POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 163

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                                    76.

by 4 metres all round- the addition of the gardens - the usual

[insert] non [/insert] walk straf and the sending away of all the English orderlies. It

was given out that they were going to a men's camp. As a matter

of fact they were sent to the salt mines. All the men employed

such as the carpenter & gardener were sent away. Later too,

the Lieutenant left. Thus did the innocent suffer for the

guilty.

About now we had a surprise visit from the General one Sunday.

We found it was in consequence  of a complaint made against

the commandant. He said there was a "couchon" in the camp.

I would lay odds its was a Belgian though we never found

out. The points  brought forward were mostly true, viz unlimited

drink & drunkeness & that the canteen was exploiting us

A staff officer came & held a long enquiry the result of which

was the complete vindication of the commandant. He was

furious & put up the price of some of the wires & stopped

all entertainments.

 We agreed amongst ourself that we would all boycot the Canteens

The commandant capitulated in two days.

In the summer he gave out that the camp was surrounded

by a live wire & he would not be responsible for the lives

of any one approaching the fence- He did not think much

of our brain power or that some of us had an elementary

knowledge of electricity & that others were using hat knowledge

to use the current for lighting for our [insert] their [/insert]own purposes.

On Nov 14th.. I went before the Swiss Commission & was recommended

for Switzerland.

About this time an entertainment was being got up the proceeds

to be sent in gifts etc to the mens camps any surplus being

sent to Servian prisoners. The chief organizer was a Russian

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                                    76.

by 4 metres all round- the addition of the gardens - the usual

[insert] non [/insert] walk straf and the sending away of all the English orderlies. It

was given out that they were going to a men's camp. As a matter

of fact they were sent to the salt mines. All the men employed

such as the carpenter & gardener were sent away. Later too,

the Lieutenant left. Thus did the innocent suffer for the

guilty.

About now we had a surprise visit from the General one Sunday.

We found it was in consequence  of a complaint made against

the commandant. He said there was a "couchon" in the camp.

I would lay odds its was a Belgian though we never found

out. The points  brought forward were mostly true, viz unlimited

drink & drunkeness & that the canteen was exploiting us

A staff officer came & held a long enquiry the result of which

was the complete vindication of the commandant. He was

furious & put up the price of some of the wires & stopped

all entertainments.

 We agreed amongst ourself that we would all boycot the Canteens

The commandant capitulated in two days.

In the summer he gave out that the camp was surrounded

by a live wire & he would not be responsible for the lives

of any one approaching the fence- He did not think much

of our brain power or that some of us had an elementary

knowledge of electricity & that others were using hat knowledge

to use the current for lighting for our [insert] their [/insert]own purposes.

On Nov 14th.. I went before the Swiss Commission & was recommended

for Switzerland.

About this time an entertainment was being got up the proceeds

to be sent in gifts etc to the mens camps any surplus being

sent to Servian prisoners. The chief organizer was a Russian


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  • June 29, 2017 18:46:41 Annick Rodriguez

                                        76.

    by 4 metres all round- the addition of the gardens - the usual

    [insert] non [/insert] walk straf and the sending away of all the English orderlies. It

    was given out that they were going to a men's camp. As a matter

    of fact they were sent to the salt mines. All the men employed

    such as the carpenter & gardener were sent away. Later too,

    the Lieutenant left. Thus did the innocent suffer for the

    guilty.

    About now we had a surprise visit from the General one Sunday.

    We found it was in consequence  of a complaint made against

    the commandant. He said there was a "couchon" in the camp.

    I would lay odds its was a Belgian though we never found

    out. The points  brought forward were mostly true, viz unlimited

    drink & drunkeness & that the canteen was exploiting us

    A staff officer came & held a long enquiry the result of which

    was the complete vindication of the commandant. He was

    furious & put up the price of some of the wires & stopped

    all entertainments.

     We agreed amongst ourself that we would all boycot the Canteens

    The commandant capitulated in two days.

    In the summer he gave out that the camp was surrounded

    by a live wire & he would not be responsible for the lives

    of any one approaching the fence- He did not think much

    of our brain power or that some of us had an elementary

    knowledge of electricity & that others were using hat knowledge

    to use the current for lighting for our [insert] their [/insert]own purposes.

    On Nov 14th.. I went before the Swiss Commission & was recommended

    for Switzerland.

    About this time an entertainment was being got up the proceeds

    to be sent in gifts etc to the mens camps any surplus being

    sent to Servian prisoners. The chief organizer was a Russian

  • June 28, 2017 22:55:32 Annick Rodriguez

                                        76.

    by 4 metres all round- the addition of the gardens - the usual

    [insert] non [/insert] walk straf and the sending away of all the English orderlies. It

    was given out that they were going to a men's camp. As a matter

    of fact they were sent to the salt mines. All the men employed

    such as the carpenter & gardener were sent away. Later too,

    the Lieutenant left. Thus did the innocent suffer for the

    guilty.

    About now we had a surprise visit from the General one Sunday.

    We found it was in consequence  of a complaint made against

    the commandant. He said there was a "couchon" in the camp.

    I would lay odds its was a Belgian though we never found

    out. The points  brought forward were mostly true, viz unlimited

    drink & drunkeness & that the canteen was exploiting us

    A staff officer came & held a long enquiry the result of which

    was the complete vindication of the commandant. He was

    furious & put up the price of some of the wires & stopped

    all entertainments.

     We agreed amongst ourself that we would all boycot the Canteens

    The commandant capitulated in two days.

    In the summer he gave out that the camp was surrounded

    by a live wire & he would not be responsible for the lives

    of any one approaching the fence- He did not think much

    of our brain power or that some of us had an elementary

    knowledge of electricity & that others were using hat knowledge

    to use the current for lighting for our [insert] their [/insert]own purposes.

    On Nov 14th.. I went before the Swiss Commission & was recommended

    for Switzerland.


  • June 28, 2017 22:46:33 Annick Rodriguez

                                        76.

    by 4 metres all round- the addition of the gardens - the usual

    [insert] non [/insert] walk straf and the sending away of all the English orderlies. It

    was given out that they were going to a men's camp. As a matter

    of fact they were sent to the salt mines. All the men employed

    such as the carpenter & gardener were sent away. Later too,

    the Lieutenant left. Thus did the innocent suffer for the

    guilty.

    About now we had a surprise visit from the General one Sunday.

    We found it was in consequence  of a complaint made against

    the commandant. He said there was a "couchon" in the camp.

    I would lay odds its was a Belgian though we never found

    out. The points  brought forward were mostly true, viz unlimited

    drink & drunkeness & that the canteen was exploiting us

    A staff officer came & held a long enquiry the result of which

    was the complete vindication of the commandant. He was

    furious & put up the price of some of the wires & stopped

    all entertainments.

     We agreed amongst ourself that we would all boycot the Canteens

    The commandant capitulated in two days.

    In the summer he gave out that the camp was surrounded

    by a live wire & he would not be responsible for the lives

    of any one approaching the fence- He did not think much

    of our brain power or that some of us had an elementary

    knowledge of electricity 


  • June 28, 2017 22:35:46 Annick Rodriguez

                                        76.

    by 4 metres all round- the addition of the gardens - the usual

    [insert] non [/insert] walk straf and the sending away of all the English orderlies. It

    was given out that they were going to a men's camp. As a matter

    of fact they were sent to the salt mines. All the men employed

    such as the carpenter & gardener were sent away. Later too,

    the Lieutenant left. Thus did the innocent suffer for the

    guilty.

    About now we had a surprise visit from the General one Sunday.

    We found it was in consequence  of a complaint made against

    the commandant. He said there was a "couchon" in the camp.

    I would lay odds its was a Belgian though we never found

    out. The points  brought forward were mostly true, viz unlimited

    drink & drunkeness & that the canteen was exploiting us

    A staff officer came & held a long enquiry the result of which

    was the complete vindication of the commandant. He was

    furious & put up the price of some of the wires & stopped

    all entertainments.

     We agreed amongst ourself that we would all boycot the Canteens

    The commandant capitulated in two days.

    In the summer he gave out that the camp was surrounded

    by a live wire & he would not be responsible for the lives

    of any one approaching the fence- He did not think much

    of our brain power or that some of us had an elementary

    knowledge 


  • June 28, 2017 22:29:39 Annick Rodriguez

                                        76.

    by 4 metres all round- the addition of the gardens - the usual

    [insert] non [/insert] walk straf and the sending away of all the English orderlies. It

    was given out that they were going to a men's camp. As a matter

    of fact they were sent to the salt mines. All the men employed

    such as the carpenter & gardener were sent away. Later too,

    the Lieutenant left. Thus did the innocent suffer for the

    guilty.

    About now we had a surprise visit from the General one Sunday.

    We found it was in consequence  of a complaint made against

    the commandant. He said there was a "couchon" in the camp.

    I would lay odds its was a Belgian though we never found

    out. The points  brought forward were mostly true, viz unlimited

    drink & drunkeness & that the canteen was exploiting us

    A staff officer came & held a long enquiry the result of which

    was the complete vindication of the commandant. He was

    furious & put up the price of some of the wires & stopped

    all entertainments.

     We agreed amongst ourself that we would all boycot the Canteens

    The commandant capitulated in two days.

    In the summer he gave out that the camp was surrounded

    by a live


  • June 28, 2017 18:34:54 Annick Rodriguez

                                        76.

    by 4 metres all round- the addition of the gardens - the usual

    [insert] non [/insert] walk straf and the sending away of all the English orderlies. It

    was given out that they were going to a men's camp. As a matter

    of fact they were sent to the salt mines. All the men employed

    such as the carpenter & gardener were sent away. Later too,

    the Lieutenant left. Thus did the innocent suffer for the

    guilty.

    About now we had a surprise visit from the General one Sunday.

    We found it was in consequence  of a complaint made against

    the commandant. He said there was a "couchon" in the camp.

    I would lay odds its was a Belgian though we never found

    out. The points  brought forward were mostly true, viz unlimited

    drink & drunkeness & that the canteen was exploiting us

    A staff officer came & held a long enquiry the result of which

    was the complete vindication of the commandant. He was

    furious & put up the price of some of the wires & stopped

    all entertainments.

     We agreed amongst ourself that we would all boycot the Canteens

    The commandant capitulated in two days.

    In the summer he gave out that the camp was surrounded


  • June 28, 2017 18:32:38 Annick Rodriguez

                                        76.

    by 4 metres all round- the addition of the gardens - the usual

    [insert] non [/insert] walk straf and the sending away of all the English orderlies. It

    was given out that they were going to a men's camp. As a matter

    of fact they were sent to the salt mines. All the men employed

    such as the carpenter & gardener were sent away. Later too,

    the Lieutenant left. Thus did the innocent suffer for the

    guilty.

    About now we had a surprise visit from the General one Sunday.

    We found it was in consequence  of a complaint made against

    the commandant. He said there was a "couchon" in the camp.

    I would lay odds its was a Belgian though we never found

    out. The points  brought forward were mostly true, viz unlimited

    drink & drunkeness & that the canteen was exploiting us



  • June 28, 2017 18:30:43 Annick Rodriguez

                                        76.

    by 4 metres all round- the addition of the gardens - the usual

    [insert] non [/insert] walk straf and the sending away of all the English orderlies. It

    was given out that they were going to a men's camp. As a matter

    of fact they were sent to the salt mines. All the men employed

    such as the carpenter & gardener were sent away. Later too,

    the Lieutenant left. Thus did the innocent suffer for the

    guilty.

    About now we had a surprise visit from the General one Sunday.




  • June 28, 2017 18:29:38 Annick Rodriguez

                                        76.

    by 4 metres all round- the addition of the gardens - the usual

    [insert] non [/insert] walk straf and the sending away of all the English orderlies. It

    was given out that they were going to a men's camp. As a matter

    of fact they were sent to the salt mines. All the men employed

    such as the carpenter & gardener were sent away. Later too,

    the Lieutenant left. Thus did the innocent suffer for the

    guilty.



  • June 28, 2017 17:45:02 Annick Rodriguez

                                        76.



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