Saturday, 9 October 2010

Lest we forget them

With November looming, Remembrance Sunday is a day we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. However do we also remember the 1,000’s of POW’s (prisoner of war) who were incarcerated in sometimes brutal and appaling conditions?

Researching your ancestry should include finding as much about our ancestors including war records. Today more and more resources are becoming available on the internet. Three great sites (and there are many) are featured below.

Stalag VIIIB/344 Lamsdorf

Lamsdorf was a very large German prisoner of war camp located in SW Poland. More than 100,000 prisoners from Australia, Belgium, Britain, Canada, France, Greece, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and the United States passed through this camp.

A famous prisoner from here was Group Captain Sir Douglas Robert Steuart Bader.

http://lamsdorf.webs.com/

Stalag XVIIIA/Wolfsberg

Wolfsberg was located in Austria and this website is adding names to the roll call of prisoners who passed through. Currently this site has nearly 11,000 names and is being added to as information comes forward.

http://www.stalag18a.org.uk/

Far East Prisoners of War

Approximately 55,500 names of British POWs are on the database, taken from army, navy and air force records.

http://www.cofepowdb.org.uk/cdb2/Index.jsp

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