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Offline charlie

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Re: 2nd Manchesters at Manchester Hill
« Reply #105 on: October 13, 2017, 08:53:09 PM »
Hermann Schmitt was a Vizefeldwebel der Reserve serving with No 1 Coy of IR 115. He was a recalled reservist aged 28 when he was captured. He was born and lived in Horchheim near Worms.

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Re: 2nd Manchesters at Manchester Hill
« Reply #106 on: October 14, 2017, 10:45:03 AM »
I understand that the railway station building, which may have been converted into residential accommodation, still displays the old station's name.    PhilipG.

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Re: 2nd Manchesters at Manchester Hill
« Reply #107 on: October 14, 2017, 03:24:55 PM »
Even though the railways are no longer there
you can still see where they were on Google earth
in most cases.

As Philip said the old railway station at Savy does still have the
name on the side of the building. Picture taken from Google
street view.
Click on the picture to make it bigger.

Timberman
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Re: 2nd Manchesters at Manchester Hill
« Reply #108 on: October 15, 2017, 07:52:40 AM »
Charlie,

Re Vizefeldwebel Schmitt.  I wonder whether or not the authorities' records state where he was captured, as it seems that in the case of British POW's this was apparently a requirement?   PhilipG.

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Re: 2nd Manchesters at Manchester Hill
« Reply #109 on: October 15, 2017, 08:32:09 AM »
Philip,
His Red Cross enquiry index card records that he was missing near St Quentin on 21 March 1917. The official list of PoWs provided by the British only records his number, rank, name, Regiment, address and NoK.

It would also seem to record with which PoW Company he was being held and his prisoner number within that Company but I am not 100% sure about this. I think the lists provided by the Germans, at least from late 1915 on, are more informative.

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Re: 2nd Manchesters at Manchester Hill
« Reply #110 on: October 15, 2017, 10:56:27 AM »
Charlie,

Thank you.   I was prompted by a recollection from other threads where the POW was, understandably, vague about where he was captured.  There was one case I recall, on the Salient, where the place of capture given carried no relationship to the location where the Manchester Pal was made a POW.   Thank you for a most interesting reply.  PhilipG.

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Re: 2nd Manchesters at Manchester Hill
« Reply #111 on: November 26, 2017, 05:19:02 PM »
If anyone is interested in this thread, a very good book to read is

St Quentin Hindenburg Line by Helen McPhail and Philip Guest.

The map at reply 80 although taken from the internet is in the book.

Timberman