PoW Camp 672 Fargo Camp

This former PoW site is now a compund with trees between the Fargo Dept and Larkhill called the Fargo Plantation

Location

Fargo Plantation, Larkhill, Hampshire

Description

Site Visits

September 2019

Material

DSLR Photos
UK Foreign Office Inspection Report

English Heritage place the PoW cap as within an area of the Larkhill Camp called Fargo that is now the primary ammunition dump for the Royal Artillery Larkhill Base. This site is next to a public road and within the terms of this project the site can be photographed from the public road without having to formally enter a military camp and this is what I did on Sunday the 30th of June 2019. However, on returning home on the 1st of July I found an email waiting for me from staff at Larkhill that I had been communicating with. They said that ye Ammo Dump at that that site pre-dated WWII thus it could not realistically be the PoW Camp. Rather they had identified the site halfway between the Fargo Amo Dump and the Larkhill base.

I revisited this site in September 2019 with the up-dated location information and approached the site via the Fargo Road instead of The Pack Way. The site of the camp is now basically and enclosure and woodland between the Fargo Ammunition compound and the main Lark Hill Barracks.

It was a long walk as there was a gate across the road and as such my images are just one side of the site and taken from outside a fenced enclosure in which the camp is located. In fact this site was simply too far for me to walk and ideally I would have used my drone, but the location next to military bases has a lock out that stopped me flying.


Camera Images of the site of former PoW Camp 672 Fargo Camp


Extracts from UK Foreign Office Inspection Report from UK National Archives Kew:

FO 1120/183 PoW Camp List 20Feb47 inc PoW Camp 672