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POW Gt Granfather


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Hi there,

i posted a message back in November asking if anyone knew how to trace where my Gt Granfather had been held POW, i was advised to contact the red cross which i did, i sent them a message with all his details

John Thompson 24/6/1891 from Islington London thats all i have, and so far have heard nothing, is there anything else i can do ?

Many thanks

London girl.........

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Try again putting his details into their form on their website.


I got a reply eventually for Gt Uncle Jim


Hello Jane,

What sort of things did they tell you? I've also written to them (via their online proforma) about my GGF who was a POW, I expect to wait a few months.

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Hi Jane

i have already done that back in November as you advised me then, how long did you have to wait ?

maybe i'm being impatient.

thank you

London girl x

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May be the online form didn't work. I got fed up waiting so entered the details again.

I didn't get much for my £35 I must say:-

Name, first name : KEELING James

Date of Birth: 21.5.1892

Place of Birth : Fenton

Rank: Private

Unit 2/6 : N.S.R

Date and place of capture : 15.4.1918 at Meteren

Place(s) of internment : present in the camp of Gardelegen coming from the front (according to a list dated 23.8.1918)

From : one list from the German authorities.

Luckily Jim's Pensoin Record survives so I knew practically all they sent me apart from WHICH CAMP


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I dont believe it ! i just received a e-mail back from the IRCA saying they cannot help me without a unit and service number which i dont have and would never be able to get, does this mean there is nothing i can do to find out about him.

Many thanks for any help

London girl..........

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I emailed the red Cross at the end of October.I only knew my grandfathers name and name of what camp he was in from a dated letter he sent while he was there. I didn't know what rank or army number or even which army group. However, I got a reply last week with just a few details but telling me the date of capture and which battalion he was with. so try again and be patient. Good Luck.

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