Another tranche of prisoner-of-war records has been released by Findmypast.
Over 764,000 records of servicemen, women and civilians who were taken captive during the Napoleonic, Crimean, Boer, First and Second World Wars have been published online for the first time.
The publication, released in partnership with The National Archives, marks the latest instalment of Findmypast’s Prisoners Of War 1715-1945 collection, a fascinating collection of British Cabinet, Admiralty, Air Ministry, Colonial Office, Foreign Office, and War Office documents spanning 230 years of conflict.
This latest phase consists of a wide variety of documents taken from 330 different sources and includes:
- Over 463,000 new additions covering the Napoleonic Wars;
- Over 255,000 new World War 2 records;
- Over 34, 000 Boer War records;
- Over 7,500 World War 1 records;
- Over 3, 000 Crimean war records.
Findmypast has also created a new Prisoners of War 1715-1945 Browse function that gives historians and relatives the ability to select individual archival pieces and read the entire folder from beginning to end. This is an exciting addition for military history enthusiasts, academics and researchers who wish to explore the history of specific locations, regiments, or events in depth.
The records are incredibly diverse and not only include military personnel, but also civilians, diplomats, missionaries and merchant seamen. Each record contains a transcript listing the name, nationality, rank, regiment or ship name, and location of a Prisoner of War.
The records also include over 270,000 images of original documents. The nature of these documents varies owing to the enormous scope and scale of the collection. Some will consist of lists of deaths, files on escapees and detailed records of daily life, while others will reveal additional biographical details about individual inmates including physical descriptions, witness statements, medical reports and more.