Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents



Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents


Six weeks since last letter but glad we still have cable. Comments on content of last letter. Explains repetition but not sure which letters if any get through. Reminisces and comments on weather. Writes of activities and catches up with news of family and friends. mentions how expensive everything is in shops.




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81 23-12-41. 191 Halifax Road
[underlined] Lancs [/underlined]
My dear Douglas. Sunday. Nov. 2nd /41

It was six weeks yesterday since we received your last letter & you can imagine just how thankful [inserted] we [/inserted] are to be able to have your cabled messages. If it were not for the comfort they bring we should be most anxious. Always I look forward to the postman’s call, & feel quite bewildered when I do not get your letters. The last one of course, was from Aumale on August 28th when you were finding the heat very trying. I write “of course” because I have already mentioned the fact so many times in previous letters but if so many of them fail to reach you it is advisable to adopt a system of reiteration. I wonder so often how much of the news [deleted] of [/deleted] I write [inserted] to [/inserted] you arrives safely, especially during the past few very disturbed months.:/ This is Sunday morning again & I recall those happy days when you would say “I’ll just get my bike out & go and see what John is doing”, & how you would set out on the journeying that gave you John much pleasure & happiness. It was about this time two years ago when we visited our beloved H.S.P. together, & how thrilled we both were with all the beauties

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Valarie had provided for our delectation. Remember the trees in the hollows, resembling huge clumps of moss.? This day is raw & cold with a bitter North East wind, & we are surprised to see cattle grazing in the fields. Still, the grass must be poorer in quality now. Our lawns, almost exactly like those at Kensal in size & shape, look very backendish – wet & with very many worm casts & leaves. Yesterday we bought some strawberries plants but it is really not suitable weather for dad to be gardening. His cold is much better, but he is not fire-watching tonight: He’s paid a man 3/- to do it for him.:/ Dorothy Calvert has her 21st birthday on Wednesday. She has already received a very beautiful fur coat from her mother & Dad, & we did hear that she was to have a grand piano as well. But that may not be true. No doubt she will send you all news of the event in due course. We shall send her £1. We gave Mary £1 in May & as you know have to step very warily in these matters. Everything in the shops is very dear now & Dorothy will just about manage to buy a pair of stockings with her £1.:/ Well love the time just slips away & I must proceed with my culinary efforts. Our “joint’ is a very tiny bit of mutton which will have to be carved very scientifically to make two days meat. But we really manage very well, & never have been short of food. I hope the same applies to you. Goodbye again. With all our love & thoughts 755052 Sgt. J. D. Hudson & prayers from Camp Militaire Mother & Dad. Lagouat Algerie Afrique du Nord.



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