Private Diary of J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen 20 July 1918

Private Diary of J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen

PoW

BLANKENBURG 1/11 MARK bei BERLIN

Germany

 

Saturday July 20th.  2 letters from DD dated 27 May & 18 June & 1 from Gina dated 26 May.  Played Hibbard singles 10.30 – 11.30 a.m. & beat him   6-2 – 6-3 and again at 4.30 p.m. & beat him 9.7.

The Feldwebel & Count Kirkoff on “cello” gave recital at 6.30 p.m. Some French orderlies went to Frankfurt on Oder prior to going back to France.  They have been prisoners since 1914.Cunningham has rigged up a stick with sponge steeped in Toothache Mixture (Camphor) over my bed as a preventative for mosquitoes!

Still very hot, luckily the baths are going all day. Had a hot bath @ 8 a.m. & 2 cold shower baths after tennis today.

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Private Diary of J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen 19 July 1918

Private Diary of J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen

PoW

BLANKENBURG 1/11 MARK bei BERLIN

Germany

 

Friday July 19th.  Bad night, did not get to sleep till after 2 p.m. Mosquitoes very troublesome.  Letter from Oldfield, parcel clothing, mackintosh cigars etc.  Played tennis 2.30 – 3.30 p.m. with Hatfield against Pughe Evans & Norton.  1 set all.  Golf 3 ball match.  Hatfield, Farmer & self 5.15 to 6.40 p.m.  Feldwebel played again at 8 p.m.

Private Diary of J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen 18 July 1918

Private Diary of J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen

PoW

BLANKENBURG 1/11 MARK bei BERLIN

Germany

 

Thursday July 18th.  Thunderstorm hanging about from 2.30 a.m. broke over village about 8.30 a.m.  Quite sufficiently close to be unpleasant.  2 letters, 1 from Betty, 1 from Aunt Alice.  Biscuits parcel from Copenhagen dated June 7th.  Very hot all day.  Looked to official correspondence from Van der Zyde – 2 boxes of H & P biscuits have arrived & have been put with Common box.  The 60 emergency parcels will also form a reserve when they arrive & are to be kept for a new captured officers, or men transferred who have delayed in getting their parcels.  Very hot all day.

Alf Smith letter 18 July 1918.

Alf Smith letter 18 July 1918.

 

German censor marked.

152 High Street,

Southend on Sea

Essex

Eng

July 18th 1918

 

Our dear old Boy,

 

The news of your safety is the greatest comfort; we are happy once again; it has been a vary anxious time since April 28th the report “missing since March 21st” came from the Records Office on that date; since then it has been like night to us; we are the first to receive the good news; your letter dated May 7th reached us July 16th & Father has not received your letter to him of which you referred in yours; I telegraphed to him immediately so that he got the good news the same evening; by this you will know why you have not heard from us; dear Boy you also must be anxious for news & to know that we are all well; even now a small delay has to be added to enable us to become acquainted with the rules Official as to writing & as soon as we know the rules of parcels, we will send some goodies, not forgetting the “leather boot laces” with all speed; it is like old times once again Alf old boy.

In conclusion now, I rejoice to tell you we all enjoy good health & progressing at home & here; also that I received a letter from Jess today to tell how happy Father & they all are; they all four are going to Exmouth on holiday July 29th for three weeks, I am glad Father is going with them.

So now adieu, we send fondest embraces & heaps of kisses from Joyce.

Your devoted

Brother & Sister

 

Heaps of love to you dear boy; so very glad you are safe & well

Affie

 

Ansell is as happy as ourselves. He drinks to your good health; & is glad you thought of him.

 

Private Diary of J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen 17 July 1918

Private Diary of J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen

PoW

BLANKENBURG 1/11 MARK bei BERLIN

Germany

 

Wednesday July 17th.  Letter from DD dated 28 May.  Still very hot, a thick fog at 5 a.m.  Played tennis with Hibbard at 10.30 to 11.30 – and again at 4.30 – 5.30 with Count D’Aymery.  My shoes have given way, they have only lasted 3 weeks, shoes continue to be a difficulty until some arrive from home.  If my black brogue shoes turn up I can turn the brown canvas ones into tennis shoes by taking off the heels.

Private Diary of J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen 16 July 1918

Private Diary of J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen

PoW

BLANKENBURG 1/11 MARK bei BERLIN

Germany

 

Tuesday July 16th.  Hot bath 8 a.m.  One letter from DD dated May 15.  Two Red Cross Food parcels dated May 15 & 22, both good ones.  Still hot & some rain during the night – tennis started 12.30 p.m. I played 3.30 to 4.30 with Hatfield against Hibbard & Vick & beat them 2 sets.  Had shower bath after tea.  Very close & thundery all evening.  The Feldwebel gave us another piano recital after dinner.