F. W. Godsal of Haines Hill, Berkshire, a British officer taken
prisoner and sent to a POW camp at Burg, Germany. Printed in
the Toronto Star in December as allowed by the writer provided
he remained anonymous. The letter was printed in late December
have had a grand lot of letters this week: also two parcels,
cocoa, shoes and underclothing. Please thank everyone for their
letters as I can only write one.
ask for a description of my day. We get up about 8 a.m.: breakfast
consists of one slice of bread of the country with butter and
coffee. Dinner between 12 & 1 is a cup of soup, a piece of
meat with potatoes and one slice of bread: supper is a cup of
either soup, coffee, or tea (neat), and either a slice of bread
and butter with cheese on it, or two sausages boiled and a slice
of bread. After breakfast and lunch I take walking exercise or
read and knit in either case. Our yard is 160 yards long and
we can walk each side. It is about 20 or 30 yards wide, but wet
and rough in the middle. In the evening we talk or read. In my
room is one other English officer, 3 Russian, 3 French, and 3
Belgian officers, 11 in all in a small room. It would puzzle
any expert to make a grammar of the language we speak, but we
get on really well together. Yesterday being Sunday I went to
church twice: we have a church England chaplain here, and a room
which does as church for all denominations. Most days we have
an appel, a call-over to count us ink our rooms.
We can buy extras in the canteen here. I have enough money and
can get more through the American Express Co. The Germans give
Captains (prisoners) 100 marks, and subs (subalterns) 60 marks
per month, and keep back 48 for messing. We can have a hot bath
once a week. I have plenty of cocoa for the present, but expect
wool (for knitting) will be getting short when you get this.
Except for cold snap last month weather has been wonderful and
we all keep very fit.
papers may like to publish, without giving any names.)