First war POW newspaper (handwritten)

Contributed by Rachel

First war POW newspaper (handwritten)

This is a copy of a handwritten "newspaper" for Graudenz POW camp in 1918. My grandfather was held there and helped with illustrations.Some of the "adverts" on the back page I believe refer to escapes.
John Rhodes Wilson was commissioned on 12th Oct 1915, promoted to lieutenant in Sept 1916. He took part in the battle of Cambrai,1917 and the first battle of the Somme 1918.He was reported "killed in action" at Vieux Berquin, April 1918 and his family recieved the telegram that everyone dreaded. His memorial service was held in his home village and preparations made to include his name on the war memorial there. But in the summer of 1918 a much censored postcard arrived and, far from being dead, he was a POW in Graudenz in Poland. We have not only the newspaper but the war office telegram, the telegram from the King, a copy of the memorial card, the censored postcard and a letter and photos from the camp. He was finally repatriated on Dec 19th 1918. What a Christmas!
He talked little about his experince but recalled feeling the wound that felled him and coming round to hear a German soldier annouce him "kaput" but the medical attention he recieved from the enemy saved his life.

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