thank you very much for your reply and the information about Brymore Camp at Cannington!
Sorry that I answer so late, but I have been in Normandy for three weeks to see Le Havre (where my father got a British POW on the 12th Sept. 1944) and the D-Day-places. Very interesting and very sad too!
Two days ago I got some informations from the IRC in Geneva about their visits in Camp No. 44, Goathurst: they estimated it as a very good camp!
One story from the visit on the 22nd October 1947 by Dr. G. Hoffmann:
"Escapes: One man was absent for five days on a "Volksfest" in Bridgwater, where he won 3 Pounds for beating the champion boxer in a match and was afterwards the popular hero of Bridgwater. Sentenced to 28 days detention."
The IRC mentions several camps "belonging" to Camp No. 44:
- Satellite Camp Wells (former Camp 107)
- Hostel Cannington
- Hostel Heathfield
- Hostel Ilton
- Hostel Wellington
- Hostel Houndstone
- and around 200 men as "billettees"
My father spent nearly three and a half year around Goathurst, so I decided to see this places next year!
It should be difficult to find out where they worked, on which farms, whether they were allowed to move free or under guard, etc.
I am still interested in informations!
Regards from Germany
and if it works: as attachment my father as POW! (the not so tall one one the right side)