Posted 18 March 2011 - 12:06 AM
Thank you for all the replies, after hunting around I have found the chapter that referred to this parole.
"Escaping unfortunately, was unpopular, because the commandant usually 'strafed' the camp after some unsuccessful attempt, curtailing for a period such small privileges as the right to go for walks or use a certain part of the camp for recreation.
I suffered from one rather bad example of this. After the war had lasted for some time arrangements were made between the British and German Governments for an equal number of their prisoners-of-war, who had been in captivity longest, to be sent to Holland, where they would live comparatively freely but on parole. It was a tempting thought to get away once and for all from the hated barbed wire and live a normal life again.
But giving parole meant that we relinquished all chance of getting back to our regiments and fighting again. ...................................................(I have left out some irrelevances)
Having been captured in October, 1914, I was among those designated for repatriation, but to the commandant's fury I refused to go.
' You will be sent down under escort to a camp near Holland and you will be put over the frontier whether you like it or not.' he said. 'What is more, we shall be very glad to see the last of you.'
I repeated that I had no intention of going to Holland and giving my parole. 'If I am sent I shall escape.'"
He almost made it across the border from the the camp near Holland, but was captured and returned to a camp further away, much in disgrace with both the Germans and the British angry with him.....
The author was Lieutenant-General Sir Brian Horrocks...
Unfortunately, he is not very clear about timing, and I have only my memories to go on re my grandparents. However, family research shows the first child was born in late 1918, and marriage very early 1918. I very much doubt that there would have been any hanky panky all though accidents happen in the best of families. What was considered an acceptable engagement period by the gentry in those days????
Not sure that this advances anything at all....