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Richard Caplin, merchant seaman b1878, Lewes

Posted: 26 Sep 2012 9:29AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 14 Mar 2013 3:27PM GMT
Surnames: Burfoot, Caplin
Hi there, I have some information about Richard Caplin, b.1878 Lewes, a merchant seaman by profession, who was son of Richard Caplin & Susan Burfoot, so brother of your great grandmother.

My information relates to his wartime experiences. His ship was sunk in the summer of 1940 (he then being aged 62/63)& for some time he was presumed drowned. However he had been taken prisoner and spent the rest of the war as a POW in France and Germany, latterly at the Milag camp for Allied Merchant Seamen. You will see his POW photo at Milag on a couple of the ancestry.co.uk public trees (e.g Caplin / Leaton).

I believe he was married and did have a family - have been trying to make contact with his family/direct descendants, so far without success. Perhaps you are in contact with some of them ?

Feel free to get in touch.
Best regards
Rod Barron

SubjectAuthorDate Posted
krissysue2 23 Nov 2009 4:07AM GMT 
esmaycampbell 5 Apr 2010 1:28PM GMT 
esmaycampbell 4 May 2010 3:54PM GMT 
dottynuk 25 Feb 2012 3:42PM GMT 
rodbarron 26 Sep 2012 3:29PM GMT 
krissysue2 27 Sep 2012 8:12PM GMT 
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