POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 125
- June 23, 2017 13:39:18 L G
O. Another of his fads was fire alarm. In the end he
had a kind of fire guard formed. The English Commanders
only qualification for the job was that he had broken
one of the German Fire Exstiquishers - These Exstinquishers
were tried once on a bonfire which as far as I could
see burnt more brilliantly than before.
Again the English orderlies were in the habit of paying
the Russian orderlies either in money or food to do
the very dirty work. As the Russians got neither of
these every one was satisfied. But the Russian General
considering the idea infra dig: to the Russian
Army - forbade it.
Just before I left the orderlies were taken over by the
Germans - with the idea of having the place clean by ten.
The orderly in my room was a very hard working but
slow North Sea fisherman who had been caught on the
King Stephen. He had three rooms to do, and the last
was usually finished about noon. I dont know how
the problem was solved.