IN THE HANDS OF THE HUN [16] Goodbye Germany

Goodbye to Germany!

After the Armistice was signed we were no longer prisoners but were taken over by the Red Cross. Our guards had to protect us from the starving civilians who would have rushed the camp knowing that we had food. After waiting a month at Gustrow we were sent to Warnemunde a port on the Baltic.
Here our guards left us and we went on board a small Danish vessel for a ten hour trip to Copenhagen. Our treatment on this vessel was first class, same as that given to first class passengers. We arrived at Copenhagen on Christmas Eve, spent Christmas Day there, where we were treated splendidly, and on Boxing Day we went on Board the Danish Liner, “Frederick the VIII”, 30,000 tons and had a fine trip through the Skager Rack, over the scene of the Jutland Battle and arrived at Hull, England after a five day trip as first class passengers.
From there we went to London and were well received at the A.I.F. headquarters where every consideration was given to us. As soon as we got leave we went straight to the Red Cross headquarters and thanked them for saving our lives and for their kindness to us. We especially sought out Miss Chomley, the Secretary, who took a personal interest in us as prisoners and sent us many little comforts etc. in addition to the regular parcels.
We had a free railway pass given to us to any port in the British Isles. But it was winter and for my part I had had enough of wandering and only wanted to get home. I put the rest of my leave with relatives in London, saw the sights and as soon as possible got booked for my passage home.

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IN THE HANDS OF THE HUN [16] Goodbye Germany

adgray

Frankston, Australia

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Great Uncle Alf [1886 -1981] came home to us and lived a long and productive life as a gardener – helping to look after the Wimmera region of the Victorian west. He married a lovely lady named Alfreida and fathered 5 children [seems to be the normal number of off spring in our family! :O)]
Sadly I never got to meet him – my father not very interested in extended family until he became a grandfather himself and realised why these people are important due to being bound by family love. Yet having read this account and his letter I cant help feeling very proud of him!

*This is why we remember them !
LEST WE FORGET !!

NB This is NOT my Fictional Writing this is an actual account written by my Great Uncle Alfred Gray following his experiences in the "Great War – 1914-1917
I take no responsibility for any offense taken by the reader of this view be that in the language used or the opinion of my Great Uncle.*

Great Uncle Alfred’s Great Adventure
In the Hands of the Hun 1 – Prelude
In the Hands of the Hun 2 – Bullecourt
In the Hands of the Hun 3 -Starved and Frozen
In the Hands of the Hun [4 & 5] – Lille
In the Hands of the Hun [6, 7 & 8] – behind the lines
In the Hands of the Hun 9 – Surprise
In the Hands of the Hun 10 -Congenial Mates
In the Hands of the Hun 11 – Camp Life
In the Hands of the Hun 12 – Farm Work
In the Hands of the Hun 13 – Punishment
In the Hands of the Hun 14 – Hamburg
In the Hands of the Hun 15 – Red Cross

Thank you very much for reading my Great Uncle Alf’s words and I hope his struggles have helped you to feel grateful for what we enjoy today!
Keep Happy! :O)

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