Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents



Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents


Still awaiting letters and response to her latest cable. Mentions message from Red Cross that conditions in camp at Laghouat were satisfactory. Another message stated that mail to prisoners might be quicker if sent on special prisoner or war airmail form available from post office. Catches up with correspondence from friend and passes on news. Reminisces on past events and continues with chat and gossip. Writes of springtime in local area.




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Two page handwritten letter and envelope


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PRISoners [sic] of War Post
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[BY AIR MAIL stamp]
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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
[30 stamp] [two postmarks]
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191 Halifax Road
Nelson Lancs.
Tues. May 12th/42
My dear Douglas.
The days are passing away & I am still eagerly awaiting letters, & a reply to my cable sent April 29th. I wrote to you on Saturday evening, & told you of a little excursion Dad & I had made in the afternoon & what a beautiful day it had been. On Sunday it was a great change, cold, & with a bitter wind which has persisted ever since, & it is just like winter. I told you in my last letter of a message from the Red Cross telling of quite satisfactory conditions at the camp at Laghouat which was a relief & comfort to us. This morning we had another message suggesting that mails to Prisoners of War might get to you more quickly if sent on the special form (Prisoners of War Air Mail form) which can be obtained from the post office. So when I go to town tomorrow I will enquire about them. I will send another cable & just keep on hoping that you will get it & that you are all right & able to send me a message to that effect. This afternoon I had a letter from Mrs Clayton sent with a half-penny stamp. Amazingly enough it got through without comment. As usual she seems just fed up. John is now moved again & she says he finds
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it very hard work. Do you remember our journey in the Riley at Easter-time when we intended to go to the football match & were disgusted at the exorbitant prices? I seem to have got quite of out touch with football since you went away. Eric Brook was injured before you went abroad wasn’t he? He got heavy damages nearly £2,000 I believe but has not been able to return to the game. I often wonder if you have been able to resume the organized games & if you are able to go out walking again. Here’s a quotation from today’s “Mail” which will bring dear memories to you “The hawthorns show, by the plenty of their small green buds, how white a frame will edge the fields of buttercups, before May has passed. This is a time of great charm in the woods. The new leaves are but half unfolded & full of lovely light. Butterflies of light flicker on the floor, for the sunbeams can still find passage through the restless young foliage & you can see the flitting forms of young small birds in the trees amid the sunlit leaves.” One day, & it cannot be too soon, we’ll see this lovely picture together again. I have been thinking so much these last days of that Sunday three years ago when you & Vera had your lovely outing & returned with those great bunches of primroses. Such happy memories!! I must write to Vera. I often wonder if she is still “civilian”. Now love Goodnight again & always all our love & thoughts & prayers from Mother & Dad.
755052 Hudson
Camp Militaire
Laghouat Algerie.



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