Excerpts from diary of
To whom it may concern,
I am doing research on a diary kept by my father while he was a Prisoner of War in Germany in 1945. In the diary he mentions several United States Army personnel with whom he came in contact in his role as a doctor with the British Royal Army Medical Corps.
I would be interested in finding out if the U.S. personnel mentioned survived the war and if any are still alive. Unfortunately information is minimal and in many cases I only have a last name. I assume all of them would have been listed as Prisoners of War or as Missing in Action in your records. The names and dates mentioned are:
1) 14th March 1945 ……Koons, treated for diphtheria.
2) 14th March 1945 ……Goodlin, treated for diphtheria.
3) 3rd April 1945 Bill Chesters, Medical Orderly.
4) 3rd April 1945 ……Radford, Medical Orderly.
5) 9th April 1945 …….Hudjek, dies.
Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated, or if you cannot provide information could you please direct me to other sources.
Thank you for your assistance.
23nd January 1945. Lamsdorf, Silesia. Stalag VIII B
Party II – Bks VII + VIII - Maj MacLardy – Dept. 1130 hrs.
Kit packed on sledge made
from scrap wood. Rucksack (converted from kit bag). Haversack. Kit:- In
packs, one shirt, pants, vest, towel, handkerchiefs (5), socks (5), Toilet
articles, knife, fork, spoon, tin cup (butter tin), Sleeping bag, Blanket
(1). Wearing Shirt, pants, vest, pyjama trousers, Pullover, Battle-dress,
Greatcoat, gloves + mittens, Scarf, Balaclava, Puttees. 4 bars Chocolate.
Gift from Bill Foreman).
4 oz Tea. Many decided that the prospect of a march was not pleasant +
pleaded sick + were returned at the gate.
Party III left Stalag gates at circa 1130 hrs. Issued at gate with Parcel (i) Xmas.
Tin Tobacco (i).
½ German loaf.
ca. ½ tin Margarine.
Medical Kit:- Morphine,
Elastoplast, Bandages, Suppositories, Aspirin, Dovers,
Block VI Medical Inspection room staff failed to turn up at the gate +
thus start was made without the necessary orderlies as previously
arranged. Thus shortage of medical supplies.
Long wait until we got moving at circa 1230 hrs via
Lamsdorf village. Many refugees in horse drawn columns from Oppeln.
Very slow going. Signs of battle to the N + E – Oppeln? Thick snow, cold
with very difficult pulling on main Oppeln-Neisse
road. Abandoning of surplus kit commenced. Help by attaching sledge to
horsedrawn waggon refugees for 4 kilos or so. Bore right (i.e. to west)
off Oppeln-Neisse road. Column very drawn out + many men fatigued. Arrived
after passing level crossing + pulling through thick 9 inch snow for 2
kilos. Other parties bedded down in barns + not seen. Arrived 2030 hrs.
Halts on the way – 3 - Each circa 10 mins to enable stragglers to close
up. One or two (elderly men) collapsed + were placed on waggons. Passed by
bus full of sitting German wounded. Accommodation for night - large wooden
barn, very draughty, straw. Overcrowded, 50 men slept outside in the snow,
frost. No cooking or hygiene. Gunfire clear all day + night. Cold water
+ fires for 1 hr after arrival so some
men managed hot drinks.
Supper. 1 slice bread + ½
tin frozen Heinz beans. Water.
Slept- ? 3-4 hrs - sitting up in blankets. Men were cheerful - but very cold. No sick parades. no men reported sick. Distance 23 kilos.
5th February 1945. Stalag VIII A, Görlitz-Moys, Silesia
Reveille 0715 hrs.
Breakfast - Haferflocken. Tea. Bread + Honey (Treacle).
Sick parade 1015-1100 hrs.
Issue - Good pea soup
[for men]. Bread ¼ loaf.
[Met the Graf and] saw one or two rooms of Schloss.
Dept 1230 hrs No 2. 15 sick on waggons. Easy marching muddy roads
through Schönbronn to Görlitz-Moys. Arr 1630 hrs.
Distance 16 kilos.
Large mixed camp. Very muddy and crowded. Conditions very bad. Men - majority on damp stone floor. No Red X food. S.B.M.0.Major Bramlow-Downing.Quarters - Room for Mac, Wes + Self in Revin barrack. Usual beds + wood wool mattresses. Capt Gibbons R.A.M.C. – here unable to reach Lamsdorf on return from repat. train. Capt Stallard - looking all-in, having arrived Sat 3rd Feb. Bucket bath in room. Changed clothing, shirt etc first time for 14 days. Good meal with Soup. Rice, meat. Toast. Dried Bananas. Tea. [Total Min 282 Max 287.]
9th February 1945. Stalag VIII A,
[Gibby and Wes Clare for Lazaret. Took over Gibbons' ward 22B and A. i.e. 150 beds.] + adjacent annexe, about 90 patients. Chiefly Exhaustion, Debility, Influenza, Diarrhea + Pneumonias +. U.S.A. troops very bad condition. Very thin, anaemic + emaciated + No resistance. (22B + taken over from Capt Gibbons)
15th February 1945. Kroppnitz, Germany.
Reveille 06:00. Tea, porridge and bread for breakfast.
Outside camp gates at 08:30. Cold and driving rain, very wet and muddy.
Issued ½ loaf and 1/10 tin meat for two days. Marchers split into 3
Group 1 Stalag VIIIA circa 1000
Group 2 Stalag
344 circa 1000
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