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
|George A.||Bennett||Pte||2/7 Inf. Bn.||3398||Australia|
|Jack Alexander||Boddie||Pte||18 Bn.||4156||New Zealand|
|John William||Hansen||Dvr||5298||New Zealand|
|F.A.||Parish||Pte||2/6 Inf. Bn.||7467||Australia|
|Peter||Rogerson||Tpr||RAC||1708||MOC; transf'd to Stalag 344|
|J.P.||Young||Pte||2/1 Pnr. Bn.||3638||Australia|
(Photos kindly supplied by Peter Watson.)
The men are lodged in a stone building on the first floor.
There are two sleeping rooms and one day room.
Bathing and washing facilities
Adequate. Hot showers are available at the works.
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.
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.
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.
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.