Work Camp 22 GW
Type of work: Chalk quarry
Man of Confidence: Pte E.G. Halls (Dec. 1943)
Number of Men: 63
|H||De Myers||Pte||2/1 Inf. Bn.||5176||Australia|
|Ewen Gilchrist||Halls||Pte||1 Cps. H.Q.||3762||Australia; also 955/GW|
|Harry||Lambert||Dvr||RASC||3451||Capt'd Greece; also 415/GW|
Pictures and names kindly supplied by Patricia Andrews, daughter of Harry Martin, Kaye Clough, daughter of Pte E.G. Halls, AIF, and Tamsyn Gendall, neice of Sam Wearne. The large group photo was supplied by Richard Lambert, son of Harry Lambert.
New wooden barrack of a good type above the village of Leitendorf near the quarry where the men work.
Three large living and sleeping quarters with 20 beds in each room. The bunks are of the double-tier wooden type, there is electric light and a good stove in each room. In the same barrack is a small mess-hall, a magazine for the Red Cross parcels, another magazine for the men's best dress, two more small rooms where at night-time the men's shoes and pants are kept, a fairly large washroom with a boiler and a latrine with 3 seats and one urinal.
Bathing and washing facilities
Satisfactory. For some time there was only little water available due to the dry weather. Now a second source has been put in action which provides plenty of water. However this water has a peculiar smell and a sample was taken by the German military doctor in order to have it examined.
Satisfactory. On the day of the visit the drains were stopped which created a bad smell all over the camp.
Food and Cooking
Satisfactory. The firm does the cooking.
Medical attention and sickness
In order. There is a Medical Orderly in camp, the German military doctor attends the sick, they have a sick-parade twice a week.
Satisfactory. Working kits are partially provided as well as gloves for the men who handle the stones.
Done by the men themselves.
Money and Pay
There is a certain issue from the guards-company.
The men visit a neighbouring camp whenever the padre from Stalag is there.
Recreation and exercise
There is a football-ground at the men's disposal. Swimming went on in the summer. The civilians can occasionally use a civilian recreation hall for theatres and concerts.
Mail is reported to be very slow.
The men are allowed to visit a neighbouring work camp when concerts or theatrical performances are given. Indoor games from the YMCA are in camp.
No serious complaints.
Materially speaking this is quite a good camp. However some of the men are a queer sort of fellows. There are continuous frictions between them and every two months they change their Man of Confidence. Unfortunately nothing could be done against this lack of common sense. Physical health is good.