Work Camp Klein Kirchheim
Location: Klein Kirchheim
Type of work: Road work
Man of Confidence: Sgt L.S. Jago
Number of Men: 40
|J.||Chisholm||Cpl||Cam. H.||39876||Italy POW|
|L.J.||Jago||Sgt||RAC||39284||Italy POW; MOC|
|J.||Sheader||Cpl||Green How.||39433||Italy POW|
|S.D. (?)||Smith||Gnr||RA||39710||Italy POW|
|A.||Turner||CQMS||E. Yorks.||39296||Italy POW|
This is an entirely new camp situated about 30km north-east of Spittal in a mountain valley roughly about 3600 feet above sea level. The camp consists of one large barrack with four bedrooms of which two are occupied now, one smaller room for the Man of Confidence, and another small room for the sick. Outside the barbed wire is the guards barrack with a little room for the Red Cross parcels and the barrack kitchen. The whole camp is quite new and the barrack is very solidly built with double walls, double windows and a veranda. It is situated in the woods on the bank of a small river and quite pleasant. The camp was opened one week ago and has not yet its Kommando number. 40 British non-commissioned officers who volunteer for work are living there. They work for a syndicate and are constructing a road further up the valley. All the non-commissioned officers were formerly in Italy/
Two large bedrooms with 20 iron bedsteads in each room. Benches and tables are provided. There is a big and good stove in each room, plenty of fuel is available. Petrol lamps. An increase of kerosene was granted by the firm.
Bathing and washing facilities
Satisfactory. One wash-basin to share between two men. there is a boiler in the washroom and a big tub for hot baths was promised.
The latrine is within the barbed wire at a little distance from the quarters with two seats and a urinal (Pit-type).
Food and Cooking
Food and cooking is reported to be quite good. Red Cross parcel issue is organised.
Medical attention and sickness
There is a sanitator in the camp. Medical supply is available. The Delegate of the Protecting Power was able to organise means of transport to the next doctor in emergency cases. dental treatment will be done at Spittal.
Satisfactory. Up to now every man has one complete uniform.
The men do their own washing. Soap will be supplied by the firm.
Money and Pay
Unsettled as the men began to work only five days ago.
The Man of Confidence is allowed to go shopping in the village about 30 minutes away from the camp.
Padre McIvor will come on regular visits.
Recreation and exercise
The Non-commissioned officers are allowed to go out for walks on Sundays.
The men had no complaints so far. A few minor points were settled with the Lagerfuhrer in presence of the Accompanying Officer.
Materially speaking this is a very good camp. Once the non-commissioned officers are settled down they will certainly find things quite pleasant; the Man of Confidence stated that they will certainly make the best out of it for the time being. Moral and physical health is good.