LOCAL NEWS AND EVENTS OF THE 1940s
PONTEFRACT IN 1944
5 April 1944
PRISONERS BAD LUCK
letter to his parents, Mr and Mrs W. Nowell, of 7 Spink Lane,
Pontefract, Private Harry N. Nowell, who was a prisoner of war in Italy
when the country capitulated, describes how he and two others escaped,
but were recaptured.
now in a German camp, owing to a bit of the world's bad luck. When Italy
packed up 'Jerry' was taking over all the P.O.W., including ourselves.
This change in 'management' seemed to provide us with an opportunity,
and three of us escaped, hoping to reach Switzerland. It was exciting
while it lasted, but after covering about 180 miles of the journey, our
good luck gave out. We were within eight miles of the frontier when we
were caught. However, we can still raise a smile, and we must now remain
patient until the end of the war, which I feel in my bones is not far
off. Don't do any worrying on my behalf, as I am in the pink, and hope
to be home with you soon."