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Prisoner Of War Camp 56

Hob Uid: 1472457
Location :
Suffolk
Mid Suffolk
Botesdale
Grid Ref : TM0560076400
Summary : The site of a Second World War prisoner of war camp at Botesdale, known as Camp 56. This was a purpose-built, standard type camp. 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. Camp 56 functioned as a German work camp where prisoners were sent to work as labourers on local farms. It could have been in use up until 1948. The camp has since been demolished and only the water tower remains.
More information : A Second World War prisoner of war camp at Botesdale (TM 056 764), officially known as Camp 56. This was a purpose-built, standard type camp. 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. It is classified as a German work camp. Only the water tower survives. (1)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Prisoner of War Camps (1939-1948) 20th Century Military Recording Project
Source details :
Page(s) : 26
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Mid 20th Century
Display Date : Closed circa 1948
Monument End Date : 1948
Monument Start Date : 1945
Monument Type : Prisoner Of War Camp, Water Tower
Evidence : Documentary Evidence, Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Second World War
Display Date : 1939-1945
Monument End Date : 1945
Monument Start Date : 1939
Monument Type : Prisoner Of War Camp, Water Tower
Evidence : Documentary Evidence, Extant Building

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TM 07 NE 48
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Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, LANDSCAPES OF WAR RECORDING PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 2008-01-01
End Date : 2009-12-31