PRISONER OF WAR CONTROL CENTRE Q1, STANTHORPE
STANTHORPE, QLD
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WWII

 

Many Italian POWs were captured in North Africa in 1941 and were sent to POW Camps in Australia. By 1943 many of these were given the opportunity to work in rural areas to alleviate the shortage of agricultural workers. Prisoner of War Control Centres (PWCCs) were established with a small staff to manage and administer the POWs who were fed and housed at the farm where they were allocated.

Each PWCC had an office, a QM store, sleeping quarters for the army personnel and a lockup for troublesome POWs. Staff visited the POWs at the farms as required and any POW who played up would be returned to the main POW camp.

Prisoner of War Control Centre Q1, Stanthorpe was approved by 13 September 1943 with an initial allocation of 150 Italian POWs. Approved farm locations for the POWs were finalised by October 1943. By 1 August 1944, there were 198 prisoners managed by PWCC Q1, Stanthorpe.

A detachment of 2 POW Guard Company manned PWCC Q1, Stanthorpe and in May 1944 they became a detachment of the new 1 POW Control Company. That company was absorbed into Gaythorne POW Camp in November 1944.

Example of the movement of POWs to Stanthorpe - Two Italian ordinary rank POWs were moved from Gaythorne Internment Camp in Brisbane on Wednesday 12 April 1944 escorted by Corporal Lawrence Whitty (Q187483) of the 1st Australian Garrison Battalion. They left Gaythorne at 0640 hours and arrived at Roma Street Railway Station in Brisbane at approximately 0710 hours. Their train departed at 0740 hours. On arrival at Stanthorpe, Corporal Whitty handed over the two Italian POWs to the Officer Commanding Q1 PWCC at Stanthorpe, Captain R. Christ (possibly Ronald George Christ), and Whitty obtained a receipt from Captain Christ for their handover. Corporal Whitty carried the following documents:-

(i) Nominal Roll in triplicate, quoting P.W. numbers (2 copies also to be supplied to H.Q., Qld. L. of C. Area, and 1 copy to Qld. L. of C. Area Records Office.)

(ii) A.A. Form A.116 in respect if each P.W.

(iii) Language booklet for each P.W.

 

The following are details of 166 Italian POWs who were in the Stanthorpe area during May 1944:-

Prisoners of War and Internees Pay Sheet for May 1944 for Q-1 P.W.C.C. Stanthorpe
See NAA File Barcode 60168002, Series No. J2255, Control Symbol 2

Sergeants
48016 Del Bo, Riccardo 15/5
46195 Marino, Mario 15/5
46442 Palazzini, Fernando 15/5

Other Ranks
49748 Abbona, Angelo 10/9
49313 Abruzzese, Gaetano 10/9
49792 Alessie, A. 10/9
49304 Anelli, Antonio 10/9
49796 Araneo, Alfonso 10/9
57043 Arba Giuseppe 10/9
47860 Arena Francesco 10/9
49338 Baldini, Antonio 10/9
57054 Barbagallo, Sante 10/9
49332 Bartolotti, Enrico 10/9
49803 Bertocchi, Sergio 10/9
57074 Bitonti, Luigi 10/9
49339 Bonadio, Luigi 10/9
49327 Bonaduce, Vincenzo 10/9
49806 Bonafede, Ferdinando 10/9
49801 Botrugno Antonio, 10/9
45088 Brancatella, Ottavia 10/9 - escaped from Stanthorpe in 1946
49367 Cairone, Antonio 10/9
48928 Calvi, Mario 10/9
????? Cambise, Vincenzo 10/9
45288 Campanella, Giuseppe 10/9
49375 Capuano, Michele 10/9
49356 Casaburi, Antonio 10/9
45260 Caserta, Salvatore 10/9
45255 Cavalcante, Antonio 10/9
49391 Celico, Salvatore 10/9
57126 Ciccocioppo, Giovanni 10/9 - See Note 1 below
49357 Cicconi Berardino, 10/9
49815 Conforti, Antonio 10/9
45247 Conte, Natale 10/9
45145 Corgiolu, Attilio 10/9
49379 Cucinelli, Giuseppe 10/9
48476 Dagnino, Paolo 10/9
49830 Danzetti, Angelo 10/9
45586 De Blasi, Isidoro 10/9
45421 De Felicitis, Amerigo 10/9
45422 De Giacomo, Pasquale 10/9
57164 De Lazzaro, Raffaele 10/9
56119 De Pasquale, Giovanni 10/9
49428 Del Furia Italiano 10/9
49427 De Luca Mario 10/9
45466 De Marco, Michele 10/9
45425 Do Bello, D. 10/9
45523 Di Cresce, Vincenzo 10/9
49404 Di Croce, Isidoro 10/9
45441 Di Lucchio, Giuseppe 10/9
56125 Di Miscio, Angelo 10/9
45439 Di Pino, Giovanni 10/9
????? Domenici, F. 10/9
48501 Fantini Otello 10/9
45671 Felici, Sesto 10/9
57213 Ferrante, Francesco 10/9
49453 Ferrara, Alfonso 10/9
56179 Fiacco, Vincenzo 10/9
48503 Forlivesi, Attilio 10/9
49469 Franco, Salvatore 10/9
49467 Frungilo, Nicola 10/9
45825 Gallizzi, Vincenzo 10/9
49479 Gara, Severino 10/9
45782 Gardini, Luigi 10/9
49493 Geremia, Angelo 10/9
56210 Gesualdi, Luigi 10/9
49491 Giacomodonato, Benimino 10/9
45747 Giacoponello, Francesco 10/9
45756 Giliberti, Francesco 10/9
49848 Giovanetti, Edmondo 10/9
45844 Gironi, Guglielmo 10/9
45794 Giudici, Giovanni 10/9
49483 Guarnieri, E. 10/9
49490 Guidi, Luigi 10/9
57277 Iacobucci, Renato 10/9
45984 Landa, Antonio 10/9
45942 Larino, Giuseppe 10/9
57293 La Rosa, Cosimo 10/9
????? La Torre, F. 10/9
45940 Laudante, Crescenzo 10/9
49750 Lazzara, Giovanni 10/9
49651 Lento, Emilio 10/9
49652 Lento Eugenio 10/9
49653 Leone, Gaetano 10/9
49663 Liberto, Umberto 10/9
57304 Lifrieri, Francesco 10/9
49655 Lombardi, Luigi 10/9
49665 Lucrezio, Vito 10/9
46067 Macri, Francesco 10/9
49494 Maestri, Italo Redento 10/9
48199 Mancini, Mario 10/9
49874 Manzini Gino 10/9
46280 Marello, Rosario 10/9
49532 Marino, Raffaele 10/9
46176 Martinico, Salvatore 10/9
48215 Massano, Giovanni 10/9
48179 Massi, Giacomo 10/9
46151 Mauro, Giuseppe 10/9
49751 Mellusco, C. 10/9
57374 Mereu, Egidio 10/9
49875 Minicilli, Angelo 10/9
49542 Mobilia, Carmene 10/9
49632 Mocchetti, Delio 10/9
46107 Montanaro, Giuseppe 10/9
49544 Monte, Vito 10/9
46099 Monteleone, Antonio 10/9
49526 Montesi, Giuseppe 10/9
47606 Morani, Bruno 10/9
46248 Mossuto, Domenico 10/9
46194 Muto, Alfredo 10/9
49295 Nicastro, Esterino 10/9
48238 Nista, Toesllo 10/9
57405 Nuzzi, Carmelo 10/9
46407 Palascino, Angelo 10/9
46440 Panella, Michele 10/9
49597 Pantisano, Cataldo 10/9
49888 Paoletta, Vincenzo 10/9
49620 Parlapiano, Costanzo 10/9
49616 Parrinello, Antonio 10/9
48284 Parroni, Antonio 10/9
46401 Pedroni, Mario 10/9
46547 Peduto, Antonio 10/9
56313 Pelosin, Gino 10/9
46411 Persichilli, Michele 10/9
46450 Pes, Salvatore 10/9
57439 Petrera, Federico 10/9
49623 Petrocchi, Claudio 10/9
49626 Petruccioli, Giuseppe 10/9
57442 Pettolino, Antonio 10/9
49575 Pezzella, Giovanni 10/9
49614 Picone, Antonio 10/9
45439 Pino, Giovanni 10/9
49612 Pisacane, Rinaldo 10/9
49895 Polino, Carmine 10/9
49618 Ponticelli, Francesco 10/9
49607 Pozzuoli, Benedetto 10/9
49606 Pozzuoli, Pasquale 10/9
49574 Quintiliano, Patrizio 10/9
49679 Ramalli, Oresto 10/9
49690 Rea, Antonio 10/9
48634 Regolo, Gian Michele Ennio Giuseppe 10/9
46670 Roffo, Pasquale 10/9
46566 Rossi, Antonio 10/9
56347 Rosso, Giacomo 10/9
57479 Runci, Alfio 10/9
46593 Russo, Luigi 10/9
46685 Sabella, Vito 10/9
57485 Salerno, Mario 10/9
49916 Salvatori, Elio 10/9
49703 Scarpato, Antonio 10/9 - See Note 2 below
46681 Senatore, Domenico 10/9
57495 Serra, Emilio 10/9
49918 Sica, Francesco 10/9
48644 Sigolo, Loris 10/9
49923 Somma, Gennaro 10/9
49247 Sorvillo, Pietro 10/9
49934 Taverna, Emilio 10/9
46842 Tirozzi, Raffaele 10/9
48342 Valiante, Angelo 10/9
56455 Venditti, Domenico 10/9
47783 Ventre, Cosimo 10/9
49937 Villani, Raffaele 10/9
46938 Villar, Domenico 10/9
47779 Vircillo, Domenico 10/9
45077 Vuono, Francesco 10/9
46994 Zaffuto, Giuseppe 10/9
49951 Zerbio, Redente 10/9

 

Note 1:- Giovanni Ciccocioppo drowned in the Severn River on Sunday 12 November 1944. See the following replica of a newspaper article on his death:-

 

Warwick Daily News Wednesday 15 November 1944

Italian P.O.W.
Drowned in Severn
River

Giovanni Ciccocioppo (26), an Italian prisoner of war, was drowned in the Severn River at Ballandean on Sunday morning at a spot about 2 miles from the orchard on which he had been working under the P.O.W. farm labour scheme.

The Italian and a 14-year-old boy employed on the same orchard had gone to the river, which is more or less a series of large waterholes, for a swim.

The boy swam across the stream and on looking back noticed his companion's hand showing just above the water. He returned to the spot and dived a couple of times, but without contacting the body. He went to the farm, from where the Stanthorpe police were telephoned.

Three hours later the body was recovered by the police in about 7ft of water.

At the point where the Italian and the boy had entered the water is shallow, and to cross there it meant a swim of only about 15 feet in deep water. The police are of the opinion that the Italian was a poor swimmer and that he either panicked when he found himself out of his depth or was attacked by a cramp.

The body was conveyed to Stanthorpe, where the burial took place on Monday. The funeral was of a military nature.

 

See Note 2:- Former Italian POW Antonio Scarpato arrived on the liner "Napoli" to work for Mr. H. Nahrung a Stanthorpe orchardist in August 1949. See the following replica of a newspaper article on his return to Stanthorpe after the war:-

 

Maryborough Chronicle Wednesday 24 August 1949

Former POW
Comes Back
a Free Man

BRISBANE, August 23. - Seventy-seven migrants - 57 of them Italians - arrived on the liner, Napoli today. Among them was a former Italian war prisoner, Antonio Scarpato, who came back to work with Mr. H. Nahrung, Stanthorpe orchardist.

Scarpato, who said that he was captured near Benghazi, was sent to Australia in 1941, and went to work with Mr. Nahrung in 1943. He was sent back to Italy in 1946.

Mr. and Mrs. B. Frolo ...............

 

Q1 PWCC Stanthorpe was due to be disbanded by approximately 1 February 1946.

I have been unable to confirm the location of the Q1 PWCC office in Stanthorpe. There was an Army Drill Hall on the corer of Short Street and Connor Street in Stanthorpe. I guess it may be possible that they may have operated from this Drill Hall. Can anyone please confirm?

 

Does anyone know where PWCC Q1, Stanthorpe was located?

 

REFERENCES

"The Unit Guide" by Graham McKenzie-Smith

 

 

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