The British Prisoner of War, Volume I No. 3, March 1918

T he B ritish P risoner of W ar Vol. I.— No. 3 M A R C H , 1918 Price Threepence Contents. PAGE Notes of the Month ------ 25 Epitaph - .................................................26 Prisoners in B ulgaria.................................................27 Prisoners in P r i s o n .......................................- 29 Conference of Care Committees - - - - 30 The Cemetery for Allied Prisoners, Munster - 31 Prisoners in Parliament ----- 32 Australian P ris o n e rs .................................................33 Food Parcels . . . . . . 33 Begulations for Dental Treatment . . . 34 A fio n -K a ra -H is s a r.................................................34 Report on Our Stores Department . . . 35 Food from Neutral Countries - 35 Correspondence - - - - - - 31, 35, 36 Notices to Subscribers. All communications regarding the contents o f this journal should be addressed to the EDITOR, “ The British Prisoner of W ar,” 4, Thurloe Place, London, S.W .7. Annual subscriptions and orders for single copies, as well as communications relating to advertisements, should be directed to the MANAGER, “ The British Prisoner o f W ar,” at the same address. “ The British Prisoner o f W ar " may be ordered of any bookseller, bookstall or newsagent. Trade orders will be supplied by the Publishers, Messrs. NISBET & Co., Ltd., 22, Berners Street, London, W .l, who will be glad to hear o f any instance in which difficulty is experienced in obtaining the fulfilm ent of orders. POINTS. Please note that the Personal Parcel coupon is only issued to the next of kin of a prisoner or to some person named by the next of kin. In the latter case the person so named must present a letter from the next of kin, addressed to the Central Prisoners of War Committee or to the Care Committee concerned authorising, him or her to receive the coupon. It is earnestly requested that Subscribers, when sending remittances, should in every instance send the name, rank and Regiment of the Prisoners in whom they are interested. This would greatly facilitate the work of the Central Committee, expedite the sending of receipts and the final application of the money in the proper direction. Subscribers are also requested to notify the Central Committee and all Care Committees of any change of address of Prisoners at the earliest possible moment in order that food parcels may be correctly despatched.' Remittances to Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and men interned in Holland will be regulated in the same manner as for prisoners of tear interned in Switzerland. No money may be remitted without a certificate of authority signed by the Senior British Officer at the place of internment. Will Care Com­ mittees kindly take note of this, and act accordingly ? Special attention is drawn to the fact that the War Office has made arrangements for the free dental treatment of all prisoners of war. % The regulations will be found on page 34. Notes of the Month. At the suggestion of its founder, Lady Grant Duff, the Bureau de Secours at Berne has become affiliated to the Central Prisoners of W ar Committee. Our Com­ mittee has made itself financially responsible for the Bureau at Berne in the sense that it guarantees pay­ ments for bread supplies by Care Committees and officers’ relatives. I t also assists financially with the g'eneral administrative or other expenses of the Bureau when required to do so. The Committee of the Bureau works in the fullest harmony with the Cen­ tral Committee, and takes orders for bread only when such orders are approved by our Committee. Further we assist the Bureau by conducting with the W ar Office and various authorities in London large negotiations regarding the flour supply and other important matters. These arrangements have been necessitated by changed war conditions, and by the discovery th at there was a considerable amount of overlapping in the bread supply. The Central Committee, however, does not attem pt to interfere in any way with the internal administration of the Bureau, and has indeed neither the power nor the wish to limit its independence. Forty-nine British prisoners of war from Turkey arrived at Waterloo Station on Monday, February 18th. They were m et by the Central Prisoners Reception Com­ mittee, and by the Ambulance Column, London District. As the train came into the station the men pressed to the windows with smiling faces. Their hats were stuck full of paper flowers, and badges were pinned into their coats, souvenirs of the welcome shown them by th& peoples of Switzerland and France as they passed through. Most of them were dressed in the clothes provided by the Turkish Government—a kind of neutral tinted and rather loosely woven coat and trousers. They had been on their journey for a very long time, some ol them having been assembled in February 1917 at Psa- matia for their journey to England. Now after immense delays they were overjoyed to be back home again. All of them had spent ten weeks at Mauthausen in Austria, where, they said, their fellow Italian prisoners had shown them extreme kindness. Only three of the pri­ soners had been taken in Mesopotamia; the rest had been captured at the Dardanelles or at Gaza. They had all been repatriated on account of being unfit for further service, and among them were fourteen stretcher cases, and a number of men who were able to walk with the help of crutches and sticks and the kindly arms of orderlies. Adeline Duchess of Bedford and Lord Sandwich walked down the train and distributed the cards bearing the King’s message of welcome. The rest of the Committee gave the men daffodils, and talked to as many of the new arrivals as was possible in the short time before they got out of the train and were rolled away to King George’s Hospital in the waiting ambu­ lances and motors.
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