POW - Stalaag XXA 20A

Discussion in 'Prisoners of War' started by Dan Newman, Jul 25, 2017.

  1. Dan Newman

    Dan Newman Member

    My Grandfather was a POW in Stalaag XXA camp 20A. I've attached a list we have.
    He was serving with the Middlesex Regiment when he was captured (We believe he was captrued near Le Harve). Although we have lots of his diary entries etc we would love to find out more detail of his regiment and POW camp details

    Any advice on doing this would be great


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  2. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member


    There are links in this topic about obtaining ICRC records from Switzerland but they are closed for new enquiries until 1st October. It's a free service.


    You need to apply to MOD for his service records. That will cost £30.

    Get a copy of military service records: Apply for the records of someone who's deceased - GOV.UK

    He may have completed a POW Liberation Questionnaire on his arrival
    in UK. Not all service personnel did. They are not available online. You either need to go to UK National Archives to look yourself or alternatively ask one of the forum members who offer a copying service to search for it and let you have a copy. You would need to post another topic with a title similar to POW Liberation Questionnaire Look Up Request.

    The German POW main index cards are available at UK National Archives if you make a Freedom of Information Request.

    Good Luck

    Steve Y
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2017
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  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    UK, British Prisoners of War, 1939-1945
    Name: P E Page
    Rank: Private
    Army Number: 6846539
    Regiment: Middlesex Regiment
    POW Number: 17705
    Camp Type: Stalag
    Camp Number: XX-A
    Camp Location: Torun, Poland

    For more detail you will need to check if he filled in a Liberation Questionnaire (many didn't) try this link - Archive Research - www.arcre.com Lee is a member of this site.

    There is also the International Red Cross who hold files on POW's although they are inundated at the moment it is worth keeping an eye on their site - Requests for information about people held during the Spanish Civil War or the Second World War: Quarterly limit reached

    You can also apply for his service records - Request records of deceased service personnel - GOV.UK

    Maybe searching for the camp will throw up some sites that may include photos or associations for ex POW's from that particular camp

  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Steve - just because you can type faster than me :-P

  5. Dan Newman

    Dan Newman Member

  6. Dan Newman

    Dan Newman Member

    Thanks TD, will look at the links provided :)
  7. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Enlisted into KRRC (The King's Royal Rifle Corps)
    Date of Casualty notification 12 June 1940
    Unit at time of capture ;- 1st Princess Louise's Kensington Regiment (Middlesex)

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  8. Dan Newman

    Dan Newman Member

    Thanks Kyle much appreciated this will certainly help
  9. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    Hi Dan. Some of the photos in my great grandfather's pow logbook are from Stalag XXA Thorn - which is strange as, although a lot of the guys from his battalion ended up there, his own records make no mention of it!

    Anyway, have a look for yourself. If I remember correctly the ones of the boxing match are from XXA.

    Dropbox - John Conway POW logbook
  10. Dan Newman

    Dan Newman Member

    What a great set up photos and documents, I will have to gather what we have. We have lots of the boxing ones, actors, and other diary entries of his march to the camp
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  11. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    I would love to see those. I am going to Stirling Castle on Thursday to see the logbook again (John's son donated it to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders museum after he died) to rephotograph the pages with my dslr camera - I just used my iPhone last time and while the quality is pretty good some of the photos could be better and I can go back and zoom in on
    more details.
  12. Dan Newman

    Dan Newman Member

    I'll try and get some uploaded this evening for you. We don't have much information on the photos themself but where i do know any information about them I will
  13. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    It's amazing what you can pick up by sharing photos though. Often other people will recognise a person or a place and another piece of the jigsaw gets filled in!
  14. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    I have all the names and addresses from the logbook transcribed (thanks to a group effort with other forum members) and sorted into a spreadsheet - no sign of your grandfather on the list though. A copy is uploaded in the resources section of the forum for members to browse.
  15. Dan Newman

    Dan Newman Member

    Here's a select few of what we have. Unfortunately we don't know who any of the other people are in these photos. We also have a written account of his march to the POW camp.
    Hopefully when I get some time I will be able to upload some more better quality photos and letters

    Attached Files:

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  16. Fiona mcguire

    Fiona mcguire Member

    Hi Dan can you tell me how you got hold of this log ?
  17. Dan Newman

    Dan Newman Member

    Hi Fiona,
    Apologies for delay, this is part of the documents that my grandad kept of which we have now

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