Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents



Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents


Reports that had now received 13 letters from him over the last week and two cables. Mentions message requesting underwear, tooth brushes and other items. Hopes to get parcel away to him in the following week and would includes soap which she has already obtained. Glad to hear he is keeping fit and well. Comments on letters and mentions included photographs. Catches up with other correspondence and news of friends and family. Mentions that news of Japanese prisoners of war was expected and they had hopes on news of friend who was missing in Malaya.




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Twoi page handwritten 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.
Friday July 17th/42
My dear Douglas.
It has been a great joy to us to have 13 letters from you, 7 Sat. 2 Mon. 1 each Tues. & Wed. 1 each Thurs. a.m. & p.m. & your cable dated July 13th arrived yesterday morning the 16th. It was evidently sent via Imperial like your previous long message received July 6th asking for shoes, underwear, toothbrush, etc. I hope to get your parcel away next week. It will then be 3 months (almost) since the last one was sent so I suppose it will be in order. I have already got you six tablets of Lifebuoy toilet soap but am wondering if you might like a perfumed toilet soap as well so might dip into my ration box. And don’t think you are taking anything from us. Love! If it could do any good we would sent [sic] anything we had. Your letters have brought us much comfort and reassurance. It is grand to know that in spite of very extraordinary circumstances you are keeping fit & well & cheery & also that varying interests help to pass the time. The last letter which is dated March 30th & post-marked Laghouat 29 – 4 contained the photo of you with your type-writer & also the one of R.A.F. It does look a grand little dog & I can well understand your anger & indignation when it was shot. The photo of you is the best you’ve sent & I [inserted] am [/inserted] looking forward to more of you & your “Camp Echo”. Early this morning I wrote to John. You will remember that tomorrow is his birthday. Mrs Clayton came for the day on Wednesday. She sent word she was coming on the Tuesday but a post-card arrived on Tues. a.m. saying she was coming Wednesday. It wasn’t a very nice day. It was cool & cloudy & about seven p.m. rain began to
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fall & although it is now Friday 1-30 p.m. the rain has come down almost without a break. At the moment it is just a deluge. I was surprised to learn that John is, at present, J. J. Clayton Esq. & it would seem that the announcement made to me on June 29th and passed on to you, was some what premature. As you used to say “you never know where you are with them”. Mary sent your letter along for us to read. We thought it was very kind of her to do so. She said Kenneth was playing cricket at Headingley with a team from the Bank. Dad thought it was very foolish, but Kenneth must be in much better health when he is able to do it. Mrs Clayton brought news of Peter. He is back again in the thick of it after his long rest. We have been informed through the Press that next week a list of Japanese prisoners of war is expected in London & you can readily imagine how eagerly we shall scan the papers for Ted Hole’s name. It would be such joy to learn that he was safe. Mrs Clayton’s neighbour, Mrs Whiteley, got news on Monday that her daughter, Nurse Joan Whiteley reported missing at Hong-Kong in December is safe & well. It was one of the very few occasions that I have seen her [inserted] Mrs Clayton [/inserted] moved. She is very hard & Mr Clayton’s death does not appear to [inserted] have [/inserted] drawn her & John any closer. She said she had not heard from him for some time – probably owing to his very intensive studies. Mrs Murray has an officer guest. She has no news of Horace, in Libya, for 12 months.
Well love I must end my letter of bits & Pieces Dad is on duty tonight & my share of courage was & is a very small one. All our love & thoughts & prayers are ever with you.
Mother & Dad.
755052 Hudson
Camp Militaire
Laghouat Algerie.



P Hudson, “Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed July 21, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/23728.

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