Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents



Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents


Writes of cable and letters received. Mentions neighbour giving her money to get him something but cannot make people understand she cannot send him anything. Mentions beautiful countryside and comments on weather. Says gardening was at an end but it had been a great joy. Catches up with family news and future plans.




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Two page handwritten letter and envelope


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[missing word] Of War Post.
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[inserted] 14 OCT 41 [/inserted]
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755052 Sgt. J. D. Hudson
Interned British Airman
Camp Militaire
Afrique du Nord

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Mrs Hudson
191 Halifax [obscured word]
[underlined] Lancs. [/underlined]
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191 Halifax Road
Nelson Lancs.
Tues. Oct. 14th/41

My dear Douglas.

It was a great joy to us to have your cabled message today. It is always such a relief to us to have such recent news of you. – to know that all’s well. especially so as the letters have been very irregular. We’ve only received three letters written in August 4th 8th (with two snaps) & 28th. & no news since. except the cables. which are really a great blessing & privilege. Mrs Bank’s was here when your message arrived this morning & she was so pleased to have such recent news of you. She gave me 2/- to get some little thing for you. I just can’t make people understand that I am not able to send things personally to you. but I shall probably put these varying sums of money into a book pool & try to get two or three across to you or still more likely place the money for your ultimate benefit in & from the usual channel. Well love I can still write to you of this beautiful countryside with lovely tints of Autumn giving us never failing pleasure.

During last night we had deluges of rain & today everything has looked so “washed” & clean & fresh. Except for the tidying up our

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gardening days for this year are at an end. What joy & content they have brought to us!!

I’ve told you in a previous letter that we are hoping to plant an apple tree at the beginning of November. We shall tend it lovingly & carefully, hoping always that the time is not far distant for the joyous reunion which means life to us. It is a year on Friday since Dad finished at Prestwick. & for many weeks we were sleeping on the kitchen floor. [inserted] for safety. [/inserted] We often compare those disturbing conditions with the life here, and are thankful indeed for the respite which means rest & peace. We are expecting Miss Law on Saturday. I asked her to come for the day but she has evacuees from Worthing living with her. & Saturday morning is a very busy time for her, she says. I am looking forward to seeing her. Her outlook on life is unusual & inspiring.

Mrs Clayton asked, on Saturday if you had received her letters. She said she had written, but I wonder!! Did I tell you in Sunday’s letter that she wants us (Dad & I) [inserted] or me) [/inserted] to go stay for a weekend. ? Can you imagine anything less compatible than the two men folk??

Well I can scarcely keep my eyes open so will say Goodnight to you again with all our love & thoughts & prayers. from Mother & dad.

755052 Sgt. J. D. Hudson
Camp Militaire
Afrique du Nord.



P Hudson, “Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed February 21, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/23373.

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