Private Diary of J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen 15 April 1918

Private Diary of J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen

PoW

MAINZ Germany

 

Monday 15th.  Orderly made good fire at 8 a.m. & we were able to toast the brown bread which improved it greatly – coffee at breakfast had same taste as stew, so drank lemonade.  Orderly brought 5 slices of white bread at 2 marks a slice!  Couldn’t produce biscuits from Red Cross – towels, soft soap, & handkerchiefs.  Informed that self Berney-Ficklin & Drummond are going this afternoon with escort of an officer by 2 p.m. train.  Remainder evidently go together 30 British & 20 Portuguese officers.  Martin left about 12.30 p.m.  Barber came & shaved us all.  Feel more like gentleman today.  Left Lille at 2.10 p.m. passed Orchies, St. Amand – Valenciennes (4.15 p.m.) Aulnoye (6.25 p.m.) where we halted till 10.30 p.m.  All huddled up in a waiting room which luckily had a fire and we were able to get a glass of beer!

At 10.30 p.m. started again in a 2nd class carriage & had a cold dark journey to Charleville (3.40 a.m.)

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