Were British prisoners of war returned before the end of the First World War?
This letter was written by C W Kent to thank George Cave for his assistance in securing the release of his nephew Sub Lieutenant H F A Kent in 1915. If a soldier did fall into enemy hands it was not unusual for their family or friends to write to politicians or their local MP to help obtain their release. In this instance it is possible that as C W Kent was living in East Molesey that he was writing to his local MP for Kingston upon Thames, George Cave for this reason.
Sub Lieutenant Harold Francis Addenbrooke Kent worked as a First Mate on a foreign-going steamship prior to the war. He then joined the Royal Navy Reserves until his capture by enemy forces. After his release he fought at Gallipoli and served on HMS Blossom. In 1917 he received the Distinguished Service Cross for entering a burning ammunition dump to help extinguish a fire in Palestine. In the same year he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. He served in the Second World War as a lieutenant at HMS Stag, a land base at Port Said, Egypt.