Letter from Douglas Hudson in Médéa to parents



Letter from Douglas Hudson in Médéa to parents


Had received letter from them and sorry to hear mother was ill. Concerned over possible gaps in mail. Went to Algiers for two day, tried to get clothes but very difficult. Describes Algiers city and weather. Sorry to hear old school master was victim of an air raid. Catches up with family and friend news.



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Royal Air Force. 755052. Sgt. Chef. J. D. Hudson.
Camp de Liberté Surveillé.
Hotel d’Orient.
MÉDÉA Algerie.
Afrique du Nord.
My Dear Mother & Dad,
Yesterday I received your letter dated April 1st, sent by ordinary mail, in which Mother said she had not written for about 3 weeks, because she had had the worst cold ever. I am very sorry to hear about this, but now I suppose summer will be in England, and as you are now settled in your new home things should be much better. I hope so with all my heart. I wondered why there had been a gap in the letters from home, but now of course I understand. Your air mail letters are by far the quickest to arrive, & I do suggest you continue to send them by this way. I have very little to say to you, I spent Monday & Tuesday in Algiers trying to get some clothes, but it is extremely difficult. I was surprised with Algiers town it is extremely beautiful, clean, with huge white buildings, all built round an extensive bay, and up the hill side. Population, with Arabs, about 300,000 & there are some lovely shops there. All-right before the war. The Mediterranean was the proverbial colour & the weather was pleasant, practically
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cloudless, with the temperature only in the 70o region. It has been warmer here during the last few days. I suppose summer is on the way, as yet it has not been at all hot, really. I was sorry to hear that H. Lob had been a victim of the raids. He was one of the most popular masters at school. I should be interested to learn who the 4 P of W are in the “Ulula” list. It is likely I may know them, because they will most certainly be R.A.F. people. Do Chadwick, or Massey figure? You can send my name if you wish. Had a game of football yesterday – a practice between ourselves to get a team to play anyone willing. Don’t suppose there will be anyone willing, however. By the way I bought a “casque” in Algiers – when I say bought I mean it will be deducted from my credits in England (if any) at a later date. A “casque” is the French for Sun Helmet, but it may be useful in the summer. Have started reading my first French novel. It is a story written by an English author, and translated into French. Accordingly it is easier & the literary style is our own. I am reading it straight through without a dictionary. It is very light – there has been one murder & two pearl necklaces stolen in the first 50 pages. Atta boy. Well, must say au revoir now. Hoping you will continue to keep well & safe. As usual, all my best wishes, & all my love. [underlined] Douglas [/underlined]



James Douglas Hudson, “Letter from Douglas Hudson in Médéa to parents,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed April 25, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/10886.

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