Usually, when I saw the word "absent" I duly made a note and proceeded to the next document. Then I came to a muster where the script was very light and dim. Since I have a severe vision problem, I printed this particular muster and placed it under my "reader" and enlarged it about 10 power. Since the document, in its entirety, was magnified, I noticed in the note section "prisoner of war since (a date). I then retraced my steps to previous documents on this soldier and found that in the notes section there was the notation "POW since (a date).
When reading a document in a file "Be sure you closely inspect the entire document" because it is very easy through rushing to complete a task to miss very important data. After all the records we have were completed by a "copyist" that maybe at some time was inefficient and failed to copy all of the data
or else failed to be sure that the coped text was written with a dark pencil.
I have found important data in the "notes section" at the bottom of several sheets found in the CBS.