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Rose Anslow

This brief story is more about my family than about one prisoner at Longbridge POW camp. My mother's brother Ernest Anslow was too old to fight in WW2 and anyway was 'doing his bit' by running a successful but small market garden property outside of Droitwich in Worcestershire. His only help was his wife Rose (nee Compton) plus a young German POW who I think was a bomber crewman. I was born in 1940 and every morning my mother drove my father to the Radio Direction Finding place in Malvern (now the Royal Radar Establishment). We were the only family with petrol coupons and mum and I always stayed in the area around Malvern or visited my uncle at nearby Martin Hussingtree. We did this for most of the war to avoid the daylight raids on Birmingham where we lived. Even though I was under five years old I used to help uncle, aunt and the POW (I do not really recall his name) work on the 3-4 acre plot where they grew tomatoes, fruit and vegetables (we were never short!).

However, when the war finished the POW did not return to Germany but continued to work with my uncle and aunt until around 1950 he 'ran away' with her! It was a great family disgrace, especially since my aunt was 50ish by that time and the POW was much younger! I always kept in touch with my uncle until he died in 1978 but sadly I have no information about what happened to my aunt, the POW or where they went. I would be glad to hear from anyone who can advise me how to find names and/or workplaces of POWs from Longbridge.

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