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Alan Roberts tells the story of Skipton POW Josef Kuppers and his repatriation: At first sight it may seem strange that prisoners of war were allowed to return home amidst the carnage of the First World War. On further consideration this was in fact an excellent idea from both the...

Alan Roberts tells the fascinating story of Marine Engineer Dietrich: Marine Engineer Dietrich and the Submarine War January 1918 There is great excitement in the air as a batch of German officers is to be paraded through the streets of the small market town of Skipton. The German officers themselves...

Alan Roberts will be sharing his research about some of the British staff who worked at Raikeswood Camp. His first article features Corporal John Burns of the Royal Defence Corps: The Craven Herald of 8 August 1919 gives a report on the victory celebrations that took place in Skipton the previous Saturday....

In this post Alan Roberts continues the fascinating story of the research into the German POWs held in Raikeswood Camp, Skipton in WWI. The first part of this article was intended to provide information about the various prisoners’ identities which were contained within Sachsse and Cossmann’s book, Kriegsgefangen in Skipton....

One of our team, Alan Roberts, has been researching the German prisoners and the British guards. This is the first instalment of his findings: Who exactly were the German prisoners (part 1)? This aspect of the project arose from a simple desire to find out more about not only the...

We are delighted to welcome poet and translator Ken Cockburn to our team of translators (https://kencockburn.co.uk/). Ken has begun to translate some of the many poems in the diary including two from Charlotte’s section about Christmas that we posted earlier in the week. Here is the section again, this time...

The German POWs spent Christmas 1918 in Skipton. One of our student interns, Charlotte Smith, has been translating the section of the diary in which an officer called Köstlin describes the celebrations in the camp: “Die Adventzeit eilt dahin. Eines Morgens wachst du auf – und Weihnacht ist da. Lieber...

The camp theatre provided an escape from the reality of everyday life for the POWs. One of our student interns, Emily Bagshaw, has been working on the translation of the section of the diary that describes the creation of the camp theatre in Skipton: “Im September vollbrachte unser neuer Vergnügungsdirektor...

There have been some exciting developments on the Skipton POW diary (Kriegsgefangen in Skipton) project over the last few months. We have just appointed three new student interns to help translate the next section of the diary: Emily Bagshaw (BA French and German), Hannah Williams (BA French and German) and...

While things have been quiet on the blog since our translation interns finished their work in April, the project has been busy in other ways: In June we hosted a visit day and workshop for participants in a project to rediscover the site of the camp.  The ‘In Search of...