Work Camp  826 L

Location: Oberort

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)

Known to be present

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
Charlie Curtis Pte   5718 New Zealand
Harry Curtis Pte   7528 New Zealand
J.R. (Pop) Harley Pte 2/5 Inf. Bn. 3757 Australia
Syd Jolliffe Pte RASC 2548  
P.J. (Bird) Maggin Pte 2NZEF 7574 New Zealand
Joe O'Connor        
Bill Olliphant Pte H.Q. 17 Inf. Bde. 3582 Australia
George Henry 'Shorty' Robinson Dvr 4RMT Coy. 4319 New Zealand
'Dud' Rogers        
'Red Arse' Ryan        
Dave Skinner        
Harry James Sparkes Pte 2/2 Inf. Bn. 3346 Australia
Joe Stevens        
Ernie Stoneyman        
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.)

Date of visit: 12 Sept 1942

General Description

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.

Interior arrangement

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.

General impression

This is a good camp.

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