Letter from Donald Baker to his mother

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Title

Letter from Donald Baker to his mother

Description

Reports arrival of latest letters. Discusses post war prospects, says Kenya idea lapsed but glad he could work at father's farm. Was glad that an offer had been made which he accepted. Mentions arrival of clothing parcel and lists content. Mentions weather and open air play be put on.

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Date

1943-07-04

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Format

Handwritten prisoner of war letter form

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

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SBakerDA19210428v20121

Transcription

[underlined] MET LUFTPOST AB KAIRO. [/underlined] [ink stamp] Mit Luftpost Par Avion [/ink stamp] [underlined] Krieggsgefangenenpost [/underlined] [ink stamp] GEPRÜFT 67 [/ink stamp] [underlined] 25 PFGS [/underlined]

[ink stamp] U.S. CENSORSHIP EXAMINED By 349 [/ink stamp] An [underlined] MRS. C. BAKER. [postmark] [ink stamp] kings crown PASSED DE/3 [/ink stamp] [ink stamp] Taxe perçue 25 Pf. [/ink stamp] [postmark] Empfangsort: [underlined] CHARLTON [/underlined] Straße: [underlined] INYAZURA [/underlined] Kreis: [underlined] S. RHODESIA [/underlined] Land: [underlined] SOUTH AFRICA. [/underlined] Landesteil (Provinz use.)

[underlined] Gebührenfrei! [/underlined] Absender: Vor- und Zuname: [underlined] P/O DONALD A. BAKER [/underlined] Gefangenennummer: [underlined] 665. [/underlined] Lager-Bezeichnung: M.-Stammlager Luft 3 [underlined] Deutschland (Allemagne) [/underlined]

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4.8.43.

My Dearest Mother, was very pleased to receive two letters from you today dated Dollys [sic] wedding day & May 20TH. Thanks very much for seeing Mr Keller about Post War settlement and am so glad the prospects are good. The Kenya idea has lapsed alltogether [sic] since you will take me on Charlton. One of the fellows here got in touch with some fellow in Kenya, who apparently holds some sway there, & his very vague reply had already discouraged us. I have been more keen on Charlton all along but did not want to be more of a hinderance than a help so did not broach the subject with you before However am very grateful for the offer & accept it gladly. I expect I shall work for the [indecipherable word] for about 3 months or so. I received a clothing parcel a few days ago, containing small underwear & one suit of heavy stuff, socks, toilet stuff & 3 1/2 lbs chocolate. I dont [sic] know when it was sent but perhaps you will recognise it. The “pants” are very “twee” & the rugger shorts very useful as we very seldom put on a shirt. The weather has been very good but just a bit too hot. Well that’s much better than the cold winter. Some chaps are putting on an open air “Midsummer Nights Dream” so shall see it tomorrow. Am keeping more cheerful these days & hopes are pretty high for this year. Cheerio for now dear Mother. Much love to all. Your loving son Donald.

Citation

D A Baker, “Letter from Donald Baker to his mother,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed July 3, 2022, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/25707.

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