Interned British soldiers in Groningen crafting picture frames from cigar boxes to sell to British companies

Interned British soldiers crafting in the English Camp, Groningen, The Netherlands.jpg

Description

A photograph taken in the English camp at Groningen during World War I. Members of the British navy are depicted crafting picture frames from cigar boxes.

Context

In 1914, over 1,500 members of the First Royal Naval ended up in Dutch territory and, in accordance with international law, were disarmed and detained by the Dutch government. The camp in which they were housed was located in Groningen, in the north of the Netherlands, and became known as the English camp. The British soldiers were allowed to play football and a number of them formed a cabaret group known as the Timbertown Follies, which toured their shows all across the Netherlands.