My father, Bertram Clayton was born in 1919 and lived in the Southwark and Camberwell area of London, where he had lots of brothers and eventually married Win. He became a Rifleman with The Kings Royal Rifles, 2nd Battalion and was taken prisoner of war on 26th May 1940. He spent the rest of the war in Stalag V111b (also known as 344) and worked in the coal mine and iron works, and also did forest work (see photos below).
Dad was liberated 1st May 1940, but sadly, he died in 1960, aged 39, after many years of lung-related illness. He never spoke much about his time in the POW camp and only briefly mentioned the long march as the reason for his flat feet.
In the first photo, Bertram is in the centre front. In the second, he is third from the right.
Received: May 2005
From: Brenda Cooke
On behalf of: Bertram Clayton