Did you have an ancestor interned on the Isle of Man in WW1?

The Centre for WW1 Internment at Knockaloe, home of its huge database of over 40,000 Civilians interned in the British Isles during WW1 and its wide ranging artefact collections and ephemera including letters, postcards and images from the Charity’s own extensive collection, together with those on loan or donated by descendants and other collections, opened its doors to the public this year.

Our Visitor Centre provides an introduction to the experiences of the civilian internees of WW1 and provides an introduction to visitors to Knockaloe as well a central point for families wanting to find out more. (Download flyer)

The database is the result of many, many years work and is continuously collating the stories of the 40,000 internees which we have listed, and their families. It is by bringing these stories together that we can help descendants to find out so much more.

The project is run by a Registered Charity set up by the Community of Patrick Village, site of the largest internment camp in WW1 where over 31,000 internees spent all or part of their time WW1, and allows the hidden history of these families to finally be told at the place where the vast majority of them lived behind the barbed wire of Knockaloe just over 100 years ago.

Please do help us by sharing your family’s story – email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our work is 100% voluntary and funded by the Trustees and the community, with no Government/Lottery funding and is run on commitment and enthusiasm to create a Centre and Database to collate and retell these stories of the men who lived in our village.

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