PoW col­lec­tion launches on­line

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Thou­sands of Pris­oner of War records have been made avail­able to ex­plore on find­my­past.co.uk for the first time.

Re­leased in April to mark 100 years since the start of the Gal­lipoli Cam­paign, the Pris­on­ers of War 1914-1920 col­lec­tion con­tains de­tails of more than 43,000 Al­lied and for­eign troops held in Ot­toman camps dur­ing the First World War.

Digi­tised from orig­i­nal records held by The Na­tional Ar­chives, the re­lease not only in­cludes the names of mil­i­tary per­son­nel taken pris­oner – both Al­lied and for­eign – but civil­ians, sea­men, fish­er­men and diplo­matic em­ploy­ees.

Also fea­tured within the set are re­ports on camp con­di­tions, plus de­tails of re­quests made by in­mates for items such as foot­balls and bis­cuits.

This tranche forms part of what will even­tu­ally be­come a wider Pris­oner of War col­lec­tion dat­ing back to 1715.

Once com­plete, it will con­tain fur­ther ma­te­rial re­lat­ing to the First World War, as well as the Ja­co­bite Re­bel­lion, Boer Wars and the Se­cond World War. A list of men cap­tured dur­ing the French Revo­lu­tion­ary Wars in 1812 is due on­line in June.

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