PoW Camp 16 Deer Park

The Site of PoW Camps 1013, 1024 and 16 are now part of an empty field on the edge of modern-day Dalkeith Country Park. The site is bounded by the South Esk River and is now part of a Farm


Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith, Edinburgh, Scotland EH22 1ST

Site Visits

August 2019


DSLR and Drone Photos
UK Foreign Office Inspection Report

The reported location of the PoW within the grounds of Dalkeith Country Park is to be found to the North of the Park and just outside the grounds. This reported site location now being a field used to graze cattle and bounded by a river.

In reading FO 939/101 it appears that the camp may have moved its HQ moved from Deer Park to Gosford sometime around early to mid-1947. Or at that point Gosford became a Hostel Satellite Camp to Deer Park. Regardless it appears that there were strong links between Deer Park, Gosford and Amisfield with influence and PoW Numbers and services being passed on from one camp to the others with Amisfield being the 1st to close as a main camp. In addition, this camp was also numbered as Camps 1013 and 1024. Furthermore, it is possible that there was more than one camp at this site.

Camera and Drone Images of the site of former PoW Camp 16 / 1013 / 1024 Deer Park

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

FO 939-100 PoW Camp 16 Gosford & Deer Park – Inspection Reports inc Camp Move
FO 1120/183 PoW Camp List 20Feb47 – inc Amendment of camp name and location from Gosford to Deer Park for Camp 16 on Page 1 and Page 40 as Camp 1013, and Page 41 as Camp 1024