Letter to Hedley Madgett's father



Letter to Hedley Madgett's father


From W C Green assuming no further news of Hedley. Catches up with news of his own family matters, his health and repairs to house after 2000 lb bomb dropped nearby in October. Notes 300 houses in Hayes were damaged but no deaths. Commiserates over damage to Madgett's house. Hopes for better 1944.






Four page handwritten letter


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Dec. 19 / 43
3, Hayes Close,
Bromley, Kent.
Telephone: Hurstway 1088.

Dear Robert,
As I have not heard from you again I presume it means you have received no further news regarding your son. I wish you could have heard, as meanwhile you are naturally in a state of anxiety, as is also, I am sure, his mother.
I hope she and you are keeping as well as times will allow.
My sisters are fairly
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well, but have had a rather strenuous time lately, with workmen in the house for the past fortnight repairing walls & ceilings & repapering after damage (cracks etc) caused by a 2000lb bomb dropped near here in October. We are fortunate to have escaped so lightly. About 300 houses in Hayes were damaged that night, but miraculously there were no deaths & only about a dozen minor injuries.
I was sorry to see by your letter of Aug. 23rd that you had had pretty bad damage to your house. I suppose the great thing to be thankful
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For in both our cases is that we suffered no personal injuries.
I am still prisoner here & seem to see no hope of release. I was able to sit about in the garden during the summer, but of course that has stopped the past two months & I must be content indoors until the weather warms up again.
The war is, I feel, is progressing very promisingly but think we have a long fight ahead yet, though I think there is good chance
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of 1944 seeing the end so far as Europe is concerned. May it be so & the earlier the better!
With best wishes from us all to you and yours
Yours sincerely,
W. C. Green


W C Green, “Letter to Hedley Madgett's father,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed May 19, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/18706.

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