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Pontefract Years in Focus 1944

YEARS IN FOCUS
LOCAL NEWS AND EVENTS OF THE 1940s

PONTEFRACT IN 1944

5 April 1944
PRISONERS BAD LUCK

In a 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.

''I am 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."

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