Friday, September 23, 2011

WWII PRISONERS-OF-WAR (P.O.W.)


87 WWII PRISONERS-OF-WAR
ALMOST ALL OF THEM OFFICERS.
The small P.O.W. camp ID photographs are 39mm x 51mm



Oflag VIII-F was a World War II German POW camps for officers located in Wahlstatt, now Legnickie Pole in Silesia (Poland) and Mährisch-Trübau, now Moravská Třebová in
north-central Czech Republic.

All the photos are annotated in pencil on the back,
stating the name of each P.O.W.
I only indicated the rank if I could physically see the
rank epaulettes in the pics.
There could be a few mistakes with the names & surnames-
In some instances it was dificult to decypher the handwritten names. 

As I gather more info on these individuals,
I shall publish more & update.

1683 VIII F
Lt. "BING" CROSSLEY

1129 VIII F
BLANCO WHITE

1235 VIII F
Lt. ERIC HORNTON

1026 VIII F
Lt. JOHN HAWKINS

1274 VIII F
Lt. G. GRIFFITHS

1721 VIII F
WEST

1680 VIII F
Lt. MOHAMMED

1555 VIII F
Lt. C. CHAMBERS

1328 VIII F
LT. GOOFY GOFTON-SALMON

1409 VIII F
LT. WHINIFY HENDERSON

1060 VIII F
LT. JACK ELLIOT

1699 VIII F
TONY MOXTON-GRAHAME

1805 VIII F
"HUMPH" HUMPHREYS

1425 VIII F
TOM LINNAKER

1419 VIII F
LT. KELLIE TALBOT

1709 VIII F
LT. BILL BURTON

1213 VIII F
LT. JOHN GRAICE

1740 VIII F
PTE. TOAL

1197 VIII F
LT. GENJER RYNES

1634 VIII F
CHARLES EDDIE

1733 VIII F
SGT. ROGERS

1208 VIII F
LT. VANSEYLE

1918 VIII F
LT. RONNIE ALLEN

1361 VIII F
LT. HARRY HARRINGTON

1164 VIII F
LT. PHILIP BELL

1280 VIII F
BARRY WRIGHT

1279 VIII F
CAPT. GEOFFREY LEWIS

1659 VIII F
MAJOR HALLOM

1669 VIII F
TANKY MILLER

1972 VIII F
TONY WOLSON

1548 VIII F
MAJOR MANN

1661 VIII F
MAJOR TAYLOR

1542 VIII F
HERBERT LEES

1665 VIII F
SGT. DUNCAN

914 VIII F
MIKE TRAYLEN
Traylen was 24 when this P.O.W. "mugshot" was taken. After capture
in North Africa he was taken to Chieti in Italy, then Czechoslovakia and
finally Brunswick. He suffered long-term shock after the Allied bombing
around Brunswick. (Information supplied by his son Jan Truylen, his 
daugther Helen and his wife Elaine).

1475 VIII F
POP CHAMBERS

1252 VIII F
LT. J. BAXTER (S.A.)

1329 VIII F
CAPT. DONALD MILLS

1576 VIII F
PADRE ROGERS

1295 VIII F
CAPT. JACK WHITE-ABBOTT

1955 VIII F
RALPH HARGREAVES
Hargreaves, also known as "Kim", died in 1984 as Lt/Col. R. Hargreaves OBE.
He had two sons and four grandchildren. He was much loved and respected 
by all his family.


1791 VIII F
SGT. CHAPMAN

1910 VIII F
LT. BELL HAMNICK

1190 VIII F
FRED GITTINS

1305 VIII F
STUART CLARK

1300 VIII F
JAKE DITELBURN

1307 VIII F
LEO RIDER

1676 VIII F
CAPT. JIMMY LAIDLAW

1689 VIII F
CAPT. TOMMY DAY

1804 VIII F
BERTIE POND

1809 VIII F
C. RAVENSCROFT

1148 VIII F
PETER BARNETT

1223 VIII F
MIKE SAVILL

1159 VIII F
ALAN THOMAS

1649 VIII F
"LOU" LEWELLYN

1396 VIII F
CAPT. VANDERSON

1199 VIII F
A. MATIER

1956 VIII F
DEWY'S BATY

270179 IV B
LT. RODDY MORGAN
Lt Morgan was held at Stalag IV-B.

A sheet-metal P.O.W. dogtag from Stalag IV-B.
(Vorster-collection)

Stalag IV-B (or Stalag IV B) was one of the
largest prisoner of war camps in Germany during World War II.
The main camp was located 8km NE of the town
Mühlberg in Brandenburg, just east of the Elbe river and
about 30 miles (50 km) north of Dresden.
In 1941 British, Australian and South African soldiers arrived
after the fall of Tobruk.

1589 VII F
CAPT. CHARLEY RAYTON

1303 VIII F
PAT NAPIER

1195 VIII F
LT. TOPPER BROWN

1201 VIII F
LT. CAL REDDIE

1402 VIII F
LT JOHN MESSENT

516 XII B
GALLIMORE

1241 VIII F
DENTISH

1596 VIII F
DANNY GREEN

1323 VIII F
LT. KEN MARSH

571 XII B
LT. DAVID WRIGHT

1234 VIII F
LT. FRANKENBERG

1216 VIII F
LT. HIPPO STODDART

1654 VIII F
T. SAMPSON

1269 VIII F
LT. WILLIE WILSDEN


1404 VIII F
LT. JACK WIX

1588 VIII F
2/LT. RADIE

1653 VIII F
PETER KING

1322 VIII F
GORDON YOUNG

1257 VIII F
JOHN TEMPLE

1212 VIII F
CAPT. MIKE MARSHALL

1238 VIII F
LT. BOB MARSDEN

1485 VIII F
LT. ALAN LINTON

1427 VIII F
LT. DENYS YATES

2101 VIII F
CAPT. WILLIE WALTER

1946 VIII F
REG DRURY

1868 VIII F
"TWIST" ASTLEY-COOPER

918 VIII F
LT. REG HALL

1418 VIII F
LT. FREDDIE MILNE



13 comments:

  1. Great job Schalk! Where did you get hold of this collection?

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  2. 1216 is my father
    He was godfather to the son of 1223
    1402 was another long-standiing friend
    We have the log book and over 300 letters from 1216 between 1939 and 1945, POW in Chieti, Mahrish Trubau and Brunswick
    Simon Stoddart

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    1. Hi Simon
      It is very exciting to have had correspondence from you as well as Charlotte Stoddart i.r.o. your father.
      I would like to have more info on him & and his friends, which will certainly add colour to these pics which have now been brought to life !
      Schalk Vorster

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  3. Dear Schalk,

    I'm very excited to come across this site and see this extraordinary collection of photos which look like they may have been taken yesterday. I must tell you that between February and April 1944 my Father was in this Camp! Sadly he's not among your photos but one name I do recognise from his diary is that of Padre Young.

    My Dad, Robert Simmons, also a Padre, was captured in Crete in 1941 and moved between 7 different POW camps. All that time he kept a diary (41 note books) which I have recently gone through in an attempt to write up a condensed version of it all.

    You sound like you might be interested to hear what he had to say about this particular camp and see what other names he mentioned and his general impressions. I will certainly have a look and possibly send you scans from the relevant pages if you wish. From what I can remember, he liked it at Mahrish Tribau - it was a great relief after some bad experiences at Stalag Luft VI, Heydekrug and after MT he went to the notorious Oflag 79 in Brunswick from where he was liberated in April 1945.

    Anyway, its very late but I will get back to you!

    Geoff Simmons

    rgbsimmons@yahoo.co.uk

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  4. 914 was my father, aged 24 when this was taken. After capture in N.Africa he was taken to Chieti in Italy then Czechoslovakia and finally Brunswick. He suffered long term shock after the allied bombing around Brunswick (where I believe V2 rockets where made?)....

    A big thank you for taking the trouble to put these on the net, Schalk, from me, Jan, Helen (his daughter) and Elaine, (his wife).

    Mr Jan Traylen.

    jantraylen@hotmail.com

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    1. Dear Friends,
      I was trolling the web and came across this site.
      I believe my father, Lt. Alan Broadhead may well have followed the same route through Itally, Czeck and ended in Oflag 79 in Braunsweich with your (father)
      Any info would be most welcome.
      With thanks and good wishes
      Ian Broadhead

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  5. 1955 ralph hargreaves was my grandad, also known as KIM,he died in 1984

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  6. Ralph Hargreaves died a Lt Col OBE, he was much loved and respected by all his familly.He had 2 sons and 4 grand children, and we all miss him.

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  7. My Father, Lt Hugh (Hub) Vallery, Hastings & Prince Edward Regiment, Canadian First Infantry Div., was at OFLAG VIII F between January and April 1944. Captured at the Gully south of Ortona, Italy on December 13, 1943, he traveled through Chieti and Moosburg Camps, ending up at Oflag 79 through April 12, 1945. His Brit room mates (Room 28; House 8) at "79" were:

    Scotland:
    - David A. Beveridge, Bath Street, Glasgow
    - James F. Livingston, Meikleour, Perthshire
    - G. Kirk Gilchrist, Cathcart, Glasgow
    - Grant A. Loudon, Dunlop, Ayrshire
    - William J. Stirton, Musselburgh, Midlothian (later emigrated to Canada after obtaining a CANTAB degree)
    - H. Moreton Black, Great Western Road, Glasgow
    - David W. MacKay, Strathavon, Lanarkshire
    England:
    - David A. Smith, Bristol
    - Douglas H. Ransom, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
    - M. Bernard Payne, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
    - John S. Barker, Bedford, Bedfordshire
    - Kenneth Gardner, Scarborough, Yorkshire
    New Zealand:
    - Jack Tonge, Meramut, Wellington
    - Jack Hyto, Upper Hutt, Wellington

    Photos and journals are available.

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    1. I have a small collection of letters to David A Beveridge from his wife Sheila. These are written up within a large collection of WW2 philatelic material. I would love a copy of a picture of David (or anything conected with him) to add to the collection.

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  8. Where did you find these photos? I am looking for a photo of my grandfather who spent time at Stalag IV-B from late 1944 to April 1945.
    His name and rank, Pvt. Gerard Moreau. I will search if you will point me in the correct direction. Thank you.
    Grandson/Dave Moreau dmaviation@gmail.com

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  9. Who was Lieutenant Delmas? Dave.

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  10. I have my father's Oflag-79 mugshot, along with quite a bit of other information and documentation. He, like many other captured at Tobruk, came through Chieti and Moosburg. Some of it I have just published in The Brunswick Prison Camp Map Printers...... he was instrumental in constructing and operating a clandestine press in the camp for the sole purpose of printing escape maps in considerable number in Autumn/Winter 1944... 1200 were produced before the press was discovered and destroyed and my father and others put in solitary. He had been at London School of Printing before the war, and it was the allied bombing of the camp in August 1944 that destroyed the kitchen and shower blocks that made my father realise that the shower block tiles could be used as lithographic plates. https://thebrunswickprinters.com/ I have several group photos taken in the camp, and one on the day it was liberated 12/4/45. My father would have been 100 this year, and did not speak much about it at all. Like many, I think post-war life offered a new world full of new opportunities...... which he grasped with both hands. He died in 1992.

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