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  1. Hi Pauline Yes this would be of great interest, its amazing that 80 years later stuff from one event between thousands of other life changing events are still coming to light
  2. Its quite strange seeing a photo of the man who started the chain of events that changed so many lives
  3. Thanks for that, but the link worked fine for me, Its quite amazing seeing the man who actually sunk Vandyke,
  4. Only just seen this, been busily on tour, then Christmas and then moved house, That is quite amazing, thank you for posting
  5. Thanks for this, gives me more to check out, I have a copy of his POW interview on release, I must spend some time going thru the National Archives, That's interesting about the Merchant Navy Rank, that would explain him being held in an officers POW camp for the duration.
  6. My Grandfather was in his late 30s when he was on the Vandyk, he had been an engineer all his working life, I believe he was in navy reserves before the war and was then put into action when the war started
  7. That picture is so very like the one that I have posted on page 1 of this thread, brilliant
  8. As A follow up to this I was contacted by a guy called Graham Blackwell this is his Fathers experience after the Vandyke was sunk Upon capture in the Lofoten Islands, the prisoners were taken by cattle truck to Denmark and then by boat to a transit camp near Cuxhaven in northern Germany. It would appear that from there that the prisoners were split up. My dad, along with some others were sent to Stalag VIIIB, workcamp BAB20 at Heydebreck in what is now part of Poland. He was forced to work 10 hours a day building a motorway. Towards the end of the war, as the Russians and Ameri
  9. Just a little update to this thread, I now have My Grandfathers Arctic Star took some getting, but it is now proudly displayed at home
  10. Its all interesting stuff, I bet Lamport & Holt were impressed their Top cruise liner was being used for that, Sadly I never met my grandfather as he died in '57, so never really got more info than he was an engineer and on board, when sunk, and no info as to anyone else on board
  11. I think you are right, it certainly wasn't well armed, it was a cruise liner which was loaded with a WW1 gun and called an armed merchantman!. Three marines were put on board and the crew issued with naval uniforms, It was bombed on 9th June, which set it on fire, it was abandoned and sunk on 10th June 1940
  12. Depending on what you read it is either classed as a boarding vessel, or an Armed Merchant cruiser, it was a fairly big ship, as it was previously a cruise liner accommodating 650 passengers
  13. On board the Vandyck was a certain Walter Purdy who became known as the Colditz Traitor http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/1941694.quiet_man_of_thundersley_was_the_colditz_traitor/One of the reasons your father may have beeen on the road gangs is that there were two POW camps at Marlag Ind Milag Nord , Westertimke (Tarmstedt). they were not actually completed when prisoners were taken there, so the prisoners had to literally build their own prison, one was for merchant seamen, who under the genevre convention, should have been repatriated, but were instead eventually put in the camp built for no
  14. My Grandfather who was on the vandyck was eventually registered as spending the war at Marlag Ind Milag Nord , Westertimke (Tarmstedt) As your father was on the same ship, and presumably captured at the same time, my guess is he was at the same camp for some time
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