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johnboy

rightly or wrongly i feel there should be an Army Order or instruction tucked away somewhere. Any ides how/where to search for it?

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fritz
10 hours ago, johnboy said:

Royal Defence Corps

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johnboy

Ihave gone through about 200 RDC mens service records. They only seem to give postings to Protection Companies but no locations. 

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Keith_history_buff
On 08/09/2019 at 16:38, Moonraker said:

Graham Mark  in Prisoners of War in British Hands during WWI lists almost 60 "major camps" and many satellite work camps.

 

(The map on the ICRC website mistakenly places one camp at Dorchester-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, whereas it was at Dorchester in Dorset.)

 

Moonraker

 

Eustace Barron (14-Jul-1868 - 1947) was granted a temporary commission on 30 November 1917. He was a Temporary Second Lieutenant and Adjutant in the Labour Corps, and after serving in France, he was posted to the POW camp at Dorchester in 1918. (Source: service file at Kew, reference WO 374/4330. He was commissioned from the ranks, and his OR service record is online, but that is unlikely to contain any reference to POW duties.) I would imagine that at this time, the facilities needed to handle so many German POWs needed a considerable expansion.

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johnboy

Still looking at RDC service records. I have found reference that 65 Protection  were at Pattishall and !66  were at Brocton

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UKAIF

Have just checked a couple of sources re Canada and Australia.

 

The 600+ pages of G.W.L. Nicholson, Canadian Expeditionary Force 1914-1919: Official History of the Canadian Army in the First World War (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015 [1962]) make no mention of German POW. I don't recall any references in other key works by authors such as J.L Granatstein or Desmond Morton.

 

Secondly, Ernest Scott, The Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-18 Vol XI Australia During the War. (Sydney: Angus and Robertson Ltd, 1936) does refer to German POW. For example he mentions (p.114-116) sailors from the Emden being interned at Berrima. Other enemy sailors from Hong Kong, Singapore and Ceylon were brought to Australia and held at places such as Trial Bay and Liverpool. Later there were plans to bring POW (and dependants) from China, Singapore and Ceylon and even East Africa but this did not materialise - some of these drift into the category of internees rather than POW per se and, of course, there were plenty of other internees held throughout the war in the dominions. Others came from Rabaul (captured by the AN&MEF) and other former German territories in the Pacific. Likewise, the Samoa Expeditionary Force sent by NZ held enemy personnel.

 

 

 

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johnboy

Thanks for the info.

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johnboy

I have found references for some Work Camps in Daily Order sheets tucked away in some Service records.

 

55 Coy   Huntingdon Agl Camp

55 Coy   Wakerley Working Camp

56 Coy   Panshangar Lumber Camp

56 Coy   Foxburrow Farm

56 Coy   Rochford Agl Camp

64Coy   Southill Lumber Camp

64 Coy   Woburn Lumber Camp

66 Coy   Grendon Working Camp

61 Coy Corby Working Camp

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johnboy

Going back to the ships at Southend used to hold POW's, I have come across a newspaper report stating that 1530 prisoners held on them were sent to Frith Hill Camp , Frimley April 1915

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