Warcovers :: POW


Prisoner of War mail is concerned with combatants who have been captured by an enemy power immediately after an armed conflict. They are made POW's to isolate them from their own forces that are still in the field.
A large variety of camps were erected, including those for POW, internees, refugees, "slave" laborers, and displaced persons & includes prisoners that were housed in ships. POW and Internee mail is frequently subject to both military and civil postal censorship because it passes through both postal systems.
Prisoner's correspondence was usually handled by the Red Cross.



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1900 (May) BOER WAR cover to POW, Greenpoint Camp. VENTERSBURG ROAD p/m

1900 (3rd. May) BOER WAR cover to Boer POW at Greenpoint Camp with s/r. VENTERSBURG ROAD RO p/m. Censored by the Boers and British (2A) seals. Also circ. CENSOR / PRISONER OF WAR h/s. [Sent out by the long route: Ventersburg to Johannesburg, via Delagoa Bay by sea to Durban - received 9th. May] Heavy fighting at Ventersburg which fell to Gen. French's forces some seven days after mailing. Ref: 304-002.

Price: £100.00
1914 cover GERMANY to 'cabin boy of S. Serak, prisoner, Queensferry' POW Camp

1914 (Nov) cover from GERMANY to 'August Shrebbus, cabin boy of S. Serak, prisoner, Queensferry, Flintshire' [closed May 1915] - POW Camp with s/r. POST FREE P.C. PRISONER OF WAR h/s. [SERAK Cargo Ship. Aug. 1914 The steamship was interned at Swansea by the UK government and taken into the F Leyland & Co Ltd, Liverpool, fleet as a prize of war] Folded. Ref: 297-002.

Price: £100.00
1914 POW cover GB to France. POST FREE 'Royal Naval Hospital, Plymouth'

1914 (Dec) POW cover from GB to 'Lieutenant Colonel Francois Bellanger', France with s/r. LONDON OFFICIAL PAID p/m. and part circ. POST FREE h/s. Also s/r. P.C h/s. From 'Royal Naval Hospital, Plymouth'. Ref: 306-080.

Price: £45.00
1914-18 cover GB to 'Serg. T Roudel, R.A.M. Corps' GERMANY

1914-18 cover from GB to 'Serg. T Roudel, R.A.M. Corps., British Prisoner of War' with boxed POW / INFORMATION BUREAU / BERLIN h/s. - GERMANY. Also circ. POST FREE / PC h/s. and Zurck Aufenthalt Suit nicht ermittelt h/s. [Royal Army Medical Corps] Ref: 306-121.

Price: £75.00
1914-18 real photo PPC [Theatre] GERMANY to GB. Chemnitz Camp censor h/s.

1914-18 real photo POW PPC [Theatre] from GERMANY to GB with boxed Chemnitz Camp censor h/s. Also THEATRE DES PRISONNERS / DU CAMP DE CHEMNITZ h/s. From 'Arthur' (Frankland) Ref: 305-058.

Price: £20.00
1915 Prisoner of War cover 'Frith Hill Camp, near Frimley, (Surrey)'

1915 Prisoner of War cover from 'Frith Hill Camp, near Frimley, (Surrey)' with s/r. LONDON OFFICIAL PAID p/m. and circ. 'P.C' censor h/s. Also oval PRISONER OF WAR / INFORMATION BUREAU h/s. Roughly opened. Ref: 293-137.

Price: £25.00
1916 cover + letter SPAIN to GB. "petitioning H.M to cause inquires to be made to Berlin"

1916 (May) cover and letter from SPAIN to GB with des prisioners de guerre h/s. [POW] mss .. "I am ordered by His Majesty the King, my August Sovereign, to answer your letter petitioning H.M to cause inquires to be made to Berlin with regard to Mr. A. Woffenden (your son") From 'De SM El Ray', Palacio Real de Madrid with red seal to rear. Ref: 297-047.

Price: £100.00

1916 POW cover from SWITZERLAND with d/r. FELDPOST / POSTE DE CAMPAGNE p/m. and Internlerungsbureau Luzern h/s. Folded. Ref: 301-038.

Price: £10.00
1916 PPC (Easter Eggs from Doberitz) from GERMANY to GB. censored

1916 PPC (Easter Eggs) from GERMANY to GB with LONDON PAID m/c. and Camp censor h/s. From 'Pte. Mortimer, 2nd. Suffolk Regt, Dyrotz' Camp. POW - Prisoner of War card by 'Cecil A Tooke'. Ref: 300-130.

Price: £25.00

1916 illustrated PPC from the ISLE of MAN to 'Somerset' with oval ALIEN'S DETENTION CAMP / CENSORED / KNOCKALOE, IOM h/s. From 'John Dechart, Peel, IOM'. Folded. Ref: 293-089.

Price: £75.00
1916 printed POW cover AUSTRALIA to CHINA. PASSED BY / CENSOR SD h/s.

1916 printed POW cover from AUSTRALIA to CHINA with boxed PASSED BY / CENSOR SD h/s. From 'Fritz Felbick' at Trial Bay Camp NSW with s/r. CANTON receipt p/m. to rear [Oct. 14th. 1916] Concentration Camp. Prisoner of War. Photograph available at 'trove.nla.gov.au' for Felbick Fritz - index number 4791. NB: Opens out. Ref: 300-147.

Price: £245.00
1916 ps PC BULGARIA from Residant in Occupied Territory. censored

1916 postal stationary PC from BULGARIA with s/r. NEGOTINE and PARATCHIN arrival marks. From Residant in Occupied Territory and censored in KARLOVA. Ref: 305-110.

Price: £12.00
1917 (April) PPC 'Easter Greetings' GERMANY to GB. Doberitz POW Camp.

1917 (April) PPC 'Easter Greetings' from GERMANY to GB with Camp censor h/s. and LONDON PAID m/c. From Royal West Kent Regt. Doberitz Prisoner of War Camp. Card by 'E Bell, KO Scottish Borderers'. Ref: 295-125.

Price: £30.00
1917 cover + letter HUNGARY to Italy. Officers Camp at Ostffyasszonyfa, censored

1917 cover and letter from HUNGARY to Italy and censored. From Officers Camp at Ostffyasszonyfa. [POW Camp in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy from 1915 to 1918. The building of the camp started in the spring of 1915 and was under the authority of the nearby Nagysimony. NB: Cover damaged. Ref: 301-043.

Price: £10.00
1917 POW l/s. Scotland to Germany. 'Stobs near Hawick' OPENED BY CENSOR label

1917 POW l/s. from Scotland to Germany with OPENED BY CENSOR / PW 510 label to rear. From 'Edmund ERNST, Prisoner of War, Stobs near Hawick'. Ref: 305-013.

Price: £25.00
1917 PPC GERMANY to GB. 'Pte. James Brown, Stuttgart, Germany' POW censored

1917 PPC [Real photo 'French-Algerian'] from GERMANY to GB with LONDON PAID m/c. and censored. From 'Pte. James Brown, Stuttgart, Germany' POW. Ref: 303-062.

Price: £12.00
1917 Registered Letter S. AFRICA to Germany. HOSTILE COUNTRIES' CENSOR h/s.

1917 Registered Letter from South AFRICA to Germany with PRISONER OF WAR h/s. and boxed HOSTILE COUNTRIES' CENSOR / SALISBURY HOUSE, LONDON h/s. Also OPENED BY CENSOR label and PASSED BY CENSOR h/s. From 'Camp I, Fort Napier, P. Maritzburg'. Ref: 302-123.

Price: £100.00
1917-18 real photo PPC GERMANY to GB. 'Smn. E. Cheetham, Drake Batt., RND'

1917-18 real photo PPC from GERMANY to GB with d/r. Parchim POW h/s. From 'Smn. Ernest Cheetham T.Z/8796, Drake Batt., RND' [Royal Naval Division] Lewis Gunner. Photo of 'E. Cheetham' with copy of his Navy records - "Missing 7.2.17, BEF". Edge tear. Ref: 306-042.

Price: £25.00
1918 (Oct) POW cover INDIA, 'Committee 'A' Camp' to Bombay. (AHME)DNAGAR p/m

1918 (Oct) POW cover INDIA, 'Committee 'A' Camp' to Bombay with part (AHME)DNAGAR p/m. to rear. Ref: 306-017.

Price: £20.00
1918 cover AUSTRIA to GB. RAABS p/m. ZENSURIET h/s. 'POW, Raabs an der Thaya'

1918 (3rd. Sept) cover from AUSTRIA to GB with d/r. RAABS p/m. and tri. ZENSURIET h/s. endorsed 'Austrian Red Cross'. From 'H.S. Richards, Prisoner of War, Raabs an der Thaya Nr. O, Austria'. Also LONDON PAID m/c. (20th. Oct) Faults. Ref: 300-008.

Price: £45.00