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L/Sgt. 902383 Clifford Stansfield

106th Regt. Royal Horse Artillery

Liverpool Territorial Unit ( Lancashire Yeomanry )

 

 

Sgt Clifford Stansfield was captured on the Island of Crete on 2nd June 1941 and was imprisoned in a Transit Camp at Galatos, near Kanea.

POW transit was by ship to Salonika, Greece, where he was kept for several weeks.

He was then sent, with hundreds of others, by rail in cattle trucks, eventually arriving at Camp Stalag VIIIB at Lansdorf, Upper Silesia, where he was incarcerated from June 1941 to September 1942.

He was then moved to Camp Stalag 383 at Hohenfels, Bavaria until April 1945

Stalag 383

 Camp Administration

 Technically of course, the Germans were in charge.

 The S.B.M.O, Major Neill, R.A.M.C. was in charge generally, but was a very able bacteriologist and although he passed his law finals as a POW, he had no idea of how to control men.

The senior W.O. was in charge of the camp discipline and charges were taken before the S.B.M.O. and sent to England for approval.

There were, in the end, about 6400 men ( all NCO's ) in the camp, split into 16 Companies of 400 men. Each Company had it's Commander ( WO I or II ), appointed according to seniority; it's Quartermaster elected by ballot; it's Man of Confidence and it's sports and theatre representatives also elected by ballot.

All duties, fatigues and treats were run on a roster to ensure equality, even seating accommodation at the theatre was arranged in this manner.

Each Company spread along two sides of a street and consisted of about 30 huts, each housing 14 men. Later, huts built in the summer of 1943 accommodated 20 men.

On average, there were 2 wash-houses to 3 Companies and, until 1945, 2 cookhouses for the whole camp.

I was billeted in hut 48.

" Barbed Wire "

This souvenir book was planned in the Camp and consisted of articles, poems, cartoons, stories and photographs, edited by Sgt. McGibbon and to be published in England as soon as possible after the War. Much of the material was sent home from the Camp after censorship by the Germans, but the cream of the contents were brought back to England by the Editorial Staff after Liberation.

Unfortunately the paper shortage has so far ( June 1946 ) prevented it's publication. It is to cost 10/6 per copy but it is not for sale to the general public. Orders were taken in Camp as shown in these photographs. All profits are to be shared between the Red Cross and Y.M.C.A.

 

Alan Kilby ( Cliff's nephew ) can be contacted via altomk@talktalk.net

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