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First World War internee watercolour of Knockaloe Camp

Date made: 1915-1918

Description: A watercolour view of Knockaloe camp by P.O. Flugge showing the waterlogged conditions in the camp. The sketch shows the internees walking in ankle and calf deep water and two internees are carrying or collecting buckets of water from the tap at the end of the hut. The view shows three huts and the barbed wire fence in the background. The watercolour sketch is mounted onto a sheet of brown card.

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: 13 cm x 17.5 cm

Materials: paper

Object name: watercolour painting

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 2008-0170/13



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