List of British Officers taken prisoner (WW1)

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WWI Prisoner of war records are notoriously difficult to source.
This database is made from a printed list of officers taken POW was produced during the war called the ‘List of officers taken prisoner in the various theatres of war between August 1914 and November 1918’. It was originally published in 1919 by Cox & Co who were bankers and regimental agents.
The volume was first printed in 1919 for private circulation and was compiled from records kept by the enquiry office of Messrs Cox & Co. (bankers and regimental agents), which opened in September 1914 and gained the War Office's full support.
The records also include information about officers of the Royal Air Force, Royal Naval Air Service, Royal Naval Division and officers of the Dominions. The original aim of the volume was to give advice and information to relatives about wounded officers of the British Expeditionary Force. A system evolved of obtaining all available information on officers reported as missing and this gradually came to be the main work of the enquiry office.
There are 7,703 named officers in this database

Records in this collection are likely to include the following:

  • Surname and first name(s)
  • rank
  • service
  • unit
  • date they went missing/pow and date they were returned to the UK

Please be aware that due to the way we collate, and cross reference our databases, some records will contain more information than that listed above.

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