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Tuesday 3 November 1914

Allegations of Tauton brutality to their English’ prisoners receive’ confirmation in a letter from Private J. Carroll, a Manchester man, of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, to his mother.

He says:-
They then took me to the main body of German troops, and there I was asked by ‘an interpreter the whereabouts of the French and English troops, and because I would not tell them they tied me to a tree and started to punch me and kick me, and gave me three hours to consider it.

He was rescued by the French Auto mobile Corps after a fight, and sent to Paris. Carroll’s story is officially confirmed by the following communication to his mother:-
Infantry Record Office, Preston, Sept. 13, 1914.

I regret to have to inform you that a report has this day been received from the War Office to the effect that No. 10,438 (rank) Private John’ Carroll, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, was admitted to the Hartford Hospital, Le vallois-Perret, Paris, September 6, 1914, suffering from internal bruises caused by Germans when taken prisoner.

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