Ex-PoW meets camp’s three final survivors

Ex-POW John Scrivin went to Buckingham Palace
Ex-POW John Scrivin went to Buckingham Palace

A FORMER prisoner of war from Halifax had a taste of royalty when he visited Buckingham Palace for a garden party.

John Scrivin, 81, was invited to the palace by ex-services charity the Not Forgotten Association, whose patron is the Princess Royal.

Mr Scrivin was in the Highland Light Infantry in 1945 when he was shot and captured on New Year’s Day when he was fighting in Holland aged just 19.

He lived in Ashville Grove, Pellon, at the time and the Courier carried a report to say he was missing.

He was among a group of seven who were attacked – two escaped, two were killed and three were taken prisoner at Stalag X1-B camp at Fallinbostel, near Hanover, Germany.

Mr Scriven spent four months at the camp before it was liberated by the US army.

The garden party was an emotional day for Mr Scriven, who now lives in Scotland.

He met the three remaining PoWs who were held at Stalag X1-B.

His daughter, Andrelee, said: “Princess Anne was there but my dad was not selected to meet her but he had a wonderful day.

“The best part for my dad was when he met up with the only other three remaining POWs from Stalag X1-B.

“Dame Vera Lynn was there also.

“Dad said it was one of the best days of his life and felt that veterans and young soldiers alike will never be forgotten for the sacrifices they have made for their country.”

He also met the actor Simon Callow.