Crefeld PoW camp 1914 -15 by Capt. Pat Somerville

Part 4 of my grandfather Captain GHRB ‘Pat’ Somerville’s account of his experiences as a prisoner of war after he was captured at Zonnebeke near Ypres in November 1914. A professional soldier, he was born May 1,1893 in Wicklow, Ireland. He served in the 2nd Batt. Royal Warwickshire Regt. I visited Krefeld exactly one hundred…

Footsteps: to Ypres a hundred years on

I went to Zonnebeke, Belgium in early December 2014 to see the area in which my grandfather Lt. Pat Somerville was captured on Oct 21st 1914. Read his account here. This first battle of Ypres fought only two months after the outbreak of war was where in a sense the war was won, neither Ypres the…

In the Hands of the Enemy

Subaltern Pat Somerville’s account of his capture in Flanders in October 1914 and subsequent imprisonment in Germany. He was captured at Zonnebeke near Ypres. This village and its neighbour Passchendaele was later to be completely obliterated in the bloody battle of  The Third Battle of Ypres in 1917. Somerville managed to keep his camera with him and continued…

Guns of August

At 11 P.M. on August 4th 1914 Britain declared war after Germany attacked France through neutral Belgium. Now that all the great powers were involved, the lamps were going out, as Sir Edward Grey memorably said, all over Europe. The following photographs were taken by my grandfather Lieutenant ‘Pat’ Somerville from County Wicklow, Ireland. Lt….