Work Camp  11010 GW

Map of the camp (drawn by Bill Westhead)

Location: Khnsdorf

Type of work: Construction and building

Man of Confidence: Cpl James Forbes, 2451

Number of Men: 97 (June 1942), 68 (May 1943), Increased to 78 by arrival of Italy POWs in November 1943

Known to be present

Ralph Anderson Spr RE 2687 Dundee
P. Baker        
T.L. Bettsworth Pte RASC 2777  
Eric Brown Pte RASC 2775 London
A.W. Brunet Cpl 24 Bn.   New Zealand; escaped Nov 1944
Bernard Calladine Pte RASC 2711  
Kennith Lindsay Clark Pte 26 Bn. 791 New Zealand; escaped Dec 1944
Maurice V. Collins Pte   276 New Zealand
G. Connolly Cpl 6 Div. AASC 273 Australia
R. Cotton Pte RASC 2728  
R.J. Davidson Pte 21 Bn.   New Zealand; escaped Oct 1944
John Thomas Derricott Spr RE 2550 Stoke-on-Trent
Edward V. Donnelly Dvr ASC 716 Australia; escaped Nov 1944
C.L.G. Downes Spr RE 2037  
H.W.H. Drawbridge Pte 20 Bn. 39536 New Zealand; escaped Dec 1944
J.C. Emery Pte 21 Bn. 7922 New Zealand; escaped Dec 1944
James Forbes Cpl RASC 2451 MOC; esc'd Yugo, Nov 1944
William Arthur Glasper Pte 21 Bn. 4252 New Zealand; escaped Dec 1944
Frank Guy        
S. Heames L/Cpl RE 2749  
P.G. Jennings L/Cpl RASC 2778  
T. Lawrie        
H. Lewis Dvr RASC 2755  
W. Light L/Cpl RE 2907  
J. Melling Gnr RA 5074 Liverpool; (may be 5077)
Owen J. Minogue Pte H.Q. Gd. Bn. 4043 Victoria, Australia
J. Morton        
K. Oldam Gnr RA 5076  
P. Prentice        
A. Selby Dvr RASC 7294  
Tom Smirthwaite Pte RASC 3151  
W. Smith        
L.F. Stringer Dvr 4 Res. MT Coy 4361? New Zealand; escaped Dec 1944
F. Swann        
James Torke Cpl   2951 This could be a misprint of James Forbes
R.M. Wallace Pte 21 Bn. 39488 New Zealand; escaped Dec 1944
Matthew William Clement Watt Pte   507 New Zealand
A. Webb        
R. Wells        
William Thomas Westhead Cfmn REME 3192 Lancs, UK
Hywell Williams Dvr RASC 2643 Capt'd Greece
J. Williamson Gnr RA 3193 Crewe; also 11072/GW
A.W. Woodward        
? Wylie        

The following photographs were provided by Bill Westhead, son of W.T. Westhead; Malcolm Watt and John Pennington, son and son-in-law of Matthew Watt; also Jenny Totterdell, niece of Bernard Calladine.

Entertainment at Kuhnsdorf

The following photographs of theatre productions and what appears to be a Fete, were sent by Bill Westhead.

Date of visit: 24 May 1943

General Description

This camp is pleasantly situated on the outskirts of Khnsdorf near a forest. The men are occupied in the building trade.

Interior arrangement

Lighting and heating are fairly good and the prisoners had no complaint regarding these.

Bathing and washing facilities

Adequate with cold showers at the camp itself but for hot showers they must go to the village.

Toilet facilities


Food and Cooking

The food is good and cooked by the prisoners themselves.

Medical attention and sickness

There is an acknowledged sanitator in this camp. He complains about not getting the walks due to him. If prisoners wish to see a doctor (Dr Herbst) they must go to Eppendorf, a small village some three to four miles away. For dental treatment they must go to Wolfsberg, except extractions which are done at the next town, Voelkermarkt. Regarding the dental treatment the Man of Confidence expressed his dissatisfaction; it appears that the men are sometimes stopped from going to the dentist. This was put straight.


Every man has two uniforms.


Laundry is done by the men themselves.

Money and Pay

In order.


The camp has no canteen and the supply of beer is rather irregular.

Religious activity

From stalag a padre now and then visits the camp.

Recreation and exercise

A new football is wanted, otherwise the men are quite satisfied with the present facilities for sports, as they can play cricket as well as football in the camp compound. They ask for permission to go bathing. This will be arranged.


Mail comes in once weekly and is said to be fairly regular.

Welfare work

In order.


Two minor points were put to the Delegate of the Protecting Power who was able to straighten them out immediately with the Accompanying Officer.

November 1943: The Man of Confidence stated that during air-alarms they were locked in the barracks and so eventually had no chance to get out if the camp were bombed. The accompanying Officer gave orders that the doors of the barracks will be opened in the case of an alarm. Splinter trenches are provided. No other complaints.

General impression

Excellent camp.

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