Ospedale PG 202 Lucca
The hospital at Lucca came under the territorial jurisdiction of Florence, Italian region of Tuscany. The prisoner of war hospital (Ospedale PG) was in operation from July 1942 and closed in the spring of 1943. International prisoners as at 31st December 1942: 30 officers and 554 troops. As at 31st March 1943: 48 officers and 327 troops.
There is more information about this medical facility here:
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Note: According to Italian camp lists, all prisoner of war camps and hospitals were allocated an “agreed camp number”. The hospitals were not camps in the normal sense of the word. Some were civilian hospitals which were instructed to adapt a sector of the hospital for prisoners of war. Instructions issued by the Royal Army General Staff, Prisoner of War Office, were part of the general criteria for the organisation of all hospitals for prisoners of war in Italy. Hospital facilities throughout Italy were also known to be located in other establishments such as a monastery, convent, school and almshouse.
Camps in Italy were divided into postal areas, each area designated ‘PM [number]’. PM translates to ‘Posta Militare’, meaning ‘military mail’. The number indicated the central postal reception area for the camps’ mail.
Found 3 POWs
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|Last name||First name||Rank||Nationality||Unit||Service number||Camp||POW number|
|Cornock||Harold||Warrant Officer Class 1||British||British Army, Royal Army Ordnance Corps||7884197||PG 82 Laterina, Stalag VIIIB Lamsdorf / Stalag 344||82127|
|Lodge||Ernest Fisher||British||British Army, Royal Armoured Corps, 7th Royal Tank Regiment||PG 21 Chieti|
|Ward||Alan||New Zealand||New Zealand Army (2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force)||PG 52 Pian de Coreglia / Chiavari|
The hospital at Lucca didn’t close in the spring of 1943. It was still open in September 1943 when Italy capitulated, although with fewer staff and patients as in April 1943 hundreds of men were repatriated together with medical personnel to look after them. On 10th September the remaining medical personnel and mobile patients were called on parade and the Italian Officer asked them to stay in camp until Allied troops arrived. The prisoners had already been told by their own commanding officer to remain in the camps by an order issued by British Military Intelligence (MI19) – Order PW87190. The train taking the Lucca POWs to Germany left Lucca Hospital on 26th September, 1943 arriving in Lamsdorf on 29th September, 1943.
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