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Death as a POW

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Could someone with access to Ancestry etc kindly do a look up for me. I'm looking for James Loftus b Birkenhead about 1900 and I am led to believe that he died as an Army POW in Germany. He married Eveline Duckers in Birkenhead 1930 and left behind her and their 4 children. Any help gratefully received.

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Hi,

There are 4 J Loftus listed on the WW2 prisoner of war index but no other information. There is a JP Loftus as well, also a death in 1949 Birkenhead for a James P Loftus born abt 1899. I couldnt see a middle name for James on the birth index though.
 

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I have looked in detail at all the J Loftus CWGC deaths None fit with a birth in 1900,

There are just 3 worth checking further with you

1 James L husband of Amy , son of Michael and Mary L aged 35 so born 1909

2 John L son of Margaret Ann Loftus of Liverpool born 1910

3 John Owen Joseph L som of John Ernest and Daisy L husband of Marjory from Chessimgton no age given


Do any of these ring any bells?


How strong is the story as sometimes this was a convenient way of explaining away a more embarrasing situation and might explain why it cannot be traced. Do you know where he was a POW and which regiment he served with

Tell us as much as possible to make searches easier

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Thank you for your help with this puzzle. James was my Father in Laws Dad whom he never knew as war started when he was only small and his Dad left, never to return. He remembers his Mother getting letters with words whited out from them and he thinks he was in something like camp17 in Germany. Unfortunately he is quite frail now so I have to ask questions and then wait a while for the answer to surface. I found the marriage in 1930 to Eveline in Birkenhead but there are two possible birth dates for James of 1899 or 1905 and I don't have any way of finding the correct one at present. I'll ask him some more questions but, as you say, maybe it was all a tall tale.......
 

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