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Knockaloe Internment Camp medal

Date made: 1915

Description: German Prisoner of War Medal, struck at Knockaloe 1914/15. On original yellow silk [?] ribbon.

Cast in a silver, white metal probably made from the melted down liner of a tea chest. The ribbon is folded in an Austro-Hungarian style. The inscription translates as 'In Memory of my Imprisonment'.

Internees were held on the Isle of Man in two camps, a requisitioned holiday camp in Douglas and a purpose built camp located at Knockaloe near Peel on the west coast of the Island. These held at their peaks over 4,000 and 23,000 men in some cases for nearly five years between opening in 1914 and final closure in 1919. Over 30,000 men passed through Knockaloe between 1914 and 1917, more than the population of Douglas the largest town.

Measurements: overall: 6.3 cm x 3 cm

Materials: alloy

Object name: medal

Collection: Social History Collection

ID Number: 1954-1732



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