Charlesworth, John

John Charlesworth

I am trying to find out more about my grandfather, Sapper John Charlesworth, who served with the BEF and was captured near Dunkirk in 1940.

I don’t know what happened to him immediately after that. My grandmother was initially told that he had been killed, but later received notice that he was being held as a prisoner of war. His POW number was 11963 and the book ‘Prisoner’s of War British Army 1939-45’ gives his camp as Stalag 344 (which I understand was previously Stalag VIIIB). I have a photo of him that has a Stalag VIIIB stamp on the back.

I know that he worked in the mines at the camp. He was a miner before the war (a reserved occupation, I believe) and was presumably called up because he had joined the TA, aged 18, in July 1938.

I never had the chance to talk to him about the war as he died in 1974, when I was still a small child. But I remember him and would really like to find out more about what happened to him. So if anyone knows anything about him, that would be really great!

Received: February 2006 
From: Nicola Cutts
On behalf of: John Charlesworth


  1. Alan Coole says:


    FAO: Nicola Cutts

    My mother is Mrs Irene Coole nee Charlesworth whose brother was the John Charlesworth in the picture. My mother is still alive (born 1925) and lives on the south coast. Please feel free to email me at the address below.

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