Mon Aug 3, 2015 21:22

Dear Jack

I am writing on the off chance that you are still checking these discussion boards. It was a while since this particular discussion started.

I was wondering if you could help me. I am researching my Grandfather's WW2 experience and have always known he was a POW, but recently I discovered he was based at E22 in Gleiwitz. I understand that it was a reasonably small camp, so I was wondering if you possibly knew my Grandfather and Great Uncle who were there from 2nd August 1940 to 23rd January 1945. My grandfather was called John Victor Parry (everyone called him Jack) and he was from North Wales. My Uncle was called William Savery (everyone called him Stan) and he was from Newcastle area.

Unfortunately, as they both passed before I was born, I never had the opportunity to ask them about their experiences. One of the main difficulties that I have been having is trying to find out the route they took when they were force marched in January 1945.

If you have any information at all, I would really appreciate it.

Mel D

  • GleiwitzJack G., Sat Aug 23 17:01
    Hello Barbara,Please note that LAmsdorf was the main camp, which could hold about 300.000 POW, from there the Germans send out groups of about 30- 50 POW to places around the area, be it in coal... more
    • POW E22 — poolemelanie, Mon Aug 3 21:22
      • POW E22Ian Bowley, Tue Aug 4 07:14
        Hi Mel, My dad was in E22 for over 4 years and I have quite a lot of information. My son and I took my dad to find the camp in 2009, not long before he died. Earlier this year we went back and... more
        • E22 poolemelanie, Sat Sep 23 21:32
          Ian Blimey, I think I've only just see this post after 2 years! If you are still checking this, I would love to have any information that you have regarding E22 and the March. I also have an idea to... more
    • GleiwitzIan Bowley, Sat Jan 23 07:55
      Just read this posting. My dad was in the E22 work camp for over 4 years. Last May we visited the site and I can confirm that the coal mine was actually in the neighbouring town of Sosnitza. With the ... more
    • Gliewitz e22Aaron Cleavin, Tue Jan 5 01:45
      My Grandfather Alastair Dunbar (From NZ) was the Corpsman for the E22 Working party out of Gleiwitz. He was caputred as part of the rearguard of the Crete Evacuation. If you have any more information ... more
      • Gliewitz e22Ian Bowley, Tue Jan 5 10:25
        My dad was captured at Dunkirk and spent most of the war in E22. He did mention a couple of New Zealanders but could not remember their names. Sadly he died in September aged 88, but last May we... more
        • E22Aaron cleavin, Tue Jan 5 10:41
          My grandfather dies ibn the early 60's before I was born Thomas Alastair Dunbar I have his day book of E22 from 24 August 1944 till 24th May 1945. He was put in charge of the Red Cross and clothing... more
          • E22Ian Bowley, Tue Jan 5 13:08
            Aaron, That would be fantastic. We have been trying to work out where the E22 inmates went - we believe they followed the southern route (there were three, apparently) and I know they passed through... more
            • Re: E22ken richardson, Sat Jan 9 09:59
              hello Ian. what your dad said ? our locoal news paper reported my dads return home in it he said the food was barely enough to keep body and soul together consisting of black bread a few spuds and... more
              • E22Ian Bowley, Sat Jan 9 10:36
                Hi Ken, I get the impression that there were lots of marches, starting as the camps (such as E22) were evacuated and following three basic routes, of which my Dad's was the Southern one. At the... more
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