Discover more about what life was like in the camp by exploring the 3D model below.
The parade ground is where the British soldiers took part in practice drills. Later, in Spring 1918, the parade ground was turned over to growing potatoes as part of the national campaign to combat food shortages by turning pasture into arable land.
The Old Mess
The Old Mess is where the British soldiers took their meals. When the German’s arrived in 1918, part of the building was used as detention rooms for captured ‘escapers.’ The other half was used as a theatre and concert hall for the many plays and musical concerts that the prisoners performed.
All letters and parcels to and from home were checked here.
When the Bradford Pals started training at the camp in January 1915, they quickly personalised the sleeping huts that were to become their home with names such as ’Buckingham Palace’ and ’Hun Cottage.’
The vegetable garden provided the kitchen with a welcome supply of potatoes, peas, cabbages etc.
The camp hospital was used to treat the first cases of Spanish flu which reached the camp in February 1919 and killed 47 prisoners.
The German PoWs believed that it was a primary duty to remain fit and active in order to be able to ‘serve the Fatherland’ again as soon as they were freed. Sport was popular and most of the men participated in activities on the camp sports field.