Work Camp 11025 GW
Type of work: Railway
Man of Confidence: Sgt F. Bowman
Number of Men: 51
|William George||Baldry||Sgmn||R Sigs||4207||also 86/GW, 76/HV, 970/GW|
|Alban F.||Beach||Cpl||H.Q. 6 Div. AASC||437||Australia|
|Alfred George||Harvey||L/Cpl||RASC||1711||also 10134/GW, 10234/GW|
|Stanley Eric||Hyett||Dvr||RE||2943||also 10084/GW|
This camp consists of one rather old barrack only, standing in a field on the outskirts of the small town of Villach. The men do railway work.
There is one day room and 3 sleeping rooms as well as a small room belonging to the Man of Confidence. The lighting is not satisfactory, each room having only one lamp. Furthermore, the rooms are all very low. There was no complaint regarding the heating.
Bathing and washing facilities
These are rather primitive. The POWs obtain their washing water from a pump in the small yard of the compound. As for bathing they are rather badly off, the present arrangements allowing them only two baths at a time, fuel being rather scarce and the water taking half an hour to be heated. Unhappily, this state of water supply cannot be altered for technical reasons.
Food and Cooking
The food is cooked by a civilian woman and the POWs are satisfied with this system, their meals being well cooked. Private cooking is done on a stove in the day-room.
Medical attention and sickness
There is an acknowledged sanitator, J.G. Wescott, RAMC, POW No. 1062. He is asking for aspirins and complains that whenever he receives a consignment of disinfectants, most bottles are broken. So far there have been no serious cases of illness but only minor working accidents. Every evening there is a sick parade; those wishing to see a doctor can go to Villach where there is a Jaeger Battalion in garrison whose Stabsarzt looks after them. For dental treatment POWs must go either to Spittal or to the local dentist.
Laundry is given out and paid for by the POWs.
Money and Pay
So far no canteen has been established.
No padre has yet visited this camp but in due course Stalag XVIII A/Z will arrange for this.
Recreation and exercise
There is no sports-ground within the compound and the prisoners get very little football. The Accompanying Officer gave the order that the compound should be enlarged. They ask for permission to go bathing during the summer, which was granted.
Mail comes in spasmodically. Some parcels have not arrived although their dispatch has been duly advised. However, the German Post Office is making the necessary investigation.
The main complaint concerned the unsatisfactory ventilation possibilities of the dormitories. The ceiling being very low, the upper berths get very little air. The delegate of the Protecting Power suggested that two aeration chimneys should be built for every room. The contractor of this camp who was present when this discussion took place, promised to see with the camp architect whether this could be done.
Old but not too bad. Once the compound is enlarged according to orders, the conditions of living will be really satisfactory.