Foreign Office: Consular (War) Department, later Prisoners of War Department: Registered Files (KW and RD Series)
|Title:||Foreign Office: Consular (War) Department, later Prisoners of War Department: Registered Files (KW and RD Series)|
This series contains registered files of the Consular (War) Department, later the Prisoners of War Department. Comprises reports from various sources on prisoners of war and internment camps, etc, in enemy and enemy occupied countries and on the treatment of British subjects both military and civilian. Other matters dealt with include welfare, exchange, repatriations, escapes, deaths, etc.
FO 916/1469-2566 are numbers not used.
Some pieces consist of several files bound together. In such cases the individual files are described at item level; please be aware that the last digit of the item reference does not refer to any folio or other reference on the document but has been generated automatically for system reasons.
For later reports see WO 224
|Held by:||The National Archives, Kew|
|Former reference in its original department:||RD file series|
|Legal status:||Public Record(s)|
Foreign Office, Consular (War) Department, 1939-1940
Foreign Office, Prisoners of War Department, 1939-1948
|Physical description:||2612 file(s)|
|Access conditions:||Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated|
|Administrative / biographical background:||
A Consular (War) Department, soon renamed the Prisoners of War Department, was established early in the Second World War to deal with British and enemy prisoners of war and interned civilians, and with the care of British subjects and property in enemy and enemy-occupied territories.