Letter from Harold Dryhurst to Kaye Wagstaff

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Letter from Harold Dryhurst to Kaye Wagstaff

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Writes of recent entertainment and the weather. Continues with description of crafts and fun fair. Mentions friends visiting, that he has convalesced and he has taken up Spanish.

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1944-08-07

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Two sided handwritten prisoner of war letter form

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IBCC Digital Archive

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SDryhurstHG1332214v10008

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Kriegsgefangenenpost

[rubber stamp] Stalag 344

[date stamp] 11.8.44.

Miss K. Wagstaff
Police Station
High Street,
Tring,
Hertfordshire,
England

[rubber stamp] PASSED P.W.4918

Sender: Sgt. Dryhurst. H.G.
26826.

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H. G. Dryhurst,
26826
Stalag 344
Germany.
7.8.1944.

Dear Kay,
We have had a marvellous week-end of entertainment, a carnival procession and a fun-fair, reproduced to the best of our ability, facilities not being up to requirement. It has been appropriate weather for the occasion too.

The tableaus which constituted the procession were on a par with many I have seen at home, there was a “Things to come” effort with that of a “Chinese mandarins”, models of ships, very intricate too, one had a workable engine and an “Engineering” reproduction of the “Clydeside”, they were the main ones, afterwards a visit to the fun-fair, cigarettes being the currency for shies, darts and some very local talent. You must realise Kaye that we are all men who have been confined for a considerable time.

A friend of my calling dropped in to have a casual chat recently but I was not surprised to see him as I had heard he was around. I believe you know Sam.

I have convalesced sufficiently now Kaye and am ready for the fray which I hope will materialise, just spend a hectic period before I launch out again on some more nomadic travelling. I am still studying hard and have take [sic] up Spanish besides German & French which I already knew. Yes, my people, yourself & Joe are very near to me in spirit near, but yet so far.

Well Kaye give my regards to all, have you contacted my home yet?, Cherio, [sic]

Lots of love,

Harold.

Citation

H G Dryhurst, “Letter from Harold Dryhurst to Kaye Wagstaff,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed July 6, 2022, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/28663.

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