James W. Sharp (centre) and Robert "Bob" Adam (right). Copyright: Stuart Woods.
Leigh Cummings has contributed the following about Robert Adam: "June 1939, called up to Gordon Highlanders 51st Division which was attached to French 1st Army. Trained at the Bridge of Don, Aberdeen and was then sent to Aldershot before sailing to Le Harve, France from Southampton in January 1940. Moved to the Maginot line in Belgium, had to move back to Abbeville where we tried to hold back the Germans from Dunkirk, and finally had to give up at Saint-Valery on 12th June 1940. Before being captured we were ordered by our officers to destroy all arms, weapons, trucks etc so they could not be used against us by the Germans. The captured troops were forced marched to Belgium which took approximately 4-5 weeks, then they were transported up the Rhine on barges to Dortmund before being moved on cattle trucks to the town of Torun in Poland where they were billeted in underground forts. The prisoners were put to work and my granddads work party was mostly doing farm work from 6.30am to 7.30pm 7 days per week with 1 day of rest each month. Rations were very poor; the daily allowance was a portion of black bread and 1 litre of thin soup. The men became very thin because they were worked very hard and had little to eat, many died as a result. The winters were long, harsh and very cold, many suffered from frost bite and many more men died. When the Russians advanced on the Vistula River in January 1945 the prisoners were once again force marched back to Germany, this was a hard march through the cold and snow. As they were marched by the Germans many of the captured Russians were shot in front of everyone. Arrived at a camp north west of Stralsund and we were picked up and taken to the big American & British POW camp for the RAF. The camp was soon liberated by the Russian Forces and after 3-4 weeks we were brought home in flying fortresses to England, these flying fortresses were huge bombers that had no seats and the troops had to stand all the way home."