George Longsters War Diary



This is the first item of information to be placed on the Longster.net web site and relates to the most senior member of the ‘Longster’ clan also covering an interesting period of history. Eventually it is intended to enlarge the site to include further Longster family information, family tree etc. But this is the start and where better than with George Smith Longster.


A Front Cover

Memorabilia collected by L/Sgt. George Smith Longster during 1942- 45 whilst a prisoner of war. .

George was born on August the 16th 1911. His earlier days and the period prior to the war will hopefully be added later. During his earlier years George and the Longster family lived in and around Pately Bridge, Nr Harrogate, in the Yorkshire Dales. He now lives with his wife Min in Delph, Saddleworth, in the Yorkshire Pennines, England.

The following pages contain images and words collected together whilst he was a prisoner of war, firstly in Italy and then Stalag XVIII, Markt Pongua in Austria. As a member of the Signals he was captured in June 1942 in the Libyan desert whilst on a long range recognisance mission for the No2.AASC.

Collected together in a journal provided by the Red Cross it shows the ingenuity, resilience and stubborn resistance of the allied troops and their ‘never say die’ attitude which brought them through one of the most difficult periods of modern history.

I have been fortunate to have had access to this material for the last 55 years as George is my father and the journal has been one of my treasured possessions for as long as I can remember. I have to admit that possibly part of the slight dilapidation must be due to my thumbing through the pages as a child.

I hope you will get as much enjoyment as I have from the journal and possibly in the future I will get my father to add some words to each page so that we will all be able to get an even greater insight into his memories.

Richard Longster