Catalogue description Navy Board and predecessors: Prisoner of War Department and predecessors: Registers of Prisoners of War

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Details of ADM 103
Reference: ADM 103
Title: Navy Board and predecessors: Prisoner of War Department and predecessors: Registers of Prisoners of War

These volumes are for the most part registers of the prisoners in the various depots and prison ships taken during the wars with France between 1793 and 1815. They cover prisoners of war of all services in British hands, British prisoners in enemy hands, and the exchange of the two. They usually give detailed descriptions, with the places of birth, and show the ultimate disposal of the prisoners. The records were created by the Prisoners of War Departments of the Sick and Hurt Board (to 1796) of the Transport Board (1796-1817) and of the Navy Board, Transport Branch (from 1817).

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Date: 1755-1831

The registers are in various sequences. The first contains registers of depots and prison ships in an alphabetical sequence of locations and ships' names (ADM 103/1-464). Home and overseas depots, and British and enemy prisons, are all within this sequence.

A further sequence of register volumes is arranged alphabetically by nationality, from American prisoners (ADM 103/465) to Spanish (ADM 103/505) and Various (ADM 103/506-510).

Alphabetical lists of prisoners (ADM 103/511-523) serve as indexes to those held at a small number of locations. Some general alphabetical lists (ADM 103/524-548) relate to the prisons and prison ships in Britain only.

Registers of parole prisoners (ADM 103/549-616) and registers of prisoners' deaths (ADM 103/617-638) are all listed in alphabetical order of location, as are the certificates with which the series ends (ADM 103/639-648).

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Navy Board, Sick and Hurt Board, Prisoner of War Department, 1755-1796

Navy Board, Transport Board, Prisoner of War Department, 1796-1817

Navy Board, Transport Branch, Prisoner of War Department, 1817-1832

Physical description: 648 volume(s)
Access conditions: Open

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