trench art

Bone Items

POW carved bone trench art

Bone carving was the preserve of prisoners and internees, with Knockaloe being a particularly industrious site, so much so that, as food became scarcer in 1917, and large joints of meat containing the necessary bones for production could no longer be provided.  The financial impact was such that staff from Knockaloe went to Liverpool to meet a company that imported bones from Argentina to make bonemeal and bought two tons of bones to be shipped to Knockaloe so production could continue!

Bones illustrated here were made at camps at Lancaster, Stobs in Scotland and Knockaloe. . 

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