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#story extremely sad account of treatment of a British POW in the diary of 1 Battalion King's Liverpool Regiment.

  • marie.eklidvirginmedia.com by marie.eklidvirginmedia.com

    Part of an extract in an order of the 1 Battalion King's Liverpool Regiment by the Author:

    "At an inquest held in London on the 8th January 1919, regarding Private Roberts 19 years old of the Cheshire Regiment, a repatriated POW, who died in the Military Hospital from starvation. The verdict of death was result of Culpable Negligence on part of the German officials – The Coroner said it amounted to Manslaughter.

    He was taken prisoner on the 16th June 1918 and employed constructing railways – overworked and starved. The Pathologist at the hospital said his body was more emanciated than he had ever seen in his 18 years experience.”

    After the war ended, this is the first time I have come across a reference to treatment of POW in these diaries – so sad!
    The order is dated 14th January 1919.

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  • ral104 by ral104 moderator, scientist

    There's generally quite little known about prisoners of war during the First World War. They haven't received a great deal of attention, unfortunately. But clearly it was a pretty awful experience for many of them.