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Ganger Camp stood where Woodley Close stands

POWs at Ganger Camp

One of the remaining huts Small water tower Tony Levy on his bike

Hut 45 Ganger Camp

Margaret Gwilt outside 45 Ganger Camp


Concrete dwellings at Ganger Camp Woodley Romsey

Concrete dwellings at Ganger Camp (Now 23 to 29 Woodley Close)


Sylvia, Bill and Carol Andrews



Sylvia, Gwen, Carol and Bill Andrews


Margaret Andrews 21st birthday party at Woodley Village  Hall 1956


Eileen Connell & daughter Annette at Ganger Camp

Eileen Connell & daughter Annette at Ganger Camp Woodley 1950's

Sadly passed away in Australia in 1990

Eileen was the daughter of Jess and Gwen White from Braishfield

 and sister to Sonner White


Flo Luffman, Leslie Luffman and daisy Pink


Win and Leslie Luffman


Wedding party at Ganger Camp

Nora Jolliffe, Mr Jolliffe, John Burnett, Win Burnett and Mrs Rawberry


Entrance to Ganger Camp, Braishfield Rd. 1957

Entrance to Ganger Camp, Braishfield Rd. 1957  (Now Woodley Close entrance)


L/R:- Eileen Way, ??, Eli Way, John Way and Mrs Way. (Names not confirmed)


Eli Way and John Way


Eli Way, Mrs Way and John Way


John Way and Eli Way


Top end of second row at Ganger Camp Woodley Romsey

Top end of second row at Ganger Camp Woodley Romsey


Valda Reeves at Ganger camp, Woodley Romsey

Valda Reeves in the "Front Row" of Ganger camp, Woodley Romsey

Kay Reeves left with Mrs Woods in background.


The Reeves family outside No. 42 Ganger Camp


Some Young Ladies At Ganger Camp, Woodley Romsey

Some Young Ladies At Ganger Camp, Woodley Romsey

Jenny Woods, Janice Gerrard, Beryl Woods, Jackie Woods, Susan Murphy and Sylvia Andrews


The Scivier family with John Osman at Ganger Camp, Woodley Romsey

The Scivier family with John Osman (Right) at Ganger Camp, Woodley Romsey


Huts at Ganger Camp, Woodley Romsey in 1953

"Front Row" huts at Ganger Camp, Woodley Romsey in 1958

Number 43 on right


Len Levy Mike Sellick Bridget Dittrich Don Dittrich Horatio Nichols Carol Levy Kath Levy Geoff Milsom Joe Dittrich Chris Levy Gwen Levy Kids at Ganger Camp Woodley Romsey on Coronation Day 1953

Kids at Ganger Camp Woodley Romsey on Coronation Day 1953

Photo taken by a Mr Barr


Standing L/R:- ? Dittrich, Mike Sellick, Don Dittrich, Horatio Nichols, Kath Levy, Carol Levy, Andrew Dittrich, Joe Dittrich and Chris Levy

Seated L/R:- Len Levy and Gwen Levy


United States Air Force drop by..

On Friday July 19th 1957 one of the largest helicopters in the world, a Vertol H21 from the United States Air Force, made a force landing in a field next to Ganger Camp (Woodley Close).

It spent nearly 21 hours grounded. The red and silver 22-seater twin rotor machine, came from Braintree in Essex. It had left its base with a crew of four to fly to Exeter. It refueled at Greenham Common, and took a different course to avoid bad weather. Visibility then got so poor that it made an emergency landing in Woodley, Romsey. No one got hurt. A nice gesture by the Americans was to let dozens of local children go on board to have a look around.


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Water Tower at entrance to Ganger Camp Woodley, by Braishfield RoadGanger Camp Memories

The first memories I have of the Woodley area were the huts of Ganger Camp, an ex P.O.W (site No 41) which was used as temporary housing by the local Romsey & Stockbridge Council. The Council converted the huts into living accommodation, building internal walls creating 3 bedrooms, kitchen diner and living room plus W.C.  Electric lighting was installed in each room. Only room absent was a bathroom. It is believed the first family  to have moved in was Mr & Mrs Gwilt followed by the Levy family. I moved into one of the huts in October 1948. Some of the huts were made of concrete panels and some with felt exteriors.

When I first lived in Ganger Camp (Dec 1948) there were still some ex P.O.W's living in some of the huts. They were mainly Italian and Polish. There was still a guard house on the site and a massive water tower at the entrance next to Braishfield Rd. The water tower was very often climbed by the children that lived their. In 1958 the Council started building proper brick house’s on the site, these gradually replaced all the huts and became Woodley Close. In one of the photos above the top half of Ganger Camp had been demolished. The black huts can be seen in the distance along side a smaller water tower. In the middle 60,s the Great Woodley estate was starting to be built with prices starting from £2,999. A shopping precinct was also built at Warren Gardens.

Hundreds of families lived at Ganger Camp.
Some of the names were as follows

Mr & Mrs Allen:- Ann          Bill & Leita Abernethy:- Leita,

Mrs Andrews:- No. 76, Margaret, Winifred, Sylvia, Mina, Gwen, Bill and Carol,

Mr & Mrs Baby:-,            Mr & Mrs Barr:-,           Mr & Mrs Brown,

John & Win Burnett:- Linda, Rosemary,         Cecil & Queen Callen: Pat, Dee, (later at Hunters Inn)

Mr & Mrs Chappell:- No 50,Linda, Derek, Trish, Ernie, Brenda, Peter, Terry, Maureen,

Mr & Mrs Dewar:- Valerie,        Geoff & Eileen Connell:- Annette, Linda, (Emigrated to Australia)

Mr & Mrs Cox:- Brian, Marion, Marina,

Mr & Mrs Dittrich:- No 46, Victor James (Mick), Bernard, Muriel, Joe, Andrew, Don, Debora, Bridget, Katherine,

Mr & Mrs Edwards:-,           Mr & Mrs Head:- Christopher, Garry,

Mrs P & Mr S Gerrard:- Brian, Jan, Anne Ashley, Jenny and Sally,

Harry & Joyce Gerrard:- Tony, Carol, Joan, Ron,

Norman & Sylvia Goodland:- Adrian, Robin, Bryony,           Les & Mrs Gwilt:- No 43, Margaret,

Mr & Mrs Jolliff:- Terry,           John and Emily Jones (No 62) 1957- Teddy, David, Martin and Molly,

Mr & Mrs Jones:- Tony,            Mr & Mrs Keel:-,             Mr & Mrs Legg:- Victor, Zedric,

Albert & Gladys Levy:- No 44, Brian, Jean, Carol, Len, Tony, Chris, Kath, Gwen,

Mr & Mrs Luffman:- Win, Leslie,              Derek & Lilian Maskell:- No. 81, Carol. Diane and Linda,

Joe & Mrs Middleton:- Geoff, Mike, Hazel, Maureen,           Mr & Mrs Miffin,

Les & Barbara Milsom:- David, Geoff, Alan, Gordon, Pat, Chris, Derek, Richard, Steven, Julie,

Mr & Mrs Murphy:- Chris, Susan,

Fred & Mrs Nichols:- Edgar, Horatio, Peggy, Christine, Charles (Bubbles), Susan,

Mr & Mrs Nut:- Colin, Iris,         Mr & Mrs Orham:-,             Mr & Mrs Osey No 42,

Nell Osman:- No 5 & No 43, John, Brian, Celia,             Mrs Ruby & Mr Peter Payn: Richard,

Sam & Stella Porter:- Sam, Frank, Jean, Pauline, Angela, Rosemary,

Doug & Kay Reeves:- No 42, Stuart, Denise, Angela, Antony, Valda,

Mr & Mrs (Olive) Rogers:-  Derrick, Pam, Jimmy, Linda. Jenny,            Mr & Mrs Scivier:- Terry, Pam,

Mr & Mrs Sellick:- Mike, Rosina, Angela,           Dennis & Mrs Smith:- Brian,

Mr & Mrs (Joan) Snowden:- No 72,           Mr & Mrs Starke:- Colin, Carol,

Bill & Pam Thornton:- Peter, Colin,       Sid & Mrs Tubb:- Peter,           Eli & Mrs Way:- Eileen, John,

Charlie & Violet Woods:- No 41, John, Charlie, Rosemary, Beryl, Garry, Steven, Geoff, Jackie,

Wally & Dorothy Wassell:- Barry,


Ganger Camp POW's During World War 2

Ex POW Mr  Guerino Pipitone (Pip)

Article From

Contributed by Romsey Community School, Hampshire
People in story: Mr. Pipitone
Location of story: Africa/Glasgow/Romsey
Background to story: Army
Article ID: A2821907
Contributed on: 09 July 2004

On the 17th May 2004 Jordan and Ian interviewed a man called Mr. Pipitone aged 88

Mr. Pipotone is Italian but he lived in Tunisia for most of his younger life when he was old enough he joined the Italian army serving under Mussolini he was sent to Libya and Ethiopia in Africa. Towards the end of the war his regiment was sent to South Africa for a few months until the British Ghurkhas caught him. He got sent to a prisoner of war camp. He said "the conditions were alright for a POW". He then told us "when my captain surrendered on behalf of our regiment he shot himself in shame, I however was glad to be caught as the conditions in the camps were good and we were safe".
Even though he was Italian he hated Mussolini and he was very pleased when Mussolini got publicly hung at the end of the war.
After a few weeks in the camp Mr. Pipitone was asked if he wanted to go to another camp but they weren't told where they were heading for. The journey took over a month, when they eventually arrived n Glasgow, Scotland in 1945.
From there he was sent to another camp just outside Glasgow. Then finally he was sent to Woodley, Romsey. He was sent to work at Ganger farm. He wanted go back home to Tunisia but the French wouldn't let him. So he stayed in England and met a girl and they later got married in Lockerley. They had four children, two boys and two girls. A car unfortunately hit and killed their eldest, aged 45.
Rationing was not a problem for Mr. Pipitone and he remembers things on the radio about Dunkirk and the D-Day landings.
He has recently been to Italy to see his brother and catch up on old times and listen to Elvis music.
In the war Mr. Pipitone never got shot or wounded.

© Copyright of content contributed to this Archive rests with the author.

Mr Pipitone sadly died on January 26th 2006


Albert Charles John Wiedemann

Albert CharlesJohn Wiedemann

Letter from Lewis Parvin


Hello there,
I was wondering if you have any information on my great grandfather who was
a POW at Ganger camp. Although I don't have much information about him
(which is why I'm asking you) I believe his name is Albert Charles John
Wiedemann. Pictures above
Thanks for your time,

POW Names

Some names of POW's who were at Ganger Camp during and just after the war
Paul Ewald* Gerhard Gebauer Gerhard Kievel Ewald Korner
  Heinz Mucke Michele Marchisio (Italy)  
Hermann Mydeck Guerino Pipitone (Italian) Heinze Reiss Elbin Ritzmann
Wolfgang Stein Rheinhard (Ricky) Tiroke Paul Villbrandt Albert Weidemann
*Paul Ewald married a Nellie Hayley at Braishfield All Saints Church on February 18th 1950


Albin Ritzmann, Paul Ewald and Gerhard (George) Gebauer book

Gerhard Gebauer went on to be a Church of England priest. He has a book out called "Hitler Youth to Church of England Priest".

Book Review by Mike Tanner

This remarkable autobiography, written in the 70th anniversary year of his capture shortly after D-Day in World War II, is a valuable piece of social history, which would have been lost if it had not been recorded.

It covers his early years in East Berlin under the Hitler Regime; indoctrination into the Hitler Youth; conscription into the German Army; resulting in his capture by the Americans at the age of 18½.

His time as a Prisoner of War continues from immediately post capture; travelling through England; the transatlantic crossing to New York; is followed by his journey to the western seaboard of the USA. His life and treatment in the three POW camps in the U.S.A. are described.

His repatriation back to England to a POW Camp in Romsey follows, when the integration process into the British way of life began.

The book then continues with his marriage to the daughter of the Farmer, who owned a smallholding; his exploits of becoming a Farmer; his Discharge from being a POW; and how he became a British Subject.  The final Chapters conclude with his calling to the priesthood and his training in Salisbury prior to his Ordination into the Church of England in 1973.  It closes with an Epilogue listing his Appointments as a clergyman.   This autobiography gives a fascinating insight into George’s long life.  

Mike Tanner  

This book can be bought from  Amazon either as a paperback @ £7.99 or as a Kindle e-book @ £5.41.

Other Letters

Letter from Barry Marchisio


My dad's name was Michele Marchisio.  He was a member of the Italian Navy and was stationed at the Italian Navy Base in Massawa, Ethiopia.  He was taken prisoner in early 1941 in Massawa and arrived at Ganger Camp later in 1941.  He was there until he was repatriated to Italy at the end of the war.  After the Italians vacated Ganger Camp, I am given to understand that the camp was repopulated with German POWs.  I don't believe the Germans were repatriated to their country as quickly as the Italians after the war... He told me a few great stories about his time at "Campo 41"...

 While there he met my mother who lived in Southampton. He worked at Forest Farm (I believe) for a family named Browning.  He was also used as an interpreter and worked for a British interpreter officer named Higgins.  My father returned to the Browning farm after being repatriated to Italy...the Brownings helped him get a visitor visa to America and after settling in America my mother joined him.  They eventually settled in California.  In about 1955 I remember getting a visit in California from Mr. Higgins who my parents had stayed in contact with.

More Photos

Two German POW's outside Pearces Bakery in the Hundred Romsey 1947

POW's Ganger Camp

POW's at Ganger Camp in January 1947


Letter sent to Brown Ave, Evanston, Illinois USA in 1943 from Ganger Camp


Paper money used in Camp 41 Ganger Camp

(Rod Briggs photos)