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POW Files in US National Archives

US National Archives (NARA) Record Group RG 84 Listing of selected USA Embassy London, England, UK files 1914-1918 related to Prisoners of War (Military and Civilian). Much of the correspondence is routing correspondence from the US Embassy in Berlin to … Continue reading

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Findmypast publishes new POW indexes

Friday 24th April 2015 – Findmypast today have added some additional indexes which be of great interest to those researching civilian POW in the first world war.  See http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/prisoners-of-war-1914-1920 . The new indexes contain some similar material include several earlier version of … Continue reading

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New index (Names A-B) Ruhleben

As an interim release, a new dataset based on an index of Ruhleben Civilian Prisoners of War as at September 1916 is now avilable via this page. This includes many names who were released prior to that date. It is … Continue reading

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Tracing an individual – an introduction

This website and these guidancenotes relate to British individuals who were taken as civilian Prisoners Of War by (POW) Germany and its allies during the First World War. Most of the information relates to Merchant Seamen and Fisherman although some sources … Continue reading

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Blaikie, James (1861-1930) Captain

Captain BLAIKIE who was in charge of the ship the “Caledonia” when she met her fate in the Mediterranean on December 5th, 1916. When 125 miles east of Malta she encountered the German submarine U-65, which torpedoed her without warning. … Continue reading

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Lascar

A “lascar” has been defined Asian seaman or sailor (the origin of the word is from Khalasi meaning sailor and Kara meaning worker) in Tamil [[1]] References to lascars in The National Archives can be found in the [Catalogue search … Continue reading

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Horlock v Beal Case

The Board of Trade’s papers for this legal case including a copy of the House of Lords appeal judgement dated 21/1/1916, are in folder M2886 in file MT 9/1166. The case arose because the shipowner F W Horlock & Co … Continue reading

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Corrrespondence re Lucas M DU TOIT

South African Prime Minister’s Office Corrrespondence re Lucas M DU TOIT Transcript of South Africa National Archives file DEPOT SAB SOURCE PM TYPE LEER VOLUME_NO 1/1/42 SYSTEM 01 REFERENCE PM4/64/1916 PART 1 DESCRIPTION EUROPEAN WAR. REV. MEIRING RE LM DU … Continue reading

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Lucas Martinus DU TOIT

Du Toit, Lucas Martinus (1870-?) Born in Stanford, South Africa on 9th May 1870. Moved to Johannesburg in 1890 and fought in the Boer War, 1899 – 1902, on the Transvaal side as a burger of the State, and after … Continue reading

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