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Posted - 29 Mar 2011 :  21:39:01  Show Profile
Does anyone know where in Angmering German POW's and Internees were based from December 1917 ? Apparently they were doing agricultural or sdimilar work, even after the end of WWI, prior to repatiation. Instead of being in 'camp', they were in requisitioned large country houses ?

This information has been gained from The National Archives, Kew but where they were housed is a mystery.


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Posted - 18 May 2011 :  16:47:14  Show Profile
Sorry Tinklebelle, I have just noticed your posting. We were away on holiday at the time and must have missed it when we got back.

References to German POWs in Angmering during WW1 crop up occasionally but I don't think anyone has come up with an answer.

We do know that German prisoners were billeted in what is now Preston Hall in the Street, East Preston. At the time of WW1, it was still known as Preston Place. In those days the Angmering boundary extended over the railway line down to Worthing Road - just across the road from Preston Place. Quite probably the prisoners worked across the road at Preston Place Farm which was located in Angmering. We know that POWs there were extensively employed on local farms and nurseries. Some 160 POW's were returned to Germany in October 1919.

Preston Place Mill was on the north side of Worthing Road in Angmering and bolted to the roof of one of the farm buildings. There is more about the mill at

From memory, there is a photo or memorabilia of the German POW's at Preston Place in Rustington Museum.

There is also a photo of the POW's "fistball" team in Richard Standing's book "East Preston & Kingston - An Illustrated History"
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