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Stukenduff Base Camp

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Stukenduff Base Camp was a Prisoner of War (PoW) camp, Camp 230, located on the eastern shore of the Gare Loch, roughly halfway between Rhu and Shandon.

There are no surviving remains of the camp, which has been lost beneath the construction of modern housing and the A814 lochside road, and lay between the road and the railway which follows a similar route further inland of the shore. The camp has been described as lying within the grounds of Ardgare House, however this has since been demolished, with no further information apparent.

The site was recorded on aerial photographs taken in 1946, showing an enclosure with some 60 huts, mostly Nissen type in appearance.

The local area is marked as Stukenduff on more detailed maps, and this name also appears on a local riding school located there. Older maps show Stuckenduff with Ardgare adjacent and to the north.

A local article about the camp, and also the Blairvadach Working Camp to the southg, notes that the prisoners at Stukenduff were "made up of professional class prisoners, mainly former businessmen — one was, I believe, the editor of a leading Berlin newspaper." It goes on to describe Christmas, when the prisoners carved toys out of driftwood gathered from the shore, played the part of Father Christmas, and sang in a choir.[1]

References

1 Shandon's POW Camps, Helensburgh Heritage

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