Guest stephenf Posted 19 November , 2002 Share Posted 19 November , 2002 Hi,I am researching my Great Grand father who served in Mespot and died in 1916. The CWGC States he died as POW in Asia Minor and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial. A search in the PRO has only given me his Medal index card and it only gives his date of death. He was a Pte in the 2/4th Devons and was drafted from India to another Unit in Mespot. There is no war diary for the Devons for this period and i had a stroke of luck looking at other unit diaries for this period and found an entry in the 2ND RWKR that they received a draft of 150 men and officers from the 2/4th Devons and other territorial units in India, though i can not be 100% certain that he was one of these reinforcements.How were the Authorities and Families notified of a soldier being taken prisoner and of his death while in captivity?. Being commemorated on the Basra memorial obviously shows that he has no known grave, i am assuming that he died in a camp in Turkey or while being transported. I also wonder if the date given for his death is accurate or it is when he went missing or taken prisoner. Any information on the procedures and any other known sources i could research would be gratfully received .Steve Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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