POW Service and Paybook's

Discussion in 'WW2 Militaria' started by AB64, Dec 26, 2016.

  1. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    1.jpg 2.jpg 3.jpg

    36158 Alfred Hope MASON of the 2nd NZEF he as captured in 1941 when the Germans overran a dressing station where he was serving, he was repatriated in May 1943, I think as a medic accompanying the wounded. Below is a cutting about the repatriation and then another service book, this time his Fiancé (mentioned in the cutting) who later became his wife

    cutting.gif wife.jpg
    GeoffMNZ, Tricky Dicky and timuk like this.
  2. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member


    7653162 James Stanley LEWIS, RAOC with 6th HAA regiment RA another Singapore POW

    GBM_POW-GALLIP_1-1-2059_01322.jpg GBM_POW-GALLIP_1-1-2059_01323.jpg
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2018
    Buteman and CL1 like this.
  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Wonder why it says Clerk under occupation

    1939 England and Wales Register
    Name: James S Lewis
    Gender: Male
    Marital Status: Single
    Birth Date: 26 Jun 1916
    Residence Year: 1939
    Address: 69
    Residence Place: Liverpool, Lancashire, England
    Occupation: School Teacher
    Schedule Number: 202
    Sub Schedule Number: 3
    Enumeration District: NIFS
    Registration district: 455/2.
    Household Members:
    Thomas Lewis
    Catherine C Lewis
    James S Lewis

    I would have thought he might have been better off in some other military occupation - ??

    timuk and CL1 like this.
  4. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member


    4455249 Thomas Swineburne BLYTHE 8th DLI, the casualty returns seem to have him missing 21/5/40 but his discharge certificate below reads as if he became a POW 11-12/7/40, not sure if he evader for a bit (the dates on certificates like these tend to tie in with when they became POW's) of if the later date is when he crossed from France to Germany and he had already been a POW for a bit. Hopefully he has a liberation questionnaire and it will help. The photo has his details on the back so I'm assuming its him marked with the x

    2.jpg 3.jpg GBM_WO417_014_0058.jpg GBM_WO417_015_0284.jpg
  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    UK, British Prisoners of War, 1939-1945
    Name: T S Blythe
    Rank: Private
    Army Number: 4455249
    Regiment: Durham Light Infantry
    POW Number: 7864
    Camp Type: Stalag
    Camp Number: 344
    Camp Location: Lambinowice, Poland
    Record Office: Infantry and Army Educational Corps Record Office, York
    Record Office Number: 20

    It is an early POW number

  6. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    628 nolan.jpg 628 nolan2.jpg

    5734 John Edward NOLAN, 2nd NZEF HQ taken POW in Greece
  7. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member


    Here is Nolan on WO392/21. Held at Campo 148, which I believe was located near Verona. Forum member, vitellino may know more.

    Nolan 2.jpg
    Tricky Dicky likes this.
  8. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member


    2342166 Christopher Nicholls TOMAN of 13 Corps Signals captured 27 May 1942, I assume this was at Gazala

    Attached Files:

    hucks216, Tricky Dicky and CL1 like this.
  9. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    UK, British Prisoners of War, 1939-1945
    Name: J E Nolan
    Rank: Pte
    Army Number: 5734
    POW Number: 29958
    Camp Type: Stalag
    Camp Number: 357
    Camp Location: Oerbke nr Fallingbostel, Germany
    Section: 2nd New Zealand Expy Force: Officers and Other Ranks

    Toman from a family tree
    Christopher Nicholls Toman
    Spouse Vera Ethel Stones
    Father Lewis Thomas Gyles Toman
    Mother Mary Williams Nicholls
    Birth 15/01/1920 St. Ives Cornwall England
    Death 14/02/1972 Romford Essex England

  10. ypres5

    ypres5 Junior Member

    Alistair, what a nice collection of service book's to Pow's. Mick
  11. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    1726 pargiter.jpg
    11260262 Alfred William PARGITER of 155 Battery 52nd LAA Regiment RA taken POW in the Western Desert

  12. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    1731 macmillan.jpg
    T/153952 Duncan McMILLAN of 278 company RASC captured at Tobruck 21/6/42, this one is of extra interest to me as he was from Motherwell where I was born and near where I live. From the letter at the end from a POW who escaped back to Allied lines after the Italian Surrender it looks like Driver McMillan was very close to getting back too, but something must have gone wrong.

    GBM_WO417_052_0181.jpg IMG_20190629_0011.jpg IMG_20190629_0020.jpg IMG_20190629_0021.jpg IMG_20190629_0022.jpg IMG_20190629_0058.jpg
    bamboo43 likes this.
  13. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Pargiter was held at Campo 66-Capua. Usual source WO392/21.

    PA43 2.jpg
    AB64 likes this.
  14. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    McMillan was recorded as being held at Campo 82-Laterina, near Arezzo.

    MCM43 2.jpg
    AB64 likes this.
  15. GeoffMNZ

    GeoffMNZ Well-Known Member

    Thanks for posting this newspaper cutting, hard to find on this subject. Mason would have been repatriated as "protected personnel", but also would have looked after the wounded. I wonder if they had children etc and they know their backstory?
    His record on the Auckland War Memorial Museum Online Cenotaph
    Alfred Hope Mason
    does not record his capture as a POW nor his repatriation. He is not on the List of 2NZEF POW (MS 2009/8).
    His wife Ria is also on AWMM with Mason as her "AKA"
    https://www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/online-cenotaph/record/C118104?n=ria claridge&ordinal=0&from=/war-memorial/online-cenotaph/search

    If he was captured at Sidi Rezegh he was probably with my father when he was also captured.
    Edit 1- Thanks to this item I have now found several Newspaper articles re this Repatriation at https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/n...ated+mason&snippet=true&start_date=26-04-1943
    and indeed he was captured with my father in the same action.
    Edit 2-
    Photos of the wedding in can be found at https://natlib.govt.nz/items/22463976

    Last edited: Jul 8, 2019
    4jonboy, CL1, AB64 and 1 other person like this.
  16. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    Brilliant stuff, especially seeing photos of them both and it opens up some more general research avenues, I've looked at he Cenotaph page before for a casualty whose books I have but I didn't realise it also covered non-casualties so I have had a quick look at a few other 2nd NZEF members, nothing special jumped out but still good to see.
  17. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member


    George Alfred SMITH T/53323 RASC attached to No3 Motor Ambulance Convoy RAMC, he was captured with the BEF in 1940 - in 1943 he was repatriated
    IMG_20190808_0003.jpg IMG_20190808_0004.jpg IMG_20190808_0005.jpg
  18. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member


    George Leslie TUNSTILL 7402304 161 Field Ambulance taken POW on Leros 16/11/43

    IMG_20190808_0002.jpg IMG_20190808_0003.jpg IMG_20190808_0004.jpg IMG_20190808_0005.jpg IMG_20190808_0006.jpg
    4jonboy, hucks216 and Tricky Dicky like this.
  19. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Hi Alistair,

    Thanks for sharing.

    I’ve never seen a French language “Capture Card” before but I suppose that in 1939/40 German forces would’ve likely had more forms in French than English.:salut:

    Last edited: Aug 9, 2019
    AB64 likes this.
  20. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    George Leslie Tunstill
    BIRTH 8 OCT 1919 • Hartlepool, Durham, England
    DEATH DEC 1975 • North Cleveland, Yorkshire North Riding, England

    Birth 08/10/1919 Hartlepool Durham England
    Marriage 1954 Durham Durham England
    Death 1975 Riding Northumberland England
    Father George Mead Tunstill (1879-1930)
    Mother Louisa Bomby Frank (1879-1956)

    Would you know if the family have seen these documents??

    1939 England and Wales Register
    Name: George L Tunstill
    Gender: Male
    Marital status: Single
    Birth Date: 8 Oct 1919
    Residence Year: 1939
    Address: 14
    Residence Place: West Hartlepool, Durham, England
    Occupation: Joiner-single Carpenter

    AB64 likes this.

Share This Page