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The Great War News from Lancaster in 1914

31st October 1914

War Items

Prisoners Detention Camp.

The population at the Prisoners Detention Camp at the Wagon Works has been increased latterly by the arrival of many Germans, over 100, who had been collected at Manchester and were in charge of police and members of the Civic Guard, all armed, and a fine body of men. Another batch of prisoners were brought from Lancashire towns on Monday in motor-cars. Men who have been serving on German vessels and other likely combatants are being transferred to Northampton and the Isle of Man. There are still about 2,000 prisoners in the camp. A temporary theatre has been fixed up in the stores, and entertainments are given by prisoner-artistes, who include several talented acrobatic troupes and jugglers, besides comedians. Under the new commandant a system has been adopted whereby picked my are made captains of the prisoners, and are responsible to the guard for their good behaviour. The guard now consists of National Reservists from Lancaster and other Lancashire towns. Four Germans from the borough have been sent to the camp.

 

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