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Yatesbury PoW camp dig

Discussion in 'Military History' started by GRW, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    This is a WW1 PoW camp, which are extremely rare on the ground-

    "Young archaeologists have been helping to unearth the secrets of a former prisoner of war camp at Yatesbury, where up to 800 Germans were held.
    The prisoners came from a larger camp at Blandford, Dorset, and arrived at the train station in Calne between 1916 and 1918 where they were marched on foot to Yatesbury.
    Nothing remains of the camp on the surface, as the land has since returned to fields.
    However, this summer members of the Finding the Forgotten group, founded by local historian Richard Broadhead, joined forces with the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society (WANHS) to explore deeper underground."
    Calne children help in dig to discover more about prisoner of war camp (From This Is Wiltshire)
  2. LRusso216

    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member Patron  

    Jan 5, 2009
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    A great story, Gordon. It's especially gratifying that young people are involved. I wish it could go longer than three weekends, though. Who knows what else they might find. What they have is priceless, though.

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