Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents



Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents


Apologises for her poor memory and using wrong dates on letters. Waiting reply to recent cable with pre-paid return. Notes recent communication which informed them he had moved to new camp. Writes of weather and enjoying new home. Says she is sending two photographs and mentions neighbour taking pictures of them which they hope to send. Reports arrival of two letters from him and comments on different types of mail. Says she sends letter airmail and wonders if any get through. Concludes with mention that she is writing at foot of garden and catches up with family news.




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Two page handwritten letter and envelope


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Prisoners of War Post.
755052 Sgt. Chef. J.D. Hudson
Camp Militaire
Afrique du Nord
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From Mrs Hudson
191 Halifax Rd.
[Inserted] OPENED BY EXAMINER 4168 [/inserted]
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1914 Halifax Road
Nelson Lancs.
Sunday. July 6th/41
My dear Douglas.
I must begin my letter with a correction. Last Sunday I wrote & dated my letter June 30th which, it wasn’t, being the 29th. However you must excuse me now a days for all such stupid mistakes. Believe me, the old man with the scythe has been very busy these past 27 years & my memory is really deplorable. Well love I’ve been worrying a lot these few day as there has been no reply to my prepaid (5/-) [inserted] (10/3. altogether) [/inserted] cable sent last Monday & I am anxiously waiting to hear that all is well with you. The last cable from you (a prepaid reply to mine) [inserted] Dated June 21st [/inserted] told that you had been moved again, giving a new address Camp Militaire Aumale Algerie, to which I sent another cable last Monday. And now I must just wait & hope. This is Dad’s last days rest after his holiday. It is really lovely living here & we have been very content just pottering around. The weather has been marvellous & we have been out of doors most of the time. Thursday we went to Calverley but once again I am tempted to say “their ways are not your ways neither are my thoughts your thoughts”.
I am sending two snaps taken with
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your “Brownie” camera on the roll of films which has been in for several years. You can form some idea how lovely our rockery has been with Spring flowers. There are eight photos & I will try to send them 2 together as the Air Mail letters must be kept light. The pamphlet from the Post Office says we are allowed to send snaps to Prisoners & I do hope you will get them. This morning our neighbour, Miss Chester, has taken more photos of me & Dad together. Her camera is a very good one so we are hoping to send you lovely pictures next time. Well love it has been a great joy to us to have two letters & one p.c. from you this week. Both letters from Medea dated 27/4/41 & 1/5/41 & a p.c. from Kef dated 11/4/41 which told that you have received an Air Mail letter by ordinary mail for which you must blame the p.o. at Nelson as it was posted over the counter there. Now I always have blue Air Mail stamps & 4d ones at hand & post the letters any where. I sent 3 each week to Kef for some time & am wondering if any of them have been sent on to you. Do hope so. These little “wiggly” lines on my paper are caused by the wind which keeps blowing the paper about. We are sitting in the tent at the foot of the garden & it is very pleasant. Dad is not doing any night work for 4 weeks owing to the long daylight. It is just a case of watching in company with 3 other men. I’m afraid I shall not be allowed to tell you more than that. Last night I made lemon marmalade – the first lemons we’ve seen for months. It is a great success. Once again all our love. Mother & Dad.
755052 Hudson
Camp Militaire



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