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Gnr C Wilson and some of his POW work party with their German civilian boss

Gnr C Wilson is featured at second from the right with fellow POWs and at least two German civilian co-workers, one of whom would be his boss, on a wartime building site. POW working parties could be anything from around 16-20 men upwards and these very often worked alongside German civilians on what was supposed to be but seldom was, work unconnected with the German war effort.

The following names are just decipherable on the backs of the some of the original BAB 21 photographs, so it can safely be assumed that these men were either on the same party as Gnr Wilson, and/or shared the same accommodation hut. I have added POW and Army number information for the British POWs and these names now feature in my consecutive listing. Camps are those where the men were held in early 1945.

In alphabetical order, these are the decipherable names:

3608 BAB21 Bratton, Pte A E, 6347981, RWK. From 116a Red Lion Lane, Shooter’s Hill, Woolwich, SE 18

28145 344 Christie, Dvr J, 118026, RASC. 1 Chapel Lane, Lossiemouth, Scotland.

Coldbrook, R R, St John County, New Brunswick, Canada.

4300 BAB21 Croft, Gnr D, 1496732, RA. 123 Simpson St, Sheffield, Yorks.

3995 Day, Pte F L H, 6348035, RWK. 1 Ardmore Cottages, Lewisham.

3480 BAB21 Denyer, Pte J A, 6091596, Queens. 24 Fieldway, Haselmre, Surrey.

745 BAB21 Dipple, Pte A, 6288312, Buffs, 11 Arundel Rd, Dorking, Surrey..
Fernando, G? H, Fila, Florida, USA.

10805 344 Halford, Sgm John G, 2580789, R Sigs. 53 Harborough Rd, Streatham, SW 16.

Hasows, B S, [no British Army POW this surname listed in 1945], 202 Norbury Ave, Thornton Heath, Surrey.

Hyde, Arthur C. C/o 4/60 Ladywood Rd, Ladywood, Birmingham.,

4174 344 Jarvis, Pte G H, 6347956, RWK. 336 Nottingham Rd, Ilkston, Derbyshire.

3586 18A Jenkins, Pte David H, 3967559, Welch. 7 Frankwell Terr, Newtown, Mongomeryshire, Wales.

3587 344 Lawson, Cpl E W, 7611008, RAOC. From ‘Seaton’, 48 Coach Rd, Brotton, Saltburn-by-Sea, Yorks

7795 344 Marlee, Dvr Ronald, 107466, RASC. 17 Crosslea Ave, Silksworth Lane, Sunderland.

1285 BAB21 Middleton, Gnr C H C, 1516229, RA. HAll Dene, Occupation Rd, Albert Village, Church Greasly, Nr Burton-on-Trent

4748 BAB20 Morgan, Pte D, 917944, Sher For. 3 Upton Field, Southwell, Notts.

2218 BAB21 Norris, Pte E, 2188662, Pioneer Corps. 34 Harriet, Rd, Kilmmarock, Scotland.

3481 21A Walder, Pte A, 6093279, Queens. 2 East Cottages, Beacon Hill, Hindhead, Surrey.

3611 344 Waters, Cpl A H, 5378117, OBLI, 28 Pates Ave, Alstone, Pates Ave, Cheltenham, Glos.

4466 BAB21 Whale, L/Cpl C E, 7684238, CMP. ‘Brookfield’, Park Rd, Chandlersford.