By the end of WW2 there were around 400,000 prisoners of war in the UK and some of them were housed in this vicinity, in what was once camp 669 or West Ridge Camp. I haven’t been able to find out if it was behind the houses shown here or in the open space which now serves as a kind of village green. Hansard (the official record of Parliamentary business) shows a written answer from the Secretary of State for War to James Hudson, MP for Ealing West in December 1946, who had suggested the use of the “hutments” at West Ridge Camp for storage of War Department records. The correspondence indicates that prisoners of war were still occupying part of the site at the time although the rest was being used as temporary housing by the Department of Health.
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