Letter from Donald Baker to his mother

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Title

Letter from Donald Baker to his mother

Description

Reports that he had now received most of her letters to 19 April as well as other mail which was taking between two to four and a half months to arrive. Writes about a recent variety show and a cricket match in which he played. Mentions also playing rugby. Writes of parcels received and list contents for future parcels.

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Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Date

1942-07-09

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Format

Handwritten prisoner of war letter form

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Identifier

SBakerDA19210428v20081

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Transcription

[five ink stamps]
[underlined] MIT LUFTPOST AB KAIRO. [/underlined]
[underlined] Kriegsgefangenenpost [/underlined]
MR & MRS C. BAKER.
CHARLTON. INYAZURA. S. RHODESIA
INYAZURA
SOUTHERN RHODESIA
SOUTH AFRICA.
[underlined] GEBUHRENFREI. [/underlined]
[postmark]
Absender:
Vor und Zuname: P/O DONALD ARTHUR BAKER.
Gefangenennummer: 665.
Lager-Bezeichnung: M.-Stammlager Luft [deleted] 1 [/deleted] [inserted] 3 [/inserted]
[page break]
9TH JULY 1942.
My Dearest Mother, Have now received most of your letters up to the 19TH April also one or two from Jack, Bust, & Harry. Lorna’s also arrived about a week ago. They are taking anything from 2 to 4 1/2 months. Am sory [sic] to hear that Jimmy Beattie has been so ill. Some of the fellows put on a very good variety show last week called “Fanfare.” We all enjoyed it very much. There is a lot of talent in the camp so the shows are usually as good as anything that the E.N.S.A. people put on in England. Have just finished an Empire versus British Isles Cricket match which lasted two days. Am afraid we lost pretty badly. The English team made 82 & 91 and we made 38 & 65. I made 8 first innings but only 2 in the second. There have been some very exciting Rugby matches (Inter Block). Have only played one game so far but it is usually too hot I think & the pitch is very dusty. There is a good team of S. Africans who have cleared the board so far & are going to play the “rest” soon so it should be a very good match. Have received 3 parcels from Egypt for which many thanks. How often are they being sent. No personal clothing parcels from you yet but one from England & 2 book parcels. In future can you put about half chocolate in clothing parcels as have quite enough clothes to get along with. Chocolate is much more welcome. Why won’t the S. African Red Cross allow you to send more parcels? I hope you have received my previous letters as you never mention them. Chins up & very much love to you all
Donald.

Citation

D A Baker, “Letter from Donald Baker to his mother,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed April 17, 2021, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/25649.

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