Work Camp 945 GW
Type of work: Railway
Man of Confidence: Alfred Oborne, 1811
Number of Men: 45
|John McDonald||Cope||Gnr||RA||4081||New Zealand; also 11086/GW, 1731/L|
|N.W.||Greenhalgh||Pte||2/2 M.G. Bn.||6425.||Australia|
|Alfred M.||Oborne||Dvr||R Sigs||1811||MOC|
|George||Raditz||Pte||2/6 Inf. Bn.||3874||Victoria, Australia|
|Thomas William (Darkie)||Raine||Tpr||RAC||1780||also 7001/GW|
|George||Rutter||Spr||RE||5581||also 2056/L, 785/GW|
|Albert Henry||Smith||Pte||RASC||2392||Kent; also 7001/GW|
|C.||Snooks||Pte||4079||Te Puke, NZ|
|K.L.||Wallace||Tpr||RAC||5567||Transf'd to Stalag 344|
Photos from Norman Thompson and Paul Smith.
The British prisoners of war live in a wooden barrack of the average type near the railway station of Selztal in the Enns valley, where they work for the Reichsbahn.
The men sleep in 2 rooms, 25 to 26 in each. The beds are two-storied.
Bathing and washing facilities
Showers can be had once in a week in the station building. The washing is adequate. In summer the men go swimming in the Enns.
Food and Cooking
The food is done in the canteen of the Reichsbahn from where the men have to fetch. A proper control of the rations is not possible. But the food seems to be adequate. Private food can be cooked in the barrack.
Medical attention and sickness
Medical attention is given by a British medical orderly. In case of need a very good civil doctor is available within a very short reach. There are 3 patients lying in bed at the time of our visit, suffering from colds. Dental treatment is very satisfactory here. It is given by a civil dentist. The men receive every kind of treatment they require, including dentures.
The same regulations as for the other work camps of Stalag XVIIIA are on the way of execution here.
The laundry is done by the men themselves.
Money and Pay
No canteen. For any articles the Stalag has to be applied to.
Recreation and exercise
The men can play football.
Mail is very irregular.
a) The men complain that the British Red Cross underwear is stocked and given
out by the German guard company. This will be changed as the responsible man for
these stocks is the British Man of Confidence in Stalag XVIIIA, who is in
contact with the different Men of Confidence in the work camps who are also
b) The men wish that the YMCA shouls be informed that the following musical instruments would be welcome in this camp: accordeon, trumpet, saxophone, drum. Also some gramophone records and a new gramophone.
Games: Cricket bats and balls should be asked from the YMCA.
This is a good camp. Its spirit is exceptionally high.