POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 52

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27. In the top right corner 

in single file one came to the building in which we had

had dinner the first day. This was another living quarter

& it also had a small yard attached to it. No sunshine

at this time of the year reached any portion of

our exercise ground except a small portion of this

small yard. If one wished to walk in company one was

more or less compelled to pace up & down the length of

the ammunition building. Alone one could do a kind 

of figure 8, -a longer walk.

The whole except the little yard was hard cobbles or

paving stones.

Here we were fed by the Germans, and in a way better

fed than in most places. Breakfast at 8 used to consist 

of so called coffee, an excuse for a roll & butter, dinner at

1 p.m. consisted of soup, meat a small portion, vegetables

and an occasional small tea-saucer of apple or

some fruit. At 4 p.m there was tea and sweet tasting

bread the latter was however knocked off by xmas

time. Supper at 6 p.m much the same as other places.

The serving was done by orderlies. Things were dirty

& there was an enormous delay between courses.

Finally as there had been a complaint that the Belgian

orderlies gave the Belgian officers the tit bits, the

division of rations was done under Hun supervision.

There was not at all a bad canteen attached where one

could obtain a cup of soup at 11 a.m, cigars, tobacco, brodchen

a kind of jam made of decayed prunes which I met for

the first time & necessaries.

The Canteen was only open a hour in the morning &

an hour in the afternoon.

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27. In the top right corner 

in single file one came to the building in which we had

had dinner the first day. This was another living quarter

& it also had a small yard attached to it. No sunshine

at this time of the year reached any portion of

our exercise ground except a small portion of this

small yard. If one wished to walk in company one was

more or less compelled to pace up & down the length of

the ammunition building. Alone one could do a kind 

of figure 8, -a longer walk.

The whole except the little yard was hard cobbles or

paving stones.

Here we were fed by the Germans, and in a way better

fed than in most places. Breakfast at 8 used to consist 

of so called coffee, an excuse for a roll & butter, dinner at

1 p.m. consisted of soup, meat a small portion, vegetables

and an occasional small tea-saucer of apple or

some fruit. At 4 p.m there was tea and sweet tasting

bread the latter was however knocked off by xmas

time. Supper at 6 p.m much the same as other places.

The serving was done by orderlies. Things were dirty

& there was an enormous delay between courses.

Finally as there had been a complaint that the Belgian

orderlies gave the Belgian officers the tit bits, the

division of rations was done under Hun supervision.

There was not at all a bad canteen attached where one

could obtain a cup of soup at 11 a.m, cigars, tobacco, brodchen

a kind of jam made of decayed prunes which I met for

the first time & necessaries.

The Canteen was only open a hour in the morning &

an hour in the afternoon.


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  • June 19, 2017 13:34:52 L G

    27. In the top right corner 

    in single file one came to the building in which we had

    had dinner the first day. This was another living quarter

    & it also had a small yard attached to it. No sunshine

    at this time of the year reached any portion of

    our exercise ground except a small portion of this

    small yard. If one wished to walk in company one was

    more or less compelled to pace up & down the length of

    the ammunition building. Alone one could do a kind 

    of figure 8, -a longer walk.

    The whole except the little yard was hard cobbles or

    paving stones.

    Here we were fed by the Germans, and in a way better

    fed than in most places. Breakfast at 8 used to consist 

    of so called coffee, an excuse for a roll & butter, dinner at

    1 p.m. consisted of soup, meat a small portion, vegetables

    and an occasional small tea-saucer of apple or

    some fruit. At 4 p.m there was tea and sweet tasting

    bread the latter was however knocked off by xmas

    time. Supper at 6 p.m much the same as other places.

    The serving was done by orderlies. Things were dirty

    & there was an enormous delay between courses.

    Finally as there had been a complaint that the Belgian

    orderlies gave the Belgian officers the tit bits, the

    division of rations was done under Hun supervision.

    There was not at all a bad canteen attached where one

    could obtain a cup of soup at 11 a.m, cigars, tobacco, brodchen

    a kind of jam made of decayed prunes which I met for

    the first time & necessaries.

    The Canteen was only open a hour in the morning &

    an hour in the afternoon.


  • June 19, 2017 13:33:16 L G

    27. In the top right corner 

    in single file one came to the building in which we had

    had dinner the first day. This was another living quarter

    & it also had a small yard attached to it. No sunshine

    at this time of the year reached any portion of

    our exercise ground except a small portion of this

    small yard. If one wished to walk in company one was

    more or less compelled to pace up & down the length of

    the ammunition building. Alone one could do a kind 

    of figure 8, -a longer walk.

    The whole except the little yard was hard cobbles or

    paving stones.

    Here we were fed by the Germans, and in a way better

    fed than in most places. Breakfast at 8 used to consist 

    of so called coffee, an excuse for a roll & butter, dinner at

    1 p.m. consisted of soup, meat a small portion, vegetables

    and an occasional small tea-saucer of apple or

    some fruit. At 4 p.m there was tea and sweet tasting

    bread the latter was however knocked off by xmas

    time. Supper at 6 p.m much the same as other places.

    The serving was done by orderlies. Things were dirty

    & there was an enormous delay between courses.

    Finally as there had been a complaint that the Belgian

    orderlies gave the Belgian officers the  tip- bits, the

    division of rations was done under Hun supervision.

    There was not at all a bad canteen attached where one

    could obtain a cup of soup at 11 a.m, cigars, tobacco, brodchen

    a kind of jam made of decayed prunes which I met for

    the first time & necessaries.

    The Canteen was only open a hour in the morning &

    an hour in the afternoon.


  • June 19, 2017 13:32:31 L G

    27. In the top right corner 

    in single file one came to the building in which we had

    had dinner the first day. This was another living quarter

    & it also had a small yard attached to it. No sunshine

    at this time of the year reached any portion of

    our exercise ground except a small portion of this

    small yard. If one wished to walk in company one was

    more or less compelled to pace up & down the length of

    the ammunition building. Alone one could do a kind 

    of figure 8, -a longer walk.

    The whole except the little yard was hard cobbles or

    paving stones.

    Here we were fed by the Germans, and in a way better

    fed than in most places. Breakfast at 8 used to consist 

    of so called coffee, an excuse for a roll & butter, dinner at

    1 p.m. consisted of soup, meat a small portion, vegetables

    and an occasional small tea-saucer of apple or

    some fruit. At 4 p.m there was tea and sweet tasting

    bread the latter was however knocked off by xmas

    time. Supper at 6 p.m much the same as other places.

    The serving was done by orderlies. Things were dirty

    & there was an enormous delay between courses.

    Finally as there had been a complaint that the Belgian

    orderlies gave the Belgian officers the  tip- bits, the

    division of rations was done under Hun supervision.

    There was not at all a bad canteen attached where one

    could obtain a cup of soup at 11 a.m, cigars, tobacco, brodchen

    a kind of jam made of decayed prunes which I met for

    the first time & necessaries.

    The Canteen was only open a hour in the morning !

    an hour in the afternoon.


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