NO. 8 PRISONER OF WAR
FROM NO. 13 CAMP, VICTORIA
LOCATED AT KARRAKATTA ARMY BASE
NEAR CLAREMONT, PERTH, WA
|visits since 18 January 2002|
NOTE:- Some records have incorrectly referred to this camp as being Wembley POW Camp.
LOCATION - Karrakatta Army Base, Perth metropolitan area, near Claremont.
DATES - May 1942-November 1946
CAPACITY - 160 Italians, later numerous recaptured escapees after July 1946 and 13 German Merchant Seamen allowed to remain in WA as permanent residents (June-November 1946)
No OF COMPOUNDS - 1 General purpose POW compound, fully fenced with guard tower, lights and perimeter patrols
COMMANDANT - Capt Geoffrey Holgate-Browne, May 1942-July 1943
Later various officers posted as required
2IC/ADJUTANT - Lt Foster, May 1942-July 1943
MEDICAL OFFICER - Capt Ken Morrison, later 110 AGH Hollywood
GUARDS - No 8 POW Guard Platoon until July 1943, drawn from No 5 Garrison Battalion, strength 40 (all ranks) Later sent from No 16 camp as required
CAMP FUNCTIONS - Provide labour to Karrakatta and other army bases in WA
CURRENT STATUS - Area now adjacent to Karrakatta Army Base and part of Shenton Bush land Park. Only some artefacts remain, no structures or foundations and some outlines of a road network are identifiable.
I'd like to thank Ernie Polis for his kind assistance with information for this and many other pages about POW and Internment camps in Western Australia.
© Peter Dunn 2004
This page first produced 18 January 2002
This page last updated 11 April 2004