Work Camp 11072 GW
Type of work: Railway
Man of Confidence: Cpl James C Johnston, POW 1732
Number of Men: 102
|Frank||Hamer||Pte||21 Inf. Bn.||4218||New Zealand|
|Victor Lawrence||Lindsay||Gnr||1 A/TK Rg.||3794||Australia|
|Lawrence||Sadler||Tpr||RAC||2690||transf'd to Stalag 344|
|Ernest Daniel||Shelswell||Pte||1 Cp. Tp. Sp. Col.||4000||Australia; also 10024/HV|
|Jack||Woodward||Pte||1 Cps. Tp. Sply.||4030||Brisbane, Australia; violin|
Thanks to Dave Freeman and Joe Woodward for the photographs. Joe has produced a play based upon his father's experiences in captivity. It's called 'Violine'. The link takes you to the Shadowhouse Pits (Canberra) website.
This camp is situated in an open field near a railway line some miles outside Klagenfurt. The compound comprises just the one large barrack, there is practically no ground otherwise.
Lighting in the camp is good. Fuel for heating is very scarce.
Bathing and washing facilities
The washhouse is rather badly equipped in that there are only 27 washing bowls for 102 men; furthermore the one boiler holds only enough water for about 50 men. The prisoners on the other hand, are allowed to go swimming each Saturday and Sunday for two hours.
Food and Cooking
The food is cooked by the prisoners themselves. No complaint. As for the cooking of Red Cross food, the fuel question is making it somewhat of a problem, as the supplies have to be divided between the washhouse and the private cooking.
Medical attention and sickness
There is an acknowledged sanitator in the camp and he has adequate supplies of medicaments. Sick prisoners are transferred to the Camp Lazaret in Klagenfurt (Weidmannsdorf).
Dental treatment in Klagenfurt by a civilian dentist.
Everything in order.
The laundry is washed by the men themselves.
Money and Pay
There is a small canteen but poorly stocked. The men urgently require toilet paper and razor blades. This will be transmitted to the YMCA by the Delegate of the Protecting Power.
Recreation and exercise
The prisoners are able to play football and cricket.
Parcels arrive regularly. Mail is delivered once weekly.
The Man of Confidence states that they all consider the size of the compound as being totally out of keeping with the number of inmates. There is neither a mess- or a day-room nor a hall for theatrical entertainments. Furthermore, new crockery is needed, some of the men drinking out of empty tins at present. Also they would like to go to a cinema sometime.
All these points were discussed with the Accompanying Officer who promised to find satisfactory arrangements.
94 men. There is no day-room in this camp. The firm has promised one and the wood is already available, but the means of transport were not yet accorded by the Riechsbahn. The Accompanying Officer on the demand of the Delegate insisted that the barrack containing the day-room must be built before the cold season sets in. A new cook-house is just being finished at will be at the camp's disposal in a few days. No other complaints.
174 British and 2 USA prisoners of war. This camp has considerably increased in number as about 80 men have joined from Italian captivity. In the new barrack was no night latrine and the accompanying Officer gave orders to have one installed. There too, the blankets are much worn out and were ordered to be exchanged. No other complaints. This is a fairly good camp and the man of confidence reported good understanding and personal contact with his firm and the camp authorities.