Information for Veterans and their families
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She would have been around 12 years old when the war broke out and was living in Birkfield, Austria. She never really told me very much about what happened to her and her family during those war years and I would like to find out more.
She was born in 1927 and died in 1987.
Click here to find out more about her.
Can you help with further information on my grandad, Karl? He was born in 1907 and died in 1945.
He was in the German Army and lived in Birkfield, Austria.
You can see more images of him here.
Tracey is searching for any information on her Mother's Uncle; Ernest Pearce. He served in the RAF flew in bombers, based Yorkshire/Lincolnshire area during the war. He was a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner and was shot down and spent the last 2/3 years of the war as a PoW in Stalag Luft 3.
Tracey believes that after the war he married a lady called Hilda and moved to Dumfries.
If you have any information, please contact Tracey directly.
Nicki is trying to find two people, one a definite family member. Victor Leggett and Malcolm Phillips both lived in Aldershot in the 60's and 70's. Nicki recently heard that Victor Leggett lives in Farnborough now. They would both be in their late 50's to early 60's.
Anyone know of these two people? If so, please contact Nicki directly.
Ken Mcintosh is looking for information on his father, a Polish soldier held prisoner at Polkemmet, Whitburn, West Lothian in 1944/45. Ken never knew his name but would like to have some idea where the Polish camp was and find some photographs if possible.
Please contact Ken if you can help.
Norman, (son) and Christopher (grandson) are looking any information on a family member. His name was Ernest Perry and he was with the Royal Pioneer Corp. He came from Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. They have a copy of the long march, but unfortuately it was never discussed or spoken about to his family. They know he worked on a farm whilst a PoW at Stalags XXA and XXB, but that is all. He had a tattoo on his arm which read "Love Rose and Jean", which is Norman's mothers and sisters names.
Joyce has sent me some pictures of Ernest to help jog anyones memory. Click the images to enlarge them.
If anyone help with information on Ernest, please email his family.
Researching family tree and looking for information on Albert Preston who was a PoW in Camp No.52 PM3100 Italy (later escaping to Switzerland), and Leslie Preston who was a PoW in Stalag XVIII C Austria.
Please click on the images below to enlarge them.
If anyone help with information, please email Michael.
Gordon Palmer in 1940
Trissie and child
I am including a photo of my grandfather and one of his girlfriend and child. Story has it that it was Elmer's plan to stay in England with Trissie and baby at the end of the war. My personal feelings on that are a bit romantic, I guess. I feel that with such uncertain times many men and women reached out to whomever was there at the time. Looking for comfort in the arms of someone. If he found love, then I am happy for them. Even though I never had the opportunity to meet him as he died fifteen years before I was born, I have very positive feelings about him.
Thank you once again, Krista. I hope that my search may one day be fruitful. The older I get, the less chance there is of finding any further information as anyone who knew anything of Elmer's life in England, has passed on already."
If you can help with information on Trissie or Gordon, please email Anne
Lynne is looking for information on Edgar William Pegg.
Edgar is from Derbyshire and is now 96 and has asked Lynne to see if she can find any information out for him.
He was captured in 1941 in Africa on April 8th, moved on to Italy, then Stalag VIII for a while before going on to Oflag VA, Weinsburg, where he was for around 5 years.
He also mentioned Fort Bismarc in Strazberg. Edgar had an interpretor called Captain Noon but that's about all he can remember.
He was in the Royal Artillary and escaped the camp with 4 South Africans and a lad from Birmingham.
William (Bill) Pegg
A label from a parcel Bill recieved from his wife while in camp
A meal ticket from camp.(Weinsburg)
A group of Czechs
Card Bill recived in camp from Pope Pius PP XIIi
Insert of card
If you can help Edgar with details or were one of his regiment friends or family of the same, please email Lynne
Mrs Cree wrote to say:
"Trying to find any information about a William (Bill) Parker who died in Burma. He was a rifelman from the Harehills area of Leeds who saved a gentelmans life whom I take care of. He normaly does not talk about his time during the War but has some fond memories of this man."
If you can help, please email Mrs Cree
Received email from Martha to say:
"Would love to find information on my dad, Willie Phillips. In WWII he loaded private boats. He loaded Kennedy's private boat. Kennedy called him Whitey."
If you can help Martha, please email
Received email from Tammy to say:
"I am looking for information about my grandfather Walter Payjack. He served in WWII in England. I do have his medals from the war would they have any info on them? I don't know anymore information than that. Please let me know if there is any way I could get a picture of him in his uniform or any other info about him. Thank you so much for your help."
If you can help Tammy, please email
Received email from Larry to say:
"My father was a POW at Stalag IIA (2A) Neubrandenburg Mecklenberg 53-13. I'm looking for any information, documents, pictures, etc. His name was Henry Quezada."
If you can help please email Larry.
Received email from Ann to say:
"I am searching for relatives of Sapper John Pratt who died 17.10.40 His Coy was 560 field coy Royal Engineers. He was killed along with my Father's Brother and one other Sapper.They were killed whilst laying mines along the Norfolk Coast. In a separate incident 2 from the Royal Norfolk Reg. were also killed. As the Soldiers killed lifting the mines after the War have a Memorial my Father wants to put a plaque for the 5 killed laying the mines. I would therefor like to contact any relatives of Sapper Pratt.
His last known address was Herts Hill, South Benfleet just to let them know of our intentions.
I also wondered if you have any info on the 560 Field coy whilst they were in England. At their time of death they were in Gt. Yarmouth. Cannot find any info until they left for Far East which was after my Father's Brother Died."
If you can help with information, please email Ann
Received email to say:
"Does anyone remember my father, Syd Peck, The Buffs and1st Battalion East Surrey Regiment, between 1939 and 1952? As a POW in Austria, Wolfsburg and Kapfenberg camps,1943 to 1945? North Africa. Up to Barnard Castle and Marske Camp 1951."
If you can help with information, please email
Mary emailed to say:
H.F Pate (Henry Francis known as Harry) was with the 2nd Durban Light
Infantry captured Tobruk 21 June 1942 and was marched from Tobruk to PoW
camps. Would like to know what was the March Route and roughly how many
survived the march?
He might be remembered as trading Red Cross Food parcels with the Guards for 3 Violins which he subsequently brought back to South Africa.
I do know that he tried to teach himself how to play whilst in camp and told a funny story at his experience. One of the other POW`s in the camp came up to him one day and asked him if he could play "Far, far away" My Dad took this literally and asked if the tune could be whistled and he could then identify it. The reply that came back was just turn round and start walking and stay far, far away with the ********* violin.
He was pretty ill when the Americans came through and was shipped to a Military Hospital in Brighton in England where he was for quite some time before returning to South Africa. He was allowed to be at home with the family for a very short time and then was admitted to King George V Military Hospital here in Durban."
If you can help with information, please email Mary
"I am searching for a Thomas Peters who was attached to the 7th Field Hospital in France, in 1945. He was a medic. I would also like to know the location of this unit and it APO address for June of 1945. I am trying to help out a lady find her father's family. "
If you can help with information, please email
Received an email from Andrew to say:
"I was looking at the article about Fergie Smith, I believe my father, Harley Paine, 101st LAA At. is in the same photo, if it is him he is in the back row 3rd in from the left. I would very much like to be in touch with anyone else who has any info about this group of men, my father died 15 years ago, but I know that for a number of years he met up with some of his pals from the Stalag."
If you can help with information, please email Andrew
Received an email from Richard to say:
"My grandfather, Major William Edward James Pratt - 1426377 - Royal Artillery was evacuated from Dunkirk 1st June, then captured around Elalamein in 1942. He was a PoW in Padula, Italy then Oflag XIIB Hadamar. I have photos also a list of a evening meal 18/9/44 in which he is listed. There are many names on table list. On Brigadier Eden, Brigadier Smerset, also Major Morton who the tour guide knew. My grandfather was on table 8 as Lt Pratt. There are approx 250 names on list. He lived in Eastbourne,"
If you can help with information, please email Richard
Received an email from Darlene to say:
"I have recently been to Gallipoli and have photos but no information on my grandfather and his father. They lived in Reading, UK. Grandfather was L F PURDUE (Sergeant Frank Purdue) Royal Engineers and was mentioned in a dispatch for distinguished service on 15 December 1942. Great grandfather (W F PURDUE) is seen in a photo receiving a medal (I think) from King George on 7/4/1928? He is seated after loosing a leg, according to family however we are not sure where or how. There are also photos of six medals which I can scan and send if it will help, as I'm not sure which man they belong to. Any help would be appreciated as this is all I know about these men, except my grandfather moved to Australia after the war and so we are now Australian."
W F Purdue
Whose medals are these?
W F Purdue, 2nd from left, front row
W F Purdue and King George 7th April 1928
L F Purdue (on right)
L F Purdue
If you can help with information, please email Darlene
Some photographs and information added to the WWII Memories Facebook page from Samuel:
"My dad, Samuel Powell, (b.6/4/20), was taken prisoner on 28/5/1940 while serving with 2nd Battalion HQ coy. Northamptonshire Regiment, at the Battle of the Ypres-Comines canal in Belgium. The prisoners were marched for days and weeks with little or no food except what they could scrounge, those that were too tired or weak to carry on were often shot. They slept on the ground in what they wore, as it was hot weather when they were captured, most had little in the way of warm clothing. They were then crammed into railway cattle trucks with little light or ventilation and no food, water or toilet facilities, with few respite stops until they arrived at Stammlager XXA in Torun, Poland, on 7th July. As this was a camp for "other ranks" the prisoners were expected to work long hours (dawn until dusk, typically,) six and a half days a week. As the war went on, conditions improved slightly, Red Cross parcels were handed out (sparsely) and clothing was replaced gradually. The prisoners had certain entertainment, theatre groups, bands, education groups, sports, etc. (my dad remembered Sam Kydd from XXa, he would always point him out if he was in a film on tv). In 1945 when the Germans forced the prisoners on the "death march" in one of the coldest winters on record, my dad and his recruiting sergeant got away and carried out small acts of sabotage such as cutting telegraph wires, while sleeping rough in pig styes, ditches and barns. Eventually they came across a unit of American tanks and after removing their greatcoats and revealing their British uniforms underneath, narrowly escaped being shot and were liberated. He arrived back in England on 11/4/1945."
Samuel Powell with his boxing match winnings
If you can help with information, please contact Samuel via the WWII Memories page
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