British prisoners of war: interviews and reports (1914-1920)
Search and download (£) interviews and reports concerning 3,000 British PoWs (WO 161) on our website.
These documents primarily concern servicemen who escaped internment, were repatriated before the end of the war, or were incarcerated in a neutral country. Approximately 750 pages of interviews and reports on First World War PoWs of ranks below those of commissioned officers are known not to have survived.
Prisoners of war: selected records (1715-1945)
Search and download selected PoW records 1715-1945 on Findmypast (£).
They include lists and accounts of naval and civilian prisoners in the French Wars 1793-1815 (ADM 103). The agent recorded the names, origins and eventual disposal of all the prisoners under his charge.
Other records included are a variety of records from the Foreign Office, Colonial Office, Admiralty and Air Force collections. For more details see findmypast.co.uk.
Selected records of prisoner of war deaths (1914-1918)
Search selected PoW death records (RG 35/45-RG 35/69) on bmd.co.uk (£).
They include deaths in:
- military and non-military hospitals
- enemy and occupied territory were notified to British authorities by foreign embassies
- registration authorities
- American authorities in charge of British internees
The majority of this information is in French.
Prisoners of war cards and lists (1914-1918)
Search by name the First World War prisoner of war cards on the International Committee of the Red Cross archive. These cards were created from lists sent to the ICRC by countries at war. The online material can also include enquiry cards from next of kin, repatriation lists and accounts of PoW camps. Please see their website for more information about this collection.
Service records and medal index cards
Minimal details may be recorded: