Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents



Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents


Writes about others who have written to him. Mentions letter from Red Cross with his correct address. Looked up El Kef in library. Red Cross had been very kind to help them keep in touch. Investigating whether he can receive newspapers which the post office seems to believe those interned in neutral countries can. Catches up with family/friends news. Writes current weather and festive appearance of shops in Manchester. Comments on his intention to grow a beard.




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10 Moorside Rd.
Salford 7
Thurs. Dec. 5th. 1940.
My dear Douglas.
Yesterday I had a letter from Eileen who said “I wrote to Douglas last week & do hope he will get it in time for Christmas.” So do I, but am afraid it will be a vain hope, if letters take as long to go to El Kef as they take to come from there. A letter from the Red X in London gave your address as El Kef. so I called in at Central Library & asked at the reference library for books about Tunisia & read that El Kef was very beautifully situated etc etc, but as I had to be at Mrs Clayton’s at 3.30 I hadn’t very much time. So now I’ve come to the conclusion that Le Kef is the French way of spelling the name of your present domicile. The Red X have been most kind in trying to help us to get in touch with you & at present are investigating your rights to receive newspapers etc. According to the G.P.O. leaflet, prisoners of war in neutral countries may have papers sent, but prisoners of war in enemy country may not so we
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are trying to get to know how you stand. We have made several enquiries including at the Head Office of the G.P.O. & replies to date are very vague & uncertain.
Well love no doubt by this time (I mean by the time you receive this letter) you will have heard from John & his very surprising news of Dorothy’s imminent marriage. You can imagine just how delighted his Mother was & is, about the turn of events. Mrs Clayton seemed awfully poorly on Tuesday with that dreadful cough she has each winter. I thought the shops in Manchester were very beautiful – many of them had a very festive appearance. Today is very cold again & it is many weeks since I started the order of the bed bottles. It’s strange to think of you sweltering in the heat. It is a great joy to us to know that you are all right & are being so kindly treated. We are indeed thankful. The idea of you growing a beard is funny. Why do it? Dad thinks it will be because the heat makes your skin very tender. Now I must write a line to John. I promised to let him know when we had another letter from you. All love from Mother & Dad.
755052 J. D. Hudson (Sgt. Chef.)
Camp De Sejours Surfeille
S/courert Commandant D’arme
El Kef.
Tunisie Nord Afrique



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