Gunther Pluschow

The German prisoner of war who escaped in World War One

By John Matthews

On 11th July, 2015, a Thurrock Heritage plaque was unveiled to Gunther Pluschow. He was the only German prisoner of war to escape from Britain to Germany in World War One. He managed to reach Tilbury docks and hide on a Dutch steamer. The Kaiser rewarded Pluschow with an Iron Cross, First Class.

More about the story is on the Thurrock Museum web site.

This page was added by John Matthews on 25/07/2015.

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