Günter Koball

Aged 18, as a recruit Christmas 1943
Christmas 2016, aged 91

NAME: Gefreiter Günter Koball
PW NO:           B403308

PERSONAL:
DATE OF DEATH:  
25th February 2018
PLACE OF DEATH: Gelsenkirchen

  • 3rd Sept., 1944 capture by the Belgians in La Louvière
  • Mid- Sept. 44 handover to the Americans (Compiègne Cherbourg)
  • End of October 44 Kempton-Park (handover to the English)
  • 2nd Nov. 44 P.O.W.- Camp 198 (Bridgend)
  • 1st Dec. 44 P.O.W. - Camp 181 (Worksop)
  • 1st April 45 P.O.W. - Camp 178 (Ripon)
  • 3rd April 45 P.O.W. - Camp198 (Bridgend)
  • 17th Nov. 45 P.O.W. - Camp 11 ( Bridgend )
  • 9th Jan 46 Island Farm Special Camp 11 (arrival of the generals)

 

Notice how Günter Koball arrives at Camp 198 on the 2nd November 1944, however he isn't in Bridgend long before he is moved on the 1st December to Camp 181. After the escape of March 10/11th 1945 Günter Koball returns to Island Farm Camp 198 on the 3rd April 1945 to take up a new postion as an interpreter and chief-clerk at the accounts office aged 19 years. The camp becomes Island Farm Special Camp 11 on the 17th November 1945 and the first officers arrive 9th January 1946.

1946

February 11th 1946
Günter Koball received a post card from his parents

Above photo is the front of the post card

Reverse of the post card

September 1946

Unser lagerchor
Our Camp Choir

September 1946

Back row (left to right):

Fritz Schauder
Egon Rattaj
Hans Mühl
Walter Behnke
Fritz Heuser
Unknown (was in kitchen)

Sitting:
Günter Koball
Wilhelm Feldmann
Hans Albert
Unknow (Was a shoe maker)

Rear of photo (left)

Erinnerung an meine kriegsgefangenschaft
Reminder of my war captivity

 

1947

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Certificate of employment 19th June 1947

"I concur with the above statements
in every way. Gefr: Koball has done his work in
a most efficient manner and has been most
conscientious in so doing."

Signed by Major DB Topham (Camp Comandant)

 

Abschieds konzert weihnachten 1947

Farewell concert christmas 1947

to Vizeadmiral Helmuth Brinkmann (repatriated)

1948

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1948

Photo taken inside Special Camp 11

Back Row: Hans Reinhard & Erst Webel

Front Row: Helmut Guettler
Günter Koball
Konrad Meier
Herbert Schmitt

Gunter Koball (left)
as a "best man" at Helmut Guettler's wedding
31st January 1948

26th February 1948 Certificate of employment

Signed by the new Camp Comandant: Col Clemments (previously Major Topham)

Günter Koball was repatriated: 28th February 1948

1953

1953 - Günter Koball's wedding

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