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German record cards of British and Commonwealth prisoners of war and civilian internees, Second World War
Search by name for details of several hundred captured allied civilians as recorded on German record cards. These are among the records primarily of prisoners of war held by German authorities during the Second World War, in series WO 416. Not all the records in this series are yet open to the public, nor are they all name searchable in our catalogue, so in some cases there are access restrictions. For further details, please see the ‘arrangement’ information in the WO 416 series description.
Correspondence from the Foreign Office’s Prisoners of War and Aliens Department, 1915–1919
Use the search box below to search in series FO 383 by name for correspondence about British subjects resident overseas and interned during the First World War.
Narrow your search by using double quotation marks to find a person’s full name, such as “Henry Keates”:
Please note, some of these are available on Findmypast
Home Office personal files of internees, 1940–1949
Search the very small sample of Home Office case files for internees in HO 214 by name:
Second World War internment papers in Home Office applications for naturalisations, 1934–1948
Search among the Aliens Personal Files in series HO 405 and HO 382 by name and/or date/year of birth. These may include internment papers of foreign citizens interned in the UK during the Second World War. These are Home Office files created for European immigrants who arrived in the UK between 1934 and 1948 and who applied for naturalisation.
Registered files of the Prisoners of War Department, 1939–1948
Browse the Foreign Office files of prisoners of war and internees, including lists of alien internees, in FO 916.