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Ruhleben camp - British civilian POWS interned in Germany
« on: Wednesday 02 January 08 16:17 GMT (UK) »
Hi all,
 
I've spent the last week doing a huge update on my Ruhleben Story website at http://ruhleben.tripod.com , with over 1700 British civilians now identified as having been interned at the Ruhleben civilian POW camp on the outskirts of Berlin. It is believed that about 5,500 POWs were held here from 1914 to 1918, including my great uncle John Paton. Many of them were merchant seamen, and most of them were from the British Isles, arrested upon the outbreak of hostiltiies in Europe and interned, in response to the British arrests of German nationals in Britain.
 
The site is free to access, and if you had a relative interned there I would love to hear from you!
 
Chris Paton BA (Hons), HND, PgCert Genealogical Studies
Genealogy - www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk www.BritishGENES.blogspot.co.uk (British Genealogy News and EventS) * Ruhleben internment camp - http://ruhleben.tripod.com

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Re: Ruhleben POW camp
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 02 January 08 16:43 GMT (UK) »

Hi Chris and welcome to RootsChat !  :)

My oh my !! .... what an undertaking your site is !!

I'm amazed at the amount of detail you have gone into ..... I can imagine the hours and hours you have put in there ..... and I'm so very glad you chose to share it with us ! .... thank you !

What a treasure for us to have access to ........ !

Annie  :)
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Re: Ruhleben POW camp
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 02 January 08 17:11 GMT (UK) »
Hi Annie,

The site was started about three years ago as it was virtually impossible to find out anything about the camp up here in Scotland. Now it not only acts as a genealogical source, it also acts as a resource tool for others with relatives who were interned. For example, one gent contacted me two years ago with a copy of a document showing when my great uncle was arrested! So it both helps me and hopefully others as well.

I have a lot still to do on the site, with a major part of the project being to construct a detailed chronology on the camp's existence and to upload many dozens of photos that I have been sent - but one thing at a time! :)

Chris
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Re: Ruhleben POW camp
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 02 January 08 17:18 GMT (UK) »


Well it's a wonderful body of work and obviously a labour of love Chris !  :) :) :)

Funny isn't it that we can start off with something small and like "Topsy " it just grows ??!!

I want to be able to just sit and browse through it .... when I have no interruptions !!

Annie  :)
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Re: Ruhleben camp - British civilian POWS interned in Germany
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 24 January 08 19:59 GMT (UK) »
My Great Great Grandfather was a POW at Ruhleben. He was a merchant seaman on the Juno. He was released on 22/12/1915, apparently because he was 60 at the time. Your site has been very useful - thankyou.
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Re: Ruhleben camp - British civilian POWS interned in Germany
« Reply #5 on: Monday 09 May 11 19:14 BST (UK) »
Hello Chris,

You've done a fantastic job. My husband is a descendant of Oscar Pedersen who did the narrative in the Gloucester Citizen on Thursday 29th July 1915 and we just found out that he was on the ship the Sapho when it left Gloucester for Hamburg on July 31, 1914. "On August 5, while taking in a general cargo at Hamburg, the crew first heard that war had broken out between Great Britain and Germany. The chief of the dock police boarded the vessel and informed the master that his ship was under detention. Five days later on August 10 a police guard was put on board the ship and the officers and crew were detained as prisoners aboard the vessel until August 15 when they were removed to a prison hulk in the harbour and the Sapho was taken possession of by the harbour authorities They remained on board the hulk close prisoners until November 6 when they were taken ashore, put on a train and carried to Ruhleben, where Mr Pedersen remained a prisoner until July 6 on the present year, when, on account of his age (he is 67) and ill-health, he was released under the scheme of exchange of prisoners"

I would enjoy hearing from you or other descendants of Oscar Pedersen of Gloucester.

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Re: Ruhleben camp - British civilian POWS interned in Germany
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 10 May 11 17:03 BST (UK) »
Not my area of interest but congratulations on a great effort!

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Re: Ruhleben camp - British civilian POWS interned in Germany
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 18 June 11 10:47 BST (UK) »
My great uncle Max Berliner was interned in Ruhleben camp and after his release died from Rhumatic Fever in or around 1915

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Re: Ruhleben camp - British civilian POWS interned in Germany
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 21 March 15 23:37 GMT (UK) »
I have recently discovered that a family member was interned at Ruhleben. He was William Neale Jones, Chief Officer of the SS Winterton which was seized in Hamburg in August 1914. While Chris Paton's excellent site has been useful and Marcus Bateman's Index of Merchant Seamen POWs has provided the release dates of other crew members I have been unable to ascertain a release date for William. Given his age, 52 at the time of capture, his wife's sudden death early in 1915 and later camp conditions I am wondering if he died there.

Can anyone recommend where I look next?