POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 148

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 Page  82.

coffee- bread & sausage & cheese. The bread was nothing

like so bad as the war bread I had previously come across.

Thus we were certainly given a living ration. For this

we were charged 2/3 of our pay.

Hut No. 10 to which in a few days I was transferred was

outwardly exactly similar to No.9. Inwardly it was

very different. The German orderlies were much inferior

It was run by a typical German Frau no doubt a worthy

person & it was full of French officers. The rule here was

that however many or few officers they were always to

be crowded up as close together as possible in the sleeping

room. No rule as to smoking was observed. The French

officer on my right smoked a German pipe most of the

night. There was never hot water till about 10, & the

bath was only used for tea things & basins. The place

was seldom ventilated & was on the hot side. Here

I spent Christmas & New Year. We had a christmas tree

put up by the nurse in the main building . It was

rather pathetic with its penny decorations. After spending

about 3 weeks here relieved by the moving of one party

of French we were one morning visited by a party of

Swiss - and within a few hours were moved to the

main building.

A party of German wounded who had come through from

Switzerland now occupied the place, but they gradually

were sent away to their homes. I expect they had

a fairly cheerless Christmas - There were plenty of flags

& evergreens & welcome home to the fatherland

but little else. Any how they kept their joy pretty

quietly.


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 Page  82.

coffee- bread & sausage & cheese. The bread was nothing

like so bad as the war bread I had previously come across.

Thus we were certainly given a living ration. For this

we were charged 2/3 of our pay.

Hut No. 10 to which in a few days I was transferred was

outwardly exactly similar to No.9. Inwardly it was

very different. The German orderlies were much inferior

It was run by a typical German Frau no doubt a worthy

person & it was full of French officers. The rule here was

that however many or few officers they were always to

be crowded up as close together as possible in the sleeping

room. No rule as to smoking was observed. The French

officer on my right smoked a German pipe most of the

night. There was never hot water till about 10, & the

bath was only used for tea things & basins. The place

was seldom ventilated & was on the hot side. Here

I spent Christmas & New Year. We had a christmas tree

put up by the nurse in the main building . It was

rather pathetic with its penny decorations. After spending

about 3 weeks here relieved by the moving of one party

of French we were one morning visited by a party of

Swiss - and within a few hours were moved to the

main building.

A party of German wounded who had come through from

Switzerland now occupied the place, but they gradually

were sent away to their homes. I expect they had

a fairly cheerless Christmas - There were plenty of flags

& evergreens & welcome home to the fatherland

but little else. Any how they kept their joy pretty

quietly.



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  • November 4, 2017 22:46:46 Thomas A. Lingner

     Page  82.

    coffee- bread & sausage & cheese. The bread was nothing

    like so bad as the war bread I had previously come across.

    Thus we were certainly given a living ration. For this

    we were charged 2/3 of our pay.

    Hut No. 10 to which in a few days I was transferred was

    outwardly exactly similar to No.9. Inwardly it was

    very different. The German orderlies were much inferior

    It was run by a typical German Frau no doubt a worthy

    person & it was full of French officers. The rule here was

    that however many or few officers they were always to

    be crowded up as close together as possible in the sleeping

    room. No rule as to smoking was observed. The French

    officer on my right smoked a German pipe most of the

    night. There was never hot water till about 10, & the

    bath was only used for tea things & basins. The place

    was seldom ventilated & was on the hot side. Here

    I spent Christmas & New Year. We had a christmas tree

    put up by the nurse in the main building . It was

    rather pathetic with its penny decorations. After spending

    about 3 weeks here relieved by the moving of one party

    of French we were one morning visited by a party of

    Swiss - and within a few hours were moved to the

    main building.

    A party of German wounded who had come through from

    Switzerland now occupied the place, but they gradually

    were sent away to their homes. I expect they had

    a fairly cheerless Christmas - There were plenty of flags

    & evergreens & welcome home to the fatherland

    but little else. Any how they kept their joy pretty

    quietly.


  • June 26, 2017 21:08:14 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                      82.

    coffee- bread & sausage or cheese. The bread was nothing

    like so bad as the war bread I had previously came across.

    Thus we were certainly given a living ration. For this

    we were charged 2/3 of our pay.

    Hut No. 10 to which in a few days I was transferred was

    outwardly exactly similar to No.9. Inwardly it was

    very different. The German orderlies were much inferior

    It was run by a typical German Frau no doubt a worthy

    person & it was full of French officers. The rule here was

    that however many or few officers they were always to

    be crowded up as close together as possible in the sleeping

    room. No rule as to smoking was observed. The French

    officer on my right smoked a German pipe most of the

    night. There was never hot water till about 10, & the

    bath was only used for tea things & basins. The place

    was seldom ventilated & was on the hot side. Here

    I spent Christmas & New Year. We had a christmas tree

    put up by the nurse in the main building . It was

    rather pathetic with its penny decorations. After spending

    about 3 weeks here relieved by the moving of one party

    of French we were one morning visited by a party of

    Swiss- and within a few hours were moved to the

    Main building.

    A party of German wounded who had come through from

    Switzerland now occupied the place, but they gradually

    were sent away to their home. I  expect they had

    a fairly cheerless Christmas - There were plenty of flags

    & evergreens & welcome home to the fatherland

    but little else. Any how they kept their joy pretty

    quietly.



  • June 26, 2017 20:56:21 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                      82.

    coffee- bread & sausage or cheese. The bread was nothing

    like so bad as the war bread I had previously came across.

    Thus we were certainly given a living ration. For this

    we were charged 2/3 of our pay.

    Hut No. 10 to which in a few days I was transferred was

    outwardly exactly similar to No.9. Inwardly it was

    very different. The German orderlies were much inferior

    It was run by a typical German Frau no doubt a worthy

    person & it was full of French officers. The rule here was

    that however many or few officers they were always to

    be crowded up as close together as possible in the sleeping

    room. No rule as to smoking was observed. The French

    officer on my right smoked a German pipe most of the

    night. There was never hot water till about 10, & the

    bath was only



  • June 26, 2017 20:56:06 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                      82.

    coffee- bread & sausage or cheese. The bread was nothing

    like so bad as the war bread I had previously came across.

    Thus we were certainly given a living ration. For this

    we were charged 2/3 of our pay.

    Hut No. 10 to which in a few days I was transferred was

    outwardly exactly similar to No.9. Inwardly it was

    very different. The German orderlies were much inferior

    It was run by a typical German Frau no doubt a worthy

    person & it was full of French officers. The rule here was

    that however many or few officers they were always to

    be crowded up as close together as possible in the sleeping

    room. No rule as to smoking was observed. The French

    officer on my right smoked a German pipe most of the

    night. There was never hot water till about 10, & the



  • June 26, 2017 20:54:44 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                      82.

    coffee- bread & sausage or cheese. The bread was nothing

    like so bad as the war bread I had previously came across.

    Thus we were certainly given a living ration. For this

    we were charged 2/3 of our pay.

    Hut No. 10 to which in a few days I was transferred was

    outwardly exactly similar to No.9. Inwardly it was

    very different. The German orderlies were much inferior

    It was run by a typical German Frau no doubt a worthy

    person & it was full of French officers. The rule here was

    that however many or few officers they were always to



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