Front of a postcard sent home by RSM Lewis E DeHarte while a prisoner of war, from Göttingen, Germany, written on October 17, 1915.

WW1 Prisoner of War Postcard by RSM Lewis E. DeHarte – October 17, 1915

Postcard sent home from a German prisoner of war camp, Kriegsgefangenenlager Göttingen in Göttingen, Hannover, Germany, by RSM Lewis E. DeHarte to his wife in Toronto, Canada. RSM Lewis E. DeHarte was a prisoner of war from 1915-1919. The postcard is cardstock and a brown colour, with writing in pencil on both sides of the postcard. The front left of the card has RSM DeHarte’s sender information, and the front right of the card has the receiver’s information, being his wife’s information. The postcard is stamped on the front with an ink stamp by the camp’s German Military Postal Examination Office and a London post office. There is a mahogany colour ink stamp on the front that reads: “Kriegsgefangenensendung Geprüft – F.a.” (meaning prisoner of war mail checked). Also printed on the front, in the top left is: “Feldpostkarte”, and below it is printed: “Carte en franchise   Post card”. Printed on the front, in the top right is: “Kriegsgefangenen   Sendung”.

The back of the card is a blank space and is filled in with writing by RSM DeHarte: “October 17th 1915   My dear wife. – I am still here you see. Lord I would like to be home. You never tell me how you are off financially and I often worry about it. How is business with Bill? Please send me my trews and glasses. Will try to send a photograph in my next letter. love to all. Kisses for you & my kiddies. Your Husband – Lewis”.



NOTE: This and other similar prisoner of war letter postcards by RSM Lewis E. DeHarte are stored in a Ziploc bag with the postcard under the accession number 2009015010.

Associated place
Göttingen, Germany
Associated event
Associated name(s)
1914 – 1919 (WW 1)
Location of artifact
Research room – To be determined
Personal, Documents


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