Letter to Mr & Mrs Riding from Douglas

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Letter to Mr & Mrs Riding from Douglas

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The author expresses sympathy over the disappearance of their son.

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Two handwritten sheets and an envelope

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[postmark] RUISLIP 6-PM 19 JNE 1944 MIDDX. [postage stamps]

Mr & Mrs Riding,
3, Farmfield,
Ashton Village,
Sale,
Cheshire.

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F/O. Douglas Bramette.
Officers Mess
'R' SECTION,
RAF STATION
NORTHOLT. MIDDX.

Dear Mr & Mrs Riding,

I don't know quite what to say to you. I can offer you my deepest sympathy, But such words seem so entirely ordinary & unconvincing. Yet there is seemingly nothing else for me to do.

Let me say this tho' – we, a handful of us, have known your son for nearly 2 years. We were in Canada together, in Africa, Sicily, Italy, Gib – & so we really did know him, & I think we had Become almost Brothers. There is not one of us here who could criticise Ron in anyway During the time we were together. As far as we were concerned he was the tops.

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He was always so full of fun & life that we simply refuse to associate him with that Bewildering word, "Death". I trust that you all feel that way too. Don't despair please . . . for we miss him so much ourselves, Believe me we Do, – yet it would Be illogical to imagine for a moment that such a lively lad should not grace our midst again. And so . . . we think he'll Be Back.

Meanwhile I'd like you to know that we are praying for him & for you – & our thoughts are never far away, except perhaps when we are Busily engaged, & then one Doesn't think of anything But the job in hand.

This letter seems so futile, But it is myself, in all sincerity, – & I am no prodigy.

God Bless you & yours. Keep faith with us.

Sincerely & hopefully

Douglas.

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Douglas, “Letter to Mr & Mrs Riding from Douglas,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed May 28, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/37411.

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