PoW collection launches online
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.