Pabo Hall, Pabo Lane, Llandudno Junction, LL31 9QG
UK Foreign Office Inspection Report
UK War Office Diary
I visited Pabo Hall during the 2019 / 2020 Christmas and New Year Holidays. The weather was exceptionally poor with high and gusting winds and showers. Having took the three images shown on this page I simply gave up with the intention of a return visit at some point in the future.
The Documentation held by the National Archives and thus far read by myself for this camp paint a very interesting picture that is at odd with most other camps. At various times, this camp and its hostels held both German and Italian PoWs both separately and at the same time.
The War Diaries indicate disciplinary problems in that one of the Hostels was set aside specifically for non-Cooperating PoWs as well as the provision being made for more secure accommodation at this and related camps. In addition, various escape attempts were made from this camp along with problems with the locals indicate low morale that reached such a point that one of the PoWs committed suicide.
My final observation is taken from the FO Camp List that gives the location for this camp not as Pabo Hall, but as, Bryn Estyn, Albert Drive , Llandudno Junction, Caernarvonshire. This implies that the camp moved a short distance before the final PoWs were released.
Camera Images of the site of former PoW Camp 119 Pabo Hall Camp
Extracts from UK Foreign Office Inspection Report from UK National Archives Kew:
FO 1120/183 PoW Camp List 20Feb47 – Inc Camp 119
WO 166-16295 PoW Camp 119 Pabo Hall War Office Diary
WO 166-17822 PoW Camp 119 Pabo Hall War Office Diary