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Alan Roberts reports on the visit to Skipton of the granddaughter of Edward Snee, one of the camp interpreters: It was a real pleasure to welcome Richard and Jill Topham to Skipton earlier this summer. They were in England on holiday from their home in Melbourne in Australia. Richard is a proud...

31st July 1917 The word Passchendaele has become synonymous with the horror and futility of modern industrial warfare. It conjures up images of exhausted and demoralised soldiers trudging across flooded mudlands and denuded forests. It does not truly depict the cacophony of explosions and the constant stench of death. That...

Alfred Schröder came from the town of Duisberg, a major centre in Germany’s iron and steel industry. On 28 July 1917 he was captured near the village of Langemark which is a few miles to the north-east of Ypres. He was  20 years old and a second lieutenant. He had severe...

2nd Lieutenant Georg Bach was captured near the village of Hooge which lay a couple of miles or so  from what had once been the beautiful medieval town of Ypres. He came from Nuremberg and was serving with one of the Bavarian regiments. He had slight shrapnel wounds to his...

Lieutenant Hans Carl Schumacher was captured on 30 June 1917 at Péronne in Northern France. Péronne lies close to the site of the Battle of the Somme (1916). Péronne was in German hands for much of the war, and only fell into Allied hands when the Germans withdrew to the...

Grenadier Paul Liebchen was captured at Avion on 28 June 1917. He had a gunshot wound to his left thigh that was described as slight. He was a member of the 5th Garde-Grenadier-Regiment. Avion itself lies in Northern France and was captured between 26th and 29th June 1917 during the...

14 June 1917 Musketeer Adolf Mau was captured at Arras in Northern France on 14 June 1917. He was in the 162nd Infantry Regiment. He had a slight gunshot wound to his right shoulder. He had been born in May 1896 and was just 21 years old. He was born...

We are very proud and privileged to feature an article by renowned local personality, Ian Dewhirst. Ian is an expert on all things Keighley. A former reference librarian, Ian is the author of many books about Keighley and the surrounding area. He continues to write a weekly column for the...

Skipton UDC, or Skipton Urban District Council to give it its full title, was one of the forerunners of today’s Craven District Council. The minutes of the council and committee meetings provide some interesting insights into a small town trying to cope with the monstrosity that was the First World War....

Alan Roberts tells the story of one of the camp interpreters, Edward Snee: Mr Snee, the Interpreter His easy going care-free manner made Mr Snee stand out from the moment the prisoners arrived in Skipton. He himself had attended a school in Kassel in Germany, and his knowledge of German...