Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents



Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents


Writes of weather and how hot it gets at father's works. Describes new area as up to date small industrial town and mentions some local news. Catches up with other correspondence and passes on news. Mentions their garden and catches up with other news and gossip. Notes that Red Cross informed them that there was no parcel post to Tunisia but they would enquire about Algeria.




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Two page handwritten letter and envelope


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Prisoner of War Post.
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755052 Sgt. Chef.. J. D. Hudson
Camp Militaire
Afrique du Nord

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Mrs Hudson
191 Halifax Road
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191 Halifax Road
Nelson Lancs
Wed. 23/7/41.

My dear Douglas.

This is another beautiful summer day & I am thinking about you so much & wondering if it is lovely with you too. We’ve had a few cool dull days & they have felt strange after the lovely sunshine. Of course it is better for me than for Dad. The works get very hot with having so much glass & he says it feels like a different world when he comes home. This morning I’ve been to have my hair made tidy. I have been very surprised with the up-to-date ness (new word) of this small industrial town. The girls are quite as smart & pretty as those in Manchester & most efficient. The girl who keeps my hair tidy does it beautifully. & today she is very excited as she is going to be married on Saturday. but like so many of these Nelson people she is going to continue in business after marriage as long as possible. She told me this morning that “perms” are to be stopped “for the duration” owing to the difficulty in obtaining supplies. So we shall all become very plain again without our curls. Yesterday I had a letter from John who says “I have written to Doug several times but have not had a reply.” I thought he understood that your letter writing was very restricted but evidently that is not so. If you have received my Sunday letter you will already know that he expects to leave Harrogate very shortly. I will let you have his new address when I get it then perhaps you may be able to send him a ‘note’ if you still have the privileges which were yours in Medea. I am anxious to know that you are all right there. On Saturday Auntie Maud & Uncle Harry are going to stay with Mollie & Kenneth & bay Andrew for 2 weeks. so there will be great

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excitement at Hill Cole this week especially as “little” Dorothy is going to Llandudno at the same time. It looks as if Eileen will be on her own. Perhaps she will enjoy the quiet for a change. The raspberries in our garden are just beginning to ripen now. They are rather a riot of rasps & roses at present but perhaps when the season is over we can sort things out & tidy them up a bit. I wonder if you will be here when next time they come to fruition. We look forward so eagerly for the day of peace & joyous reunions. On Monday evening Miss Chester, our neighbour, came round with a lovely basket of home grown green peas. We had some for dinner last night & are having the rest tonight. They are very delicious. I’ve wondered so often if you are able to get tea now. Always when I make it here do I wish I could share it with you. Mr Tatham wrote to ask could he send you money or share a parcel but you know don’t you that we are not allowed to send money. The Red cRoss informed us there is no parcel post to Tunisie. I have not enquired about Algerie which seems very careless & I will enquire next time I go to the P.O. which is a 2hr bus ride from here. Now love I must say goodbye to you & & journey to the baker. It is very lovely living here but it is a real journey to buy anything. Fortunately my grocer delivers my foods & he supplies greens too & keeps Dad supplied with tobacco & cigarettes. There has been a very acute shortage. I have not seen the coal-man for 4 weeks. & am beginning to wonder what will happen when winter comes. Still we mustn’t meet troubles half-way. & just keep on hoping & praying for peace again.

All our love. Mother & Dad

755052 Hudson
Camp Militaire



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