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Sheffield POW Camp No. 701

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Malc00

In 1945 the International Red Cross listed Lodge Moor as Camp number 17. In the same list they had another camp - 701 - which was later identified as 'Sheffield Camp'.

The Forces Postal History Society have recorded mail from this camp from July 1944 to July 1946 and comment; “There may have been satellite camps around Sheffield using 701 with suffixes A/B/C/D/E/F" (Summer 2014 Vol XXX No 6).

Does anyone know where this 'Sheffield Camp 701' was? (and any of its sub-camps).

Thank you - Keep well.

Malc00

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Edmund

A report by Historic England is available by this link (though it doesn't answer your question):

Historic England POW Camp Report

Excerpt: 

Each Prisoner of War camp was allocated an official number during World War II within a prescribed numerical sequence, ranging from Camp 1 (Grizedale Hall, Ambleside) through to Camp1026 (Raynes Park, Wimbledon). This numbering sequence has posed problems for the assessment as some sites have different numbers at different dates (Quorn Camp, Leicestershire – Camp 9 and Camp 183), the same camp number can be used for different locations (Camp 17 – Lodge Moor Camp, Sheffield, and 22 Hyde Park Gardens, London) and some sites have a letter suffix rather than a distinctly different number (Camp 139b Coxhoe Hall, County Durham). Without further documentary research it is hard to tell whether the inconsistencies in the numbering system were the result of a deliberate policy, or of the fluidity of the situation. There is certainly documentation held in The National Archives to show that the British were unwilling to release the location of Prisoner of War camps to the Germans due to the fear of possible paratroop raids to release them. The Germans on the other hand indicated that they were seeking the information to ensure that they did not bomb the camps by mistake.

The Sheffield Camps in this report were:

Ref 17 Lodge Moor Camp, Redmires Road, Base Camp Pre-First World War army camp. Capacity substantially increased by the provision of tented accomodation. Guarded by double wire perimeter fences and watch towers. Footings and perimeter wall remain extant

Ref 127 Potter's Hill, High Green,  German Working Camp See Camp no.296

Ref 248 Norton Camp, Cinderhill Lane, Norton,  German Precise location not identified, NGR Sheffield Working Camp given for approx feature centre of Cinderhill lane.

Ref 296 Potter's Hill, High Green,  German Working Camp See Camp no.127

(Ref 296 Ravensfield Park Camp, Rotherham  Farmland)

The journal here: Forces Postal History Journal   states that camp 701 was "non communique".

Multiple 701's here:

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According to an Italian person tracking the movements of POW relative, they were moved from Lodge Moor to camp 701.  So possibly it was a local temporary transit camp, used as a staging point on their way home?

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John Russell

In the '50s I clearly remember the Lodge Moor Camp, as we regularly passed the main entrance on Redmires Road. It was shut up and locked with everything in place as it had been. I saw it later (probably mid '60s) and all the huts had been demolished.

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lysandernovo

I recall as a small boy being told by Mum to ignore and not to talk to a load of men we passed doing some road works. I learned later they were POWs. As this was near New Parson Cross I imagine they came from Potter's Hill Camp, High Green....which I see was a German POW camp. I could swear Mum said they were Italians!

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rover1949

I believe that Italian POWs built the concrete roads on the new estate.

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lysandernovo

Thanks for that confirmation!☺️

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