outside 45 Ganger Camp
Concrete dwellings at Ganger
Camp (Now 23 to 29 Woodley Close)
Sylvia, Bill and Carol Andrews
Sylvia, Gwen, Carol and Bill Andrews
Eileen Connell & daughter
Annette at Ganger Camp Woodley 1950's
Flo Luffman, Leslie Luffman and
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 (Now Woodley Close)
L/R:- Eileen Way, ??, Eli Way, John Way and Mrs
Way. (Names not confirmed)
Eli Way and
Eli Way, Mrs
Way and John Way
John Way and
Top end of second row at
Ganger Camp Woodley Romsey
Valda Reeves in the "Front
Row" of Ganger camp, Woodley Romsey
left with Mrs Woods in background.
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 (Right) at Ganger Camp, Woodley Romsey
"Front Row" huts
at Ganger Camp, Woodley Romsey in 1958
Kids at Ganger Camp Woodley Romsey on Coronation Day 1953
by a Mr Barr
Standing L/R:- ? Dittrich, Mike
Sellick, Don Dittrich, Horatio Nichols, Kath Levy, Carol
Levy, ? ?, 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 refuelled
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. Third from
right in photo is Brian Osman.
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"...
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.
We have some names of POW's who were at
Ganger Camp during and just after the war. They include Guerino Pipitone (Italian), and (Germans) Heinz Mucke, Gerhard Gebauer,
Ewald Korner, Wolfgang Stein, Paul Villbrandt, Heinze Reiss,
Hermann Mydeck, Elbin Ritzmann and Paul Ewald.
Paul Ewald married a Nellie Hayley at
Braishfield All Saints Church on February 18th 1950
Albin Ritzmann, Paul Ewald and
Gerhard (George) Gebauer book
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
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
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
This book can be bought from Amazon
either as a paperback @ £7.99 or as a Kindle e-book @ £5.41.
POW's at Ganger Camp in January
Letter sent to Brown Ave,
Evanston, Illinois USA in 1943 from Ganger Camp
Romsey Community School, Hampshire
People in story: Mr. Pipitone
Location of story: Africa/Glasgow/Romsey
Background to story:
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
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
by Mike Thomas
Hi Romsonians, Mike Thomas
here in the USA. I would like to ask anyone that has pictures and/or
information on LUZBOROUGH CAMP from the late 40's and early 50's
to send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am preparing to write a memoir and would like to add pictures and
to possibly jog my memories of those early days when I lived there.
Luzborough camp was located at the corner of Luzborough Lane and Botley
Rd, just south of Baddesley. Thank you in advance for your help, Regards
Only a few families lived at Luzborough Camp.
Some of the names I remember were as follows
Mrs Bell:- Vernon
Win Burnett:- Linda, Rosemary
Mrs Cleary:- Michael, Julie
Mr & Mrs Thomas:- David, Sid, Tony, Danny, Mike
Mr & Mrs Turner:- Don, Len, David
Muriel & Bert Young:- Mick, Peter
Recent view of the site
Aerial view in 1945