Hi, I have a tank made from blocks of wood, my father told me it was made by a prisoner of war at Island farm, but underneath the tank it says “made in Blaengarw 1943”, I’m unable to ask him if it was definitely made by a prisoner as he passed away in the 80’s , any help or info would be really appreciated
I remember being told that Island Farm was deemed to good for the poor old cannon fodder so it was only very senior officers were later held there. My grandfather said that he was in Newbridge Fields one day and was speaking to a German Officer who was out on his daily parole, and this officer was one of those who later escaped. Whether any of the prisoners were ever allowed to travel as far as Blaengarw I don't know. On the Isle of Wight is a long fence built by Italian POWs who topped the posts off with miniature army helmets, so perhaps prisoners from Island Farm were at some time used for work in the Bridgend area.
Hello Garhel, Would it be possible to send me some photographs of the 'tank'? My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org The G.V.H.S. will be having an event on June 23rd at the Halfway club, Pontycymmer and I should like to show the pictures to the visitors, it might just 'ring a bell' with someone? Regards Gerald Jarvis.