24 October 1916 - WW1 Blog - Jersey Heritage

There was considerable excitement this week at news that two German prisoners escaped from the Blanches Banques POW camp.


There was considerable excitement this week at news that two German prisoners escaped from the Blanches Banques POW camp. The men were missed at roll-call, with the belief being that they somehow made the breakout between 4.30 in the afternoon and 8.30 on the following morning.

The military authorities have issued descriptions of the two fugitives. The first, Private Paul Hauf, is 26-years-old with fair hair and blue-grey eyes. He is five feet six inches tall, with a bullet wound scar on his left arm. The second is 27-year-old Private Walter Ruloff. Height is also five feet and six inches, hair is fair and he has blue eyes. Private Ruloff has a scar above his left eye. Both may be dressed in military clothing or wearing civilian attire.

The police have asked anyone who sees the men to immediately take them into custody.

In the meantime, a party from the Royal Army Medical Corps is in the island to assess the prisoners’ health with a view to arranging repatriations. Working through the Red Cross, enemy POWs can be exchanged for German-held British POWs who are judged as medically unfit.

Associated Record:

L/C/49/E/1 contains a drawing of the prisoner of war camp at Blanches Banques in St Ouen's bay