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Martin Evans wrote:


A replacement eagle, costing about 30 thousand pounds, was placed on a new column a few years ago. It is located at the hotel/motel near the original site and continues to commemorate the French and Dutch prisoners of war who were held at the Norman Cross P.o.W. Depot during the Napoleonic wars, over 1700 of whom died in captivity.



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Hello Martin, I attended that ceremony performed by the Duke of Wellington. (My post in this thread, about the fourth in, dated April 2005 mentions it.) It was quite a moving ceremony.


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I hadn't heard of an establishment at Leek until I happened along this in The Times, July 7th, 1804:


" .... Four French Midshipmen, prisoners of war, at Leek, in Staffordshire, broke their parole, a few days since, and effected their escape. A reward is advertised by the Transport Board for their apprehension. ...."


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Mil Goose wrote:

Interesting link. Thanks for posting it.

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More about the prisoners at Leek:

"The first prisoners came here in 1803 from San Domingo. In 1809 and 1812 many more arrived—some accounts say as many as 200, and one fact considered worthy of record is that they were to be met prowling about early in the morning in search of snails!"

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From Prisoners of War in Britain 1756 to 1815 by Francis Abell.

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The Times, November 19th, 1811:

" .... Our Government has been lately under the necessity of ordering the French Aspirants and Midshipmen on parole in this country, into close confinement, in consequence of the French Government having sent the English Midshipmen on parole in France to prison, and their not releasing them, though remonstrated with by our Government. ...."




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The Times, Sept.19th, 1807

" ........... On Tuesday morning, about five o'clock, several French officers, armed with cutlasses, and who a few days since broke their parole, at Crediton, in Devonshire, endeavoured to take a boat from the beach at Exmouth, for the purpose of escaping to France. The owner being present, so firmly resisted their attempt, that they gave up the contest, but succeeded in taking another very small one, with which they put to sea. Several stout boats have been sent out in pursuit of them, but hitherto without success....... "

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The Observer, September 1st, 1793:

" ...... A female , in the dress of a French midshipman, was, last week, brought to bed of a fine boy in the Mill-prison, at Plymouth. The sailor and her infant are well taken care of. ...."

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