Letter to prisoner of war John Valentine from his wife Ursula



Letter to prisoner of war John Valentine from his wife Ursula


Writes that she has obtained some photographs of daughter which she hopes will reach him before Christmas.



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Two page handwritten letter


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To W/O Valentine
British P/W 450
Stalag Luft III
From Mrs Valentine
Bottrell’s Lane,
Chalfont St Giles
November 17th
My darling Johnnie
At last I’ve got hold of some photos to send you, these were taken by Barbara when she had her holiday the end of September, but of course she can’t process or enlarge them herself now. As you can see from the snap of Frances about to put on her bathing suit, your daughter is a fine figure of a cherub. She’s grown still more now, heaven knows where she’ll have got to when you are home, at her present rate. In the one of her standing on the rocks with view of Salcombe behind, my people’s house is up on the skyline about near the spot marked X (!!) Nothing much to comment on in the others. I do hope they reach you at Christmas time, my
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darling, it seems a miserable enough offering, - how I wish I could send you something more representative of my love & longing for you. Still, I’m sure you are glad to have photos, even these small contact prints. Barbara took some very jolly colour photos too, but the blue pencil censorship won’t let them through.
All my love & good wishes to you darling, keep fit & well and as cheerful as may be, and the New Year will surely bring us together again, perhaps sooner than we guess.
Yours for always



Ursula Valentine, “Letter to prisoner of war John Valentine from his wife Ursula,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed March 3, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/20405.

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