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POW in Stalag XXB - advice please
« on: Thursday 07 April 11 10:17 BST (UK) »
Hi there
Just a quick note wondering if anyone can advise me the best way to research a WW2 POW who was in Stalag XXB .
Any help much appreciated :)

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Re: POW in Stalag XXB - advice please
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 07 April 11 10:59 BST (UK) »
Hello;

For lots of background and personal stories see http://www.wartimememories.co.uk/pow/stalag20b.html

My father was in Stalag XXB (Marienburg) from March 1943 to February 1945.  I have his diary which details quite a bit about daily life in the camp. I have a few clandestine photos also.

There is a register of PoWs at National Archives and the PoW's War records should contain a debrief questionnaire completed on their return to UK.

Suggest you PM me to share what we have.

NEILSON - Erskine/Bishopton, Renfrewshire and Glasgow
BROWN - Hamilton, Lanarkshire
CAIRNS - Hamilton, Lanarkshire
FINDLAY - Kirriemuir area, Forfarshire/Angus
PORTER - Tobermore, Derry, Ireland

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Re: POW in Stalag XXB - advice please
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 07 April 11 19:04 BST (UK) »
A name would help to find information as he may have made a report when Liberated.


Hi there
Just a quick note wondering if anyone can advise me the best way to research a WW2 POW who was in Stalag XXB .
Any help much appreciated :)
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Re: POW in Stalag XXB - advice please
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 07 April 11 20:04 BST (UK) »
Herbert T Evans born 1919 - POW number 18491

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Re: POW in Stalag XXB - advice please
« Reply #4 on: Friday 08 April 11 10:02 BST (UK) »
Stalag XXB (Marienburg) was situated in and around modern MALBORK, Poland.
The camp was very large, with many sites and centres - not at all like the "Great Escape" style camps.

Some POWs were billeted with local famers to work on the farms, because the local young men were all away at War; My father worked in the farms.  Later he worked in sugar beet factories.

In Feb 1945 the camp was evacuated in a dreadful forced march to the West - to avoid the oncoming Russian Army.  I have a book (and my father's diary) describing the 10 week march through the Polish winter.   My father met US forces at Brunswick and was was repatriated in May 1945. 

With typical Army humour he was then put in charge of German prisoners in a UK PoW camp !!

Did Herbert T Evans survive the War ?   You can request his Army records (if you are next of kin);  they may contain a debrief that he would have performed on returning to UK. They may also  contain other details of his capture and POW status.

See here http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/research-guides/prisoners-war-1939-1953.htm
for information on what is held at National Archives in Kew.

I attach a  photo taken (illegally I assume), near Stalag XXA Torun (Thorn) Poland, in 1942 showing British POWs at work.
NEILSON - Erskine/Bishopton, Renfrewshire and Glasgow
BROWN - Hamilton, Lanarkshire
CAIRNS - Hamilton, Lanarkshire
FINDLAY - Kirriemuir area, Forfarshire/Angus
PORTER - Tobermore, Derry, Ireland

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Re: POW in Stalag XXB - advice please
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 09 April 11 16:05 BST (UK) »
Margaret,
               the man I found at Celle has the POW No. 18491 and is listed by CWGC as having DOD as 9/5/1945.

Dvr H T Evans T/108176 R.A.S.C. Stalag XX B.
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« Reply #6 on: Saturday 09 April 11 22:21 BST (UK) »
Margaret,
               the man I found at Celle has the POW No. 18491 and is listed by CWGC as having DOD as 9/5/1945.

Dvr H T Evans T/108176 R.A.S.C. Stalag XX B.

many thanks...a perfect match.
your help and advice is much appreciated  :) :)

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« Reply #7 on: Friday 17 June 11 20:08 BST (UK) »
I'm also interested in POW Stalag XXB.  Has anyone come across a Andrew Hannah POW number 14894 in their research?  I am trying to find out when he was a POW from to determine whether he can possibly be my grandfather (as I am led to believe  :-\)

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Re: POW in Stalag XXB - advice please
« Reply #8 on: Friday 17 June 11 21:04 BST (UK) »
The easiest way to find more would be to look at file No. WO 344/132/1 at The National Archives to check if he made a report when liberated.
Unfortunately not all former POW made such a report, but IF he did it would give name,rank, No, D.O.B. , Home Address and Civilian Occupation .


I'm also interested in POW Stalag XXB.  Has anyone come across a Andrew Hannah POW number 14894 in their research?  I am trying to find out when he was a POW from to determine whether he can possibly be my grandfather (as I am led to believe  :-\)
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