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Letter sent to released Prisoners of War, 1918

Many thousands of British soldiers were held as prisoners of war by the Germans.  Some men of the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment had the misfortune of been captured as early as 26th August 1914, and remained in captivity for the duration of the war.  The first German held prisoners of war were released within days of the Armistice signed on 11th November 1918.  Those held by the Bulgarians enjoyed their freedom as early as October 1918.  Each repatriated prisoner of war received this letter from the King and Queen.


1918 letter to released prisoners of war.
Accession Number: KO2111/03

There are a couple of examples in the museum's collection and include the following:

bulletReleased prisoner of war letter, 1918.  No further details. KO2111/03
bulletReleased prisoner of war letter, 1918.  Received by Captain Leslie William Harries, 9th Battalion, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, captured in late 1915 in Salonika and released by the Bulgarians on 28th October 1918.  Captain Harries attempted escape in the summer of 1916, a fact stated in a telegram home in August 1916.  KO2548/13

Only a proportion of our collections are on display at anyone time.  Certain items are on loan for display in other institutions.  An appointment is required to consult any of our collections which are held in store.

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