PoW ancestors – more great websites
General PoW overview
The National Ex-Prisoner of War Association
A simply designed website where you can find out all about the work of the Association, browse a useful links section, or find out about fundraising for a proposed memorial to PoWs based on the gates at Stalag XIB, one of the last camps to be liberated.
Second World War
Further information on servicemen captured during the conflict.
Japanese PoW camps
Information on the 190,000 captives held in Japanese camps.
Taiwan (Formosa) during the Second World War
Tells the story of camps on the island of and includes a growing honour roll.
Break-outs, escapees and prison camps
The Great Escape
The truth behind the escape from Stalag Luft III.
Stories of break-out attempts from the seemingly inescapable castle.
More information about the captured RAF ace.
Stalag Luft III
See a replica of the Wooden Horse used to escape from Stalag Luft III at the RAF Escaping Society Museum.
The First World War
During the Great War 7,335 officers and 174,491 other ranks of the British Army were captured. Unfortunately for family historians, relatively few sources have survived – most records are no longer in existence or not accessible. Below are some places you can look: be warned, however, that even the hardiest of researchers may find the repeated use of phrases such as ‘un-indexed’, ‘incomplete’, and ‘difficult to access’, rather depressing.
The best place to start for a general history, and a former Website of the Month.
Researching Prisoner of War Records
Includes a good introduction to the records.
Regimental museums and archives
The best place to start a search regimental museums and archives.
British Library website
Allows you to trawl national or local newspapers, which sometimes listed prisoners.
International Council for the Red Cross
Also holds some records from the First World War, although you will be required to pay a fee in order to request a search.