Napoleon Series Archive 2004

British prisoners taken after Talavera

Does anyone have any information on the later fate of the wounded and sick British officers and soldiers taken prisoner when the French occupied Talavera at the beginning of August 1809. I know that they were initially very well treated, and that the doctors were kept as prisoners for a while, but released in the middle of 1810. What I would like to know is:

- how were the officers and men treated after they had recovered and were being sent to France? Other British experiences of being a prisoner suggest widely varied treatment.

- Were any of the very seriously wounded, those incapable of further service, released?

- Were any of the officers exchanged in the months after the battle or subsequently?

- What were conditions like for British other rank prisoners? Were they kept at Verdun, or where?

Rory

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