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  • Creator is exactly "D A Baker"

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Sends that he arrived in London very fit, letter follows.

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Request that addressee send him uniform, shirts, shoes and socks as well as photographs. Also mentions other items of clothing, financial matters and instructions to redirect mail. Asks them to keep personal belongings and send the odd Rhodesian…

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Writes that he arrived in Glasgow a week ago and returning to Wolverhampton to report to RAF Cosford for medical following Tuesday. Catches up with family news and writes of activities visiting relatives in Scotland. Mentions that he was inoculated…

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Writes that he would be leaving for Rhodesia in a couple of weeks and have option of sea or air. Mentions visiting relatives in Somerset and catches up with family news and tells of activities. Also mentions a visit to Torquay to see friends. Says…

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First letter since arriving in England after liberation. Gives account of liberation after a three week march from last camp. Writes that the weather had been good and they had had Red Cross parcels and plenty of cigarettes. Describes activities back…

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Thanks them for present of cigarettes and tobacco. Good to hear that tobacco crops had been good that year.

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Speculates over future and says he was looking forward to getting to farm with Harry again and it was disappointing watching the years go by in a prisoner of war camp. Says he was still reading about agriculture.

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Writes that he would be thinking of them both on their birthdays. Asks what they would like him to buy them as present in England when he was released.

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Asks for suggestions of what he could get as a present for his parents in England, once he got out.

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Reports arrival of letters dated January and comments on news about Christmas at home and other news.

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Reports arrival of latest letters. Speculates over when they could get to England after the war and whether he will be sent directly home. Mentions land settlement and passes on news of a friend.

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Note that letter was undated but thinks it was December 1944. Says he was thinking of them on their birthdays. Asks them about their holiday in Cape Town and arranging for him to be sent a sweater. Speculates on future and catches up with other…

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Reports arrival of latest letters and catches up with news from home. Writes that his Christmas had not been very merry but they had had a good meal [two sections are blacked out by censor]. Mentions choir recital and church service.

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Mentions writing previously to congratulate him on birth of daughter. Catches up with gossip from home and suggests he prepare for party when he gets home. Discusses farming and book he had read and speculates on his future employment. Writes he was…

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Note at top that although dated 1943 meant 1944. Writes that he burned all his letters and that he had received one from her nearly every week apart from when they received the incorrect report from the red cross in 1942. Apologises that there was…

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Asks after father's health problem and catches up with news from home. Mentions having access to English farming publications and asks if they could arrange for him to get the South African farmers weekly.

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Reports arrival of latest letters and hopes his are getting through. Mentions arrival of parcel and list some contents. Writes that he will need a new pair of pyjamas. Comments on land settlement in Rhodesia for ex-servicemen. Mentions starting a…

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Writes about postcards he is sending and letters he is expecting. Asks about use of prisoner of war labour on Rhodesian farms. Says sorry he will not be with them at festive season which is when he expects this letter will get to them. Asks he not to…

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Speculates on when he would be home, Comments on recent good news and how it effects them. Writes he is keeping fit having recovered from flu and mentions a small epidemic probably due to hot weather and flies. Comments on recent film and that…

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Continuation of previous letter. Thanks her for the advice to beware of girlfriends and comments that Miss Wills of Paignton is engaged already. Catches up with news of friends in camp in particular one just returned from prisoner of war hospital.…

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Reports arrival of latest letter from her and comments on news from home, in particular the good price for tobacco. Writes to change his bank account and to get bank to buy Rhodesian loan certificates and bonds as well as other financial issues.…

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Reports arrival of mail and comments on how poor delivery has been. Comments on news from home. Mentions Rhodesians repatriated and lists his current room mates. Glad that tobacco prices were good and they should be able to afford a trip to England…

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Congratulates him on second addition to family and catches up with other family news. Speculates about future tobacco prices and mention getting some beef cattle after the war using money he has saved up. Concludes with mention of playing cricket.

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Continuation of previous letter same date. Writes of film sent through by Red Cross but quality was poor. Reports arrival of her letters and catches up with news from home.

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Writes that month had been very exiting and they were hopeful after hearing of the invasion. Mentions recent camp sports day with lots of side shows like a fair ground. Writes of gambling with cigarettes, band playing and sweepstake. Also mentions…
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