Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents



Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents


Writes about grandfather's visit and their activities. Delighted to receive latest cable from him which arrived very quickly. Discusses other communications. Recounts letter from his padre. Says she is keeping stamps from his letters. Continues with chat and gossip.




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Two page handwritten letter and envelope


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Prisoners of War Post
755052 Sgt.J.D. Hudson
Interned British Airman
Camp MIilitaire
[deleted] Aumale [/deleted] [inserted] [underlined] Laghouat [/inserted] [/underlined]
Afrique du Nord.
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Mrs Hudson
191 Halifax Road
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[inserted] Monday am
very thrilled
2 photos just
received. Letter dated
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191 Halifax Road
Nelson Lancs.
Sunday, 21/9/41
My dear Douglas,
I am very late with my letter this time & am hoping it will not mean a big gap in your mail. Grandad arrived on Tuesday & I have not had much leisure since. I gave him breakfast in bed feeding him like a baby then at 11 am, I help him to dress. After that he does quite well, & as the weather has been fine he has kept having a little walk up the garden & one afternoon we managed a little further – up the hill. We hope to have a little bus ride but I doubt whether that may be a wise departure. He came for a week, but has decided to stay a little longer. I was delighted to have your cable last Wednesday. It only took one day & as you know I am always so thrilled to have such a recent message from you. On Wed. next Sept 24th will be the anniversary of the message that you were safe, interned in Tunisie. You know just what that meant to me, just received life & always the thought of glad reunion gives me strength & courage. It seems a long time since I had letters from you but I don’t worry now as I used to as I realize the many difficulties involved in their journeying. Just now I am
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writing to you & listening to community hymn singing from a R.A.F. camp. The July letter from your Padre, Mr Cummin, told how he had been at camp with you & that you had all joined in a sing song. So now when ever I hear music from the Forces my thoughts go out to you. Though I might add that they are never very far away from you & your letters & cables are read over & over again. You ask about the stamps, yes I have kept them – I have every letter you’ve written since the journey to Scotland on Nov 10th or was it the 11th – midnight anyway wasn’t it? Perhaps it as well that you are not allowed enough paper to start arguing. It would involve a great deal of concentration of which I am not yet capable – tho’ perhaps a little better than I was when we came here. Are you able to listen in now? I hope you can listen to the questions, answered by the Brains Trust, on Sunday afternoon at 5-15 p.m. There are ideas to argue if ever you want any more new ones. Today is a special day of prayer for members of the R.A.F. – as if that is necessary. Always “in the morning, & at the going down of the sun” we do remember the dear lads to whom so many owe so much. On Wednesday Sept. 24th is Harry Bowers birthday, & I must write to his mother. She is so brave & faithful & still believes that Harry will return. She has the idea that he is suffering from loss of memory. Poor Soul! She’s very sweet & did seem to enjoy being here some weeks ago. Now love it is Goodnight again with all loving thoughts for our own dear member of the R.A.F. & for all others known & unknown.
Mother & Dad.
755052 Stg. J.D. Hudson
Camp Militaire
Afrique du Nord.



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