WW1 Prisoner of War records join Findmypast

By Jon Bauckham, 30 April 2015 - 3:08pm

More than 43,000 records relating to troops captured by the Ottoman forces have been made available to explore on Findmypast for the first time

Gallipoli

Troops landing at Anzac Cove in the Dardanelles, 1915 (Photo: Getty Images)

Thousands of Prisoner of War records have been made available to explore on Findmypast for the first time.

Released on Saturday (25 April) to mark 100 years since the start of the Gallipoli Campaign, the Prisoners of War, 1914-1920 collection contains details of more than 43,000 Allied and foreign troops held in Ottoman camps during the First World War.

Digitised from original records held by The National Archives, the release not only includes the names of military personnel taken prisoner – both allied and foreign – but civilians, seamen, fishermen and diplomatic employees.

Also featured within the set are reports on camp conditions, plus requests made by inmates for items such as footballs and biscuits.

The tranche forms part of what will eventually become a wider Prisoner of War collection on Findmypast dating back to 1715.

Once complete, it will also hold material relating to the Jacobite Rebellion, French Revolutionary Wars, the Boer Wars and the Second World War.

Caroline Kimbell, Head of Licensing at The National Archives said: “As the granddaughter of a Gallipoli survivor I’m grateful to our partners at Findmypast for bringing these very human records to a worldwide audience for the first time.

“The collection marks the start of a complex and fascinating programme of PoW records through the ages.”

Paul Nixon, military historian at Findmypast, added: “The Prisoners of War Collection comprises an extraordinary array of fascinating record sets and Findmypast is thrilled to have been awarded the licence to digitise and publish these records online for the first time.”

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