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Introduction

Military Court held at London District P.O.W Cage, 6-8 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8, on 2-7, 9-12 July 1945 upon the trial of 8 German Prisoners-of-War.

The Defendents

Rank

Name

Age

Sturmman

Kurt ZUEHLSDORF

20

Unteroffizier

Rolf HERZIG

24

Matrozer

Josef MERTENS

21

Unterscharfuhrer

Joacim GOLTZ

20

Obergefreiter

Herbart WUNDERLICH

22

Rottenfuhrer

Heinz BRULING

22

Oberfahnrich

Erich Pallme KOENIG

21

Oberfeldwebel

Hans KLEIN

?

The Court

The courts-martial was convened by Lieutenant-General Sir Charles Loyd, KCB, DSO, MC, Commanding London District.

President:

Colonel R.H.A. Kellie, MC.

Members:

Lieutenant-Colonel G.A.I. Dury, MC.

 

Lieutenant-Colonel A.N. Overall.

 

Major J.D.B. Drury-Lowe.

 

Major A.H. Rushin.

 

Major J. Leitch.

Waiting:

Major L. Dow.

Advocate:

C.L. Stirling, Esq, CBE.

Prosecution:

Major R.A.L. Hillard, Judge Advocate General Office.

Defence:

Major R. Evans, Solicitor, representing

 

HERZIG, MERTENS, GOLTZ and BRULING.

 

Captain R. Willis (Barrister-at-Law) representing

 

ZUEHLSDORFF, WUNDERLICH, KOENIG and KLEIN.

Short-Hand:

Staff-Sergeant C.R. Stanton, RASC.

Interpreters:

Captain W.E. Kieser.

 

Captain M.F. Cornish.

The Charges & Plea

Committing a civil offence, that is to say, the murder of FELDWEBEL WOLFGANG ROSTERG, on 23 December 1944 at No. 21 P.O.W Camp, Comrie, Scotland.

All eight defendants pleaded Not Guilty.

Verdict & Sentence

None of the accused called any witnesses. They all gave sworn evidence themselves, except BRULING who made a unsworn statement.

Sentence

Prisoner

Remark

Death by Hanging

Zuehlsdorff

 

Death by Hanging

Herzig

Commuted to Penal Servitude for Life

Death by Hanging

Mertens

 

Death by Hanging

Goltz

 

Death by Hanging

Bruling

 

Death by Hanging

Koeing

 

Not Guilty

Wunderlich

 

Not Guilty

Klien

 

Zuehlsdorff, Mertens, Goltz, Bruling and Koeing were hanged at H.M.P. Pentonville on Saturday 6 October 1945. These five executions is the largest number carried out in one day at the same prison in the UK.

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