6405512 Private Frank Ernest Lewis SMITH, Royal Sussex Regiment & Long Range Desert: POW

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    Army Number: 6405512
    Rank: Private
    Name: Frank Ernest Lewis SMITH
    Unit: Royal Sussex Regiment ; Long Range Desert Group
     
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    Name: Frank Smith . Date of Birth: 22/08/1921 . Place of Birth: Pas De Calais,... | The National Archives
    Reference: WO 416/333/478
    Name: Frank Smith.
    Date of Birth: 22/08/1921.
    Place of Birth: Pas De Calais, Bethune.
    Service: British Army.
    Rank: Private.
    Regiment/Unit/Squadron: Army Catering Corps.
    Service Number: [6405512].
    Date of Capture: [unspecified].
    Theatre of Capture: [unspecified].
    Camp Name/Number: Stalag XVIIA Kaisersteinbruch.
    PoW number: 155809.
    Date of Death: [unspecified].
    Number of Photographs: 0.
    Number of Fingerprints: 0.
    Number of X-rays: 0.
    Number of Cards: 2.
    Date: [1939-1945]
     
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    View Record Smith Frank Ernest Lewis 22 Aug 1921 27 Jun 1940 17 Nov 1943 Leros


    PART I.
    GENERAL QUESTIONNAIRE FOR BRITISH/AMERICAN EX-PRISONERS OF WAR.

    1. No. 6405512
    RANK - PRIVATE
    SURNAME - SMITH
    CHRISTIAN NAMES - FRANK ERNEST LEWIS
    DECORATIONS - AFRICAN STAR

    2. UNIT (ARMY) - LONG RANGE DESERT GROUP (A.C.C.)

    3. DIVISION (ARMY) - Attached 8th Army H.Q.

    4. DATE OF BIRTH - 22 AUGUST 1921

    5. DATE OF ENLISTMENT - 27 JUNE 1940

    6. CIVILIAN TRADE OR PROFESSION - NIL

    7. PRIVATE ADDRESS - 95 LINCOLN STREET [sic]

    8. PLACE AND DATE OF ORIGINAL CAPTURE - LEROS 17/11/43

    9. WERE YOU WOUNDED WHEN CAPTURED? - NO

    10. MAIN CAMPS OR HOSPITALS IN WHICH IMPRISONED
    Camp No. / Location / From / Till

    STALAG 7 A MUISBURG [MOOSBURG] 3/12/44 - 3/1/44
    STALAG 17 A BRUCK [KAISERSTEINBRUCK] 3/1/44 - 28/1/44
    STALAG 17 B KREMS 28/1/44 - 18/5/45

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    11. WERE YOU IN A WORKING CAMP?
    Location / From/ Till / Nature of Work

    PERSENBURG [PERSENBEUG] 28/1/44 - 2/4/44 QUARRY
    POTTENBRUNN 1/6/44 - 10/3/45 RAILWAYS

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    12. DID YOU SUFFER FROM ANY SERIOUS ILLNESSES WHILE A P/W?
    Nature of Illness / Cause / Duration
    -

    12 b. DID YOU RECEIVE ADEQUATE MEDICAL TREATMENT?
    -


    GENERAL QUESTIONNAIRE PART II TOP SECRET

    1. No. 6405512
    RANK - PRIVATE
    SURNAME - SMITH
    CHRISTIAN NAMES - FRANK ERNEST LEWIS


    2. LECTURES before Capture:
    ( a ) Were you lectured in your unit on how to behave the event of capture? (State where, when and by whom).

    Yes at BOGNOR REGIS in 1941 by a British officer in the ROYAL SUSSEX REGIMENT
    ( b ) Were you lectured on escape and evasion? (State where, when and by whom.
    NO

    3. INTERROGATION after capture:
    Were you specially interrogated by the enemy? (State where, when and methods employed by enemy).

    NO

    4. ESCAPES attempted:
    Did yo make any attempted or partly successful escapes? (Give details of each attempt accurately, stating where, when, method employed, names of your companions, wherein when recaptured and by whom. Were you physically fit? What happened to your companions?)

    Attempted escape from PERSENBURG [PERSENBEUG] 2/4/44 by foot with SEARLE DAVID. Recaptured nr. AMSTETTEN 8/4/44

    5. SABOTAGE
    Did you do any sabotage or destruction of enemy factory plant, war material, communications, etc, when employed on working-parties or during escape? (Give details, places and dates.)
    -

    6. COLLABORATION with enemy:
    Do you know of any British or American personnel who collaborated with the enemy or in any way helped the enemy agains other Allied Prisoners of War? (Give details, names of persons concerned, camps, dates and nature of collaboration or help given to enemy).
    -

    7. WAR CRIMES
    If you have any information or evidence of bad treatment by the enemy to yourself or to others, or knowledge of any enemy violation of Geneva Convention you should ask for a copy of "Form Q" on which to make your statement.
    (NOTE: Form Q is a separate form inviting information on "War Crimes" and describes the kind of offences coning under this title.)



    GENERAL QUESTIONNAIRE PART II TOP SECRET
    (continued)

    8. Have you any other matter of any kind you wish to bring to notice?
    -


    SECURITY UNDERTAKING
    I fully realise that all information relating the matters covered by the questions in Part II. are of a highly secret and official nature.

    I have had explained to me and fully understand that under Defence Regulations or U.S.A.R. 380-5 I am forbidden to publish or communicate any information concerning these matters.

    Date 14 May 1945
    Signature FE Smith
     
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    Thanks for doing these transcriptions & sharing them on the forum Diane.

    I had a look at some original files on Ancestry yesterday. The indexing was interesting…….

    Steve
     
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    Thanks. Lots more to go Steve, but I'm in no rush now. (Guards captured, at least those I could find.)

    Yes the transcription errors, coupled with the odd choice of fields to display in search results, makes the searching quite challenging, if looking for more than a few individuals.

    Had the POWs used block capitals throughout, everyone's job might've been easier!
     
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