On 18 October 1915, the Express & Star published a photograph of eleven men, under the heading “Prisoners of War”. The newspaper had received a postcard from a Private W. Green, of the Worcestershire Regiment, who was a prisoner of war at Gefangenenlager, Doeberitz. He had received food parcels from J. B. Dumbell’s Comfort Fund and thanked them with this postcard. Unfortunately the photograph is not very clear on the microfilm.
There are a number of possible “W. Green”s born in Wolverhampton at around the right date (usually William or Walter), so finding the right one could prove difficult. However, the International Prisoners of War Agency has published online the index cards of each prisoner and detainee during the First World War. This has enabled me to find the entry for a William Green from Wolverhampton of the 3rd Worcestershire Regiment (service number 8303) on a list of 75 prisoners who were being transferred from the camp at Münchsberg to the camp at Sagan on 14 March 1916. Interestingly, the entries are written phoenetically to German ears, so “Wolverhampton” is down as “Wolwerhampton”, and there are other entries on the sheet which illustrate this too, such as “Litschfield” and “Jorkstire”. Unfortunately I have not been able to work out the place name underneath Wolverhampton (“Jiderwoth”), which I believe to be the location where the respective regiments were based, as the heading is “Gouvernement”. Green was taken prisoner at Chevy. His entry on the Worcestershire Regiment’s page of prisoners of war has him down as being in the camp at Gottingen, so he obviously moved around during the War.
There is also a William Green of the 4th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment listed on the Wolverhampton Roll of Honour, but as this particular Wolverhampton gentleman appears to be have been killed on 7 May 1915, this is clearly a different man with the same name. If anyone is able to fill any of these gaps, please get in touch!