Letter from Douglas Hudson to his parents



Letter from Douglas Hudson to his parents


Acknowledges receipt of six letters. Reports he is delighted that Red Cross confirmed receipt of a copy of the camp newspaper they sent and that they would attempt to publish it. Notes that Red Cross clothes parcels are arriving regularly and asks that his next contains light underclothing, soap, toothbrush and shoes. Send father birthday greetings. Writes that they are investigating why cables are delayed at their end and hopes the situation would improve. Says it is good that so many of his letters have arrived with them. Comments on daily activity, flies and getting netting for windows. Mentions receiving Red Cross cigarettes.




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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, nos. 44 to 49 unbroken sequence, on June 30th and I acknowledged these partly in my reply letter of the same date. There are other small points which I shall go over now. Regarding the Camp Echo. We were very interested and delighted to receive a communication from the Red Cross in England to say they had received a copy of one of our issues sent out to them. They are trying to publish it but fear it will have to be censored. As this is the case I suggest you write to them and try and get hold of a copy. In any case it should be mentioned in their monthly P of W. I am afraid it would be impossible to send a copy to you from here, for the reasons of Censorship. Red Cross clothes parcels arrive here regularly and take two to three months, not eight, and there does not appear to be any restriction regarding the frequency of despatch. I am eagerly awaiting mine, and in the next parcel I should be very pleased if you could include, light underclothing, soap, toothbrushes, shoes (7 size). I thank you for all the trouble you are taking in this respect and do think you could ask our relatives to cooperate in getting things together. So glad the R.X. refund the coupons. You are perfectly in order addressing letters to me at the Camp. The [one indecipherable word] is useful as a stand-by because I can always be traced through him. I don't know when this letter will reach

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you, I hope in time for Dad's birthday, because I send him every best wish with the most sincere hope that it will be the last we shall spend apart. Thre [sic] has been a muddle regarding cables and considerable delay at this end. However, an enquiry has been made and we hope that things will be smoothed out again. I hope so because it is most unsatisfactory that telegrams should take nearly a month from this end, when yours arrive in a day. It was splendid news to know you received fifteen letters from me during May. This gives me encouragement again. I always have and shall continue to write twice weekly. We get up ridiculously early these days and at 6 am there is a walk for a certain section of the camp. [deleted] each day. [/deleted] I manage to get a couple of complete washes down each day. Doing this so regularly eliminates the necessity to use soap extravagantly. We, like you, have flies, only many more than you would believe possible. Fortunately we obtained netting from Alger for the windows and can keep them all outside. A wonderful improvement. I expect your holiday will be drawing to a close and I imagine that you will have spent most of the time in the garden. I hope the weather has been kind. It is a pity you cannot share in a little of our sun. I do hope Dad's cold is cured and that Uncle Walter will keep better. We have just received 50 Gold Flake each from the R.X. I find I can exchange profitably some of mine for Algerian cigarettes in the proportion of 60 of the latter for 25 Gold Flake. The others I keep for special occasions. Good-bye for the present, my love, thoughts and best wishes as ever to you both. Keep smiling. Douglas.



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