A German man, who had been held as a Prisoner of War (PoW) in Scotland, has left a generous bequest to the Scottish village where he was detained, reports the BBC.
Heinrich Steinmeyer had been a soldier in the German army during World War Two. He was captured by the allied forces while taking part in the conflict in France and sent to Scotland, where he was held at a PoW camp near Comrie, in Perthshire. He was only 19-years-old at the time of his capture.
Mr Steinmeyer died in 2013 at the age of 90. After his death, it was revealed that he had left a bequest amounting to £384,000 to the village of Comrie. He specified in his will that this should be used to help the more elderly residents of the village.
His will explained that he was leaving the bequest to express his thanks for the ‘kindness and generosity’ he experienced whilst held in the camp.
Mr Steinmeyer appointed the Comrie Development Trust to manage the bequest on behalf of the village, which has now launched a consultation exercise over how best to utilise the money.