Letter to Wally Layne from his wife

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Title

Letter to Wally Layne from his wife

Description

Starts by commenting on poor weather and both she and baby having colds. Mentions plans for cinema and having tea with friend, mentions other acquaintances. Continues with news of baby photographs and other general gossip.

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Date

1944-12-17

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Format

Two sided handwritten prisoner of war letter form

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

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Identifier

ELayneAJLayneWH441217

Transcription

WRITE [underlined] VERY CLEARLY [/underlined] ON THE LINES TO AVOID DELAY IN CENSORSHIP
NO ENCLOSURES ALLOWED
DATE Sunday 17th December 44.

My darling Wally. I hope you are okay, and not finding the weather too cold. We are having a very sharp spell, and both David and myself have had cold’s. I am normal again, but he still has a touch of cold, he cut another tooth during the week, and they usually have something to upset them at teething time poor little mites. I think I am going to the cinema tomorrow to see ‘Snow white’ which has been released again. Remember us seeing it at Scarborough? I had tea today with Aileen Cornish, and on Friday I went to Thorneydene where I spent a pleasant afternoon. I have bought Mrs. F. a set of pretty Hors Deuvres [sic] dishes for Xmas, I am sending Frank and your Pa a calendar. We are having Margaret and Derrick for Christmas. God! I wish it was over. I have had David’s picture coloured for you, it really looks wizard, I hope you receive it soon I am having enlargements done but they are not ready yet so goodness knows when you will get yours He is a lovely babe darling. I haven’t seen Willis yet, I think he has a month’s leave. Phil & Fred came on Friday I think her condition is getting steadily worse, I feel awfully sorry for Fred. I haven’t heard from Lois for ages. Oliver Lee has done very well with one of his models. He attends Newark Technical College, I hope he gets along okay – he’s a nice kid. I saw Bing Crosby in ‘Sing you Sinners’ last Monday – it was wizard – particularly the rendering of ‘Small Fry’. Shirley is running around with an American. I am going to write to Derrick when I have finished your letter. He has sent us Noel Coward’s Middle East Diary to read. Actually reading matter is just queuing up - I have four books on the

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

[underlined]PRISONER OF WAR POST[/underlined]
KRIEGSGEFANGENPOST
SERVICE DES PRISONNIERS DE GUERRE
[date stamp] 1944
[stamp]
AIR MAIL PAR AVION

RANK & NAME: F/O W.H. LAYNE D.F.C.
(SURNAME IN BLOCK LETTERS) British Prisoner of War

[stamp] PASSED P.W.7822
PRISONER OF WAR No: 605.
(SEE NOTE ON FLAP)

CAMP NAME & No: STALAG - LUFT 3. STALAG 357. BLOCK 142
(INCLUDING SUBSIDIARY NUMBERING OR LETTERING IF ANY – e.g. WORKING CAMP)

COUNTRY: DEUTSCHLAND.

[vertical]FROM (SENDER’S FULL NAME & ADDRESS)
Mrs. W.H. Layne.
97 Harlaxton Road.
Grantham Lincs.
England. [/vertical]

[rubber stamp]
[missing words] FORMED PART OF UNDELIVERED [missing words] WHICH FELL INTO THE HANDS OF [missing words] ALLIED FORCES IN GERMANY. IT IS UNDELIVERABLE AS ADDRESSED, AND IS THEREFORE RETURNED TO YOU.

[underlined] BOTTOM PANEL [/underlined]

go. I am wondering how you look with your hair cropped dear. Is this part of the rules? I saw Mrs. Twilley on Friday, she always dives on poor little David and takes us both by surprise. I am wearing your pyjamas dear, I hope you don’t mind. They are so much warmer than my nightdresses – it really needs courage to wear one this weather. David sends lots of love and kisses to you. God bless and all my love forever Joan.

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Citation

W H Layne, “Letter to Wally Layne from his wife,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed December 6, 2021, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/30750.

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