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Walter Reuben Sterry [1918-2007]

Walter Reuben SterryAge: 88 years19182007

Name
Walter Reuben Sterry
Given names
Walter Reuben
Surname
Sterry
Birth August 3, 1918
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Note: Place of birth is assumed.
Christening August 30, 1918 (Age 27 days)
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Publication: familysearch.org SOUTH AFRICA, CHURCH OF THE PROVINCE OF SOUTH AFRICA, PARISH REGISTERS, 1801-2004
Text:
St Luke's [Anglican], Salt River, Cape Town Baptism 1918 Aug 30 [born 3 Aug 1918] Walter Reuben s. Cecil Reuben & Elizabeth Rosina Sterry, 39 Chatham Road, Salt River, Metal Turner [Sponsors] Ernest O Anderson, A Wm Clark, Helena Dews
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Birth of a brotherRowland George Sterry
May 7, 1922 (Age 3 years)
Christening of a brotherRowland George Sterry
June 23, 1922 (Age 3 years)
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Publication: familysearch.org SOUTH AFRICA, CHURCH OF THE PROVINCE OF SOUTH AFRICA, PARISH REGISTERS, 1801-2004
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St Luke's [Anglican], Salt River, Cape Town Baptisms 1922 Jun 23 [born 7 May 1922] Rowland George s. Cecil Reuben and Elizabeth Rosina Sterry , 24 Goldsmith Rd Salt River, Metal Turner [Sponsors] H. Kros, G. J. Kros, Edw Mathews
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Death of a paternal grandfatherWalter Sterry
June 23, 1933 (Age 14 years)
Death of a motherElizabeth Rosina Kros
July 18, 1944 (Age 25 years)
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Death of a fatherCecil Reuben Sterry
1968 (Age 49 years)
Death of a wifeStephanie Letitia Hasenjager
1994 (Age 75 years)
Death 2007 (Age 88 years)
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BirthAdrienne Sterry
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Publication: familysearch.org SOUTH AFRICA, CHURCH OF THE PROVINCE OF SOUTH AFRICA, PARISH REGISTERS, 1801-2004
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St Luke's [Anglican], Salt River, Cape Town Baptism 1918 Aug 30 [born 3 Aug 1918] Walter Reuben s. Cecil Reuben & Elizabeth Rosina Sterry, 39 Chatham Road, Salt River, Metal Turner [Sponsors] Ernest O Anderson, A Wm Clark, Helena Dews
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DeathJohn Walter Sterry
Birth
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Wrote diary during WW2. Diary starts in December 1942 when Walter was in POW Camp P.G. 52 at Chiavari in Northern Italy. Then moved to Mori and then Isola della Scala. According to diary, his home address was 85 Clan Stewart St, Glencairn Heights, Cape Town, South Africa. On 13 May 1943 notes ceasefire in Tunisia and end of North African Campaign. June 1943 one of fellow prisoners dies. Prisoners' working hours are 7-12 and 4-7. 10th July 1943 started of allied invasion of Sicily and 19th July Rome bombed for first time. 20 July fall of Sicily to Allies noted in diary. Sep 1943 German occupation of Italy [after Italy capitulates to Allies] and Walter writes 'where possible all POWs released - life of a refugee begins'. Nov '43 notes in diary 'raid on Doltra [presumably Val d' Oltra]. One or two Englishmen taken. Warned of search in own area following morning. Left fields and stayed for two weeks with Enso Guiniero'. Dec 1 1943 attempts to join rebels in Switzerland but only had 'pleasant hike' instead. 6 Dec 1964 recognised and pointed out to Germans by fascist at Valeggio. [Valeggio sul Mincio is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Verona in the Italian region Veneto, located about 120 km west of Venice and about 25 km southwest of Verona.] Rearrested, he is taken from Montova in Italy to Moosberg Camp 7A near Munich, arriving December 13, 1943. Then moved to IVB at Muhlberg near Liepzig on 24th. 18th July 1944 leaves Stalag 4B and takes up quarters at Kdo 117B.4A Hainsburg near Dresden and starts work at Buschmuhle Railway maintenance. Aug 11 1944 working at at Freital-Potschappel. 600 killed by [allied] plane raids. Reports first [allied] air raid on Dresden area 24th August 1943. 24th Sep back working at Kleinbahn. 7th October air raid on Dresden. Some POWs almost killed by air raids at Frederichstadt marshalling yards. 7th Nov first snow of winter working at Buschmuhle. 28th Jan 1945 newspapers report Russian forces close to Berlin. 13 Feb 1945 first night raid on Dresden. 16 Feb 1945 reports Dresden in ruins and 60,000 casualties. Working at Kleinbahn. Evacuation of Dresden and Freital. Writes about faces on Germans leaving - some even smiling. 26 Feb rail dropped on thigh while repairing rail at Tharandt but not seriously injured. 14th April 1945 Dresden area being evacuated of all POWs. Leaving Hainsburg at 10.30 am.Walked 26 km to Zinnwald, taking handcarts and 'all kit possible'. Stayed there until 17th. Hundreds of bombers passing overhead to bomb Dresden. 7th May finally evacuted to Karlsbad. Shelling and rifle fire round about. Hear of General Armistice midnight 8th May. Picked up by American troops and taken to Battalion HQ. "God what a feeling to be back in amongst one's own troops and safe again". 12th May near Vilseck; 13th, Regensberg; 14th, by plane to Rheims; 15th plane to England; 16th to Brighton. 3/8/1945 Cape Town.
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