Utensils and mug belonging to Cpl. Walter L. Thistle #215 during his time as a POW in the POW Camp in Grosborn, Prussia (now Poland) in 1918.


Thistle created the mug from C & E Morton tin which housed either cocoa or jam. It is engraved with his name and the date of his capture: December 3rd, 1917 (at the Battle of Cambrai). Additionally, the mug has the Regimental Caribou insignia.

The Spoon, Knife, and Fork were used by Thistle during his time as a POW of the Germans. The fork has no identifying features except for a decorative design along the handle, in particular the deer/stag at the handle’s base.The spoon is a silver plated nickel with an ID engraved into the back of the handle. The knife has the imprint of “Bester Stahl Solingen”. This is a manufacturer’s mark as it was made in Solingen, Germany. Solingen is also known as the “City of Blades” and has long been renowned for makers of fine swords, knives, scissors, and razors.

Postcard, depicting a group of Prisoners of War at Schneidemuhl, Germany. L-R: Walter Thistle, Newfoundland Regiment (St. John’s), Gervais (French Army), Arthur Harlet (Rouen, France), unknown, Joseph Babstock, Newfoundland Regiment (Eastport). (ACC#2007-45)

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