George Kenner was a German born artist. Between May to September 1915 he was interned at Frith Hill. He was given a unique opportunity to create an accurate visual account of life in an internment camp.

The images below come from a collection of paintings and drawing held at Surrey Heath Museum. Click on any of the images to see a larger version.

Surrey History Centre also holds copies of two Surrey Heath Local History Club newsletters which contain articles about George Kenner (February 2009 J/561/17 and February 2014 J/561/27) and three postcards showing views of the camp:

  • PC/68/22 – Frimley, Frith Hill Camp, showing tents in the prisoners of war compound. Card postmarked 1917 and addressed to Mrs Lyle, 16 Glanville Road, Boscombe Park, Boscombe, Hants.
  • PC/68/22/1 – Frimley, German prisoners en route for Frith Hill (c.1915).
  • PC/68/23/1 – Frimley, German prisoners of war marching to Frith Hill Compound from Frimley Station (c.1917).

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Large View of 'Frith Hill' Internment Camp, 1915, George Kenner

Large View of ‘Frith Hill’ Internment Camp, 1915, George Kenner

One Response to Gallery of George Kenner’s Views of Frith Hill

  1. Dr Colin R Chapman says:

    Having undertaken research on many WW1 POW Camps in Britain, including Frith Hill, of which I have access to many photographs and some drawings by other artists, this fascinating collection adds considerably to detail of life at this camp during the Great War. George Kenner’s personal experiences at Frith Hill in 1915 are a unique treasure.

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