Above ground remains

A small number of above ground remains survive at Knockaloe and should be noted here. The most significant are the farm cottages located on the northern side of the farm driveway. These buildings were used for meat storage and processing within the camp. Following the war they were converted to domestic dwellings but still retain some of their original ventilation panels.   


Also along the driveway are the remains of some of the concrete rafts on which the huts were positioned. These rafts have been broken up and used to construct the walls along the driveway.


Wall along main driveway at Knockaloe. Constructed of concrete rafts from the camp. © KA


The farm buildings were all also in situ doing the life of the camp and remain in the same format today. Adjacent to the main farmhouse is what is believed to be the engine shed for the steam train which brought supplies into the camp. The train line, which was removed at the end of the war, was a purpose built extension to enable the delivery of supplies. The line ran into the camp following what is now the farms driveway. The engine shed is also the location of a memorial plaque to commemorate the internees, which was erected by the Anglo German Family History Society in 1998.   

Engine shed, Knockaloe. © KA


To the rear of the camp beyond field number 334930 the remains of the waste pipe from the camp which can be seen running down the cliff and into the sea.


Finally, an image of the three legs of man can be seen on the slope of field number 334933. It is claimed that this was first created by the internees, although there does not seem to be any evidence to confirm this. The symbol is created by using fertiliser to produce a darker coloured grass and the outline has traditionally been painted in white. This symbol was maintained by the farm staff at Knockaloe to preserve the feature in respect for the internees.