Why a private in an Oflag?

Discussion in 'Prisoners of War' started by SteveB, Aug 16, 2023.

  1. SteveB

    SteveB Member

    Regarding the POW questionnaire for Albert Leonard Lockwood below, any idea why he would have spent almost two years in an Offlag when his rank is private?


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  2. idler

    idler GeneralList

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  3. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Probably a batman / soldier-servant to one of the officers.
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  4. Lindele

    Lindele formerly HA96

    I think they were called orderlies and typically 6 officers were sharing one orderly and the service, like cleaning the room, making tea etc.
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  5. SteveB

    SteveB Member

    Thanks all. He's entered he was working in a salt mine, then factory during his time there, so I guess he must have been doing the orderly work on top.
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  7. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    Similar to my great grandad - started off down a salt mine in Stalag IXC then to a series of officer camps: Oflag IVB, Oflag XXIB, Stalag Luft III where he was an orderly, then Stalag VIIIA where he worked in a coal mine and then moved West to Stalag XIB where he was liberated.
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