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ISLAND FARM POW CAMP

POW Drawings from the Hut Walls

The following photos of German POW drawings from the hut walls at Island Farm POW Camp have been kindly donated to this website project by Mr Phil Jones, North Cornelly. The photos were taken on 01 June 1993 prior to the camp's demolition. These photos have been digitally scanned & enhanced by Mr Rob Bowen (Kenfig.org Local Community Group) - All photos in this section remain the copyright of Mr Phil Jones © Phil Jones. All rights reserved.


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AROUND KENFIG

Local Evacuees
What the local Papers said... 1939-45
Local War Graves
Local ATC Organisations
VE Day Celevrations
Local War Memorials

OLD PHOTOGRAPHS

War Years Pictorial History



3rd Party Copyright

Information used throughout this section


3rd party copyright © Mike Mansley (Porthcawl at War 1939-1945)

Home Guard (Porthcawl); Royal Observer Corps (Porthcawl); Royal Dutch Troops (Porthcawl); 15th Battalion The Welch Regiment (Porthcawl); 49th West Riding Reconnaisance Regiment; 5th Battalion The West Yorkshire Regiment; 4th Monmouthshire Battalion; RAF Air Sea Rescue Marine Craft Unit (Porthcawl); Auxillary AFS & National Fire Services; Glamorgan Constabulary; Search Light & Anti Aircraft Batteries; Air Raid Precautions (ARP); The Red Cross (Joint War Organisation); St John Ambulance (Joint War Organisation); RAF Stormy Down; Porthcawl at War.
Information & photos originally researched by Mike Mansley (Porthcawl at War 1939-1945) and part re-published online strictly for educational purposes only - 3rd party copyright © Mike Mansley (Porthcawl at War 1939-1945) - (First Printed 1994 - ISBN 0 9523152 0 3)
Information edited & sub-edited for online purposes || Rob Bowen - Kenfig.org Local Community Group, 2009-2011

3rd party copyright © JDV Ludlow (Royal Ordnance Factory, Bridgend - A brief history 1936-1946)

Information & photos originally researched by JDV Ludlow (The Royal Ordnance Factory - A brief history 1936-1946) and part re-published online strictly for educational purposes only - 3rd party copyright © JDV Ludlow 2004.
Information edited & sub-edited for online purposes || Rob Bowen - Kenfig.org Local Community Group, 2009-2011

3rd party copyright © Brett Exton & Shawn Bohannon (Island Farm POW Camp, Bridgend)

Information & photos originally researched by Brett Exton & Shawn Bohannon (Island Farm Prisoner of War Camp: 198/Special Camp: XI, Bridgend, South Wales - 1944-48) and part re-published online strictly for educational purposes only - 3rd party copyright © Brett Exton & Shawn Bohannon.
Information edited & sub-edited for online purposes || Rob Bowen - Kenfig.org Local Community Group, 2009-2011


Acknowledgements


Bibliography

  • Bridgend County Borough Council Library & Information Services
  • 3rd party copyright Mike Mansley (Porthcawl at War 1939-1945)
  • 3rd party copyright JDV Ludlow (Royal Ordnance Factory, Bridgend)
  • 3rd party copyright Brett Exton & Shawn Bohannon (Island Farm POW Camp, Bridgend)
  • Porthcawl Museum & History Society
  • Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council Library Services
  • West Glamorgan Archive Services, County Hall, Swansea
  • South Wales Police
  • South Wales Fire & Rescue Service
  • Ray Cottrell; Semper Alacer (History of a Training Aerodrome 1934-47)
  • Rob Bowen - Kenfig.org Local Community Group

Webpage Author

  • Rob Bowen - Kenfig.org Local Community Group, 2011



War Years

Plan of Island Farm POW Camp
Plan of Island Farm POW Camp
Island Farm POW Camp
Island Farm POW Camp

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In May 1940 a decision was taken by the War Cabinet to strengthen the Regular and Territorial Army by recruiting men between the ages of 17 and 65 who were not already engaged in civil defence activities. The new force was called the Local Defence Volunteers and by July 1940 it had grown to around 1.5 million men; in that month it was renamed the Home Guard.
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Hidden in a field next to Locks Lane, Porthcawl until April 1994 was an underground operations room. Built in 1961 on the site of a wartime surface observation post - the original wooden structure was built in 1938 for what was the Observer Corps. The observation post at Porthcawl commissioned in 1938 consisted of a wooden shed topped by a tower giving excellent views over the Bristol Channel.
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The Royal Dutch Troops - Dan-y-Graig Camp, Porthcawl
First billeted in Haverfordwest then moved to Dan-y-Graig, Porthcawl the Dutch soldiers were accommodated in tents. Out of 1460 who arrived, 120 were officiers, 360 were senior NCO's and 980 corporals and privates. Collectively they were known as the 'Royal Dutch Troops' and also as the Dutch Legion until 27 August 1941 when Queen Wilhelmina presented them with a standard in the name of 'Prinses Irene Brigade'.
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