Letter to Donald Baker from his mother

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Letter to Donald Baker from his mother

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Writes she had had no letter from him since 24 June. Comments on how long war might go on. Wonders how he is and what weather is like. Writes that they were having a nice holiday in Cape Town and catches up with family news and talks about their health issues. Continues with family news and gossip.

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1944-11-27

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Two page handwritten letter and envelope

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IBCC Digital Archive

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From Mrs C. Baker
Inyazura
S. Rhodesia

Monday
November 27th 1944

Hotel Esplanade
Sea Point
Cape Town
South Africa.

F/O R. A. BAKER,
British Prisoner of war,
P.o.w. No. 665,
Stalagluft III, Germany.

My very Dear Donald, Another week gone, no letter from you, the last one written on the 24th June, but I am hoping there will be some from you when we get home.

Well the war still goes on, the news one day, makes one hope a week or so will see the end of it, but the next day, nothing doing, but of course it does get nearer the end doesn’t it.

I wonder how you are, and how the weather is, do hope it is not too bad, and bearable, generally it is not too bad till after Christmas in Europe is it, and please God you will be out of it by that time

We are having quite a nice holiday here though on the cool side most of the time, it is nice walking about and the sea as lovely as ever of course. Dads corns are bad so he has gone into town this morning to the chiropodist. He has not done that before but always cut them himself, hope they will be alright now. When we were down here two years ago I fell down in the blackout and hurt my knee, it still

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is a bit painful when I walk a lot and I get Rhuematism [sic] quite a bit at times, but on the whole we keep pretty well for our age. dad will be 72 on Saturday and I 63 next Wednesday, no doubt you will see a difference in us, the snow has drifted on our heads a bit, since the war started. Jack and family arrive in Cape Town tomorrow, they will be staying at the Mimosa which is just opposite the pavilion. Jack was 38 yesterday getting along ok. Wonder how Franie will be she is such a temperamental creature isnt [sic] she. We went to see Isobel, yesterday Aunt Kates daughter. She is married to a man at least 20 years older than herself. She I think is another difficult person to live with

No letters from Rhodesia this week. Hope they have had good rains for planting the tobacco. Harry said the maize was looking up alright when he wrote last. I told you in my last weeks letter we leave here on Sunday for home again, expect we shall have a couple of days in Salisbury on our way back. Dads nose not quite healed up yet, so may have another go of Radium. It just looks like a little pimple on the side of his nose and is not painful

Much love my dear son, from Dad and your loving mother.

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[underlined] PRISONER OF WAR POST [/underlined]

[underlined] KRIEGSGEFANGENENPOST. [/underlined]

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[inserted] This letter, recovered by [indecipherable word] Forces, is undeliverable as [indecipherable word] [/inserted]
F/O Ronald A. [underlined] BAKER [/underlined],

BRITISH PRISONER OF WAR,

PRISONER OF WAR NUMBER 665,

STALAGLUFT III,

GERMANY.

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Mrs. C. Baker,
Cleareton,
Imyazma,
S. Rhodesia.
South Africa.

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[ink stamp] THIS LETTER FORMED PART OF UNDELIVERED MAILS [several indecipherable words] THE HANDS OF THE [several indecipherable words] IT IS [several indecipherable words] AND IS THEREFORE [two indecipherable words] TO YOU [/ink stamp]

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Citation

C Baker, “Letter to Donald Baker from his mother,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed September 19, 2021, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/25774.

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