Work Camp 826 L
Type of work: Wood cutting
Man of Confidence: Sgt Christopher W Wilkin, 5245 (Sept 1942); Spr J.L. Bell, 1437 (Sept 1943)
Number of Men: 18 (3 Australian, 3 New Zealanders)
|Raymond Henry (Snowy)||Barbour||Pte||26 Bn.||7287||New Zealand|
|Eric Sidney||Batty||Sgmn||R Sigs||645|
|John Leslie||Bell||Spr||2NZEF||1437||New Zealand; MOC 9/43|
|J.R. (Pop)||Harley||Pte||2/5 Inf. Bn.||3757||Australia|
|P.J. (Bird)||Maggin||Pte||2NZEF||7574||New Zealand|
|Bill||Olliphant||Pte||H.Q. 17 Inf. Bde.||3582||Australia|
|George Henry 'Shorty'||Robinson||Dvr||4RMT Coy.||4319||New Zealand|
|Harry James||Sparkes||Pte||2/2 Inf. Bn.||3346||Australia|
|C.R. (Nugget)||Verran||Pte||2/7 Inf. Bn.||3303||Australia|
|Christopher W||Wilkin||Sgt||RE||5245||MOC 9/42|
|Group with names||Eric Batty||October 1943|
(Photographs and names kindly supplied by Dennis Batty, son of Eric Batty, and the Australian War Memorial.)
The camp is situated in a mountain valley in a very pretty and healthy country. The men are employed in wood cutting and farming work. They work 10 hours a day with the usual pay. Sundays are free.
The men live in a well-built wooden barrack with the usual type of double tier beds. A stove for the winter is going to be built in a few days.
Bathing and washing facilities
The bathing facilities were up to now quite primitive, but the work was already begun to improve this.
Food and Cooking
The cooking is done by the prisoners in a special kitchen barrack with sufficient possibilities to prepare Red Cross food. All the prisoners get the heavy workers ration.
Medical attention and sickness
On Tuesdays and Fridays the Camp is visited by a civilian Doctor from a nearby village. In case of emergency he can also be called on other days. A Sanitator is supposed to be sent here. So far the Man of Confidence has taken care of the men. Medicals parcels have been asked for from Stalag.
There was one man with a wooden splinter in his eye. This could be removed by the Doctor and the man immediately felt better. Two men were suffering from asthma and hay-fever. As the climatic conditions in this region are most unfavorable for the two men, they will be removed to Stalag and be presented to the next Mixed Medical Commission for repatriation.
One parcel from Australia arrived the day of the visit. It took exactly 12 months to get here.
There were no complaints and the men seemed to be quite satisfied.
This is a good camp.