Letter to prisoner of war John Valentine from his wife Ursula

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Title

Letter to prisoner of war John Valentine from his wife Ursula

Description

Describes Christmas with family in Devon, presents received and other activities..

Date

1943-12-29

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Two sided handwritten letter card

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EValentineUMValentineJRM431229

Transcription

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[inserted] R/22/6 [/inserted]
DATE December 29th 1943.
My darling Johnnie,
I wonder what sort of Christmas you had, I hope there was some sort of jollification. We had a pleasant family Christmas here at Little Close. Frances & I came down on Tuesday before Christmas, & Peter arrived on Christmas Eve. Barbara couldn’t get away after all but hopes to come for New Year. We had stockings in the morning, which thrilled Frances, & after breakfast had presents from the tree. There was a good collection in spite of austerity! Mother gave me a lovely Chinese jewel case & a pair of embroidered evening shoes, Daddy made 2 trays for the house, & a wee table for Frances, who also got 2 Indian dolls, a doll’s deck-chair (from me) AA. Milne’s “When we were very young” (from you) & several other books as well as a slate, basket, ball & other oddments. She was allowed to choose the presents off the tree & give them to the recipients, & had a grand time. We 3 children gave my people a leather-bound Visitors Book, which they were very pleased with. There has been no particular excitement or parties, for one thing Mother isn’t really strong again after her dose of flu, in the evenings we play either bridge or Mah-jong. One morning Peter & I went for a grand walk round a cliff path - & it reminded me a bit of Aberystwyth only far grander scenery – you’ll love it when you come down here. The Christmas cards I’d had
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printed arrived 2 days before Christmas, I was disappointed in them but had to send them out at once – 60 of them to all friends & relations. Frances & I will be going home again next week – I’m looking forward to being at home again. Thanks for 2 cards, 20 & 30th Oct, one arrived on Xmas morning! I was so happy. God bless you darling – next Xmas together!
All my love, Ursula.
[stamp GEPRUFT 25]
[postmark] [postage stamp]
RANK & NAME: Sergeant John R.M. VALENTINE
[stamp PASSED P.W. 775]
PRISONER OF WAR No.: 450.
CAMP NAME & No.: SATALAG LUFT III
LAGER “A”
COUNTRY: GERMANY
FROM
Mrs JRM. Valentine
Felmersham,
Bottrells Lane
Chalfont St Giles
Bucks

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Citation

Ursula Valentine, “Letter to prisoner of war John Valentine from his wife Ursula,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed May 22, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/20075.

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