Letter of condolence to Hedley Madgett's parents



Letter of condolence to Hedley Madgett's parents


From the Adjutant of local Air Training Corps Squadron (No 1227 Squadron Chistlehurst and Sidcup). Reported missing in local paper. Noting that Hedley was one of their first of their cadets to enter the Royal Air Force and had welcomed him on return from Canada. Proud of his Distinguished Flying Medal and hopes they will hear good news.



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Foots Cray:- 1527
New Cross:- 0729
13 Hadlow Road,
Sidcup, Kent.
From: - The Adjutant, No. 1227, Chislehurst & Sidcup Squadron A. T. C.
To: - Mr & Mrs Madgett.
127, Longlands Road.
Sidcup. Kent.
Date: - 25th August 1943.
Reference: -
Dear Mr & Mrs Madgett,
I feel I must write to you in connection with the announcement in the Sidcup Times of the 20th inst; respecting your son. We in the Squadron, were all very much interested in your son’s welfare, as he was the first of our Cadets to leave the unit for the Service, we were able to accord him a welcome when he returned to visit us from Canada, we were all the more heartened to know that he had been decorated with the D.F.M. and promoted to commissioned rank, but it is with sincere regret that we now learn that he is posted missing.
We shall share your anxiety, and hope sincerely that better tidings will soon reach us, that he is safe and sound, although a prisoner of war.
It was my pleasure to journey down from Town with him when he was last on leave, and I was very much impressed with his enthusiasm for his job.
I trust you will be given strength to bear up under your great trial, and that you may receive better news of Hedley is the sincere wish of all in No 1227 Squadron.
Yours very sincerely
[signature] F/O


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