19 August 1917: Erwin Bartels captured near St Quentin

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.

THE GERMAN ARMY ON THE WESTERN FRONT, 1914-1918  German troops checking the extent of destruction of St. Quentin Cathedral after the British shelling of 17 August 1917. Copyright: © IWM (Q 87822).