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Old 18 September 2002, 09:25 AM   #1
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Maybe it is a silly question but when did the last POW´s (of both sides) return home.

As far as I know the allied POW´s were sent home soon after the armistice. But were they back before Chistmas? What happened to the POW´s of other nations?

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G'day Volker,

I have read of some German POW's not leaving Australian shores until late 1919. I will try to dig up some concrete dates for you.

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* * Based on the information I have seen in the Bavarian Kriegsstammrollen for Schusta/Schlasta 22b-31b, I too can verify that 1919 or even 1920 were not uncommon dates for the reparation of POWs. *Since I didn't write these dates down, I can't be more precise (for me, the war and all note taking stops on 11 Nov 1918). *But, obviously it took quite a while. * * *R.

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>But were they back before Chistmas? What
>happened to the POW´s of other nations?

I went through the POWs from 1,2 and 4 Squadron Australian Flying Corps. 3 Squadron had no POW's and I dont know enough about the POW's from the Mesopotamian Half Flight.

Of the 1,2 & 4 Sqn POW's only two got home before Xmas, Ed Mulford from 1 Sqn who was held by the Turks, he got home on the 23rd of Dec, 1918. The other was Lawrence Smith from 1 Squadron who got home on the 5th of November 1918. The last one to get home from the AFC that I could find a date for was Len Taplin from 4 Sqn, he got home on the 23rd of August 1919.

This is the list as Australian dates for 1 Sqn,

Len Heathcote 16.3.19
Claude Vautin -- -- --
V Parkinson -- -- --
Alfred Poole -- -- --
F Hancock -- -- --
R Austin -- -- --
O Lee -- -- --
David Rutherford -- -- --
Joseph McElligot 5.8.19
Ron Challinor 19.2.19
Lawrence Smith 5.11.18
Dy(?)dley Dowling 5.3.19
Ed Mulford 23.12.18
Albert Tonkin 5.3.19*
Les Climie 4.3.19*

* They were captured by Arabs and released the same day.

For 2 Sqn,

Ivo Agnew 4.7.19
Les Ward 9.2.19
G Logan -- -- --
Oscar Flight 19.2.19
Archie Rackett 28.2.19
George Cox 6.5.19**
Ed Cornish 16.3.19

For 4 Sqn,

Cecil Feez 8.4.19
Ed Goodson 17.3.19
Melville Kilsby 6.5.19**
Howard Love 19.4.19
Augustus McCulloch 26.2.19
W Nicholls -- -- --
Reg Nelson 25.3.19
Charles Rhodes 4.7.19
Wentworth Randall 2.4.19
Alex Rintoul 28.2.19
L. Sinclair -- -- --
Len Taplin 23.8.19
F. Wilmott -- -- --
Alex Couston 16.3.19

** Dates suggests came back to Australia on the Kaiser il Hind with the rest of the AFC in Europe.

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POWs held by the allies - eg UK, France and etc - were not returned until after the signing of the Versailles Treaty. From memory theiir release was dependent upon Germany signing the Treaty. The German novel Prisonnier Halm by Karl Wilke (Leipzig, Koehler Amleg, 1929) although about an infantryman gives some details on the tensions which existed between German prisoners and those fighting for German from Alsace, Poland and etc.
Hope this helps.
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Hello folks!

Thank you very much!

I knew that the Germans had to wait until the Versailles Treaty was signed. But I was pretty impressed that there were many German POW´s in Australia. Were they from former German colonies or were soldiers from the front in France transported to Australia (although it seems a bit unlikely)?
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