Researching British POWs in WWI – Chris Paton

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Whilst many of our ancestors fought, and in some cases, died during the First World War, there was another group of people deeply affected by the conflict on the civilian front. Thousands of British and British Empire civilians, present in Europe when war was declared against Germany, were rounded up and interned at a hastily converted racecourse on the outskirts of Berlin from 1914-1918.

In this talk, family historian Chris Paton will look at the fascinating story of those 5,500 POWs, including over a thousand merchant seamen, whose only crime was to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Originally from Northern Ireland, but with both Scottish and Irish roots, Chris holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical Studies from the University of Strathclyde, and he works as a professional genealogist, running the Scotland’s Greatest Story research service. He has been a resident of Ayrshire for over two decades, but in the past he has also been based in the English cities of Plymouth and Bristol, the Scottish city of Glasgow and town of Helensburgh, and the Northern Irish town of Carrickfergus, from where he originally hails.

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