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We are delighted and privileged to feature an article written by Ernesto Brucker whose father Georg Brucker was imprisoned in Raikeswood Camp, Skipton from January 1918 until October 1919. Ernesto lives in Buenos Aires. Ernesto Brucker My name is Ernesto Ricardo Brucker and I live in Buenos Aires in Argentina....

South-east of Arras, 2nd Lieutenant Wilhelm Dobbek was captured near the village of Bullecourt. Dobbek had been born in Flatow in West Prussia, a town which is now part of Poland. He was suffering from slight gunshot wounds to the right side his back. He was admitted to Belmont Hospital...

On 22 August 1917 two German soldiers were captured who would later be imprisoned at Skipton Camp. Both were captured in Belgium. Private Emil Hückelheim was captured near the village of Zillebeke to the south-east of Ypres. He was severely wounded with shrapnel wounds to his mouth and left eye,...

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...

Promoted non-commissioned officer Friedrich Ibscher was captured at Langemarck on 17 August 1917. He was from Straubing, a small town in the north of Bavaria. He served with the 13th Bavarian Reserve Regiment. He was a member of the third batch of German officers to enter Skipton Camp on 21...

The Battle of Langemarck – 16th August 1917 Some historians view the Battle of Passchendaele as a series of discrete attacks punctuated by periods of resupply and coupled with continual losses by attrition. On 16 August the British resumed the major attack which had commenced on 31st July. A lull...

On 15 August 1917 Canadian troops attacked Hill 70 which lay to the north of the town of Lens in northern France. The aim was to draw potential reinforcements away from the 3rd Battle of Ypres. The great British offensive there had almost ground to a halt in the mud...

On 12 August 1917 2nd Lieutenant Joachim von Bertrab was shot down over the trenches of northern France. Von Bertrab was a fighter pilot with Jasta 30. Germans are fond of long names, but are also fond of shortening them too. Jagdstaffel or fighter squadron therefore became Jasta. Successful fighter...

19-year-old Private Albert Stasch was captured near Ypres on 11 August 1917. He was severely wounded with a fractured left leg due to the effects of shrapnel. He was immediately admitted to hospital and did not enter Skipton camp until August 1918. Private Stasch came from the small village of...