POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 85

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                                               43.

An hour after appel. One used thus to attend appel more or less

in pajamas &, a great coat with a towel. [insert] to show where bound. [/insert] Later the bath

place was open before appel, but this meant much the same

thing on the return journey. Appel was I think 8.30 &

breakfast was served  before it, that is, coffee & bread. We

used as a rule to have a cup of coffee on rising & cook

our breakfast after appel.

Appel was done first by rooms & then by nationalities as

an extra check, with the result that it used to take from

20 minutes to half an hour.

During this function the gate of our yard was locked &

one was never permitted out, till it was ll over.

It was in June when I came over this side. From the

windows in the passage one  got a view of the Elbe &

the island beyond. From any of the exercise grounds

ones view was extremely limited.

The Germans now introduced a new idea of parcels- That is

every one had a box with his name on it. All tins were

taken away on arrival & deposited in the box & could only

be drawn before appel. This worked all night for a period

till some Belgian or French officer complained that he

had lost some tins- After this we had a more complicated

system of book keeping. Packets were given out by national-

-ities. a list being posted  on the door. One then went

in in ones turn. It was generally a case of a long delay

Ultimately I found it generally paid not to go at all, for

in the end they sent for you.  I think the parcels as a

whole arrived very much at this camp

In the early days we used to play a certain amount of

stump cricket. Before I left Schornhorst we had had two.


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                                               43.

An hour after appel. One used thus to attend appel more or less

in pajamas &, a great coat with a towel. [insert] to show where bound. [/insert] Later the bath

place was open before appel, but this meant much the same

thing on the return journey. Appel was I think 8.30 &

breakfast was served  before it, that is, coffee & bread. We

used as a rule to have a cup of coffee on rising & cook

our breakfast after appel.

Appel was done first by rooms & then by nationalities as

an extra check, with the result that it used to take from

20 minutes to half an hour.

During this function the gate of our yard was locked &

one was never permitted out, till it was ll over.

It was in June when I came over this side. From the

windows in the passage one  got a view of the Elbe &

the island beyond. From any of the exercise grounds

ones view was extremely limited.

The Germans now introduced a new idea of parcels- That is

every one had a box with his name on it. All tins were

taken away on arrival & deposited in the box & could only

be drawn before appel. This worked all night for a period

till some Belgian or French officer complained that he

had lost some tins- After this we had a more complicated

system of book keeping. Packets were given out by national-

-ities. a list being posted  on the door. One then went

in in ones turn. It was generally a case of a long delay

Ultimately I found it generally paid not to go at all, for

in the end they sent for you.  I think the parcels as a

whole arrived very much at this camp

In the early days we used to play a certain amount of

stump cricket. Before I left Schornhorst we had had two.



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  • June 21, 2017 20:52:26 Annick Rodriguez

                                                   43.

    An hour after appel. One used thus to attend appel more or less

    in pajamas &, a great coat with a towel. [insert] to show where bound. [/insert] Later the bath

    place was open before appel, but this meant much the same

    thing on the return journey. Appel was I think 8.30 &

    breakfast was served  before it, that is, coffee & bread. We

    used as a rule to have a cup of coffee on rising & cook

    our breakfast after appel.

    Appel was done first by rooms & then by nationalities as

    an extra check, with the result that it used to take from

    20 minutes to half an hour.

    During this function the gate of our yard was locked &

    one was never permitted out, till it was ll over.

    It was in June when I came over this side. From the

    windows in the passage one  got a view of the Elbe &

    the island beyond. From any of the exercise grounds

    ones view was extremely limited.

    The Germans now introduced a new idea of parcels- That is

    every one had a box with his name on it. All tins were

    taken away on arrival & deposited in the box & could only

    be drawn before appel. This worked all night for a period

    till some Belgian or French officer complained that he

    had lost some tins- After this we had a more complicated

    system of book keeping. Packets were given out by national-

    -ities. a list being posted  on the door. One then went

    in in ones turn. It was generally a case of a long delay

    Ultimately I found it generally paid not to go at all, for

    in the end they sent for you.  I think the parcels as a

    whole arrived very much at this camp

    In the early days we used to play a certain amount of

    stump cricket. Before I left Schornhorst we had had two.


  • June 21, 2017 20:51:16 Annick Rodriguez

                                                   43.

    An hour after appel. One used thus to attend appel more or less

    in pajamas &, a great coat with a towel. [insert] to show where bound. [/insert] Later the bath

    place was open before appel, but this meant much the same

    thing on the return journey. Appel was I think 8.30 &

    breakfast was served  before it, that is, coffee & bread. We

    used as a rule to have a cup of coffee on rising & cook

    our breakfast after appel.

    Appel was done first by rooms & then by nationalities as

    an extra check, with the result that it used to take from

    20 minutes to half an hour.

    During this function the gate of our yard was locked &

    one was never permitted out, till it was ll over.

    It was in June when I came over this side. From the

    windows in the passage one  got a view of the Elbe &

    the island beyond. From any of the exercise grounds

    ones view was extremely limited.

    The Germans now introduced a new idea of parcels- That is

    every one had a box with his name on it. All tins were

    taken away on arrival & deposited in the box & could only

    be drawn before appel. This worked all night for a period

    till some Belgian or French officer complained that he

    had lost some tins- After this we had a more complicated

    system of book keeping. Packets were given out by national-

    -ities. a list being posted  on the door. One then went

    in in ones turn. It was generally a case of a long delay

    Ultimately I found it generally paid not to go at all, for

    in the end they sent for you.  I think the parcels as a

    whole arrived very much at this camp



  • June 21, 2017 20:44:39 Annick Rodriguez

                                                   43.

    An hour after appel. One used thus to attend appel more or less

    in pajamas &, a great coat with a towel. [insert] to show where bound. [/insert] Later the bath

    place was open before appel, but this meant much the same

    thing on the return journey. Appel was I think 8.30 &

    breakfast was served  before it, that is, coffee & bread. We

    used as a rule to have a cup of coffee on rising & cook

    our breakfast after appel.


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