POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 135
- June 26, 2017 15:53:42 Annick Rodriguez
I never liked the idea & as a matter of fact we were not allowed
out in this field after appel after we had hot on the idea so
it fell through. The only real chance was to poison the
dog. The sentry was no danger.
My next idea was the garden. My row of peas gave an
excellent cover for two it had been planted for this purpose.
But our party was there. It seemed the best thing to have
a cucumber frame made. There was on already but alone
too small. The carpenter set about the job but he took
quite 10 days, it was now the beginning of August.
But in time we got all prepared. Then for some reason
the German suddenly put a sentry on the Garden. I
do not think this was the work of a spy, for no one
knew my plans. As I had not even told my companions
the day. This idea which had seemed a gift was
But we had made up our minds to get out & with our
boats etc. The only real safe way seemed to be to dig
our way out. But in trying it we took on a colos[insert] s [/insert] al
At this period an escape took place of a real daring nature.
A British Officer & a British sailor schemed by means of a rope
ladder to climb over the fence close to our original hole.
It will be noted that this place is directly under the
electric arc light. The scheme was due to take place on
a Cinema night. We in the Cinema show had the following
experience. About 9.30 the lights even turned on by the
German officer & we were all sent to our rooms. What
had happened outside was one officer tried to keep the
sentry on conversation whilst the attempt was made.
- June 26, 2017 15:45:31 Annick Rodriguez