the letter of the alphabet from the list below to view requests for help
concerning that surname, location or camp.
to the Index
Parker, William (Bill)
Pate, Henry (Harry) Francis
Pegg, Edgar William (Bill)
Perry, Harry (Headley William)
Pick, Kenneth Thomas
Polish Prison Camp in Lothian
Pomfret, John (Jack)
Power, Thomas Patrick
Pratt, William Edward James
Price, Leslie Crompton
anyone have any information on my mother's whereabouts and experiences
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.
was born in 1927 and died in 1987.
here to find out more about her.
you help with further information on my grandad, Karl? He was born
in 1907 and died in 1945.
was in the German Army and lived in Birkfield, Austria.
can see more images of him here.
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.
believes that after the war he married a lady called Hilda and moved to
you have any information, please contact Tracey
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.
know of these two people? If so, please contact Nicki
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.
contact Ken if you can help.
(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.
has sent me some pictures of Ernest to help jog anyones memory. Click
the images to enlarge them.
anyone help with information on Ernest, please email
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.
click on the images below to enlarge them.
anyone help with information, please email Michael.
is trying to find information about a Stalag XXA PoW who got captured
with his uncle at Bethune in 1940.
carried this soldier from Newcastle to the PoW camp rather than get shot
by the Germans.
uncles name was Jack Pritchard and served with the 7th Worcesters and
was part of the B.E.F. He lived in Smethwick, Staffordshire.
you can help, please contact Maurice
is looking for any information on her grandfather, Kenneth Thomas Pick.
She knows that he enlisted in the Territorial Army and his number was
14591186. After his training he was transferred to the Leicester Regiment
- 1st Battalion.
He was sent to North West Europe from 2nd July 1944 and came home 19th
May 1945. Tracy's grandmother told her that as far as she is aware he
was at Normandy Beaches and also Arnhem.
you can help, please email Tracy
Stewart's father, Thomas Parton, was in the Seaforth Highlanders and was
captured at St.Valery en Caux. He spent the next five years as a PoW.
The only camp there is a number for is Stalag 1XC. Thomas spent time in
the salt mines and also rock breaking. He was admitted to a German hospital
when the rock dust turned to cement in his stomach. He had several spells
in solitary confinement.
Stewart is looking for anyone who might remeber him or have nore information
on the camp he was in.
is still alive and, whilst not in the best of health, is stll active.
you can help, please email J.
is looking for any information on his father, John/Jack Pomfret, from
was in the R.M 's and in India but Jude does not know which regiment.
He has the Burma Star and was in Germany and France.
has about 40 photos of him and other men in different uniforms and many
diaries. Unfortunately the diaries are all in Pitmans shorthand and Jude
is struggling to understand.
you can help, please email Jude.
is looking for information on his father (now deceased), Stanislaw Peksa.
was captured by 66th Infantry Fegiment, 13th Panzer Division in Warsaw
on 18th September 1939 and sent to Stalag XXA and listed on 20th January
1940. Stan would have been about 29 years old at the time.
has other information regarding Stan's fathers and mothers name and PoW
number, also the name Anastasia Peksa from Stolno, Poland.
was said to have been sent to build U-Boats for the Germans.and ended
up working for the B.A.O.R. forces in Westphalia from 1945 to 1949. Steve
also has photo of him in uniform in 1946/7.
you can help with information on Stan, please email Steve.
for any information on Edward Payne who drove an ambulance in WWII. He
was in the 559th Ambulance Co.
left fort geo. meade md. March 21st 1944 and travelled on the Queen Mary
to Scotland. Arrived back to the USA January 1946.
you can help with information on Edward, please email.
has read the account of the rescue of the Dutch
Royal Family and is wondering if anyone knew her father, Leslie Crompton
was involved with the rescue and when Dianne was young she was shown a
citation in Dutch and English regarding his actions. It also seems he
was awarded a medal in relation to this rescue.
is trying to find out how to get a copy of this citation/medal and find
out any information with regards this and other actions her father was
was in the Irish Guards.
recently added "I have now found out my father was awarded the bronze
lion on 15th July 1947 this is listed in the London Gazette, issue 38018
page 3322. This medal was awarded by the Dutch."
you can help with information on Leslie or the rescue of the Royal Dutch
Family, please email Dianne
is looking for information on Oton Polak. Apparently he was a PoW at PG
62 in Grumello (close to Bergamo) in Italy. The city-hall says that the
Grumello camp was a British one.
is having problems finding information on Oton as it seems that the name
of the camp was wrongly recorded (i.e. Grunello, Grumellina, Grumelo).
The only thing known for sure was the number - PG 62.
is interested in finding out about Oton as her uncle was in contact with
him and Oton was apparently a painter. They would like to know if he's
still alive and to make contact.
NOTE: I have found information on an exhibition of art at Maribor
Art Gallery from the Academy
of Fine Arts & Design which opened in 1945 of their first generation
of artists who graduated, one being an Oton Polak.
you can help with information please email Milena
would like to find out more information on Harry Perry, Dental Corps.
1939-45: Dunkirk, Stalag XXA Poland.
is researching his wife's fathers wartime experiences. He died in 1980
and his wife (now 88) has Alzheimers and can tell us nothing about him.
name was Harry Perry, (Hedley William) and he was a dental technician.
He was at Dunkirk, and as a medico stayed behind with the wounded. He
was force-marched to Thorn in Poland and imprisoned at Stalag XXA. He
described the camps early days as a "shambles", very badly organised.
was a camp dentist and also went to work in Thorn for a German dentist
and was apparently something of a wheeler-dealer, pinching medical supplies
to trade for other useful gear. He was very tall and thin. He was a also
something of a musician (drummer) and may have taken part in camp concerts
and similar things. Eventually he contracted TB and was invalided out
anyone have any information that they would be willing to share with me?
Particularly about the forced march to Poland, and the days at Stalag
XXA? I am planning a trip to Poland later this year (2008) and want to
be as prepared as possible to know where to go and what to look for. I
will be happy to share any information I get, and any photographs I take.
you can help with information please email Lee
is looking for information on her grandfather, John Colin Pawley (known
as Colin) who served in the Royal Army Corps. Unfortunately he never talked
of his time in the army and has since passed away.
was from the Midlands and spent most of his life travelling with the fair.
Colleen knows he had something to do with ambulances and apparently his
name was mentioned twice in the London Gazette but although she has searched
the origanal citations, when Colleen looked in the Gazette archives there
is no mention of him.
you can help, please email
grand uncle-in-law, Thomas Patrick Power, was one of the Guardsmen killed
in Operation Harpoon. Mark would be glad to receive anybodys recollections
of him, or hear who can provide me with any information regarding him
and his military service.
you can help, please email Mark.
is working on his family tree and John (aka Jack) Parkinson was a PoW
in Stalag IXC
you can help, please email Dennis.
is looking for information on her grandfather, Gordon Palmer, and sent
through the following details:-
grandfather fathered a child with a woman known only as Trissie. It is
believed that she was from Ireland, living in
England during WWII. I have been told that due to the price of everything
in that era, a child may have been dressed in a dress, even though it
was a male. So, that said, the gender of the baby is unknown. I have searched
the BMD of England and Wales, and only one record stands out: Time frame
correct by my calculation.
October - December, 1943; District - Bromley; name of child - Roy A. Thatcher;
mother - PALMER; Vol 2A Pg. 1421. The name Roy is a curiosity as the name
of the Seaforth Highlander's Padre was Roy. It seems that by
the letters exchanged by this Padre and service men he was very well liked
by all. Of course Palmer was not the mother's surname, but it certainly
could have been recorded as such.
name was GORDON "ELMER" PALMER, date of birth 25 May, 1915 in
Spokane, Washington to Canadian parents Mary Anne Moore and Gordon Elmer
Palmer. He enlisted in the Canadian Active Service Force 15 July, 1940,
in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. REGIMENT NO. K.63062. He first
enlisted as a member of Canadian Scottish Regiment and while in England
was transferred to The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada. He achieved the
rank of Corporal before his death in Italy on 4 January, l945. He was
laid to rest in the Ravenna War Cemetery in Italy. He was not sent overseas
to England until 9 October 1942 so the birth of the child would have been
after July 1943. In August of 1943 he was given personal leave of 7 days.
Sept 12, 1943 he was sent to Italy with the 4 Battalion Seaforth
Highlanders of Canada.
have copies of letters (exchanged after the death of my grandfather) between
my grandfather's brother Lloyd and the Padre of the Seaforth Highlanders.
It seems my uncle Lloyd and the Padre both knew of the woman known only
as "Trissie." On the back of the photo she writes "This
is a very bad photo, but it is the best we can do just now, he did not
wait for the baby to laugh. Love Trissie."
Palmer in 1940
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.
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
you can help with information on Trissie or Gordon, please email Anne
William (Bill) Pegg
is looking for information on Edgar William Pegg.
is from Derbyshire and is now 96 and has asked Lynne to see if she can
find any information out for him.
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.
also mentioned Fort Bismarc in Strazberg. Edgar had an interpretor called
Captain Noon but that's about all he can remember.
was in the Royal Artillary and escaped the camp with 4 South Africans
and a lad from Birmingham.
label from a parcel Bill recieved from his wife while in camp
meal ticket from camp.(Weinsburg)
group of Czechs
Bill recived in camp from Pope Pius PP XIIi
you can help Edgar with details or were one of his regiment friends or
family of the same, please email Lynne
Cree wrote to say:
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."
you can help, please email Mrs Cree
email from Martha to say:
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."
you can help Martha, please email
email from Tammy to say:
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."
you can help Tammy, please email
email from Larry to say:
father was a POW at Stalag IIA (2A) Neubrandenburg Mecklenberg 53-13.
I'm looking for any information, documents, pictures, etc. His name was
has sent the following picture and also a copy of his father's enlistment
documents (Page 1
and 2). Click
to enlarge or open.
you can help please email Larry.
email from Ann to say:
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.
last known address was Herts Hill, South Benfleet just to let them know
of our intentions.
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
you can help with information, please email Ann
email to say:
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
you can help with information, please email
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.
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.
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."
you can help with information, please email Mary
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. "
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you can help with information, please email
an email from Andrew to say:
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."
you can help with information, please email Andrew
Edward James Pratt
an email from Richard to say:
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,"
you can help with information, please email Richard
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