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Alan’s letters 13

October 10, 2009


Alan’s letters 13

Transcript of above

25th November 1943

Dear Bill, Here’s wishing you many happy returns of the 20th, I only wish I could join you in celebrating! The best news from here is that I am at last making considerable progress in my legal studies. I now have my books back and by good luck another prisoner is working for the same exam. We have therefore gone into partnership, greatly to our mutual advantage, and do a good three hours work work together each day. He is fortunate in having a small room in which we can work without interruption, thus overcoming what has been an almost insurmountable obstacle which I have always been up against. My papers for trust accounts and book keeping which should have arrived by now must have been delayed, but I can now guarantee that if we are able to continue our present arrangement I shall pass the whole exam next March. I have written to Gibson and Weldon for some papers re. The inter, and am now writing for courses etc. for the final, I know the firm and you can pay their account on my behalf with confidence, more anon, all the best, 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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