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    How NOT to use blogs

    By keithmroberts

    This area is not for queries but for ongoing blogs. if you want to ask for help, please go to the appropriate sub-forum in the main part of the GWF. You have been asked to make your first post in a specified location. Once you have done that, your query can be raised in the various sections of the forum. If you previously posted a request for help or information in this area, it is likely to be deleted at some point in the next few weeks or months. So if you have a reply, please make a note o
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Sunday, 8th December 1918 - March to the Rhine Day 21

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 21.   King George V and General William Birdwood visit the graves of several notable soldiers including, the temporary grave of Prince Maurice of Battenburg, the King's one-time equerry Major Lord Charles Mercer-Nairne, Brigadier General Francis Aylmer Maxwell VC, CSI, DSO & Bar, and Major the Hon. William George Sidney Cadogan, the equerry to the Prince of Wales. Presentation of baton of the Marshal of France to Philippe Petain at

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Saturday, 7th December 1918 - March to the Rhine Day 20

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 20.   King George V talks to the Bishop of Tournai, Monseigneur Croye, during a visit to 8th Divisional Headquarters at Tournai, 7th December 1918. The house had been used as HQ by Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria, and a strong concrete dug-out against air raids was one of the prominant features. With the King is General William Birdwood, the last General Officer Commanding Fifth Army before its disbandment and Major General William Heneker,

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7th December 1918 Lamsdorf POW camp, an inspection and promises.

Saturday 7th December 1918 Another two Romanians are brought back into camp this morning. The Medical Officer, who had come to the camp, has been busy trying to get better living quarters for us and the first stage takes place today at 10.00am. He arrives at the compound in the company of a number of high officials to inspect the camp in general, and they went through every hut. On coming to the last one, the Chief was overheard to remark “It’s amazing, I don’t know how the poor fe

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

 

Friday, 6th December 1918 - March to the Rhine Day 19

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 19.   18th Hussars guarding bridges over the Rhine at Cologne, 6th December 1918. King George V presenting the Victoria Cross to Lance Sergeant Walter Simpson (also know as Arthur Evans) of the Lincolnshire Regiment, 6th Battalion and temporary Commander Daniel Beak, commanding the Drake Battalion of the Royal Naval Division, at Valenciennes, 6th December 1918. "The Gaieties" a Fifth Army Concert Party, run by actor Leslie Henson.

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Thursday, 5th December 1918 - March to the Rhine Day 18

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 18.   King George V inspecting the Royal Guard from the Canadian Corps provided by the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and was commanded by Captain G.W. Little, at Sebourg Chateau the King's Headquarters near Valenciennes, 5th December 1918. King George V; Edward, the Prince of Wales; Prince Albert; and General Henry Horne walking through Stambruges, 5 December 1918. Here the 175th Brigade was drawn up, under temporary comma

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Wednesday, 4th December 1918 - March to the Rhine Day 17

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 17.   General Staff - 1st Canadian Division, C.E.F.   13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)   14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)   15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.   16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.   5th Canadian Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.   14th Brigade C.F.A., C.E.F.   61st Field Battery,

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Tuesday, 3rd December 1918 - March to the Rhine Day 16

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 16.   General Staff - 1st Canadian Division, C.E.F.   13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)   14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)   15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.   16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.   5th Canadan Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.   14th Brigade C.F.A., C.E.F.   61st Field Battery, C.F

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Tuesday 3rd December 1918 Lamsdorf POW Romanians escape but are brought back again.

Tuesday 3rd December 1918 During the night shots were heard at intervals, telling us that it is either more attempted escapes, or prowling wolves.  In going out next morning for soup, we are just in time to see three guards marching two Romanians back into camp. They had escaped during the night, and had made for the village about 2 miles south west of the camp, in an endeavour to steal bread from the local bakery. They’d have succeeded very well, had they not been caught. They eac

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

 

Monday, 2nd December 1918 - March to the Rhine Day 15

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 15.   General Staff - 1st Canadian Division, C.E.F.   13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)   14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)   15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.   16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.   5th Canadan Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.   14th Brigade C.F.A., C.E.F.   61st Field Battery, C.

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2nd December 1918 Lamsdorf POW, prisoners arrive from Munster and a great reunion.

Monday 2nd December 1918 A batch of prisoners from another camp called Munster arrived today, amongst them being an Irish corporal of my own platoon. The joy of our meeting again, is almost impossible to imagine. I think we remained out of bed more than half the night talking over all that had happened in our various stages of captivity. He told me that he had been kept behind the lines during the first three months, engaged in carrying wounded back to the dressing station.

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

 

Sunday, 1st December 1918 - March to the Rhine Day 14

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 14.  The first British car of the Royal Army Service Corps reaches the Hohenzollern bridge over the Rhine at Cologne while troops of the British 1st Cavalry Division reach the German Frontier near Malmedy, 1st December 1918. King George V, along with Prince Edward of Wales inspect the British Fourth Amy near Avesnes-sur-Helpe.   General Staff - 1st Canadian Division, C.E.F.   13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)

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1st December 1918 Lamsdorf POW, the Russians are plotting.

Sunday 1st December 1918                                                 A Plot Revealed One sergeant arrived back in camp at dinner time from working at the railhead in the company of a squad of Russians. He had relieved a Tommy of his jacket earlier that morning in the hope of exchanging it for a bit of salt fish or ground meal. However he brought news of an intended raid on the British quarters by a mob of Russians.  It appeared that he had heard them talking together and

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

 

11th - 30th November 1918 at Lamsdorf POW camp, peace, but nothing really changes.

Monday 11th November 1918 Similar to yesterday the weather is cold and dreary, but we hardly notice it as we are so interested in the present situation. The troops who have been our guards so long, are busy packing, rolling up blankets and various other duties connected with moving from one place to another. After breakfast of brown soup with five grains of barley in the bottom (I have counted them), we are all called out on parade, counted and ordered to march. The half dead colum

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

 

4th - 10th November 1918 Lamsdorf POW, rumour of peace and then what we all wanted to hear.

Sunday 4th November 1918 "Again Fred and I go out to the forest to work, whilst Billy has to go to Lamsdorf railhead to work. When the day is over we pool all our goods, Billy has got about 3lbs of ground maize, Fred 3 turnips, and I a few potatoes so we make up a thick stew with the lot. One of the boys in the foraging party managed to stand on a baby rabbit whist returning to camp but it got away.   I never felt more like doing murder than on this occasion, because the thought o

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

 

October 1918 Life at Lamsdorf POW Camp

Tuesday 1st October 1918   Today started just as many others have started with the usual breakfast and working parties.   News reaches us that the civil population is to be allowed another rise in their bread ration of 10%.   When the boys return after work it is with rumours of terms of peace by President Wilson, also that the railway workers in Austria had gone on strike owing to some misunderstanding, and that they were refusing to convey German troop

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

 

27th - 30th September 1918 Lamsdorf POW, YMCA Parcel.

Friday 27th September 1918   All the time as prisoners there had never been any sign of a parcel from England, and we had been told that after about twelve weeks we would be in receipt of parcels of food and clothing from the British Red Cross Society.   However today we all got a pleasant surprise. While the men were at their various tasks, Fred and I were searching round from one compound to another trying to get something to eat, when we spied one of the members o

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

 

14th August 1918 Lamsdorf POW, fumigation and lost hair.

Wednesday 14th August 1918         Today at 2pm we were roused from our after dinner siesta by our guards, absolutely chased out on parade, and ordered to take with us all blankets and clothing in our possession and were marched across to Lager 1 for a bath, and very happy we were at the thought of a good old splash to relieve us of some of the dirt and lice.   First we entered what appeared to be a boiler house but proved to contain large fumigating appliances. We w

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

 

July 1918 from Darmstadt to Lamsdorf, our new "home" but far from home.

Monday 1st July 1918                                                    Orders came today that we were going to move and while handing in blankets, I was accosted by my old red nosed friend, who with a smile approached and asked how I had enjoyed my stay at Darmstadt. Not to be outdone I replied that it had all been very nice, only I saw that he had noticed my plight, being without boots etc, and drawing me to one side he asked if at any time during my tour of the front I had met

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

 

6th - 30th June 1918 Darmstadt POW, it's glories and a Field Post Card to send.

Thursday 6th June 1918 to App 20th June 1917   Huts were built close together and were fitted out with wooden bunks of two tiers to accommodate four to six men, however the hut that I happened to be put into was already overcrowded, and men were crammed between the bunks on the floor, even some were underneath to get out of the way. In the centre was a large cooking range similar to those used in large houses, but it was of little use, as to a lack of fuel it could not be used exce

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

 

5th & 6th June 1918 Darnstadt POW and A Red Nosed Sergeant.

Wednesday 5th June 1918   The morning came as any fine morning could be expected to do, beautifully warm and sunny and breakfast over we settled into groups to talk over past events and what was likely to happen in the near future.   About 10am in came a sergeant and called out six names and took the men away along a corridor. Why, we had no idea, as they never came back that way, so we just had to sit and await our turn.   It didn’t come that day and th

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

 

4th June 1918 and onwards to Darmstadt POW.

Tuesday 4th June 1918                           Another Move   Up and about by 5am after a meal of what was called breakfast composed of soup of a dark brown colour in which was floating a few grains of burnt barley. We didn’t want much of this as it tasted so bitter and our guards called it coffee, never the less it had to go down with a portion of black bread.   After this we fell in and were counted, the roll called and finally marched off to the rail

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

 

2nd & 3rd June we're marched onto Giessen POW Camp

Sunday 2nd June 1918   The day passed without event, and on the night all that could be seen or heard, was the sentries feet and the figures of the guards moving along the stone coping round the top of our prison, and the groups of prisoners down below, on their damp cold ground beds, talking about anything that seemed to come into their heads.   Some talked of home and what their people would have to say when they heard of their sons or fathers plight. Others grumble

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

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