Work Camp 132 GW
Type of work: Quarrying, Cement Factory
Man of Confidence: J.R. Middlemore, 5293 (March 1942); A. Greenwood, 5254 (June 1942)
Number of Men: 88 approx. in February 1942, 47 in March 1942, 46 in June 1942
|Leslie Phillip||Alexander||Pte||2/8 Inf. Bn.||3777||Australia|
|Stanley William||Andrews||Pte||2/4 Inf. Bn.||3764||Australia|
|Peter D.||Balfe||Sgt||2/4 Inf. Bn.||3751||Australia; transf'd to Stalag 383|
|William David||Beitz||Pte||18 Inf. Tng. Bn.||4796||Australia; transf'd to Stalag 17B|
|Harold Walter||Bell||Pte||2/4 Inf. Bn.||3759||Australia|
|Robert||Bloomfield||Pte||2/4 Inf. Bn.||3752||Australia; killed accidentally 10.5.45|
|F.H.||Bloomfield||Cpl||R Sigs||4261||Transf'd to Stalag 383|
|R.J.||Boyd||Pte||2/4 Inf. Bn.||3756||Australia; transf'd to Stalag 357|
|C L||Bradshaw||Gnr||4811||New Zealand|
|Ted V.||Bryant||Pte||2/8 Inf. Bn.||3775||Australia|
|Charles William||Burns||Pte||RAVC||7879||Died 6.5.45|
|William Theodore||Cahill||A/Sgt||2/4 Inf. Bn.||3880||Australia; transf'd to Stalag 357|
|F.||Clarke||Pte||RWK||6132||Transf'd to Stalag 20A|
|George T.||Coles||Pte||2/4 Inf. Bn.||3947||Australia|
|W.C.||Dellaway||Rfmn||KRRC||3769||Transf'd to Stalag 383|
|S.T.||Donovan||Pte||2/4 Inf. Bn||3778||Australia|
|L.J.||Edwards||Pte||2/4 Inf. Bn.||3754||Australia|
|Frederick Lloyd Bathgate (Tiny)||Eglington||Pte||2/4 Inf. Bn.||3757||Australia|
|Ronald Northam||Ellem||Pte||2/4 Inf. Bn.||3763||Australia|
|William John||Evans||Pte||2/4 Inf. Bn.||3952||Australia; wounded 5.2.42; repat'd 11/43|
|John Sylvester||Flynn||Pte||AASC||4428||Australia; killed 5.2.42|
|J.W.C.||Gawner-Wright||Cpl||KRRC||3776||Transf'd to Stalag 383|
|H.W.||Greenberger||Pte||2/2 Fd. Amb.||5031||Australia|
|Bernard John Stanton||Hamshire||Sgmn||R Sigs||4208|
|J.||Hanratty||L/Cpl||KORR||5015||Transf'd to Stalag 3A|
|J.H.J.||Hayfield||Pte||4194||New Zealand; transf'd to Stalag 383|
|Francis B.||Hawkins||Pte||4014||New Zealand|
|W.H.||Heaton||Pte||2/3 Inf. Bn.||4392||Australia|
|L.T.H.||Hutchinson||Pte||2/2 Fd. Amb.||5093||Australia|
|A.||Hutchison||Pte||2/2 Inf. Bn.||5239||Australia|
|Colin Arthur||Jones||Seaman||RN||4677||Leicester; HMS Gloucester|
|M.W.||Kesham||A/Sgt||2/4 Inf. Bn.||3768||Australia; transf'd to Stalag 383|
|A.L.B.||King||Gnr||1 A/Tk. Rg.||3771||Australia; transf'd to Stalag 383|
|W.||Lee||Gnr||1 A/Tk. Rg.||4821||Australia|
|E.A.L.||Leggat||Gnr||1 A/Tk. Rg.||3910||Australia; transf'd to Stalag 383|
|M.T. (Thomas)||Lloyd||Sgt||R Sigs||4071||Transf'd to Stalag 383|
|Victor Clive||Makepeace||Pte||2/4 Bn.||3783||Australia; died 17.2.42|
|J.||McCue||Gnr||RA||4054||Transf'd to Stalag 383|
|J.||McTigue||L/Sgt||1 A/Tk. Rg.||3780||Australia; transf'd to Stalag 383|
|J.R.||Middlemore||Sgt||RAC||5293||MOC; transf'd to Stalag 383|
|Colin Gordon||Oliver||Pte||1 A/Tk. Rg.||3781||Australia|
|Bartholomew W.||Piffero||Pte||2/8 Inf. Bn.||3782||Australia|
|Leslie A.||Pinson||Pte||2/4 Inf. Bn.||3767||Australia; transf'd to Stalag 383|
|R.W. (Snowy)||Radcliffe||Pte||2/8 Inf. Bn.||3755||Australia|
|R.M.||Robberds||Cpl||2/4 Inf. Bn.||3774||Australia|
|A.J.||Rolstone||Pte||H.Q. 17 I. Bde.||5167||Australia|
|W.J.||Ruck||Pte||RASC||5411||Transf'd to Stalag 17A|
|J.||Sinclair||Gnr||1 A/Tk. Rg.||3766||Australia; transf'd to Stalag 20A|
|K.C.||Trudgen||Pte||2/4 Inf. Bn.||3760||Australia|
|Johnny||Verblis||Merchant Navy (Alba)||4920|
|Neil Gordon||Wallace||Pte||2/4 Inf. Bn.||3761||Australia|
|A.P.||Wills||Pte||2/8 Inf. Bn.||3762||Australia|
On 5th February 1942, a refusal to work by the POWs led to a guard shooting Pte Flynn and Sgt Evans (this rank is incorrect - should be Private) , both of Australia. John Flynn died of his injuries on the same day and Sgt Evans lost the use of a leg and was subsequently repatriated. After the war, an enquiry was held. Part of the evidence is illustrated below.
(Thanks to Phil Evans for discovering this at The National Archive.)
It seems odd that the visit described below took place only a few weeks after the shooting, yet there is no mention of it in the report. Also, the number of POWs in the camp has almost halved.
In this camp are 47 POWs (English, Australians and New Zealanders) doing pick
and shovel work.
They are all accommodated in a very large wooden barrack containing a small
room for the German guards and a large one where all the British prisoners are
lodged. This sleeping qusrter is furnished with triple tier bunks; each man is
provided with 2 or more blankets, there are further tables and benches in the
room where prisoners take their meals.
Bathing and washing facilities
Washing facilities are sufficient and at least once a week the men have an
opportunity to have hot shower baths in a nearby fabrik.
There are two latrines of the pit type which are quite sufficient.
Food and Cooking
Food rations are ample (for instance for a week 300kg potatoes and 21kg
marmalade) and there was no complaint about the quality of the food. But it was
ascertained that there were not enough plates, spoons and forks supplied; the
Abwehr-Offizier complained at once to the Employer's firm's representative, and
insisted that more of them should be provided as soon as possible.
Medical attention and sickness
Medical attention by the civil physician of the next village; no revier, the
lighter cases being attended to in the sleeping quarters; the serious cases are
evacuated to the lazaret of Stalag XVIIID in Marburg; there is a small pharmacy
and one British-recognised sanitator; on the day of the visit there were 6
prisoners unfit for work owing to slight illness.
As in most camps several men are in need of boots
Money and Pay
The salary is the usual 70pfg a day.
There is no canteen in this small camp.
Recreation and exercise
Recreation opportunities are poor in this camp and some games and especially
playing cards are wanted as well as a loud radio speaker. These wishes will be
communicated to the Y.M.C.A.
1. Prisoners COLES, MARTIN and EVERSON, who were some time ago under arrest were neither allowed exercise nor reading nor writing letters. A strong protest was made by the Lagation's representative to the Abwehr-Offizier, who gave at once instructions to the camp commander to comply in the future with the stipualtions of Art. 56 and 57 of the Geneva Convention.
2. The following Non-Commissioned Officers: Sgt MIDDLEMORE, 5293, Sgt Thomas LLOYD, 4071, Cpl Reginald HURFORD, 5284, Cpl Alan GREENWOOD, 5254, were sent to this work camp without having volunteered for it; strong protest was made to the Abwehr-Offizier, who agreed that these prisoners ought to be sent back to the main camp as soon as possible. He promised to do the necessary in this respect.
3. Pte Vivian REVELL, 3839, home address: Sea View Road, Westtown, New
Plymouth, New Zealand, has not yet received any news from home since 11 and a
half months when he was taken prisoner.
Date of visit: 1 June 1942
At present there are 46 British prisoners of war all employed at different kinds of work at a cement factory. They are working for 8 hours a day and normally have Sundays and Saturday afternoons free.
The Man of Confidence stated that since the last visit the conditions in the camp have greatly improved. The food was stated to be sufficient except that there had been a certain shortage of potatoes for the last few weeks. Mail is coming in regularly and so far the usual number of the Red Cross parcels have been distributed. New complete outfits for all the men had newly arrived and the clothing conditions were now good.
The four N.C.O.s mentioned in the last report as being forced to work have been sent back to the Stalag except for Cpl Greenwood who volunteered to stay in the camp as Man of Confidence.
The question of eating utensils has also been settled in a satisfactory way.
The following questions were discussed this time:
The medical orderly, as well as other prisoners in the camp, complained about the way the civilian doctor treated the sick prisoners. It seems as if this doctor is rather treating the prisoners according to his political view rather than as patients.
The medical orderly has been punished by the German Camp Leader by withholding a Red Cross parcel. As a Camp Leader is not entitled to punish anybody, this fact was reported to the accompanying officer.
The prisoners, who used to cook their private food during the winter on the stove in their room, asked if not a small stove could be furnished to be placed outside the room.
It was also asked to have the outdoor recreation space enlarged.
These questions were discussed with the accompanying officer who promised to
take the necessary steps. They will be checked on the next visit.