On this day in 1917

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 strongly fortified Hindenburg Line in early 1917. Schumacher was born and bred in Berlin. He was originally sent to prisoner-of-war camp in Southampton, but was later transferred to Holyport in Berkshire in July 1917. He was moved to Skipton in early October 1918, but returned to Holyport later that month.

He lived in Rönnebergstrasse in Friedenau in Berlin. There are some rather grand town houses in this particular street. According to local estate agents, some of the other houses in Rönnebergstrasse date from 1895, 1898, 1908, 1905, 1910. There is therefore a good chance that his family house is still standing.