Letter from Douglas Hudson to his parents



Letter from Douglas Hudson to his parents


Letter number 22. Thanks them for letter and catches up with other mail and news. Mentions that he was on duty previous night and coped well. Comments that they were told the end was in sight. Discusses pay and allowances and that he was sending father a cheque. Mentions being credited with £58 for services debited when he was in N Africa. Writes of colleague who had completed his 50th which was end of second tour. Discusses health and leave.




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Five page handwritten letter and envelope


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Mr. & Mrs. H. E. Hudson.
191. Halifax Road.
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[underlined] Letter No. 22. [/underlined]
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Saturday. 1.30 pm
My Dear Mother & Dad,
I was very pleased to receive your letter of Friday at lunch time today, also one from Lloyds Bank enclosing the necessary, one from Alice & one from E.W.F.
The latter has volunteered for service overseas & is now preparing. This is his new address
B./Y. 313425 S/L Fatham.
Box 300. G.P.O. Bristol.
My news must be contracted because I have to write two other letters to catch today’s post. One to Alice & one to the Bank.
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I was on duty last night & coped very well. It was 11.30 when I got up this morning. This is letter No. 22 & you will be pleased to here [sic] that we have finished with those wretched practices, so the end is now definitely in sight. We were told this yesterday.
My statement of account has not yet arrived but A/M. authorised Lloyds to pay me £45-0-0 uniform allowance, & £25-4-0 pay plus £2 subsistence allowance. I am sending a cheque herewith made out in Dad’s name for £14 which should put us right up to the end of last month. Incidentally this is the first
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cheque I have ever made & it is for you. Strange isnt [sic] it?
I saw pay accounts two days ago & they informed me I was to be credited with £58 for monies debited when I was in N. Africa. It was Wymeswold that authorised this. I told them to check up again & make sure it was correct before paying me, but in the meantime I took £8 in cash to be going on with. When they have checked up on this [deleted] I [/deleted] they will send a cheque for £50 balance to the bank.
By the way I hope I have made your cheque out correctly. I am very “sprog”
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in these matters. Let me know if I have boobed.
John my [inserted] (gunner) [/inserted] finished his 50th, which was the end of his second tour, with us, & is feeling no end lucked. A Flt. Lt. is filling the gap for us pro-tem.
I am restored to normal & Jack Ham is quite O.K. again.
I think this letter can be classed as a letter of good news & our leave should be reasonably early because we should be screened before our rota leave is due.
I am glad to hear that Mother is progressing in the Land Army & Dad in the A.R.P!! We are all pressing on!
All my love & best wishes
Please thank Auntie Una for 10/-
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If you can get a packet of 5 cigars like the last ones, or similar, would you send them to me please, for Hammy?
Thank you.



J D Hudson, “Letter from Douglas Hudson to his parents,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed April 20, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/23013.

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