POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 104

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51.

quite a good dinner for a dinner party. It has always been

my policy not to spend money in this country so I did

not [insert] as a rule [/insert] indulge in these luxuries. I however attended two

dinner parties, one on St Andrew night & one on the

Rose  day of the K.O.Y.L.I thus I speak with a certain

amount of experience.

The Germans did not seem to send ones descriptive return

from camp to camp, but each camp made a new

one. I doubt if any one [insert] of [/insert] mine agreed in a single detail.

At Schornhorst the returns were filled in in such a ludicous

way that even the Germans [insert] possessing as they do [/insert] with no sense of humour

tumbled to the fact that his [insert] their [/insert] leg was being pulled. Mine

ran much as follows superscript mark indecipherable "Trade before the war" –  superscript A  "Lion tamer." In

the 101st. Army Corps the 73rd Division. Proficient in what

languages! "Zulu" & so on. It was of course somewhat

difficult at another camp to remember ones previous answers.

The Germans however would swallow most things.

At Schornhorst the 'the' amended from 'he' [insert] Hun [/insert] fumed & threatened imprisonment, it was

in von Gertz days – But as I said to the Captain You have

no right to ask these questions – this he acknowledged to

be the fact – & there the matter dropped.

This camp Clausthal was supposed by the Germans to be one of

the best in Germany. In some ways perhaps it was. During

1916. the German Government spent a matter of a few hundred

pounds in buying ornamental trees – These were put in

all over the place & we were confined mostly to the

paths – Roses [insert]  cumcuts  lilacs [/insert] & numerous [insert] other [/insert] varrieties. They were planted

by the Russian gardener who declared that 50% would

not grow as they were totally unfit to withstand the

climate. I think Horn had rather a mania for Tree

culture .  SU 86. Note A


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51.

quite a good dinner for a dinner party. It has always been

my policy not to spend money in this country so I did

not [insert] as a rule [/insert] indulge in these luxuries. I however attended two

dinner parties, one on St Andrew night & one on the

Rose  day of the K.O.Y.L.I thus I speak with a certain

amount of experience.

The Germans did not seem to send ones descriptive return

from camp to camp, but each camp made a new

one. I doubt if any one [insert] of [/insert] mine agreed in a single detail.

At Schornhorst the returns were filled in in such a ludicous

way that even the Germans [insert] possessing as they do [/insert] with no sense of humour

tumbled to the fact that his [insert] their [/insert] leg was being pulled. Mine

ran much as follows superscript mark indecipherable "Trade before the war" –  superscript A  "Lion tamer." In

the 101st. Army Corps the 73rd Division. Proficient in what

languages! "Zulu" & so on. It was of course somewhat

difficult at another camp to remember ones previous answers.

The Germans however would swallow most things.

At Schornhorst the 'the' amended from 'he' [insert] Hun [/insert] fumed & threatened imprisonment, it was

in von Gertz days – But as I said to the Captain You have

no right to ask these questions – this he acknowledged to

be the fact – & there the matter dropped.

This camp Clausthal was supposed by the Germans to be one of

the best in Germany. In some ways perhaps it was. During

1916. the German Government spent a matter of a few hundred

pounds in buying ornamental trees – These were put in

all over the place & we were confined mostly to the

paths – Roses [insert]  cumcuts  lilacs [/insert] & numerous [insert] other [/insert] varrieties. They were planted

by the Russian gardener who declared that 50% would

not grow as they were totally unfit to withstand the

climate. I think Horn had rather a mania for Tree

culture .  SU 86. Note A



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  • June 22, 2017 19:34:13 Liam Benison

    51.

    quite a good dinner for a dinner party. It has always been

    my policy not to spend money in this country so I did

    not [insert] as a rule [/insert] indulge in these luxuries. I however attended two

    dinner parties, one on St Andrew night & one on the

    Rose  day of the K.O.Y.L.I thus I speak with a certain

    amount of experience.

    The Germans did not seem to send ones descriptive return

    from camp to camp, but each camp made a new

    one. I doubt if any one [insert] of [/insert] mine agreed in a single detail.

    At Schornhorst the returns were filled in in such a ludicous

    way that even the Germans [insert] possessing as they do [/insert] with no sense of humour

    tumbled to the fact that his [insert] their [/insert] leg was being pulled. Mine

    ran much as follows superscript mark indecipherable "Trade before the war" –  superscript A  "Lion tamer." In

    the 101st. Army Corps the 73rd Division. Proficient in what

    languages! "Zulu" & so on. It was of course somewhat

    difficult at another camp to remember ones previous answers.

    The Germans however would swallow most things.

    At Schornhorst the 'the' amended from 'he' [insert] Hun [/insert] fumed & threatened imprisonment, it was

    in von Gertz days – But as I said to the Captain You have

    no right to ask these questions – this he acknowledged to

    be the fact – & there the matter dropped.

    This camp Clausthal was supposed by the Germans to be one of

    the best in Germany. In some ways perhaps it was. During

    1916. the German Government spent a matter of a few hundred

    pounds in buying ornamental trees – These were put in

    all over the place & we were confined mostly to the

    paths – Roses [insert]  cumcuts  lilacs [/insert] & numerous [insert] other [/insert] varrieties. They were planted

    by the Russian gardener who declared that 50% would

    not grow as they were totally unfit to withstand the

    climate. I think Horn had rather a mania for Tree

    culture .  SU 86. Note A


  • June 22, 2017 19:33:32 Liam Benison

    51.

    quite a good dinner for a dinner party. It has always been

    my policy not to spend money in this country so I did

    not [insert] as a rule [/insert] indulge in these luxuries. I however attended two

    dinner parties, one on St Andrew night & one on the

    Rose  day of the K.O.Y.L.I thus I speak with a certain

    amount of experience.

    The Germans did not seem to send ones descriptive return

    from camp to camp, but each camp made a new

    one. I doubt if any one [insert] of [/insert] mine agreed in a single detail.

    At Schornhorst the returns were filled in in such a ludicous

    way that even the Germans [insert] possessing as they do [/insert] with no sense of humour

    tumbled to the fact that his [insert] their [/insert] leg was being pulled. Mine

    ran much as follows superscript mark indecipherable "Trade before the war" –  superscript A  "Lion tamer." In

    the 101st. Army Corps the 73rd Division. Proficient in what

    languages! "Zulu" & so on. It was of course somewhat

    difficult at another camp to remember ones previous answers.

    The Germans however would swallow most things.

    At Schornhorst the 'the' amended from 'he' [insert] Hun [/insert] fumed & threatened imprisonment, it was

    in von Gertz days – But as I said to the Captain You have

    no right to ask these questions – this he acknowledged to

    be the fact – & there the matter dropped.

    This camp Clausthal was supposed by the Germans to be one of

    the best in Germany. In some ways perhaps it was. During

    1916. the German Government spent a matter of a few hundred

    pounds in buying ornamental trees – These were put in

    all over the place & we were confined mostly to the

    paths – Roses [insert]  cumcuts  lilacs [/insert] & numerous [insert] other [/insert] varrieties. They were planted

    by the Russian gardener who declared that 50% would

    not grow as they were totally unfit to withstand the

    climate



  • June 22, 2017 19:32:36 Liam Benison

    51.

    quite a good dinner for a dinner party. It has always been

    my policy not to spend money in this country so I did

    not [insert] as a rule [/insert] indulge in these luxuries. I however attended two

    dinner parties, one on St Andrew night & one on the

    Rose  day of the K.O.Y.L.I thus I speak with a certain

    amount of experience.

    The Germans did not seem to send ones descriptive return

    from camp to camp, but each camp made a new

    one. I doubt if any one [insert] of [/insert] mine agreed in a single detail.

    At Schornhorst the returns were filled in in such a ludicous

    way that even the Germans [insert] possessing as they do [/insert] with no sense of humour

    tumbled to the fact that his [insert] their [/insert] leg was being pulled. Mine

    ran much as follows superscript mark indecipherable "Trade before the war" –  superscript A  "Lion tamer." In

    the 101st. Army Corps the 73rd Division. Proficient in what

    languages! "Zulu" & so on. It was of course somewhat

    difficult at another camp to remember ones previous answers.

    The Germans however would swallow most things.

    At Schornhorst the 'the' amended from 'he' [insert] Hun [/insert] fumed & threatened imprisonment, it was

    in von Gertz days – But as I said to the Captain You have

    no right to ask these questions – this he acknowledged to

    be the fact – & there the matter dropped.

    This camp Clausthal was supposed by the Germans to be one of

    the best in Germany. In some ways perhaps it was. During

    1916. the German Government spent a matter of a few hundred

    pounds in buying ornamental trees – These were put in

    all over the place & we were confined mostly to the

    paths – Roses [insert]  cumcuts  lilacs [/insert] & numerous [insert] other [/insert] varrieties. They were planted




  • June 22, 2017 19:28:37 Liam Benison

    51.

    quite a good dinner for a dinner party. It has always been

    my policy not to spend money in this country so I did

    not [insert] as a rule [/insert] indulge in these luxuries. I however attended two

    dinner parties, one on St Andrew night & one on the

    Rose  day of the K.O.Y.L.I thus I speak with a certain

    amount of experience.

    The Germans did not seem to send ones descriptive return

    from camp to camp, but each camp made a new

    one. I doubt if any one [insert] of [/insert] mine agreed in a single detail.

    At Schornhorst the returns were filled in in such a ludicous

    way that even the Germans [insert] possessing as they do [/insert] with no sense of humour

    tumbled to the fact that his [insert] their [/insert] leg was being pulled. Mine

    ran much as follows superscript mark indecipherable "Trade before the war" –  superscript A  "Lion tamer." In

    the 101st. Army Corps the 73rd Division. Proficient in what

    languages! "Zulu" & so on. It was of course somewhat

    difficult at another camp to remember ones previous answers.

    The Germans however would swallow most things.

    At Schornhorst the 'the' amended from 'he' [insert] Hun [/insert] fumed & threatened imprisonment, it was

    in von Gertz days – But as I said to the Captain You have

    no right to ask these questions – this he acknowledged to

    be the fact – & then




  • June 22, 2017 19:27:32 Liam Benison

    51.

    quite a good dinner for a dinner party. It has always been

    my policy not to spend money in this country so I did

    not [insert] as a rule [/insert] indulge in these luxuries. I however attended two

    dinner parties, one on St Andrew night & one on the

    Rose  day of the K.O.Y.L.I thus I speak with a certain

    amount of experience.

    The Germans did not seem to send ones descriptive return

    from camp to camp, but each camp made a new

    one. I doubt if any one [insert] of [/insert] mine agreed in a single detail.

    At Schornhorst the returns were filled in in such a ludicous

    way that even the Germans [insert] possessing as they do [/insert] with no sense of humour

    tumbled to the fact that his [insert] their [/insert] leg was being pulled. Mine

    ran much as follows superscript mark indecipherable "Trade before the war" –  superscript A  "Lion tamer." In

    the 101st. Army Corps the 73rd Division. Proficient in what

    languages! "Zulu" & so on. It was of course somewhat

    difficult at another camp to remember ones previous answers.

    The Germans however would swallow most things.

    At Schornhorst the 'the' amended from 'he' [insert] Hun [/insert] fumed & threatened imprisonment, it was




  • June 22, 2017 19:20:37 Liam Benison

    51.

    quite a good dinner for a dinner party. It has always been

    my policy not to spend money in this country so I did

    not [insert] as a rule [/insert] indulge in these luxuries. I however attended two

    dinner parties, one on St Andrew night & one on the

    Rose  day of the K.O.Y.L.I thus I speak with a certain

    amount of experience.

    The Germans did not seem to send ones descriptive return

    from camp to camp, but each camp made a new

    one. I doubt if any one [insert] of [/insert] mine agreed in a single detail.

    At Schornhorst the returns were filled in in such a ludicous

    way that even the Germans [insert] possessing as they do [/insert] with no sense of humour

    tumbled to the fact that his [insert] their [/insert] leg was being pulled. Mine

    ran much as follows superscript mark indecipherable "Trade before the war" –  superscript A  "Lion tamer." In

    the 101st. Army Corps the 73rd Division. Proficient in what

    languages! "Zulu" & so on. It was of course somewhat

    difficult at another camp to remember ones previous answers.

    The Germans however would swallow most things.

    At Schornhorst they




  • June 22, 2017 19:14:51 Liam Benison

    51.

    quite a good dinner for a dinner party. It has always been

    my policy not to spend money in this country so I did

    not [insert] as a rule [/insert] indulge in these luxuries. I however attended two

    dinner parties, one on St Andrew night & one on the

    Rose  day of the K.O.Y.L.I thus I speak with a certain

    amount of experience.

    The Germans did not seem to send ones descriptive return

    from camp to camp, but each camp made a new

    one. I doubt if any one [insert] of [/insert] mine agreed in a single detail.

    At Schornkorst the returns were filled in in such a ludicous

    way that even the Germans [insert] possessing as they do [/insert] with no sense of humour

    tumbled to the fact that his [insert] their [/insert] leg was being pulled. Mine

    ran much as follows "Trade before the war" –  superscript A  "Lion tamer." In



  • June 22, 2017 19:12:54 Liam Benison

    51.

    quite a good dinner for a dinner party. It has always been

    my policy not to spend money in this country so I did

    not [insert] as a rule [/insert] indulge in these luxuries. I however attended two

    dinner parties, one on St Andrew night & one on the

    Rose  day of the K.O.Y.L.I thus I speak with a certain

    amount of experience.

    The Germans did not seem to send ones descriptive return

    from camp to camp, but each camp made a new

    one. I doubt if any one [insert] of [/insert] mine agreed in a single detail.

    At Schornkorst the returns were filled in in such a ludicous

    way that even the Germans [insert] possessing as they do [/insert] with no sense of humour

    tumbled to the fact that his [insert] their [/insert] leg was being pulled. Mine

    ran much as follows



  • June 22, 2017 19:11:12 Liam Benison

    51.

    quite a good dinner for a dinner party. It has always been

    my policy not to spend money in this country so I did

    not [insert] as a rule [/insert] indulge in these luxuries. I however attended two

    dinner parties, one on St Andrew night & one on the

    Rose  day of the K.O.Y.L.I thus I speak with a certain

    amount of experience.

    The Germans did not seem to send ones descriptive return

    from camp to camp, but each camp made a new

    one. I doubt if any one [insert] of [/insert] mine agreed in a single detail.

    At Schornkorst the returns were filled in in such a ludicous

    way that even the Germans [insert] possessing as they do [/insert] with no sense of humour



  • June 22, 2017 19:09:46 Liam Benison

    51.

    quite a good dinner for a dinner party. It has always been

    my policy not to spend money in this country so I did

    not [insert] as a rule [/insert] indulge in these luxuries. I however attended two

    dinner parties, one on St Andrew night & one on the

    Rose  day of the K.O.Y.L.I thus I speak with a certain

    amount of experience.

    The Germans did not seem to send ones descriptive return

    from camp to camp, but each camp made a new

    one. I doubt if any one [insert] of [/insert] mine agreed in a single detail.

    At Schornkorst the returns were filled in in such a ludicous



  • June 22, 2017 19:08:02 Liam Benison

    51.

    quite a good dinner for a dinner party. It has always been

    my policy not to spend money in this country so I did

    not [insert] as a rule [/insert] indulge in these luxuries. I however attended two

    dinner parties, one on St Andrew night & one on the

    Rose  day of the K.O.Y.L.I thus I speak with a certain

    amount of experience.

    The Germans did not seem to send ones descriptive return



  • June 22, 2017 19:06:41 Liam Benison

    51.

    quite a good dinner for a dinner party. It has always been

    my policy not to spend money in this country so I did

    not [insert] as a rule [/insert] indulge in these luxuries. I however attended two

    dinner parties, one on St Andrew night & one on the

     day


  • June 22, 2017 18:59:13 Liam Benison

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