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The Express & Star published a letter on 1 May 1915 from a Corporal H. Heath, who was being held prisoner in Göttingen, in Germany. It appealed as follows:

Sir, – I beg to ask you on behalf of about thirty Wolverhampton N.C.O.s and men of the 1st South Staffordshire Regiment, who are prisoners of war at Göttingen, if any gentleman, lady, or society who are collecting clothes, boots, or groceries for prisoners of war, would kindly forward some of them to be distributed amongst the prisoners here.

The prisoners are urgently in need of them, as they have been here since early November and have not receiving anything owing to most of their parents not being able to assist them. – I remain, your obedient servant,

H. HEATH, Corporal S. S. R.

Harry Heath was born in Wolverhampton on 25 December 1890. His prisoner of war records confirm that he was captured at Ypres on 26 October 1914, that he was not wounded, and was initially held at Cassel. His next of kin was given as his mother, who lived at 15 Zoar Street. He was moved around a bit, and by 1918 he had been wounded in the head. On 25 November 1918 he was repatriated, and was among a list of prisoners of war who had arrived in Southampton. He was listed as “severely sick” and taken to King George’s Hospital in London. He appears to have recovered, as I have not been able to find a record of his death.

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