Sunday, 5 August 2018

Ancestry adds UK, Allied Prisoners of War, 1939-1945

Ancestry ( has a new collection which may be of interest for those who may have UK ancestors interned as Allied prisoners of war between 1939 and 1945:

UK, Allied Prisoners of War, 1939-1945
Source: Original data: AIR 40: Rolls of POWs 1939-1945, WO 392: POW lists 1943-1945, WO 361: Casualities and Missing Personnel 1939-1945, WO 345: Japanese Index cards of Allied POWs 1942-1947, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey, England.

About UK, Allied Prisoners of War, 1939-1945
During the Second World War, hundreds of thousands of allied troops were captured during and following military battles and were held in Prisoner of War Camps in both Europe and Asia. Whilst a large number were liberated once fighting had ceased, sadly many died before the end of the war, whilst being held in the camps. This collection contains information about the soldiers captured, where they were held and often, what happened to them.

Whilst details vary between sets of records, you may find the following information (where available):

Camp name
Place and Date of birth
Place and Date of death
Father’s name
Mother’s name
Date and Place of Capture
Service (e.g. Army, Air, Navy, Civilian)
Service rank
Service number

COMMENT: Some basic index information is returned on Ancestry for a search - but just for the record, I think that it stinks that Ancestry wants you to pay for another subscription on its platform to see the original record.

And equally for the record - I think that it also stinks that The National Archives is going along with this.


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1 comment:

  1. Totally agree about the Fold3 subscription, Chris - it really smacks of stealth selling tactics.