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Sgt-Major Bob Howard POW

PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 6:31 pm
by Rob shaw
Hi, my name is Robin and I'm currently researching my relative's WW2 war service. He was an officer in the NZEF, Major Colin Armstrong MC and bar. He was a POW in Italy ( escaped and recaptured ), Austria ( escaped and recaptured again ) and finally moved to the POW camps at Thorn in Poland. Incredibly, he make a third escape from this prison and managed a "home run " via stowing away on a ship to Sweden, finally reaching the UK in late 1943. He re-joined his unit ( 22nd Batt NZEF ) fighting their way up the Adriatic in Northern Italy and finished the war as battlion 2iC. My enquiry concerns his brief time in the POW camp at Thorn and I was interested in any information regarding a very kind and helpful fellow prisoner: Sgt-Major Bob Howard of the Worcesters.
My relative wrote a book after the war about his WW2 POW experiences and mentions " wonderful" Bob as the quartermaster at Fort 14, Thorn, handling the Red Cross parcels, etc and aiding in his successful escape. I am a Kiwi living in Northern England and would love the chance of contacting Bob's family ( I assume that Bob may well of passed away by now, 2012 ) and expressing my thanks to them for what Bob did. My email is