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    1. Re: [AUSTRALIAN-POWS] AUSTRALIAN-POWS Digest, Vol 3, Issue 3
    2. I.J. (JOHN) KENDLE
    3. Hello Virginia, If you don't locate a Military Museum in Fremantle, perhaps the one and the same is the Army Museum of WA at Fremantle. Another opportunity may be to lodge a short request for information with CAN YOU HELP at The West Australian Newspaper : canyouhelp@wanews.com.au JENNY KOHLEN is the very helpful person who runs the page on Mondays. The demand is heavy and your article may take 3 months or more. In the worst case it won't be run at all...so you request needs to hone in on the public interest or a compelling question..... John in Dianella WAust ----- Original Message ----- From: <australian-pows-request@rootsweb.com> To: <australian-pows@rootsweb.com> Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2009 4:00 PM Subject: AUSTRALIAN-POWS Digest, Vol 3, Issue 3 > > > Today's Topics: > > 1. Re: AUSTRALIAN-POWS Digest, Vol 3, Issue 2 (Virginia HILLS) > > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- > > Message: 1 > Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 09:38:04 +0000 > From: Virginia HILLS <veez1310@hotmail.com> > Subject: Re: [AUSTRALIAN-POWS] AUSTRALIAN-POWS Digest, Vol 3, Issue 2 > To: <australian-pows@rootsweb.com> > Message-ID: <BLU109-W278AAB5548BDDBB314A71AC0A80@phx.gbl> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1" > > > Sorry all for posting the same thing twice - I had no idea how it all > worked!! > > > > Thankyou Sandra for your tips - I just couldnt see the forrest for the > trees - but what I did find on the AWM site is that the Red Cross has POW > Index Cards for WWII - so I have sent off a request to see if they can > help me out. > > > > Next step is the Military Museum in Freo! > > > > Cheers!! > > > > Virginia in Sunny & Hot Mt Isa!! > >> From: australian-pows-request@rootsweb.com >> Subject: AUSTRALIAN-POWS Digest, Vol 3, Issue 2 >> To: australian-pows@rootsweb.com >> Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 01:00:14 -0700 >> >> >> >> Today's Topics: >> >> 1. FW: POW WWII DUFF, Clarence William WX9780 2/32 Infantry >> Battalion "A" Coy (Virginia HILLS) >> 2. Re: FW: POW WWII DUFF, Clarence William WX9780 2/32 Infantry >> Battalion "A" Coy (fedelmar@westnet.com.au) >> >> >> ---------------------------------------------------------------------- >> >> Message: 1 >> Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2009 08:09:06 +0000 >> From: Virginia HILLS <veez1310@hotmail.com> >> Subject: [AUSTRALIAN-POWS] FW: POW WWII DUFF, Clarence William WX9780 >> 2/32 Infantry Battalion "A" Coy >> To: <australian-pows@rootsweb.com> >> Message-ID: <BLU109-W1FD31EBCD4691BBA61910C0A90@phx.gbl> >> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1" >> >> >> >> >> >> Hi List >> >> I hope that someone out there can help me. >> >> I am researching my husband's Grandpop, Lance Corporal Clarence (Clarrie) >> William DUFF WX9780 from Perth. >> >> He was taken POW by the German's 17 July 1942, while fighting in the El >> Alamein area in an attempt to secure a ridge of high ground from TRIG 22 >> in the north ("A" coys task) to Qattara Track in the south (taken from >> 2/32 Infantry Battalion July- August 1942 Diary ). >> >> Troops were debussed at 2330hrs 16 July 1942 and at 0250hrs "A" coy was >> under heavy fire. At approx 0310hrs wireless communication broke down. At >> 0515hrs "A" coy sent a message saying " I have captured my objective, but >> think I have overshot the mark: am considering pulling back to >> objective." At this stage the Battalion Set was now out of action and a >> reply to this message was not possible. At 0530hrs supporting arms were >> sent in to assist, but also came under heavy enemy fire and had to take >> cover on the reverse slope. >> >> Apparently after "A" coy had captured their objective of TRIG 22 they >> moved off without further opposition and dug in some 1500yrds further on. >> It would appear that there was strong enemy forces in the depression >> between TRIG 22 and "A" coy. Shortly after 0900hrs the enemy realised >> that despite their best efforts they had lost the ridge. AT 1300hrs 18 >> July 1942 a note is made in the Action Diary "Nothing further has come to >> light regarding "A" coy" >> >> The "Battle Casualty Form" states that approx 120 men from "A" coy are >> Missing - Believed POW 17.7.42 >> >> Clarrie's Service and Casualty Form states that on the 27.7.42 - Reported >> Missing, believed POW and transferred to X List. The next entry is >> 1.10.42 Officially reported Prisoner of War Interred Camp 85 PM 3450. On >> 22.11.42 a note is written Tranferred from Italy to Stalag 8A end Sept >> now POW No 32459, now interred Stalag 344. >> >> On his POW form it states that Clarrie was in Stalag 317. On 24 Sept 1943 >> he was in Stalag 8A and then there is a notation saying 18 Oct 1943 >> O.K.W. M-Stalag 8B - also on 18.10.43 it is written E727 Mechtal, Kr >> Beuthen (or something like that!) I have googled and found that E727 is >> like a camp inside a camp of Stalag 8B which due to excessive numbers >> split up and a section was named Stalag 344. E727 was also a Power >> Station. I have a photo of Clarrie taken with a group of men dated Nov >> 1943 - Stalag 344 - I am not sure if they are all Australians or a mix of >> men from different countries. They all look healthy enough >> >> On 17 Jul 1944 Clarrie is moved to E543 Dombrowa - but I am unsure what >> this camp would be. >> >> Clarrie was thankfully released in May 1945 and arrived home in Aug 1945, >> he was discharged a month later. Sadly Clarrie has since passed on long >> before I got to meet him. He never spoke of his time as a POW, according >> to his youngest daughter - the only reference he ever made to being in >> the camps was when she would not eat certain things - he would say "you'd >> eat anything if you were hungry enough". >> >> I am hoping that some one on this list has some idea of where these camps >> were/are, what was the purpose of these camps and what would Clarrie have >> done there, why was Clarrie moved around and is there anyone out there >> who also had relatives in "A" Coy 2/32 AIF at that time who may have also >> been captured - or were part of the other Companies that held strong to >> ensure that the ridge was not lost to the enemy. I would love to hear >> from anyone who may have a father or grandfather who has told them >> stories of their time in any of these camps. >> >> I look forward to hearing from you >> >> kind regards >> >> >> Virginia >> >> . >> >> >> >> >> >> Check out The Great Australian Pay Check now Want to know what your boss >> is paid? >> >> _________________________________________________________________ >> Want to know what your boss is paid? Check out The Great Australian Pay >> Check now >> http://clk.atdmt.com/NMN/go/157639755/direct/01/ >> >> ------------------------------ >> >> Message: 2 >> Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2009 16:40:19 +0800 >> From: <fedelmar@westnet.com.au> >> Subject: Re: [AUSTRALIAN-POWS] FW: POW WWII DUFF, Clarence William >> WX9780 2/32 Infantry Battalion "A" Coy >> To: <australian-pows@rootsweb.com> >> Message-ID: <F29E0F0AFDF245A5A2B709E29A6D876E@wxppro> >> Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed; charset="iso-8859-1"; >> reply-type=original >> >> Virginia, >> Ideally at the NAA there should be a POW statement from Clarrie. Perhaps >> there may be a clue in there. Other than that, have you been in touch >> with >> the Military Museum in Fremantle? The curator may have some record of >> this >> camp. >> >> Good Luck! >> >> Bright Blessings >> Sandra >> >> ----- Original Message ----- >> From: "Virginia HILLS" <veez1310@hotmail.com> >> To: <australian-pows@rootsweb.com> >> Sent: Thursday, November 12, 2009 4:09 PM >> Subject: [AUSTRALIAN-POWS] FW: POW WWII DUFF, Clarence William WX9780 >> 2/32 >> Infantry Battalion "A" Coy >> >> >> > >> > >> > >> > >> > Hi List >> > >> > I hope that someone out there can help me. >> > >> > I am researching my husband's Grandpop, Lance Corporal Clarence >> > (Clarrie) >> > William DUFF WX9780 from Perth. >> > >> > He was taken POW by the German's 17 July 1942, while fighting in the El >> > Alamein area in an attempt to secure a ridge of high ground from TRIG >> > 22 >> > in the north ("A" coys task) to Qattara Track in the south (taken from >> > 2/32 Infantry Battalion July- August 1942 Diary ). >> > >> > Troops were debussed at 2330hrs 16 July 1942 and at 0250hrs "A" coy was >> > under heavy fire. At approx 0310hrs wireless communication broke down. >> > At 0515hrs "A" coy sent a message saying " I have captured my >> > objective, >> > but think I have overshot the mark: am considering pulling back to >> > objective." At this stage the Battalion Set was now out of action and a >> > reply to this message was not possible. At 0530hrs supporting arms were >> > sent in to assist, but also came under heavy enemy fire and had to take >> > cover on the reverse slope. >> > >> > Apparently after "A" coy had captured their objective of TRIG 22 they >> > moved off without further opposition and dug in some 1500yrds further >> > on. >> > It would appear that there was strong enemy forces in the depression >> > between TRIG 22 and "A" coy. Shortly after 0900hrs the enemy realised >> > that >> > despite their best efforts they had lost the ridge. AT 1300hrs 18 July >> > 1942 a note is made in the Action Diary "Nothing further has come to >> > light >> > regarding "A" coy" >> > >> > The "Battle Casualty Form" states that approx 120 men from "A" coy are >> > Missing - Believed POW 17.7.42 >> > >> > Clarrie's Service and Casualty Form states that on the 27.7.42 - >> > Reported >> > Missing, believed POW and transferred to X List. The next entry is >> > 1.10.42 Officially reported Prisoner of War Interred Camp 85 PM 3450. >> > On >> > 22.11.42 a note is written Tranferred from Italy to Stalag 8A end Sept >> > now POW No 32459, now interred Stalag 344. >> > >> > On his POW form it states that Clarrie was in Stalag 317. On 24 Sept >> > 1943 >> > he was in Stalag 8A and then there is a notation saying 18 Oct 1943 >> > O.K.W. >> > M-Stalag 8B - also on 18.10.43 it is written E727 Mechtal, Kr Beuthen >> > (or >> > something like that!) I have googled and found that E727 is like a camp >> > inside a camp of Stalag 8B which due to excessive numbers split up and >> > a >> > section was named Stalag 344. E727 was also a Power Station. I have a >> > photo of Clarrie taken with a group of men dated Nov 1943 - Stalag >> > 344 - I >> > am not sure if they are all Australians or a mix of men from different >> > countries. They all look healthy enough >> > >> > On 17 Jul 1944 Clarrie is moved to E543 Dombrowa - but I am unsure what >> > this camp would be. >> > >> > Clarrie was thankfully released in May 1945 and arrived home in Aug >> > 1945, >> > he was discharged a month later. Sadly Clarrie has since passed on long >> > before I got to meet him. He never spoke of his time as a POW, >> > according >> > to his youngest daughter - the only reference he ever made to being in >> > the >> > camps was when she would not eat certain things - he would say "you'd >> > eat >> > anything if you were hungry enough". >> > >> > I am hoping that some one on this list has some idea of where these >> > camps >> > were/are, what was the purpose of these camps and what would Clarrie >> > have >> > done there, why was Clarrie moved around and is there anyone out there >> > who >> > also had relatives in "A" Coy 2/32 AIF at that time who may have also >> > been >> > captured - or were part of the other Companies that held strong to >> > ensure >> > that the ridge was not lost to the enemy. I would love to hear from >> > anyone who may have a father or grandfather who has told them stories >> > of >> > their time in any of these camps. >> > >> > I look forward to hearing from you >> > >> > kind regards >> > >> > >> > Virginia >> > >> > . >> > >> > >> > >> > >> > >> > Check out The Great Australian Pay Check now Want to know what your >> > boss >> > is paid? >> > >> > _________________________________________________________________ >> > Want to know what your boss is paid? Check out The Great Australian Pay >> > Check now >> > http://clk.atdmt.com/NMN/go/157639755/direct/01/ >> > >> > ------------------------------- >> > To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to >> > AUSTRALIAN-POWS-request@rootsweb.com with the word 'unsubscribe' >> > without >> > the quotes in the subject and the body of the message >> >> >> >> ------------------------------ >> >> To contact the AUSTRALIAN-POWS list administrator, send an email to >> AUSTRALIAN-POWS-admin@rootsweb.com. >> >> To post a message to the AUSTRALIAN-POWS mailing list, send an email to >> AUSTRALIAN-POWS@rootsweb.com. >> >> __________________________________________________________ >> To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to >> AUSTRALIAN-POWS-request@rootsweb.com >> with the word "unsubscribe" without the quotes in the subject and the >> body of the >> email with no additional text. >> >> >> End of AUSTRALIAN-POWS Digest, Vol 3, Issue 2 >> ********************************************* > > _________________________________________________________________ > Want to know what your boss is paid? Check out The Great Australian Pay > Check now > http://clk.atdmt.com/NMN/go/157639755/direct/01/ > > ------------------------------ > > To contact the AUSTRALIAN-POWS list administrator, send an email to > AUSTRALIAN-POWS-admin@rootsweb.com. > > To post a message to the AUSTRALIAN-POWS mailing list, send an email to > AUSTRALIAN-POWS@rootsweb.com. > > __________________________________________________________ > To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to > AUSTRALIAN-POWS-request@rootsweb.com > with the word "unsubscribe" without the quotes in the subject and the body > of the > email with no additional text. > > > End of AUSTRALIAN-POWS Digest, Vol 3, Issue 3 > *********************************************

    11/14/2009 10:29:18
    1. Re: [AUSTRALIAN-POWS] AUSTRALIAN-POWS Digest, Vol 3, Issue 3
    2. Thanks for the correction John ... that was the one I was referring to. Bright Blessings Sandra ----- Original Message ----- From: "I.J. (JOHN) KENDLE" <ijkendle@iinet.net.au> To: <australian-pows@rootsweb.com> Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2009 5:29 PM Subject: Re: [AUSTRALIAN-POWS] AUSTRALIAN-POWS Digest, Vol 3, Issue 3 > Hello Virginia, > > If you don't locate a Military Museum in Fremantle, perhaps the one and > the > same is the Army Museum of WA at Fremantle. > > Another opportunity may be to lodge a short request for information with > CAN > YOU HELP at The West Australian Newspaper : canyouhelp@wanews.com.au > JENNY KOHLEN is the very helpful person who runs the page on Mondays. > > The demand is heavy and your article may take 3 months or more. In the > worst case it won't be run at all...so you request needs to hone in on the > public interest or a compelling question..... > > John in Dianella WAust > > > > > > > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: <australian-pows-request@rootsweb.com> > To: <australian-pows@rootsweb.com> > Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2009 4:00 PM > Subject: AUSTRALIAN-POWS Digest, Vol 3, Issue 3 > > >> >> >> Today's Topics: >> >> 1. Re: AUSTRALIAN-POWS Digest, Vol 3, Issue 2 (Virginia HILLS) >> >> >> ---------------------------------------------------------------------- >> >> Message: 1 >> Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 09:38:04 +0000 >> From: Virginia HILLS <veez1310@hotmail.com> >> Subject: Re: [AUSTRALIAN-POWS] AUSTRALIAN-POWS Digest, Vol 3, Issue 2 >> To: <australian-pows@rootsweb.com> >> Message-ID: <BLU109-W278AAB5548BDDBB314A71AC0A80@phx.gbl> >> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1" >> >> >> Sorry all for posting the same thing twice - I had no idea how it all >> worked!! >> >> >> >> Thankyou Sandra for your tips - I just couldnt see the forrest for the >> trees - but what I did find on the AWM site is that the Red Cross has POW >> Index Cards for WWII - so I have sent off a request to see if they can >> help me out. >> >> >> >> Next step is the Military Museum in Freo! >> >> >> >> Cheers!! >> >> >> >> Virginia in Sunny & Hot Mt Isa!! >> >>> From: australian-pows-request@rootsweb.com >>> Subject: AUSTRALIAN-POWS Digest, Vol 3, Issue 2 >>> To: australian-pows@rootsweb.com >>> Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 01:00:14 -0700 >>> >>> >>> >>> Today's Topics: >>> >>> 1. FW: POW WWII DUFF, Clarence William WX9780 2/32 Infantry >>> Battalion "A" Coy (Virginia HILLS) >>> 2. Re: FW: POW WWII DUFF, Clarence William WX9780 2/32 Infantry >>> Battalion "A" Coy (fedelmar@westnet.com.au) >>> >>> >>> ---------------------------------------------------------------------- >>> >>> Message: 1 >>> Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2009 08:09:06 +0000 >>> From: Virginia HILLS <veez1310@hotmail.com> >>> Subject: [AUSTRALIAN-POWS] FW: POW WWII DUFF, Clarence William WX9780 >>> 2/32 Infantry Battalion "A" Coy >>> To: <australian-pows@rootsweb.com> >>> Message-ID: <BLU109-W1FD31EBCD4691BBA61910C0A90@phx.gbl> >>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1" >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> Hi List >>> >>> I hope that someone out there can help me. >>> >>> I am researching my husband's Grandpop, Lance Corporal Clarence >>> (Clarrie) >>> William DUFF WX9780 from Perth. >>> >>> He was taken POW by the German's 17 July 1942, while fighting in the El >>> Alamein area in an attempt to secure a ridge of high ground from TRIG 22 >>> in the north ("A" coys task) to Qattara Track in the south (taken from >>> 2/32 Infantry Battalion July- August 1942 Diary ). >>> >>> Troops were debussed at 2330hrs 16 July 1942 and at 0250hrs "A" coy was >>> under heavy fire. At approx 0310hrs wireless communication broke down. >>> At >>> 0515hrs "A" coy sent a message saying " I have captured my objective, >>> but >>> think I have overshot the mark: am considering pulling back to >>> objective." At this stage the Battalion Set was now out of action and a >>> reply to this message was not possible. At 0530hrs supporting arms were >>> sent in to assist, but also came under heavy enemy fire and had to take >>> cover on the reverse slope. >>> >>> Apparently after "A" coy had captured their objective of TRIG 22 they >>> moved off without further opposition and dug in some 1500yrds further >>> on. >>> It would appear that there was strong enemy forces in the depression >>> between TRIG 22 and "A" coy. Shortly after 0900hrs the enemy realised >>> that despite their best efforts they had lost the ridge. AT 1300hrs 18 >>> July 1942 a note is made in the Action Diary "Nothing further has come >>> to >>> light regarding "A" coy" >>> >>> The "Battle Casualty Form" states that approx 120 men from "A" coy are >>> Missing - Believed POW 17.7.42 >>> >>> Clarrie's Service and Casualty Form states that on the 27.7.42 - >>> Reported >>> Missing, believed POW and transferred to X List. The next entry is >>> 1.10.42 Officially reported Prisoner of War Interred Camp 85 PM 3450. On >>> 22.11.42 a note is written Tranferred from Italy to Stalag 8A end Sept >>> now POW No 32459, now interred Stalag 344. >>> >>> On his POW form it states that Clarrie was in Stalag 317. On 24 Sept >>> 1943 >>> he was in Stalag 8A and then there is a notation saying 18 Oct 1943 >>> O.K.W. M-Stalag 8B - also on 18.10.43 it is written E727 Mechtal, Kr >>> Beuthen (or something like that!) I have googled and found that E727 is >>> like a camp inside a camp of Stalag 8B which due to excessive numbers >>> split up and a section was named Stalag 344. E727 was also a Power >>> Station. I have a photo of Clarrie taken with a group of men dated Nov >>> 1943 - Stalag 344 - I am not sure if they are all Australians or a mix >>> of >>> men from different countries. They all look healthy enough >>> >>> On 17 Jul 1944 Clarrie is moved to E543 Dombrowa - but I am unsure what >>> this camp would be. >>> >>> Clarrie was thankfully released in May 1945 and arrived home in Aug >>> 1945, >>> he was discharged a month later. Sadly Clarrie has since passed on long >>> before I got to meet him. He never spoke of his time as a POW, according >>> to his youngest daughter - the only reference he ever made to being in >>> the camps was when she would not eat certain things - he would say >>> "you'd >>> eat anything if you were hungry enough". >>> >>> I am hoping that some one on this list has some idea of where these >>> camps >>> were/are, what was the purpose of these camps and what would Clarrie >>> have >>> done there, why was Clarrie moved around and is there anyone out there >>> who also had relatives in "A" Coy 2/32 AIF at that time who may have >>> also >>> been captured - or were part of the other Companies that held strong to >>> ensure that the ridge was not lost to the enemy. I would love to hear >>> from anyone who may have a father or grandfather who has told them >>> stories of their time in any of these camps. >>> >>> I look forward to hearing from you >>> >>> kind regards >>> >>> >>> Virginia >>> >>> . >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> Check out The Great Australian Pay Check now Want to know what your boss >>> is paid? >>> >>> _________________________________________________________________ >>> Want to know what your boss is paid? Check out The Great Australian Pay >>> Check now >>> http://clk.atdmt.com/NMN/go/157639755/direct/01/ >>> >>> ------------------------------ >>> >>> Message: 2 >>> Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2009 16:40:19 +0800 >>> From: <fedelmar@westnet.com.au> >>> Subject: Re: [AUSTRALIAN-POWS] FW: POW WWII DUFF, Clarence William >>> WX9780 2/32 Infantry Battalion "A" Coy >>> To: <australian-pows@rootsweb.com> >>> Message-ID: <F29E0F0AFDF245A5A2B709E29A6D876E@wxppro> >>> Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed; charset="iso-8859-1"; >>> reply-type=original >>> >>> Virginia, >>> Ideally at the NAA there should be a POW statement from Clarrie. Perhaps >>> there may be a clue in there. Other than that, have you been in touch >>> with >>> the Military Museum in Fremantle? The curator may have some record of >>> this >>> camp. >>> >>> Good Luck! >>> >>> Bright Blessings >>> Sandra >>> >>> ----- Original Message ----- >>> From: "Virginia HILLS" <veez1310@hotmail.com> >>> To: <australian-pows@rootsweb.com> >>> Sent: Thursday, November 12, 2009 4:09 PM >>> Subject: [AUSTRALIAN-POWS] FW: POW WWII DUFF, Clarence William WX9780 >>> 2/32 >>> Infantry Battalion "A" Coy >>> >>> >>> > >>> > >>> > >>> > >>> > Hi List >>> > >>> > I hope that someone out there can help me. >>> > >>> > I am researching my husband's Grandpop, Lance Corporal Clarence >>> > (Clarrie) >>> > William DUFF WX9780 from Perth. >>> > >>> > He was taken POW by the German's 17 July 1942, while fighting in the >>> > El >>> > Alamein area in an attempt to secure a ridge of high ground from TRIG >>> > 22 >>> > in the north ("A" coys task) to Qattara Track in the south (taken from >>> > 2/32 Infantry Battalion July- August 1942 Diary ). >>> > >>> > Troops were debussed at 2330hrs 16 July 1942 and at 0250hrs "A" coy >>> > was >>> > under heavy fire. At approx 0310hrs wireless communication broke down. >>> > At 0515hrs "A" coy sent a message saying " I have captured my >>> > objective, >>> > but think I have overshot the mark: am considering pulling back to >>> > objective." At this stage the Battalion Set was now out of action and >>> > a >>> > reply to this message was not possible. At 0530hrs supporting arms >>> > were >>> > sent in to assist, but also came under heavy enemy fire and had to >>> > take >>> > cover on the reverse slope. >>> > >>> > Apparently after "A" coy had captured their objective of TRIG 22 they >>> > moved off without further opposition and dug in some 1500yrds further >>> > on. >>> > It would appear that there was strong enemy forces in the depression >>> > between TRIG 22 and "A" coy. Shortly after 0900hrs the enemy realised >>> > that >>> > despite their best efforts they had lost the ridge. AT 1300hrs 18 July >>> > 1942 a note is made in the Action Diary "Nothing further has come to >>> > light >>> > regarding "A" coy" >>> > >>> > The "Battle Casualty Form" states that approx 120 men from "A" coy are >>> > Missing - Believed POW 17.7.42 >>> > >>> > Clarrie's Service and Casualty Form states that on the 27.7.42 - >>> > Reported >>> > Missing, believed POW and transferred to X List. The next entry is >>> > 1.10.42 Officially reported Prisoner of War Interred Camp 85 PM 3450. >>> > On >>> > 22.11.42 a note is written Tranferred from Italy to Stalag 8A end Sept >>> > now POW No 32459, now interred Stalag 344. >>> > >>> > On his POW form it states that Clarrie was in Stalag 317. On 24 Sept >>> > 1943 >>> > he was in Stalag 8A and then there is a notation saying 18 Oct 1943 >>> > O.K.W. >>> > M-Stalag 8B - also on 18.10.43 it is written E727 Mechtal, Kr Beuthen >>> > (or >>> > something like that!) I have googled and found that E727 is like a >>> > camp >>> > inside a camp of Stalag 8B which due to excessive numbers split up and >>> > a >>> > section was named Stalag 344. E727 was also a Power Station. I have a >>> > photo of Clarrie taken with a group of men dated Nov 1943 - Stalag >>> > 344 - I >>> > am not sure if they are all Australians or a mix of men from different >>> > countries. They all look healthy enough >>> > >>> > On 17 Jul 1944 Clarrie is moved to E543 Dombrowa - but I am unsure >>> > what >>> > this camp would be. >>> > >>> > Clarrie was thankfully released in May 1945 and arrived home in Aug >>> > 1945, >>> > he was discharged a month later. Sadly Clarrie has since passed on >>> > long >>> > before I got to meet him. He never spoke of his time as a POW, >>> > according >>> > to his youngest daughter - the only reference he ever made to being in >>> > the >>> > camps was when she would not eat certain things - he would say "you'd >>> > eat >>> > anything if you were hungry enough". >>> > >>> > I am hoping that some one on this list has some idea of where these >>> > camps >>> > were/are, what was the purpose of these camps and what would Clarrie >>> > have >>> > done there, why was Clarrie moved around and is there anyone out there >>> > who >>> > also had relatives in "A" Coy 2/32 AIF at that time who may have also >>> > been >>> > captured - or were part of the other Companies that held strong to >>> > ensure >>> > that the ridge was not lost to the enemy. I would love to hear from >>> > anyone who may have a father or grandfather who has told them stories >>> > of >>> > their time in any of these camps. >>> > >>> > I look forward to hearing from you >>> > >>> > kind regards >>> > >>> > >>> > Virginia >>> > >>> > . >>> > >>> > >>> > >>> > >>> > >>> > Check out The Great Australian Pay Check now Want to know what your >>> > boss >>> > is paid? >>> > >>> > _________________________________________________________________ >>> > Want to know what your boss is paid? Check out The Great Australian >>> > Pay >>> > Check now >>> > http://clk.atdmt.com/NMN/go/157639755/direct/01/ >>> > >>> > ------------------------------- >>> > To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to >>> > AUSTRALIAN-POWS-request@rootsweb.com with the word 'unsubscribe' >>> > without >>> > the quotes in the subject and the body of the message >>> >>> >>> >>> ------------------------------ >>> >>> To contact the AUSTRALIAN-POWS list administrator, send an email to >>> AUSTRALIAN-POWS-admin@rootsweb.com. >>> >>> To post a message to the AUSTRALIAN-POWS mailing list, send an email to >>> AUSTRALIAN-POWS@rootsweb.com. >>> >>> __________________________________________________________ >>> To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to >>> AUSTRALIAN-POWS-request@rootsweb.com >>> with the word "unsubscribe" without the quotes in the subject and the >>> body of the >>> email with no additional text. >>> >>> >>> End of AUSTRALIAN-POWS Digest, Vol 3, Issue 2 >>> ********************************************* >> >> _________________________________________________________________ >> Want to know what your boss is paid? Check out The Great Australian Pay >> Check now >> http://clk.atdmt.com/NMN/go/157639755/direct/01/ >> >> ------------------------------ >> >> To contact the AUSTRALIAN-POWS list administrator, send an email to >> AUSTRALIAN-POWS-admin@rootsweb.com. >> >> To post a message to the AUSTRALIAN-POWS mailing list, send an email to >> AUSTRALIAN-POWS@rootsweb.com. >> >> __________________________________________________________ >> To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to >> AUSTRALIAN-POWS-request@rootsweb.com >> with the word "unsubscribe" without the quotes in the subject and the >> body >> of the >> email with no additional text. >> >> >> End of AUSTRALIAN-POWS Digest, Vol 3, Issue 3 >> ********************************************* > > > ------------------------------- > To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to > AUSTRALIAN-POWS-request@rootsweb.com with the word 'unsubscribe' without > the quotes in the subject and the body of the message

    11/14/2009 10:35:12