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This page is designed to dispel some mis-information that has grown up over the years regarding the camp. There are also photos shown here as an example of what might have been seen at St Erth. The photos are downloaded from other websites and acknowledgements are made where appropriate. I have therefore not overprinted them with a copyright watermark.
This photo appears on a YouTube video by 'Cornwall Phil' and I acknowledge that the photo is his. He wonders whether or not this is the POW Guard House that stands in a nearby garden. The answer is definitely not. Not because the owners of the garden say it never was; and also it is built with modern concrete block and not to MoW standard and unfinished. It is an uncompleted garden building.
These photos are on the web site 'nellyurbex.blogspot.com' who has shown them in conjunction with a POW camp that he researched and I acknowledge that they are his. However they do show some excellent shots of an ablutions block with showers; toilets; and wash basin etc.
Two photos of typical Italian POW issued documents; downloaded from the internet.
A typical photo of Italian POWs posing for a photo whilst working locally. They are not from St Erth but would have looked like this. Photo downloaded from the internet.
This picture is in the Imperial War Museum archives and show a typical farm scene with the Italian POWs working on the fields as seen by the artist at the time.