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15th Aug, 2022

Appeal for recollections of the prisoner of war camp in Studley

AN appeal has been launched for recollections of an World War II prisoner of war camp in Studley.

The camp, at Holt Farm, housed both German and Italian prisoners during the war, and, says Mike Layton who is researching the story, many stayed on in Britain after hostilities ceased.

“I realise this is a generational issue and many of the people who were around at the time have passed away but there are still people about who either have recollections of the camp or knew of it,” said local author Mike Layton.

He said it was known many of the prisoners made goods like trinkets which were passed into the hands of local people.

“Initially it was Italian soldiers there and then later some Germans,” said Mike.

“They lived in the Nissen huts in there and after the war these were used as homes for 17 local families before they were knocked down in 1955.”

Mike is also appealing for information on the service of the Womens Auxiliary Air Force (WAAFS) during the Second World War.

“There were 17 airfields in Warwickshire, including one a big one at Beoley, and any memories people have of them I’d love to record them for future generations,” he said.

Mike can be contacted at

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