POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 41

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                                                                 18.

cold weather- Result Germans said too much coal is

being used & there would be none for 2 days or so

till this was used up. One had to learn that one must

not think of the morrow, the Kaiserlich Government would

do that for you.

At first till I got in touch with home I found the want of

money very trying. One had to pay the French for one's messing

on the nail- I think however  ...  was all I had from England

for 2 years. 100 marks a month was what the Germans

gave me & in the early days this was ample. Of

course at first one wanted changes of underclothing, boots

cleaning things and a blanket. The Government issue

hardly kept me warm in the summer.

The censoring here of our letters was done by the commandants' wife,

who I dont think had a great knowledge of the English tongue.

On the whole except for the feeding I have no great complaints

against this camp. We naturally thought we were settled here

for good. But towards the end of November 1914 we got first of

all a rumour that we were definite notice to be moved to

Magdeburg, and finally definite notice that the following

day, the first party would proceed to BURG. I went with

the 2nd.. party.

The few captains in my regiment ran a tea club. We

could obtain tea and cocoa from one or other of the canteens

when the cakes & biscuits gave out we used to toast bread

(i.e. German War Bread) at the stove in our room.

We had also by now accumulated a little kit. We had to

break up the messes, the gear of which was our own

private property. I bought a rucksak to carry our  [insert] my [/insert]

propety. ^[insert] in [/insert] But a huge kettle was still surplus & had


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                                                                 18.

cold weather- Result Germans said too much coal is

being used & there would be none for 2 days or so

till this was used up. One had to learn that one must

not think of the morrow, the Kaiserlich Government would

do that for you.

At first till I got in touch with home I found the want of

money very trying. One had to pay the French for one's messing

on the nail- I think however  ...  was all I had from England

for 2 years. 100 marks a month was what the Germans

gave me & in the early days this was ample. Of

course at first one wanted changes of underclothing, boots

cleaning things and a blanket. The Government issue

hardly kept me warm in the summer.

The censoring here of our letters was done by the commandants' wife,

who I dont think had a great knowledge of the English tongue.

On the whole except for the feeding I have no great complaints

against this camp. We naturally thought we were settled here

for good. But towards the end of November 1914 we got first of

all a rumour that we were definite notice to be moved to

Magdeburg, and finally definite notice that the following

day, the first party would proceed to BURG. I went with

the 2nd.. party.

The few captains in my regiment ran a tea club. We

could obtain tea and cocoa from one or other of the canteens

when the cakes & biscuits gave out we used to toast bread

(i.e. German War Bread) at the stove in our room.

We had also by now accumulated a little kit. We had to

break up the messes, the gear of which was our own

private property. I bought a rucksak to carry our  [insert] my [/insert]

propety. ^[insert] in [/insert] But a huge kettle was still surplus & had



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  • June 19, 2017 15:36:46 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                     18.

    cold weather- Result Germans said too much coal is

    being used & there would be none for 2 days or so

    till this was used up. One had to learn that one must

    not think of the morrow, the Kaiserlich Government would

    do that for you.

    At first till I got in touch with home I found the want of

    money very trying. One had to pay the French for one's messing

    on the nail- I think however  ...  was all I had from England

    for 2 years. 100 marks a month was what the Germans

    gave me & in the early days this was ample. Of

    course at first one wanted changes of underclothing, boots

    cleaning things and a blanket. The Government issue

    hardly kept me warm in the summer.

    The censoring here of our letters was done by the commandants' wife,

    who I dont think had a great knowledge of the English tongue.

    On the whole except for the feeding I have no great complaints

    against this camp. We naturally thought we were settled here

    for good. But towards the end of November 1914 we got first of

    all a rumour that we were definite notice to be moved to

    Magdeburg, and finally definite notice that the following

    day, the first party would proceed to BURG. I went with

    the 2nd.. party.

    The few captains in my regiment ran a tea club. We

    could obtain tea and cocoa from one or other of the canteens

    when the cakes & biscuits gave out we used to toast bread

    (i.e. German War Bread) at the stove in our room.

    We had also by now accumulated a little kit. We had to

    break up the messes, the gear of which was our own

    private property. I bought a rucksak to carry our  [insert] my [/insert]

    propety. ^[insert] in [/insert] But a huge kettle was still surplus & had



  • June 19, 2017 15:32:06 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                     18.

    cold weather- Result Germans said too much coal is

    being used & there would be none for 2 days or so

    till this was used up. One had to learn that one must

    not think of the morrow, the Kaiserlich Government would

    do that for you.

    At first till I got in touch with home I found the want of

    money very trying. One had to pay the French for one's messing

    on the nail- I think however  ...  was all I had from England

    for 2 years. 100 marks a month was what the Germans

    gave me & in the early days this was ample. Of

    course at first one wanted changes of underclothing, boots

    cleaning things and a blanket. The Government issue

    hardly kept me warm in the summer.

    The censoring here of our letters was done by the commandants' wife,

    who I dont think had a great knowledge of the English tongue.

    On the whole except for the feeding I have no great complaints

    against this camp. We naturally thought we were settled here

    for good. But towards the end of November 1914 we got first of

    all a rumour that we were definite notice to be moved to

    Magdeburg, and finally definite notice that the following

    day, the first party would proceed to BURG. I went with

    the 2nd.. party.



  • June 19, 2017 15:25:32 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                     18.

    cold weather- Result Germans said too much coal is

    being used & there would be none for 2 days or so

    till this was used up. One had to learn that one must

    not think of the morrow, the Kaiserlich Government would

    do that for you.

    At first till I got in touch with home I found the want of

    money very trying. One had to pay the French for one's messing

    on the nail- I think however  ...  was all I had from England

    for 2 years. 100 marks a month was what the Germans

    gave me & in the early days this was ample. Of

    course at first one wanted changes of underclothing, boots

    cleaning things and a blanket. The Government 


  • June 19, 2017 15:22:10 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                     18.

    cold weather- Result Germans said too much coal is

    being used & there would be none for 2 days or so

    till this was used up. One had to learn that one must

    not think of the morrow, the Kaiserlich Government would

    do that for you.

    At first


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