POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 70

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 .The first three lines appear in the top margin and appear to be written in a different pen then the rest of the entry.  Through out there are corrections or additions of words made in this same pen.

+ this crime was not murder, but  .evcating a disturbance                 

A Russian more or less mattered nothing to the Kaiser missingpoint of                             36.

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of a Russian by a fellow Russian officer. He had been

stabbed to death with a pocket knife. The German guard had

ultimately dashed in with fixed bayonets.  The murderer was taken

away.  Later he was tried by Court Martial + sentenced to a 

few months imprisonment part only of which he was compelled

to do.  I do not think I was allotted his bed.  There were two

other young English officers, A Belgian Captain and 7 or 8 French

Officers. We fed in the same room. Our messing was done

by the Germans at I think 1.50 marks per diem. It was much the same

as the Citadel but a little inferior.  For example amongst

the meat one came across a pigs ear or a pigs tail +bones

which could only be those of a dog.  Our rations were shared

out French fashion. That is to say each in turn had

first go of the dish + it was etiquette to select the best

piece of meat.  Of course if one was about last one got the

pigs ear.  There were however plenty of vegetables.

The room was old, generally dirty +heated by a stove.

One had a mattress filled with straw. But a fresh supply

was getting difficult to procure.

There was a canteen +a douche in the place. The latter

was down a long passage which was evidently under the

front of the exterior slope.  It had already been used as a means of escape +was now well barred + watched.

The passages were stone, cold + dark.  The place was

 added in second pen trivial in quality

lighted with lamps.

At this period we were allowed one bath a week + the

inmates of Wagonhause used to come over on this day

to take theirs, as there was no bath in their establishment.

Later we were allowed a cold bath every morning for 1/2

an hour after appel.


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 .The first three lines appear in the top margin and appear to be written in a different pen then the rest of the entry.  Through out there are corrections or additions of words made in this same pen.

+ this crime was not murder, but  .evcating a disturbance                 

A Russian more or less mattered nothing to the Kaiser missingpoint of                             36.

view.


of a Russian by a fellow Russian officer. He had been

stabbed to death with a pocket knife. The German guard had

ultimately dashed in with fixed bayonets.  The murderer was taken

away.  Later he was tried by Court Martial + sentenced to a 

few months imprisonment part only of which he was compelled

to do.  I do not think I was allotted his bed.  There were two

other young English officers, A Belgian Captain and 7 or 8 French

Officers. We fed in the same room. Our messing was done

by the Germans at I think 1.50 marks per diem. It was much the same

as the Citadel but a little inferior.  For example amongst

the meat one came across a pigs ear or a pigs tail +bones

which could only be those of a dog.  Our rations were shared

out French fashion. That is to say each in turn had

first go of the dish + it was etiquette to select the best

piece of meat.  Of course if one was about last one got the

pigs ear.  There were however plenty of vegetables.

The room was old, generally dirty +heated by a stove.

One had a mattress filled with straw. But a fresh supply

was getting difficult to procure.

There was a canteen +a douche in the place. The latter

was down a long passage which was evidently under the

front of the exterior slope.  It had already been used as a means of escape +was now well barred + watched.

The passages were stone, cold + dark.  The place was

 added in second pen trivial in quality

lighted with lamps.

At this period we were allowed one bath a week + the

inmates of Wagonhause used to come over on this day

to take theirs, as there was no bath in their establishment.

Later we were allowed a cold bath every morning for 1/2

an hour after appel.



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  • June 21, 2017 02:46:52 L Brittain

     .The first three lines appear in the top margin and appear to be written in a different pen then the rest of the entry.  Through out there are corrections or additions of words made in this same pen.

    + this crime was not murder, but  .evcating a disturbance                 

    A Russian more or less mattered nothing to the Kaiser missingpoint of                             36.

    view.


    of a Russian by a fellow Russian officer. He had been

    stabbed to death with a pocket knife. The German guard had

    ultimately dashed in with fixed bayonets.  The murderer was taken

    away.  Later he was tried by Court Martial + sentenced to a 

    few months imprisonment part only of which he was compelled

    to do.  I do not think I was allotted his bed.  There were two

    other young English officers, A Belgian Captain and 7 or 8 French

    Officers. We fed in the same room. Our messing was done

    by the Germans at I think 1.50 marks per diem. It was much the same

    as the Citadel but a little inferior.  For example amongst

    the meat one came across a pigs ear or a pigs tail +bones

    which could only be those of a dog.  Our rations were shared

    out French fashion. That is to say each in turn had

    first go of the dish + it was etiquette to select the best

    piece of meat.  Of course if one was about last one got the

    pigs ear.  There were however plenty of vegetables.

    The room was old, generally dirty +heated by a stove.

    One had a mattress filled with straw. But a fresh supply

    was getting difficult to procure.

    There was a canteen +a douche in the place. The latter

    was down a long passage which was evidently under the

    front of the exterior slope.  It had already been used as a means of escape +was now well barred + watched.

    The passages were stone, cold + dark.  The place was

     added in second pen trivial in quality

    lighted with lamps.

    At this period we were allowed one bath a week + the

    inmates of Wagonhause used to come over on this day

    to take theirs, as there was no bath in their establishment.

    Later we were allowed a cold bath every morning for 1/2

    an hour after appel.



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