A little bit more…

Sometimes, you “hit lucky” and are able to progress a little further in your research; this is the case with this group of Normandy PoWs…

Number Name Regiment Captured Camp Location POW No
5568852 Pte TH Blunt 2nd Devon Regt 11/07/1944 12D Waldbreitbach,
Nr Neuwied
70490
14209000Cpl TM CaldwellRoyal Scots Fusiliers05/07/19444BOerbke,
Nr Fallingbostal
84826
O-803969 1st Lt FT Gillespie USAAF 31/07/1944
4612746 Cpl V Scott Duke of Wellington’s 15/07/1944 12a / 18c

 

In addition to their signatures on the shed wall, Cpl Scott is mentioned in the Unit War Diary of his regiment (as far as I am aware, this appears to be quite unusual as it is usually only higher-ranked soldiers that are mentioned by name).

Pte Blunt’s daughter found my contact details through an earlier “version” of this website and kindly shared photographs and copies of his military records.

Initially, I had been seraching without success for a “1st Lt Gilles” (if you take a close look at his signature, you may see why – the “pie” was almost lost. However, with assistance from one of the archivists at the American Archives department, it soon transpired that “Gillespie” was the name that I was after. This, in turn, generated a “hit” on John Levesley’s website dedicated to the American 404th Gighter Group (www.winkton.net) and, after a little while, the fantastic opportunity to speak to Francis Gillespie.

Having obtained copies of the PoW Questionnaires, I decided to Google name & address combinations. Only one success, so far & that resulted in a meeting with Marjorie Caldwell, the daughter-in-law of Cpl Tom Caldwell & a sharing of information.