Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents



Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents


Describes visit to Manchester and catches up with news of friends. Talks of trying to arrange for books to be sent to him without success. Wonders whether it is worth it as would take so long to get there. Only 10 weeks to Christmas, hopes time will pass quickly and they can then look forward to spring. Mentions people thinking its splendid he is out of war but she knows how weary he is of inactivity. Describes working in garden and comments on weather.




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Two page handwritten letter and envelope


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Prisoners of War Post
[postmark] Burnley and Nelson, Lancs. [/postmark]

755052 Sgt. J. D. Hudson
Interned British Airman
Camp Militaire
Afrique du Nord

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From Mrs Hudson
191 Halifax Road

[inserted] 30-10-41. [/inserted]

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191 Halifax Road
Sunday Oct. 12th/41.

My dear Douglas.

It seems a very long time since we had a letter from you & I’m always wondering how you are getting along. Yesterday Dad & I went to Manchester. Dad had to go to the College of Technology so I did one or two little errands including a visit to Mr Hazel[?] & I called for Mrs Clayton & we met Dad at the old spot & had lunch together. Mrs Clayton seemed to enjoy the change & she was not quite so full of groans & grumbles as usual. She seemed rather troubled that things are not too good with John who is still at the same spot & very disappointed. You will know from a previous letter that Dorothy was married on August 12th but it seems she didn’t marry the soldier after all. Mrs Clayton says the ‘groom [deleted] had [/deleted] [inserted] has [/inserted] a good post at the B.B.C. & they are living in a flat at Watford. I wrote to Dorothy at 9 Heywood St. about two weeks ago & sent her a dainty[?] marmalade jar but have not heard from her & am not surprised now I know she is not living there. Mrs Clayton says John has taken Marion in to tea on two ocassions[sic], so it looks as though all is happy & bright again. Funny isn’t it? Dad saw Mr Tatham[?] yesterday. His business is

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suffering rather badly & he is anticipating a full-time post in the A.T.S. – a post which seems to me some what strenuous. [paragraph symbol] He called at Sherratt & Hughes to try to arrange for two or three books to be sent to you but they were quite off-hand about it, so we just left it & I am going to see what I can do at Burnley. We’ve been wondering if it really is worth trying to get some books to you if the journey takes so many months, but we did just want you to have a gift from home if possible. Some one has recently mentioned that it is only ten weeks to Christmas, so we begin to wish the time to pass quickly away & we can look forward to Spring-time again. Life is just looking forward all the time isn’t it? Everyone seems to think how splendid that you are now out of the terrible war-fare. I know just how weary you do become of inactivity, but you have life & hope[?] which gives great cause for thankfulness from all of us. [paragraph symbol] Today Dad & I have been working in the garden in lovely Autumn sunshine – we cannot expect many days like it again this year. Early this morning we had white frost, & tonight again is very cold, & winter is definitely not very far away. I often wonder if you have been able to continue your boxing & do hope so. Now that the weather is cooler you will have resumed the physical training, walks, & games & the time will not drag quite so slowly away. Now goodnight love. With all our love & thoughts & prayers. Mother & Dad.
755052 Hudson
Camp Militaire
Afrique du Nord.



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