Soldiers who Survived
John William CRITCHLEY
Rank / Number
Date of Birth
Sergeant / 11020
25th January 1885
Ellison Place, Rainhill
John lived at Ellison Place, on St Helens Road, Rainhill with his father and mother William and Louisa Critchley.
He was listed as missing on 8th August 1916 and on 14th September was reported as a POW. He was able to write home saying that he was quite well. Three weeks before being listed as missing he was awarded the Military Medal for bravery on the field.
In 1818 The Times published the following:
"The following soldiers who were POW's in Germany have arrived in Holland for internment".
The list included 11020 J. Critchley. Internment in Holland or Switzerland (neutral countries) was a half way house to full repatriation. The scheme got the POW's out of the rigours and treatment of the camps in Germany to enjoy a more comfortable existence albeit still in a confined environment.
On 27th November 1918 he was released and arrived home in England.
Thanks to John Yates for some of this information