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Prisoners of War - WWI

The newsclips are from the Rushden Echo but not all have been transcribed

Forename Surname Regiment
News Report



Royal Fusiliers

26 Apr 1918




26 Apr & 22 Nov 1918



22 Nov 1918

S Cope K.R.R.C.
22 Feb 1918




26 Apr 1918

Albert Robert



26 Apr 1918

Arthur Tate MGC
06 Dec 1918

Herbert William


Royal Irish Rifles

26 Apr 1918

Northampton Mercury, 26 Apr 1918

Pte George Britchford, Royal Fusiliers,
of Higham Ferrers, Prisoner of War

Rushden Echo, 20th April 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Higham Ferrers Soldier – A Prisoner of War
Rifleman W. F. Bullworthy
A postcard has been received by Mr. John Bullworthy, of 2 Bedford-row, Higham Ferrers, from his brother, Pte. William Fredk. Bullworthy, 13301, King’s Royal Rifles, to the effect that he is a prisoner of war in Germany. He says he is going on well, but the weather there is not nice, there being plenty of snow.

Pte. Bullworthy went out to France on February 19th, 1916, and was taken prisoner on July 7th.

Rushden Echo, 7th September 1917

Pte. Horace Denton, Wellingborough-road, Higham Ferrers, Northants Regiment, missing since July 10th, is a prisoner in German hands.

Rushden Echo, 22nd February 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

Casualties – Today’s Official Lists – Prisoners in German Hands

Cope 38139 S., K.R.R.C. (of H.F.)

Rushden Echo, 26th April 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tandy, of 34 Grove-street, Higham Ferrers, have received a postcard dated March 23rd, from their son, 65496 Lance-Corpl. Albert Robert Tandy, M.G.C., stating that he is a prisoner of war in Germany and unwounded. Lance-Corpl. Tandy, who joined the Army nearly two years ago, has been 14 months at the front. He formerly worked for Mr. Eaton, boot manufacturer, of Rushden. Mr. and Mrs. Tandy have another son in France, viz., Pte., Frank Tandy (Yorks Regt), who has been twice frostbitten and once wounded.

41896 Rifleman Herbert William Warr, of the Royal Irish Rifles, has written to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Warr, of 20 Grove-street, Higham Ferrers, stating that he is quite well, although a prisoner of war in Germany. The card is dated April 2nd. Rifleman Warr had been in France altogether over twelve months, although he was once sent to Blighty with dysentery. He enlisted over three years ago, up to which time he was employed by Mr. William Hector, currier, Higham Ferrers.

Pte. Frank Mason, Middlesex regiment, has sent a postcard to his wife at 43 High-street, Higham Ferrers, stating that he is a prisoner of war, and that a letter follows at first opportunity. The card, which is one of our own field-cards bearing the German post-mark, is dated March 27th. Pte. Mason, who formerly worked at the Higham Ferrers Co-operative Boot Productive Society, joined the Army on August 3rd last year and went to Italy in November last, being transferred to the Western front about seven weeks ago.

Rushden Echo, 17th May 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

After six weeks of silence, Mr. J. W. Hartwell has heard from his son, Pte. Stanley Hartwell, Lancashire Fusiliers, formerly of the Northants Yeomanry. Pte. Hartwell is now a prisoner of war in Germany, and happily is quite well. The German card which he sends is dated March 23rd, so he must have been taken prisoner at the opening of the offensive.

Rushden Echo, 13th September 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

War prisonerPte. Thomas Frederick Pettit (Manchester Regiment), son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Pettit, of 31 Milton-street, Higham Ferrers, who, as previously reported in the “Rushden Echo,” has been missing from his unit since April last, has sent a postcard to his mother stating that he is a prisoner of war in Germany and quite well.

Rushden Echo, 22nd November 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

Died in Captivity—News has just reached Mrs C Cockayne, of Higham Ferrers, through the medium of the Red Cross Prisoners of War Agency, that her husband, Pte C Cockayne, died whilst a prisoner of war in Germany on May 20th last. He was wounded and taken prisoner in the retreat of last March, and wrote twice from Germany, but could give little information. His death, which took place so long before it was known by his friends, was the more sad that all necessary arrangements for his leave were completed just before the German push, and then had to be cancelled. His brother Frank has been killed and another brother, Richard, is a prisoner of war. The late Pte C Cockayne was a son-in-law of Mr Sudborough, of Messrs Sudborough Ltd., boot manufacturers, Higham.

Rushden Echo, 6th December 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

Home AgainPte Arthur Tate, of the Machine Gun Corps, aged 19, son of Mr and Mrs J Tate, of 1, Westfields, Higham Ferrers, who was taken prisoner of war in April this year, has now reached home. He was unwell when he arrived in England, but is now improving considerably. Mr and Mrs Tate have another son who is serving in Egypt.

Rushden Echo, 13th December 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

War prisoners who have arrived home include Seaman James Lambert, of Rushden (son of the late Mr Joseph Lambert, of Higham Ferrers), Ptes. Charles Brown (son of Mr George Brown of Kimbolton-road), F Knight (College-street), Hartwell (son of Mr J W Hartwell, of Market-square), Frank Tandy (son of Mr Robert Tandy, of Grove-street), and Arthur Neville, of Grove-street.

These are newspaper clips that we have come accross whilst searching for other items.

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