Royal Naval Brigade – WW1 Prisoner of War Photo Frame.
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A rare and unique WW1 Prisoner of War made Photo Frame for an officer in the Royal Naval Brigade. On 11th October 1914, 1,500 men of the First Royal Naval Brigade arrived in Groningen. They had been deployed in early October to assist the Belgian army against German troops attacking Antwerp. During their retreat in Belgium, their escape route was cut off. Commodore Wilfred Henderson was determined for his men not to be taken prisoner of war by the Germans, so he crossed the frontier into Holland with three of his batallions. On arrival in Holland, they were interned (in accordance with International Law), in Groningen, a city in northern Holland. Behind the present-day Mesdagkliniek (the former city jail) a complete encampment was erected on the parade ground of the Rabenhauptkazerne (the local military barracks, situated opposite this prison). The camp had many facilities for sports, housing, healthcare, security and relaxation. This camp quickly acquired the local nickname of “Engelse Kamp” (English Camp). The British themselves called the camp 'Timbertown' or 'HMS Timbertown'.
The frame is very well made and includes a period photo of an unamed Royal Navy officer and an image of a warship. Size of the frame is 8 inches x 12.5 inches. Great Piece.
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