POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 113

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                                                                        55.

all in black from which I deduced that the local Regiment

had just had it in the neck.  ...  After Hindenburg had been

collecting his new army I noticed that many of the hospitals

were empty & that there were but few conv[insert] a [/insert[ ilescents about.

It was their practice to put their cured convelescents [insert] soldiers [/insert] on 

guard over us. Then a wire would come. Generally

after some big show, and a draft of these men would

go off the front. And to the front they went right

into the firing line. I think this command was in

Belgium. (These were not the local Regt.) The local Regt.

were lagers & in 1915 were against the Italians. One day

we went to see a new camp which was bring opened at

Altenan. The whole walk was only about 16 miles-

but it was enough to show how very unfit I now had

become. I did not think much of the camp. It was

much smaller than our own. Neither did it seem to

offer any facilities for escape. Later I heard some did

escape from there.

Originally as a mess orderly we had a Frenchman. He

it was who designed the menu attached . He was really

rather an artist & it hardly does him credit. He used to

paint in oils. He was a good  mess waiter when he tried.

He was all on to make money & I fancy did the canteen 
down. In the end he took to photography & used to

make money that way rather at the expense of his

other work. Finally he was taken away to wait on

the French  & after that sent to a mens camp. We

then had a  ...  of English orderlies. When we

got a good one the Germans promptly sent him off to

a mens camp

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                                                                        55.

all in black from which I deduced that the local Regiment

had just had it in the neck.  ...  After Hindenburg had been

collecting his new army I noticed that many of the hospitals

were empty & that there were but few conv[insert] a [/insert[ ilescents about.

It was their practice to put their cured convelescents [insert] soldiers [/insert] on 

guard over us. Then a wire would come. Generally

after some big show, and a draft of these men would

go off the front. And to the front they went right

into the firing line. I think this command was in

Belgium. (These were not the local Regt.) The local Regt.

were lagers & in 1915 were against the Italians. One day

we went to see a new camp which was bring opened at

Altenan. The whole walk was only about 16 miles-

but it was enough to show how very unfit I now had

become. I did not think much of the camp. It was

much smaller than our own. Neither did it seem to

offer any facilities for escape. Later I heard some did

escape from there.

Originally as a mess orderly we had a Frenchman. He

it was who designed the menu attached . He was really

rather an artist & it hardly does him credit. He used to

paint in oils. He was a good  mess waiter when he tried.

He was all on to make money & I fancy did the canteen 
down. In the end he took to photography & used to

make money that way rather at the expense of his

other work. Finally he was taken away to wait on

the French  & after that sent to a mens camp. We

then had a  ...  of English orderlies. When we

got a good one the Germans promptly sent him off to

a mens camp


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  • June 23, 2017 16:15:46 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                            55.

    all in black from which I deduced that the local Regiment

    had just had it in the neck.  ...  After Hindenburg had been

    collecting his new army I noticed that many of the hospitals

    were empty & that there were but few conv[insert] a [/insert[ ilescents about.

    It was their practice to put their cured convelescents [insert] soldiers [/insert] on 

    guard over us. Then a wire would come. Generally

    after some big show, and a draft of these men would

    go off the front. And to the front they went right

    into the firing line. I think this command was in

    Belgium. (These were not the local Regt.) The local Regt.

    were lagers & in 1915 were against the Italians. One day

    we went to see a new camp which was bring opened at

    Altenan. The whole walk was only about 16 miles-

    but it was enough to show how very unfit I now had

    become. I did not think much of the camp. It was

    much smaller than our own. Neither did it seem to

    offer any facilities for escape. Later I heard some did

    escape from there.

    Originally as a mess orderly we had a Frenchman. He

    it was who designed the menu attached . He was really

    rather an artist & it hardly does him credit. He used to

    paint in oils. He was a good  mess waiter when he tried.

    He was all on to make money & I fancy did the canteen 
    down. In the end he took to photography & used to

    make money that way rather at the expense of his

    other work. Finally he was taken away to wait on

    the French  & after that sent to a mens camp. We

    then had a  ...  of English orderlies. When we

    got a good one the Germans promptly sent him off to

    a mens camp

  • June 22, 2017 22:32:31 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                            55.

    all in black from which I deduced that the local Regiment

    had just had it in the neck.  ...  After Hindenburg had been

    collecting his new army I noticed that many of the hospitals

    were empty & that there were but few conv[insert] a [/insert[ ilescents about.

    It was their practice to put their cured convelescents [insert] soldiers [/insert] on 

    guard over us. Then a wire would come. Generally

    after some big show, and a draft of these men would

    go off the front. And to the front they went right

    into the firing line. I think this command was in

    Belgium. (These were not the local Regt.) The local Regt.

    were lagers & in 1915 were against the Italians. One day

    we went to see a new camp which was bring opened at

    Altenan. The whole walk was only about 16 miles-

    but it was enough to show how very unfit I now had

    become. I did not think much of the camp. It was

    much smaller than our own. Neither did it seem to

    offer any facilities for escape. Later I heard some did

    escape from there.

    Originally as a mess orderly we had a Frenchman. He

    it was who designed the menu attached . He was really

    rather an artist & it hardly does him credit. He used to

    paint in oils. He was a good  mess waiter when he tried.

    He was all on to make money & I fancy did the canteen 
    down. In the end he took to photography & used to

    make money that way rather at the expense of his

    other work. Finally he was taken away to wait on

    the French  & after that sent to a mens camp. We

    then had a 


  • June 22, 2017 22:26:36 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                            55.

    all in black from which I deduced that the local Regiment

    had just had it in the neck.  ...  After Hindenburg had been

    collecting his new army I noticed that many of the hospitals

    were empty & that there were but few conv[insert] a [/insert[ ilescents about.

    It was their practice to put their cured convelescents [insert] soldiers [/insert] on 

    guard over us. Then a wire would come. Generally

    after some big show, and a draft of these men would

    go off the front. And to the front they went right

    into the firing line. I think this command was in

    Belgium. (These were not the local Regt.) The local Regt.

    were lagers & in 1915 were against the Italians. One day

    we went to see a new camp which was bring opened at

    Altenan. The whole walk was only about 16 miles-

    but it was enough to show how very unfit I now had

    become. I did not think much


  • June 22, 2017 22:23:52 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                            55.

    all in black from which I deduced that the local Regiment

    had just had it in the neck.  ...  After Hindenburg had been

    collecting his new army I noticed that many of the hospitals

    were empty & that there were but few conv[insert] a [/insert[ ilescents about.

    It was their practice to put their cured convelescents [insert] soldiers [/insert] on 

    guard over us. Then a wire would come. Generally

    after some big show, and a draft of these men would

    go off the front. And to the front they went right

    into the firing line. I think this command was in


  • June 22, 2017 21:41:23 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                            55.

    all in black from which I deduced that the local Regiment

    had just had it in the neck.  ...  After Hindenburg had been

    collecting his new army I noticed that many of the hospitals

    were empty & that there were but few conv[insert] a [/insert[ ilescents about.

    It was their practice to put their cured convelescents [insert] soldiers [/insert] on 

    guard over us. Then a wire would come. Generally

    after some big show, and a draft of these men


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