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South African World War II PRISONERS OF WAR

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  • Carl Christian Paul (1919 - 1995)
  • Frederick Brunner (1909 - 2005)
    Marriage record: "South Africa, Cape Province, Western Cape Archives Records, 1792-1992," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 19 May 2016), Cape Town > image 42 of 101; Western Cape Archives, Cape T...
  • Domingo Nunes (deceased)
    Served in the South African Army's North African campaign,captured by the Italians,where he had a whale of a time,being of Madeiran(Portuguese)parentage,his temperament was so like that of the Italians...
  • Bennie Gelfand (1915 - 1991)
    Bennie Gelfand was born on 15 June 1915, in Wynberg, in the Province of the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town. He died in Kenilworth, Cape Town on 25 July 1991. His parents were Lewis and Ethel Gelfand. H...
  • Barend Carolus Van Tubbergh (1908 - 1992)
    WWII Pvt. Barend Carolus "Ben" van Tubbergh, service number #254076. Captured at Tobruk 20/6/1942. POW: Camp PG75 Torre Tresca, Bari, Italy. Camp PG54 Fara Sabina, Italy. Camp PG110 Carbonia, Sardini...

This is the sub-project where all profiles of South Africans who were Prisoners of War during World War II can be added.

All South African Army, Navy and Air Force soldiers (and civilians?) who were Prisoners of War during WWII can be added to this project.

About 334,000 men volunteered for full-time service in the South African Army during the war (including some 211,000 whites, 77,000 blacks and 46,000 coloureds and Indians). The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has records of 11,023 known South Africans who died during World War II.

Sub-projects for more specialised interests will be added when possible.

Hoping to add further sub-projects for POWs held in Egypt, Libya, Italy, Poland, and Germany.

Collaborators are welcome, and so are suggestions.


Under "DOCUMENTS" you will find pages from WO392/21 Section 5.

This is the list of "Imperial Prisoners of War in Italy" for August 1943. Section 5 contains the alphabetical list of "South African Union Defence Forces".

PLEASE NOTE: This file has been known to contain errors - specifically that people are listed as in a camp but they were already moved to another camp or country. So please be advised to use this list with caution, and if possible cross reference it. It is still a useful document, as it contains - Camp number, Surname, Initials, Rank, and Service number.


RELATED WWII GENI PROJECTS:

WWII North African Campaign Project 10 June 1940 - 13 May 1943 (Including the Western Desert Campaign and the Second Battle of El Alamein). Total of South African casualties in the North African Campaign = 20,279. Battle deaths 2,104, wounded 3,928, POW 14,247.

South African WWII PARTICIPANTS

South African WWII CASUALTIES

World War II (main project & portal)

WWII Casualties (international)

South African WWII PORTAL

PROFILES ADDED AND THEIR KNOWN POW CAMP LOCATIONS

PLEASE ADD SA SOLDIERS ON GENI WHO WERE TAKEN PRISONER OF WAR BELOW:

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Cpl. A J de B DE JAGER Service #SAP/196800. MIA 20/6/1942, Confirmed POW 22/2/1943. Captured after the Fall of Tobruk (North African Campaign). POW Camps: Benghazi (Libya) PG165/166, Brindisi (Italy) PG454, Bari (Italy) PG75 Torre Tresca, Fara Sabina (Italy) PG4, Sardinia PG110 Carbonia, Laterina (Italy) PG82. Escaper/Evader. Italian Resistance Movement. Reunited with Allies on 4/7/1944, Returned to SA 7/9/1944.

Pvt. B C VAN TUBBERGH Service #254076. Captured at Tobruk (North African Campaign). POW Camps: Bari (Italy) PG75, Fara Sabina (Italy) PG54, Sardinia (Italy) PG110 Carbonia, Laterina G82. Escaper/Evader. Italian Resistance Movement. Reunited with Allies on 4/7/1944, Returned to SA.

Pvt J C W HANDFORD Service #26754. POW # 75083. POW Camps: Chiabari (Italy) PG52. Gorlitz (Poland) Stalag 8A. Returned to SA.

Lt.Col. G E L'ESTRANGE, DSO, VD Service #1454 (Commander of Railhead Force, North African Campaign). POW Camps: Bari (Italy) PG75 Torre Tresca. Returned to SA.

Lt. K G L'ESTRANGE (son of Lt.Col. G E L'Estrange) Service #1469. POW Camps: Bari (Italy) PG75 Torre Tresca. Returned to SA.

Sig. D J CURRIE Service #3373. Captured in North Africa, POW Camps: PG65.


Sgt. Joseph BURCHELL #196785 (Quartermaster A company, 6th SA Infantry Div.). Captured at the Fall of Tobruk (North African Campaign). MIA 20/6/1942, Confirmed POW 8/3/1943 at Fara Sabina (Italy) PG54. POW Camps: 1/7/1942-2/5/1945 in Italy, Poland & Germany. Arrived UK 12/5/1945.

Capt. Johannes Casparus LEMMER, MC, #196819 (A company commander, 6th SA Infantry Div.). Served in Egypt & Libya 10/6/1941-20/6/1942. Captured at the Fall of Tobruk (North African Campaign). POW camps: Italy 20/6/1942-11/9/1942, Germany -28/3/1945. Arrived UK 7/4/1945, RTU 6/5/1945. Military Cross 21/1/1947.

L.Cpl. Richard FITCHAT, #196763 (assistant quartermaster, A Company, 6th SA Infantry Div.). Captured after the Fall of Tobruk (North African Campaign). MIA 20/6/1942, Confirmed POW 22/2/1943. POW Camps: Benghazi (Libya) PG165/166, Brindisi (Italy) PG454, Fara Sabina (Italy) PG54, Italy 1/8/1942-23/11/1943, Germany 24/11/1943-11/5/1945. Released 13/5/1945, RTU 20/5/1945.

Sgt.Maj. Johannes Petrus JONKER, #195744 (A Company, 6th SA Infantry Div.). From Natal. Served in Egypt 8/6/1941-16/2/1942. Captured after the Fall of Tobruk (North African Campaign). POW Camps: Benghazi (Libya) PG154/166, Brindisi (Italy) PG454, Bari (Italy) PG75 Torre Tresca, Fara Sabina (Italy) PG54. Returned to SA.

Brig. / Maj.-Gen. Bertram Frank ARMSTRONG, DSO. (commander of 5th SA Infantry Brigade). b.25/1/1893-d.1972. Captured at Sidi Rezeg on 23 or 24 11/1941, flown directly from North Africa to Germany for interrogation. POW Camps: PG12 Candella (medieval castle of Vincigliata near Florence). Escaped 14/5/1944. Returned to SA. Medals & Decorations: 1914-15 Star, Victory Medal, British War Medal, 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, The War Medal, Africa Service Medal, King's Silver Jubilee Medal 1935, King George VI Coronation Medal 1937, DSO 1941. Son of: Nathaniel Xavier Armstrong (b.9/10/ - ) & Anastasia Agnes Guy (b.17/2/1874-c.1942).


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

POW Camp PG54 Fara Sabina (Italy) Site dedicated to the Fara Sabina camp, with some stories and photos.

Allied POWs in Italy Site dedicated to WWII Allied POWs held in Italy, with stories & photos, and pages for different camps.

WWII Fascist POW Camps Italian site with lots of resources relating to all Italian held POW and work camps during WWII. (Site can be translated to English).