Canadians PWs at Rennes Military Hospital
I am researching the Allied PWs held by the Germans at Rennes Military Hospital (AKA Rennes EPS, Frontstalag 221 W, Stalag 221, Rennes Zweilager, Stalag 221 Ausstelle). I have acquired a copy of the Admissions and Dispositions Records written by the captured Allied doctors that worked in the hospital treating the wounded with the help of French doctors and staff.
I would appreciate anyone taking a look at the 88 Canadians and filling in the blanks regarding first names and units and validating the names and units that I do have. I have broken this information into two posts to conform to forum rules. Forgive the formatting issues. Please respond to this thread or PM me.
Second half of PW listing. These names came from the A&D listing and also verified by a letter from UK to Canadian Defense Minister with names of soldiers still believed in enemy hands after the liberation of Rennes 4 August 1944.
One more post of PWs. The following guys were medical personnel who worked with the British and US medics and doctors treating the wounded in the hospital. Lt. James was included above so not in this list.
PVT F76107 J. A. Conrod North Nova Scotia Highlander Canadian arrived Stalag 14 Jun to hospital as orderly 29 June
PVT Aubrey Leroy Goulden North Nova Scotia Highlander Canadian arrived Stalag 14 Jun to hospital as orderly 29 June Says same as Conrod story
SGT F50115 Cecil Bertram Morris North Nova Scotia Highlanders 3rd Canadian Division wounded arrived 23 June became hospital helper 23 July
PVT R. L. Saulnier North Nova Scotia Highlanders arrived Stalag 14 Jun to hospital as orderly 29 June Story same as Conrod
PVT C/20982 A. R. Steen From War Crimes report Canadian
Dale, we'll have to see what we can find. Canadian Military records for individuals for WW2 are still restricted. So there isn't much info available. Having said that of course many of our members study different units etc, have nominal rolls, war diaries etc, so hopefully we will be able to help you somewhat in your quest.
I'll look at what I have and post up any info I find
Checking thru RCAF casualties and POW lists. I'll post up what I find here
FO J/22382 Ross, J. W.
My records show: POW # 6961, Rank: F/L From: Westfield, Nova Scotia
PO J/19712 or
J/35736 Murphy, N. P.
My records show: Svc Number: J/35736
That's all I have on the RCAF on your list
Some info on:
SGT F/44705 Dudka, Stanley
1923 - 2008
Birth: Jan. 16, 1923
Nova Scotia, Canada
Death: Mar. 5, 2008
Nova Scotia, Canada
DUDKA, Stanley - 85, formerly a resident of Stellarton, New Glasgow, and Lawrencetown, Halifax Co., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his children on March 5, 2008, in Camp Hill Veterans' Building, QEII, in Halifax. Born in New Glasgow on January 16, 1923, he was the eldest son of the late Andrew and Margaret (Kowalski) Dudka. He had a quest for adventure that awarded him great recognition throughout his life. He enlisted in the army in 1939 at the age of 16. His first call of duty was as a guard for the Western Union cables that came ashore from overseas in Hazel Hill (Canso-town). It was there in Canso that he met his wife, Alice Cecilia (Ryan). They married in 1941 and celebrated their 60th anniversary in 2001. He served in the Second World War with the North Nova Scotia Highlanders and fought on D-Day against the 12th SS Panzer Division. He was captured three times and escaped each time to rejoin his regiment. Post war he became a witness in the Nuremberg War Trial against General Kurt Meyer for the murder of 24 Canadian Prisoners of War. He was awarded the Military Medal by King George VI. Dad joined the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in 1958. Upon joining DFO he was selected as a member of the "Special Force", a selected group of officers to enforce the regulations in the troubled areas of the Maritimes. He went on to become the leader of the Special Force. Stan was then selected to head the enforcement role of Sealing Operations in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. He received the Centennial Medal for Merit of Service to Canada in 1967. In 1974 he was singled out again for distinction when he was presented with a Public Service Merit Award, the civil service's highest award. He will be greatly missed by his children, Marilyn (daughter-in-law), Melody (Aubin), Barbara (Ablett), Judith (Lloyd Haggerty), Thomas (Sharon), Helen (David Johnson), Alicia, Bernard (Brenda), Katherine, Sonya (Leo van Dijk), Stephen, and Christopher (Liz). Stan was a devoted father and husband. His wife, Alice, and his oldest son, Stanley Frederick, predeceased him. Stan also joins his siblings, Andrew "Dukie", Helen, Annie, and Bill in heaven. He was the very proud "PAPA" to 25 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He looked forward to every visit and rejoiced in joking and carrying on with them all. Papa you will always be their "monkey face". Stan pursued his passions with a great commitment, and they included his faith in God, his belief in the Catholic Church, and his love of gardening. The gardens of his Lawrencetown home and the grounds of Pope John XXIII Church were his delight. Special thanks to Mary Galliott for her faithful and loving care of our father for the past five years. Visitation will be held in H.W. Angus Funeral Home, King Street, New Glasgow, today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 8, at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Stellarton, with Father Don Boudreau officiating.
PVT D/71610 or Bickerstaff, M.
D/71618 Bickerstaff, Leonard David?
Given Name(s):LEONARD DAVID
Date of Birth:11 Jul 1921
Date of Death:25 Jul 1944
Unit:Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada
Extra Information:Son of Albert Edward and Rebecca Bickerstaff, of St. Bernadin, Ontario.
His page in Canada's Book of Remembrance:
Dale, just a note, in Canadian Service, PRIVATE is PTE (not Pvt)
Thanks for openings on I hope a fruitful thread. I have a quandry with Bickerstaff. The hospital A&D records show him coming to the hospital on 27 July but CWG has him dying on 25 July. The guy on the A&D says M. Bickerstaff with Service Number D/71610 but the only other Bickerstaff that comes up is this Leonard with Service Number D/71618 which is real close. So I need some validation as to whether Leonard is the right guy. I suppose they could be related and joined up the same day which is how they would have similar numbers.
Every country had their own ranks and abbreviations. I am compiling this information into a spreadsheet/database so I standardized the abbreviations and spellings to American English/Army language. This makes it easier to sort and find data. I guess it might not be PC but it makes it easier on the number crunchers like myself.:smile:
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