SC Charlton POW in Stalag VIII-B

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  1. Ian W

    Ian W Member

    Hi Everyone - I believe that my maternal grandfather Sydney Charles Charlton, Service number 5382866 was in the Oxfordshire And Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, and appeared on Casualty List No. 241 in France, 1940 as missing. A later casualty list (307) shows him as Prisoner of War. I believe he was held in Stalag 344, Lamsdorf - Stalag VIII-B near the village of Lamsdorf (now Łambinowice) in Silesia.

    I never met him or heard any of his stories so was wondering if anyone had any info they could share please? Thanks in advance
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    UK, British Prisoners of War, 1939-1945
    Name: S C Charlton
    Rank: Lance Corporal
    Army Number: 5382866
    Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
    POW Number: 12905
    Camp Type: Stalag
    Camp Number: 344
    Camp Location: Lambinowice, Poland

    Suggest you use the site search engine, this camp does go by several variation names so be aware, but there are also Camp associations to be found via Google who provide good information and possible contacts

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  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

  4. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member


    Welcome to the forum.

    Your best place to search for information about his time as POW is through Red Cross in Switzerland via this link -

    You need to be quick off the mark on the day when the enquiry window opens. Check the site 7am GMT for the online application form and if it isn’t visible check every 30 mins until it appears. You need to speedily complete and submit the application form as the application window usually closes by approx 10am GMT due to the limit being reached.

    In non Covid times you’d expect a written reply no less than 4 months later. It is a free service and ought to give a full history of his POW movements at Stalag level - usually includes at least one copy of a Kriegsgefangener Post Card - but does not drill down to work camp (Arbeitskommando) level - of which there were several hundred connected to Stalag’s 8B and 344.

    You ought to consider checks of UK National Archives database to see if he completed a Liberated POW questionnaire on his return to UK in 1945. You may also find a link to a downloadable copy of his German POW Central Index card which was seized by Allied Forces in 1945 and is in the process of being digitised.

    The POW questionnaire collection isn’t digitised yet as far as I’m aware and it would require a personal visit to UK National Archives to examine his questionnaire - once it reopens post Covid restrictions.

    His army service file provided by MOD will have very little information about his POW movements - usually just a line to say a man is POW then another entry stating he is released.

    Good Luck

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  5. Ian W

    Ian W Member

    Many thanks Steve, Ill try that
  6. Lindele

    Lindele formerly HA96

    Stalag VIII-B - Wikipedia

  7. Ian W

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