Item BCA - 2017.1287 - A Wartime Archive of Capt. Bernard W. G. Rose 4th County of London Yeomanry & his experiences in a German POW Camp Oflag 79, Brunswick

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BCA - 2017.1287


A Wartime Archive of Capt. Bernard W. G. Rose 4th County of London Yeomanry & his experiences in a German POW Camp Oflag 79, Brunswick


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This entry, all about Captain B.W.G. Rose has a huge amount of information and I strongly recommend that you open the pdf and find the detail. It includes a foreword by one of his three sons, Nigel Rose, a two page typewritten copy of BWGR's own handwritten account of his working life from September 1939 and then the handwritten account itself. An account of inter-services boxing tournament and a broken nose; Christmas greeting 1943; an article written in the Kent & Sharpshooters Yeomanry Newsletter of 1989 concerning the action that took place at Villers Bocage on the 12th and 13th of June 1944 (BWGR was captured in this action on the 13th and is mentioned on the 1st page, page 5); newspaper cuttings of the Villers Bocage action; various photographs; newspaper cuttings - BWGR "is now known to be a POW; capture and BWGR'S German documentation; typewritten copy of BWGR'S "A Wartime Log" and the original wartime log. Scans of other material found in the Diary including newspaper cuttings, copies of pamphlets and more. Bernard was musically very talented who was organist and conductor of the Eglesfield Musical Society at the Queen's College, Oxford when WWII broke out. Bernard was married to Molly Rose and you can find several entries for Molly on this Bampton Community Archive website. Bernard's diary whilst a prisoner of war is fascinating, easy to read when type written but I recommend looking at the hand written original because the change in his handwriting is very marked as time went on. Bernard's drawings are very good and also very informative. The family group is of Bernard's mother-in-law Maude and her first three girls and her son, taken before Molly was born.

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