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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2020 3:33 p.m. PST

"In the years before the French Revolution, the established tradition had been to exchange and return prisoners to their respective countries. However, between 1793 and 1815, negotiations for exchanges -known as cartels – broke down and very few cartel ships sailed. Napoleon did not release any British captives, including non-combatants, believing that all able-bodied men had the potential to fight against the French.

One letter, addressed to the Admiral commanding the French fleet at Toulon in August 1803, deals with the subject of prisoner exchange (NMM ref: CRK/15/8). Written by Lord Nelson, who was at that time commander-in-chief of the Mediterranean fleet, it asks for the amicable exchange of captured men. Nelson writes:

"there are many French prisoners both at Malta and Gibraltar, therefore as it cannot be the wish of us officers to detain those as prisoners who can be exchanged I therefore offer you sir to send in immediately as many men as you may send to me"…"
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Durham Tiger16 Sep 2020 11:03 p.m. PST

While based at RAF Wittering, I learned of the Norman Cross Prisoner of War camp. Apparently the worlds first purpose built camp.



'Time Team' did a programme on it a while back.

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42flanker17 Sep 2020 3:06 a.m. PST

My forbear with the Fife Fencible Cavalry was stationed at Grantham in 1797 as part of the outer security for Norman Cross.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2020 12:02 p.m. PST



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