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Piece of timber from Knockaloe hut

Date made: 1914-1919

Maker: unknown

Description: A piece of timber floor joist from the Shell Shop, Niarbyl (a former Knockaloe Hut). Stencilled in blue 'G40'.

During the First World War (1914-1918) the Isle of Man was used as an internment base for civilian ‘enemy aliens’. Its biggest camp was known as Knockaloe Camp, Patrick, situated in the west of the Island (other historic names referring to the camp include Knockaloe P.O.W. Camp, Knockaloe Prisoner of War Camp and Knockaloe Alien Detention Camp.) Originally designed for 5,000 people, at its peak it housed up to 23,000 men and as many as 30,000 men may have been interned in total.

Materials: wood

Object name: timber

Collection: Social History Collection

ID Number: 2011-0027/2



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