POW camps in Britain
Submitted by: Alan Newark, England, UK email@example.com
I am trying to find out more about this camp where my mother was in
1948. Do you have any information?
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Foxley Camp 1946-58 http://foxley.org/ Photos and history
UK POW Camps handling wartime East Europeans and / or post-war DPs
Extracted from list of UK POW Camps c/o http://www.kg6gb/pow_camps_in_uk.htm
Camp No. 3 Moota Camp, Cockermouth, Cumberland. Opened in 1942 for 1,000 POWs. In 1947 it became a DPs Camp.
Camp No.3 & 63 This farm encampment at Ranneleroch, Balhary, Scotland, had two camps and a sub-camp, Nos. 3 and 63. After WWII the Balhary camp, under the name of Leroch, became a camp for East European DPs. Today, it is one of 12 farm work camps housing many East Europeans, including many Poles.
Camp No. 20 Wilton Park, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. A Special Camp which in wartime was the base of a Combined Services Interrogation Centre for senior German/Axis prisoners. From 1945-48 Camp 20 held POWs. From 1947-48 the camp held DPs from all over Europe.
Camp No. 111 Deer Park Camp, Marykirk, Aberdeenshire. In early WWII, this camp housed Polish and East European DPS. 1942-1943 became a POW camp. Covered 25 acres, housed 17,000 men and was built opposite site of Monymusk School, on site of St. Ninian's housing estate
Camp No. Springhill Lodge Camp. Post-war DPs Camp
Camp No.232 Blockley, Gloucestershire. Built 1943 as a US field hospital. Later designated as Camp 232 under control of ICRC. Abandoned 1945. In 1947 became transit camp for Polish Resttlement Corp.
Camp No. 179 'The Hayes', Swanwick, Hayes,Swanwick, Derbyshire..ICRC Report Camp 179 26/245..camp held Germans, Dutch, Czechoslovaks, Norwegian, Luxembourgers, Jugoslavs
Camp No. 180 Marbury Hall Camp, Northwich, Cheshire. A POW Camp which held Germans, Poles, Russians sent for sorting from Camp 9
I viewed your DP Camps site with great interest. I lived in a UK DP camp 1948 to 1963 and I have documented it on the web www.northwickparkpolishdpcamp.co.uk . If you feel that visitors to your site would be interested in what I have done perhaps you would consider putting a link to it from your site. Regards, Zosia Biegust
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Ex-PoWs and Displaced Persons, 1945 onwards
Most of the records were generated by the Control Commission for Germany British Element (CCG) and its predecessors, of these an estimated 29,000 files have survived. Initially, it should be noted that The National Archives does not hold nominal rolls of detainees (except No. 3 Civilian Internment Camp Fallingbostel) displaced persons (DPs), former forced labourers or comprehensive lists of those released. Nor does it hold any nominal lists or the personnel files of those employed by the CCG or similar organizations. Occasionally, confirmation of a release or transfer can be found in individual camp records or regional camp administration records. The reasons behind detention are also scarce, however, this is sometimes mentioned in camp administrative records, usually in connection with incidents occurring within the camp, or as the result of separate investigations into an individual's wartime or post-war activities.
Files of the Displaced Persons Section are to be found in FO 945/359 -404 and 541 -773 and material on the resettlement of displaced persons exists in pieces FO945/460 -527.
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