Information for Veterans and their families
Select the letter of the alphabet from the list below to view requests for help concerning that surname, location or camp.
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Campbell, William H.
Canadian Black Watch, 1940s
Cantello, Herbert William
Carleton York Regiment
Carroll, Arthur John Michael
Carter, Homer V.
Carter, James Harold
Causton, George John
Chamberlain, Walter Bending (Joe, aka Nev)
Chapman, Leo Bernard
Christoffersen, Alan Stuart
Clem, Veldon T.
Cooper, James Edward
Cox, George Henry John
Craythorn, George Reginald Sydeny
Crooks, George Dickson
Crutchfield, Alec Percy
Culliver, Gladys (or Gladis)
Cunningham, Hilary (Jack)
Cunningham, Thomas W.
Can you help with further information on Frank? He was a driver with 'B' Company, 1st Battalion Queen Victorias Rifles (QVR) stationed at Whitbread Hop Farm, Beltring, Paddock Wood, Kent from September 1939 - May 1940. He was a friend of my father, Lewis Edwards, and I would like to find out what happened to him and the other men who were stationed there.
Below is a picture of them all (click to enlarge).
I have heard from Frank's grand-daughter (Clare Fay) and her father is compiling some information for me. As soon as I have it, I will put it up on the site. I am really looking forward to reading it and seeing the photographs that John has from his father.
I was searching through the internet for any information on my family's
surname Crockford, when I found your website looking for information on
my grandad, Frank Crockford.
If you can help with any information, please contact Clare
This is a tricky one as I have no information on Ernest at all. Elliott Farrell is trying to find out about him and would like to know if he was a PoW, what batallion he served with and whether he is still alive. If you know anything about Ernest, please contact me.
Ria (sig.) is looking for information on an uncle - Australian Pte Frank Curtis who died 6/9/43 while a PoW at Stalag XXA.
David's uncle, Derek Symonds, lives in Albany Road, Hersham. David's mother, his sister, married a Canadian soldier, Andrew Bryam, his father. David is interested in finding out any information on the Carleton York Regiment. His mother came from Cobham, Surrey. Her father was Walter Symonds and her mother's name was Lily Overton. David would like very much to get in contact with Derek. He has been working on his family tree for 10 years and has hit a brick wall. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Please contact David if you can help.
Robin Love is looking for his grandfather, Boyd Crawford. Robin doesn't know if he is alive or dead.
Please contact Robin if you have any information.
Alexander Carnochan was with Black Watch and believed captured in 1941 or 1942.
He may have been employed in a mine in Poland after his capture.
If you can help, please email.
Tricia is looking for information on her father, Lance Corporal John Cabbin (10576216). He was in the Lancashire Kings, she believes, and he landed at Normandy. Tricia has a medal to say he was at Normandy.
John died in 1998.
If you can help at all, please contact Tricia
Rebecca's father, Veldon T. Clem, is a World War II vetaran that never received his Purple Heart. Veldon's Army Service Number was 37244934 and he was a Sergeant HQ Co 2nd BN 376th INF 94th Div. He has received all his metals bar the Purple Heart and Recebba has been told there are no records available.
Rebecca was wondering if anyone could be of help in finding the records that would show where he was wounded. So far she hasn't been able to find any.
Her father was in Germany when he was wounded. He thought the name of the town was Burg but didn't remember for sure. It is also assumed it was in 1943 or 1944, possibly winter as Veldon remember's it being cold.
From the time he was wounded until he woke up in the hospital in Wales, he doesn't remember anything or how he got there.
As a little background, Veldon was born and still lives in Harris, Missouri.
Veldon remembers the details of a few of the men he was with (apologies if spellings incorrect):
Whitman - Company Commander
The ship he went over on was the Queen Elizabeth but they did not have an escort.
If you can help, please contact Rebecca
Julie is looking for a man who served in the Canadian Black Watch in the 1940's.
He was either on leave or stationed in Brighton, England in 1942.
Julie would like to hear from anyone who may have a list of people who served in the Black Watch during those years or anyone who met a lady called Dora.
If you can help, please contact Julie
Deb is trying to find any information on Harry Charlton. She believes he was in the Royal Fusiliers as a Corporal. In 1941 he married a Mary Goodall.
If anyone has any information or remembers him, please email Deb
Lana is looking for information on her uncle, Thomas Cunningham, who was born in Northern Ireland in 1916/17. When he was in his 20s he joined the Irish Guards in England, was drafted abroad on the outbreak of war, and took part in the early fighting in Libya.
After Tobruk, where he was captured, he and his fellow captives were taken to Italy to a concentration camp (Lana doesn't know the name of the camp), from where he escaped across the country and climbed the Alps to safety. He spent some time in hospital in Zurich.
If anyone has any information or remembers him, please email Lana
Jeanne is trying to find anybody who may have known 2nd Lt. Bernard Froehlich. He died from injuries when a test flight crashed on 27th August 1943 in Aspull, Wigan.
The pilot died in another crash in 1945 and she is especially looking for the 2nd Lt. Co-pilot William H. Campbell who's whereaouts is unknown.
Bernard was Jeanne's 1/2 sister's biological father and she has always wanted to know more about him. She is very ill and at 61 already living in a nursing home. Jeanne will be going to visit her in a couple of months and wanted to surprise her with anything on her father's history - she doesn't even know Jeanne has found out his first name yet!!
If anyone has any information on either Bernard or William, please email Jeanne
Sandra is looking for anyone who knew her father, Private Malcolm Cuthbertson, Army Number 3770561.
Malcolm died a couple of years ago and never spoke about his wartime experiences but Sandra has just found out that he took part in the Battle of Arnhem with the 4th Dorsets and was then taken as a PoW, on or around 25th September 1944, to Stalag XIIA. Previous to being in the 4th Dorsets, he was with the King's Regiment, Liverpool in Gibraltar.
is Malcolm's Army record:
Here is a picture of Malcolm (back left) with some of his regiment friends (click to enlarge it). Do you recognise anyone in the photograph?
If anyone has any information on either Malcolm or events surrounding the Battle of Arnhem, please email Sandra
Did you serve on either of these ships between 1944 and 1946? Were you in the 12th Minesweeping Flotilla? If so, please contact Thelma as she is trying to help a neighbour, Kenneth Barrett, find some old comrades.
I received the following picture from Laurence Morgan who's late father, James R. Morgan, served on HMS Canton.
Fabbi is trying to trace a camp in which her grandfather was held during WWII. She enlisted the help of Hazel Stockdale from Huddersfield Library and Jane Helliwell from Dewsbury Library, who subsequently contacted this site. Here is the information provided. If you can assist with information on the camp or, indeed, knew Fabbi's grandfather, please make contact.
Fabbi's grandfather, Igino Costi, was incarcerated at Stirley Hill Hostel in Leeds or Huddersfield from 1944 - 1946. Igino will be 90 on 19th May 2006 and Fabbi is trying to locate the commander of the camp who was very kind to him. She appreciates that he is unlikely to be alive but wonders if any of his family are and could make contact prior to his birthday (if possible).
Igino was given an identify document, serial number Z253614 and his PoW number was 505330.
To help anyone who may remember, Igino was born in Casina (on the hill of Reggio Emilia county) on 19th of May 1916 and he now lives in downtown Reggio Emilia, Italy. At the end of 1940 he was captured and detained as a PoW in Libya (North Africa) by the Sixth Division of Australian Army under General Wavell's command. He was later sent to India where he lasted until 1944.
From India, Igino went to England where he was kept from May 1944 until May 1946 when he was released and went back to Italy by sea. He docked in the port of Taranto, Italy on 1st June 1946.
The “camp” where he was kept as a prisoner was located in Huddersfield, the chief in charge of the camp was a man from Dewsbury whose name was Francis Hemingway or Hamigway. Igino has fond memories of him and he still keeps a book received from Francis the title of which is “The Mill on the Floss” by George Eliot.
Once back in Italy, Igino tried to write some letters to his former chief Francis but at that time he realized that the address that he used was not the right one, so he lost any contact with the man at that point.
If you know about the camp, are a relative of Francis Hemingway or Hamingway or remember Igino himself, please contact me, Jane, who is a Local History Projects Officer at Dewsbury Library or Fabbi whose grandfather was at the camp.
Gemma is looking for information on her grandfather, Corporal Leo Bernard Chapman. He served with the Royal Armoured Coprs, 3rd Royal Tank Regiment as a Desert Rat. He fought in Eygpt from 1938 to 1940 and then in Sudan from 1940 to 1941. He was then captured and was at a POo camp in Italy and Germany until 1945.
His service number was 7887963 and he was from North Yorkshire. He left the army in 1961 and joined in 1937. Leo was born on 22nd February 1919 and he died in 1986.
If anyone has any information on either Leo, knew which PoW camp he was in or was in his Regiment, please email Gemma
Fabbi is looking for information on Mrs Gladys (or Gladis) Cullivar. This is in relation to the request for help on Francis Hemingway listed here. At the time that Gladys was around, Mr Hemingway was living at 2 Leeds Street in Dewsbury.
Does anyone know of Mrs Cullivar, whether she is still alive or not and whether she remembers Fabbi's grandfather?
Maureen's father, Joseph Chambers, 8th Argylles, did not escape at Dunkirk and she knows he was marched to Poland and was at Stalag XXI D in Posen. She is trying to find out about her father's time as a PoW as he never spoke of it himself.
Maureen has sent through a bunch of photographs she has found. Do you recognise anyone in them? Were you at these locations?
Select any image and click to enlarge. There are now even more images here.
If anyone has any information please email Maureen
Jane and Dorothy are trying to trace James (Jim) Carty, T73946.
They believe that he was in Graz, Austria in a PoW camp but they do not know the number of the camp. It was possibly between 1942 to 1945.
James' sister, Dorothy, would like to know as much as possible about his whereabouts.
If anyone has any information please email Jane.
Alison is looking for information on her uncle, Charles Coppin and his WWII service history.
Charles was in 'B' company, South Staffordshire Regiment. He was captured at Arnhem and he thinks he was in Stalag XII (12) and says this was near a place call Mercyburg. However from what Alison's found to-date Stalag XII was in Limberg.
If anyone has any information please email Alison
Stan is trying to locate the Stalag his father, James Edward Cooper, was in in Poland.
James worked in the coal mines. When released they saw the inmates at Auswitz being released.
James was captured in Africa while serving with the Buffs East Kents.
I have received a little more information from Stan:
James was born in the East end of London at 'Balls Pond Road'. H dad (also Jim) owned a newspaper corner shop there. James lived in Haringay when he got married, then Tottenham and finally Southgate in North London.
Army Number was 6290093 - Sapper in the Royal Engineers enlisted in the
Buffs Royal East Kent Regiment. Confirmed PoW on 31 December 1942.
If anyone has any information please email Stan
Kerry-Lee is looking for any information on her great-grandfather who fought in the Battle of Tobruk during WWII. He was captured as a PoW by the Italians and sent to a concentration camp in Germany. He did survive and made his way back to South Africa, but there isn't much information on him.
His name is George Reginald Sydeny Craythorn.
If anyone has any information please email Kerry-Lee
Gary is seeking further information on his great uncle, Thomas Culshaw.
He has done some initial research and found out the following:
He was initially held in Stalag XXI B and then transferred to Stalag XXI A and finally to Stalag IV C (Wistritz, Czech Republic )in January 1941.
He was shot dead whilst attempting to escape from there on 11th October 1943. From the ICRC information Gary received, another PoW was shot dead whilst escaping on the same day (Royal Marine George William Howard [Service No. PO/X 100212], son of George and Ellen Howard of Halton, Yorkshire). Royal Marine Howard was captured at Sfakia, Crete on 1st June, 1941.
Gary can only assume that they were both killed in the same escape attempt and fittingly are now buried next to one another in Prague War Cemetry.
If anyone can shed any further light on them or the circumstances surrounding their death that would be much appreciated.
Please email me via the Contact page.
I received the following email from Dave Chamberlain:
"I understand your father was on the death march of 1944-45: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/23/a2357723.shtml
My father was on the same march, though of course there were many of them at the same time. My father was a POW from May 1940 to April 1945. He served time in Stalag XXA, XXB and on various farms. He compiled a diary after the war and I have all his letters sent home to his mum and dad. He said the march was awful, they were wading through snow waist deep and men were dropping like flies. The dysentry was the worse part along with starvation and at one point he recounts eating the oatmeal out the bottom of a pigsty as well as eating frozen turnips from the ground and being in charge of handing out lumps of frozen butter to colleagues. They pulled sledges through the snow and I recently read The Last Escape by John Nicol and Tony Rennell which from its content could easily have been written by my dad!
My father's name was Joe (aka Nev in WW2) Chamberlain, though his actual name was Walter Bending Chamberlain but everyone knew him by the former."
If anyone has any information on Walter, please make contact via this site.
Robert is trying to find any information on his father-in-law, Arthur John Michael Carroll, who served in the Black Watch 5th Battalion in Normandy and Brittany during WWII.
Arthur was from Richmond, Surrey and married a lady from Glasgow. He moved to Nottingham after the War and passed away 20 years ago.
If anyone has any information please email Robert
Does anyone have any information, pictures or was a PoW at this camp? If so, please contact me as I have a reader looking for details.
Lynne is looking for any information on her father, George James Chadwick, or anyone who knew him. He was captured at Cassel with the Glosters and spent 5 years in captivity at Stalag XXA and XXB.
Lynne sent some photos which may help jog memories.
Can you help? If so, please Lynne
Mick is looking for information about his father, George Calvert, PTE 4456315 Durham Light Infantry.
He was captured at Dunkirk.
Mick has some photographs. One says "Bepcift 23 Stalag IV C " it is of a funeral of, he assumes, a British Soldier but the name on the back cannot be read but with PoW No. 378. Another photograph with PoW No. 474 dated January 1944. Writing is quite hard to read so please enlarge and have a look:
If you can help with any information on George or Stalag IV C, please contact Mick
Philip has in his possesion three photos: one is a group photo with the head of his uncle, Harry Nicholls, cut out to put in his sisters locket, and two are of a funeral. There is no ID for the deceased, but the name on the cross on the grave in front is Pte Joseph Cribben, of the Kensington Regiment.
Harry was captured at Dunkirk, held in Kgf BAB 20 and Philip does know they are his photos.
Please contact Philip if you can help with information on Harry or Joseph.
Trazee is looking for any information on her grandfather, Hilary (Jack) Cunningham from Illinois.
He was in WWII and his detail was dropped off on an island and forgotten about for about 6 months she believes. They have found a picture after he recently passed away and nothing was written on the back but on the front he had written lost detail.
Please email if you can help with information on Hilary.
Steve emailed me to say:
" I am looking for any information about my grandfather, Pte. Firth Clarke. He was from Yorkshire and served in the Army (pioneers). He was captured early and spent the entire War in camps (Stalag XXA and XXB). He survived the long walk home and I would dearly love to be able to have a deeper understanding of what he lived through. I have a photo of him that I can post on request. I know he had shrapnel removed from a wound in his leg during his camp years. If anyone knows anything about which part of the camp he might have been in, I would be very happy to be in touch."
Steve got back to me:
"I have attached a couple of photos of Pte. Firth CLARKE (born 1907 Rastrick but was living in Brighouse at the time). One was taken when he was a British prisoner of War and the other is one of him in full uniform - someone a lot smarter than me may be able to work out from the badges and the buttons what battalion/regiment he was in. As I said before, he was held prisoner from 1940 to 1945, spent some time in Stalag XXA too, he was a Yorkshireman, married to Florence. He had a son (Brian) and a daughter (Jean). He liked boxing, so may have been involved in that. He had shrapnel removed from a leg wound and was full of praise for German doctors. He was in the 'Pioneers' but I have no idea which regiment (is it obvious from his uniform?) He would rarely speak of the prison experience, but did tell stories of stealing sugar, being left on the platform by German guards that fell asleep on the train when moving the group one time, of stealing sugar in a large drum when moving a concert party, of walking home through Poland and refusing to take his boots off in case he was unable to get them back on. I have a photo of Florence that he was sent whilst in captivity. It bears the address Stalag XXB and gives his POW No. 9681. Sadly, he died in 1960 (a year after I was born).
(please click the image to enlarge)
If anyone knows anything of Firth, or has a group photo (or two) I would dearly love to hear from them or see the picture(s). Could Firth have been in the Duke of Wellington's Regiment?"
Please email Steve you can help with information on Firth.
Received the following email from Denis (Thank you for the lovely compliments by the way):
I am looking for a soldier named Clarence CHAYLT. He may have gone by the name Ron or Don. He was born in London UK in 1920 and joined the army at about age 17. He was in the King's Royal Rifle Corps, but Im not sure which Bat. he was in. He is said to have been captured and sent to Stalag VIII in LAmsdorf, Poland. He survived the war and was later posted in Egypt during that conflict (1950-1954) and was later posted in Germany. He may have possibly been with a tank outfit with the 9/12 Lancers while stationed in Detmold Germany.
is said to have retired in 1965 moving to Berkshire UK. He may also have
served with the ROAC at Thatcham. Im writing from Canada and this is all
second hand information I have just received. I WAS WONDERING IF ANYONE
COULD CONFIRM THIS INFORMATION or ADD any more detail. All leads and tidbits
would be most appreciated.
Please contact Denis if you can help with information on Clarence.
Received the following email:
"We are trying to find out any further information about Cyril Cann, who was accidentally shot dead in Colombo on VJ Day. an Australian engineer of Quantas Airways, H Woods got into a fight with John Marvin of the US Army, Marvin pulled out a pistol and fired at woods, hitting Cann and fatally wounding him."
Please contact Bruno if you can help with information on Cyril.
Received the following email from Barbara:
"My father was a dispatch rider in the Royal Corps of Signals during WW11. He was one of the outriders accompanying Sir Winston Churchill's visit to Buckingham Palace on VJ day. I would like to hear from anyone who has any information about him his name was Cpl Eric Catterall. Pathe news featured the procession and I am told my father was in the film - has anyone got a copy or could tell me where I could get one please?"
Please email Barbara if you can help with information on Eric.
"Ilag VII at Laufen. A great Uncle Milton Cooper was interned here in 1942 with several hundred others from the Channel Islands, apparently on Hitler's direct order. Ho was a Conccientious objector and apparently had been sent to work in Guernesy.
Does anyone have any information about life at this camp and its inmates?"
If you can help please email Roger.
Susan wrote to say:
"I am looking for any information on my father during WW2. He was Pte Alec Percy Crutchfield. He was in the Worcestershire Regiment - his army number being 5382671 and he was in Stalag XX (II) from 1940 - 1945 - his POW number was 6546. He didn't talk much about the war but I remember he said he was captured either in France or Belgium and marched by the Germans to Poland. He worked on a farm/farms during that time and lived mainly on a potato diet. Food was scarce and the weather was freezing. I'd love to hear from anyone who may have know him."
If you can help please email Susan
Joss wrote to say:
"I am looking for any information on my great-uncle Thomas W Cunningham, born in Birmingham (probably Smethwick/Handsworth area) in 1918. He served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, was said to be at Dunkirk, but left behind and made his way back to Britain via France and Spain, and then may have been at Monte Cassino, after which he was at a POW camp in Austria which was liberated by the Russians (all this from word-of-mouth)."
If you can help with information please email Joss
Email to say:
"My Grandfather Archibald Cowan was a Corporal in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He was captured by the Germans in 1940 think he could have possibly been in Belgium. Was in Stalag XX1A before being repatriated to Letih in October 1943. He was shot in the Spine and I believe spent most of his 3 years in hospital. If anyone can help or give me any further information I would be very grateful.
Archibald Cowan - Corporal - Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders - Service # 2976273 - Prisoner Number possibly 19958."
If you can help with information please contact me.
Email to say:
"ik wou u vragen of u mij kunt vertellen hoe ik aan informatie kom over iemand die ik zoek hij heeft in 1944-1946 in het leger in camp de hook gezeten in hoek van holland is motorordenance geweest zijn naam is robert collins het is de vader van mijn man,ik heb al een hoop ondernomen om hem te vinden maar krijg nergens informatie omdat ik geen legernummer heb.hoop wat van u terug te horen vr gr mevr molenaar"
rough translation using Google Translate is:
If you can help with information please email.
Gerrard emailed to say:
looking for any information about Battery Sergeant Major Charles Coward
who was a prisoner at Auschwitz III (Monowitz) or memories of any ex PoW
who was incarcerated with him, or knew him. I am a British Author and
film-maker currently researching Cowards story with a view to writing
a book and possible screenplay."
"Looking for information on Marine Herbert William Cantello POW Stalag IV (4) C captured 31 May 1941 - Liberated 9 May 1945. Herbert came from Broughton Gifford, Nr Melksham, Wilts. I have a photo which I have attached which was taken in Stalag IV (4) the other person with him is also unknown."
Click to enlarge the photo.
John emailed to ask:
"I am trying to trace anyone who knew a THETA JOYCE ANGELSMITH my mother who lived Brighton, around 1941 to 1946, she was I think a volunteer on the anti air craft search light in ww 2 where she met my father,a Canadian gunner a JOHN CLOUTIER who may have been attached to the Cameroon Highlanders and who was possibly stationed in Lindford, Brighton or the Seaford area, may be someones parents etc of that time may have some recollection.
The addresses my mum lived at were 2 Belmont Street and also 27 Over street."
If you can help with information, please email John.
James emailed to ask:
"looking for any info on my dad, Cpl James Harold Carter. POW in Stalag IIIB (3b). captured in North Africa by Rommell. Was liberated by the Russians in May of 1945. Captured Feb 1943. His Army serial # is 35213703; Company A 701 TD Bn; date of separation 10/26/1945 from Camp Atterbury, Ind.; Lt artillery gun crewman 844; he was from Fallsburg, Lawrence Co, Kentucky. Enlisted 10/14/1941at Ft Thomas, Ky. I am interested in finding any POW information."
Here is a photograph of him (click to enlarge):
If you can help with information, please email James
Trevor emailed to ask:
am trying to trace my grandfather. I think he was a POW at Malbork, Poland,
Stalag XXB but not sure what date.
If you can help with information, please email Trevor
Alexis emailed to say:
"I am doing some research on Hadamar Oflag XII B and have just come across P J Brooke Taylor's request for information about her father Major CC Johansen. My father was in the same room as he was, 25b and in his diary writes a lot about the camp. I am writing a book about my father's experience at a POW which she might be interested in. His name was Major Alexis Casdagli and the book is called Prouder Than Even To Be Greek. "
Here also is the entry in which he directly refers to PJ's father and to her brother and his embroidery of a swallowtail.
1944, 5th. On the 3rd the first of my swallow-tails hatched – a
beautiful specimen. I had brought three chrysalises with me from Spangenberg.
I am mounting this specimen and giving it to Johansen, one of the New
Zealanders in our room, for his son."
If you can help with information, please email Alexis
Julie emailed to say:
doing a family tree and trying to find the military records of my great
grandfather, Private George Henry John Cox, Kings Royal Rifles (KRRC)
No idea if this was 1st or 2nd WW. Army number 32203. Now apparently some
people had the same army number but were in different regiments. Put in
all details on Ancestry site and come up with nothing. He was born in
Portsea, Southampton in 1877 and died in Hackney, Middlesex in 1951. Just
curious as to why people had the same army numbers?"
Geoff emailed to say:
to find info on uncle Frank Callaghan, PoW during WWII in Piacenza, Italy."
Toni emailed to say:
"It appears my father, A. S. Christoffersen, was a PoW in stalag VIIIB also 344 between 1941 to 1945. His PoW number was 5487 3641. As much surfing as I have done I cannot find him.
received information from the NZDF personal archives and medals. From
there I have been able to trace his positions..to a point.
If you can help with information please email Toni
Laurence emailed to say:
"Just found out my father George Dickson Crooks was a PoW at Stalag XXA, his prisoner number was 8085. He was with the Royal Army Service Corp, Norther Ireland, Driver T/74857.
I know he used to escape the camp and bring food back and also know he got caught and was punished for that. He was PoW for five years.
am trying to get information on his life at the camp, photo,s people he
knew, picture of his dog tags, etc. I am the youngest son and no-one in
the family has anything related to his life as a PoW. Anything I can find
would mean a lot. My brother had tried to do some research online and
that is how we found the name of the camp he was at, his regiment and
Les emailed to say:
just started to catalogue all my Father's prison documents from Stalag
344 and have been looking on the internet at all the websites to do with
this period. The photo you have asked about (middle photo). My father
is in the back row second from the left - George John Causton - POW No
13081 Stalag VIII B.
Please send all replies to enquiries to me using the Contact page.