Letter from Douglas Hudson to his parents



Letter from Douglas Hudson to his parents


Reports arrival of latest letter. Sorry his cables take so long to get to them and they are investigating the reason. Discusses their difficulties with parcels for him but says he is looking forward to them arriving. Writes that he would like their next parcel to contain soap. toothbrush, light underclothing and footwear as all these were impossible to get there. Catches up with news from home with comments on life and people. Mentions that have now got netting from Algiers that covers windows so they can now be left open all day to get fresh air without the flies.




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Two page handwritten letter


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Royal Air Force. 755052 Sgt. J.D.Hudson.
c/o Consul Général des Etats Unis
Rue Michelet. Alger. Algérie.
Afrique du Nord.

My Dear Mother & Dad,

I was very pleased indeed to receive six letters from you today Nos 44 to 49 in unbroken sequence. These are the first to arrive since No. 43 came on June 10th and it was good to have all your news again. I am very sorry that my cables to you are taking such a long time to get through. I receive yours all right and reply to them generally the next day. Investigations are being made at this end so let us hope thre [sic] will be a resultant improvement. I keep thanking you for the trouble you have taken with respect to the parcels and I do understand the difficulties you experience. I agree with you that the people who received the small Air Mail parcels were just lucky. However, I am eagerly looking forward to the Cigarettes & Red Cross parcel. The latter should take 3 months to arrive and not 8, according to those already received here. In your next parcel I should be pleased if you would include soap, toothbrush, light underclothes including short underpants, and any footwear size 7, old shoes patched up will do fine. It is well nigh impossible to get these things here now. Yes it will be one big birthday as you say when I do get home. Thre [sic] will be so much to make up for, so many things to do, so many topics to talk about; everything which has been bound up so tightly will have its chance to break the bonds [?] which these days appear unsupportable. In short I think we shall all be re-born when we finally cross the gulf of our present separation, and shall have to make a

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new start in life. It wont [sic] be too late. I was extremely surprised to learn of Kenneth's peculiar R.A.F experience. If, as you say, he must not lift the bags at the bank, he is most unsuitable for the job he wished to adopt, no matter how enthusiastic. Knowing what I know now, it is, or will prove to be in the end, a good thing that he was rejected. The strain would prove to be terrific. I am glad you received 5 photos. Some were not so good but they were all I had. The "Camp Echo" is discontinued. We could not get either sufficient materials or cooperation to keep it going. It probably caused more commotion in our midst than anything previously. To certain individuals it was as a red flag to a bull (not to be confused with Joe) and the muck stirred up has not yet settled completely. We sent a copy of one issue to the Red Cross so probably at some future date you will read something of it. I am sorry but it would be absolutely impracticable to send a copy out to you, much as I should like to. I was very sorry to hear that Uncle Walter was ill again with the same complaint. I hope to hear that he will keep better. I also hope, like you, good news will be received of Ted Hole. [?] We have troubles with the flies too. We "blitz" them out of the room by opening door & windows & wafting with towels. Now, very fortunately, we have acquired from Alger netting to put over all windows. This means the windows can be open all day and we get the fresh air without the flies. What a blessing. Fresh supplies of Red X food have arrived with [underlined] tea. [/underlined] So good-bye until [inserted] next [/inserted] letter. My thoughts are with you always and as ever I send you all my love and best wishes. Douglas.



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