Book of photographed maps (n.d.); Hand-illustrated Christmas card from Lieutenant T. R. Kirkpatrick (Dec. 1917); POW (Prisoner of War) Camp currency and French money [1917-1918]; Manuscript map (n.d.); 17 photographs (ca. 12 Dec. 1918, n.d.); Photocopied issue of The Occasional Review No. 1 (28 Aug. 1918); 2 photocopied theatre programmes "Home John" and "Parcels" (27 July 1918, 5 Nov. 1918); Photocopied photographs, letters, currency and miscellaneous papers (1917-1918); Government Committee on the Treatment by the Enemy of British Prisoners of War questionnaire (n.d.); Typescript list of POW (Prisoner of War) souvenirs (n.d.); Typescript recollections (ca. 1972); Typed transcript of an interview recorded with Peter Liddle (Mar. 1977).
Norman Birks papers
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- ReferenceGB 206 Liddle Collection POW 003
- Dates of Creation1917-1977
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description1 file; manuscript, typescript, photographs, maps, and printed material (including photocopy) Includes POW Camp currency and souvenirs, and French money
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Norman A. Birks (b. 1892 near Sheffield, Yorkshire), Lieutenant, 9th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, seconded to the Motor Machine Gun Service, served on the Western Front, 1914-1916. He was transferred to the RFC (Royal Flying Corps) in 1916 and served with No. 29 Squadron on the Western Front. He was shot down on 5 Apr 1917 and held as a POW (Prisoner of War) at Holzminden, 1917-1918. He escaped, but was recaptured.
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The papers were placed in the Collection by N. A. Birks.
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POW catalogue (hard copy) http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library/spcoll/liddle/index.htm
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