german-pows-wwiiLocal historian Lyz Turner is researching information about prisoners of war (POWs) held captive in Holderness and is asking local people if they have any memories of them.

While there may not have been any large POW base camps in the area, it is true that during World War II large number of prisoners were imprisoned in specially established hostels. Many more were billeted in local farms.

Local senior citizens may remember the prisoners which included many Germans and Italians but also captives from other countries. And of course some prisoners will have chosen to stay in this country after the war.

If you have memories or information you wish to share about this, then contact Lyz Turner via e-mail at or contact any of your local museums Hedon, Withernsea or Hornsea (see right-hand sidebar).

Other related information:

Time on My Hands – Holderness Oral History Project a blog post about Lyz Turner’s earlier projects.

My Yorkshire – Time on My Hands which includes videos snippets from the DVD available in the above three museums.

Image: c/o BBC “The North at War” showing German POWs.

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