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Offline Ajemp

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Re: Prison of War Camp, Walderslade
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2011, 21:32:26 »
As a child I can recall on the field opposite the" Pochers Pocket" now called, in Walderslade, a lot of buildings and I can remember soldiers cooking food on what I can only describe as make shift  bbq. Any memories?

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Re: Prison of War Camp, Walderslade
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2010, 06:41:33 »
There's a bit of background to post-war POWs in Britain on the Beeb: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8564401.stm
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Re: Prison of War Camp, Walderslade
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2010, 21:23:29 »
Hook Meadow is opposite the 'Poacher's Pocket' pub, forever known to me as the 'Hook and Hatchet' (What was wrong with the name as it was?), at the junction of Walderslade Road and King George Road.

It is the site of St Philips and St James Church (Pip-n-Jims), the Church Hall, Medway Council Community Hall, Walderslade Library, and an ex-public toilet now a kebab shop.
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Re: Prison of War Camp, Walderslade
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2010, 20:12:44 »
there is a pic on the forum somewhere of hook meadow now

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Re: Prison of War Camp, Walderslade
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2010, 20:10:36 »
I am curious to what become of this place, because there was an area there that was regarded has a sort of Chalet park after the war, people used them for weekend retreats.
I am wondering if that was the case.

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Re: Prison of War Camp, Walderslade
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2010, 20:00:15 »
It was definitely Hook Meadow, and they were Italian POWs. Italy surrendered in September 1943 and declared war on Japan in July 1945 and thus became an ally of the UK, and one has to ask why they had not been repatriated before 1946.. The POWs wandered about quite freely and wore a yellow diamond on the back of their uniform

Presumably the POW had either committed an offence against UK law while out of camp, or against Italian military law while in camp.

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Re: Prison of War Camp, Walderslade
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2010, 16:21:03 »
Hi PaulG,

I don't really know Walderslade too well...but it was at Hook Meadow ?

As I understand there was a POW camp in the area of the Hook Meadow and have not heard of others in Walderslade so I suspect so!

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Re: Prison of War Camp, Walderslade
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2010, 13:22:00 »
Hi PaulG,

I don't really know Walderslade too well...but it was at Hook Meadow ?

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Re: Prison of War Camp, Walderslade
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2010, 13:14:42 »
HI Merc do we know where the camp was in Walderslade?????

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Prison of War Camp, Walderslade
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2010, 12:53:45 »
May 7, 1946

Mrs Emily Polhill, who lives near a prisoner of war camp at Walderslade, Chatham, was fined ₤1 at Chatham yesterday for throwing a piece of cake over the camp fence to one of the prisoners. The prisoner to whom she gave the cake was stated to have been sentenced to 28 days detention with hard labour.

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