Other articles, not translated as yet, can be found in danish

The Battle of Jutland
7 British seamen were rescued while 21 were buried in Denmark

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On a calm warm afternoon, the 31 May 1916, Danes living in fishing villages on the west coast of Jutland could hear the rumble of thunder.
As the hours passed the noise got stronger and wilder, at times so violent that their houses shook; it was no ordinary storm in the distance.
They guessed at what probably was happening; that the British and German fleets had finally met.

While the kettle boils part 1    

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Approximately 900 British officers and 340 other ranks were interned at Dänholm in the latter half of 1918.
A record of their time at Dänholm, often in great detail, has been preserved in diaries and memoirs created by these pows.
During the final weeks of the war the men were "waiting for the kettle to boil", well aware of the revolution happening around them and that an armistice was days away.
What would the next couple of months bring?

See the chart of arrivals to Dänholm here


A bread parcel for Private Barnes    

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The Marinemuseum Dänholm exhibits a single “British” artifact amongst the WW1 memorabilia of local families.
It is a label from a parcel sent from “The Bread Bureau” in Copenhagen to Private William Robert Barnes. It had been found during building work done on site

The tragedy of the submarine E 13 - for the living and the dead

Submarine E13 under attack

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On Friday 20 August 1915 throughout the country Danes could read newspaper reports of the tragic events relating to the British submarine E13. 
It had run aground the day before on the sandbanks of Saltholm just outside Copenhagen.
It had been attacked by a German torpedo boat which resulted in the deaths of fifteen crew members.....  


The Copenhagen Bureau

The staff from the Breadbureau

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In the autumn of 1916 the "British Red Cross Society and Order of St. John of Jerusalem in England" (BRC) opened a bureau in Copenhagen.
Its task was very specific, to send white bread to British prisoners of war in Germany and it was referred to as the Copenhagen Bureau...


In loving memory

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The names of 19 British soldiers appear on an imposing memorial in the Vestre Cemetery. All had died between 22 December 1918 and 13 January1919.
Amongst their number were a Canadian, an Indian and an Australian from Tasmania.


British prisoners of war’s experience of the camp at
Gaardeby mark at Bajstrup near Tinglev 1915


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In April 1915 the Sheffield Daily Telegraph ran the story of a local man’s death from starvation in a German prisoner of war camp.
Was the lack of food in Germany really that bad? Or was this another of the Germans’ fiendish threats put into effect; that they would starve British prisoners of war.

Gilbert Henry Millar - An escaped prisoner of war    

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On Saturday morning when the steam ferry “Alexandrine”, on an extra trip, was half way between Warnemunde and Gedser, a small boat with a man onboard was observed. 


Frank and Dagny


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Frank and Dagny never met. She died in 1917. Dagny had been “godmother” to two British pows.
Her husband, Copenhagen’s answer to Mr. Selfridge, carried on sending parcels to them after her untimely death.
After the armistice Vilhelm Vett, welcomed Frank Vans Agnew, working as Deputy Assistant Director of Transport for the Danish Scheme, into their home for the duration.


Coming soon: While the kettle boils part 2    


After the armistice, when departure dates were postponed, impatient young officers vandalized the camp.
This led to an unfortunate shooting episode where one officer was killed and another wounded.
Repatriation from Dänholm became high priority and the camp was emptied within a fortnight.
What lay a head was a fairytale few days in Denmark staying in comfortable hotels, eating fresh food and visiting the sights before the last leg of the journey to the UK. 



The ones that got away

On Standby:

From Øster Terp to Ribe
Taylor, Painting, Jaggers and Meredith.
Ribe 19. nov. 1915.

”Are just about beat. All our feet are frozen more or less – we are lying in some bushes trying to restore the circulation.
My God are we going to manage it. Tonight should decide.
If we don’t we would like our people in England to know that we were trying to get back to dear old Blighty.
Please take care of my dear wife and little girl.
England must win.”