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The POW’s 10 Commandments
Issue day was ‘holy’ for POW

London May 15

While in captivity, Allied war prisoners honoured a number of self imposed rules, which in one camp were published as the “Ten Commandments for Prisoners” 
The commandments were:

(1) Thou shalt not refuse anything.
(2) Thou shalt not work, neither shalt thou do any dhobi, nor labour, nor stooge nor do anything in haste.

(3) Remember parcel issue day and keep it holy.

(4) Honour the Red Cross, YMCA and Geneva Convention lest in days of need thy cries go unheeded.

(5) Thou shalt not cross over warning wire.
(6) Thou shalt get in as many rackets with Germans as possible.
(7) Thou shalt expose as many German rackets as possible.
(8) Thou shalt not spread rumours.
(9) Thou shalt not pinch latrine firewood for thy blower (stove).
(10) Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s blower, nor his bedboards, nor his Dixie nor his eating utensils nor anything that is his. – (Reuter).

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