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A group of PoWs at Stalag VIII B

Arthur E. Adams (front row, second from left) and other fellow PoW's at Stalag VIII B

Flight Sergeant Frank Firman (front row, centre)

Ronald Arnold (front row, far right)


Below is a list of names and addresses of various PoW's from Stalag VIII B, Stalag Luft III, Belaria and Stalag III A. The original pages can be seen in Arthur's Wartime Log - Part 2

29th Jul 1942
D. A. Hunter
Airth Castle Estate
Falkirk
Stirlingshire
Scotland

12th Jul 1942
D. H. Goffee
Knighton Road
Forest Gate
London

14th Nov 1940
H. Newall
Junction Lane
Burscough
Nr. Ormskirk
Lancashire

27th Jul 1942
H. J. B. Jackson
c/o S. E. Petherbridge
Hall St
Cambridge
New Zealand

24th May 1940
Len Walker
Basegreen Ave
Town End nr Gleadless
Sheffield

27th Jul 1942
Dudley W. Attwood
East Street
Ashburton
Canterbury
New Zealand

15th Sep 1940
J. A. Potter
Park Road
Wallasey
Cheshire

26th April 1944
Albert A. Seibel
Cameron St.
Regina, Saskatchewan
Canada

26th April 1944
Johnnie W. Mayhead
Waiuku, Auckland
New Zealand

Frank W Day
Beresford Ave
Beverley High Rd
Hull

20th Jan 1944
Wild Kipp
Fader St
New Westminster, BC
Canada

20th Jan 1944
Jim Snowsell
Kelowna, BC
Canada

2nd Nov 1944
Ray Dudley
Ayot St. Peter
Welwyn Garden City
Hertfordshire

9th Jul 1943
Reginald Ryder
Bradford Road West
Batley
Yorkshire

27th Jul 1942
Y Yithers
Watery Lane
Sutton Oak
St Helens Laws

Ken Whitely
Ladysmith St
Shaw Heath
Stockport
Cheshire

Norris E. Hunt (Joe)
Powell Ave.
Ottaw, On
Canada

Armand Rondeau
c/o Quebec Liquor Commission
Place des Pointeliers
Montreal
Canada

9th Mar 1942
Ronald Arnold
Harrison Rd
Erdington
Birmingham

1st April 1942
Roy A Flood
Ferry Road
East Barnet
Herts
England

31st Jan 1942
L W Walsh
Avian Road
Baitford
London

19th Oct 1944
Jim Humphreys
High Street
Cheslyn Hay
Near Walsall
Staffs

20th Dec 1943
R. R. Rutherford
Buddle St
Wallsend near Lyne
Northumberland

11th Apr 1944
E. A. Drake
Drive Mansions
Fulham Road
London

19th Aug 1942
Johnnie Shanks
The Hollies
Norton
Pattingham
Wolverhampton
Staffs

1st Dec 1943
E. K. West (Lofty)
Standerton
Transwood
South Africa

Owen L Griggs
13 St Saviours Rd
Brixton Hill
London

29th July 1942
Bill Cox
Arcadian Buffet
Yorkshire Road
Scarborough

7th May 1942
Ian F. Keys (Ardoch)
Dandenong Rd
St Kilda
Victoria
Australia

28th Oct 1943
Roland M. Tucker
Terrace Rd
Mountain View
Johannesburg
South Africa

26th Jul 1942
Henry A. Church (My Pilot)
West Bergholt
Colchester
Essex

26th Jul 1942
Robert Stoker
Mitford Drive
Westerhope
Newcastle upon Tyne

17th Jun 1942
A. E. Collins
Manor House Rd
Wednesbury
Staffs

29th Jul 1942
John Warren
Southcliff Park
Clacton-on-Sea
Essex

J. R. Skan
Colmore Ave
Kings Heath
Birmingham

25th Jun 1942
Les Chatterton
Holme Rd
Market Weighton
Yorkshire

J. A. Carmichael
Neepawa
Manitoba
Canada

R. P. M. Vander Heyden (Rein)
Sukasari
Buitenzorg
West Java
Near East Indies

Jim Healey
Dagenham Ave
Dagenham
Essex

26th Jul 1942
Jim Henry
Darling St
Tamworth
New South Wales
Australia

RAF No. 616337
Sid Hall
Boundary Road
Plaistow
London

J E Hall
Gerrard St
Birmingham

Ron Cartwright
Pleasant Harbour
Kidderminster

29th Jul 1942
Henry Dufour
Laurier Ave
Montreal
Quebec
Canada

Eric W Earl
Oxford St
London, Ont
Canada

22nd Jul 1942
Harold Darn
Donnington
Nr Wellington Wood
Shropshire

24th Aug 1942
Stan Living-Stone
Junction Rd
Gillingham
Kent

Lt. A. J. Haupe (Paddy)
Hastings St
Tamboerskloof
Cape Town
South Africa

R W Kinsey
True Heart Inn
Kyrle Street
Ross-on-Wye
Herefordshire

Johnnie P Baple
Banstead
Hall School
Banstead

B H James
Saint Road
Grange Town
Cardiff

22nd Jul 1942
D Gardiner
Welledale Cres
Douglas
Lanarkshire
Scotland

26th Jul 1942
James Badcock
The Avenue
Hornchurch
Essex

25th Jul 1942
Gordon D Pepper
Clarkson St
Worsbrough Dale
Barnsley
York

J Macgregor
Pine Ave
Fawdon
Newcastle

A W Hadley
‘Cemetery’ House
Lye
Stourbridge

F Firman
Norton Cottages
Norton
Worcestershire

Geoffrey P Wadsworth
(The Rapids)
Ferry Lane
Hythe End
Staines
Middlesex

 

 


Below are messages we have kindly received regarding POWs in Stalag VIII B, Stalag Luft III, Belaria and Stalag III A

N. H. Firman 10th January 2013

I found your site of the utmost interest & somewhat emotional as the man in the front row centre of the RAF group at Stalag V111B was my father, flight sergeant Frank Firman. My father enlisted in the RFC just as it became the RAF in 1918, he went to Egypt in May 39, went to Greece, escaped to Crete & was wounded & captured there. We first heard that he was a prisoner in Stalag 111B, from there to Stalag V111B hence the picture. Before the end of the war he was transfered to Marlag & Milag Nor, a Naval camp; how he was made to travel there we do not know, it's a pity PCs were not around years ago. Incidently my dad was born in Wednesbury, not far away from Walsall. Thanks again for your site.


C. Pilgrim 21st December 2012

I looked at the names (listed in Part 2 of Arthur's Wartime Log) and I do recognize the handwriting of my uncle (Albert Siebel). Reading this information gave me chills and made me so sad to think of all those who gave their lives for our freedom. My Grandfather, two uncles and my dad were all over there during the war at the same time and thanks to God they all came back safe although my father later died of cancer when I was 8 months old. The movie about the Great Escape was very moving as well to me.

I am enclosing his picture and the obituary of him. I looked at the photo on the site and am wondering if he is in the picture in the back row on the right because I don't have any photos of when he was very young to compare.

Albert Siebel


R. D. Campbell 6th September 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed scrolling through the web site earlier today. My father, P/O GD Campbell, 424 Squadron RCAF, was also at Belaria and Luckenwalde. Dad arrived at Belaria in late October’44. He had been at IX C since his capture in mid August. Not only do I recognize a number of the poems that Dad had in his diary but names as well. Joe Hunt and Armand Rondeau in particular. When Dad left IIIA while in the Soviet control one of his mates was Joe Hunt. Hunt and Dad had first met while at IX C. Hunt later became a doctor. Rondeau was in Dad’s room at Belaria. Both being from Quebec and able to speak Armand’s mother tongue they became good pals. Dad credits Rondeau for saving his life during the march to Spremburg. They remained in touch post war until Rondeau’s early demise. I see the name Mullins as part of the cast in one of the plays. Could this be Hank Mullins, RCAF? Mullins did well post war owning some hotels and is said to have employed Rondeau when he was on the outs. I didn’t see the name of Thurmann Esselmeyer, USAAF, on any of the programs. He may have arrived too late. Esselmeyer was a big band leader in the states after the war called the 'River City Big Band' in St Louis Missouri. While Esselmeyer is long gone the band is still active. Dad had one of their recordings. Any idea of the names of the fellows in the photo from VIIIB?


K. Snowsell 5th March 2012

The only two to survive on Dad's plane were he (Jim Snowsell) and Wild Kipp. Dad died in 1957 at age 40, he was damaged coming back from the war PTS a word that came from the Vietnam era, but in those days you sucked it up and most never talked about it again, we basically grew up without a father. At that time 1957 John Mayhead came over to visit some of his POW friends, he from New Zealand, but dad had passed on at that time already. He and mom wrote back and forth for the next ten years and finally got married in Kelowna mom and John then moved to New Zealand. In November last year 2011 (Rugby world cup was on there) we went to New Zealand as mom at 91 had passed on we were there two weeks and just as we were leaving John did as well. The New Zealand gave John a full military funeral and he was placed in a military cemetery there, ironically very near Wiuku where his dad was, we have mom here and she will be placed with Dad in Kelowna if winter ever stops. Thanks again for the contact.


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