Letter to Wally Layne from his wife

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Letter to Wally Layne from his wife

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Catches up with news of acquaintances, post and her activities. Mentions Christmas cards, parcels and shopping problems. Continues with general gossip including news of baby son, weather and other activities.

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Date

1944-12-13

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Two sided handwritten prisoner of war letter form

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IBCC Digital Archive

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ELayneAJLayneWH441213

Transcription

WRITE [underlined] VERY CLEARLY [/underlined] ON THE LINES TO AVOID DELAY IN CENSORSHIP NO ENCLO-SURES ALLOWED

DATE Wednesday 13 December 1944

Hello darling. I seem to have quite a few items of news today - firstly, Willis is home again after four years. I have not seen him yet, altho’ he has been to the shop - no doubt I shall be running into him. I was surprised to see Ethel Saxelby yesterday, she is here for a few days as her father is dying. She has two children, Tony four and Jane two. She was alone however when I saw her. I had a letter and Christmas cards from Effie yes-terday, she has sent off a parcel including some sleeping suits for David and a kiddies book for Diane from David. I do appreciate her extreme kindness, and shall endeavour to repay it in some way when things are normal. I had a greetings card from Clark today - he is a Sergeant! Christmas shopping is something more than a headache - my list seems to grow each year but people have been so good to David I feel I have to give a little in return.

Dorothy and I are taking the boys to visit Hilda Waring tomorrow, altho’ I shall definitely not go if the weather does not improve - it has been bitterly cold and foggy today, and I dont [sic] intend letting David face such weather, as I cant [sic] take a pram. He by the way is really lovely, he tries awfully hard to talk and says ‘Dadda’ quite plainly. Must tell you, I saw Bing Crosby in ‘Sing you sinners on Monday - the scene where they sang ‘Small Fry’ was absolutely terrific. I did think of you dear, I wish you had been there.

I am wondering if Eva and Willis will get married - she and Joan thought of having a double wedding

CONTINUE IN BOTTOM PANEL OVERLEAF

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[underlined] IMPORTANT: [/underlined] FOR A PRISONER IN GERMAN HANDS THE PRISONER OF WAR No. MUST BE CLEARLY SHOWN. IT MUST NOT BE CONFUSED WITH HIS BRITISH SERVICE No.

[underlined] PRISONER OF WAR POST [/underlined]
KRIEGSGEFANGENENPOST
SERVICE DES PRISONNIERS DE GUERRE

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RANK & NAME: F/O. WALTER H. LAYNE. D.F.C.
[italics] British Prisoner of War [/italics]

PRISONER OF WAR No: 605.

CAMP NAME & No: STALAG - LUFT 3. STALAG 357. BLOCK 142.

COUNTRY: DEUTSCHLAND.

FROM (SENDER’S FULL NAME & ADDRESS)

MRS W. H. LAYNE.
97 HARLAXTON ROAD
GRANTHAM. LINCS.
ENGLAND.

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Citation

W H Layne, “Letter to Wally Layne from his wife,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed November 29, 2021, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/30749.

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