Letter from Donald Baker to his mother

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Title

Letter from Donald Baker to his mother

Description

Reports arrival of letters and catches up with news. Mentions rumour that NCOs were moved to East Russia and he and others were being transferred to north compound. Hopes they will have a good tobacco crop that season. Says he still hopes to farming and is pleased to hear cost of land had not gone up.

Creator

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Date

1943-02-13

Contributor

Tricia Marshall

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Format

Handwritten prisoner of war letter form

Language

Identifier

SBakerDA19210428v20112

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Transcription

[two ink stamps]
[postmark]
[underlined] MIT LUFTPOST AB KAIRO. [/underlined]
[underlined] Kreigsgefangenenpost [/underlined]
25 PFGS.
MRS. C. BAKER
CHARLTON
INYAZURA
S. RHODESIA
SOUTH AFRICA.
Absender:
Vor und Zuname: F/O DONALD ARTHUR BAKER
Gefangenennummer: 665.
Lager-Bezeichnung: M.-Stammlager Luft 3
Deutschland (Allemagne)
[page break]
13.2.1943
My Dearest, Mother, Was very glad to receive 5 letters from you the other day, one dated April ’43, [sic] & the others 12/9, 10/11, 29/11, 12/12. Am very sorry to hear about Mr Weatherburn’s death. It was fine to receive so many from you as your letters had been coming thru’ so badly Anthony has also had some mail so we have had lots to talk about. Mrs Parker’s rumour was correct in that the N.C.O’s were moved to East Prussia Anthony, George Haller & myself are transferring to the North Compound tomorrow, with about 30 others from this camp. It will be a good change as we shall see a new crowd of people. I hope we manage to get into a room together again but it isn’t certain. Have had a busy day packing – really surprising how much we accumulate. Have had almost 18 months here, all told, so this place is pretty stale. No doubt we shall see the other Rhodesians there. Anthony & I hope you will have good tobacco crops this season, as it seems from your letters that it looks like a bumper crop. I still hope to go farming so am pleased to hear that the cost of land has not gone up. Ticky Baggett has not sent any farming books yet. Well dear mother must close now. Dont [sic] worry about me. Keep smiling. Love to you all from your loving son
Donald

Citation

D A Baker, “Letter from Donald Baker to his mother,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed January 25, 2021, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/25689.

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