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TRICHINOPOLY POW CAMP, INDIA 5 years 3 months ago #49289

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Initially the camp only housed 500 POWs but was later enlarged to house a further 480 men in a camp of some 550 x 300 yards. The camp was officially closed on 10 September 1902. The 437 irreconcilables who were not prepared to sign the oath of allegiance were sent to the camp at Bellary. The last group of POWs, however only left the camp in October 1902.

On 20 October 1902 the POWs handed the following address to Major Ivatt:
On your leaving for Secunderabad, allow us, remaining prisoners of war to herewith express our thanks to you as our Officer in Command for the courtesy and just treatment shown to us as well as for your liberal support in encouraging us to pass our long banishment in a useful way. Wishing you in the future all happiness and prosperity.”
Source: Elria Wessels
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