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    P.G. 73 Carpi

    during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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    Private Louis Reginald Watson 2nd Battalion Cheshire Regiment

    My late father, Private Louis Reginald Watson of the 2nd battalion Cheshire Regiment, was involved in the withdrawal from Gazala to Egypt via Tobruk where he was captured and shipped to POW Camp PG 73 in Capri Northern Italy. I have a photo taken at the camp on the 28th Oct. 1943 which he sent to my mother.

    As a member of an outside working party repairing the road surface, he hid inside a culvert and escaped about the time of the Italian capitulation and stayed on the run until the advancing British forces reached him.

    Geoff Watson

    Francis Joseph "Paddy" McLoughlin Royal Artillery

    My late grandfather, Francis Joseph "Paddy" McLoughlin, was a lance bombardier in the Royal Artillery, escaped at Dunkerque, was then later captured in North Africa and subsequently held at Campo 73 in Carpi, Italy and then Stalag 4DZ near Annaburg.

    I'm trying to get info on either camp (memories, photos, anything) and, unlikely I know, hear from anyone who knew my Grandad.

    John McLoughlin

    Len Joynes Coldstream Guards

    My late father, Len Joynes, was in the Coldstream Guards when he was captured on 20th June 1942 at Tobruk. My information is that he was held prisoner of war at Campo 73 and escaped when the Italians surrendered in September 1943.

    His army records show him being a prisoner of war up until April 1944 during which time I am pretty sure he spent with Italian partisans near to Pescara as I have some wonderful letters from an Italian family and fellow escapees. I am presently trying to make contact with this family as well as trying to piece together any information that would enable me to put together what must have been a most wonderful journey in life.


    Bdr. John Stewart Wibberley Royal Artillery

    My dad, Jack Wibberley, talked about being in the Eighth Army, and about visiting Cairo. He was captured at Tobruk in June 1942 and was taken to Italy where he was a POW in the following camps:
    • 85 Turturano near Brindisi
    • 87 Stalia
    • 66 Capua
    • 68 Vetralia
    • 73 Fossoli of Carpi
    • 53 Sforzacosta
    I know he escaped from one of the camps with a friend Mac. He was taken in by a farming family & lived with them. One day when working in the fields he was challenged & beaten with rifles by some Axis troops - he agreed to meet them in the market in Naples the next day & bring another POW with him. Needless to say, he didn't do that! [I read a report he wrote about this when I was about 13, but that report wasn't in family papers when we cleared the family house] In June 1944 his war record states he was known to have reached Southern Italy & was in Allied hands. By August 1944 he had returned to England & was in Liverpool Transit Camp He was posted to Clacton on Sea in Essex where he was part of the Heavy Ack Ack Battery. In the NAAFI there he met my mum Ada Letch who was in the ATS. They got married in December 1945. He died in 1958 and my mum died in 1980.

    I would love to know if anyone remembers him - he was always known as Jack.

    Jan Kitchin

    George Farquar "Curly" Castel Royal Army Service Corps

    My grandfather, George Castel, was born in Inverness, Scotland on January 29, 1908. He was the son of George Farquar and Kate Castel. His father was originally from Peterhead, Scotland, with his mother hailing from Boston, in Lincolnshire. George had three siblings sisters Jean and Lillian, and brother Norman. The family lived in Inverness until 1921, when they moved to Bradford, Yorkshire. Grandad was sent to Birmingham to the Dunlop tyre plant for training in vulcanizing and tyre fitting. After completing training, he moved back to Bradford to work for the City Corporation transport system. He was made redundant in 1931 and then got a job working for Model Milk Co. from 1931-35, delivering dairy products house-to-house, first using a horse and cart, then later a truck. In 1935, he became a driver for the Bradford Dyers Association where he stayed with BDA until 1937. He then moved to Cleethorpes in Lincolnshire, to run a boarding house.

    When World War II began on 3rd of September 1939, George volunteered for the Air Raid Precaution unit in Cleethorpes, where he was assigned to be an ambulance driver. In May 1940 he volunteered for the Royal Army Service Corps. He left behind his wife and a 10-year-old daughter when his unit was sent to Egypt. The unit served there for two years before its men were just a small part of the 30,000 personnel captured after the Battle of Tobruk in June 1942.

    After being captured and interned, grandad found he was the oldest man in his camp, was at Stalag 4-B, though he was only 34 years old. He and several hundred other men were transported from Carpi to the camp in late 1943. He eventually ended up at a work camp in Halle. He kept a journal of his time from being captured until his liberation. I have turned this into a blog Home by Autumn.

    Mark Townsend

    Pte. Sidney William Puzey 4th Battalion Green Howards

    My father was captured in 1942 on the Gazala line. He spent time as a POW in PG 73 in Northern Italy - then at a work camp (GW/107)associted with Stalag XVIIIA. I have over 100 letters from him to my mother during his period as a POW.

    I am particualry interested in finding out about a fello POW called George Allen who put on many of the camp plays and musicals at PG 73.

    John Puzey

    Gnr. William Victor Manford 76th Medium Regiment Royal Artillery

    Cyprus Oct 1941

    Western  Desert May 1942

    Italian POW Camp 73

    Port Said Aug 1941

    My father Bill Manford was a farmer, born in 1919 and when he was 19 joined the Shropshire Yeomanry. In 1940 he was transferred to the Royal Artillery firstly the 75th then the 76th Regiment. He trained in Luton, and was posted to the Middle East in 1941. He was sent to Port Said, Egypt, and then on to Cyprus, Palestine, Iraq, Syria, what is now Lebanon, visiting Baalbeck while he was there. Finally on to the Western Desert in Egypt where he was captured at El Alemain in July 1942.

    He then was handed to the Italians and then went to Serena Bari Transit camp before being sent to POW Camp P.G. 73 at Fossoli di Carpi in 1942. In Sept 1943 he either escaped or was released and spent sometime working on an Italian farm where he was treated very well by the farm bailiff. He was then picked up by the Germans and transferred to Stalag IVC in the Czech republic, which was then part of Germany. The camp was liberated by the Russians in May 1945. After 2 years 11 months in captivity. He served a total of 6 years 44 days and returned to farming. While he was away in the Army, his only sibling Mary was married and had 2 children.

    Michael Manford

    Kenneth Percival Waterhouse

    This is an excerpt from my late father-in-laws wartime diary, which we discovered after he passed away. Kenneth Percival Waterhouse, South African motor-mechanic, volunteered in 1940, went up to North Africa.
    • Captured by the Italians 15th June 1941 in rear guard from Gazala
    • Arrived Tripoli camp 27th June 1941
    • Left Tripoli 13th Nov 1941
    • Arrived Palermo 9 days later
    • Quarantined in Palermo camp for 15 days
    • Arrived in Chiavarri camp 11th December 1941
    • Left Chiavari Campo 52 8th July
    • Arrived Campo 73, Modena 9th July 1943
    • Left Campo 73 21st July 1943
    • Arrived Stalag IVb, Riega 23th July 1943
    • Left Stalag VIb 9th August 1943.
    • Arrived Stalag VIIIb, Lamsdorf 10th
    • Got news 23rd January 1945 Tripoli had been evacuated by the Axis forces Liberated by the Russians, treated as badly as the Nazis until handed over to the Yanks

    Robert Ecob

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