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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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Tuesday 24th December 1918 - A Christmas card of Sorts.

Tuesday 24th December 1918   As a special treat today we have been given a large amount of sausage, from the Germans but I may say that very little of it was eaten as we have any amount of our own food now. I suppose that this was sent as a peace offering owing to it being Xmas eve. Also included in the gift were two packets of tobacco and a Xmas card. The tobacco proved only to be dried oak leaves, and the card we discovered had been intended for one in England, for on the side us

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

 

Thusrday 19th December 1918 - A birthday

Thursday 19th December 1918     My birthday, I am 22 today and I am very miserable indeed for I had thought to spend it in dear old England, but not so, but I had a talk with the cooks and it ended up in a nice little spread in our hut where we celebrated very well indeed under the circumstances. There are rumours again of another transport on Sunday to include in it all cripples and every two days after that.   Sgt. Thomas William Chisholm (POW), The Northumberla

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

 

Wednesday 18th December 1918 - More men and goodbye Fred.

Wednesday 18th December 1918.   I am on duty today as Orderly Sergeant to the camp and receive order that at 7:15pm tonight there are to be four guides per company at the main gate in readiness to meet a batch of men coming in from another camp. So it came about, that Fred and I parted company on this night, and I was to sort of welcome into the camp 950 new arrivals, who in all probability would also go before I did, so I had to cover up my misery and carry on.  

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

 

Monday 16th December 1918 - Clothing, and list of names.

Monday 16th December 1918     A large consignment of clothing arrived from Lager 1, to equip the men of the first transport. We had a very busy day but I was doomed to disappointment, for when the list of names was read over my name failed to appear, so Fred and I were very gloomy at having to be separated after all our times of strife together, for he was down to go with this first batch. However we had to make the best of things, so I helped him to pack his few goods and ge

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

 

Monday 15th December 1918 - A canteen and poorly fed kids.

Sunday 15th December 1918           Today after a short parade and inspection by our C.O. we were dismissed and just wandered about the camp as we pleased. Our path took us into a German canteen which by appearances was used by all and sundry, as included in its customers were a few children, poorly fed, and poorly clad. They were really in a very poor state altogether, which only went to show once more the ravages of war on the younger generations. It mu

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

 

Thursday 12th December 1918 - Red Cross Parcels, cinema, and best get out of here.

Thursday 12th December 1918 Today has been spent in getting into the camp as much British Red Cross Parcels as possible and it has been arranged that before distribution all goods such as tea, cocoa, bully beef, sugar and any other things that could be used in the cook house, (for we had to have cooks on duty) so that the cooks could make them up into a decent meal. So after these articles had been extracted, we were at liberty to have as much bread, margarine, dripping, cheese, biscuits,

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

 

Wednesday 11th December 1918 Lamsdorf POW a new battalion and new huts.

Wednesday 11th December 1918 Early this morning the Major from the RhD comes on first parade and proceeded to organize our troops into some sort of composite battalion, and is very successful.   He arranged that, to save the removal of any of our belongings, that each two huts should form one Company, irrespective as to what Regiment a man belonged to.   So here we are another step forward to better times, also with a much better supply of good food, things where looking more rosy

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

 

Monday 9th December 1918 Lamsdorf POW yet another inspection and shocked inspectors.

Monday 9th December 1918 Another delegation came and inspected the camp this morning, this time from Breslau. They say that they had no idea that we were living in such squalor, and shocking conditions. It is about this time, that we learn that this camp was condemned for the habitation of British prisoners of war in its early day of existence.

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

 

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

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