Pen and Sword Books: Tracing Your Prisoner of War Ancestors: The First World War by Sarah Paterson

Tracing Your Prisoner of War Ancestors: The First World War
Tracing Your Prisoner of War Ancestors: The First World War (9 reviews)
by Sarah Paterson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Found in: Family History Books
Series: Tracing your Ancestors
Paperback
240 pages
ISBN: 9781848845015
Published: 9 July 2012
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The experience of civilian internees and British prisoners of war in German and Turkish hands during the First World War is one of the least well-known – and least researched – aspects of the history of the conflict. The same applies to prisoners of war and internees held in the UK. Yet, as Sarah Paterson shows in this authoritative handbook, a wide-range of detailed and revealing information is available if you know where to look for it.

Briefly she outlines the course of the campaigns in which British servicemen were captured, and she describes how they were treated and the conditions they endured. She locates the camps they were taken to and explains how they were run. She also shows how this emotive and neglected subject can be researched – how archives and records can be used to track down individual prisoners and uncover something of the lives they led in captivity.

Her work will be an essential introduction for readers who are keen to get an insight into the experience of a POW or an internee during the First World War, and it will be an invaluable guide for anyone who is trying to trace an ancestor who was captured.
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Of particular interest and value in this book are the appendices, which comprise over a third of the text and which include lists of POW camps and descriptions of how they were run. Through these,... [read full review]
Genealogist’s Magazine
The experience of civilian internees and British prisoners of war in German and Turkish hands during the First World War is one of the least well-known – and least research – aspects of the history... [read full review]
Kent Family History Society Journal
The author works at the Imperial War Museum and recognised that a single guide was needed and this book certainly pulls all available information together. It concentrates on areas of research where information is sparse... [read full review]
Doncaster FHS
This really is one for the family history researcher with an interest in a conflict now vanishing from our sight.
The Shields Gazette, October 10 2012
This invaluable work should be at the side of anyone interested in finding out more about family members who were prisoners of war. Published in conjunction with the Imperial War Museum, the book is authoritative... [read full review]
Great War Magazine
clearly an expert, explaining the sources that are still available, where they are located ad how to use them'
this book offers the most comprehensive guidance available...
The author is to be commended on her... [read full review]

BBC Who Do You Think You Are Magazine
Great assistance to those researching POW forebears or those purely interested in what life was like for civilian and military internees during the First World War...
For an insight into the life of a POW... [read full review]

Your Family History Magazine
An excellent introduction to a subject that has received precious little attention in the context of both the First World War and the experiences of prisoners of war from other conflicts. Sarah Paterson outlines the... [read full review]
Pegasus Archive
Published in July 2012 by Pen & Sword Books in association with IWM. An invaluable guide for anyone trying to trace an ancestor who was a POW or internet in the First World War.
Despatches, Summer 2012
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About Sarah Paterson
Sarah Paterson has a long-standing interest in the history of prisoners of war. Through her work in the library at Imperial War Museums London, she has extended her knowledge of the subject by dealing with the growing number of requests for help in researching the lives of individual prisoners. She is familiar with the many archive sources that can be consulted, and has used them in order to compile the case studies in her book.
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