Sunday, 24 May 2009

PoW's Stalag scrapbook brought home

A scrapbook compiled by a British soldier during his years of imprisonment during WW2 has been reunited with his family 64 years after it was entrusted for safekeeping to a fellow prisoner from Canada.
The secret journal of Private Gidney recounts the brutal treatment he and his comrades received at the hands of their German captors during four years as a PoW and on the infamous death march from Stalag VIII into the heart of Germany ahead of the advancing Red Army.

Although Private Gidney survived his ill-treatment and lived for many years after the war, circumstances prevented his journal from being restored to him. However, after months of research, the daughter of the Canadian pilot tracked down Pte Gidney's family and last week returned the journal to his daughter.

Amazing story.