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TRICHINOPOLY POW CAMP, INDIA 6 years 4 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.”
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TRICHINOPOLY POW CAMP, INDIA 1 year 1 month ago #81453

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....The "Madras Mail" reports a serious disturbance at the Boer Prisoners' Camp at Trichinopoly on the 3rd inst.
....In the morning, the Camp Police, with the assistance of a Military Guard, had arrested an insubordinate prisoner, and later in the day an attack was made on a sentry of the Lincolnshire Regiment, who fired at his assailant, a man named Botha, said to be a near relative of the Transvaal Commandant. Botha was wounded, and died the next morning. A Sepoy sentry also fired twice into the crowd, mortally wounding two Boers.
....The friends of the prisoners who were killed declined a military funeral.
Hull Daily Mail, Monday 28th April 1902

(Press Association War Special.)
Bombay, Wednesday.......
....There is little excitement among the Boers at Colombo at the conclusion of peace, and they say that many months must elapse before they can return. The Boers at Trichinopoly give no outward signs of their feelings, but they are anxious to know the conditions upon which peace has been arrived at. They offer to pay their own passages to South Africa if they are allowed to return immediately. Their behaviour is quite orderly.
Aberdeen Journal, Thursday 5th June 1902
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