POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 122

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59.

On the 19th May there was a fire. The German guard room

being burnt to the ground. It was touch and go that

the whole building did not catch. At the first go of the

sentries for the most part left their posts but unfortuneately

one came quite near our hole, otherwise this would have

been an excellent chance. Then someone in authority

arrived – a cordon of guard was put round the place.

& we  were warned to be ready to evaluate the [insert] main [/insert] building.

The local fire engine arrived with a bugler & the local

jagaar  company with an officer. It was a drole night.

I must say I had the first real laugh that I had had

for months –

But that very afternoon a new misfortune befell us.

There was a walk ; and two young French officers who

had just arrived elected to do a bolt on this. They

had never given their parole. of course they had not

thought out their scheme well. However they got clean

away and were not missed till the following morning

They were ultimately caught in Westphalia because they

had run out of food. I may add the German lieutenant

in charge of this walk got a rough half hour from the

General & was soon transferred to another camp [insert] on the front [/insert]. But as

far as we were concerned it lead to the discovery of our

bolt hole. For naturally they did not [insert] at first [/insert] think of the

walk.

Appels here as a rule were gentlemanly. Thus the 1st appel

was at 9.30 except on bath days Tuesday, Wednesday &

Thursday when it was at 12. When an escape took

place they used at once to sound the appel. There

 last line of page mostly omitted from scan except last 2 words missing The afternoon

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59.

On the 19th May there was a fire. The German guard room

being burnt to the ground. It was touch and go that

the whole building did not catch. At the first go of the

sentries for the most part left their posts but unfortuneately

one came quite near our hole, otherwise this would have

been an excellent chance. Then someone in authority

arrived – a cordon of guard was put round the place.

& we  were warned to be ready to evaluate the [insert] main [/insert] building.

The local fire engine arrived with a bugler & the local

jagaar  company with an officer. It was a drole night.

I must say I had the first real laugh that I had had

for months –

But that very afternoon a new misfortune befell us.

There was a walk ; and two young French officers who

had just arrived elected to do a bolt on this. They

had never given their parole. of course they had not

thought out their scheme well. However they got clean

away and were not missed till the following morning

They were ultimately caught in Westphalia because they

had run out of food. I may add the German lieutenant

in charge of this walk got a rough half hour from the

General & was soon transferred to another camp [insert] on the front [/insert]. But as

far as we were concerned it lead to the discovery of our

bolt hole. For naturally they did not [insert] at first [/insert] think of the

walk.

Appels here as a rule were gentlemanly. Thus the 1st appel

was at 9.30 except on bath days Tuesday, Wednesday &

Thursday when it was at 12. When an escape took

place they used at once to sound the appel. There

 last line of page mostly omitted from scan except last 2 words missing The afternoon


Transcription history
  • June 23, 2017 16:36:27 Annick Rodriguez

    59.

    On the 19th May there was a fire. The German guard room

    being burnt to the ground. It was touch and go that

    the whole building did not catch. At the first go of the

    sentries for the most part left their posts but unfortuneately

    one came quite near our hole, otherwise this would have

    been an excellent chance. Then someone in authority

    arrived – a cordon of guard was put round the place.

    & we  were warned to be ready to evaluate the [insert] main [/insert] building.

    The local fire engine arrived with a bugler & the local

    jagaar  company with an officer. It was a drole night.

    I must say I had the first real laugh that I had had

    for months –

    But that very afternoon a new misfortune befell us.

    There was a walk ; and two young French officers who

    had just arrived elected to do a bolt on this. They

    had never given their parole. of course they had not

    thought out their scheme well. However they got clean

    away and were not missed till the following morning

    They were ultimately caught in Westphalia because they

    had run out of food. I may add the German lieutenant

    in charge of this walk got a rough half hour from the

    General & was soon transferred to another camp [insert] on the front [/insert]. But as

    far as we were concerned it lead to the discovery of our

    bolt hole. For naturally they did not [insert] at first [/insert] think of the

    walk.

    Appels here as a rule were gentlemanly. Thus the 1st appel

    was at 9.30 except on bath days Tuesday, Wednesday &

    Thursday when it was at 12. When an escape took

    place they used at once to sound the appel. There

     last line of page mostly omitted from scan except last 2 words missing The afternoon

  • June 23, 2017 11:56:54 Liam Benison

    59.

    On the 19th May there was a fire. The German guard room

    being burnt to the ground. It was touch and go that

    the whole building did not catch. At the first go of the

    sentries for the most part left their posts but unfortuneately

    one came quite near our hole, otherwise this would have

    been an excellent chance. Then someone in authority

    arrived – a cordon of guard was put round the place.

    we  were warned to be ready to evaluate the [insert] main [/insert] building.

    The local fire engine arrived with a bugler & the local

    jagaar  company with an officer. It was a drole night.

    I must say I had the first real laugh that I had had

    for months –

    But that very afternoon a new misfortune befell us.

    There was a walk ; and two young French officers who

    had just arrived elected to do a bolt on this. They

    had never given their parole. of course they had not

    thought out their scheme well. However they got clean

    away and were not missed till the following morning

    They were ultimately caught in Westphalia because they

    had run out of food. I may add the German lieutenant

    in charge of this walk got a rough half hour from the

    General & was soon transferred to another camp [insert] on the front [/insert]. But as

    far as we were concerned it lead to the discovery of our

    bolt hole. For naturally they did not [insert] at first [/insert] think of the

    walk.

    Appels  there  as a rule were gentlemanly. Thus the 1st appel

    was at 9.30 except on bath days Tuesday, Wednesday &

    Thursday when it was at 12. When an escape took

    place they used at once to  sound the appel. There

     last line of page mostly omitted from scan except last 2 words missing The afternoon


  • June 23, 2017 11:54:54 Liam Benison

    On the 19th May there was a fire. The German guard room

    being burnt to the ground. It was touch and go that

    the whole building did not catch. At the first go of the

    sentries for the most part left their posts but unfortuneately

    one came quite near our hole, otherwise this would have

    been an excellent chance. Then someone in authority

    arrived – a cordon of guard was put round the place.

    we  were warned to be ready to evaluate the [insert] main [/insert] building.

    The local fire engine arrived with a bugler & the local

    jagaar  company with an officer. It was a drole night.

    I must say I had the first real laugh that I had had

    for months –

    But that very afternoon a new misfortune befell us.

    There was a walk ; and two young French officers who

    had just arrived elected to do a bolt on this. They

    had never given their parole. of course they had not

    thought out their scheme well. However they got clean

    away and were not missed till the following morning

    They were ultimately caught in Westphalia because they

    had run out of food. I may add the German lieutenant

    in charge of this walk got a rough half hour from the

    General & was soon transferred to another camp [insert] on the front [/insert]. But as

    far as we were concerned it lead to the discovery of our

    bolt hole. For naturally they did not [insert] at first [/insert] think of the

    walk.

    Appels  there  as a rule were gentlemanly. Thus the 1st appel

    was at 9.30 except on bath days Tuesday, Wednesday &

    Thursday when it was at 12. When an escape took

    place they used at once to  sound the appel. There

     last line of page mostly omitted from scan except last 2 words missing The afternoon


  • June 23, 2017 11:51:58 Liam Benison

    On the 19th May there was a fire. The German guard room

    being burnt to the ground. It was touch and go that

    the whole building did not catch. At the first go of the

    sentries for the most part left their posts but unfortuneately

    one came quite near our hole, otherwise this would have

    been an excellent chance. Then someone in authority

    arrived – a cordon of guard was put round the place.

    we  were warned to be ready to evaluate the [insert] main [/insert] building.

    The local fire engine arrived with a bugler & the local

    jagaar  company with an officer. It was a drole night.

    I must say I had the first real laugh that I had had

    for months –

    But that very afternoon a new misfortune befell us.

    There was a walk ; and two young French officers who

    had just arrived elected to do a bolt on this. They

    had never given their parole. of course they had not

    thought out their scheme well. However they got clean

    away and were not missed till the following morning

    They were ultimately caught in Westphalia because they

    had run out of food. I may add the German lieutenant

    in charge of this walk got a rough half hour from the

    General & was soon transferred to another camp [insert] on the front [/insert]. But as

    far as we were concerned it lead to the discovery of our

    bolt hole. For naturally they did not [insert] at first [/insert] think of the

    walk.

    Appels  there  as a rule were gentlemanly. Thus the 1st appel

    was at 9.30 except on bath days Tuesday, Wednesday &

    Thursday when it was at 12. When an escape took

    place they used at once to  sound the appel. There

     last line of page mostly omitted from scan missing The afternoon


  • June 23, 2017 11:51:42 Liam Benison

    On the 19th May there was a fire. The German guard room

    being burnt to the ground. It was touch and go that

    the whole building did not catch. At the first go of the

    sentries for the most part left their posts but unfortuneately

    one came quite near our hole, otherwise this would have

    been an excellent chance. Then someone in authority

    arrived – a cordon of guard was put round the place.

    we  were warned to be ready to evaluate the [insert] main [/insert] building.

    The local fire engine arrived with a bugler & the local

    jagaar  company with an officer. It was a drole night.

    I must say I had the first real laugh that I had had

    for months –

    But that very afternoon a new misfortune befell us.

    There was a walk ; and two young French officers who

    had just arrived elected to do a bolt on this. They

    had never given their parole. of course they had not

    thought out their scheme well. However they got clean

    away and were not missed till the following morning

    They were ultimately caught in Westphalia because they

    had run out of food. I may add the German lieutenant

    in charge of this walk got a rough half hour from the

    General & was soon transferred to another camp [insert] on the front [/insert]. But as

    far as we were concerned it lead to the discovery of our

    bolt hole. For naturally they did not [insert] at first [/insert] think of the

    walk.

    Appels  there  as a rule were gentlemanly. Thus the 1st appel

    was at 9.30 except on bath days Tuesday, Wednesday &

    Thursday when it was at 12. When an escape took

    place they used at once to  sound the appel. There

     last line of page omitted from scan missing The afternoon


  • June 23, 2017 11:51:07 Liam Benison

    On the 19th May there was a fire. The German guard room

    being burnt to the ground. It was touch and go that

    the whole building did not catch. At the first go of the

    sentries for the most part left their posts but unfortuneately

    one came quite near our hole, otherwise this would have

    been an excellent chance. Then someone in authority

    arrived – a cordon of guard was put round the place.

    we  were warned to be ready to evaluate the [insert] main [/insert] building.

    The local fire engine arrived with a bugler & the local

    jagaar  company with an officer. It was a drole night.

    I must say I had the first real laugh that I had had

    for months –

    But that very afternoon a new misfortune befell us.

    There was a walk ; and two young French officers who

    had just arrived elected to do a bolt on this. They

    had never given their parole. of course they had not

    thought out their scheme well. However they got clean

    away and were not missed till the following morning

    They were ultimately caught in Westphalia because they

    had run out of food. I may add the German lieutenant

    in charge of this walk got a rough half hour from the

    General & was soon transferred to another camp [insert] on the front [/insert]. But as

    far as we were concerned it lead to the discovery of our

    bolt hole. For naturally they did not [insert] at first [/insert] think of the

    walk.

    Appels  there  as a rule were gentlemanly. Thus the 1st appel

    was at 9.30 except on bath days Tuesday, Wednesday &

    Thursday when it was at 12. When an escape took

    place they used at once to  sound the appel. There

     last line of page omitted from scan


  • June 23, 2017 11:48:31 Liam Benison

    On the 19th May there was a fire. The German guard room

    being burnt to the ground. It was touch and go that

    the whole building did not catch. At the first go of the

    sentries for the most part left their posts but unfortuneately

    one came quite near our hole, otherwise this would have

    been an excellent chance. Then someone in authority

    arrived – a cordon of guard was put round the place.

    we  were warned to be ready to evaluate the [insert] main [/insert] building.

    The local fire engine arrived with a bugler & the local

    jagaar  company with an officer. It was a drole night.

    I must say I had the first real laugh that I had had

    for months –

    But that very afternoon a new misfortune befell us.

    There was a walk ; and two young French officers who

    had just arrived elected to do a bolt on this. They

    had never given their parole. of course they had not

    thought out their scheme well. However they got clean

    away and were not missed till the following morning

    They were ultimately caught in Westphalia because they

    had run out of food. I may add the German lieutenant

    in charge of this walk got a rough half hour from the

    General & was soon transferred to another camp [insert] on the front [/insert]. But as

    far as we were concerned it lead to the discovery of our

    bolt hole. For naturally they did not [insert] at first [/insert] think of the

    walk.

    Appels  there  as a rule were gentlemanly. Thus the 1st appel

    was at 9.30 except on bath days Tuesday, Wednesday &

    Thursday when it was at 12. When an escape took

    place they used at once to the appel. There


  • June 23, 2017 11:47:15 Liam Benison

    On the 19th May there was a fire. The German guard room

    being burnt to the ground. It was touch and go that

    the whole building did not catch. At the first go of the

    sentries for the most part left their posts but unfortuneately

    one came quite near our hole, otherwise this would have

    been an excellent chance. Then someone in authority

    arrived – a cordon of guard was put round the place.

    we  were warned to be ready to evaluate the [insert] main [/insert] building.

    The local fire engine arrived with a bugler & the local

    jagaar  company with an officer. It was a drole night.

    I must say I had the first real laugh that I had had

    for months –

    But that very afternoon a new misfortune befell us.

    There was a walk ; and two young French officers who

    had just arrived elected to do a bolt on this. They

    had never given their parole. of course they had not

    thought out their scheme well. However they got clean

    away and were not missed till the following morning

    They were ultimately caught in Westphalia because they

    had run out of food. I may add the German lieutenant

    in charge of this walk got a rough half hour from the

    General & was soon transferred to another camp [insert] on the front [/insert]. But as

    far as we were concerned it lead to the discovery of our

    bolt hole. For naturally they did not [insert] at first [/insert] think of the

    walk.

    Appels  there  as a rule were gentlemanly. Thus the 1st appel


  • June 23, 2017 11:46:02 Liam Benison

    On the 19th May there was a fire. The German guard room

    being burnt to the ground. It was touch and go that

    the whole building did not catch. At the first go of the

    sentries for the most part left their posts but unfortuneately

    one came quite near our hole, otherwise this would have

    been an excellent chance. Then someone in authority

    arrived – a cordon of guard was put round the place.

    we  were warned to be ready to evaluate the [insert] main [/insert] building.

    The local fire engine arrived with a bugler & the local

    jagaar  company with an officer. It was a drole night.

    I must say I had the first real laugh that I had had

    for months –

    But that very afternoon a new misfortune befell us.

    There was a walk ; and two young French officers who

    had just arrived elected to do a bolt on this. They

    had never given their parole. of course they had not

    thought out their scheme well. However they got clean

    away and were not missed till the following morning

    They were ultimately caught in Westphalia because they

    had run out of food. I may add the German lieutenant

    in charge of this walk got a rough half hour from the

    General & was soon transferred to another camp [insert] on the front [/insert]. But as

    far as we were concerned it lead to the discovery of our

    bolt hole. For naturally they did not [insert] at first [/insert] think of the

    walk.

    Appels


  • June 23, 2017 11:44:54 Liam Benison

    On the 19th May there was a fire. The German guard room

    being burnt to the ground. It was touch and go that

    the whole building did not catch. At the first go of the

    sentries for the most part left their posts but unfortuneately

    one came quite near our hole, otherwise this would have

    been an excellent chance. Then someone in authority

    arrived – a cordon of guard was put round the place.

    we  were warned to be ready to evaluate the [insert] main [/insert] building.

    The local fire engine arrived with a bugler & the local

    jagaar  company with an officer. It was a drole night.

    I must say I had the first real laugh that I had had

    for months –

    But that very afternoon a new misfortune befell us.

    There was a walk ; and two young French officers who

    had just arrived elected to do a bolt on this. They

    had never given their parole. of course they had not

    thought out their scheme well. However they got clean

    away and were not missed till the following morning

    They were ultimately caught in Westphalia because they

    had run out of food. I may add the German lieutenant

    in charge of this walk got a rough half hour from the

    General & was soon transferred to another camp [insert] on the front [/insert]. But as



  • June 23, 2017 11:43:53 Liam Benison

    On the 19th May there was a fire. The German guard room

    being burnt to the ground. It was touch and go that

    the whole building did not catch. At the first go of the

    sentries for the most part left their posts but unfortuneately

    one came quite near our hole, otherwise this would have

    been an excellent chance. Then someone in authority

    arrived – a cordon of guard was put round the place.

    we  were warned to be ready to evaluate the [insert] main [/insert] building.

    The local fire engine arrived with a bugler & the local

    jagaar  company with an officer. It was a drole night.

    I must say I had the first real laugh that I had had

    for months –

    But that very afternoon a new misfortune befell us.

    There was a walk ; and two young French officers who

    had just arrived elected to do a bolt on this. They

    had never given their parole. of course they had not

    thought out their scheme well. However they got clean

    away and were not missed till the following morning

    They were ultimately caught in Westphalia because they

    had run out of food. I may add the German lieutenant

    in charge of this walk got a rough half hour from the



  • June 23, 2017 11:42:15 Liam Benison

    On the 19th May there was a fire. The German guard room

    being burnt to the ground. It was touch and go that

    the whole building did not catch. At the first go of the

    sentries for the most part left their posts but unfortuneately

    one came quite near our hole, otherwise this would have

    been an excellent chance. Then someone in authority

    arrived – a cordon of guard was put round the place.

    we  were warned to be ready to evaluate the [insert] main [/insert] building.

    The local fire engine arrived with a bugler & the local

    jagaar  company with an officer. It was a drole night.

    I must say I had the first real laugh that I had had

    for months –

    But that very afternoon a new misfortune befell us.

    There was a walk ; and two young French officers who

    had just arrived elected to do a bolt on this. They

    had never given their parole. of course they had not

    thought out their scheme well.


  • June 23, 2017 11:40:46 Liam Benison

    On the 19th May there was a fire. The German guard room

    being burnt to the ground. It was touch and go that

    the whole building did not catch. At the first go of the

    sentries for the most part left their posts but unfortuneately

    one came quite near our hole, otherwise this would have

    been an excellent chance. Then someone in authority

    arrived – a cordon of guard was put round the place.

    we  were warned to be ready to evaluate the [insert] main [/insert] building.

    The local fire engine arrived with a bugler & the local

    jagaar  company with an officer. It was a drole night.

    I must say I had the first real laugh that I had had

    for months –


  • June 23, 2017 11:35:38 Liam Benison

    On the 19th May there was a fire. The German guard room

    being burnt to the ground. It was touch and go that

    the whole building did not catch. At the first go of the

    sentries for the most part left their posts but unfortuneately

    one came quite near our hole, otherwise this would have

    been an excellent chance. Then someone in authority

    arrived – a cordon of guard was put round the place.


  • June 23, 2017 11:32:51 Liam Benison

    On the 19th May there was a fire. The German guard room



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