Horsham prisoner-of-war’s plea - December 1914

World War I daily bulletin from the Horsham district
World War I daily bulletin from the Horsham district

The ‘skilly’ referred to was a thin broth, normally made from oatmeal and water and flavoured with meat.

“That some English prisoners in German hands are treated scurvily is evidenced by the letter received last week by Mrs Manvell, of 12 Worthing Road, Horsham, from her second son, Edward Neal Manvell, of the 2nd King’s Royal Rifles.

“He says he has been wounded in the head, two places in the back and one on the hand but they are all doing well up to the present.

“However, he contines: ‘Dear Mother I am writing to ask you to do me a kindness if you don’t mind; it is in the food line. I daren’t tell you any more now. Mother dear if you will send back by return of post a little tin of jam, a bit of moist sugar and cocoa or coffee, little piece of cheese and a little tobacco.

“We get plenty of water and bread and skilly, and plenty of salt in which I do not care a lot for, so will be thankful for any little thing...’”