Camp 47 - Motcombe Park, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Discussion in 'UK PoW Camps' started by Pete Wood, Sep 5, 2019.

  1. Pete Wood

    Pete Wood Member

    The site of a Second World War prisoner of war camp at Motcombe Park, known as Camp 47. This was a purpose-built, standard type camp with over 30 huts. Common buildings and facilities at standard type camps included water towers, offices, officer's mess, a canteen, guard rooms, barrack huts, ablution blocks, cell blocks, a camp reception station (medical facility/hospital), a cookhouse, dining rooms, recreation rooms and living huts or tents. This first housed Italian PoWs and was also a German work camp where prisoners were sent to work as labourers in the local area. It could have been in use up until 1948.

    Lat/Long: 51° 1'6.47"N 2°13'6.60"W

    The camp lays in the playing grounds of, today, Port Regis School.

    In 1943, hostels associated with this camp were:

    1 Corfe Mullen
    2 Godmanstone
    3 Wilton

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  2. Pete Wood

    Pete Wood Member

    The site today. If you have any information on this camp, please add....

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