POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 10

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our march was well over 20 Kilometres, which as I had had

the sole of my boot ripped off by a bullet on the 20th. I accomplished with

one foot on the ground. We were joined by a large party

of French prisoners. All the English in our party I may state

were wounded. We fell in at the tail of the column with

the strongest part of the escourt. It was a trying march. 

Some French women tried to give us fruit, apples etc. But

most of them were beaten off. by the butts of the escorts' rifles.

Some of the persistent ones however did succeed in their aims.

At night we reached our destination a small town at

rail head. The only real incident, was a german general

who stopped his car, dismounted and hurled a torrent

of abuse at our English heads!

At this town probably MARLE we were treated as officers. I put this in

because it was an exception, which I came across, but

few times during my captivity. We were taken to a

small Inn were we were privileged to order a supper

and pay for it. And we 3 English and 2 French officers,

were placed in a small room where there were 3 beds 

I was dead tired and it was the first time for a week since I had had

my clothes off, I slept like a log. Next morning

we had a continental breakfast, for which we paid. 

and were set en route for the railway station, being

joined by several French doctors. We were put in a

III class carriage. I forgot to mention one example of

German Culture on the march, namely that the escorts

made our wounded men carry their marching order

kit. I will say, that generally at the end of the march

they gave the men tobacco for doing the job.

Whilst waiting in this station we were visited by several

German officers. One gave me tobacco, the first smoke



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our march was well over 20 Kilometres, which as I had had

the sole of my boot ripped off by a bullet on the 20th. I accomplished with

one foot on the ground. We were joined by a large party

of French prisoners. All the English in our party I may state

were wounded. We fell in at the tail of the column with

the strongest part of the escourt. It was a trying march. 

Some French women tried to give us fruit, apples etc. But

most of them were beaten off. by the butts of the escorts' rifles.

Some of the persistent ones however did succeed in their aims.

At night we reached our destination a small town at

rail head. The only real incident, was a german general

who stopped his car, dismounted and hurled a torrent

of abuse at our English heads!

At this town probably MARLE we were treated as officers. I put this in

because it was an exception, which I came across, but

few times during my captivity. We were taken to a

small Inn were we were privileged to order a supper

and pay for it. And we 3 English and 2 French officers,

were placed in a small room where there were 3 beds 

I was dead tired and it was the first time for a week since I had had

my clothes off, I slept like a log. Next morning

we had a continental breakfast, for which we paid. 

and were set en route for the railway station, being

joined by several French doctors. We were put in a

III class carriage. I forgot to mention one example of

German Culture on the march, namely that the escorts

made our wounded men carry their marching order

kit. I will say, that generally at the end of the march

they gave the men tobacco for doing the job.

Whilst waiting in this station we were visited by several

German officers. One gave me tobacco, the first smoke




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  • November 4, 2017 00:47:51 Thomas A. Lingner

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    our march was well over 20 Kilometres, which as I had had

    the sole of my boot ripped off by a bullet on the 20th. I accomplished with

    one foot on the ground. We were joined by a large party

    of French prisoners. All the English in our party I may state

    were wounded. We fell in at the tail of the column with

    the strongest part of the escourt. It was a trying march. 

    Some French women tried to give us fruit, apples etc. But

    most of them were beaten off. by the butts of the escorts' rifles.

    Some of the persistent ones however did succeed in their aims.

    At night we reached our destination a small town at

    rail head. The only real incident, was a german general

    who stopped his car, dismounted and hurled a torrent

    of abuse at our English heads!

    At this town probably MARLE we were treated as officers. I put this in

    because it was an exception, which I came across, but

    few times during my captivity. We were taken to a

    small Inn were we were privileged to order a supper

    and pay for it. And we 3 English and 2 French officers,

    were placed in a small room where there were 3 beds 

    I was dead tired and it was the first time for a week since I had had

    my clothes off, I slept like a log. Next morning

    we had a continental breakfast, for which we paid. 

    and were set en route for the railway station, being

    joined by several French doctors. We were put in a

    III class carriage. I forgot to mention one example of

    German Culture on the march, namely that the escorts

    made our wounded men carry their marching order

    kit. I will say, that generally at the end of the march

    they gave the men tobacco for doing the job.

    Whilst waiting in this station we were visited by several

    German officers. One gave me tobacco, the first smoke



  • June 16, 2017 22:42:12 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                         3

    our march was well over 20 Kilometres, which as I had had

    the sole of my boot ripped off [insert] ^ by a bullet [/insert] on the 20th.. I accomplished with

    one foot on the ground. We were joined by a large party

    of French prisoners. All the English in our party I may state

    were wounded. We marched  fell in at the bail of the column with

    the strongest part of the escourt. It was a trying march. 

    Some French women tried to give us fruit, apples etc. But

    most [insert] of them [/insert] were beaten off. by the butts of the escourts rifles.

    Some of the persistent one however did succeed in their aims.

    At night we reached our destination a small town at

    rail head. The only real incident, was a german general

    who stopped his car, dismounted and hurled a torrent

    of abuse at our English heads!

    At this town [insert] probably MARLE [/insert] we were treated as officers. I put this in

    because it was an exception, which I came across, but

    few times during my captivity. We were taken to a

    small Inn were we were privaledged to order a supper

    and pay for it. And we 3 English and 2 French officers,

    were placed in a small room where there were 3 beds 

    I was dead tired and it was the first time [insert] for a week see since [/insert] I had had

    my clothes off, but [insert] and [/insert] I slept like a log. Next morning

    we had a continental breakfast, for which we paid. 

    and were set on [insert] en [/insert] route for the railway station, being

    joined by several French doctors. We were put in a

    III class carriage. I forgot to mention one example of

    German Culture , on the march, namely that the escourts

    made our wounded men carry their marching order

    kit. I will say, that generally at the end of the march

    they gave the men tobacco for doing the job.

    Whilst waiting in this station we were visited by several

    German officers- One gave me tobacco, the first smoke




  • June 16, 2017 22:39:03 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                         3

    our march was well over 20 Kilometres, which as I had had

    the sole of my boot ripped off [insert] ^ by a bullet [/insert] on the 20th.. I accomplished with

    one foot on the ground. We were joined by a large party

    of French prisoners. All the English in our party I may state

    were wounded. We marched  fell in at the bail of the column with

    the strongest part of the escourt. It was a trying march. 

    Some French women tried to give us fruit, apples etc. But

    most [insert] of them [/insert] were beaten off. by the butts of the escourts rifles.

    Some of the persistent one however did succeed in their aims.

    At night we reached our destination a small town at

    rail head. The only real incident, was a german general

    who stopped his car, dismounted and hurled a torrent

    of abuse at our English heads!

    At this town [insert] probably MARLE [/insert] we were treated as officers. I put this in

    because it was an exception, which I came across, but

    few times during my captivity. We were taken to a

    small Inn were we were privaledged to order a supper

    and pay for it. And we 3 English and 2 French officers,

    were placed in a small room where there were 3 beds 

    I was dead tired and it was the first time [insert] for a week see since [/insert] I had had

    my clothes off, but [insert] and [/insert] I slept like a log. Next morning

    we had a continental breakfast, for which we paid. 

    and were set on [insert] en [/insert] route for the railway station, being

    joined by several French doctors. We were put in a

    III class carriage. I forgot to mention one example of

    German Culture



  • June 16, 2017 22:33:22 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                         3

    our march was well over 20 Kilometres, which as I had had

    the sole of my boot ripped off [insert] ^ by a bullet [/insert] on the 20th.. I accomplished with

    one foot on the ground. We were joined by a large party

    of French prisoners. All the English in our party I may state

    were wounded. We marched  fell in at the bail of the column with

    the strongest part of the escourt. It was a trying march. 

    Some French women tried to give us fruit, apples etc. But

    most [insert] of them [/insert] were beaten off. by the butts of the escourts rifles.

    Some of the persistent one however did succeed in their aims.

    At night we reached our destination a small town at

    rail head. The only real incident, was a german general

    who stopped his car, dismounted and hurled a torrent

    of abuse at our English heads!

    At this town [insert] probably MARLE [/insert] we were treated as officers. I put this in

    because it was an exception, which I came across, but

    few times during my captivity. We were taken to a



  • June 16, 2017 22:30:06 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                         3

    our march was well over 20 Kilometres, which as I had had

    the sole of my boot ripped off [insert] ^ by a bullet [/insert] on the 20th.. I accomplished with

    one foot on the ground. We were joined by a large party

    of French prisoners. All the English in our party I may state

    were wounded. We marched  fell in at the bail of the column with

    the strongest part of the escourt. It was a trying march. 

    Some French women tried to give us fruit, apples etc. But

    most [insert] of them [/insert] were beaten off. by the butts of the escourts rifles.

    Some of the persistent one however did succeed in their aims.


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