Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 2003.1.2
bone carving: handcarved & illustrated by German POW (probably off SMS Blucher) while in POW camp in the Scottish Borders, not far from the town of Hawick, during WW1.
The German battlecruiser SMS Blucher was sunk by the British during the battle of Dogger Bank on 24.1.1915. Germans rescued by the British from this vessel and others were transferred to Stobs POW camp in the Scottish Highlands (which had been established as a POW Camp c. October 1914). By 1916 there were approximately 5,000 German POWs at Stobs. They had various facilities including a library, and also published a newsletter 'STOBSIADE' ["News from Stobs"]
Further information on Stobs can be found on the internet at http://www.stobscamp.org/
24 January 1915
World War 1, 1914-18/wars
Battle of Dogger Bank
1 January 1915 to 31 December 1915
"S.M.S. / Blucher / Errinerung meiner Kriegsgefangenschaft / Stobs. 1915." (title)
- height : 98mm
(98mm x 62mm x 49mm (h x w x d))
- width : 62mm
- depth : 40mm
22 January 2003
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