Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents



Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents


Writes that they had not received any more letters from him. Good to read of his festivities and glad that he had enough warm clothing and food. mentions arrival of spring in England. Mentions good holiday with visit by relatives and describes some activities. Reports arrival of his latest cable and catches up with family news.




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Two pag ehandwritten letter and envelope


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Service des Prisonniers de Guerre.
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[BY AIR MAIL stamp]
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Prisoners of War Post
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.
Thurs. 7-30 [underlined] a.m. [/underlined] 9/4/42
My dear Douglas.
It is a week ago tonight since I last wrote to you but that does not mean that you are not remembered. Although you are so far away there are times when you feel very near to me & there are so many memories that almost every day brings some special reminder. We have not had any more letters since the last week in March when it was a great joy to us to have six with dates from Dec. 9th to Jan. 9th. It was good to read of your festivities & a great relief to know that they were possible during the extraordinary conditions. It was also good to know that you have enough warm clothing & food. I have felt very anxious about that during the very severe winter. Spring moves forward here in typical English fashion – a day of bright skies & warm sunshine followed by rain & bitter wind. Still the gay procession of English Spring passes on. The crocuses have been a joy but the harsh winds have battered them & many look sad & draggled. But the daffodils nod brave bright heads in the breeze & in about another week I am going to enjoy hundreds of them growing wild in the Park. It is such a pleasure to me to walk through there, but it does not seem to have much appeal to the residents of this small industrial town. They seem to
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find most pleasure in “brass” with which to buy finery. The girls here are very pretty generally & they compare well with [inserted] girls in [/inserted] the bigger towns for smartness. Uncle & Auntie agree to that too. We had a nice holiday with them in spite of typical Easter [deleted] wh [/deleted] weather. On Saturday night we all went to the Grand Cinema to see Deanna Durbin in the picture “It started with Eve.” Charles Laughton was there in the picture too & it was really enjoyable. Uncle said it was the best Deanna picture he had seen & they both appreciated the fact that we could ride from door to door. Auntie was not too well after Sunday – another of her bilious attacks so we just spent the rest of the time resting. You will imagine that suited Dad very well. He is not a pictures fan. I do hope you understood the cabled message of March 31st. I was delighted to have the reply yesterday dated Laghouat 7th which meant news from you in less than 24 hour. It is a great joy. The postman has just been & there is a letter from Auntie Dorothy to say that Grandad will be pleased to come next Tuesday for two weeks. I told you I had asked him, in my Easter letter didn’t I? The menu will be a bit of a problem, as so many foods are rationed now but we shall manage somehow. I do hope it will be warmer than this morning. We have heavy rain & bitter wind. So now Goodbye love for a day or two. All our love & thoughts are ever with you God keep you always is my constant prayer. Mother & Dad.
755052 Hudson
Camp Militaire
Laghouat Algerie.



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