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Thanks very much for the additional info Danish Scheme, I would love to see your sisters work ! We go to Denmark at least once a year, the family are from Odense so perhaps we could arrange to meet over an Elephant or two and I will bring along the postcards, once I have the scanning sorted out I will send you a copy of the account my grandad left of his Great War service, including his time as POW.
Endnu en gang, Mange Tak, Jonathan Bowd
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Generally, though not necessarily always, PoWs out at working camps were returned to the parent camp before repatriation. There is an account by Dawson who was at Kiel at the end of the war and he certainly went back to Güstrow. The Baltic ports were the ones used to repatriate prisoners from Güstrow. Some seem to have gone out through Kiel but others, as my grandfather did, went out via the camp at Viborg in Denmark (to Leith and then Ripon, one of two main clearing camps). This was a popular route and there is an account available of a PoW from Güstrow who followed that route. I have many postcards of Viborg camp that my Grandfather picked up there and I also have a photograph of British PoWs at Viborg (very happy ones!).
Yes there were Japanese PoWs, 83 were at Güstrow at the end of the war.
PS I think the list of camps is possibly Dülmen (a well known head camp), and Gettorf, a working camp attached to Güstrow. The account by Dawson certainly seems to echo your grandfather's story as he was at Gettorf and he also gives an account of the end of the war at Kiel.
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 11:56 AM
I somehow knew you would ask for Dawson's account but needed time to locate it as the link I had was broken. However it is here.
There are several photographs of the Güstrow cemetery that I know of. I have one that was taken of the Grave of John Gilfillan, a fellow comrade of my Grandfather. There is one of Malthouse's grave, of similar quality to that of Gilfillan, in the Australian War Museum (available to view on line) plus there are several views in the background of the photographs of the dedication of the war memorial, of which there are numerous images. I also have one of a funeral party which includes my Grandfather amongst the mourners. Your however seems to be one I have not seen and I would like to see it as well as the unnamed camp one.
The account of Donald Stewart is here. The article is right at the end so start there.
I have read quite a few accounts of PoWs in connection with bread from Denmark; the concensus appears to be that the bread sent from home was often mouldy when received but that from Denmark was fine.
I will scan the Viborg picture for you and post it here soon. For a better quality image I would need an e-mail address.
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