Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents



Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents


Reports sending him a parcel via the Red Cross containing hand towels, socks, Lifebuoy soap and a sponge bag. Reminds him that they are not allowed to send food, sweets or chocolate. Expects parcel to arrive around Christmas. Informed by Red Cross that they are allowed to send parcel quarterly and asks if there is anything else he would like. Catches up with family news, writes a little of activities and mentions costs of articles sent in parcel. Concludes with news of spring flowers.




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Two pag ehandwritten letter and envelope


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Prisoners of War Post
Servicie Prisonnier de Guerre
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[BY AIR MAIL stamp]
[four postage stamps]
755052 Sgt. J. D. Hudson
Interned British Airman
Camp Militaire
Afrique du Nord
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Mrs Hudson
191 Halifax Road
[30 ink stamp] [postmark]
[inserted] 39 [/inserted]
[inserted] 7-6-42 [/inserted]
[inserted] Details of parcel. [/inserted]
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[inserted] 139 [/inserted]
[underlined] 39 [/underlined]
191 Halifax Road
Nelson Lancs.
Friday p.m. May 1st/42
My dear Douglas.
Today I have had the happy task of posting a parcel to you via the Red X. The mode of procedure is rather strange – I have sent your parcel addressed to The Deputy Director Foreign Relations Dept. St James. London S.W.1 & inside I have put a post-card with the short list of articles 2 hand towels 2 pairs of socks 6 tablets of Lifebuoy toilet [inserted] soap [/inserted] in an oiled silk sponge bag [symbol] It seems a dull parcel really, but as I have so often told you we are not allowed to send many things = no food of any kind, no sweets or chocs, no smokes. I imagine it will be somewhere around Christmas time when you receive the parcel so you will find the socks a real comfort. We have information from the Red X that [deleted] you [/deleted] we may send you a parcel each quarter (3 months). So if there is anything else you would like just send word by cable. Your letters to us seem a hopeless proposition. Our last one from you was dated January 9th & today is the first of May & Grandma’s birthday. In my last letter written Wednesday I told
[inserted] [symbol] with your address inside the parcel. [/inserted]
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you that Grandad returned home on Tuesday & judging from the letter from Auntie Dorothy this morning he has been very happy with us & has derived benefit from his visit. It is Mary’s birthday on Monday. As you know she will be 22 & after the 21st birthday we drop the habit of giving birthday presents so I have just got a little fancy handky [sic] to put in with the card. We had a message from Auntie Una yesterday suggesting that we spend a week-end with them at the earliest opportunity but Dad is rather busy at present & does not see his way to a Saturday morning off just now. When Auntie & Uncle were here at Easter they left 10/- “to be used for Douglas” so I can tell them I had sent your parcel with the money. The actual cost was 18/8. Are you interested in prices? Socks 3/11 1/2 each pair Towels 3/11 1/2 each Soap 3d tablet sponge bag 1/6. How I wish I could send you something more interesting. Well love the days just pass quickly away & always we are thinking of you & of the gladdest day of all when we meet again. Today I walked through the park & it was very beautiful. Hundreds of daffodils growing amongst the trees which were lovely with new green leaves. The sunshine was a joy & I sat for an hour & saw only one person. The bird choir was grand. All our love & prayers
Mother & Dad
755052 Hudson
Camp Militaire
Laghouat Algerie.



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