Work Camp  10859 GW

Location: St Johann im Walde

Type of work: Granite works

Man of Confidence: Pte Peter Rogerson, 1708

Number of Men: 28

Known to be present

Jim L. Armitage Tpr RAC 8373  
Joe Atkinson Gnr RA 6915  
Reg Barker Spr RE 5761  
J. Barnes Spr RE 5127  
George A. Bennett Pte 2/7 Inf. Bn. 3398 Australia
Jack Alexander Boddie Pte 18 Bn. 4156 New Zealand
Tim J.A. Burden Spr RE 1649  
L.J. 'Bing' Crosbie Spr RE 8313  
J. Devlin Spr RE 5796  
Charles F. Green Gnr RA 5013  
John William Hansen Dvr   5298 New Zealand
Albert Charles Ireland Spr RE 5815  
Bob James Gnr RA 5412  
Wally H. King Gnr RA 1087  
Mickey O'Leary        
Harold Charles Palmer Gnr RA 5118  
F.A. Parish Pte 2/6 Inf. Bn. 7467 Australia
G.W. (Bill) Pugh Spr RE 5771  
Peter Rogerson Tpr RAC 1708 MOC; transf'd to Stalag 344
Maurice Sproat Gnr RA 5155  
Frederick A. Wade Gnr RA 8303  
Thomas Henry Watson L/Bdr RA 5211  
J.P. Young Pte 2/1 Pnr. Bn. 3638 Australia

(Photos kindly supplied by Peter Watson.)

Date of visit: 31st August 1943

General Description

The men are lodged in a stone building on the first floor.

Interior arrangement

There are two sleeping rooms and one day room.

Bathing and washing facilities

Adequate. Hot showers are available at the works.

Toilet facilities


Food and Cooking

The food is convenient. Red Cross food is cooked now out of doors on little improvised fire places. Orders were given that a convenient stove should be placed in the men's dayroom where a chimney exists.

Medical attention and sickness

For sick parade, the men have to go to either Matrei or Lienz. Medical supply is in order. Dental treatment is done at Spittal.


The only complaint was the scarcity of boots. This must be attributed to the fact that the kind of work these men are doing wears out the boots in less time than three months.


The men do their own laundry. Orders were given to the firm that a drying-room should be arranged for the cold season.

Money and Pay



The Man of Confidence can go shopping to the near-by villages.

Religious activity

Up to now, no visit from a padre. In the course of time, however, Padre McIvor from Zweilager Spittal will also visit the camps in this valley.

Recreation and exercise

The prisoners of war in this camp have no sports outfit. The Chief Man of Confidence in Stalag XVIIIA has been advised and will do his best to send out some.


Letters are regular. Private parcels have not arrived since June 15th. 40 parcels were advised but have never arrived. This may be due to the fact that several villages with the name St. Johann exist, but the Reichspost has been advised and investigations are in course.

Welfare work

In order.


Some minor complaints were brought to the knowledge of the delegate of the Protecting Power. He was able to straighten them out as the Director of the firm was at hand and proved to be willing to do all that he was asked to.

General impression

This camp is a good one. The men's spirit is excellent although the work may be pretty hard. As the building where they live is new, the rooms are clean and pleasant and the day-room is quite comfortable and homely.

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