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Forged 10/- banknote believed to have originated in Knockaloe Camp

Date made: 1914-1919

Maker: Unknown

Description: Forged 10/- note, believed to be one of those produced in Knockaloe Internment Camp during the First World War. A hand made copy of a 'Bradbury' ten shilling note, in red ink, on one side of the paper only. It is recorded that some of the forged notes were used outside of the camp, and accepted by a shop in Michael Street, Peel.

Part of the collection formed by Isle of Man Constabulary and housed until 2008 at Police HQ, Douglas.

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.

Materials: paper

Object name: bank note

Collection: Social History Collection

ID Number: 2008-0135



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