Letter from Douglas Hudson to his parents

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Title

Letter from Douglas Hudson to his parents

Description

Hopes that they had received his first letter telling them he was well and interned at Le Kef. Writes of his daily activities and that there is plenty of English reading material available. Recalls his fathers recent birthday and send greetings. Reassures parents that he is OK and mentions hot weather. Describes walks in the local area and mentions he is growing a beard. Writes of compatriots but not much due to censor.

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Date

1940-09-06

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Format

Two page handwritten letter

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Identifier

EHudsonJDHudsonP-HE400906

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Transcription

SGT. CHEF J. D. HUDSON
CAMP DE SEJOUR SURVEILLE
S/COUVERT COMMANDANT D’ARME
LE KEF
TUNISIE
NORD AFRIQUE
FRIDAY SEPT. 6TH 1940

My dear Mother & Dad,
I do hope you will have received the first letter I wrote to you from this place about five days ago, telling you that I was quite well, absolutely unarmed, and interred at this place.
There’s nothing else to add really, except to tell you again that I am still keeping well, eating plenty & sleeping plenty, there being little else to do. there are plenty of magazines & books in English, & we can play darts, draughts or cards. We also have a gramophone & a few records.
Yesterday I remembered it was Dad’s birthday & I thought about it quite a lot. I was only sorry I could not be at home to celebrate, but in any case, I wished him a
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very happy birthday, & sincerely hope that next year will be different & I shall be home again.
I do ask you not to worry. I am perfectly all right, and of course very safe here. The last few days have been hotter, quite equal to our hottest summer days, possibly even hotter, with very marvellous nights.
We go for lengthy early morning walks, the country is quite mountainous, but after that I more or less fight shy of the sun, especially after midday.
I am cultivating a beard, it’s quite fun in a way. I manage to keep clean & hot showers are now part of the menu three times a week if necessary.
The others here are decent blokes in the same boat & we get along well & are treated kindly. This is all quite true & there is absolutely pressure exerted.
I wont write too much because it makes a lot for the sensor to read. Please remember me to every one. I do hope that you are keeping well, safe and cheery. I am always thinking about you.
All my love Douglas

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Citation

James Douglas Hudson, “Letter from Douglas Hudson to his parents,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed May 7, 2021, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/22469.

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