Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents



Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents


Thanks him for latest letters and surprised to get it so quickly. Delighted by good news from Medea but note that circumstances have changed again. and they are anxious to get news. Comments on recent good weather and recent thunderstorm. List cables they have sent recently but have had no replies despite pre-paying for return. Possible that he is not allowed to send cables. Complains that some relation do not write to him. Mentions other correspondence and passes on news. Concludes that they are off to shops as no deliveries round them now.




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Two page handwritten letter and envelope


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191 Halifax Rd.
Nelson, Lancs.

Monday, 14/7/41

My dear Douglas.

Thank you very much for a letter dated June 15th received on Saturday. It was a very happy surprise to get news from you so quickly, as the last letter before that one is dated May 7th. We were delighted to have such [deleted] a [/deleted] good news of you from [indecipherable word], but it seems as the circumstances for you have changed again. [deleted] for you. [/deleted] I surmise[?] that we shall receive letters any time now, telling us some thing of what has happened, & we are anxious to know that things are not too bad. We thought the news from [indecipherable word] was too good to be true, but at any rate I imagine that you may have had about a month under much happier conditions & in these days of uncertainty we are thankful indeed for the smallest mercies. We’ve had 4 weeks of marvellous summer weather, like we enjoyed so much two years ago in Somerset, but on Saturday we had a thunderstorm which brought welcome & much needed rain & now the weather remains unsettled. It is still very warm & I am sitting in the garden to write my letter to you. I am hoping all the time to hear the telegraph

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messenger with a reply to my prepaid reply cable sent to you on Saturday, July 12th. I have previously sent one to you on June 30th with prepaid reply value 5/- & if I do not get a reply to the last one I shall surmise that you are not now allowed to send cables. But we must just keep on writing letters. Your last one to us came in just 4 weeks & as your cable [inserted] of June 20th [/inserted] told that you had got my letter dated May 29th that meant my news reached you in about 3 weeks. We are so very thankful that we are able to thus keep in touch with each other. The relations who don’t send letters to you are all too much engrossed in their own, often very petty, business. The war which has brought so much strain & sorrow to many, does not touch any of them [indecipherable word] nearby & they just go their own selfish ways.

I had a letter from Joan Lander on June 30th telling that she was to be married at [indecipherable word] Church on July 5th. On the day after I had written to you the quotation from Shakespeare Mrs Lander wrote that Joan & her husband had gone to Stratford for the weekend = the only leave granted at the time. The new husband comes from Preston – “the only son of his mother & she was a widow”. I try to picture your lovely country. It must have looked very beautiful in the Spring-time as you travelled from Kef[?] to Medea. I wonder if our English country-side will look homely & simple to you after so much grandeur.? Well love I must say Goodbye to you now & go shopping. We are rather a long way from the shops & there is not much delivery done now. Of course you know that many things are rationed but we don’t grumble. After Manchester it is a haven of rest here. Praise be! I have had home grown strawberries & have pretty sweet peas both in the house & in the garden. They bring very tender memories. All our love Mother & Dad.
755052 Sgt. Chef. Hudson,
Camp Militaire
Afrique du Nord.



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