T/141511 Corporal Harry SYKES, Royal Army Service Corps: 17/12/1942

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  1. Peter Bennett

    Peter Bennett Peter Bennett

    Corporal Harry Sykes T/141511 Royal Army Service Corps died 17/12/1942 Age: 23 years Caserta War Cemetery, Italy III, D, 3.

    Trying to find out how and why he was In Italy at this time, could he have been a prisoner of war

    Thank you
  2. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    In casualty lists first reported 'missing', Western Desert 5.6.42,
    then reported 'missing believed wounded and POW'
    then reported 'wounded and POW'.
    finally reported 'now died as POW'

    Strange I can't find him in POW lists, but others might.
  3. travers1940

    travers1940 Well-Known Member

    Quote from the CWGC page about Caserta War Cemetery
    The Royal Palace at Caserta served as headquarters for the Allied armies in Italy for the greater part of the duration of the Italian campaign and the 2nd General Hospital was at Caserta from December 1943 until September 1945. Some of those buried here died in the hospital, others as prisoners of war (there was a POW Hospital at Caserta) before the Allied invasion.
    Caserta War Cemetery | Cemetery Details | CWGC

    Originaly buried at Caserta Civil Cemetery. Concentration record here shows a burial every few days in consecutive graves, which could be consistent with deaths in a pow hospital.
    Corporal Harry Sykes | War Casualty Details | CWGC
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  4. Peter Bennett

    Peter Bennett Peter Bennett

  5. Peter Bennett

    Peter Bennett Peter Bennett

    Thank you

    Where can I access these files please?
  6. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

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  7. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

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  8. Peter Bennett

    Peter Bennett Peter Bennett

    Thank you.
    The page now says no more requests can be accepted until May 2022, I guess there must be hundreds if not thousands of people want information

    here's hoping
  9. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    You have to get in there within minutes of their opening. Better luck next time.
  10. Peter Bennett

    Peter Bennett Peter Bennett

    I will hopefully be ready next time. Thank you.

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