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"Diary of Pt.. F.G Somerville".

 (This information was kindly supplied to me by his Grandson Alan)
Many thanks Alan.

I've included this diary of Fred Somerville as I think it is an important

piece of history showing that all these veterans suffered a similar experience during the infamous Death March.

Fred Somerville was captured at Dunkirk in 1940 and
was in the Royal
Auxiliary Service Corps - he was from Edinburgh , Scotland.
 

THE  DEATH  MARCH 
 

Pt.. F.G Somerville No. T/55813  - POW No. 10277 - Stalag VIIIB 
No.1 L & C Railhead Coy , RASC , BEF.

Left E769 , (Lamsdorf) Jan 22nd 1945 on the march.
Monday 22nd Jan - Started at 4.30pm arrived at HEBERTDORF after 12 Hours march.
Jan 25th - SHANON
Jan 26th - BACHELODORF
Jan 27th - SHNELLEWALDS
Jan 28th - SCHWANDORF
Jan 29th - Rest.
Jan 30th - REICHENSTEIN
Jan 31st - MARZDORF (Near Glatz)
Feb. 1st   - Rest.
Feb. 2nd  - KAMNITZ
Feb. 3rd  - OTTENDORF
Feb. 4th  - Rest.
Feb. 5th  - WICHERSDORF
Feb. 6th  - Rest.
Feb. 7th  - Rest.
Feb. 8th  - Rest.
Feb. 9th  - MERHERSDORF
Feb. 10th - ALBENDORF
Feb. 11th - Rest.
Feb. 12th - AULTENBUCH
Feb. 13th - Entered CHEK CISTA
Feb. 14th - SOBREIAS
Feb. 15th - Rest.
Feb. 16th - SAMSCHIN
Feb. 17th - SUCHROWITZ
Feb. 18th - Rest.
Feb. 19th - OBER CRUPPEI
Feb. 20th - REIDSTADT
Feb. 21st - STRASENITZ
Feb. 22nd - KREIS PREISEN
Feb. 23rd - AUSCHINE
Feb. 24th - PROBSTAW
Feb. 25th - Rest.
Feb. 26th - OSSEGG
Feb. 27th - NEUDORF
Feb. 28th - Rest.
Mar 1st - WISTRITZ
Mar 2nd - ROSENWITZ
Mar 3rd - GFELL (Sick today)
Mar 4th - WINTERGRUN
Mar 5th - FOLKENAU
Mar 6th - Rest.
Mar 7th - KONIGABERG
Mar 8th - Rest.
Mar 10th - RITTENDOEF
Mar 11th - Rest.
Mar 12th - Rest.
Mar 13th - ???? (Bavaria 736 KOM)
Mar 14th - ROSLAU
Mar 15th - Rest.
Mar16th - Had to strip off and wash in small lake. The first for 8 weeks.
Mar 17th - GEFREES
Mar 18th - ROSENTHAL
Mar 19th - Rest.
Mar 20th - Rest.
Mar 21st - Rest. (First day of spring)
Mar 22nd - Rest. (2 months to day by date since we left Wifo¹o Hydebreck)
  Parcels up - 1 between 2 men 
      1 between 10 men 
      50 cigs each man (Thank God)
Mar 23rd - Rest.
Mar 24th - Rest. (Still held up - 5 years today by date I left home after leave from
                                                                                   France). Washed my shirt and 2
handkerchiefs.
Mar 25th - Rest. (Talk of move tomorrow)
Mar 26th - Rest. (Still held up)
Mar 27th - Entrained this morning and arrived at Nuremberg about 7pm.
            Stayed over night in wagon 70 men in ours.
Mar 28th - Arrived at Stalag X111D outside Nuremberg.
Mar 29th - De-loused today and bath.
            Sent letter card to Geneva.
Mar 30th - Good Friday At Stations of the Cross Service - By French priest.
Mar 31st - Heard the VB. ?
Apr 1st Easter Sunday - Registered this morning.
Apr 2nd Easter Monday - Left Stalag X111D in wagons (55 men) for ?
                   1 parcel between 2 men.
                   Traveled 25 K and held up .Threatened by planed circling
                                            overhead .Returned to Stalag X111D about midnight.
Apr 3rd - Talk of moving of whole Stalag tomorrow.
Apr 4th - W/OT  all NCO¹s moved to A Force compound.20 Cigs Personal each man.
Apr 5th - No bread today.
Apr 6th - Soup only from Jerry.
Apr 7th - 8 in a loaf today.
Apr 8th - Talk of moving to RAF compound.
        Outbreak of Typhus and black water fever in Russian compound.
        Moved to RAF compound  (Soup only from Jerry)
Apr 9th - 1 American parcel between 4 men. 
Apr 10th - 1 Jerry loaf between 12 men - yesterday it was 1 between 18 men.
Apr 11th - Biscuits instead of bread from Jerry (4 each man)
Apr 12th - Announced today that the camp is under quarantine for 19 days.
           Bread up - 8 men to a loaf.
Apr 13th -1 English and 1 American between 2 men.
          No bread today from Jerry.
Apr 14th - Left Stalag X111D for ?  - 25 Kos
          1 parcel each man American.
Apr 15th - Housed in barn in small village. Arrived about 2.30am this morning.
   ALLERSBURG 24 Kos.Moved again at 7.30pm - arrived at ? at 7 am Monday 
             (About 25 KOs) 
Apr 16th - Rest day.
Apr 17th - Moved to ? at 7pm , arrived at 5.30pm (31 Kos)
Apr 18th - Day of rest - No word of moving.
Apr 19th - Reckon I'm stepping on a bit - 41 years old today , looking (at the latest forward 
           for wee Frieda¹s birthday in June.
          Moved again - 15 Kos tonight. Arrived at midnight at ?
Apr 20th - On the move.
Apr 21st - Moved again.
Apr 22nd - On the move - stomach bad.
Apr 23rd - Rest (taken charcoal)
Apr 24th - On the move - Canceled.
Apr 25th - Seen the MO - on the march tonight.
Apr 26th -  ?
Apr 27th -  ?
Apr 28th -  ?
Sunday 29th April - Liberated by the Yanks this morning (Thank God) 3rd Army.
       Marched to Moosberg  to Stalag VIIA - slept in private billets
Apr 30th - 1 American parcel each man. 1 egg per man.
May 1st - Snowing this morning.
May 2nd - In the Officers Mess to kill the time.
May 3rd -  ?
May 4th -  ?
May 5th -  ?
May 6th - De-loused tonight at 11.30pm (quick work)
May 7th - Moved off from Stalag XIIA at 5.30am in Yank wagons for airdrome.
          REGENSBERG on the Danube - stayed the night here.
 May 8th - Left by (V Day) plane today at 2.30pm. Arrived ? France at 5pm.
          Liege and 2.5 hours and wagon to Namur.
May 9th - Left Namour for Brussels by wagon and stayed night.
May 10th - Left Brussels drome at 5 to 12 and arrived on England at 1.15pm by
            Lancaster bomber. By wagon to Kindford , Sussex.


 
 
Xmas card 1941
Xmas card 1942

Christmas cards from camp 1941 and 1942
(talented artists.)


Day of Days Liberation

Liberation Day.

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