POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 127

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                                                             62

managed to get a 2nd.. prize, which was I think creditable

as I and others were digging a tunnel at the time &

as a rule played our round when dead tired.

In 1916 we were allowed a patch on which to cultivate

gardens. I was recently much amused at varrious officers

ignorance on the subject. I and another officer had a

flower & vegetable garden- also part share in another

patch which was ultimately handed to me. We grew

peas  written above "peas".."amongst other things"  which were a great success & kept our mess going

for a month - but oh the trouble of shelling them which

fell on me!- not that I was not helped but I was

always one of the fatigue party. The ground was awful,

more stones than earth. The weather was so cold that

lettuce would not grow. I did not get any till end of

July & then it was of course from slow gro[insert] w [/insert] th. The

other vegitables beans, scarlet runners & ending were a total

failure. The flower garden was [insert] rather more of [/insert] a success we grew violas,

pinks, forget me nots, nursturtians, & as a centre piece two

hollyhocks & a sunflower. There had just come to maturity

when the tunnel was blown & everything was ruthlessly

dug up by the Germans & the garden fenced off. Any one to

be shot venturing on this patch. However in 1916 I spent

many agreeable hours in my garden. There were many enemys

to contend with , a little bettle attacked the raddishes but I 

defeated him. Then the Belgian walked over my scarlet runners

breaking most of the plants. The Russians cut the strong

supporting my peas & brought a good few down. But it

all filed in the time.

The Autumn  .above word "Autumn" the word "During" is written of 1915. One had a chance of stud[insert] y [/insert] ing natural 

history. The place was overgrow with field mice. One



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                                                             62

managed to get a 2nd.. prize, which was I think creditable

as I and others were digging a tunnel at the time &

as a rule played our round when dead tired.

In 1916 we were allowed a patch on which to cultivate

gardens. I was recently much amused at varrious officers

ignorance on the subject. I and another officer had a

flower & vegetable garden- also part share in another

patch which was ultimately handed to me. We grew

peas  written above "peas".."amongst other things"  which were a great success & kept our mess going

for a month - but oh the trouble of shelling them which

fell on me!- not that I was not helped but I was

always one of the fatigue party. The ground was awful,

more stones than earth. The weather was so cold that

lettuce would not grow. I did not get any till end of

July & then it was of course from slow gro[insert] w [/insert] th. The

other vegitables beans, scarlet runners & ending were a total

failure. The flower garden was [insert] rather more of [/insert] a success we grew violas,

pinks, forget me nots, nursturtians, & as a centre piece two

hollyhocks & a sunflower. There had just come to maturity

when the tunnel was blown & everything was ruthlessly

dug up by the Germans & the garden fenced off. Any one to

be shot venturing on this patch. However in 1916 I spent

many agreeable hours in my garden. There were many enemys

to contend with , a little bettle attacked the raddishes but I 

defeated him. Then the Belgian walked over my scarlet runners

breaking most of the plants. The Russians cut the strong

supporting my peas & brought a good few down. But it

all filed in the time.

The Autumn  .above word "Autumn" the word "During" is written of 1915. One had a chance of stud[insert] y [/insert] ing natural 

history. The place was overgrow with field mice. One




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  • June 23, 2017 18:13:11 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                 62

    managed to get a 2nd.. prize, which was I think creditable

    as I and others were digging a tunnel at the time &

    as a rule played our round when dead tired.

    In 1916 we were allowed a patch on which to cultivate

    gardens. I was recently much amused at varrious officers

    ignorance on the subject. I and another officer had a

    flower & vegetable garden- also part share in another

    patch which was ultimately handed to me. We grew

    peas  written above "peas".."amongst other things"  which were a great success & kept our mess going

    for a month - but oh the trouble of shelling them which

    fell on me!- not that I was not helped but I was

    always one of the fatigue party. The ground was awful,

    more stones than earth. The weather was so cold that

    lettuce would not grow. I did not get any till end of

    July & then it was of course from slow gro[insert] w [/insert] th. The

    other vegitables beans, scarlet runners & ending were a total

    failure. The flower garden was [insert] rather more of [/insert] a success we grew violas,

    pinks, forget me nots, nursturtians, & as a centre piece two

    hollyhocks & a sunflower. There had just come to maturity

    when the tunnel was blown & everything was ruthlessly

    dug up by the Germans & the garden fenced off. Any one to

    be shot venturing on this patch. However in 1916 I spent

    many agreeable hours in my garden. There were many enemys

    to contend with , a little bettle attacked the raddishes but I 

    defeated him. Then the Belgian walked over my scarlet runners

    breaking most of the plants. The Russians cut the strong

    supporting my peas & brought a good few down. But it

    all filed in the time.

    The Autumn  .above word "Autumn" the word "During" is written of 1915. One had a chance of stud[insert] y [/insert] ing natural 

    history. The place was overgrow with field mice. One



  • June 23, 2017 16:55:14 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                 62

    managed to get a 2nd.. prize, which was I think creditable

    as I and others were digging a tunnel at the time &

    as a rule played our round when dead tired.

    In 1916 we were allowed a patch on which to cultivate

    gardens. I was recently much amused at varrious officers

    ignorance on the subject. I and another officer had a

    flower & vegetable garden- also part share in another

    patch which was ultimately handed to me. We grew

    peas  written above "peas".."amongst other things"  which were a great success & kept our mess going

    for a month - but oh the trouble of shelling them which

    fell on me!- not that I was not helped but I was

    always one of the fatigue party. The ground was awful,

    more stones than earth. The weather was so cold that

    lettuce would not grow. I did not get any till end of



  • June 23, 2017 16:54:19 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                 62

    managed to get a 2nd.. prize, which was I think creditable

    as I and others were digging a tunnel at the time &

    as a rule played our round when dead tired.

    In 1916 we were allowed a patch on which to cultivate

    gardens. I was recently much amused at varrious officers

    ignorance on the subject. I and another officer had a

    flower & vegetable garden- also part share in another

    patch which was ultimately handed to me. We grew

    peas  written above "peas".."amongst other things"  which were a great success & kept our mess going

    for a month - but oh the trouble of shelling them which

    fell on me!- not that I was not helped but I was

    always one of the fatigue party.


  • June 23, 2017 16:50:14 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                 62

    managed to get a 2nd.. prize, which was I think creditable

    as I and others were digging a tunnel at the time &

    as a rule played our round when dead tired.

    In 1916 we were allowed a patch on which to cultivate

    gardens. I was recently much amused at varrious officers

    ignorance on the subject. I and another officer had a

    flower & vegetable garden- also part share in another

    patch which was ultimately handed to me. We grew

    peas  bove the word"peas".. 


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