Work Camp  945 GW

Location: Selztal

Type of work: Railway

Man of Confidence: Alfred Oborne, 1811

Number of Men: 45

Known to be present

Jimmy Bartlett Spr RE 2196  
Tony Berwick        
Brad Bradley        
Ben Busby        
John McDonald Cope Gnr RA 4081 New Zealand; also 11086/GW, 1731/L
Harold Davenport Pte   4103 New Zealand
? Davis        
Ray Denny Gnr RA 1818  
A.E. (Frankie) Fransham Dvr RASC 1763  
Jimmy Fraser        
N.W. Greenhalgh Pte 2/2 M.G. Bn. 6425. Australia
? Griffiths        
D. Hart        
Dan Hill        
? MacIntosh        
Alfred M. Oborne Dvr R Sigs 1811 MOC
Edwin N. Painter Pte RAVC 2027  
D. Phelps        
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
? Sharp        
Albert Henry Smith Pte RASC 2392 Kent; also 7001/GW
C. Snooks Pte   4079 Te Puke, NZ
Ginger Sturrock        
John Sydney (Jack) Taylor Tpr RAC 1577 London; transf'd to Stalag 344
Norman (Tex) Thompson Spr RE 2174  
Dave Toone Spr RE 2202  
K.L. Wallace Tpr RAC 5567 Transf'd to Stalag 344
Percy Webber        
Chalky White
John Willmott Sgmn R Sigs 5858  

Photos from Norman Thompson and Paul Smith.


Date of visit: 16 February 1943

General Description

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.

Interior arrangement

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.

Toilet facilities


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.

Religious activity


Recreation and exercise

The men can play football.


Mail is very irregular.

Welfare work

In order.


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 responsible.
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.

General impression

This is a good camp. Its spirit is exceptionally high.

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