Posted 14 July 2011 - 04:59 pm
After recently coming into contact with another relative who is also been doing the family tree, i have discovered that one of my relatives called John William Smith (Johann Wilhelm Schmidt) who was born in 1843 from Bavaria, Germany, was under house arrest during WW1 and had to spend two weeks at an interment camp at Alexandra Palace. After explaining to them that he had three sons fighting in the war and that he had already been living in England for around 50 years (came to England in 1860's) they decided that he wouldn't be a threat to the country so they let him go and he returned home. Unfortunatly the family had to destroy all of their papers and records to do with the German link in order to stop any of them being interneed later on (during WW2).
Is there any records which survive which might be able to help me get more information about his time being at Alexandra Palace and would there be any records which survive about him being arrested at all?