Marathon & District Historical Society and Museum

Town of Marathon

Camp 100 (Camp W) Neys Opened January 13, 1941 and closed on June 13, 1942 and all the German prisoners transferred to Ozada, B.C. Then reopened as a Hostel for Japanese-Canadians from B.C.

242 Officers and 200 other ranks arrived from the UK January 31, 1941

134 other ranks transferred to Espanola (Camp 21) March 17, 1941. The other ranks remaing at Neys were employed as orderlies, batman, cooks, etc. to the officers.

Approximately 650 civilian internees arrived from Monteith on Nov 26, 1941

There were other "Camps" in the area, Camps 70, 77, 72, 73, 76B, 93, 95 and others all in the vicinity of the Littel Pic River.

There were two school houses in Camp 72 "Forestview" Schools .They  became School Section #1 Pic River Concession of Ontario.

Prisoners of War at Neys worked for The General Timber Company on the Big Pic River during WW II.

Japanese - Canadians worked for Pigeon Timber on the Little Pic River during their Interment at Neys

Neys was the largest of the `Hostels`or dispersal sites. Angler was opened in 1946 to receive the overflow from Neys.Up to 700 Japanese-Canadian were held at Angler. A much larger number were at Neys.

The Neys Hostel school opened on September 23, 1946, with 135 pupils in the eight grades.

 Angler POW site was a Ontario Highway Construction Camp, No. 12. In July 1931 the Government of Ontario announced a plan to provide work for the unemployed. Angler was one of those camps. In July of 1940 orders were given to construct 2 new camps, one at Neys and one at Angler. Both were designed to have a capacity of 600 prisoners.