POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 110

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                                                                                      53.

[insert] X The contractor was ordered to the front when the job was about 

             finished -and got wildly drunk on the strength of it. [/insert]

the allies were very long suffering, for as a rule they took

it all in good part.  Matches were played for plat de sois

& very strange games were fixed up. During the winter

the Germans constructed huts in the field & by spring

when the snow had cleared away golf was no longer

possible.

As soon as possible we set about erecting a squash ra[insert] c [/insert] quet

court. As there were under 20 of us. This cost a considerable

outlay. It was also doubtful how long we might be

[insert] However on the whole we got a quite reasonable contract fixed up [/insert]

here. However when constructed I think it was a great

success. I had the honour of being secretary of this club. X

When the weather was bad one could always get 3/4 hour

of real hard exercise. In 1916 the camp began to fill

up with English & the reco[insert] u [/insert]rses of teh club got more &

more boxed. When I left in Dec 1916 there were about

40 members. This was not merely so satisfactory. For one

only got the court once in 3 or 4 days & then probably

at an hour when one did not want to play. After a

year of playing when one liked it was a nuisance.

But of course although we had paid for it & taken the

risk of not using it we could not adopt a policy of dog

in the manger. In any case I must say I got most

excellent value out of it.

In the spring of 1915 walks rather under one a week were

allowed on signing a paper that one would not escape.

Personally for reasons which I am not going to touch I did

not join the walking party for nearly 3 months. The

first walks were under the commandant. He was old

& fat but he used to get a considerable distance at

a very slow pace. The French & Belgians also came.



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                                                                                      53.

[insert] X The contractor was ordered to the front when the job was about 

             finished -and got wildly drunk on the strength of it. [/insert]

the allies were very long suffering, for as a rule they took

it all in good part.  Matches were played for plat de sois

& very strange games were fixed up. During the winter

the Germans constructed huts in the field & by spring

when the snow had cleared away golf was no longer

possible.

As soon as possible we set about erecting a squash ra[insert] c [/insert] quet

court. As there were under 20 of us. This cost a considerable

outlay. It was also doubtful how long we might be

[insert] However on the whole we got a quite reasonable contract fixed up [/insert]

here. However when constructed I think it was a great

success. I had the honour of being secretary of this club. X

When the weather was bad one could always get 3/4 hour

of real hard exercise. In 1916 the camp began to fill

up with English & the reco[insert] u [/insert]rses of teh club got more &

more boxed. When I left in Dec 1916 there were about

40 members. This was not merely so satisfactory. For one

only got the court once in 3 or 4 days & then probably

at an hour when one did not want to play. After a

year of playing when one liked it was a nuisance.

But of course although we had paid for it & taken the

risk of not using it we could not adopt a policy of dog

in the manger. In any case I must say I got most

excellent value out of it.

In the spring of 1915 walks rather under one a week were

allowed on signing a paper that one would not escape.

Personally for reasons which I am not going to touch I did

not join the walking party for nearly 3 months. The

first walks were under the commandant. He was old

& fat but he used to get a considerable distance at

a very slow pace. The French & Belgians also came.




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  • June 22, 2017 21:03:32 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                                          53.

    [insert] X The contractor was ordered to the front when the job was about 

                 finished -and got wildly drunk on the strength of it. [/insert]

    the allies were very long suffering, for as a rule they took

    it all in good part.  Matches were played for plat de sois

    & very strange games were fixed up. During the winter

    the Germans constructed huts in the field & by spring

    when the snow had cleared away golf was no longer

    possible.

    As soon as possible we set about erecting a squash ra[insert] c [/insert] quet

    court. As there were under 20 of us. This cost a considerable

    outlay. It was also doubtful how long we might be

    [insert] However on the whole we got a quite reasonable contract fixed up [/insert]

    here. However when constructed I think it was a great

    success. I had the honour of being secretary of this club. X

    When the weather was bad one could always get 3/4 hour

    of real hard exercise. In 1916 the camp began to fill

    up with English & the reco[insert] u [/insert]rses of teh club got more &

    more boxed. When I left in Dec 1916 there were about

    40 members. This was not merely so satisfactory. For one

    only got the court once in 3 or 4 days & then probably

    at an hour when one did not want to play. After a

    year of playing when one liked it was a nuisance.

    But of course although we had paid for it & taken the

    risk of not using it we could not adopt a policy of dog

    in the manger. In any case I must say I got most

    excellent value out of it.

    In the spring of 1915 walks rather under one a week were

    allowed on signing a paper that one would not escape.

    Personally for reasons which I am not going to touch I did

    not join the walking party for nearly 3 months. The

    first walks were under the commandant. He was old

    & fat but he used to get a considerable distance at

    a very slow pace. The French & Belgians also came.



  • June 22, 2017 20:53:01 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                                          53.

    [insert] X The contractor was ordered to the front when the job was about 

                 finished -and got wildly drunk on the strength of it. [/insert]

    the allies were very long suffering, for as a rule they took

    it all in good part.  Matches were played for plat de sois

    & very strange games were fixed up. During the winter

    the Germans constructed huts in the field & by spring

    when the snow had cleared away golf was no longer

    possible.

    As soon as possible we set about erecting a squash ra[insert] c [/insert] quet

    court. As there were 


  • June 22, 2017 20:51:39 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                                          53.

    [insert] X The contractor was ordered to the front when the job was about 

                 finished -and got wildly drunk on the strength of it. [/insert]

    the allies were very long suffering, for as a rule they took

    it all in good part.  Matches were played for plat de sois

    & very strange games were fixed up. During the winter

    the Germans constructed huts in the field & by spring

    when the snow had cleared away golf was no longer

    possible.

    As soon as possible we set about erecting a 


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