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HER Number:MDV53329
Name:Prisoner of War Camp, Holsworthy


Second World War Prisoner of War camp.


Grid Reference:SS 344 045
Map Sheet:SS30SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHolsworthy
Ecclesiastical ParishHOLSWORTHY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS30SW/74

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PRISONER OF WAR CAMP (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, CPE/UK/1793/4092 (Aerial Photograph). SDV340810.

The site is clearly visible on 1946 aerial photo.

Wasley, G., 1994, Devon at War 1939-1945, 181 (Monograph). SDV165766.

A German camp (no 43) was opened at Exhibition Field, Holsworthy. Two prisoners escaped but were recaptured in Plymouth.

Cramp, H., 1995, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV340811.

Prisoner of War camp built at Holsworthy to hold Italian Prisoners of War in circa 1942.

Thomas, R. J. C., 2003, Prisoner of War Camps (1939-1948), 23 (Report - non-specific). SDV347543.

Exhibition Field Camp, Holsworthy. Camp No. 42. German working camp. Standard type camp. All structures now removed.

Exeter Archaeology, 2008, Archaeological Assessment of the Former Holsworthy Showground, Devon, 7 (Report - Assessment). SDV342959.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV165766Monograph: Wasley, G.. 1994. Devon at War 1939-1945. Devon at War. Hardback Volume. 181.
SDV340810Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. CPE/UK/1793/4092. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Print.
SDV340811Personal Comment: Cramp, H.. 1995. Not Applicable.
SDV342959Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 2008. Archaeological Assessment of the Former Holsworthy Showground, Devon. Exeter Archaeology Report. 08.59. A4 Stapled + Digital. 7.
SDV347543Report - non-specific: Thomas, R. J. C.. 2003. Prisoner of War Camps (1939-1948). English Heritage. Digital + A4. 23.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4546 - Archaeological Assessment of the Former Holsworthy Showground

Date Last Edited:Jul 12 2021 8:15AM