Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents



Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents


Received latest cable but no letters since Monday week. Catches up with news of family and friends. Mentions activities including fathers duties. Comments on the weather and the garden. Says that she paid subscription for old Mancunians membership and gave them his name to be included in their list of prisoners of war. Lists names currently on their list. Wonders whether he got the photographs she sent.




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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 Road
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191 Halifax Road
Nelson Lancs
Wed. Aug. 20th./41.
My dear Douglas.
It was a great joy to have your cable yesterday. It was dated Aug 19th. 11-25 & I received it at 7-40 p.m. so that was the quickest ever. I think I’ve told you in a previous letter just what joy it gives us to know that the news has come from you on the very day that we receive it. I have not had any letters since Monday week, when I told you I got 4 together, dated May 25/29/ June 2/6/. So as you say the cables are a most valuable link, & I always feel very touched by the fact that we can thus keep in touch with each other.
I had a great surprise on Monday morning – wedding card & cake from Mr & Mrs D.G. Preston 9 Heywood St. Bury, Eleanor Dorothy Pell. Only last Thursday Mrs Clayton was here & said that John & Dorothy were together again & at that time Dorothy was married (Aug. 12th). I must get a little gift when I go into town. We remember how very kind they always were to you & I am so glad Dorothy won’t have to contend with the house hold at No 13 Rectory Road. Miss Howard has been living there for some months but was leaving today & going to live with a friend at Witington. Poor soul! She was very unwise to give her
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home up. Mrs Clayton was expecting 2 boys from the R.A.F. to live or sleep there & for the hospitality offered she will receive the princely sum of 4d a night. Sounds a bit of a tale doesn’t it? Well, love, at 8-15 I watched Dad on to the bus en route for night duties – no duties really – just necessary to be on the alert. We have had the most remarkable August weather & I’ve been so thankful that I can watch from the bedroom – window & tell Dad when his bus is coming. It has saved him many a soaking. The rain has just come down in torrents – more like March than August. But in spite of the rough weather the garden looks very attractive with thousands of red, pink, & white roses. The old gentleman who lived here, certainly left us a lovely garden. I had such a kind letter from Mrs Bowers on Tues. she asked very kindly about you & is coming to see me one day next week.
I paid the subscription for your Old Mancunian membership on Aug first & gave them your name to be included in their list of Prisoners of War. The names I mentioned are Norman Althorn. (1932) D.A. McFarlane (1936) T. A. Dickson (1932) R.V. Derbyshire (1928) Brothers is mentioned in the same edition as receiving the D.F.C. We have no further news of him since then. I do wish I could send you more but of course it is not allowed. Have often wondered if you got the snaps. I don’t remember whether I sent 8 or ten. Well love it is time to say Goodnight again. There’s no need to tell you that we are thinking of you always. It is more than a year [inserted] aug 13th since I waved to you as long as I could see you at London Rd. Stn. & now we just live for days of glad reunion again.
All our love from
Mother & Dad.
755052 Hudson
Camp Militaire
Aumale Algerie North Africa.



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