10th Oct 1914, Rugby Lady’s Escape From Berlin.

Included in a party of English ladies who were recently allowed to return home from Germany via Rotterdam and Flushing was Miss Madeline Loverock, daughter of Mr Lewis Loverock, of “ Grey lands,” Hillmorton Road, Rugby. At the outbreak of the war Miss Loverock was living with a Russian family in Berlin, and the fact that she and others are now safely back in England is due mainly to the intervention of the American Consul, than whom no one could have been more thoughtful and kind.

“ Directly war broke out,” said Miss Loverock in an interview this week, “ we had to get permission to stay in Germany and to obtain an American passport, signed by the Ambassador, under whose protection we placed ourselves. We had to report ourselves every three days, and if we failed we were threatened with trouble. Some of the English forgot on one occasion, and they were told if this occurred again they would be imprisoned. We also had to keep very quiet, and refrain from any demonstration against the Germans.


Asked if food prices in Berlin were enhanced owing to the war, Miss Loverock said at first prices were raised ; but the Kaiser gave orders that they were to be reduced to the normal level, and this was at once done, with the result that, so far as commodities were concerned, the residents had up to the present experienced little, if any, difference.

“ We were treated very well indeed by the Germans, but we owe it all to the American Ambassador, who communicated with the British Government and got us away. Two American gentlemen travelled on the train for our protection, and as soon as we crossed into Holland the Dutch showed us great kindness. At every station when the train stopped they regaled us with tea, coffee, milk and cakes, and did everything for us they possibly could, even to cheering us on our way by singing their national songs.


Miss Loverock confirms the tidings brought home by others as to the garbled reports of the war published in the German papers. Nothing but German “ victories ” are recorded, and even the success of the English fleet in the North Sea was distorted in such a way as to read very much like a German victory.

“ The people of Berlin, believing the reports in the papers, are naturally enthusiastic over the war, and are quite confident it will end in favour of Germany. There can be no doubt that of their enemies England is the most hated. The Germans profess to thoroughly enjoy fighting Russia ; they don’t very much mind France ; but they hate the English, and the newspapers are fanning this feeling by reporting daily what they describe as “ English lies.”

From the only news available the English ladies in Berlin were given to understand that England was in a sorry plight indeed, and it was not until they arrived at Rotterdam on the homeward journey, and learnt for the first time how matters actually stood, that they found the English nation still existed, and not been swept from the face of the earth, after all.

The English Chaplain (Rev H Williams) and his sister behaved in a splendid way to the English in Berlin. The Ambassador tried to induce him to leave with him directly war was declared, but he refused, saying he should share his last penny with the English. By special dispensation, due to the fact that St George’s Church (the headquarters of the Anglican community in Berlin) was founded by the late Empress Frederick and stands on royal property near the Kaiser’s castle, no helmeted policeman attends Divine service there to see that the useful prayer for England is omitted. The prayer is omitted, but in other English churches in Germany a “ Schutzmann ” is stationed. It will interest our readers to know that a brother and sister of the Rev H Williams reside at 53 Newbold Road, Rugby.