Alan’s letters 12

October 10, 2009

Alan’s letters 12

Transcript of above

26th June 1944

Dear Bill The main item of news on the personal front is that Cornwell and I sat the exam last week. I think we both did as well as can be expected and I think we passed but prophesies in these matters are always dangerous. I suppose it is hardly possible for people at home to realise quite what an achievement it is to work for an exam in these conditions but, believe me it’s not far short of a miracle. I only hope the examiners realise it. Many thanks for sending the three books for the final. What I shall need most of all is Gibson and Weldon’s course ——————————————————————————————————————————— (censored). As you suggest, I think I shall be able to borrow most of the other books so there is probably no need to send any more under the present circumstances. I do not suppose we will sit for the final here although I shall do as much as I can in the time available. All the best to you both – I look forward to our reunion. Best wishes for meantime, Alan.


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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