POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 139

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                                                     71.

[insert] X I wonder how many time I have heard the expression " ...  from Russian Belgian & French [/insert]


came into force, or rather they tried to enforce the old Magdeburg

ones. Everyone had a pigeon hole & in it all tins were pleased.

But they had little system& as likely as not ones tins were

placed in someone elses hole. The parcels were issued at a

window in one of the   huts a long q[insertr] c [/insert]ue waiting its turn

to draw & sign. I generally found it convenient to be

at the same window, in practice you went into the room

All this were on removal opened by the Germans - again in

theory- a great coat covers a multitude of sins.

Clausthal when we arrived in 1915 besides the dinning

room contained two verandah sitting rooms- The dinning

room being usually fragrant of meals the English took

possession of a corner of one of them ^[insert] other rooms [/insert] & kept it by  means

of keeping the window open. This was a cause of dispute

with the ^[insert] other [/insert] room which ^[insert] also [/insert] had access to the verrandah. X In

the beginning of 1916. the home got [insert] we lost [/insert] possession. The other

verrandah was occupied by the allies & was impossible

It finally became the Russian map room & library

Thus in 1916 the only place to sit was ones bed room &

as these were now nationized it was not so bad.

The washing was done locally & the fair lady used to

bring it back on Saturdays. The charges were high

as soap was at a premium, & we had to pay the war

gains tax which was added to the bill. The washing

cart was drawn by a dog, but before I left the firm

were employing a horse.

Then was a librarian came once a week & from him

you could get maps. All these tradermen were under

the eye of the guard so care was required.



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                                                     71.

[insert] X I wonder how many time I have heard the expression " ...  from Russian Belgian & French [/insert]


came into force, or rather they tried to enforce the old Magdeburg

ones. Everyone had a pigeon hole & in it all tins were pleased.

But they had little system& as likely as not ones tins were

placed in someone elses hole. The parcels were issued at a

window in one of the   huts a long q[insertr] c [/insert]ue waiting its turn

to draw & sign. I generally found it convenient to be

at the same window, in practice you went into the room

All this were on removal opened by the Germans - again in

theory- a great coat covers a multitude of sins.

Clausthal when we arrived in 1915 besides the dinning

room contained two verandah sitting rooms- The dinning

room being usually fragrant of meals the English took

possession of a corner of one of them ^[insert] other rooms [/insert] & kept it by  means

of keeping the window open. This was a cause of dispute

with the ^[insert] other [/insert] room which ^[insert] also [/insert] had access to the verrandah. X In

the beginning of 1916. the home got [insert] we lost [/insert] possession. The other

verrandah was occupied by the allies & was impossible

It finally became the Russian map room & library

Thus in 1916 the only place to sit was ones bed room &

as these were now nationized it was not so bad.

The washing was done locally & the fair lady used to

bring it back on Saturdays. The charges were high

as soap was at a premium, & we had to pay the war

gains tax which was added to the bill. The washing

cart was drawn by a dog, but before I left the firm

were employing a horse.

Then was a librarian came once a week & from him

you could get maps. All these tradermen were under

the eye of the guard so care was required.




Transcription history
  • June 26, 2017 17:40:59 Annick Rodriguez

                                                         71.

    [insert] X I wonder how many time I have heard the expression " ...  from Russian Belgian & French [/insert]


    came into force, or rather they tried to enforce the old Magdeburg

    ones. Everyone had a pigeon hole & in it all tins were pleased.

    But they had little system& as likely as not ones tins were

    placed in someone elses hole. The parcels were issued at a

    window in one of the   huts a long q[insertr] c [/insert]ue waiting its turn

    to draw & sign. I generally found it convenient to be

    at the same window, in practice you went into the room

    All this were on removal opened by the Germans - again in

    theory- a great coat covers a multitude of sins.

    Clausthal when we arrived in 1915 besides the dinning

    room contained two verandah sitting rooms- The dinning

    room being usually fragrant of meals the English took

    possession of a corner of one of them ^[insert] other rooms [/insert] & kept it by  means

    of keeping the window open. This was a cause of dispute

    with the ^[insert] other [/insert] room which ^[insert] also [/insert] had access to the verrandah. X In

    the beginning of 1916. the home got [insert] we lost [/insert] possession. The other

    verrandah was occupied by the allies & was impossible

    It finally became the Russian map room & library

    Thus in 1916 the only place to sit was ones bed room &

    as these were now nationized it was not so bad.

    The washing was done locally & the fair lady used to

    bring it back on Saturdays. The charges were high

    as soap was at a premium, & we had to pay the war

    gains tax which was added to the bill. The washing

    cart was drawn by a dog, but before I left the firm

    were employing a horse.

    Then was a librarian came once a week & from him

    you could get maps. All these tradermen were under

    the eye of the guard so care was required.



  • June 26, 2017 17:19:33 Annick Rodriguez

                                                         71.

    [insert] X I wonder how many time I have heard the expression " ...  from Russian Belgian & French [/insert]


    came into force, or rather they tried to enforce the old Magdeburg

    ones. Everyone had a pigeon hole & in it all tins were pleased.

    But they had little system& as likely as not ones tins were

    placed in someone elses hole. The parcels were issued at a

    window in one of the   huts a long q[insertr] c [/insert]ue waiting its turn

    to draw & sign


  • June 26, 2017 16:00:59 Annick Rodriguez

                                                         71.

    [insert] X I wonder how many time I have heard the expression " ...  from Russian Belgian & French [/insert]


    came into force, or rather they tried to enforce the old Magdeburg

    ones. Everyone had a pigeon hole & in it all tins were pleased.

    But they had little system& as likely as not ones tins were

    placed in someone elses hole. The parcels were issued at a

    window in one of the   huts a long q[insertr] c [/insert]ue waiting its turn

    to 


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