Our Prisoners of War 1715-1945 collection is now available to Browse. This browse format allows you to choose a specific piece from the archive and explore it from beginning to end.

Through the records, you can gain insight into the experience of a prisoner of war. Some volumes include inspection reports of prison camps, which describe the buildings, provisions and equipment in detail. Within other folders, you can find photographs of prisoners from the Second World War in prison camps in the Far East. You can also read through official State papers.

Browse our Prisoner of War records

Every branch of the military is represented – army, navy and air force. There are thousands of records of seamen being detained and records of whole crews of ships being held. Civilians, including even missionaries, priests, nuns and friars, can be found in these records.