PoW Camp 63 Balhary Estate

The Camp has all but gone, except for the remains of the water tower and family memories and mementos


Balhary House, Alyth, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, PH11 8LT


Site Visits

August 2019


DSLR and Drone Photo
UK Foreign Office Inspection Report
Original Photos and Drawings

On viewing the site there is a single larger water tower left from the camp although the actual water tank is missing The Tower sits at the edge of a field close to Balhary house the field being used to grow wheat at the time of my visit. On calling at the house I met a lady from the family that owns the house which has been in their family for some time.

We talked about the camp and I was told that when the camp closed and the Italian PoWs had been repatriated all the removable buildings such as Nissen and Wooden huts were taken away. The remaining PreFab Huts survived until 20 to 30 years ago when the remaining buildings, bases and path were all removed except fr the shell of the old water tower.

I was then shown a series of sketches, photos not just of the PoWs but also camp entertainment leaflet and a  dummy invoice drawn up by the PoWs etc… I was also shown a number post war of family images that show the camp in the background. These documents, sketches and photos along with images of the PoW Camp area are including within this collection by kind permission of the Balhary Estate.

Camera Images of the site of former PoW Camp 63 Balhary Estate

Extracts from UK Foreign Office Inspection Report from UK National Archives Kew, and copies of photos, documents and drawings by permission of the current owners:

FO 939/144 PoW Camp 63 Balhary Estate – Inspection Report
Original Material