POWs

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...

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...

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...

Alan Roberts tells the story of Skipton POW Josef Kuppers and his repatriation: At first sight it may seem strange that prisoners of war were allowed to return home amidst the carnage of the First World War. On further consideration this was in fact an excellent idea from both the...

Alan Roberts tells the fascinating story of Marine Engineer Dietrich: Marine Engineer Dietrich and the Submarine War January 1918 There is great excitement in the air as a batch of German officers is to be paraded through the streets of the small market town of Skipton. The German officers themselves...

In this post Alan Roberts continues the fascinating story of the research into the German POWs held in Raikeswood Camp, Skipton in WWI. The first part of this article was intended to provide information about the various prisoners’ identities which were contained within Sachsse and Cossmann’s book, Kriegsgefangen in Skipton....

One of our team, Alan Roberts, has been researching the German prisoners and the British guards. This is the first instalment of his findings: Who exactly were the German prisoners (part 1)? This aspect of the project arose from a simple desire to find out more about not only the...