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Sgt. Thomas William Chisholm

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My Diary leading up to my capture 27th May 1918 during the Battle of Aisne and subsequently as a POW at Giessen, Darmstadt, and Lamsdorf camps, until my release 1st January 1919.

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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

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

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

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

28th May the march to Lislet and a couple of days there.

Wednesday 28th May 1918   At 5:30am the rouse came again, and with another drink of flour and water we were turned into a large field just over the other side of the hill. When this was done Fred 1 said ‘I wonder what they are going to do now Bill.’ ‘God knows, and he won’t split.’ say I.   So sitting for a short while we watched Jerry’s movements, until Fred 1 said ‘Billy if you want to keep anything you value get it smuggled quick because they are searching every ma

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

1st June on the march again this time to Fort Hirson.

Saturday 1st June 1918   Up at 4am and partaking of coffee and black bread we marched off again, this time under the charge of a guard of stalwart but rather old Prussian Guards mounted on very pristine horses who continued to trot backwards and forwards along the column keeping a very sharp eye on all that happened.   Getting on for about noon this day, the column were passing through a series of small villages, and by this time, we were again in no fit state to marc

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

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

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

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

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