Leros November 1943 and an Old Emanuel POW

Bill Taylor in Brunswick026Bill Taylor War Time Log038

William “Bill” Taylor was at Emanuel School between 1929 and 1935. He obtained a commission as a Lt. in the King’s Own Royal Regiment, transferring to the Buffs in 1943. He was captured on the Island of Leros in 1943 when the Germans attacked the Island. For the next 17 months Bill was a Prisoner of War. After being captured Bill spent the following year being transferred to various German POW camps. His journey took him from Leros to Athens, Thermopylae, (Stalag) VII A (Moosburg), Oflag VIII F (Mahrisch-Trubau) and finally Oflag 79 (Brunswick). I have recorded Bill’s memories of his time during the Second World War and especially his experiences as a POW. I will be retelling Bill’s story in an exhibition catalogue to be published in 2014, recounting extracts from his wartime log, which was given him by The War Prisoner’s Aid of the Y.M.C.A.

A short clip of Bill discussing the topic of escape in Oflag 79 can be viewed on my You Tube channel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiDBtkd_e3U

Photos on this blog include Bill (left) and his friend Ron Hills (right) as POWs in Brunswick POW camp. Also a photo of Bill’s wartime logbook.


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