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Knockaloe Camp pendulum clock

Date made: 1915-1918

Description: A pendulum clock in a wood and glass case. The clock was reported by the donor to have been made in Knockaloe Camp, during the First World War. The wooden case is made from a selection of non-matching wood and has a 'home-made' appearance. The clock mechanism is embossed with 'Adler Gong' and an image of an eagle and is of German manufacture.

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.

Measurements: overall: 58 cm x 25 cm x 15 cm

Materials: glass, metal, wood

Object name: clock

Collection: Social History Collection

ID Number: 2005-0262



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