Catalogue description War Office: Allied Prisoners of War Hospitals, Registers and Papers, Second World War
|Title:||War Office: Allied Prisoners of War Hospitals, Registers and Papers, Second World War|
Most of the records in this series consist of admission and discharge registers, alphabetical sick registers and death registers, kept by prisoners of war.
These are divided into three subseries:
There is also an index for the books 1-50 (WO 347/14-59), arranged by surname. Each card/slip notes (in the bottom left hand corner) the book number and the page number - for example, 1/13 would designate Book Number 1, page 13. In this case, 1/13 would indicate page 13 of WO 347/14.
Books numbered 2-6 are contained within WO 347/15
The contents of each of these registers are diverse and complicated in arrangement, which has necessitated detailed collation in each. To assist searchers details of the collation are filed at the front of each piece.
For files of the Medical Historian dealing with camps in Thailand and relating to Japanese PoWs, see WO 222
|Held by:||The National Archives, Kew|
|Legal status:||Public Record(s)|
War Office, Adjutant General, Directorate of Prisoners of War, 1940-1945
|Physical description:||200 cards and volumes|
|Immediate source of acquisition:||
In 1988-2015 Ministry of Defence
|Custodial history:||All the records in this series were maintained by the prisoners, who used whatever they could come by to keep a medical record. It is conceivable that, at the end of the War, these particular records by-passed the medical historians whose materials appear in WO 222, and were diverted instead to the War Office PoW Casualty Section and various Allied authorities who were assembling data on those who died in the camps, and only came to light shortly before 1988.|
|Accruals:||No further accruals are expected|
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