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Berry, James T
- Head Office, London
- Union Assurance Company Ltd
- Queen's Royal Regiment, 1st/ 6th Battalion
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Was a messenger in the foreign department.
Reported missing July 1940.
Captured by the Germans at Dunkirk and was reported POW in September 1940 and held Stalag VIII B Germany as POW number 13163.
In 1941 his mother wrote to inform the company that he was ill in hospital having lost 3.5 stone after heavy work in iron mines. On 5 January 1944 she wrote to inform the company that he was in solitary confinement after two unsuccessful attempts to escape.
"He and two Russian friends were working in a sugar factory and stole workmen's dungarees, hid them and took them back to camp. They escaped during the night but after nine days with no food were recaptured."
After two months punishment elsewhere he was returned to his old camp but not allowed to work due to his escape bids so keeping himself fit playing rugby and gardening.
Released in April 1945.