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Midhurst German Prison Camp.


The small camp was located next to the building with clock.

Camp opened Midhurst May 18, Jan 19 North Street GU29 9D

There was some bad feeling about German Prisoners being accommodated in Midhurst, but the council at the time could really do little about this at it was ordered by the department of War.

The prisoners were to work on local farms and small holdings, plus work on the repairing of local roads.

The number of prisoners would have been around 50 or so. All of which would have been low risk prisoners.

Protest letter.

Midhurst German Prisoner of War Camp.

February 4th 1918.

Heathfield  Lodge, Midhurst.

I beg you to be good enough to place this letter before the earliest parish council for there consideration.

I desire to enter a very strong protest against German Prisoners being housed in North Street.

If they are wanted to work on the land, why is not some place outside a Town or village selected, why not put them in tents, certainly not in any portion of Midhurst.

Yours truly, C.J.Wyndhain  Colonel.

There were other letters to the council in protest, none in support, this is not surprising as Midhurst would have not have been greatly affected by the war, except that some of its young men sacrificed there lives for there country.

Another protest letter.

5th February 1918.

Dear Sir.

As a resident in this Town, I beg to protest most strongly against German Prisoners being lodged within it, as there are many buildings outside where they could accommodate.

The house in North Street, where I gather it is proposed to place the prisoners’ is next door to a lady in very delicate health, living by her self.

This alone not to mention many other objections, should urge your council to oppose the Germans being lodged in the town, Kindle submit this to the council.

George R. Langford.

The council response.

Was that they would make an approach to the War Office to house the prisoners’ elsewhere outside the town, as they were to work on agricultural work.

But it was noted that they house in North street was already allocated to the prisoners.

One Comment
  1. My Grandmother was born in Lurgashall, about 5 miles from Midhurst. Her family lived on a farm and emigrated to Australia in the 1920’s when she was only about 8 years old. She wrote a diary which I have transcribed. She says “During the war, labour was hard to get. When the harvest was ready, German prisoners were brought to the farm under heavy guard and we were not allowed to speak to them. Mother was standing at the end of the court and saw the prisoners being brought in and she said one of them was only about eighteen and he looked at Mother who was holding Kathleen in her arms and the boy smiled and in broken English told Mother that he had a little sister with hair like Kathleen’s, which was very fair and curly. Mother felt very sorry for him. It wasn’t his fault there was a war on. He was just doing what he was told to do.”

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