HC Deb 15 June 1945 vol 411 cc1896-7W
Mr. Muff

asked the Secretary of State for War if he has traced the whereabouts of 4453563 Private George Freeman, of Hull, attached to the D.L.I., taken prisoner in 1940, No. 12478 and detained in Camp 344, Stalag E 592, Germany.

Sir J. Grigg

No. 4458563 Private George Freeman, Durham Light Infantry, is recorded as having been a prisoner of war in Camp 344, Germany. In January of this year, when the Soviet forces were approaching, the Germans evacuated Camp 344 and the inmates were transported, mainly on foot, to various camps in Western Germany. Most of the men originally in Camp 344 have been recovered and are now in this country, but so far no information has reached me about Private Freeman. Stragglers from various camps in Germany are still in the territories administered by the Soviet Forces and urgent inquiries have been made with a view to their transfer to the British or American Forces for return to the United Kingdom. The next-of-kin will be informed as soon as authentic information can be given of these missing prisoners of war.