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Ronald Stanley Holcroft Fonds
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Artifacts

Consists of:
one spoon stamped "R.H." and with engraving on front of handle "R.H. & J.B." Spoon was used by Holcroft at Stalag VIIIB and presumably shared with another prisoner with the initials J.B..
Uniform insignia related to Holcroft's service.

Certificates

Includes: Holcroft's certificate for receipt of the Medaille commemorative des batailles de la somme, French authorization forms for Holcroft's transit in France during 1939, and several others related to Holcroft's military service and non-military training.

Correspondence

Consists of correspondence sent by Holcroft from the stations of his service during WWII and then from Stalag VIIIB to his family in England. Also includes three letters received by Holcroft while at Stalag VIIIB.

Memoir and Personal Writing

Consists of pages 25-91 of an unpublished account of Holcroft's wartime experience. Pages 1-24, not donated, pertain to his life before the war. Later accession also includes poetry written during and after POW internment, school assignments, and a short biographical essay.

Miscellaneous

Consists of: Holcroft's 1945 identity card as an ex-prisoner of war; scrap of Stalag VIIIB note for items issued to Holcroft as an inmate of the camp; Stalag XXIB camp identity card for "W. Champion"; packaging for Russian Mahorka tobacco; Christmas 1944 issue of "The Clarion" prisoner produced monthly magazine of Stalag VIIIB; 1945 clipping "Unusual Prison Camp Currency" from the Essex Weekly News related to Holcroft's wartime experience; 1939 Intelligence Corps identity card; military pay book

Photographs

Consists of two photographs. One, a copy of the original, shows Holcroft just after his time of capture in 1940. It was stolen from the offices of Stalag XXIB by a fellow inmate and brought back to England by Holcroft in 1945. The other shows Stalag VIIIB choir for the year 1942-43. Holcroft is not present though was active in the choir.

Ronald Stanley Holcroft Fonds

  • CA ACU TMM F0088
  • Fonds
  • 1939-2014

Fonds consists of records kept by Ronald Holcroft as keepsakes of his time spent at Stalag VIIIB (later Stalag-344) near Lamsdorf, Germany during WWII. Fonds also includes an unpublished memoir of his war experience written in 2014 with the help of his daughter.

Holcroft, Ronald Stanley