Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents



Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents


Catches up with family news and activities. Possible that Nelson will become permanent home. Wonders if he is getting any of their letters. Sending this letter by airmail. Had heard that some internees had got letters already. They sent their first as soon as they got his first to them. Concludes with gossip.




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Two page handwritten letter and envelope


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Prisoners of War Post.
[inserted] 27 [/inserted]
[inserted] 18.02.41 [/inserted]
755052 Sgt. Chef. J. D. Hudson
Camp de Sejour Surfeille
S/courert Commandant D’armes
El Kef
Afrique du Nord
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Mrs Hudson
Scotland Road
[inserted] 9-4-41 [/inserted]
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[inserted] 27 [/inserted]
Scotland Road
Tuesday. 18/2/41.
My dear Douglas.
I hope by this you have had my cables & you must be wondering what it [inserted] or they [/inserted] all means. Dad finished at Buckley’s on Oct 17th & after four months similar to the days of the Riley has at last got fixed up at Nelson. Last Wed he started here & I went on to stay with Auntie Gladys. But Dad got very good rooms here & sent for me to join him in this beautiful house with a very pleasant garden & grand views. Whether Nelson will eventually become our permanent home or not I cannot say – that is in the lap of the Gods - & I shall keep you posted up about what happens. You must not worry about us. We are all right & whatever vicissitudes arise we know that it is war-time & there are changed conditions everywhere. – except at Calverley. They just go on in the same old way only perhaps more so. Dad & I spent a few happy hours with Uncle & Auntie Una on Sunday. They, at any rate, are not changed & spoke so kindly of you. You remember how we used to say “The way to a Mother’s heart is through the child”. I wonder very often if you’ve got most of the letters
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which have been sent to you. I was very distressed that you should have been kept in such suspense about us here but we were always told that we could not cable or get in touch with you any way, but through the ordinary postal services, aided by the good offices of the Red Cross. I am sending this letter by Air Mail (tho’ the G.P.O. say it won’t make more than 2 or 3 days difference) & do hope you will receive it safely. We were puzzled indeed to learn that some of you boys had got letters by Nov. 29th. I wrote to you immediately on receiving your first letter on Nov 6th & of course since then have resumed my regular writing of 2, 3 & sometimes 4, letters a week. As I write to you [inserted] today [/inserted] snow is falling & it is bitterly cold. I am always thinking of you & do hope you [inserted] are [/inserted] happy as possible under the extraordinary conditions of war time. It is two years today since Marjorie was married. Little did we dream of the events that now make up our life & aren’t we just glad for all the happy memories. King’s bought the B.S.A. for £20 the day before we came away. Another letter very soon. All love from Mother & Dad.
Sgt. Chef. J. D. Hudson
Camp de Sejours Surfeille
S/courert Commandant D’armes
Le Kef
Afrique de Nord.



P Hudson, “Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed December 8, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/23148.

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