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Prisoner of War camp at Dänholm, Germany, 1915

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melliget

Hi.

I happened across this article in The Times, giving some details of a prisoner of war camp for officers at Dänholm, Germany, in 1915. I thought it worth transcribing.

The Times, Saturday, Jul 03, 1915

VISIT TO INTERNED OFFICERS

REPORT OF AMERICAN REPRESENTATIVE

The American Embassy in Berlin has trans-

mitted to the Foreign Office through the

American Ambassador here a copy of a report

of a visit by Mr. Jackson to the camp for

officers, prisoners of war, at Danholm, near

Stralsund, and a list of British officers interned

there. Mr. Jackson says :-

Danholm consists of two small islands with a

connecting bridge, between Stralsund and the Island

of Rügen, being in communication with the former

by means of a ferry. It comprises two officer camps

containing about 700 officer prisoners. Until re-

cently the officers from both camps had been per-

mitted to associate with each other (the bridge

being open), but since some Russian officers made

an attempt to escape this privilege has been stopped.

On the larger of the two islands there are about

400 officers. Among them 27 British, including four

Canadians and two surgeons, one British and one

Canadian. All these officers were transferred from

Mainz (Mayence) about six weeks ago, and all find

their present more agreeable than their former

quarters.

I talked freely with all of them, out of hearing

of any German. The British officers live by them-

selves, occupying two good sized rooms, nine in one

and 18 in the other, there being also one French

officer in the larger room, which is partitioned off

by wardrobes into three sections. All seemed well

and in good spirits, and all were in communication

with their friends at home. All agreed in saying

that there was no discimination against them, and

none had any material complaint to make. Letters

and parcels are received more promptly than they

had been at Mainz. The commandant promised to

consider their wishes in regard to the use of a special

field for cricket. Tennis courts are already in use,

and there is a large park in which the officers are

permitted to walk. Appended is the list of

officers:-

Captain C. V. Beresford, 3rd Worcestershire Regt.

Captain G. H. S. Fowke, 1st Gordon Highlanders.

Captain S. Butterworth, 1st Cheshire Regt.

Captain D. S. Crosbie (Adt. Hre.) R. F. Corps.

Captain A. L. Garls, R.E.

Second Lieutenant John Ryan, 16th Lancers.

Second Lieutenant Kevill-Davies, 3rd Gordon Highlanders.

Lieutenant C. Gladstone (Tutell. Dept.) R. F. Corps.

Lieutenant Courage (J. H.), Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

Captain Northwood, 8th Batt. 90th Rifles (Canadian).

Captain Johnston Watson, Gordon Highlanders.

Captain Forbes, Gordon Highlanders.

Lieutenant Leverton, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry.

Lieutenant Owen, 8th Batt. 90th Rifles (Canadian).

Lieutenant Bell, 8th Batt. 90th Rifles (Canadian).

Lieutenant Blackett, 8th Durham Light Infantry.

Lieutanant Andrews, 8th Batt. 90th Rifle (Canadian).

Second Lieutenant Millen Stirling (Indian Army, att. G. H.).

Second Lieutenant Wallis, Loyal North Lancs.

Second Lieutenant Clark, South Lancs.

Second Lieutenant Wilson, 8th Durham Light Infantry.

Second Lieutenant Gore-Browne, R.F.A.

Second Lieutenant Lowe, 1st Monmouths.

Second Lieutenant Nesbitt, 8th Batt. Durham Light Infantry.

Lieutenant Pope, Bedfordshire Regt.

Lieutenant Stenhouse, R.A.M.C.

Lieutenant Hart, R.A.M.C.

Curious about the location, I located it (I think) in Google Earth. Looks to have been an ideal location for a P.O.W. camp.

regards,

Martin

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