PoW ancestors online

This guide was last updated in 2009

As The Imperial War Museum North holds its first major exhibition exploring the lives of prisoners of war, now is the perfect time to investigate the experiences of your ancestors behind the wire. Jonathan Warren explains how the internet can help.

During the World Wars hundreds of thousands of Allied servicemen were held by the enemy. In the Far East alone during the Second World War over 190,000 servicemen became prisoners of the Japanese.

Across the following pages we offer a guide to six of the best websites to help you track down your PoW ancestors, as well as other online resources which may prove useful. To get started, click here.

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