Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents



Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents


Catches up with other correspondence from friend and passes on news. Writes of preparing his next parcel which she has to send to Red Cross in London where it is censored and repacked. Hopes that he will get it intact and describes items included. Explains meanings in previous cables. Confused over his suggestion of relatives helping with items he requested be sent. Mentions again the arrival of many letters recently in a batch. Mentions Red Cross food and cost of fruit and vegetables in England.




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Two page handwritten letter


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191 Halifax Road
Nelson Lancs.
Monday a.m. July 27th/42
My dear Douglas.
I have just received a letter from John who is now in Yorkshire. It is good to know that my birthday letter to him was forwarded. He writes quite cheerily, says “he was pleased to have a letter from Douglas last week,” & Mrs Clayton told me in her last letter that he was enjoying much improved conditions. We can readily believe, & understand that can’t we? The title, no doubt, ensures it. Well love I had the very happy task this week-end of preparing your “quarterly” next-of-kin parcel. The rain is at present simply a deluge. When it abates I shall wend my way to the G.P.O. with your parcel which I have registered to London, where, as you know, it is censored, & repacked by the Red X. I do hope you will receive it intact & that you will like the things which have been chosen with so much loving care. The shoes are just like the ones you sent back from your last station, but size 7 instead of 6 1/2. The socks are a pair also sent back, rather heavy, hand-knitted but no doubt you will find them useful for winter. The under-vests & trunks 2 R.A.F. handkies, [sic] tooth brush & dentifrice, shaving soap (1 stick) & seven tablets soap 6 Lifebuoy toilet (like the last lot) & one Palmolive, & a long sleeved pull-over, R.A.F blue, & I can imagine it will “become” you or you, it, which ever way you like. Now I shall just look forward to hearing that you have got the parcel safely
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tho' we know the delivery takes several months. That was what I meant on the cable “regret deferred delivery.” The message on the same cable re Grandad just meant that he had gone home again & he seems marvellously well. This a.m. I have a letter from Auntie Dorothy returning the cable with the message “Ask relations cooperation” & the list which the Red X sent to us of things we can send to you – a very limited list – with this comment “So glad you are hearing from Douglas, but we don’t understand, [deleted] Do [/deleted] “Ask relations cooperation” Does he mean ask us for some of our coupons?” that is all, & comment, further, would be superfluous. Just confirmation of the remarks in my last letter.
Well love our last batch of letters was a good one. 17 letters from March 16th to May 15th & 13 snaps. The May letters do not say anything about your “Camp Echo”. I do hope now things are settle [sic] after the heavy influx, that you have opportunity to work on it again. It is easy for me to understand how much pleasure it gives you. You tell of a staff of cooks, now, to prepare your food more in the English fashion. Does that mean that you are not able to make any little experiments yourselves with your fruits & Red X contributions? Fruit & vegetables are very expensive here. Cherries 1/9 a lb. on Saturday & peas, wretched things that wouldn’t boil soft – 5d lb. All the same the shops are marvellous, after nearly 3 years of war, & still look very attractive. I tried to buy a sponge to send to you but couldn’t get one. Would you like me to keep trying. It might be more convenient than a jug when shower bathing in the open air. Goodbye now love once again. 4 days nearer reunion. With all our love & thoughts & prayers from
Mother & Dad.
755052 Hudson
Camp Militaire
Laghouat. Algerie.



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