The letter below, from Philip Lyster, a prisoner in Germany since Mons in 1914, was written in 1916. Wynne has stuck it into her diary in February . Philip shared a room with two others, and the photo above shows his confinement to be relatively comfortable.
A day’s existence – Up about 8.15, bath, dress and prepare breakfast. Roll Call on Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9.30. Other days known as “Bath Days” at 12 o’c. On these days parties go down to a mine about half a mile away for a hot bath. British and French on Tuesday, Belgians on Wednesday, Russians Thursday. After breakfast generally a short walk round the grounds! and then play about with our gardens till 12 when the papers come in and are read by someone who knows a little German. This with the discussion which usually follow and the reading of any letters which may have come in takes us up to dinner time, 1 o’c. The Allies are always in their places early but as we mostly meal off our parcels we turn up at any time up to 1.30. By 2.15 it is all over and some lie down, others walk, read or garden. Lately we have had the tennis court we are making to accupy a good deal of our time and then there is always our squash court tho’ I have had to give up long ago. 4.30 we make tea, amuse ourselves as best we can till 7, when we begin to prepare supper. I play bridge from 8.15 to ten broken by roll call at 9 after which we are confined to the house. Smoke, chat or read till 11 o’c when lights are put out and so ends another dull and weary day! For feeding purposes we divide ourselves into messes. I work with Majors Tweedie (R.Scots) and McCuaig (Canadians). Glad to hear your news of the General and a letter from you is never superfluous. P. 15/6/16