Letter from Douglas Hudson to his parents



Letter from Douglas Hudson to his parents


Writing in pencil as had lost his pen. Acknowledges receipt of letter and arrival of a parcel for which he mentions contents. Catches up with news of family and friends. Mentions upcoming leave and plans. Continues with family gossip. Writes about flying that afternoon. Writes that the 'Rooster' had laid its first egg and that they are going into town that evening. Mentions his new life and that he is getting a new greatcoat. Hope weather will be fine for a visit.


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Four page handwritten letter and envelope


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No 1A
[postage stamp]
Mr. & Mrs. H. E. Hudson.
191, Halifax Road.
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Monday. 4.30 pm.
My Dear Mother & Dad
Sorry I have to write to you in pencil but I lost my pen yesterday & cannot find a trace of it anywhere.
I was very pleased to receive your Sunday letter today & I also collected the parcel from E.W.7. It contained a pair of kid gloves which I think is a very thoughtful & useful present. He has not been too well & has been under the Doctor.
A letter received from Alice today says that she is going back to school today so I shall not see her during my
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leave. Will it be O.K. if she could manage to get off for the week-end to come up home when I am [inserted] on [/inserted] leave for say the Friday night & Saturday. The date of my leave is drawing ever nearer & now I am wondering if I shall be able to travel on Tuesday next the 30th. I am not quite sure which is the best way to travel – I think possibly via M/cr.
I hope that Mother is feeling quite fit now. If the bicycle pump will fit into the parcel will you send it. If not I’ll collect it when I am home. You
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see I cannot blow up my tyre until I get a pump. They are absolutely unobtainable.
This afternoon we have been doing a lot of flying. Our aircraft is a wizard job & a brand new effort which we gave a good baptism the other night. The “rooster” has laid its first egg – unusual thing for Roosters to do I’ll admit, but ours is an [inserted] unusual Rooster [/inserted]
Tonight we are going to town to see Len Stone & band at the Palace. I remember seeing him for the first time in London 9 years ago on my [inserted] first [/inserted] visit.
The evening Mother
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mentioned the new life just beginning to show in the garden was the time we set off to sow our seeds. I feel a sort of satisfaction already in already having more than contributed with my reprisal for the agony you suffered in 1940 at Kessal when M/cr was catching it.
I am getting a great coat tomorrow – nothing terribly spectacular but better than my old one.
Let’s hope the weather will permit a visit to Pendle next week & in the meantime I shall be thinking of you & send all my love as ever.




J D Hudson, “Letter from Douglas Hudson to his parents,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed May 20, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/22943.

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