Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents



Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents


Three weeks since last letter and has had a bad cold. Got letter from air ministry with message sent by American consul Tunis that he had got their cable and that he was well and writing to them regularly. Details recent letter from him and comments on content. Catches up with news and gossip of family and friends.




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Two page handwritten letter and envelope


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2/[indecipherable word] of War Post

755052 Sgt. Chef. J. D. Hudson
Camp de Sejour Surreille[?]
S/courent[?] Commandant D’asmes[?]
Le Kef
Afrique du Nord

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Mr[?] S Hudson
6 Walverden[?]
[inserted] 28-5-41 [/inserted]

P.C. 90
Examiner 4168[?]

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6 Walverden Crescent
Nelson Lancs
Tues. April 1st 1941.

My dear Douglas.

It is a long time since I wrote to you, about 3 weeks, but I’ve had the worst cold I’ve ever had & it has made me very will & depressed. But now I am feeling much more like myself so I am having a little talk to you. It was a great joy & relief to get the letter from the Air Ministry on March 26th with the message sent by the American Consul to the effect that you got our cable on Feb 5th & that you were well, writing fortnightly, & sent love. Our last letter from you was dated Nov. 29th but we’ve had 2 p.c.s [postcards] dated 20/12/40 & 28/12/40. The last one told that you had got my letter of Nov. 6th & we were so pleased. It made a very good journey didn’t it? Very many letters have been sent to you since then & I do hope you have received many of them. So many people have written to you & Lena[?] promised to write every week.

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At least her letters are amusing & cheery. Have you heard from John lately? He is still at Harrogate. “Ulula”[?] arrived last week & I do wish I could send it to you. It is always interesting. Freddy Garnett died within a few months of his retirement at Southport & H. Lob. Was a victim of the Dec. raid. These are 4 names in the list of prisoners of war. I don’t know them. Shall I send your name in, with the already overdue subscription? I intended to go to Kensal[?] this morning but the weather was very bad when I should have left home so have put it off until tomorrow. Mrs Kay’s “char” is doing a bit of cleaning & I shall try to let the house furnished. The winter has been a terror[?] this time & there was heavy snow when Dad left this morning. It is April fool’s day & brings many memories of the “fools” you usually managed to make.
Did I tell you what a nice neighbour I had at No. 10 – a Jewish evacuee from London. She is really very sweet. The husband is very[?] delicate: he is in the clothing business & in reserved occupation. You will be surprised to learn that Das [indecipherable word] have gone out of business. The boys are all away now & Enoch[?] – the ex-captior[?] is in very poor health with heart trouble. Miss Balderstone has now retired from A.R.P. work & is acting as [deleted one word] [one/two indecipherable words] to a Director of [one/two indecipherable words]. She seems very happy in her new work. Did I tell you that [one indecipherable word] wanted to come back to their house, but she has decided to keep it for the 3 years. Well love I think that is all for now. With all our love & constant thought. Mother & Dad.

755052 Sgt. Chef. Hudson
Camp de Sejour Surveille
Le Kef
Afrique du Nord.



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