Lewis Widdowson papers

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  • Reference
      GB 206 Liddle Collection RUH 58
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  • Physical Description
      1 file; manuscript, typescript, postcards, photographs, and printed material Includes a wallet, an identification card, and banknotes

Scope and Content

Diary (1913); Wallet (n.d.); Catalogue of music played by the Ruhleben Camp Orchestra (n.d.); Photocopied manuscript recollections The Story of Ruhleben Camp 1914-1918 (n.d.); 10 postcards (3 Mar. 1915, 1918, n.d.); Theatre programme for "Liberty Hall" (n.d.); 2 group photographs relating to theatre productions (n.d.); List of Ruhleben Association members (n.d.); 2 books of manuscript notes (n.d.); Fragment of letter to his sister Hettie (18 Mar. 1917); Open letter in English and German to Ruhleben prisoners after the revolution [1918]; Identification card (7 Jan. 1920); German banknotes (n.d.); Fragment of leaflet from Nazi Germany (n.d.); Typed transcript of an interview recorded with Peter Liddle (Oct. 1977).

Administrative / Biographical History

Lewis James Widdowson (b. 1896 in Nottingham) was at Plauen, near Leipzig, working in the lace trade at the outbreak of War, when he was held as a British Civil Prisoner of War, and interned at Ruhleben, 1914-1918, living in Barrack No. 12.

Access Information

Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

The papers were placed in the Collection by L. J. Widdowson in 1977 and 1978. See Ruhleben Correspondence File.


In English

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Related Material

Tape 467: interview recorded with Peter Liddle in Oct. 1977.