'Escapers All'. The stories of the Officers and Other Ranks who escaped from German captivity 1914/1918.
The talk will provide some background to the conditions in captivity for both officers and men, but it will concentrate on the preparation and planning of escapes, the 'escaping experience' and the consequences of failure.
Some officers published their stories of escape after their return, stories which were reprinted in the 1940s to encourage another generation of prisoners.
Richard Lloyd was a teacher in Birmingham for over 30 years. In the 1970s he interviewed First World War veterans including over 30 POWs. This talk is based on those interviews and continued research undertaken at various times ever since.
Richard is a member of the Birmingham branch of the WFA and is their newsletter editor.