Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents



Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents


Written on new years night and mentions father going out and that they are thinking of him. Awaiting next batch of letters from him and noted that 6 arrived on 15 December with the last dated 17 September. Wonders whether he has enough warm food and clothing. Mentions foggy weather and the collision between two trains with 19 people killed and 100 injured. Catches up with other correspondence and passes on news. Mentions visitor and new bird table and keeping slops for pigs. Says granddad 80 the next day and she bought a bag with money he sent.




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Two page handwriiten letter and envelope


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Prisoners of War Post.
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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 Road
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191 Halifax Road
Nelson Lancs.
Thursday. Jan 1st/42
My dear Douglas.
New Year’s night, & all day long my thoughts have been with you. I do wish you all possible happiness, under existing conditions & we all hope & pray that the day may soon come when we may greet the New Year together again. About an hour ago Dad went out for the night & tho’ I do try to be very brave, it is something of a trial. Dad goes away so cheerily tho’ I know how much he hates it. Tonight it is moonlight, so it was not too bad. Sometimes it is so dark the path is difficult to find, even with the aid of a dimmed torch. Well love we are still eagerly waiting for your next batch of letters. 6 arrived together on Dec. 15th the last one dated September 17th. It does seem a very long time ago & you were just beginning to enjoy cooler weather. Now I am always wondering if you have enough warm food & clothing So far winter here has not been very severe & we’ve had very little fog. On Tuesday it was very bad in the town but not too bad up here. Manchester had a bad day (you remember those
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real fogs, don’t you?) & there was a grave accident just outside Eccles Station when 2 trains collided. Nineteen people were killed & about 100 injured, many from Morton, but no one we know.
This morning I had a nice letter from Hildred She said she had been once or twice to Moorside Road & was surprised to know we had left M.cr. With her Mother & Dad she still lives in the same house tho’ it was rather knocked about last December. She still works for the same “firm” but the original place of employment just isn’t there now & she is at York Place. I told you about the nice letter from Vera at Christmas & about her post-poned wedding. Miss Chester came in last night & stayed until the New Year. This morning Mr Chester made me a new bird table just in front of the dining room window. We get a lot of birds here but they are not hungry. I think everybody feeds them tho’ the meals I supply are on a very frugal scale. We do try not to waste. I have a special bowl for scraps for the pigs & into it go all peelings & outside leaves of greens, apple peelings (very scarce, apples, now.) & any left overs after the culinary effort. Tomorrow Grandad will be 80 & he really does seem fine. Yesterday I bought a bag with the money he gave me in September It is seal leather & quite a nice change from the usual Monaco. It is a large size too, to hold all my treasures. Now love my page is used up again & I must say Goodnight & God bless you. With all our love & thoughts & New Year wishes from Mother & Dad.
755052 Hudson
Camp Militaire
Algerie North Afrique.
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