My father was incarcerated for 16 months with 14 wonderful blokes in Room 28, House 8 at OFLAG 79 in Brunswick Germany (December 1943 to April 1944). Room mates included:
- David A. Beveridge, Bath Street, Glasgow
- James F. Livingston, Meikleour, Perthshire
- G. Kirk Gilchrist, Cathcart, Glasgow
- Grant A. Loudon, Dunlop, Ayrshire
- William J. Stirton, Musselburgh, Midlothian
- H. Moreton Black, Great Western Road, Glasgow
- David W. MacKay, Strathavon, Lanarkshire
- David A. Smith, Bristol
- Douglas H. Ransom, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
- M. Bernard Payne, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
- John S. Barker, Bedford, Bedfordshire
- Kenneth Gardner, Scarborough, Yorkshire
- Jack Tonge, Meramut, Wellington
- Jack Hyto, Upper Hutt, Wellington
My father was Lieutenant Hubert Vallery, Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, Canadian First Infantry Division. He fought in the Italian campaign along the Adriatic and was captured in the fierce fighting in advance of Ortona at "the Gully".
OFLAG 79 incarcerated more than 2200 allied troops. The British Commanding Officer kept the spirits high with an active academic and cultural program. I have some photographs, correspondence and my father's POW diaries.
Would very much like to share and associate with the families of other POWs.
DV Toronto, Canada