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British prisoners in Stalag VIIIB

Private Charles Andrews

 

Unit : 1st Battalion The Highland Light Infantry, 127th Infantry Brigade.

Served : France (captured).

Army No. : 3308433

POW No. : 14472

Camps : Stalag VIIIB

 

Private Charles Andrews was wounded and taken prisoner at Ypres on the 28th May 1940. First sent to Stalag XIIA, he was transferred to Stalag VIIIB in Poland, from where he was repatriated to Britain in October 1943. The following is his diary up to this time:

 

Tuesday, February 10 1942

Baby Violet's 3rd Birthday.

 

Thursday, March 9 1942

Received my 4th clothing parcel from home, containing:

1 Pyjama Suit

2 pr Socks

1 Shirt

3 Bars Soap

1 Scarf

1 pr Mittens

2 Tins Toothpaste

2 Sticks Shaving Soap

2 Tins Hair Cream

6 Razor Blades

25 Bars Chocolate

And 3 Reels of Cotton, which were retained by the Camp Authorities

 

Saturday, March 13 1942

Received my first letter from Sister-in-Law (Em)

 

Monday, March 16 1942

Letter from Violet dated 14.2.1942

 

Tuesday, March 17 1942

St. Patrick's Day (Grandmother's Birthday)

 

March 19 1942

My 32nd Birthday

 

Saturday, March 21 1942

Passed Medical Officer (Major Harvey) for the Commission in view of repatriation

 

April 10 1942

Army Service expired 2 years ago

 

Thursday, April 23 1942

Admitted to new Camp Hospital. Received photographs from home

 

Saturday, April 25 1942

X-Ray - Result - D.U. (Fractional Test Meal) [Note: This may mean a Duodenal Ulcer]

 

Thursday, May 7 1942

Examined by German Doctor

 

Friday, May 8 1942

Fractional Test Meal

 

Saturday, May 9 1942

X-Ray and Barium Meal

 

Monday, May 11 1942

Received 120 Cigarettes from Capt. Bowes. Swiss Medical Commission arrived

 

Wednesday, May 13 1942

Passed Swiss Commission for repatriation

 

Thursday, May 14 1942

Received 150 Cigarettes from Unit

 

May 28 1942

Captured at Ypres 2 years ago today. 2nd Anniversary of Dad's death

 

February 21 1943

Remitted 10 to Wife

 

March 5 1943

Received 1st letter from Tom

 

March 19 1943

Received 200 Cigarettes from the Vicar of Tilbury & friends

 

May 17 1943

Wrote to Tom & N[?] and Tom Abbott

 

December 1

To be purchased for:

H.J. Holmes

17 McLean Street
Glaborne, N.Zealand

 

1 pair Blue Yorkshire Canaries

1 pair White   "               "

1 pair Fancy   "               "

1 pair Created Roller  "      "

1 Tutor Roller                "

4 pair Bullfinches

2 pair Hawfinches

2 pair Linnets

1 x Border Fancy

        Bramble Finches

2 pair Love Birds

 

[A puzzling entry. His daughter, Violet, has revealed that he planned to take the family to New Zealand after the War. It is wondered whether he intended to start a business with H.J. Holmes?]

 

My thanks to Barbara Smith for this account.

 

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