Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents



Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents


Mentions previous day was his birthday and wondered if he had celebration. Reports arrival of fifteen letters from him in one week. Writes of photograph enclosed of group with the padre and comments people in it. Mentions his cooking and was interested in all his news. Notes that permission had been given to Red Cross to visit prisoners under Japanese control. Catches up with news of friends. Reiterates problems with parcel of sweets, chocolate and cigarettes that she had tried to send. Mentions parcel she had sent via Red Cross.




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Two page handwritten letter


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191 Halifax Road
Nelson Lancs.
7-30 a.m. Friday May 22nd/42.
My dear Douglas.
Yesterday was your birthday & I just seemed to be with you all the time & I was wondering what form our celebration would have taken had we been together. At any rate we can look forward to a real jubilee in the future. It [underlined] will [/underlined] be a birthday when we are together again.
Well love I’ve been thrilled this week to have 14 (fourteen) letters from you & one last Friday making 15 altogether in one week dating from January 14th to March 11th, & five photographs. The group with the Padre, the group under the tree with a modern Tarzan in one of the [indecipherable word], Douglas looking “glum”, with a new style of hairdressing, the three of you, Tony looking very cheery but Douglas not so cheery, & the cookery demonstration, and I say hat’s off to the cook (or cooks) who achieve such beneficial (judging by tunic belt) results with such simple machinery. Well love it’s a joy to have all your news & to know that things are not too bad. I was very interested to learn more about your journalistic ambitions & thrilled to bits that a cartoon I sent proved an inspiration to one of your artists. I shall look forward to looking through the magazines at a future time & hope there may be some reproduction in the Red Cross publication “The Prisoner of War” which has
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just been started. We had the first Edition (monthly) at the beginning of May. I see in this morning’s paper that permission has now been given for Red Cross representatives to visit prisoners under Japanese control & I am hoping that means we may soon have news of Ted Hole. My thoughts are so much with Mr & Mrs Hole all this long time & we await with hope the news that Ted is safe. Now love I must try to straighten out a few misunderstandings. When you asked for a parcel, with tea, by Air Mail I got a small OXO tin in it packed 4 ozs tea 3 blocks choc. 20 cigarettes packed tightly in 2.10 pkts & some boiled sweets & took it to Nelson G.P.O. where they refused to take it as Air Mail parcels were not allowed. They advised me to apply for a special permit. That was refused by the permits officer at Liverpool. And the parcel is still here just as it was packed. On a printed form from Liverpool I learned that wristed watches were not allowed to be sent to prisoners so I must just repeat that it is just luck that has got these things through to your men. The cigarettes were ordered through the State Express Company & I do hope you have now received them. I’m afraid the parcel containing 2 towels 2 pairs socks 6 tablets Lifebuoy toilet soap in oiled silk sponge bag will not reach you for some months tho the Red X wrote me last week that it had been censored & would be despatched immediately. Goodbye now love & all our love & thoughts & prayers as always.
Mother & Dad
755052 Hudson
Camp Militaire
Laghouat Algerie.



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