Letter from Alan Green to his parents



Letter from Alan Green to his parents


Alan writes that more letters have been arriving. He asks about his Caterpillar Club badge. He is losing a lot of hair but is fit.




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One handwritten envelope and letter


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[underlined] Kriegsgefangenenpost [/underlined]

[inserted] Written 28/11/42 Rec'd Mar 26. [/inserted]

[inserted] OPENED BY EXAMINER 9179 [/inserted]

Mr & Mrs W.H. Green
Firs Estate
Kenilworth Road

[sender] F/O Green

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My Dear Folks

Pa. I hope I did not recommend another excursion to increase your expectation to 20 years. If I did make such an error, I must apologise, I intended that you should increase it by 20 yrs. I take the mere 20 to be a forgone conclusion. - Congratulations on your 26th marriage anniversary.

The mail restrictions are now lifted, and last night I received your letters of the 5th ,10th & Gwen's 22nd Oct, Ma's 8th Oct having arrived previously. I also received an XMAS card from Newhay, and the inevitable letter from Mary S.

I am pleased to hear that there are all sorts of parcels on the way & expect to receive something before XMAS. It is rather difficult to work here at the moment, but by the time all these books have arrived, conditions will have improved and I shall make a genuine effort to learn something useful.

I have been intending for some time to ask you if you managed to get my caterpillar. I wrote Pip about it, but my letter never reached him. I believe that the eyes should be changed in colour for my having made two jumps. I would very much like you to have it. - Perhaps you can do something about it. The bank is all wrong about not being allowed to send a statement. Friends here receive them regularly. I regret that I can give you no news of Pip. Unfortunately I was moved to another camp at about the time he would have turned in & since I cannot communicate with that camp, I must rely upon you or Mrs Gales for news.

I am very fit, and fairly cheerful notwithstanding the fact that I seem to be losing my hair at an alarming rate. - Please send some restorer or something! My love to all my friends. Tell uncle I will write if possible, & thank him for his letter.
All for now. Your Affectionate Son


P.S. Wire 2 pip Basil seasons greetings in in time.



Alan Green, “Letter from Alan Green to his parents,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed July 20, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/28171.

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