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Knockaloe Internment Camp torch

Date made: 1914-1918

Maker: unknown

Description: An early type of circular torch, and battery, from Knockaloe Camp, 1914-18. The maker's name, Magnill ...' appears to be Scandinavian. Diameter of case 3 1/2 inch.

During the First World War (1914-1918) the Isle of Man was used as an internment base for civilian ‘enemy aliens’. They were held 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. Other historic names referring to the camp include Knockaloe P.O.W. Camp, Knockaloe Prisoner of War Camp and Knockaloe Alien Detention Camp.

Measurements: overall: 9 cm

Materials: glass, metal

Object name: torch

Collection: Social History Collection

ID Number: 1967-0198



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