Escape Lines News Updates

What’s New

  1. General Round-up
  2. Sad News
  3. A Family Pilgrimage
  4. Escaper or Evader
  5. What Happened to The POW Camps in Britain
  6. Latest Book Reviews

The 25th ELMS Annual Reunion

The ELMS reunion  which took place over the weekend 25/26th April 2015 saw the largest turnout for quite some time.  There was an excellent attendance at the Commemoration service at Eden Camp, and over 100 people attended the dinner on Saturday.  A longer report can be found here, and photos will be added shortly

VE Day Celebrations 

We thought visitors to the site would like to know that three of our veterans, Bob Frost, Mildred Schultz and Gordon Mellor will be appearing in a BBC TV programme, ‘Britain’s Greatest Generation’.  They will be in episode three, scheduled for broadcast on Friday 22nd May at 9.00pm on BBC 2.  More information about the series can be found by visiting the BBC website , and for more details about  programmes two and three due to be broadcast, go to these links;   Friday 15th May; Friday 22nd May.  In addition there is a short report here on the ceremony that Mildred, Bob and Gordon attended on Friday 8th May


If any of the events listed on our calendar are of interest to you then please  do get in touch for more information.


We have a section specifically for schools (under Young ELMS) and will be continuing to develop that section this year and we have produced a school’s pack (created by teachers) which is free of charge.  Just contact us for your copy.


If you have any items, photos or articles which you think may be of interest then please do contact us using the contact form available on the main menu.

Photograph Album

The is a considerable collection of photos covering many of the events and occasions attended by ELMS members.  Please click on this ELMS link

Sad News

We are very sad to report that Tom Wingham died peacefully in his nursing home on the 15th May.  An full obituary will be published as soon as we receive it.

A Family Pilgrimage

To read the story of  what a family discovered about their father’s time as a POW, and then as a partisan in Italy during WW2, have a look here.

What Happened to the POW Camps in Britain  (With thanks to The BBC)

We spend much of our time talking about POW camps in occupied Europe but did you know that there were more than 1500 POW camps constructed in the UK during WW2.  These camps housed more than 500,000 mainly Italian and German POWs who were brought to Britain  during World War Two. They spent the remainder of the war in commandeered stately homes, old Army barracks or hastily thrown together huddles of huts, often built by the prisoners themselves. But what happened to the 1,500 POW camps they called home?   Eden Camp was Camp 83!  Many ex-servicemen will also have memories (fond or otherwise) of Camp 21 at Cultybraggan!   Have a look at this interesting article

Latest Book Reviews

This selection of books includes stories of women in Ravensbruck concentration camp; what happened to those servicemen left behind after Dunkirk; a tale of a member of a Special Forces unit in Burma;  Frank Dell’s story of his escape following the shooting down of his Mosquito aircraft over Germany; a story of Jews determined to get to Israel after the end of  the war and two books about SOE,  the first an account of their activities in Italy and the second an examination of what happened to the  SOE  Prosper network in occupied France.  For a short review of each one have a look here

And we have a new addition to our Young ELMS book reviews, Run, Spy, Run by Craig Simpson.  Have a look at the Young ELMS section to see a short review

Upcoming Events

  1. Chemin de la Liberte

    July 9 @ 8:00 am - July 12 @ 5:00 pm
  2. ELMS Family Day, NMA

    August 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  3. Comete Trail September 2015

    September 11 @ 8:00 am - September 13 @ 5:00 pm