POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 100

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                                                               50.

                            of the original staff,

The German N.C.Os were polite and did their best for one.

The Canteen was in the main hall or dining room. Here

one could buy most things- at a price. Originally most

drinks were on sale such as champagne, port (whiskey

later) etc. The quantity was unlimited. Eggs could be

bought at first daily but these got scarcer & scarcer &

finally were unprocurable. During 1915 however most

evenings one could for 2 marks or so buy in the evening

what was called a Plat de soir this was a good dish

of meat. Also at times deer, or salmon etc. In other

words if one spent money one could live quite well.

The feeding provided for us for which we paid 1.60 I think

till March 1916 when it was raised to 2 marks was nothing

much. Thus for breakfast coffee so called ^[insert] war Bread [/insert] could be

bought.  X  For dinner at 1 p.m. Soup. Meat not much, &

vegetables- & perhaps fruit such as prunes, may be an

apple , or pear. For supper varrious, it might be soup.

might be or bread & cheese, might even be two eggs.

Things were as a rule well cooked. & served more or less

clean. The daily menu fell off more & more as the food

question struck Germany. Finally however it got so bad

that messing came down in Nov 16 to 1.50 then we got

coffee without sugar or milk. or breakfast, Lunch

potatoes & cabbage or carrots supper soup.  Meat a

small slab on Sunday- & fish perhaps one other day.

The Plat de Soris disappeared early in 1916. But certain it

was, if anything could be produced it was placed on

sale. Thus occasionally there was a fish plat de soir

But in 1915 we lived in luxury if we cared to pay

Thus the cook who was an excellent cook would prepare


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                                                               50.

                            of the original staff,

The German N.C.Os were polite and did their best for one.

The Canteen was in the main hall or dining room. Here

one could buy most things- at a price. Originally most

drinks were on sale such as champagne, port (whiskey

later) etc. The quantity was unlimited. Eggs could be

bought at first daily but these got scarcer & scarcer &

finally were unprocurable. During 1915 however most

evenings one could for 2 marks or so buy in the evening

what was called a Plat de soir this was a good dish

of meat. Also at times deer, or salmon etc. In other

words if one spent money one could live quite well.

The feeding provided for us for which we paid 1.60 I think

till March 1916 when it was raised to 2 marks was nothing

much. Thus for breakfast coffee so called ^[insert] war Bread [/insert] could be

bought.  X  For dinner at 1 p.m. Soup. Meat not much, &

vegetables- & perhaps fruit such as prunes, may be an

apple , or pear. For supper varrious, it might be soup.

might be or bread & cheese, might even be two eggs.

Things were as a rule well cooked. & served more or less

clean. The daily menu fell off more & more as the food

question struck Germany. Finally however it got so bad

that messing came down in Nov 16 to 1.50 then we got

coffee without sugar or milk. or breakfast, Lunch

potatoes & cabbage or carrots supper soup.  Meat a

small slab on Sunday- & fish perhaps one other day.

The Plat de Soris disappeared early in 1916. But certain it

was, if anything could be produced it was placed on

sale. Thus occasionally there was a fish plat de soir

But in 1915 we lived in luxury if we cared to pay

Thus the cook who was an excellent cook would prepare



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  • June 22, 2017 20:19:29 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                   50.

                                of the original staff,

    The German N.C.Os were polite and did their best for one.

    The Canteen was in the main hall or dining room. Here

    one could buy most things- at a price. Originally most

    drinks were on sale such as champagne, port (whiskey

    later) etc. The quantity was unlimited. Eggs could be

    bought at first daily but these got scarcer & scarcer &

    finally were unprocurable. During 1915 however most

    evenings one could for 2 marks or so buy in the evening

    what was called a Plat de soir this was a good dish

    of meat. Also at times deer, or salmon etc. In other

    words if one spent money one could live quite well.

    The feeding provided for us for which we paid 1.60 I think

    till March 1916 when it was raised to 2 marks was nothing

    much. Thus for breakfast coffee so called ^[insert] war Bread [/insert] could be

    bought.  X  For dinner at 1 p.m. Soup. Meat not much, &

    vegetables- & perhaps fruit such as prunes, may be an

    apple , or pear. For supper varrious, it might be soup.

    might be or bread & cheese, might even be two eggs.

    Things were as a rule well cooked. & served more or less

    clean. The daily menu fell off more & more as the food

    question struck Germany. Finally however it got so bad

    that messing came down in Nov 16 to 1.50 then we got

    coffee without sugar or milk. or breakfast, Lunch

    potatoes & cabbage or carrots supper soup.  Meat a

    small slab on Sunday- & fish perhaps one other day.

    The Plat de Soris disappeared early in 1916. But certain it

    was, if anything could be produced it was placed on

    sale. Thus occasionally there was a fish plat de soir

    But in 1915 we lived in luxury if we cared to pay

    Thus the cook who was an excellent cook would prepare


  • June 22, 2017 18:46:13 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                   50.

                                of the original staff,

    The German N.C.Os were polite and did their best for one.

    The Canteen was in the main hall or dining room. Here

    one could buy most things- at a price. Originally most

    drinks were on sale such as champagne, port (whiskey

    later) etc. The quantity was unlimited. Eggs could be

    bought at first daily but these got scarcer & scarcer &

    finally were unprocurable. During 1915 however most

    evenings one could for 2 marks or so buy in the evening

    what was called a Plat de soir this was a good dish

    of meat. Also at times deer, or salmon etc. In other

    words if one spent money one could live quite well.

    The feeding provided for us for which we paid 1.60 I think




  • June 22, 2017 18:45:24 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                   50.

                                of the original staff,

    The German N.C.Os were polite and did their best for one.

    The Canteen was in the main hall or dining room. Here

    one could buy most things- at a price. Originally most

    drinks were on sale such as champagne, port (whiskey

    later) etc. The quantity was unlimited. Eggs could be

    bought at first daily but these got scarcer & scarcer &

    finally were unprocurable. During 1915 however most

    evenings one could for 2 marks or so buy in the evening

    what was called a Plat de soir this was a good dish

    of meat. Also at times deer, or salmon etc. Mother


  • June 22, 2017 18:43:13 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                   50.

                                of the original staff,

    The German N.C.Os were polite and did their best for one.

    The Canteen was in the main hall or dining room. Here

    one could buy most things- at a price. Originally most

    drinks were on sale such as champagne, port (whiskey

    later) etc. The quantity was unlimited. Eggs could be

    bought at first daily but then got scarcer & scarcer &

    finally were unp


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