Saturday, 16 May 2015

Supplies for British Prisoners of War

From the Halifax Courier, 15th May 2015.


Almost every postcard from the internment camps asks preferably for food.  For a long time it has been our practice to send each man a few garments and, as frequently as our fund would allow, some food, with a little solace in “smokes”.  The craving for food, bread principally, was at the bottom of our idea of sending loaves.  We are most grateful to mothers who have answered the appeal, but as we can do with three or four times the number we shall be glad to hear from some of you gentle readers of these lines.  What we ask of you is a promise to send a loaf or loaves on your regular baking day, but only when you see your name in our list on Saturdays.  The following are kindly asked to oblige during this next week, and we tender hearty thanks in anticipation of the kind service:  [list of names and addresses follows.]

We had a letter from the West Riding War Fund (York) yesterday, to say they also are sending out consignments to all West Riding units and to the prisoners of war in Germany belonging to same.  We are glad more interest is being aroused in our war prisoners and the public will be relieved to know it.

[There follows a list of 12 prisoners of war, and the camps they are in, to be sent parcels during the week, and a further 14 who had just been sent parcels.]

Do the parcels get to the men?  This question is asked many times each week.  Yesterday we received a communication which gives the answer.  Some time ago an address in Germany was left with the request to forward a parcel.  The address was faithfully copied and a parcel despatched.  To-day, we are advised by American Express Co. that intimation has been received from the Continent that the particular parcel cannot be delivered as there is no lager of the name given, and asking us to give correct place as soon as possible.  This shows that parcels are being handled with care at the other end.

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