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Hello,

 

I have found this index card on the website of the Red Cross archives: https://grandeguerre.icrc.org/en/File/Details/1418158/1/2/

 

However, I am unable to find more information as I can't find a number 71 in "Angl B". I also tried with some alternatives but without success.

 

I know the man was taken POW on 17 or 18 October 1914 near Moorslede. I am most interested if I would be able to find out by whom (I assume one of the Household units: Life Guards or Horse Guards).

 

Any help is greatly appreciated.

 

Regards,

Jan

 

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Hi Jan,

There isn‘t any mention of prisoners being taken on those dates in the 1st & 2nd Life Guards war diaries. I‘m afraid Ancestry has beaten me as regards the RHG war diary. Is there some particular reason you assume he was taken by one of the Household Regiments? I expect you have already seen his multiple entries in the Verlustlisten.

 

Charlie

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Hello Charlie,

 

I know from the regimental history of Grade Dragoner Regiment 23 that they ran into a British ambush near Moorslede on 17 October 1914. I also know that the Household cavalry was in that area on that date. Of course it may have been another (British cavalry?) unit as well. I had hoped that the POW doc might have shed a light on the matter, but that's a dead end apparently.

 

I am open to any suggestion you may have.

 

Jan

 

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Jan,

The PoW documents would not have helped as regards which unit he was captured by.

 

The best I can do is place the 4. Esk. in the same area as the 2nd Life Guards on the 17th October. The Life Guards war diary records a visit by Commander Sampson RN and his train of guns, among which was a 3 inch gun mounted on a motorized railway truck which fired on a farm. The history of Garde Dragoner Regiment Nr 23 records the 4. Esk. being fired upon by a british „Kraft-Panzerwagen“.

 

Charlie

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Thanks Charlie,

 

That is also what I had found... It would have been nice to find hard evidence which unit captured Litzius if someone would have made a note in the war diary or something.

 

Jan

 

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