POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 13

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the revolver. We now had to retrace our steps right back through the town ARNOT

a mile or so, and placed in a factory. We were put in a large

room full of machinery with a crowd of French and native

troops. We English men and officers secured a corner and a

certain amount of straw. There was just room to lie down.

Presently in came the German Lt. who produced two bottles of wine.

We drank one between us. Later we were told we could go

down and feed with the French officers, who had been given a

room to themselves outside. Here we were given soup and bread

and then marched back to the big room. Of course on our

return we found that nearly all our straw had been stolen

But we also found another bottle of wine. The place was

evidently a wine factory. Sanitation there was none & the

smell was awful. However the night passed somehow. The

following morning we were marched to the station being

given coffee and black bread en route. The former was issued

out of a kind of barrel, a common cup doing service for all.

Of course as usual we came last, order of march being French

officers, French soldiers, British soldiers, British officers. This was

the last Free issue of food I received from the German Govt.

We now started our railway journey into the Fatherland. Our

escorts were really not very bad. We should however have had

nothing to eat during our two days in the train had it not

been for the French. We had it in our minds to try to escape

when near Holland, but no chance offered itself. We spent the

day and the night going through Belgium. We must have

passed an army corps going up to the front. Being constantly

halted to let the troop trains pass. Each stop was a

little hell. They hit at us with sticks clambered up to look in

and reviled us.

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the revolver. We now had to retrace our steps right back through the town ARNOT

a mile or so, and placed in a factory. We were put in a large

room full of machinery with a crowd of French and native

troops. We English men and officers secured a corner and a

certain amount of straw. There was just room to lie down.

Presently in came the German Lt. who produced two bottles of wine.

We drank one between us. Later we were told we could go

down and feed with the French officers, who had been given a

room to themselves outside. Here we were given soup and bread

and then marched back to the big room. Of course on our

return we found that nearly all our straw had been stolen

But we also found another bottle of wine. The place was

evidently a wine factory. Sanitation there was none & the

smell was awful. However the night passed somehow. The

following morning we were marched to the station being

given coffee and black bread en route. The former was issued

out of a kind of barrel, a common cup doing service for all.

Of course as usual we came last, order of march being French

officers, French soldiers, British soldiers, British officers. This was

the last Free issue of food I received from the German Govt.

We now started our railway journey into the Fatherland. Our

escorts were really not very bad. We should however have had

nothing to eat during our two days in the train had it not

been for the French. We had it in our minds to try to escape

when near Holland, but no chance offered itself. We spent the

day and the night going through Belgium. We must have

passed an army corps going up to the front. Being constantly

halted to let the troop trains pass. Each stop was a

little hell. They hit at us with sticks clambered up to look in

and reviled us.


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  • November 4, 2017 01:04:03 Thomas A. Lingner

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    the revolver. We now had to retrace our steps right back through the town ARNOT

    a mile or so, and placed in a factory. We were put in a large

    room full of machinery with a crowd of French and native

    troops. We English men and officers secured a corner and a

    certain amount of straw. There was just room to lie down.

    Presently in came the German Lt. who produced two bottles of wine.

    We drank one between us. Later we were told we could go

    down and feed with the French officers, who had been given a

    room to themselves outside. Here we were given soup and bread

    and then marched back to the big room. Of course on our

    return we found that nearly all our straw had been stolen

    But we also found another bottle of wine. The place was

    evidently a wine factory. Sanitation there was none & the

    smell was awful. However the night passed somehow. The

    following morning we were marched to the station being

    given coffee and black bread en route. The former was issued

    out of a kind of barrel, a common cup doing service for all.

    Of course as usual we came last, order of march being French

    officers, French soldiers, British soldiers, British officers. This was

    the last Free issue of food I received from the German Govt.

    We now started our railway journey into the Fatherland. Our

    escorts were really not very bad. We should however have had

    nothing to eat during our two days in the train had it not

    been for the French. We had it in our minds to try to escape

    when near Holland, but no chance offered itself. We spent the

    day and the night going through Belgium. We must have

    passed an army corps going up to the front. Being constantly

    halted to let the troop trains pass. Each stop was a

    little hell. They hit at us with sticks clambered up to look in

    and reviled us.

  • June 17, 2017 17:38:12 L G

                                                                                   5.

                                                    [insert] had to retrace our steps [/insert]

    the revolver. We were now marched right back through the town ^[insert] ARNOIT [/insert]

    a mile or so , and placed in a factory. We were placed put in a large

    room full of machinery with a large crowd of French and native

    troops. We English men and officers secured a corner and a

    certain amount of straw. There was just room to lie down.

    Presently in came the German Lt. who produced two bottles of wine.

    We drank one between us. Later we were told we could go

    down and feed with the French officers, who had been given a

    room to themselves outside. Here we were given soup and bread

    and then marched back to the big room, Of course on our

    return we found that nearly all our straw had been stolen

    But we also found another bottle of wine. The place was

    evidently a wine factory. Sanitation there was none & the

    muck was awful. However the night passed somehow. The

    following morning we were marched to the station being

    given coffee and black bread on en route. The former was issued

    out of a kind of barrel, a common cup doing service for all.

    Of course as usual we came last, order of march being French

    officers, French soldiers, British soldiers, British officers. This was

    the last Free issue of food I received from the German Govt.

    We now started our railway journey into the Fatherland. Our

    escourt were really not very bad. We should however have had

    nothing to eat during our two days in the train had it not

    been for the French. We had it in our minds to try to escape

    when near Holland, but no chance offered itself. We spent the

    day and night going through Belgium. We must have

    passed an army corps going up to the front. We were  Being constantly

    being halted to let the troop trains pass. Each stop was a

    little hell. They hit at us with sticks clambered up to look in

    and reviled us.


  • June 17, 2017 16:50:17 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                                   5.

                                                    [insert] had to retrace our steps [/insert]

    the revolver. We were now marched right back through the town ^[insert] ARNOIT [/insert]

    a mile or so , and placed in a factory. We were placed put in a large

    room full of machinery with a large crowd of French and native

    troops. We English men and officers secured a corner and a

    certain amount of straw. There was just room to lie down.

    Presently in same the German Lt. who produced two bottles of wine.

    We drank one between us. Later we were told we could go

    down and feed with the French officers, who had been given a

    room to themselves outside. Here we were given soup and bread

    and then marched back to the big room, Of course on our

    return we found that nearly all our straw had been stolen

    But we also found another bottle of wine. The place was

    evidently a wine factory. Sanitation there was none & the

    muck was awful. However the night passed somehow. The

    following morning we were marched to the station being

    given coffee and black bread  on en route. The former was issued

    out of a kind of band, a common cup dong service for all.

    Of course as usual we came last. order of march being French

    officers French soldiers, British soldiers, British officers. This was

    the last Free issue of food I received from the German Govt.

    We now started our railway journey into the Fatherland. Our

    escourt were really not very bad. We should however have had

    nothing to eat during our two days in the train had it not

    been for the French. We had it in our minds to try to escape

    when near Holland, but no chance offered itself. We  spent the

    day and night going through Belgium. We must have

    passed an army corps going up to the front. We were  Being constant 

    ly being halted to let the troop trains pass. Each stop was a

    little hell. They hit at us with sticks clambered up to look in

    and reviled us.



  • June 17, 2017 16:45:05 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                                   5.

                                                    [insert] had to retrace our steps [/insert]

    the revolver. We were now marched right back through the town ^[insert] ARNOIT [/insert]

    a mile or so , and placed in a factory. We were placed put in a large

    room full of machinery with a large crowd of French and native

    troops. We English men and officers secured a corner and a

    certain amount of straw. There was just room to lie down.

    Presently in same the German Lt. who produced two bottles of wine.

    We drank one between us. Later we were told we could go

    down and feed with the French officers, who had been given a

    room to themselves outside. Here we were given soup and bread

    and then marched back to the big room, Of course on our

    return we found that nearly all our straw had been stolen

    But we also found another bottle of wine. The place was

    evidently a wine factory. Sanitation there was none & the

    muck was awful. However the night passed somehow. The

    following morning we were marched to the station being

    given coffee and black bread on en route. The former was issued

    out of a kind of band, a common cup dong service for all.

    Of course as usual we came last. order of march being French

    officers French soldiers, British soldiers, British officers. This was

    the last Free issue of food I received from the German Govt.

    We now started our railway journey into the Fatherland. Our




  • June 17, 2017 16:43:22 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                                   5.

                                                    [insert] had to retrace our steps [/insert]

    the revolver. We were now marched right back through the town ^[insert] ARNOIT [/insert]

    a mile or so , and placed in a factory. We were placed put in a large

    room full of machinery with a large crowd of French and native

    troops. We English men and officers secured a corner and a

    certain amount of straw. There was just room to lie down.

    Presently in same the German Lt. who produced two bottles of wine.

    We drank one between us. Later we were told we could go

    down and feed with the French officers, who had been given a

    room to themselves outside. Here we were given soup and bread

    and then marched back to the big room, Of course on our

    return we found that nearly all our straw had been stolen

    But we also found another bottle of wine. The place was

    evidently a wine factory. Sanitation there was none & the

    muck was awful. However the night passed somehow. The

    following morning we were marched to the station being

    given coffee and black bread on en route. The former was issued

    out of a kind of band, a common cup dong service for all.

    Of course as usual we came last. order of march being French




  • June 17, 2017 16:38:39 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                                   5.

                                                    [insert] had to retrace our steps [/insert]

    the revolver. We were now marched right back through the town ^[insert] ARNOIT [/insert]

    a mile or so , and placed in a factory. We were placed put in a large

    room full of machinery with a large crowd of French and native

    troops. We English men and officers secured a corner and a

    certain amount of straw. There was just room to lie down.

    Presently in same the German Lt. who produced two bottles of wine.

    We drank one between us. Later we were told we could go


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