Lee, was captured at Dunkirk on May 27th 1940 and was a Prisoner of war in Stalag 383 until 1945.

    Fay Garrison

    Ron Nethercote

    Ron Nethercote was an artist and an inmate of stalag 383. I have a painting of my father painted by him in camp, does anyone have any information about him?

    Jeff Byers

    Sgt. Edgar Harold "Ted" Everton 1st General Hospital NZ Medical Corps

    My Father Ted Everton was Captured in Corinth canal, Greece on the 28th of April 1941. Ted was in two pow camps, Stalag 18A, Wolfesberg, Austria and Stalag 383, Hofenfels, Barvaria, Germany till the 1st of May 1945 I have Ted's POW diary which describes life as a POW.

    Martin Everton

    Sgt. Arthur William Cheese Royal Army Service Corps

    My father, Arthur Cheese was captured at Dunkirk during the evacuation and then at some point was housed at Stalag 383 at Hohen Fels. He never talked about his time there and now has sadly passed away. As his eldest son I am very interested in piecing together what happened between Dunkirk and Stalag 383, and who may have known him during his time there. My father had a serious stomach wound which I believe was a result of a bayonet wounding around the time of the liberation of the camp. I hope this incident and his name may ring a few bells with someone. Fingers crossed.

    Keith Cheese

    Cpl. Robert Benjamin Bannister Green Howards

    My father, Robert Bannister who was in the T.A. was captured at Dunkirk and marched most of the way to Stalag383 where he spent most of the war until he, with 4000 others was force marched in the depths of winter to a camp in Bavaria as the Russians were approaching Poland.

    Whilst in the camp he employed his artistic skills in painting scenery for the theatre productions. He also used the regulation issue post cards to paint the entire front as greetings cards and those are still in my possession as are a number of photos including one of a fellow POW using an illicit radio and ones of him painting scenery. I have also got a battered copy Of "Barbed Wire Memories"

    I intend to ensure that my family pass all the items to the Green Howards Museum at Richmond in due course

    Terry Bannister

    Charles Whyte The Black Watch

    L to R: Rear - Whyte, Smythe, Love, Unknown, Serivens. Mid - Green, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Lake, Unknown, Unknown. Bottom - Unknown, Unknown, Alexander, Smith, Unknown, Unknown.

    My grandfather was called Charles Whyte, we have discovered some photos which, I assume, he took throughout his career. We know he was in the RMP and the Black Watch. We also know he served in Greece, where he was captured. The story, as far as I can remember, is that he and his colleagues took control of a town which quickly became surrounded by the enemy. Their only means of escape was a Royal Navy ship that was close by. The boat didn't dock to save them, leaving my grandfather and his colleagues to be captured. He was then sent to a prisoner of war camp. Another story is that once the war was over and they were released, my grandfather and his friends helped a Russian ex-prisoner escape the area as the Germans were looking to kill any Russians they found. The pictures we have relate to Stalag XVIII A, Stalag 383 and his time in Palestine and Buddon camp in 1933. I have attached scanned copies of some of the photos. Some of them have writing on the back but unfortunately most do not. If you can help identify some of the places or some of the people in the photos that would be great but mainly I just want to share them.

    Robin Poole

    Sgt. David Fenton Black Watch

    David Fenton was an uncle of mine and was a prisoner in Hohen Fels during WW2, serving with the Black Watch he was captured in Crete. My mums uncle, Dan Bricknal was also with the Black Watch and a POW with David, after they were released they never met again till my parents wedding day where David was my father's Best Man. He was still in the Black Watch as CQSM.

    Ron Fenton, Jr.

    Pte. Dan Bricknal Black Watch

    Dan Bricknal was my mother's uncle, he served with the Black Watch and was held as POW in Hohen Fels along with my father's brother David Fenton. After they were released they never met again till my parents wedding day where David was my father's Best Man. He was still in the Black Watch as CQSM.

    Ron Fenton

    Sgt. Norman Young East Yorkshire Regiment

    My father was a prisoner in Stalag 383. He was Sgt Norman Young of the East Yorkshire Regiment. His POW # was 153523.

    Tricia Young

    Sgt. James Blake Bartlett 1st Btn. Kings Royal Rifle Corps

    My late father was a prisoner in Stalag 383. His name was Sgt James Blake Bartlett of the KRRC 1 QVR's. He was captured at Calais 23.5.1940 and according to his army record first went to Stalag XXA in 1940 then to XXB in 1941 and to Stalag 111C which was renamed Stalag 383 in November 1942 where he stayed until release on the 11.5.1945.

    I can still remember his home coming even to this day, our mum woke us up to say this is your Dad, as I was only 3 when he went away and now I was 8, so did not remember him all that much. He passed away in 1992 and never spoke much about his time as a POW.

    Geoff Bartlett

    Cpl. R W Clark Reconnaissance Corps

    In my late mother's papers was a photograph of men taken at Stalag XXB main camp eastern district group. All men are in uniform. on the back of the postcard, addressed to my mother in pencil, is No 3677 Oflag 111 Germany and the name Cpl. RW Clark. Also the number 14610 and the name Clark is on the side. As my mother was brought up just outside Dundee in Angus I would imagine this chap came from there too. I would love to know more and as there are no family members left to ask I am relying on someone else solving this mystery.

    My mother's name was Flora Linn and she lived at Greenford, Monikie by Dundee.

    Norma Short

    RSM. P. Kilbey Coldstream Guards

    I collect POW mail and have a preprinted card in respect of a money transfer sent from Stalag 383 by RSM Kilbey, P. serial number 2653008 sent to the Regimental Paymaster, Coldstream Guards on 30 Sep 1944 but not received by the addressee until 24 Feb 1945.

    Jim McKay

    Sgt. James Blake Bartlett Kings Royal Rifle Corps

    My late father was a POW at Stalag 383 for the 5 years of WW2 having been taken prisoner at Dunkirk. His name was Sergeant James Blake Bartlett of the KRRC. He never talked about his time there all we know he stayed behind at Dunkirk having been told he would be either killed or captured and he spent the rest of the war as a prisoner of war. When he came home he said that he was flown home in a Lancaster.

    Geoff Bartlett

    Cpl. Vic Dulieu Kings Royal Rifle Corps

    I am researching my wife's late uncle's history with a view to producing a short biography. I have been able to establish that he was a Corporal in the Kings Royal Rifle Corps during WW2 and was incarcerated in Stalag 383. His name was Victor Dulieu and originated from London - which probably explains his induction into the KRRC. Any information should be gratefully received.

    Simon Clark

    Cpl. Elwyn Jones Royal Signals

    Elwyn Jones was my father-in-law, he died a few years ago. He often talked of his time in Stalag 383 and spoke fondly of his comrades. He was a member of the amateur dramatics and was a choir member. I wonder if there is anyone who might remember him?

    Tony Bailey

    Cpl. Horace "Harry" Huff Royal Engineers

    My Grandad was Horace Huff, the camp barber, and a prisoner for 6 years during World War 2. It has been interesting to read other accounts of the camp Stalag 383 and the goings on. His story makes me so proud and I am sure there are many like it from the time spent there. Towards the end of the war all huts were marched out of the camp on their way to Berlin. My Grandad noticed the number of people who were contracting dysentery and being shot. My Grandad encouraged an Australian man to break ranks and roll down a bank into some woods and made shelter in the rough ground. The pair then spent a week living in the woods living on berries and raw farm produce. They then heard an American tank coming with German prisoners and were enlisted to guard prisoners at the farm. The farmer's wife was unwilling to let the pair near her small children gathering them and repeating 'nein' to my Grandad. With some persuasion using a photo of my mother, who was 2, she became more friendly and after a few days there the American troops returned. From there my grandfather was taken to a repatriation camp and sent back to England. He was 6 stones in weight upon his return and went into a rehab program visiting local factories and natural sites of beauty to re-aclimatise with England. This was a big help to his recovery and he soon became a good humoured and hard working steel worker once again.

    Richard Kitson

    L/Sgt. Henry Vies "Ginger" Suggit MM 5DG East Riding of Yorkshire Yeomanry

    My father, Lance Serjeant H.V. Suggit of the East Riding Yeomanry, seconded to the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, was captured south of Brussels on 18 May 1940 whilst attempting to break through a German forward column. After initial treatment for serious wounds in a German field dressing station and hospital, he convalesced in base hospitals set up in Lazarettes in Brugmann and Malines, before recovering sufficiently to be transfered to prison camps in Hemer (Stalag VI A) on 17 September 1940 and then Lamsdorf (Stalag VIII B) on 28 November 1940.

    Despite a still not fully functional arm, he bluffed his way onto coalmine working parties for the prospect of better rations, regaining fitness and more lax confinement - conditions useful for escape. Initially based in Morgenroth, he was transferred to Triebitz (party E211) in the Sudetenland, from which he made his first break on 27 August 1941 with two like minded colleagues, TSM Perry and Corporal Pugh - removing bars from their block windows and shinning down knotted sheets. They were on the loose for nearly 3 weeks, covering a significant distance on foot before being caught as they tried to stow aboard a train near Lundenburg. After security processing, they were returned to Lamsdorf and 20 days bread and water in solitary confinement.

    Undeterred, he spent the next 8 months keeping a lower profile before securing another outside working party job, this time in a brewery in Hansdorf (party E95), again in the Sudetenland. Within the week, he and two East Yorkshire Regiment chums, Edie Harris and Jim Andrews, had done a bunk, changing into home made civilian garb that they had brought with them and had secreted on arrival.

    Freedom was short lived, being apprehended 7 days later near Mueglitz. Two days initial security processing followed in Schoenberg, before being returned to Lamsdorf (as proof that escapers would be caught) and another interrogation, but only 5 days clink - all sticking to a tale indicating appalling conditions in work party E95. Their story and reality were poles apart, but was not checked, otherwise they could have got a year in a straflager. As it was, they were separated and father spent a month in two closely guarded timber working parties (E495 and E364), before a camp transfer to become somebody else's problem.

    After a temporary confinement in Parsburg, he was held in what became Stalag 383 at Hohenfels from late August 1942 through to liberation, making two more escape attempts. The first was on 25 August 1943, when he and George Beeson walked out dressed as German guards. They were only loose for just over a day - a consequence of generally tighter German railway security measures around Nuremburg. They subsequently received 30 days solitary in the bunker, but managed not to compromise their modus operandi of getting out.

    This enabled another attempt dressed in facsimile German uniform on 17 March 1944, with Australian Charlie Elphick. After passing through the inner gate, they came to grief at the outer security checkpoint, when a clued-up sentry asked too many questions. This time - being apprehended in the enemy's uniform - they were perhaps extremely fortunate only to receive 30 days solitary. The guard who passed them at the inner gate received 14 days of the same.

    With a reputation as a persistent escaper, further attempts were problematic. When the Germans evacuated Hohenfels in Spring 1945, my father and others secreted themselves, hunkering down till liberation on 22 April. Cadging lifts to Paris, he was flown by prisoner recovery arrangements in a Dakota to Buckinghamshire and arrived home in Hull a week later.

    J R Suggit

    Frank Orr

    My grandfather was a prisoner of Stalag 383. His name was Frank Orr. In the attached photograph (he's on the right) but we have little more information. The back of the photograph shows the Stalag postmark, his prisoner number (I think) and an amazingly vague address that despite the lack of detail still found its way to his wife, Hannah.

    Thank you for preserving the memories of such brave individuals whom we owe so much.

    Tony Orr

    Cpl. Reginald Henry "Bob" Tanner Gloucestershire Regiment

    My father, Corporal Reginald Henry Tanner, Gloucestershire Regiment, was POW number 1950. I have located a picture of him in the Stalag 9C collection, Photo number 1512. My father is second row from the front 4th from the right. Although he was in this photo I believe he was also held in Stalag 383. I would really like to meet anyone who served with him. I believe his best mate was a chap called Zazoo Pitt or Pitts

    Richard Tanner

    Cpl. Thomas Henry Turner Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers

    My wife's uncle, Thomas Henry Turner, now aged 93, was a POW in Stalag 383, one of many camps he was held in from May 1940 to 1945. He was a Corporal in the R.E.M.E. For a large part of his time in the camps he was a medical orderly, as documents we have show. We would love to hear from anyone who remembers Tom.`

    Norman Cox

    Cpl. Alfred Arthur "Mick" Briley Queens Royal Regiment

    My late father, Alfred Arthur Briley (known as Mick) was held in Stalag 383 My biggest regret is not knowing more about this time in his life. My biggest wish is that someone somewhere may remember him or have a picture of him.


    L/Cpl. William Francis Jones Welsh Guards

    Whilst researching my husband's family tree, I recently came across information relating to his grandfather, William Jones. He was captured in WW2, and became a POW in camp Stalag 383. We have little information about him really, we know he survived the war and returned home a different person, but never spoke of his time in camp Stalag. My mother-in-law (William's daughter) doesn't even posses a single photograph of him, so if anyone has a photo containing William, during his time at the camp, and would be willing to share, we would be really grateful. William had four children before the war, and when he returned home 10 years later, he went on to have another four children with his wife. He was born and died in Liverpool.

    A Davies

    Sgt. George Richards

    I have a postcard sent from my grandfather's brother, George Richards a sergant in the British Army, when he was a prisoner of war in the prison camp Stalag 383. In the postcard he appears with several other men including at least one Australian soldier.The post card was made from a set photo, The post stamp on the card has wording Stalag 383 Geprutt with the number 23 in the middle of the inked stamp. George has signed the number 4217 at the end of his name with 7362 in brackets which may be a prisoner number?

    Andrew Gray

    Robert Kinder RoyalEngineers

    My grandfather, Robert Kinder, was captured in Greece in 1941, spent 4 years as POW, in Stalag 383, Hoenfels, Bavaria.

    Originally from St Helen's, Lancashire, but was living in Weymouth, Dorset. We have very little information about his time in the war. If you can add to his story we would be very grateful. Thank you

    Paul Hartley

    CQMS. John Wilson "Jocky" Geddes 6th Battalion Gordon Highlanders

    My late father John Geddes was captured at St Valery 12th June 1940. He spent some time in Stalag 383 although I'm not sure just how long. He was a prisoner with others from his home village of Aberlour in Banffshire, Scotland who have all now sadly passed on. This photo which was taken on repatriation and I believe all were in the same camp. On the back row extreme right is George McConnachie and in the front row from left is Jock McConnachie (his brother) who gained the MM, next are twin brothers Leslie & Thomas Gray, not sure which is which, then my father John Geddes and Charles Morrison. I would be pleased to get any info on anyone who can make connections with any of the men in the photo.

    Elsie Bishop

    T/Sgt. John Earle Rowland 25th Battalion.

    I am a collector of memorabilia and have had for some time now a book of sketches executed by JE Rowland. Initially I just thought that they were of little significance, but having tried to research Rowland (infuriatingly, all mentions of him in newspapers only listed him as "JE Rolwand") I finally established his identity. He clearly had an interest in art, as a friend of mine kept a large volume of NZ art journals he had owned. Although I have no personal link to Rowland, I feel that I have got to know him through the little work that I have done to establish his identity. My main interest in any of my pursuits has always been the person behind the object.

    Ray Butler

    Cpl. Herbert Moorhead Baxter 2/7 Btn.

    I am trying to piece together my father's war history. His name was Bert Baxter, he was on the Costa Rica when it was sunk. He landed on Crete and was captured early in his service history by German forces. I am wondering as to which prison camp he was taken. Pretty sure it was Stalag 383. He won an Aussie rules football (carved from wood) for his footy talents! He went to work on a prison farm then back to camp towards the latter part of his time and was released by American forces in 1944, four years in total.

    Sandra Kerr

    Bmdr. Hugh Archibald "Mac" McGregor Royal Artillery

    My Granddad Hugh McGregor was a POW in Stalag 383 and we were always told that whilst there he bred rabbits for the Germans - now I am older I realise that the rabbits don't need much help! Apparently, he lied about his age, he was born in 1914, to enter WW2. He obviously enjoyed it or it was a welcome diversion to home life. When I was at school the local paper ran a story about him but being young I was more embarrassed then impressed, oh how I wish I had that cutting now.

    Pam Penfold

    Aubrey "Tommy" Dutch

    My uncle, Sgt Aubrey "Tommy" Dutch was a prisoner in Oflag 111C, Stalag VIIIB and Stalag 383 from his capture on Crete in 1941 to his liberation in 1945.

    He played the banjo in many camp concerts and performed after the war at the POW concert held at (I believe) the Prince of Wales Theatre in London.

    Barry Pullen

    Sgt. William "Tiny" Adams

    My dad Sergeant William Adams, his number was 96084, was in Stalag 8b. (I have a Christmas postcard sent to my mother dated 3rd Jan 1942. It was drawn Thomas Burke Stalag 20a). He later went to Stalag 383. He was captured in Crete. He was a commando and because he was tall people called him "Tiny". He lived in Lowestoft.

    Sally Wilson

    Cpl. Eric William Sutherland 23rd Btn.

    My father Eric William Sutherland (He was a Corporal with the 23rd Battalion 2nd NZEF) was wounded and captured in Greece in April 1941. He spent time in Stalag 8B then was shipped to Stalag 383.

    He passed away 30 years ago and we have only 2 pictures taken while he was at Stalag 383. In the top picture dad is back row 2nd from the left and in the bottom picture he is back row right hand side. We are trying to identify any others in the photographs.

    Bob Sutherland

    Cpl. Edward William Ratcliff East Kent Regiment

    I am sure grandfather is in this photo, taken outside Hut 91 (2nd Row sitting far right)

    My grandfather, Edward William Ratcliff, was a POW at Stalag 383. I am not entirely sure when he was captured (possibly 1942), but he was there until the end of the war, when they were liberated by US Troops. He was in The Buffs (East Kents).

    I have loads of photos that were taken during his time there, some I have seen on the web already, so I presume they were issued to quite a few. I have photos of the shows they used to put on, of the Red Cross parcels they received, and also a photo of him with the Camp stamp on the reverse, which was sent to my grandmother back in England.

    Gary Inkersole

    Sgt. Cliff Stansfield 106th Regiment Royal Horse Artillery

    My uncle, Sgt Stansfield of the 106th Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery Liverpool Territorial Unit Lancashire Yeomanry. He was a POW in Stalag 383 from 1942 to 1945. After the fall of Greece he was evacuated on board HMS Calcutta to serve in Crete. Crete was invaded by German Paratroops and my uncle was captured on 2nd June 1941. He was eventually transported to Stalag V111B at Lansdorf as a POW from June 1941 to Sept 1942. He was later moved to POW Camp Stalag 383 where he was encarcerated from Sept 1942 to April 1945, whilst there he kept a secret diary and photographs of life as a POW.

    Cpl. Albert Leslie Pickering 1/5th Btn. Leicestershire Regiment

    Les Pickering was my father. He died in 1987, he would never talk about the war, he always said its the past, let it go. What I do know is that he was captured in Norway and spent five years as a prisoner of war, first in Stalag XXA and then three years in Stalag 383 in Hoenfels, Bavaria. He served with the territorials and was in the brigade of Colonal G J German. If any one should have any information about him please contact me.

    Doreen Jackson

    Bdr. Murdoch Mackay Royal Artillery

    Rowing team; Murdoch Mackay 2nd from right at top

    Murdoch Mackay bottom left

    My father Murdoch Mackay, nickname Mac, was in Stalag 383 between 1940 and 1945 after being captured in France. I believe he was a Bombardier or Lance Bombardier when captured and was later an Acting Sergeant. He spoke of being in the same camp as the actor Sam Kydd, but never really spoke of the war, as I think was typical of many ex-POWs. I have pictures copied from the family photos so if anyone recognizes someone please contact me as I would love to know. Similarly if anyone has photos with my father in then I would love to see them.

    My father was always a very quiet strong man, very reliable and hardworking. I was 18 when he died, so I was really too young to have taken an interest in his war service. I am interested to know if there is anyone that knew him.

    Andy Mackay

    Sgt. William McCormick Royal Artillery

    Looking through my late mother's letters, I found a few postcards sent to her from Stalag 383 and XXIA from her uncle, Sgt. William McCormick. The cards from XXIA are dated September 1941 to June 1942. The cards from 383 are dated August 1943 and November 1944. I know that Sgt. McCormick received a Gallantry Award, but I don't know which one.

    2976691 Sgt William McCormick served with the Royal (Field) Artillery during WW2 and was a Prisoner of War for most of the war years. POW Numbers Stalag XXIA and Stalag 383 5209 (598)Hohenfels, Rhineland-Palatinate.

    Ian Forshaw

    Sgt. William Henry "Taffy " Jones 2/6th Btn. West Surrey Queens Royal Regiment

    My father Bill Jones was captured at St Valery, northern France on 12th of June 1940. He was sent to Poland. I believe he was marched, along with other members of the BEF who were captured along with him, to Stalag 20A at Thorun/Thorn in Poland, arriving there on 30th of July 1940. He was held there until 19th of September 1942. From 26th of August until 25th of November 1940 he was forced to spend time in a work camp at Bromberg.

    Later on he was transferred to Stalag 383 at Hohenfels, Germany, arriving there on 21st of September 1942. Here he was held until he was liberated on 16th of April 1945.

    He had joined up prior to the outbreak of war in Bermondsey, London as a member of the TA. His drill hall was located in Old Jamaica Road but this has long since gone, although the memorial still stands. Prior to this, he had left his native port in South Wales in 1926 before settling in south London.

    Bryn Jones

    Norman Key Border Regiment

    Norman Key was held at Stalag 383, Hofenfels, his prisoner number was 12695.

    He was married to my mother on 23rd December 1939, and was in the first wave of the BEF to land in France. He was captured in Tournai on 22nd May 1940. He was shot, but recovered and was held prisoner in Thorn, before being transferred to Stalag 383. I have a beautiful drawing of my mother drawn and signed by (M. Bogaert, Thorne 1e. 11.3.42.) I have tried to find M. Bogaert on the prisoner records with no luck. My dad must have traded something for this portrait to be done from a picture of my mom.

    The one and only story he ever told, one day I came home (when I was about age 10, in 1956 ) to my dad frying me potato skins. I was horrified, and screamed I wasn't going to eat them. He then told me it was all he had to eat in the camp for years. Then he said, "they went well with the cat I skinned and ate!" So it was funny when I read somewhere on a site about Stalag 383, that someone in the camp lost their pet cat, and suddenly I thought "I wonder???". It must have been true. Apart from that day he never spoke of the war, ever, so it was really interesting to read other stories and I have been able to read and fill in the gaps of what happened to him. So thank you to those who recorded their memoirs, and photos. I only have one faded photo taken in the camp with a message on the back to my mom.

    I visited Hofenfels last year. The camp is now a military base, and no one is allowed anywhere near it, but it was nice to be in the actual area and visit the little village of Hofenfels and the church, where I know he visited, how I don't know.

    Janet Key

    Thomas James P. Hendry 106th LAA Regt. Royal Artillery

    My father Thomas Hendry was part of the 106th RHA and was captured on Crete. He was held in the POW camp 383 at Hoenfelds, Bavaria. I have found a book in the Liverpool record office which has two photos of my father as a POW and other members of the 106th.

    Jim Hendry

    John Harwood Leicestershire Regiment

    My father, Jack Harwood was captured at Dunkirk in May 1940 and incarcerated in Stalag XXA, Thorn, eventually ending up in Stalag 383, Hohenfals, Germany. He talked little of his experiences but I recall him saying he was on The Death March. I am currently researching his military history.

    Janice Newcombe

    Sgt. William J. Avery

    My father, Sgt William J Avery 3972/7342, was at Stalag 383 until the end of the war. He was with CSM Savayl, Rev. Capt Grant and Jock 8.Coy Line. He was also in Stalag 8B. I have photographs showing companions in the prison camp and also a funeral in Stalag 383. Another picture shows Prince Gustav of Sweden, CSM MCKenger/gec?, Mr Eric Berg YMCA Sweden, OSM McLennon. Ass. Man of Con. with Hauptman Blume, Abwehr Officer.

    Jill Avery

    James Mann Royal Signals

    My dad, Jimmy Mann, was captured at Dunkirk in 1940 and was sent to Stalag 383 until the end of the war. If anyone has any information about my father, or about Stalag 383, please contact me.

    David Mann

    S/Sgt. Leslie Bowness Read Royal Army Ordance Corps

    My father was a prisoner in Stalag VIIA and Stalag 383. He was captured on Crete in June 1941. Whilst in 383 he made wigs for the theatre productions, `Mikado', etc.

    Richard Read

    Derek Coombes

    I was an evacuee. My father was a POW in Stalag 383.

    Derek Coombes

    Ken "Chips" Crabtree

    I am trying to see if there are any members still living or family of members who were imprisoned in Stalag 383 (late Oflag IIIC) Hohenfels Baveria Germany, 1942-1945.

    My Uncle "Chips" Ken Crabtree was the Rover Crew QM in that camp and I am researching the types and activities that they performed. I have some names of crew members, plus the scarf, badges, epaulertes, photos, a couple of the Scout Bulletins numbers 42 and 43, and a letter from R. Philip Smith.

    He mentions a booklet called "Glowing Embers" accepted by Pearsons for publication in 1945. I would like to get a copy of this booklet or an original for my collection. I would also like to hear from anyone who can give me any further information. I have the book "Barbed Wire Memories of Stalag 383" written by M.N.McKibbin, illustrated by A. Dallimore. This gives an excellent account of some aspects but only touches on the Scout Rover Crew. I have been able to obtain some names of men who were involved with Anzac Day activities and sports 1943/44.

    I have been to a family wedding on 17 August 2002 and I chatted with my aunt about her husband who was also held in Stalag 383 at this time, his name was Bill Cull, he died about 10 years ago but his wife Joan is still alive and has many stories of his life in the camp.

    I would be very interested to hear of where any of the books you mention are available from.

    I have now obtained another couple of books including Glowing Embers, which is about the Rover Crew in Camp and Some Times Free, by Fred Stuckey who was always trying to get out. Most books are very hard to get hold of and many were printed in limited editions. I would be happy to share any information that I have directly with others including copies of the many photos that I have. A web site dedicated to Stalag 383 is in the process of being developed.

    Kerry R. Single

    Bill Cull

    Bill Cull was interned in Stalag 383.

    Fred Stuckey

    Fred Stuckey was always trying to escape from Stalag 383.

    SQMS James "Fitz" Fitzpatrick 3rd Royal Tank Regiment (d.1946)

    I have a birthday card sent from my father in Stalag 383. It is to Barry from Daddy and dated April 1944. He died in Aldershot at 47 years old in 1946 in Aldershot, Hampshire.

    He was a good friend of fellow prisoner from Onehunga, New Zealand and my mother kept in contact with the Frazer family and it would be great if I could write to the family.

    My father was an above average football player in the pre-war days. Any contact with Fitz's friends would be a wonderful moment for me because I am writing my autobiography (I am now close to 80 and have had a wonderful worldwide engineering career and have a photograph of him with me when I was 2 learning to walk! Regards

    James Barry Fitzpatrick

    George Jackson 7th Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers

    My grandfather, George Jackson, appears on a photo with about ten other POWs that was posted home to my gran in March 1942 from Stammlager IX-C before he was transferred to Stalag 383. I also have a photo of my grandad and his brother Ralph taken at the annual camp in 1954 with about 30 other officers and sergeants.

    Keith Jackson

    Sgt. John Henry Taylor 4th Btn. Ox & Bucks Light Infantry

    My father, John Taylor, was a sergeant with the Ox & Bucks Light Infantry. He was a POW from 1939 to 1945 and may have been with the 4th Btn in France with the BEF which was overwhelmed near Watou. His POW number was 1091 in Stalag 383.

    Jean Powell

    Bombardier George Hooper Royal Artillery

    George (my father) enlisted in the R.A in May 1932 aged 18. He was based at Woolwich & Topsham Barracks & in Blakang Mati, Singapore,(1936-8). He returned to work at J.A.Crabtree & Co Ltd in Walsall till the outbreak of war & was recalled to the "colours" in June 1939. He was captured on his 26th birthday (26-May-40) near Dunkirk. He entered Stalag VIII Lamsdorf on 23-Jun-40 & was moved to Stalag 383 at Hohenfels in early 1942. He was liberated in April 1945.

    Alan Hooper

    Gnr. Edward Joseph McGuinness Royal Artillery

    My grandfather, Edward Joseph McGuinness, was a gunner in the Royal Artillery. I understand he was born about 1917 in Ireland and was based at the Devonshire Regiment Barracks on Topsham Road, Exeter in the 1930s, where he remained until the outbreak of war. He married Marjorie Barker in 1934 in Exeter.

    He was taken prisoner at Dunkirk and sent to Stalag 383, where he remained until the end of the war and his return to Devon. I also understand there was a camp artist, as I have a picture of my mother, which was drawn simply from my grandfather's description, and is treasured. Does anyone have any information about Edward, the artist or the camp?

    H Woodman

    Sgnlmn. Jeffrey James Ashley Royal Corps of Signals

    I have an interest in Signalman 2310800 Jeffrey James Ashley, Royal Corps of Signals who was taken prisoner of war on 5th June 1940 and released on 26th April 1945. His POW number was 2505 (quite a low number) and he was held at camp Stalag 383 at Hohen Fels. Born in 1901 he would have been 39 years of age when captured. He joined the Signals in 1920 spending some years in India, leaving in 1927 and being recalled in 1939. A posting regarding 51st Highland Division prompted me to post this as the dates of capture coincide. Any information regarding the above named or about the camp would be appreciated. I am not a relation.

    Stuart Brown

    Arthur May 3rd Btn. Royal Tank Rgt.

    My grandfather, Arthur May, was in the 3rd Btn Royal Tank Regiment and was captured in Crete in April 1941. He was held in Stalag 18a and then sent to Stalag 383 where he spent most of the rest of the war until he escaped to Switzerland early in 1945. Any information would be great as he did not talk about his POW days a lot.

    Phil Stride

    Jan Harmse Barendse

    My grandfather was in Stalag 383, but I do not have much information. His name was Jan Harmse Barendse. Do you have any information to assist me in researching Stalag 383? I am lead to believe that he escaped from there.

    Ivan Bonner

    Thomas Gordon Winder

    My grandfather, Thomas Gordon Winder, was in Stalag 383. I am researching his life and would like any information.


    Sgt. John Morton West Yorkshire Rgt.

    My grandfather was a POW and was taken prisoner at the beginning of the war. I have a book he wrote when he was a prisoner and also a poem he wrote called "Alphabet of War". His name was Sgt John Morton of the West Yorkshire Regiment.
  • A stands for Adolf, the cause of the war,
  • B is the bunkum we get from HawHaw,
  • C is the country in which they both live,
  • D is their deeds, which we cannot forgive,
  • E's the expenses this blooming war's cost,
  • F is the Frenchman, who turned, ran and lost.
  • G is for Goering and Goebbels, all boast,
  • H is for Hitler, the man hated most,
  • I is for Italy, that entered the war,
  • J is the Jerry who fought them before,
  • K is our King and the leader we find,
  • L is the Lion who growls close behind,
  • M are the men that follow it up,
  • N is for never we'll give up the cup,
  • O is for optimist, this I might be,
  • P is for pioneers on land, air and sea,
  • Q is the question "Can we stand fast?"
  • R is the realm we'll hold to the last,
  • S is the swastika, symbol of hate,
  • T is for Turkey who knows of their fate,
  • U is for US we're prisoners, quite true,
  • V is the Vow that we'll see it right through,
  • W is the waiting for this war to cease,
  • X is the yearning for our folks at home,
  • Z is the Zeal that no more shall we roam,

    I found my grandad to be a very brave man. He told of his time as a prisoner at Stalag 383 and it was bad as to what they all had to go through. He told me he complained of toothache and the Germans took all of his teeth out with pliers and gave him nothing for the pain. I have his medals but no photos of him in the war.

  • Debbie Moore

    Bmbdr. Thomas Lovesey

    My grandfather was held at Stalag 383. His name was (Bombadier) Thomas Lovesey (5991). My mother remembers some New Zealanders visiting her home in Pimlico, London, following their release, just before their return home. Does anybody have any memories of Tom? We'd love to hear them.

    Katie Witherell

    L/Sgt. Edward William Fynn Bedfordshire Royal Signals

    Edward Fynn is my grandad he was a POW in Stalag 383 but escaped.

    Amy Smart

    Sgt. John Thompson Cameronians

    Postcard from Stalag383

    These photos and post card from Stalag 383 were found in my grandmother's house. This is her brother, Sgt John Thompson's post card and Army photos. He came from Glasgow and was a footballer with 3rd Lanarkshire Rifles FC. He went on to play for Swindon Town after the war, where he settled and lived. I have no more information about him. If any one does, please don't hesitate to contact me.

    George McCready

    Cpl. Arthur David "Yec" Yexley 9th (The Rangers) Btn. King's Royal Rifle Corps

    Taken 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!


    L/Bdr. George Pigg Royal Artillery

    George Pigg was captured at St Valery en Caux in 1940 and spent the remainder of the war as a PoW. Records show him in Stalag 383, Hohelfels in 1942.

    Adrian Russell

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