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Italian Prisoners in Wales during second war world

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Val wish I'd never started

Val wish I'd never started Report 23 Feb 2006 23:34

during about 1943 my Grandfather was in charge it seems of a Camp containing Italian prisoners doeds anybody know where in Wales thanks

Porkie_Pie

Porkie_Pie Report 23 Feb 2006 23:38

I know of a pow camp in pembrokeshire, not sure if it had Italians though, it was near a place called Marloes Roy

Heather

Heather Report 23 Feb 2006 23:42

I found this on the BBC site? Have a google: Peter Williams from Delaware I remember my grandfather who lived in Brynford talking to a group of men at the Crossroads where I had seen Italian prisoners an hour before. He spoke to them and I wondered how he could speak Italian so well. He told me it was Welsh. The first time I had heard it as I then lived in Flint. There was an Italian POW named Victor who worked at Danny Pierce's farm, Flint, who used to tell us about his home in Italy and how we used to harvest the grapes. Caroline from Newtown Hi My grandfather was an Italian prisoner of war but I believe he was based near Newtown in Powys. I would like to learn more myself about them but there seems to be a lack of information. Can you tell me if you have found any relevant sites or groups where I might start looking please? Reg Hughes from Holywell There was a POW Camp (Italian) just off the main road between Northop and Connah's Quay. Some of the prisoners worked on local farms. Some of the huts can still be seen from the road.

Val wish I'd never started

Val wish I'd never started Report 23 Feb 2006 23:49

thanks for that Roy I have often been to Pembrokeshire its lovely I will see what I can find and Heather thanks for that too I only found out today that he was there and wondered what it was like

Porkie_Pie

Porkie_Pie Report 23 Feb 2006 23:56

Here is a list of POW camps in Wales. BRIDGEND No Name Location 11 Island Farm Bridgend(v) 101 Glandulas Camp Newton 198 Island Farm Bridgend CAMARTHEN No Name Location 102 Llandarog ------ 252 Abergwili (MH) ------ CARDIGAN No Name Location 70 Henllan Bridge Camp Henllan, Llandyssul CONWY No Name Location 119 Pabo Hall Camp Llandudno Junction DENBIGHSHIRE No Name Location 36 Pool Park Ruthin FLINTSHIRE No Name Location 1014 Queensferry ------ ISLE OF ANGLESEY No Name Location 32 Anglesey ------ MONMOUTH No Name Location 29 Abergavenny (GPC) Claremont 118 Mardy Abergavenny 197 The Mount Camp Chepstow 200 Llanover Abergavenny NEATH No Name Location 284 Neath ------ NEWPORT No Name Location 184 Llanmartin ------ PEMBROKESHIRE No Name Location 199 Haverfordwest ------ POWYS No Name Location 48 Greenfield Farm Presteigne 234 Talgarth (MH) ------ 697 Sennybridge ------ RHONDDA No Name Location 199 Ystrad Camp ------ SWANSEA No Name Location 408 Penclawdd ------ TORFAEN No Name Location 677 New Inn Camp Pontypool VALE OF GLAMORGAN No Name Location 284 Swanbridge Camp Penarth Marloes is not far from Haverfordwest? Roy

Val wish I'd never started

Val wish I'd never started Report 23 Feb 2006 23:59

Blimey Roy thats a lot thanks very much for all that info, thats something to be going on with

Joan

Joan Report 24 Feb 2006 09:08

In 1946 I was a little girl going to Wales to my first guide camp and Italian prisoners of war from the farm helped us with the camp site......Llwyngwril...on the coast of Wales some distance south of Barmouth. Hope you find what you want. Joan

Val wish I'd never started

Val wish I'd never started Report 24 Feb 2006 10:06

do you know what is disgusting I had not realised till recently that we imprisoned Foreigners for no reason

Joan

Joan Report 24 Feb 2006 16:35

Hi Val They were soldiers who were captured during the war...rather than internees...but everything about war is hard. Joan

Val wish I'd never started

Val wish I'd never started Report 24 Feb 2006 22:20

I watched a programme about 2 weeks ago and it seems if you were foreign and living here you were put in these Camps just because we didnt trust them, and their familes were left to get on with it .

Sarah

Sarah Report 22 Jun 2008 10:37

I don't know if this will help, but my mother's family all came from Anglesey, mostly farmers. I used to visit an aunt who had a pig farm at Newborough, and I think another at Ty Croes. I was told that the nissan huts and buildings the pigs were housed in, had previously been a camp for Italian POW's.

IssyB

IssyB Report 22 Jun 2008 23:22

Valerie

For your info the camp at Henllan, Cardigan is still there and the huts are now used as workshops. The site is very pretty and overlooks the river.