POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 94

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                                                                   47.

and the upshoot was that we were, or rather a certain number

of us, were allowed to depart. I was the actual last one taken.

On a baking hot day. At the beginning of august

1915 we were marched down to the station It was a

longish walk & the inhabitants took little interest in us.

At the station the admiral put in an appearance. We

were here joined by a small party from BURG. Strange to

relate we travelled in 1st.. or 2nd.. class carriages- It was

the first journey that I had been treated like an

officer. The people at the stations were not in the

least hostile. We were allowed to buy things en route.

but only the Burg party had officially German money. A

complete change seemed to have come over Germany, perhaps

as the officer of the escourt remarked "we have become

more humane," or perhaps it was a matter of policy.

Up to date, certainly till May the Germans considered that

we should be treated on the same scale as their privates - 

we had much the same food for which we had the priviledge

of paying, same beds, same rooms, same scale of clean sheets

towels etc. Our only priviledge being to have one orderly

to nine officers which usually worked out far less, as for

example one man might be perminently employed in

the kitchen, and another somewhere else etc. If there were

81 officers there would be 9 orderlies quite irrespective of

how they were employed.

                  __________ . ____________



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                                                                   47.

and the upshoot was that we were, or rather a certain number

of us, were allowed to depart. I was the actual last one taken.

On a baking hot day. At the beginning of august

1915 we were marched down to the station It was a

longish walk & the inhabitants took little interest in us.

At the station the admiral put in an appearance. We

were here joined by a small party from BURG. Strange to

relate we travelled in 1st.. or 2nd.. class carriages- It was

the first journey that I had been treated like an

officer. The people at the stations were not in the

least hostile. We were allowed to buy things en route.

but only the Burg party had officially German money. A

complete change seemed to have come over Germany, perhaps

as the officer of the escourt remarked "we have become

more humane," or perhaps it was a matter of policy.

Up to date, certainly till May the Germans considered that

we should be treated on the same scale as their privates - 

we had much the same food for which we had the priviledge

of paying, same beds, same rooms, same scale of clean sheets

towels etc. Our only priviledge being to have one orderly

to nine officers which usually worked out far less, as for

example one man might be perminently employed in

the kitchen, and another somewhere else etc. If there were

81 officers there would be 9 orderlies quite irrespective of

how they were employed.

                  __________ . ____________




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  • November 3, 2017 20:29:35 Thomas A. Lingner

                                                                       47.

    and the upshoot was that we were, or rather a certain number

    of us, were allowed to depart. I was the actual last one taken.

    On a baking hot day. At the beginning of august

    1915 we were marched down to the station It was a

    longish walk & the inhabitants took little interest in us.

    At the station the admiral put in an appearance. We

    were here joined by a small party from BURG. Strange to

    relate we travelled in 1st.. or 2nd.. class carriages- It was

    the first journey that I had been treated like an

    officer. The people at the stations were not in the

    least hostile. We were allowed to buy things en route.

    but only the Burg party had officially German money. A

    complete change seemed to have come over Germany, perhaps

    as the officer of the escourt remarked "we have become

    more humane," or perhaps it was a matter of policy.

    Up to date, certainly till May the Germans considered that

    we should be treated on the same scale as their privates - 

    we had much the same food for which we had the priviledge

    of paying, same beds, same rooms, same scale of clean sheets

    towels etc. Our only priviledge being to have one orderly

    to nine officers which usually worked out far less, as for

    example one man might be perminently employed in

    the kitchen, and another somewhere else etc. If there were

    81 officers there would be 9 orderlies quite irrespective of

    how they were employed.

                      __________ . ____________



  • June 22, 2017 17:33:31 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                       47.

    and the upshoot was that we were, or ^[insert] rather [/insert] a certain number

    of us, [insert] were [/insert] allowed to go [insert] depart [/insert] I was the actual last ^[insert] one [/insert] taken.

    On a baking hot [insert] day [/insert] At the end of beginning of august

    1915 we were marched down to the station It was a

    longish walk & the inhabitants took little interest in us.

    At the station the Admiral put in an appearance. We

    were here joined by a small party from BURG. Strange to

    relate we travelled in 1st.. or 2nd.. class carriages- It was

    the first journey that I had been treated like an

    officers The people a the stations were not in the

    least hostile. We were allowed to buy things en route.

    but only the Burg party had officially German money. A

    complete change seemed to have come over Germany, perhaps

    as the officer of the escourt remarked "we have become

    more humane!, or perhaps it was a matter of policy.

    Up to date, certainly till May the Germans considered that

    we should be treated on the same scale as their private-

    we had much the same food for which we had the priviledge

    of paying, same beds, same rooms, same scale of clean sheets

     ...  etc. Our only priviledge being to have one orderly

    to nine officer which usually worked out for less, as for

    example one man might be perminently employed in

    the kitchen, and another somewhere etc etc. If there were

    81 officers there would be 9 orderlies quite irrespective of

    how they were employed.

                      __________ . ____________




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