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In July 2013 my friend Brian Sims sent me a set of photographs of a remarkable document he had uncovered in the British National Archives.

One hundred thirty-eight pages in length, Italy: Imperial Prisoners of War Alphabetical List, Section 1, British Army, contains the names of thousands of British prisoners of war, along with their ranks, service numbers, and the military units to which they belonged.

The booklet is divided into sections for officers and “other ranks.”

Because officers were not typically interned at P.G. 59, only three are listed.

These officers provided healthcare to the internees: Captain T. R. Hodgson, Royal Army Dental Corps (serving as the camp’s dentist); Captain J. H. D. Millar, Royal Army Medical Corps (the chief medical officer for the camp); and A. R. Duff Royal Army Medical Corps (also a camp medical officer).

I am unsure of why Brigadier S. William, Royal Artillery, was present in the camp.

Sergeant Major T. W. Hegarty was P.G. 59 camp leader before Captain Millar assumed that role on September 9, 1943 due to Hegarty’s sudden incapacity. Hegarty, R.S.M. (Regimental Sergeant Major—a non-commissioned rank), Royal Armoured Corps, is listed among other ranks in this document.

This post contains the names of the officers and names A–B of other ranks—147 men in all.

I will share the rest of the British P.G. 59 internees’ names in future posts.

The Alphabetical List has no printed date, and at first I wondered if it was produced during the war for use as a handbook, or if it was printed after the war as an historical record. It turns out the document itself contains clues to its publication date.

In the book, William Armitt, John “Jock” Attrill, Frank Bayley, and John “Jock” Hamilton—the subjects of the musical documentary Hands Up—For You the War is Ended—are all listed as P.G. 59 internees.

I know from these four men’s repatriation records (also courtesy of Brian Sims) that William Armitt and Frank Bayley were interned at P.G. 59 from January 31, 1942 to May 15, 1943; “Jock” Hamilton from January 1, 1942 to May 15, 1943; and “Jock” Attrill from January 1942 to June 1943.

In May/June 1943 they were all transferred to P.G. 146/22 Vairano.

If these dates are an accurate reflection of where the men were interned at the time the Alphabetical List went to press, that would put its publication date at circa January 1942–May 1943.

Here is the list of officers and other ranks A-B, followed by a key to acronyms and abbreviations:

Officers

Duff, A. R. – Capt. – 115475 – R.A.M.C.
Hodgson, T. R. – Capt. – 128124 – A.D.C.
Millar, J. H. D. – Capt. – 98370 – R.A.M.C.
William, S. – Brig. – 13403 – R.A.

Other Ranks, A–B

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Achilles, C. – Cfm. 7614430 – R.E.M.E. – R.O. No. 44

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Adam, G. T. – Drv. – T/70369 – R.A.S.C. – R.O. No. 29
Adams, A. G. – Drv. – 1871731 – R.E. – R.O. No. 9
Adams, G. A. – Tpr. – 7909165 – R.A.C. – R.O. No. 3
Adamson, A. F. – Pte. – 6144598 – E. Surr – R.O. No. 23
Aitken, G. – L/Sgt. – 2980168 – R.A. – R.O. No. 5
Alden, G. – L/Cpl. T/151075 – R.A.S.C. – R.O. No. 29
Alexander, J. – L/Cpl. – 5506613 – Hamp. – R.O. No. 29
Allan, G. E. – Sgt. – 7621207 – R.A.O.C. – R.O. No. 32
Allaway, A. J. – L/Sgt. – 6914278 – R. Bde. – R.O. No. 24
Allen, B. J. – Sgt. – T/75228 – R.A.S.C. – R.O. No. 29
Allen, G. R. – L/Cpl. – 186837 – R.A.S.C. – R.O. No. 24 (number is unclear)
Allen, F. J. – Gnr. – 876990 – R.A. – R.O. No. 5

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Allen, F. A. – Tpr. – 7915102 – R.A.C. – R.O. No. 3
Allenby, H. M. – Sgt. – 549921 – R.A.C. – R.O. No. 3
Allison, J. F. – Gnr. – 836851 – R.A. – R.O. No. 6
Alliston, W. – Gnr. – 1681705 – R.A. – R.O. No. 6
Allum, D. W. – Sgm – 2585112 – R. Sigs. – R.O. No. 10
Almond, V. – Tpr. – 4538455 – R.A.C. – R.O. No. 3
Alnwick, R. – Pte. – 6284971 – Buffs. – R.O. No. 23
Anderson, C. – Gnr. – 1432941 – R.A. – R.O. No. 6

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Archer, H. E. – Gnr. – 1544134 – R.A. – R.O. No. 6
Armitt, Wm. – Dvr. – T/165163 – R.A.S.C. – R.O. No. 29
Armour, D. – Tpr. – 315436 – R.A.C. – R.O. No. 3
Arndle, F. W. – Pte. – 5506620 – Hamp. – R.O. No. 23
Ashburn, J. H. – Gnr. – 4544652 – R.A. – R.O. No. 5
Ashburner, H. B. – Rfn. – 6852905 – K.R.R.C. – R.O. No. 24
Ashford, G. W. – L/Cpl. – 7881830 – R.A.C. – R.O. No. 3
Ashton, W. – Tpr. – 554018 – R.A.C. – R.O. No. 3

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Atkins, T. A. – Sgt. – 6341283 – A.A.C. – R.O. No. 45
Atkinson, J. L. – Sgm. – 2583123 – R. Sigs. – R.O. No. 10
Atrill, J. C. – L/Bdr. – 1437951 – R.A. – R.O. No. 8
Austin, W. A. – Sgt. – 6845204 – K.R.R.C. – R.O. No. 24
Averlone, V. – Pte. – 6023593 – Essex – R.O. No. 21
Aylett, W. – B. S. M. – 1070347 – R.A. – R.O. No. 5

Babbington, J. W. – Cpl. – 6700562 – R. Bde. – R.O. No. 24
Bagley, J.E. – Tpr. – 551916 – R.C.A. – R.O. No. 3

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Bailey, D. N. – Tpr. – 7896934 – R.A.C. – R.O. No. 3
Bailey, F. T. – Cpl. – 7899996 – R.A.C. – R.O. No. 3
Baker, C. H. – Gnr. – 948455 – R.A. – R.O. No.5
Baker, E. J. – Cpl. – 2326800 – R. Sigs. – R.O. No. 10
Balchin, A. J. – Dvr. – T/202289 – R.A.S.C – R.O. No. 29
Balfour, A. J. – Gnr. – 1438900 – R.A. – R.O. No. 6
Ballam, H. K. – Pte. – 5505936 – Hamp. – R.O. No. 2_ (this is a two digit number, but the edge of the page is torn off)
Baly, G. – Sgm. – 2330359 – R. Sigs. – R.O. No. 10

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Banks, A. V. – Sgt. – 922719 – R.A. – R.O. No. 5
Barbour, N. W. – Tpr. – 321467 – R.A.C. – R.O. No. 3
Barker, R. E. – Sgm. – 2334700 – R. Sigs. – R.O. No. 10
Barlow, G. – Dvr/i/c – 1099347 – R.A. – R.O. No. 5
Barnard, J. W. – Pte. – 6143343 – E. Surr. – R.O. No. 23
Barnes, A. G. – Pte. – 5494917 – Hamp. – R.O. No. 23
Barr, M. – Rfm. – 6913634 – R. Bde. – R.O. No. 24

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Barron, H. A. – Sgt. – 6913166 – R.O. No. 24
Bartleman, J. – Dvr. – 71029 – R.A.S.C. – R.O. No. 29
Bartlett, L. F. – Gnr. – 1147186 – R.A. – R.O. No. 5
Barton, T. – Cfn. – 7590638 – R.E.M.E. – R.O. No. 44
Baskett, H. W. – Dvr. – T/164277 – R.A.S.C. – R.O. No. 29

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Baxter, W. – Pte. – 4453412 – D.L.I. – R.O. No. 20
Bayes, E. A. – Dvr. – 2000063 – R.E. – R.O. No. 9
Bayley, F. E. – Tpr. – 7909091 – R.A.C. – R.O. No. 3
Beale, J. W. – Tpr. – 7909517 – R.A.C. – R.O. No. 3
Beaumont, H. C. – Gnr. – 1135435 – R.A. – R.O. No. 5
Beavington, M. A. J. – Pte. – 7371994 – R.A.M.C. – R.O. No. 30
Beckerman, H. – Tpr. – 7901308 – R.A.C. – R.O. No. 3

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Bell, E. R. – Cfn. – 7614908 – R.E.M.E. – R.O. No. 44
Bellin, R. – L/Cpl. – T/164386 – R.A.S.C. – R.O. No. 29
Belson, W. S. – Gnr. – 978924 – R.A. – R.O. No. 5
Bennett, S. A. – Dvr. – T/189052 – R.A.S.C. – R.O. No. 29
Bennett, N. A. – L/Cpl. – 2585622 – R. Sigs. – R.O. No. 10
Bennett, L. J. – Rfn. – 6852591 – K.R.R.C. – R.O. No. 24
Benson, G. H. – Rfn. – 6852592 – K.R.R.C. – R.O. No. 30
Bentley, J. H. – Sgt. – 1432971 – R.A. – R.O. No. 6
Bentley, C. – Fus. – 14241648 – R.W.F. – R.O. No. 19

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Bindler, J. – Rfm. – 6920233 – R. Bde. – R.O. No. 24
Birchall, C. W. – Rfm. – 6844370 – K.R.R.C. – R.O. No. 24
Bird, G. H. – Gnr. – 936021 – R.A. – R.O. No. 5
Birkinshaw, B. – L/Sgt. – 785750 – R.A. – R.O. No. 5
Bishop, E. W. H. – Gnr. – 953333 – R.A. – R.O. No. 6
Bishop, A. – Cpl. – 5947915 – B. & H. – R.O. No. 21
Bishop, L. F. – Tpr. – 7893400 – R.A.C. – R.O. No. 3
Blaby, F. J. – L/Sgt. – 7886593 – R.A.C. – R.O. No. 3
Black, J. – Pte. – 7375090 – R.A.M.C. – R.O. No. 30
Blackwell, G. H. – Drv. – 164271 – R.A.S.C. – R.O. No. 29
Blake, G. W. B. – Drv. – T/136380 – R.A.S.C. – R.O. No. 29

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Blake, G. C. – Pte. – 5501875 – Hamp. – R.O. No. 23
Blogg, N. – Pte. – S/3859571 – R.A.S.C. – R.O. No. 29
Blondel, F. O. O. – Pte. – 7634404 – R.A.O.C – R.O. No. 32
Blood, F. – Pte. – 7357196 – R.A.M.C. – R.O. No. 30
Blyth, A. B. – Drv. – T/107681 – R.A.S.C. – R.O. No. 29
Blyth, J. – Sgt. – 403630 – R.A.C. – R.O. No. 30
Boanas, G. A. – Drv. – 1907665 – R.E. – R.O. No. 9
Bonner, C. – Rfm. – 6910904 – R.Bde. – R.O. No. 24
Bonness, D. J. – Tpr. – 7889903 – R.A.C. – R.O. No. 3
Booker, A. G. – Pte. – 7629946 – R.A.O.C. – R.O. No. 32

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Boulter, V. – Drv. – T/164744 – R.A.S.C. – R.O. No. 29
Bourke, F. G. – Cpl. – 7890321 – R.A.C. – R.O. No. 3
Boutell, A. – Tpr. – 7910544 – R.A.C. – R.O. No. 3
Boxall, R. E. – L/Cpl. – 85018 – R.A.S.C. – R.O. No. 29
Boyd, J. McD. – Pte. – 92100 – R.A.S.C. – R.O. No. 29
Boyd, J. – Gnr. – 845371 – R.A. – R.O. No. 5

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Boyle, P. J. – Drv. – 164976 – R.A.SC. – R.O. No. 29
Bozzone, J. A. L. – Tpr. – 7887518 – R.A.C. – R.O. No. 3
Brack, J. – L/Sgt. – 319428 – R.A.C. – R.O. No. 3
Bradford, C. J. P. – Rfm. – 6915262 – R. Bde. – R.O. No. 24
Brady, M. – Tpr. – 7909693 – R.A.C. – R.O. No. 3
Brawn, R. – Bdr. – 1433896 – R.A. – R.O. No. 6
Breadmore, L. J. – Drv./i/c – 1118236 – R.A. – R.O. No.5
Brewer, G. G. – Rfm. – 6920249 – R. Bde. – R.O. No. 24
Brewster, D. T. – Tpr. – 7918123 – R.A.C. – R.O. No. 3

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Briers, H. A. – Drv. – 164496 – R.A.S.C. – R.O. No. 29
Briggs, A. J. – Drv. – 164275 – R.A.S.C. – R.O. No. 29
Bringloe, W. G. – Rfm. – 6920259 – R. Bde. – R.O. No. 24
Bristow, E. S. G. – Cfn. – 7616589 – R.E.M.E. – R.O. No. 44
Broad, S. R. T. – Rfm. – 6913330 – R. Bde. – R.O. No. 24
Brook, D. E. M. – Tpr. – 7905220 – R.A.C. – R.O. No. 3

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Brown, E. L. – Drv. – 1061983 – R. Sigs. – R.O. No. 10
Brown, A. M. E. – Gnr. – 1095609 – R.A. – R.O. No. 5
Brown, H. T. – Gnr. 1110005 – R.A. – R.O. No. 5
Brown, M. – Sgm. – 2047459 – R. Sigs. – R.O. No. 10
Brown, R. E. – L/Cpl. – 6011052 – Essex – R.O. No. 21
Brown, F. G. – Drv. – T/164274 – R.A.S.C. – R.O. No. 29
Brown, E. – Gnr. – 850483 – R.A. – R.O. No. 5
Brownlie, R. E. – Spr. – 2004944 – R.E. – R.O. No. 9
Broxup, A. – Tpr. – 3529759 – R.A.C. – R.O. No. 3
Bruce, C. – Sgt. – 2758668 – Bk. Watch – R.O. No. 16

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Bruce, F. – Tpr. – 7914046 – R.O. No. 3
Bryan, J. E. – Drv. – T/223011 – R.A.S.C. – R.O. No. 29
Bryant, J. S. – Spr. – 1865335 – R.E. – R.O. No. 9
Bryson, P. – Sgt. – 2978709 – R.A. – R.O. No. 5
Bucklen, H. E. – Pte. – 6208520 – A.A.C. – R.O. No. 45
Bull, L. – Drv. – 164625 – R.A.S.C. – R.O. No. 29
Bullimore, L. C. – Drv. – 164650 R.A.S.C. – R.O. No. 29
Bunting, W. – Pte. – 5502925 – Hamp. – R.O. No. 23
Burgess, H. – Gnr. – 1559674 – R.A. – R.O. No. 6

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Burke, P. J. – Gnr. – 1095614 – R.A. – R.O. No. 5
Burke, M. J. – Pte. – 7264949 – R.A.M.C. – R.O. No. 30
Burk, P. O. – Pte. – 7265212 – R.A.M.C. – R.O. No. 30
Burns, M. – L.Cpl. – 319522 – R.A.C. – R.O. No. 3
Burns, J. – Pte. – 2989950 – A. & S.H. – R.O. No. 16
Burrows, L. C. – Pte. – 5496183 – Hamp. – R.O. No. 23
Burton, L. – Pte. – 6287115 – Buffs – R.O. No. 23
Burton, F. E. – Rfm. 6852139 – K.R.R.C. – R.O. No. 24
Bust, F. – Drv. – T/164537 – R.A.S.C. – R.O. No. 29

<strong>Acronyms and Abbreviations</strong>

A. &amp; S.H. – Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
A.A.C. – Army Air Corps
A.A.A.C. – Australian Army Aviation Corps
A.C.C. – Army Catering Corps
A.D.C. – This is an acronym for a unit name, possibly the Royal Army Dental Corps (R.A.D.C.)

B. &amp; H. – Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
B.S.M. – Battery Sergeant Major
Bdr. – Bombardier
Bk. Watch – Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment)
Bord. – Border Regiment
Brig. – Brigadier
Buffs – Royal East Kent Regiment (“The Buffs”)

C.G. – Coldstream Guards
C.Q.M.S. – Company Quartermaster Sergeant
C.S.M. – Company Sergeant Major
Cam. H. – Cameron Highlanders
Camns. – Cameron Highlanders
Capt. – Captain
Cfn./Cfm. – Craftsman
Cpl. – Corporal

Devon. – Devonshire Regiment
D.L.I. – Durham Light Infantry
Dorset – Dorset Regiment
Dmr. – Drummer
Drv. – Driver
Dvr/i/c – Driver (meaning of i/c unknown)

E. Surr. – East Surrey Regiment
Essex – Essex Brigade

Fus. – Fusilier

G.G. – Grenadier Guards
Gdsm. – Guardsman
Gn. How. – Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own Yorkshire Regiment)
Gnr. – Gunner

Hamp. – Hampshire Regiment
H.L.I. – Highland Light Infantry

Innis. F. – Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

K.O.R.R. – King’s Own Royal Regiment
K.R.R.C. – King’s Royal Rifle Corps

L/Bdr. – Lance Bombardier
L/Cpl. – Lance Corporal

Manch. – Manchester Regiment

N’d. F. – Royal Northumberland Fusiliers
North’n. R. – Northamptonshire Regiment
P.S.M. – Platoon Sergeant Major
Pte. – Private

Q.M.S. – Quarter Master Sergeant

R. Bde. – Rifle Brigade
R. Sigs. – Royal Signals
R.A. – Royal Artillery
R.A.C. – Royal Armoured Corps
R.A.M.C. – Royal Army Medical Corps
R.A.O.C. – Royal Army Ordnance Corps
R.A.S.C. – Royal Army Service Corps
R.E. – Royal Engineers
R.E.M.E. – Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
R. Ir. R. – Royal Irish Regiment
R.O. – Radiotelephone Operator
R.U. Rif. – Royal Ulster Rifles
R.W.F. – Royal Welch Fusiliers
R.W.K. – Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Rfn. – Rifleman

S.G. – Scots Guards
S.S.M. – unit name unknown
S.W.B.– South Wales Borders
S. Staff – South Staffordshire Regiment
Sgm./Sgmn. – Signalman
Sgt. – Sergeant
Sjt. – Serjeant (a variant of sergeant)
Spr. – Sapper

Tpr. – Trooper

W.G. – Welsh Guards
Welsh/Welch –Welsh Guards
Worc. – Worcestershire Regiment

Y. & L. – York and Lancaster Regiment

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