Wednesday May 15th. Had a strict search and cross-examination. All our clothes were taken away to be examined and searched, and our underclothes to be washed. We wore some blue clothes, issued to us, for the next fortnight until we got our own back. We also got a fine hot shower bath.
We were put in another room upstairs, with good beds and clean sheets. Our rooms were, I think, the servants quarters in the more modern wing of the old Castle, which latter dates back to 1100. Our limits were very small, for we had only about 50 yards by 30 to walk about in; and although we were on the top of a hill we had no outlook on account of the thick wall of trees surrounding the place. Our treatment here has been very good. We get meat twice a day. A typical day is :-
8.0 a.m. Coffee. Sugar
1.0 p.m. Roast veal, potatoes, soup
1/10 loaf of bread
7.30 p.m. Three rissoles (sheeps’ brains) lettuce & soup
Not too much certainly but of very good quality. We pay 4/- a day for this.
Besides this we are able here to buy a good many extras. Sardines three times a week (3/6 a tin). Large tins of peas, French beans or asparagus (3/- a tin) and almost unlimited jam, which is made from vegetables I think, but is very good considering (2/- a lb.). Also quart bottles of good beer, of which I drink one a day, but some people three or four (6d a bottle). When I leave here I’ll get the figures for the quantities of extras we’ve had here, especially of jam and beer. I’ve an idea they’ll be amusing.*
On meatless days, we get a great feed:
8.0 a.m. Coffee. Sugar.
1 p.m. Soup. Rhubarb, Four small hot lard cakes. 1/10 loaf bread.
7.30 Soup. A big pancake.
We’ve been inoculated three times more here, six altogether.
This place is a quarantine place really before sending one to a permanent camp.
Thursday May 16th. Saw the Camp Inspector today, a civilian, who talked English well. I asked him where Hanna was, and he promised to find out.
* Later: in five weeks 20 of us ate six cwt. of jam, costing roughly £67.