Isle of Man Released Stamps on Postal History

\"\"Isle of Man released a set of 8 stamps on 8th Aug.2011 to document the postal history of the Knockaloe Internment Camp on the Isle of Man. For the duration of the First World War there were two large camps on the Island: a requisitioned holiday camp in Douglas, holding some 3000 internees, and Knockaloe, a mile south of Peel, which was purpose-built using prefabricated huts and included its own railway link.

Almost 24,000 men classified as ‘enemy aliens’ were detained at Knockaloe with a military and civilian workforce of around 3,000 individuals looking after them. Many persons of note from the Manx community were employed, the most famous of whom was Archibald Knox, Manx-born artist and designer for Liberty & Co, London. From 1914 until 1918 he served at the camp as a mail censor. Another well-known figure was local politician Arthur Binns Crookhall MHK & MLC, a caterer and philanthropist who was awarded the contract to feed some 28,000 people every day for the duration of the war, initially at the Douglas camp and later Knockaloe. The camps closed at the end of the War, the buildings were sold and Knockaloe returned to farmland.

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