POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 17

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                                                                 6.

Each troop train was decorated with branches of trees. The

engines and carriages were labelled in chalk "Nach London" or

"Nach Paris."

We travelled in a 3rd.. class carriage, & in doing so were lucky, as many

prisoners had only cattle trucks. All the night we spent slumbring

about Belgium stations, & Calculating on our rate of progress we

thought next night would see us near Holland. We proposed to

attack the guard and bolt. Next day however unfortunately our speed rate of

progress was much quicker; and we soon crossed the German

frontier & reached Cologne. The only bit of food I received , was

a piece of raw bacon presented to me by the escourt. At

Cologne the Red Cross people were busy with soup etc. But when

the guard asked for some, for us, it was "not for the English"

& the response "but they are wounded"- did not soften the hearts

of these amazons. The French officers (and they were unwounded)

were at once fed. In the end we ^[insert] did [/insert] get some soup, which was

first spat in, also wounds were dressed, by whose good graces

I do not know.  X [insert] Certainly not the red cross [/insert] During the night, when on our journey again,

the guard brought us a glass of beer a head at some wayside

station. Either they were ashamed of our treatment at Cologne

or it was a mistake. But in any case we got the beer.

Mid-day found us at Padeborn where we were separated from

the men. Here we were allowed to go to the restaurant & buy

ourselves lunch. We also travaelled  from  Hhere to Halle in

a IInd class carriage. I think the Railway Staff Officer here

must have been somewhat more of a white man. Of the journey

to Halle I have little memory. Previously one could not even

stretch one's legs. Sleep had been out of the question. Now

tired nature asserted herself.

On the 27th.. Sept we arrived at Halle. A short month before

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                                                                 6.

Each troop train was decorated with branches of trees. The

engines and carriages were labelled in chalk "Nach London" or

"Nach Paris."

We travelled in a 3rd.. class carriage, & in doing so were lucky, as many

prisoners had only cattle trucks. All the night we spent slumbring

about Belgium stations, & Calculating on our rate of progress we

thought next night would see us near Holland. We proposed to

attack the guard and bolt. Next day however unfortunately our speed rate of

progress was much quicker; and we soon crossed the German

frontier & reached Cologne. The only bit of food I received , was

a piece of raw bacon presented to me by the escourt. At

Cologne the Red Cross people were busy with soup etc. But when

the guard asked for some, for us, it was "not for the English"

& the response "but they are wounded"- did not soften the hearts

of these amazons. The French officers (and they were unwounded)

were at once fed. In the end we ^[insert] did [/insert] get some soup, which was

first spat in, also wounds were dressed, by whose good graces

I do not know.  X [insert] Certainly not the red cross [/insert] During the night, when on our journey again,

the guard brought us a glass of beer a head at some wayside

station. Either they were ashamed of our treatment at Cologne

or it was a mistake. But in any case we got the beer.

Mid-day found us at Padeborn where we were separated from

the men. Here we were allowed to go to the restaurant & buy

ourselves lunch. We also travaelled  from  Hhere to Halle in

a IInd class carriage. I think the Railway Staff Officer here

must have been somewhat more of a white man. Of the journey

to Halle I have little memory. Previously one could not even

stretch one's legs. Sleep had been out of the question. Now

tired nature asserted herself.

On the 27th.. Sept we arrived at Halle. A short month before


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  • June 17, 2017 17:49:52 L G

                                                                     6.

    Each troop train was decorated with branches of trees. The

    engines and carriages were labelled in chalk "Nach London" or

    "Nach Paris."

    We travelled in a 3rd.. class carriage, & in doing so were lucky, as many

    prisoners had only cattle trucks. All the night we spent slumbring

    about Belgium stations, & Calculating on our rate of progress we

    thought next night would see us near Holland. We proposed to

    attack the guard and bolt. Next day however unfortunately our speed rate of

    progress was much quicker; and we soon crossed the German

    frontier & reached Cologne. The only bit of food I received , was

    a piece of raw bacon presented to me by the escourt. At

    Cologne the Red Cross people were busy with soup etc. But when

    the guard asked for some, for us, it was "not for the English"

    & the response "but they are wounded"- did not soften the hearts

    of these amazons. The French officers (and they were unwounded)

    were at once fed. In the end we ^[insert] did [/insert] get some soup, which was

    first spat in, also wounds were dressed, by whose good graces

    I do not know.  X [insert] Certainly not the red cross [/insert] During the night, when on our journey again,

    the guard brought us a glass of beer a head at some wayside

    station. Either they were ashamed of our treatment at Cologne

    or it was a mistake. But in any case we got the beer.

    Mid-day found us at Padeborn where we were separated from

    the men. Here we were allowed to go to the restaurant & buy

    ourselves lunch. We also travaelled  from  Hhere to Halle in

    a IInd class carriage. I think the Railway Staff Officer here

    must have been somewhat more of a white man. Of the journey

    to Halle I have little memory. Previously one could not even

    stretch one's legs. Sleep had been out of the question. Now

    tired nature asserted herself.

    On the 27th.. Sept we arrived at Halle. A short month before


  • June 17, 2017 17:24:57 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                     6.

    Each troop train was decorated with branches of trees. The

    engines and carriages were labelled in chalk "Nach London" or

    "Nach Paris."

    We travelled in a 3rd.. class carriage, & in doing so were lucky, as many

    prisoners had only cattle trucks. All the night we spent slumbring

    about Belgium stations, & Calculating on our rate of progress we

    thought next night would see us near Holland. We proposed to

    attack the guard and bolt. Next day however unfortunately our speed rate of

    progress was much quicker; and we soon crossed the German

    frontier & reached Cologne. The only bit of food  I received , was

    a piece of raw bacon presented to me by the escourt. At

    Cologne the Red Cross people were busy with soup etc. But when

    the guard asked for some, for us, it was "not for the English"

    and the response "but they are wounded"- did not soften the hearts

    of these amazons. The French officers (and they were unwounded)

    were at once fed. In the end we ^[insert] did [/insert] get some soup, which was

    first spat etc, also wounds were opened, by where good graces

    I do not know.  X [insert] Certainly not the red cross [/insert] During the night, when on our journey again,

    the guard brought us a glass of beer ahead at some wayside

    station. Either they were ashamed of our treatment at Cologne

    or it was a mistake. But in any case we got the beer.

    Mid-day found us at Padeborn when we were separated from

    the men. Here we were allowed to go to the restaurant & buy

    ourselves lunch. We also travaelled  from  Hhere to Halle in

    a IInd class carriage. I think the Railway Staff Officer here

    must have been somewhat more of a white man. Of the journey

    to Halle I have little memory. Previously one could not even

    stretch one's legs. Sleep had been out of the question. Now

    tired nature asserted herself.

    On the 27th.. Sept we arrived at Halle. A short month before




  • June 17, 2017 17:24:36 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                     6.

    Each troop train was decorated with branches of trees. The

    engines and carriages were labelled in chalk "Nach London" or

    "Nach Paris."

    We travelled in a 3rd.. class carriage, & in doing so were lucky, as many

    prisoners had only cattle trucks. All the night we spent slumbring

    about Belgium stations, & Calculating on our rate of progress we

    thought next night would see us near Holland. We proposed to

    attack the guard and bolt. Next day however unfortunately our speed rate of

    progress was much quicker; and we soon crossed the German

    frontier & reached Cologne. The only bit of food  I received , was

    a piece of raw bacon presented to me by the escourt. At

    Cologne the Red Cross people were busy with soup etc. But when

    the guard asked for some, for us, it was "not for the English"

    and the response "but they are wounded"- did not soften the hearts

    of these amazons. The French officers (and they were unwounded)

    were at once fed. In the end we ^[insert] did [/insert] get some soup, which was

    first spat etc, also wounds were opened, by where good graces

    I do not know.  X [insert] Certainly not the red cross [/insert] During the night, when on our journey again,

    the guard brought us a glass of beer ahead at some wayside

    station. Either they were ashamed of our treatment at Cologne

    or it was a mistake. But in any case we got the beer.

    Mid-day found us at Padeborn when we were separated from

    the men. Here we were allowed to go to the restaurant & buy

    ourselves lunch. We also travaelled  from  Hhere to Halle in

    a IInd class carriage. I think the Railway Staff Officer here

    must have been somewhat more of a white man. Of the journey

    to Halle I have little memory. Previously one could not even

    stretch one's legs. Sleep had been out of the question. Now

    tired nature asserted herself.




  • June 17, 2017 17:07:25 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                     6.

    Each troop train was decorated with branches of trees. The

    engines and carriages were labelled in chalk "Nach London" or

    "Nach Paris."

    We travelled in a 3rd.. class carriage, & in doing so were lucky, as many

    prisoners had only cattle trucks. All the night we spent slumbring

    about Belgium stations, & Calculating on our rate of progress we

    thought next night would see us near Holland. We proposed to

    attack the guard and bolt. Next day however unfortunately our speed rate of

    progress was much quicker; and we soon crossed the German

    frontier & reached Cologne. The only bit of food  I received , was

    a piece of raw bacon presented to me by the escourt. At

    Cologne the Red Cross people were busy with soup etc. But when

    the guard asked for some, for us, it was "not for the English"

    and the response "but they are wounded"- did not soften the hearts

    of these amazons. The French officers (and they were unwounded)

    were at once fed. In the end we ^[insert] did [/insert] get some soup, which was

    first spat etc, also wounds were opened, by where good graces

    I do not know.  X [insert] Certainly not the red cross [/insert] During the night, when on our journey again,

    the guard brought us a glass of beer ahead at some wayside

    station. Either they were ashamed of our treatment at Cologne

    or it was a mistake. But in any case we got the beer.

    Mid-day found us at Padeborn when we were separated from

    the men. Here we were allowed to go to the restaurant & buy

    ourselves lunch. We also travaelled  from  Hhere to Halle in

    a IInd class carriage. I think the Railway Staff Officer here

    must have



  • June 17, 2017 16:59:51 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                     6.

    Each troop train was decorated with branches of trees. The

    engines and carriages were labelled in chalk "Nach London" or

    "Nach Paris."

    We travelled in a 3rd.. class carriage, & in doing so were lucky, as many

    prisoners had only cattle trucks. All the night we spent slumbring

    about Belgium stations, & Calculating on our rate of progress we

    thought next night would see us near Holland. We proposed to

    attack the guard and bolt. Next day however unfortunately our speed rate of

    progress was much quicker; and we soon crossed the German

    frontier & reached Cologne. The only bit of food  I received , was

    a piece of raw bacon presented to me by the escourt. At

    Cologne the Red Cross people were busy with soup etc. But when



  • June 17, 2017 16:56:23 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                     6.

    Each troop train was decorated with branches of trees. The

    engines and carriages were labelled in chalk "Nach London" or

    "Nach Paris."

    We travelled in a 3rd.. class carriage, & in doing so were lucky, as many

    prisoners had only cattle trucks. All the night we spent slumbring

    about Belgium stations, & Calculating on our rate of progress we

    thought next night would see us near Holland. We proposed to




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    Cologne, Germany

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    Paderborn, Germany

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    Halle, Germany

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  • Document location Cologne, Germany
  • Additional document location Paderborn, Germany
  • Additional document location Halle, Germany


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