CARIBBEAN PRISONERS OF WAR WW2

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ABBOTT, Randolph T, 1382581 F.S.,   RAF. From St Vincent, but parents & 2 sisters live in Trinidad(Mr & Mrs C Abbott of Eastern Main Road, Barataria, Trinidad). He worked in Aruba but left on his own to England to join the RAF. Enlisted at Euston on or after Aug 1940.  429 Sqn Halifax LK995  AL-C .  Op. Frankfurt. Airborne 2327hrs. 25 Nov 43 from Leeming. Shot down by a night-fighter from 17,500 feet S of Namur, Belgium. A fire broke out in the bomb bay and the order to abandon was given. It is believed that F/S Davis had been killed in the original attack. He is buried in Hotton War Cemetery, possibly being brought here from Florennes. WO2 Smith's DFM was Gazetted 27 Jul 43. WO2 D.McM.Smith DFM RCAF PoW Sgt J.A.Renton PoW F/O J.J.Thurmeier RCAF Evd WO2 D.R.Nelson RCAF PoW F/S R.T.Abbott PoW F/O M.Rabinovich RCAF PoW F/S R.H.Davis RCAF KIA.  F/S Abbott was interned in Camps L6/L4, PoW No.2981 with WO2 D.R.Nelson, PoW No.2977 and WO2 D.M.Smith, PoW No.2982.  F/O M.Rabinovitch initially evaded until captured in Brussels 10Feb44. Spent time in St.Gilles Prison before internment in Camp L3, PoW No.3614. Sgt J.A.Renton in Camps L6/357, PoW No.43185. "
ANDERSON, Basil Courtney, 1802306, RAFVR, Air Gnr. From Trinidad. Halifax Serial LW317 NP-P 158 Sqn  Op. Hannover  Airborne 2247 8 Oct 43 from Lissett. Cause of loss not established. Crashed at Wiedensahl, 16 km NE of Minden. Sgt J.C.Mattey PoW Sgt G.V.W.Harris PoW Sgt M.T.Airey PoW Sgt R.J.Wootton PoW Sgt A.W.Steen PoW Sgt R.A.Duck PoW Sgt B.G.Anderson PoW Sgt M.T.Airey was interned in Camp 4B. PoW No.259842, with Sgt B.G.Anderson. PoW No.259844. NB; the Camp is shown as L4 in AIR20/3336. Sgt J.C.Mattey initially evaded until captured in Lille 4 Jan 44 and interned in Camp 4B, PoW No possibly 270062. Sgt R.A.Duck in Camps 4B/L1, PoW No.222792. Sgt G.V.W.Harris in Camps 4B/4A, PoW No.259878. Sgt A.W.Steen in Camp 4B, PoW No.259913. Sgt R.J.Wootton in Camps 4B/L3, PoW No.259926.




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BARROW, G.A., WO, WOp/Air Gnr, RAFVR, From Barbados. Stirling  R9350 BU-T ,214 Sqn.,  Op. Essen. Airborne 2058 14 Sep 42 from Stradishall. Shot down by a night- fighter (Hptm Walter Ehle, Stab.11./NJG1) and crashed 0008 at Bomal (or Bowal) (Brabant), 26 km SSE of Leuven, Belgium. Those killed are buried in Heverlee War Cemetery. W/O S.A.Levenson KIA Sgt G.B.Melton KIA F/S s.S.Newcombe KIA Sgt W.J.Davies KIA Sgt L.C.Tillin KIA Sgt G.A.Barrow PoW Sgt R.J.Cox PoW. Sgt G.A.Barrow was interned in Camps 8B/344. PoW No.27173, with Sgt R.J.Cox, PoW No.27105.


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De FREITAS, MICHAEL ANTONIO, Sapper, son of Mrs M De Freitas, Trinidad. reported missing then a POW in Germany.


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HARRIES, Thomas Morgan, Flt Lt, 136418, RAFVR, enlisted Trinidad Air Training Scheme 1941, trained at Prince Edward Island, Canada. Shot down over a V1 site by flak on 28 February 1944 whilst on a PR mission - a/c Mustang, 19 Sqn. Taken prisoner - Camp L3, POW# 3606. Trinidad Guardian articles:- 19 Apr 44   21 Apr 44


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PRODGERS, Edwin Henry, Gnr. Royal Artillery, Trinidad Guardian 1 Mar 1942: Gnr Edwin Herbert Prodgers,30, who fought in the battles at Calais, Dunkerque and the Libyan Campaign is now a POW in Rome. On Friday his mother, Mrs E M Prodgers of 4 Elizabeth Street, St Claire, received copy of cable, stating her son # 88063, POW. Mrs Prodgers initially received news in January 1942 that he was MIA.


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REID, E.E., L/Cpl, Jamaica - is reported a POW in Italy according to May 1943 issue of the West India Committee Circular

RHODES, W.E.A., Cpl, West indies, Trinidad Guardian of 14 Sep 1943 reports he is listed as a POW.

ROSTANT, Keith L., F/S (Later WO), 1387079, Trinidad, reported missing 16 April 1943. POW # 1093, Camp 357. Trinidad Guardian   4 Sep 45


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WEIR, Douglas Jones, Lt. Argyle & Sutherlands: Trinidad Guardian 1 July 1942: "- Lt Douglas Weir, son of Mr & Mrs J C Weir of Maraval, was a former Asst Supt of TTPS & was transferred to Malaya Police Force about 2 years ago. At outbreak of war with Japan, commissioned in Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders and fought with them in their continuous rearguard actions from Kuala Lumpur back to Singapore. Had been wounded by a bullet, but not badly; was in hospital when Singapore fell. A cable from him was received in early February, 4 weeks before Singapore fell. Now most likely a Prisoner of War. News via a fellow Officer who escaped to Ceylon."

WRIGHT, Stephen, Capt., B.E.F., Daily Gleaner, Kingston, Jamaica: May 8, 1941: "Some months ago reported in Gleaner that Capt Stephen Wright KIA in France. Now a POW in France. Writing from Binder Abbey, Wool, Dorset, Mrs Wright says: "On Feb19 received letter from Stephen. Written in Oct 24 from the civil prison in Lille. He ran into the head of the German Panzer Division on June 8 and was taken prisoner. On June 16, with another officer, in uniform, escaped at night and made their way to the coast. Wandered up & down for 5 weeks trying to find a boat and finally turned South to reach Free France. 5 nights later they were recaptured. On Aug 9 was admitted to POW camp at Lille = "It is rather a relief to feel safe after 4 months of plotting, escaping, hiding, being recaptured...interrogated""". Story carried in Sunday Guardian 18 May 1941


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