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Albert Edward Le Huray

Albert Edward Le Huray

Private Albert Edward Le Huray
1st Battalion, Royal Guernsey Light Infantry

This photo was sent from Guernsey to 1151 Pte Albert Edward Le Huray, RGLI, who was gassed and taken prisoner of war at Cambrai on 1 December 1917. It was sent from Guernsey by his father in law, John Wesley Le Poidevin,and depicts John and his wife Alice, their younger daughter Ada Mary (who went to France in 1917 with the Salvation Army with the BEF), and their son John Wesley Robert, my father. Albert Le Huray was married to John's elder daughter, Alice.

The back of the photo is damaged in that it was glued into a scrapbook with blue pages, and it also acquired a photo corner at some stage. However details of the prisoner and the camp can be seen. The photo must have reached its destination and then been brought back to Guernsey when Pte Le Huray was repatriated.

Heilsberg was a German town, in the province of East Prussia, at the junction of the rivers Simser and Alle, about 30 miles to the South of Konigsberg, the regional capital, now known by its Polish name of Krolewiec. Similarly, Heilsberg has been known as Lidzbark Warminski since 1945, when the area became part of Poland.

According to a French website, the camp situated at Heilsberg during the First World War held mainly French and Russian prisoners, and was a transit and commando camp. The barracks were buried underground, to help keep out the cold, and there was also a “lazaret” at the camp. This translates as a leper hospital, but may have had some other special meaning at this time.

Liz Walton