Kriegsgefangenenpost 19430808_Eva

 

Kriegsgefangenenlager                                                                                   Datum: August 8. 1943

 

Dear Eva. So pleased to hear you are all in the best of health, do you like Jack thistling, I've spent a few days at that when I was younger. Tell your mother I will pop round just the same when I come home. Give my love to May, and the others, hoping to see you all soon, keep smiling, lots of love, Henry.

 

 

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Written August 08 1943

German Post Mark August 30 1943

 

Jack thistling.. this was a very necessary job often given to the most junior of employees on a farm, and could be used as a sort of punishment! The 'jack' or common thistle (Circium arvensis ) would be removed by a special trowel or two-pronged fork fitted with bars either side to help push the tangs deeply into the soil, which would remove the long tap root by simply levering it up. This was a very lonely and boring job, but necessary as the thistle seeds are so prolific as to make a pasture almost unusable if colonised by thistles.

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