Free to leave internment

The Cusden brothers from Reading had spent the entire war cooped up in a German internment camp. Now they were free. Albert was interested in the revolutionary movement and headed for a day in Berlin; back home he would become a member of the Labour Party, and 30 years later his wife Phoebe, as mayor of Reading, would welcome German children from war torn Dusseldorf to the town.

Spandau-Ruhleben 21 November 1918

Der hier internierte
A. E. Cusden & R. G. Arthur
Ist heute aus dem Englanderlager Ruhleben nach Berlin von neun bis sechs Uhr nachmittags beurlaubt worden.

Der Kommandant [signature]

Der Soldatenrat

Pass for Albert and a friend to leave the camp at Ruhleben (D/EX1485/4/6)

No care taken of German wounded

Florence Vansittart Neale heard a lot of gossip, news and rumours in her social circle. Today she heard from a friend going to nurse the troops in France, and from the mother of a soldier at the front, as well as getting an insight into life in wartime Germany from some American visitors. The USA was still neutral in the war, and its citizens could come and go across enemy lines.

10 November 1914
I to Charles to see Ag. She not settled yet when to go to France – no nurses’ accommodation in Calais.

Awful account of German wounded from people just arrived from Dusseldorf. No care taken of them.

Emden caught & burnt. All Konigsberg shut in Sth Africa.

Charlie in trenches 4 days & nights.

Recruiting much better after Lord Mayor’s Show.

Heard K[itchener] told wounded soldiers at Boulogne they should go home to get well, & would not be needed again as the war would be over by Xmas??

Dottie getting a passport to go to see Charlie if wounded.

Sir George told me that Americans just returned from Dusseldorf say our airmen had done great damage to Zeppelin shed & destroyed lots & killed 14 men! They also said terrible lot of wounded & no provision for them. Left packed in trains.
Germans not told truth of things at all.

Diary of Florence Vansittart Neale (D/EX73/3/17/8)