November, a South African Roman Catholic priest, Father Schmidt, arrives voluntarily at the camp and decides to remain with
the internees for the duration of the war.
Deadline for the German ultimatum comes and goes.
Mass arrests of British civilians
in Germany begins. By late afternoon, hundreds have already arrived at Ruhleben. Eleven stables in the
course, each containing 27 horse boxes, are officially designated as "Barracks", and prisoners are housed within them.
Those that cannot find room in the boxes are placed into the haylofts, and the Tea House also becomes designated as a Barrack.
The race course's grandstand also temporarily houses some prisoners.
First Barracks Captains meeting held.
Creation of civilian police force within Ruhleben.
J. H. Platford opens a library in Barrack 1, with 83 books available to
borrow, supplied by the United States ambassador.
Shoemaker opens for business in Barrack 4.
Two open air Protestant church services are held in the grandstand, packed
Final of the first football competition is held in the camp at 1.45pm,
between Oldham (Public Schools XI) and Tottenham (Scratch XI). A notice asks supporters to "PLEASE (in your own interest) keep
All newspapers are banned from the camp.
First Barracks receive heating. It takes a week for the rest to be completed.
The prisoners are ordered by the Germans to undergo daily marches around
the race track for exercise.
Snow in the camp.
First inmate dies in the camp, a donkeyman from the S. S. Sapper.
Hard frost in the camp with a "biting east wind".
Two open air Protestant church services are held in the grandstand.
Berlin Cocoa men make a delivery to the camp.
Funeral of the S. S. Sapper crewman who died on the previous Saturday.
The playing of football in the camp is forbidden.
The playing of all ball games in the camp is forbidden.
The "Skilly Riot" happens, when many merchant seamen spontaneously refuse
to eat the gruel with which they are being chronically underfed. It is soon broken up, but the net result is that the contractor
supplying the food is removed a few months later.
Arrival of 240 new prisoners.
The Reverend H. M. Williams, the Anglican chaplain in Berlin, comes to
the camp to carry out a service. (He will return once a fortnight for most of the duration of the camp.)
The construction of two new barracks buildings gets underway.