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Alan’s letters 10

October 10, 2009


Alan’s letters 10

Transcript of above

12th February 1944

Dear Mum Since writing last I have received October parcel and a very good parcel too! I need hardly say that the chocolate has already been dealt with. All I shall need soon is a few shirts, preferably with collars attached. It would also be useful if a tin of gramophone needles could be included in future parcels as we can some-times borrow a gramophone but do not like using up the owners needles. Cigarette parcels are arriving from time to time and are very welcome. I cannot always tell who they are from so cannot thank those concerned. I see some have been sent from the P.O.W’s relatives association and greatly appreciate this gesture. Will you see that by doing so, they are not diverting them from the army privates or others who means may be more limited. Would you send a few cigarette parcels of Manikins to myself and colleague who is studying law with me and charge up to my account. He is Sgt R.W Cornwell P.O.W no 175 at this address. All the best, another letter as soon as possible, Love Alan.

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Alan Birley Bateman’s letters home from inside Stalagluft 3, while held as prisoner of war between 1942 and 1945. These letters give a first-hand, fascinating insight into life in the camp, and covers the period of "The Great Escape"

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