Cope John M

NAME Cope John McDonald
RANK IN GREECE

Gunner*

ON DEMOB

N/K

SERIAL NUMBER SERVICE

1511

PRISONER

4081

UNIT IN GREECE

25 Bty, 4th Field Regt, NZ Artillery

ACTIVE

 

IN GREECE

20 March – April 1941

METHOD OF DEPARTURE

 

Surrendered/captured Kalamata

29 April 1941

POW CAMPS

 

IN GREECE

Corinth & Salonika presumably

IN OCCUPIED EUROPE

Stalag XVIIIA (possibly also XVIIIB or XVIIID)

ArbKdo 11086/GW, Niklasdorf;

ArbKdo 1731/L, Spitz (MoC);

ArbKdo 945/GW, Selzthal

 

NOTES & SOURCES

Sources:  Son (John), International Red Cross & Forces War Records

Personal Notes:

1           Dad had no formal training in life, left school at age 13 to work on the family farm, but could turn his hand to anything. He built many houses and had nearly finished the house I am living in now before he died in 1978. Dad shared some of his experiences with me but passed-away 42 years ago.

2         I was able to find confirmation of him in the Red Cross reports. Dad said he had his appendices removed  without being anaesthetized and he was still in Hospital when the Red Cross visited.

3         Dad was engaged before he enlisted but received a dear John letter whilst he was a prisoner of war. After he returned from the war he did not meet my mum until 1947.

4         He died in 1978

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