Get involved/Ihr Beitrag

Wenn Sie zu diesem Projekt beitragen möchten oder sich für die Ausstellung, einen Workshop und Lernmaterialien interessieren, nehmen Sie bitte Kontakt mit uns auf.

If you would like to contribute to this project or are interested in the exhibition, a workshop and learning resources, please contact us.

Sind Sie ein Nachfahre?  Können Sie uns bei der Suche nach weiteren Informationen helfen?

Are you a descendant? Can you help us find out more?

Wir suchen Nachfahren von Lofthouse-Internierten, deren Familien oder Ortsansässigen, die mit dem Lager in Berührung kamen. Viele Ruhleben-Internierte sind auf der Ruhleben Story-Webseite aufgeführt, aber wir sind auch auf der Suche nach der örtlichen Bevölkerung, Seeleuten sowie Wach- oder Verwaltungspersonal.  

Namen und Informationen, die bei der Zuordnung weiterhelfen können, finden Sie unten auf dieser Seite (einschließlich Liste zum Herunterladen).  

We are looking for descendants of Lofthouse internees, their families or local residents who had dealings with the camp. Many Ruhlebenites are listed on the Ruhleben Story website, but we are searching for local people, seamen and those who guarded or administered the camp.

Names and further information can be found below on this page (includes downloadable list).

1. Royal Defence Corps (Lofthouse Park)

The principal aims of the Royal Defence Corps was to provide troops for guard duties and security work such as guarding ports or bridges or guarding prisoner of war and internment camps. These soldiers were often recruited from older men and those who were less fit (including those recovering from war injuries). The units raised were formed into protection companies and listed by command. These companies included Nos. between 155 to 166 Protection Companies and 199 and 200 Reserve Companies under Northern Command. The following men are believed to have served in the Royal Defence Corps during the First World War and are found in the back of William Herbert Scott’s Leeds in the Great War, 1914-1918 (published 1923).

Pte. James Allen (4986)
Pte. John Burke (60388)
Pte. John Collins (8160)
Pte. William A. Conlon (8140)
Pte. William McNeil (61501)
Pte. T. Newton (8345)
Pte. Henry Nowland (10900)
Pte. Charles Rushworth (33626)
Pte. Richard E. Thomas (33635)
Pte. Enoch Wilks (8085)

Do you have a relative who served in the National Reserve or Royal Defence Corps at Lofthouse Park? Perhaps a photograph, a letter, or a postcard? Maybe a diary, or a souvenir? Is it possible you recognize one of the names in the list? If so, we would like to hear from you. All information will be gratefully received.

© David Stowe 2016

2. Fishermen Interned September 1915 (Ruhleben)

Boston Deep Sea Fishing and Ice Company

The names of the men listed below belonged to the Boston Deep Sea Fishing Company and were all interned at Ruhleben camp in 1915. The men had been fishing seventy miles east north east of the Inner Dowsing Light Ship in the North Sea when their vessels were captured and sunk by German torpedo boats in August 1914. Concerns began to grow when the ships had not returned to Boston, and the vessels were reported missing: the lifebuoy of the Lindsey was picked up later and brought back to port. The actual fate of the fishermen was not known until much later – some of the men were taken to Wilhelmshaven.

Six other vessels belonging to the same fishing company were also captured and sunk in August 1914. These included the Flavian, Indian, Julian, Skirbeck, Walrus and Wigtoft. The crews of the Skirbeck, Walrus and Wigtoft were held at Cuxhaven in September 1915. Boston lost a total of 16 trawlers in the war: 51 trawlermen lost their lives, and 53 were held as prisoners of war. A similar story is to be told at other fishing towns and ports such as Grimsby or Hull – Boston and Hull playing a part in the repatriation of British and German civilian and military personnel during and the end of the war.

Please do get in touch if you have a connection to any of the men named on this page or have a connection to any other merchant seamen or fisherman who was interned at Ruhleben camp in the First World War.

Ships: Kesteven, Lindsey, and Porpoise

Eggers, John. 45 Skirbeck Road, Boston
Baines, Thomas. 10 May Villas, White Bridges, Boston
Fletcher, John. 12 James Street, Boston
Fletcher, William. 21 Pinfold Lane, Boston
Harden, William. Crapley’s Court, Boston
Lawrence, Harry. 22 Daisy Dale, Skirbeck
Rudd, William. 49 Duke Street, Boston
Foster, Robert (Apprentice). 1 Gain’s Cottage (possibly Hastings)
Stearns, Albert (Apprentice). 1 South Terrace, South End, Boston
Dawkins, James. Volunteer Inn, Skirbeck
Brown, Robert. 4 Bedford Place, Boston
Clark, John Edward. 4 Alfred Street, Boston
Cornford, Thomas. 1 South Terrace, Boston (Apprentice)
Everitt, George. 44 Archer Lane, Boston
Fryatt, Harry. 4 Ash Hill Row, Boston
Hipkin, Alfred. 3 Ash Hill Row, Skirbeck, Boston
Royal, Fred. 3 Pipe Office Lane, Boston
Beavers, John. 1 Alpine Terrace, Skirbeck
Blakey, Walter. Mount Bridge, Skirbeck
Bourne, John. 2 Liquorpond Street, Skirbeck
Clarke, Albert. 26 Daisy Dale, Skirbeck
England, John. 2 Jubilee Terrace, Skirbeck
Warsop, Charles. 4 Valentine Terrace, Skirbeck
Graham, John (Apprentice). 1 Terrace, Boston
Harris, William (Apprentice). 12 Rosegarth Street, Boston
Wilmott, John (Apprentice). 12 Mansion Street, London


Board of Trade: List of Merchant Seamen and Fishermen detained as Prisoners of War in Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Turkey. 21 September 1915. See also: Section III. Alphabetical List of Vessels From Which Seamen and Fishermen Have Been Detained.
Grantham Journal, Saturday 12 September, 1914. p. 7
Hull Daily Mail, Saturday 19 June 1915. p. 2.
Lincolnshire Echo, Wednesday 16 June, 1915. p. 1
Paul Bishop: The War Afloat (Kington-Upon-Hull War Memorial1914-1918)
Billy Thorn: Old Boston
Genuki: Boston
Naval History Net: British Fighting Vessels Lost to Enemy Actions
Wikipedia: Lightvessels in the United Kingdom

Re: Boston Deep Sea Fishing and Ice Company. Fred Parkes later bought the company  in 1924 (Pdf)

© David Stowe 2016

3. German Civilian Internees (Lofthouse Park)

Approximately two million civilians were interned globally during the First World War. The International Prisoners of War Agency was established in Geneva on 21 August 1914 partly as a response to keep track of the increasing number of civilian and military personnel taken prisoner. The Agency was established by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). It was also a means by which warring nations could submit lists of prisoners. These lists contained names, age, residence, place of birth, profession, and place of capture in some instances. Additional data might include dates and information on transfer between camps, or the release and repatriation of internees where found.

It is estimated that the Agency received more than 40,000 pages and documents in total – including many requests from families.  The following list of civilian internees held at Lofthouse Park Camp has been drawn up from such documents. Documents held at the Manx Museum on the Isle of Man (Knockaloe Virtual Museum) have been put to similar use. The ICRC database proves equally useful for researching civilian internees at camps such as Ruhleben in Germany. Thanks are due to Professor Matthew Stibbe (Sheffield Hallam) for drawing attention to the possibilities of the database. Some 250 to 400 names from Lofthouse Park Camp have been brought together so far. These include some with previous military service. Any additional information on the internees held at Lofthouse Park Camp or Ruhleben is most welcome.

Liste deutscher Zivilinternierter in Lofthouse Park mit weiteren Informationen

List of German civilians held at Lofthouse Park with additional information

PDF Download: InternierteLofthousePark


The Archives of the International Prisoners-of-War Agency (Pdf)
ICRC: 1914-1918 Prisoners of the First World War ICRC Historical Archives
Knockaloe Virtual Museum and Website: Holland List II

© David Stowe 2016

2 thoughts on “Get involved/Ihr Beitrag

  1. Pingback: A clean sweep: Lofthouse Park’s forgotten history, 1900-1919 | In the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time

  2. Hi, I’ve just found your Lofthouse Park website. I see my grandfather 23956 Hermann Carl August Dahms is in your lists! I wonder if you have more info about him? He came from Pritter/Wollin ( not Pretter ). The family was expelled from Pommern after WW2. My aunt survived the carpet bombing of Swinemuende. Maybe we can swap info? Will also email Dr Sternberg direct.
    M.f.G., Chris.

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