Work Camp 133 L
Type of work: Farmwork
Man of Confidence: Sgt W.H. Harvey, 7847
Number of Men: 8 approx.
|William Henry Lawson||Harvey||Sgt||RASC||7847|
This Red Cross Report is a general report on four small camps and so some parts may not refer to 133/L.
The quarters generally consist of one room in some farmhouse.
The lighting question presents also some difficulties as some of the rooms are only lighted by petrol lamps and the petrol is very scarce. This matter will be studied and eventually the guard captain will supply the fuel.
Bathing and washing facilities
Everywhere rather primitive. Generally the men arrange to have hot water on Sunday mornings for their ablutions.
Food and Cooking
Food is said to be coarse and here also the time for eating has to be fixed to half an hour as the peasants were in the habit of rushing the POWs and give them only 10 minutes for their meals.
Medical attention and sickness
A civil doctor is available for medical attention and urgent dental care.
This will be regulated as in the other work camps of Stalag XVIIIA.
This is done in the farms
Religious activity is non-existent. The difficulty to organise services has been pointed out before. As there is such a want of interpreters, the hope for regular services is problematic.
Recreation and exercise
In summer the POWs of this region have the opportunity to go swimming in some river. Outdoor games such as football or volleyball are hardly played as the balls are difficult to get for so many commandos. However the YMCA will be informed about the need that some footballs should be sent. It should be possible to arrange matches between different camps on Sunday afternoons.
The mail question is still not very satisfactory, but as it is subject to so many difficulties on its way from England, Australia or New Zealand to the prisoners' camps, and regarding the fact that letters arrive even after one year, one could say that if not much better, it might be very much worse.
Generally speaking, the camps in this region are not bad and as far as a POW can be content, the conditions of life are not too far from normal.