The Danish Scheme: The Repatriation of British Prisoners
of War through Denmark at the end of the First World War

Between 11 November 1918 and mid January 1919 almost a quarter of the British Prisoners of
War (POWs) held in Germany were returned to Britain via Denmark and the Baltic ports. The
operation became known as the ‘Danish Scheme’.

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The "Ficaria" and the "Primula" arrived at Leith on Thursday 28.11.1918, having left Copenhagen on the 25'th.
The passengers were 609 civilians, former Ruhleben internees and some women and children.
The "A.P. Bernsdorff" and the J.C. La Cour" arrived on Saturday 30.11.1918 having left Copenhagen on the 27'th.
The passengers on “A.P. Bernsdorff” were 300 civilians from Ruhleben, including a group of coloured musicians, and 300 soldiers, ex pows.
The passengers on the “J.C. La Cour” were 400 pows mainly from internment in the Brandenburg area.

All 4 ships were part of the D.F.D.S. fleet.


Newly added

Cecilie Lütken

Diary notes from the winter of 1918-19 - With prisoners of war over the North Sea

“And there was another story here, which we unfortunately miss out on hearing from Cecilie’s version of events.
For “Frederik VIII” did not sail back to Copenhagen empty, there were in fact 380 passengers.
Earlier in 1918 a Danish recruitment agency “Bangs Bureau” had hired Danes to work in the forests in England,
necessitated by the blockade having stopped the import of Scandinavian timber for the mines.
The workers had been taken on for a 9-month or to end of war contract.
With the war over they were all to be sent home, forced home some with their contracts broken!”


Working on
Hjælp ydet fra danske krigsgudmødre til britiske krigsfanger

Sir Ralph Paget forklarede at pakkerne var betalt ”by philanthropic and pro-Ally Danes, and it is difficult to see
how it would be possible to stop the dispatch even if it were desired to do so
.” Han fortsatte “The Danish Red Cross and the Danes generally
have been most generous to our prisoners, and it would seem somewhat ungracious if His Majesty’s Government now prohibited the dispatch of the parcels
Tilbage i the Prisoner of War Department” i England mente de dog noget andet. Hvis de ”charitable Danes” ønskede at hjælpe britiske krigsfanger,
kunne de yde et bidrag til dansk røde kors til deres udgifter til forsendelse af pakkerne med brød og ”first capture” pakker sendt fra the Copenhagen Bureau i København.


News and updates:

26-09-2019 Cecilie Lütkens diary - English added
04-02-2019 the right man in the right job at the right time  - English added

03-11-2018 From Dänholm to repatriation and Home – Appendix C - English added
03-11-2018 Dannebrogsvalmuen - "The Danish flag" poppy - English added
01-11-2018 Ea Dinesen, en krigsgudmor - opdateret
From Dänholm to repatriation and Home – Appendix B - English added
27-12-2017 Quedlinburg men's camp - Christmas in Denmark - English added *** updated 16-01-2018

30-11-2017 From Dänholm to repatriation and Home – Appendix A - English added