British POWs Marching in Bad Schmiedeberg

The British POWs on the March in Bad Schmiedeberg, 1944

This photograph was taken by Frau Priess, who prepared the British POWs daily ‘skilly’ ration, in early 1944. I had previously thought that this picture and the POW group photograph were taken in early 1945, but it has now been confirmed that several men featured on both photos were transferred to Stalag 4C in May 1944, so it obviously must have been taken before then. Just over 53 years later Pat O’Sullivan captioned it thus:

‘Sunday afternoon going to play football. Alfie Granger didn’t like football and stayed with Jim Britton and Davies in camp. Davies had a bad leg, too.’

Pat remembers that the guard who escorted them that day, a veteran of the Russian Front, only had one arm. The men featured on the photograph are:

Front row, left to right: Lewis, Sangster and Akers. Bringing up the extreme rear, and showing off a very soldierly bearing, is Tony Mitchell.

The second row is Davey, Rolfe, Price and Gent. The third row has MacRae at first left. Washington is third from the rear, left and Garbutt is in front of Mitchell. O’Sullivan, Smith, Chamberlain and Tunney can just about be made out towards the rear on the original. Photograph courtesy Pat O’Sullivan

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