British Civilian Prisoners of War in First World War Germany

16:15 - 17:00

In 2014 Britain commemorates the one hundredth anniversary of the First World War, and the sacrifices of those who served and ultimately gave their lives in the war to end all wars. But the war did not just have military victims, with 2014 also the centenary anniversary of the internment of over 5500 British and  Chris Paton Ruhleben Prisoner of War camp near Berlin. As bloody hell erupted around them, their only crime was to be in the wrong place in Europe at the wrong time when war was declared against Germany. Chris Paton tells their story.

Chris Paton

Scottish roots, Chris Paton works full time in Scotland as a professional genealogist, lecturer, tutor and writer. Author of ten books, and with daily contributions to his British GENES blog (, he also teaches Scottish based genealogy courses for Pharos Tutors ( and has tutored on the Postgraduate Genealogical Studies programme at the University of Strathclyde.

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