Prisoners of War in Crich

Derbyshire Courier
24 May 1919
CRICH, LEA & HOLLOWAY
The German prisoners of War who have been recently housed at the old Malt House, Bull Bridge, left their quarters on Tuesday, after having been in the parish for nearly a year. They ceased to work for the Butterley Corporation last week-end, and on Monday visited the graves of their three comrades who were interred at the parish churchyard last December.

Otto Gehrhardt aged 23; Franj Kaminski aged 28; Franz Koyub aged 31 were interred at St Mary's churchyard. Their remains were returned to Germany after the war.

Derbyshire Courier
27 July 1918
A company of 50 German prisoners arrived at Ambergate on Monday, en route for the camp at Crich. A good number of sightseers were assembled at the station and on the road to the camp. The prisoners who had previously been working at Brocton, differed widely in age some having quite a boyish appearance whilst others appear to be past the British military age. Since their arrival on Monday crowds of people have visited the camp grounds.

Derbyshire Courier
7 December 1918
One of the German prisoners at the Victoria House camp, Crich, died on Wednesday from pneumonia. The deceased, Lance-Cpl Otto Gerhardt, was about 19 years of age

Derbyshire Courier
14 December 1918
Crich Lea & Holloway
There was a large crowd at the Parish Churchyard, Crich, on Monday when two more German prisoners who had died at the Victoria House Camp were interred. Twelve of their comrades accompanied the cortege to the churchyard, and acted as bearers. The service was conducted by the Rev C E B Deacon, of Alderwasley. The coffins were of elm, and bore the following inscriptions: – "Lance Corporal Franz, Kamanski, 4th German Grenadiers, died December 6 aged 28"; and "Private Franz Koyub , 51st German Regiment, died December 7 age 29." At the conclusion of the service the deceased soldiers’, comrades each caste a sprinkling of earth on the coffins and uttered a farewell sentence before lining up under the armed escort. The prisoner who died last Wednesday week was interred at the parish churchyard last Friday. Pneumonia in each case was the result of death.

Derbyshire Courier
18 January 1919
During the week ten or eleven of the guards from the War Prisoners Camp at Victoria House have left Crich for duties elsewhere.

Derbyshire Courier
1 March 1919
The German prisoners of war have removed this week from Victoria House, Crich, to the old malt House, Bull Bridge. The latter place has been used during the war for the purpose of cleaning khaki suits. The Germas have been in occupation of Victoria House for about four months.

Derbyshire Courier
8 March 1919
Last weekend over each of the graves of the three German prisoners of war who died at the Victoria House Camp, a cross was erected. These have been made by Mr Norman Smith, of Messrs. Smith and Son, who was himself a prisoner of war in Germany for a long period. The names on the crosses are Lance Cpl Otto Gerhardt, 23, Lance Corp Franz Kamanski, 28, and Private Franz Koyub, 29. The three prisoners died during the first week in December and were victims of influenza.