"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
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
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
Mar 22nd - Rest. (2 months to
day by date since we left Wifo¹o Hydebreck)
Parcels up - 1 between
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
Mar 25th - Rest. (Talk of move
Mar 26th - Rest. (Still held
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
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
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
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
Outbreak of Typhus and black water fever in Russian compound.
Moved to RAF compound (Soup only from Jerry)
Apr 9th - 1 American parcel between
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
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
Apr 23rd - Rest (taken charcoal)
Apr 24th - On the move - Canceled.
Apr 25th - Seen the MO - on the
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.
Christmas cards from camp 1941
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