POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 21
- June 17, 2017 16:01:57 L G
8. In the upper right corner
The court yard was overlooked by a row of good sized houses, where
sunday afternoon amusement was, parties to look at the prisoners.
The sketch opposite explains the positions of the various buildings.
The part on which one was allowed to exercise was either very
rough earth or pavement, the whole being permeated with
coal dust. At any rate if it blew, which it generally
did, everything was covered with black.
The sanitary arrangements were vile, no less word expresses
The sleeping house where I was placed consisted of a series of
large long rooms one above the other. Some tables, & form forms
occupied the centre of the room. We slept on both sides of those. We
were provided with a straw mattress and the two blankets we
had drawn. Each mattress was practically touching its next
door neighbour's. No smoking allowed here!
The Hospital consisted of a small room with practically no stores
and was run by an English officer of the R. A. M. Corps.
The Barn was a large draughty building. which was used as a
I now come to the canteen. The floor was made of log piles which
were never cleaned, the intervening spaces being full of skins
of bacon, matches and other refuse. The furniture consisted of
little tables and garden chairs. There was a canteen from which
one could purchase various articles. One had to buy all one's
meals here. At dinner, 1 p.m. a hot meal of kinds, could be
procured for 50 pp. In the morning coffee was on sale & in
the evening cocoa & soup. Brodchen brotchen, a small bread could be obtained. One
had to cater for one self according to the length of one's
purse or ones proficiency at sleight of hand.
Half an hour before meals a big queue formed and the obtaining