Monday, 24 November 2014

Military - Prisoners and Deserters

 We have now looked at different wars and those who joined up to fight them.  The honour rolls of those who gave their lives, and the pensions of those who left parts of themselves on the battlefield.  We have discovered who the nurses and surgeons were that worked tirelessly at home and on those battlefields, and the men and women who did their part on the home front.

To wind up this month of military ancestors we discover yet another group of soldiers.  Those who were captured and held as prisoners.  And those who could not take the noise, the killing, the blood, seeing their friends die before their eyes -  whatever the reason - they are the deserters.

My ancestor Adam Tait fought in the Jacobite Uprising of 1745 for Prince Charlie and when things went bad for them at the Battle of Culloden, he managed to escape with some of his mates and make his way to France.  Not so for some of the others whose names and ranks we find on a list of rebel prisoners.   

Is your ancestor's name on one of these lists?

Relevant Links:

Rebel Prisoners after Culloden - 1745

A list of men absent without leave from the 8th Calvary - 1862

A list of deserters and non-reporting drafted men of the 16th Congressional district of Pennsylvania, from the several national drafts of 1863-64 - (1865)

War Department relating to Confederate Prisoners of War - 1861-1865

Red Cross Prisoners of War Bulletin WWII (several issues)

Records relating to War of 1812 prisoners of war

A list of prisoners confined in gaol - Revolutionary War

The whereabouts of various deserters, including Elizabeth Kuznetsova - 1945

List of persons, of Wisconsin, reported as deserters from the Military and Navy 1867

List of Canadian Soldiers executed for Military Offenses

Courts Martial of the First World War - LAC

Shot at Dawn Memorial (google other websites) - UK, AU, NZ, CA

Prisoners of War - lists in newspapers - Trove

Communication from the secretary of war; enclosing a list of the civilian prisoners in custody at Salisbury, NC under military authority - 1863

Prisoners of war and military prisons; personal narratives of experience in the prison at Richmond, Danville, Macon, Andersonville, Savannah, Millen, Charleston, and Columbia - with a list of officers who were prisoners of war from January 1, 1864

Records of the War department relating to Confederate prisoners of war, 1861-1865

Letter to Joseph Reed, President of Pennsylvania, seeking advice about British deserters who wish t join French army - 1780

Courts Martial of the First World War (LAC)

Map of Prison Camp Locations in Germany WWII (from my father's WWII collection)

Prisoners of the First World War

Rebellion of 1837-1838 - Prisoners at Montreal and Exiles to Australia

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