Letter to Jack Newton's wife from Red Cross

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Letter to Jack Newton's wife from Red Cross

Description

Writes that they had been advised by the air ministry not to try and contact two other members of her husband's crew in France to get information about her husband. Contract might jeopardize their position and chances to escape.

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Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Date

1941-11-05

Contributor

Jan Waller

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One page typewritten letter

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SNewtonJL742570v10054

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Transcription

WAR ORGANISATION
of the
BRITISH RED CROSS SOCIETY
President:
HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN
[Red Cross Logo]
and ORDER OF ST. JOHN OF JERUSALEM
Grand Prior:
H.R.H. The Duke of Gloucester, K.G.
[St John Logo]
[underlined] WOUNDED, MISSING AND RELATIVES DEPARTMENT [/underlined]
Chairman:
THE DOWAGER LADY AMPTHILL. C.I., G.B.E.
Telephone No.:
SLOANE 9696
Telegraphic Address:
“WOMIREL, KNIGHTS, LONDON”
7 BELGRAVE SQUARE
LONDON, S.W.1
NM/FM
RAF/L.4180

Dear Mrs. Newton,

Since I spoke to you on the telephone this morning, I have telephoned to the Air Ministry, asking them if they think it is wise for us to endeavour to get into touch with Sergeants Porteous and Burrell to ask them if they have news to give of your husband, Sergeant J.L.Newton, No. 742570.

We are so very sorry that they strongly advise us not to do so. We have also been asked by the Foreign Office to avoid communication with men in unoccupied France, because by writing to them and asking them questions, we may jeopardise their position and their chances of escape.

I realise what a great disappointment this will be to you, but feel sure that you will accept the Air Ministry's decision and know that if at any time it is possible for us to communicate with these men on your behalf, we will most certainly do so.
Yours sincerely,
[signature] Margaret Ampthill pp NM
Chairman.
Mrs. M. Newton,
39a, Popes Grove Mansions,
Heath road,
TWICKENHAM.

Citation

M Ampthill, “Letter to Jack Newton's wife from Red Cross,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed December 1, 2020, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/27435.

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