2nd Lieutenant Erwin Bartels was captured near the hamlet of Le Catelet near St Quentin in Picardy. He was suffering from a slight bayonet wound to the right side of his chest and a severe gunshot wound to his neck. He was admitted to Belmont Hospital in Surrey. He was later transferred to the prisoner-of-war camp at Colsterdale, some 5 miles to the west of Masham on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. He entered Skipton Camp on 2 February 1918.