Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents



Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents


No letters received lately but pleased to get cables from him. Catches up with news of family/friend, comments on cooler weather and going out to lunch in restaurant in Nelson. Continues with news of other activities including shopping for wedding present. List his letters that have arrived so far.




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[inserted] 51 [/inserted] [inserted] 22.8.41 [/inserted]
191 Halifax Road
Nelson Lancs.
Fri. July 18th 1941

My dear Douglas.

Do far this week there are no letters from you & it was a great relief & joy for us to have your cable on Tues. [inserted] the 15th. [/inserted] afternoon. I had been very much disappointed not to have a reply to my cable of June 30th. & thought perhaps the reason was that you were not allowed to send the messages. However yesterday came a cable dated July 1st. & I was thankful indeed to have it. you told of receiving a letter dated June 8th. so that was very quick work wasn’t it?

Well love you will notice the date is John’s birthday. I wrote to him yesterday, to send on good wishes [censored] Mrs Clayton was here yesterday & she told us that at last his hopes are to be realized. Joe expects to have his new suit, collar & tie, quite soon then he & Louis will be able to fraternize. [inserted] X [/inserted]

We had a very happy day (on half-day) as Mrs Clayton did not get here until 12-30 so we had lunch at Oddies restaurant in Nelson to save time. The weather is very much cooler now & we were able to enjoy soup, fish & egg sauce, new potatoes & carrots, fruit tart & cream (synthetic cream)

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It is a very true saying “necessity is the mother of invention.” The cafe’s here now provide a remarkable substitute for cream. (The real thing has been prohibited for some months) & we are very thankful indeed that we are able to enjoy many good things.

Yesterday early afternoon Dad & I went to Burnley to get a wedding gift for Joan Lander (now Green) I told you [inserted] that [/inserted] the cut glass pickle jar was broken in the post. We have claimed damage from the Post Office as the gift was well packed for posting at the shop in which it was bought. Yesterday we got a sauce boat – a lovely thing - & when I got home with it found it was defective. So tomorrow I must “hie [sic] me” once again to Burnley & replace it with one that is perfect. This morning the air is crystal clear & we have a splendid view for many miles. I’d better just tell you that when I had got to X in this letter a visitor arrived from Walverden Crescent, when she left it was dinner time & Dad had to go back to the Works at 9 p.m. & I [censored] resume my writing. We were delighted [inserted] yesterday [/inserted] to receive a letter from you dated May 11th. & it would seem that most of your letters from Medea, to date, have got safely here, in spite of what you were told, in the following order April 27/26/ May 1/4/7 June 15th [inserted] (a week ago) [/inserted] via Tangier. May 11th. (yesterday). Will send another cable in about 2 weeks. Am wondering all the time why you were moved from Medea & hope things are all right for you all at AUMALE

All our love.
Mother & Dad.
My last letter sent Via Tangier.

755052 Hudson
Camp Militaire
Afrique du Nord.



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